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  1. Lotus pens is an Indian pen manufacturer based out of Mumbai. It is run by Mr Arun Singhi. I came across this firm through one of the reviews posted on FPN last year or so. Looking through their website, I found some designs that interested me. https://www.lotuspens.com The material they use is from Nikko Ebonite Japan. https://www.nikkoebonite.com/english_site/index.html I was most interested in their model called the Vamza. It is apparently the Sanskrit word for Bamboo. However their Vamza was clipless and a clipless pen is useless for me. YMMV. So I got into a conversation with Mr Singhi reg the possibility of attaching a clip. I sent across some reference pictures and the result is the pen in this review. The credit goes to Mr Singhi alone. The pen comes in a box with an outer cover with the lotus pens logo on it. The box opened. The pen is inside the pouch. The pen. I chose the brown rippled material for it. The pen outside the box. It has a knot on the barrel and one on the cap. The logo on the gold plated clip. The pen uses a standard no 6 nib unit from JoWo and can use a converter or a cartridge. The ends of the pen are depressed to give the impression of a piece of natural bamboo. Nicely done. The inserts show the logo. Both the inserts. Could not manage focus despite stopping down. The section barrel threads are of coarse pitch to permit quick removal of section for refilling. Alongside my trusty Big Red for size comparison. How it rides in the shirt pocket. The section is cylindrical. The pen has a nice length for comfortable use and the knot does not fall on the webbing of my hand. The fit and finish is first rate. The cap and section screw on and off silently and smoothly. There are no machining marks on the pen and the gloss is pretty amazing. The nib is standard JoWo fare with plenty of aftermarket upgrade options. Pricing is available on the website, I felt the prices are a terrific bargain and they ship worldwide. They took about a week to prepare my pen, being a slight customisation. Happy to see a local pen company emerge. Mumbai was a major pen manufacturing hub in the heydays. If you have any questions about my pen, feel free to ask. Cheers, Hari
  2. mikhasan

    Nikko Ebonite

    Does anyone know if Nikko (=Eboya) sells their marble (?) ebonite rods to other makers? I'm wondering if there are any makers -- other than Eboya -- either in Japan or overseas, which have access to this style of pen blank: https://www.nibs.com/pens/eboya/eboya-natsume-small-kumpuu-green-cc I've never seen any non-Eboya pens made of this stuff or its color variants. As nice as the Eboya pens are, it would be cool to see some designs by other makers in this material too, which is why I'm asking. Thanks!

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