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Review: BENU Scepter Fountain Pens

07/22/2021

The BENU Scepter has received a lot of attention and interest, and rightfully so. If you like colorful pens, these can’t be topped and sporting Schmidt nibs, they write well, too.

Fountain Pen Quest has an in depth review including measurements and a performance comparison between the Scepter II and the Grand Scepter X. I would concur except for the nibs.

The Scepter has a #5 medium nib that writes a bit wider than expected with significant flow. The Scepter Grand has a #6 fine nib that is perhaps slightly wide for a fine with just the right amount of flow to make it a pleasure to use. I usually like wider nibs, but in this case, the fine beat the medium for my purposes.

These pens are surprisingly lightweight. The only real differences between them are the patterns and the nib size. The Scepter I is red, blue and gold and the Grand Scepter IX is blue and pink. In my hand, the Grand was a little over-balanced due to the angle required to use the large nib. It is comparable in size to the nibs on the Platinum Century pens that I use daily, so the larger nib doesn’t deter me. It’s that I had to adjust to the balance between the nib and barrel for the best writing experience. The smaller nib on the Scepter just fit my hand from the first mark on the paper. It is such a personal thing that other writers might never even notice. Both nibs had a touch of feedback, but were still quite smooth.

The pens wrote well with Iroshizuku ink, but Noodler’s Eel Blue was a little too free-flowing for the Grand’s medium nib. So like all pens, it’s trial and error to find the best ink, but isn’t that part of the fun?

Given the brilliant colors of BENU pens, it was challenging to find inks that suited them without detracting from the stunning barrels. Colorverse Glistening Stars and Stripes worked well in the Scepter. The Grand eventually got filled with Iroshizuku yama-budo and the Scepter was complemented nicely by asa-gao. Both are deep colors without sheen or other special characteristics. Too little inventory here to find matches of that sort beyond the Colorverse ink.

As for the pen, it is eye-candy of the highest order. There are a number of color combinations available making it easy to find a BENU that is just right for you.

Note that the wide barrel end makes the cap too narrow for posting and that might make the pen a bit short for really large hands. The section is average sized, but I hold pens quite far from the nib so the threads fell under my fingers. With a light grip, this was not a deterrent for short writing sessions. There is no clip, but the hexagonal shape prevents rolling. On my cluttered desk, that is a definite advantage.

The BENU Scepter is an eye-catching pen that writes well and could make a worthy addition to your collection. Or do you already have one? If so, what do you think of it?

Thank you Luxury Brands USA for sending the Scepters and Colorverse ink. I am now firmly spoiled for any other colorful pen. In other words, none need apply.

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The Pens On My Desk

06/04/2021

Now that a few pens have moved out, what’s left on my desk? It’s a pretty varied lot with the exception of Platinum pens. Out of ten pens, three are Plats. All of the others are singles. Hint, hint. I am a fan of that brand, especially the #3776 model, but turns out I can only use one pen at a time.

Currently, five are inked and five are waiting for fills. The photo is of the pens that are inked including a Lamy Studio F, TWSBI 580 1.1 stub, Delike bent nib, Platinum #3776 Century Nice M, and Levenger True Writer Masuyama CI.

The five pens that have yet to be filled are a Platinum #3776 Century Nice Pur B, Platinum #3776 Music Nib, Pelikan M400 F, Conklin Duragraph 1.1 Stub, and Pilot Metropolitan M.

The Delike has a review in the works that should be completed in a few days. It quickly charmed its way into my rotation and has been a pleasure to use. All of the others have been mentioned in the past or received full reviews.

Are any of them your favorite pens, too?

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Links To Inks, Pens, and Watercolor Supplies

06/01/2021

Getting back into the swing of things after a long holiday weekend…

From the archives:

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Selling Some of My Best Pens

05/17/2021

Update: All of the pens have been sold. Congratulations to the new owners!

Spring cleaning made it clear that a few of my pens ought to go to writers who will use them more consistently than I have. They aren’t unloved – just unused. Considering the size of my collection, that isn’t surprising especially with my minimal rotation the last few years.

These Platinum #3776 pens are ready for new homes. Only the Chartres Blue shows any sign of use and is priced accordingly. There are writing samples at the end of this post to help you evaluate the nibs.

The Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue with a 14K B nib received this remark in a post from a few years ago: “Beautiful, smooth, balanced, and very blue. If you are a collector, purchase one soon to get a serial numbered card indicating your pen was manufactured in the initial run. It won’t cost more but it is kind of cool.” This pen has the nicest B nib I have ever used but it does have some scratches that are visible only at just the right angle. It takes a bright light to bring out the blue color and it usually appears almost black. $110 (PNB-10000 #51-B)

Next is a Platinum #3776 Century Black in Black with gold trim and a 14K SF nib. Note that it is soft and not flex though the box says FF for fine flex. It does give with a little pressure though not comparable to vintage flex. With practice, it can add a bit of character to letter forms and is a solid pen for everyday use. $125 (PNB-10000#1-FF)

The Platinum #3776 Century Yamanaka has a 14K SM nib and will also bend enough to be both comfortable to use as well as to add some line variation to your writing. I am particularly fond of transparent pens and this one has beautiful detailing along with its rhodium nib. $155 (PNB-20000Y #5 SM)

I have written about my Platinum #3776 14K rhodium Music Nib many, many times. It easily ranks in my top five favorite pens. Luckily for you, I have a never-used one to sell. I don’t think this one is a Slip and Seal, but I have never had a problem with ink drying out in mine or the nib failing to start even if left unused for weeks. $130 (PTMB-25000 #1-MU)

With the exception of the music nib, the others are lightly used. Only the Chartres Blue has been filled more than once. Again, I have too many pens to keep them all happy.

Each pen comes in its original box and has a converter. Shipping for a single pen will be $10 that includes $100 insurance to United States addresses only. International shipping is not an option for me at this time so domestic sales only.

  • Contact me at inkophile *at* gmail.com to ask a question or to make a purchase.
  • Payment via Paypal (Friends and family. We are friends, aren’t we?) or Zelle at price plus shipping fee.
  • Shipment within 72 hours of cleared payment.
  • U.S. buyers only.
  • Shipping fee is for Priority Mail.
  • Combined purchases requiring a larger box will increase the shipping fee.
  • If the pen is not as described, please return it within 7 days.

Platinum Chartres Blue B

Platinum Century Black in Black SF

Platinum Century Yamanaka SM

Platinum #3776 Music Nib

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Mostly Ink Links

05/07/2021

Much ado about ink…

From the archives, a Sheaffer Taranis Fountain Pen with Sheaffer Blue-Black ink on Apica 6A10 paper.

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On My Desk: A Ton Of Ice

04/13/2021

Cracked ice that is. Fashioned out of celluloid or resin, these pens bring color to my workspace without shouting, “Look at me!” Subtle and varied but undemanding, all have wide nibs that add flair to my writing. The nib is usually the attraction for me, but sometimes a little color adds to the joy of writing and the beauty of cracked ice does that very well.

The True Writer is a custom cursive italic ground by Mike Masuyama. The Durograph is a stock stub. The Delike New Moon came from the manufacturer with an extra-fine nib bent into a fude and will get a review soon. 

Do you like the cracked ice models or do you prefer another variant on the colored fountain pen theme?

 

 

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On My Desk Today

03/27/2021
On My Desk

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