Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 26, 2020

photo of Benu Scepter II - This Week’s favorite

My fountain pen usage was up again this week. Mainly due to a rewrite of my Benu Scepter II first impressions so that it included, and compared, the newly arrived Grand Scepter. That Benu Scepter II became my favorite fountain pen of the week. I love the green resin and sparkles.

I keep track of when I buy pens, but I rarely look at the quantity until the end of the year. I looked on Friday and saw that I purchased 18 pens in 2020 so far. I don’t keep track of sold pens in a way that’s easy to see how many I sold this year. But, I only recall two, one of the new ones and the recently sold Platinum. I was shocked at the total number. My brain had me guessing I might have reached a dozen—time to go through them and pick some more to sell-off. Unfortunately, I’m at the point where I can make a case for keeping any pen that I still have.

I also had a rash of spilled liquid at my writing district. Does two qualify as a rash? I did dampen a new notebook, although the damage was minor (smudged ink on some pages). That was a beer bottle where the condensation loosened the label, and while I grabbed it as it slipped and prevented any “spill,” the shaking caused a foam spout which found the notebook I had open. Friday, I hit the cup and splashed tea out of it. It was harmless but did require me to scramble as the tea traveled across the desk. After the Friday splashing, I decided I would only use my vacuum sealed water bottle at the desk. Of course, on Saturday morning, I sat down with my journal and a cup of tea. The same style cup as Friday’s spill. I’ll be cautious for the next couple of weeks, then forget about it. I’ll never learn.

With the arrival of my zoom nib, I searched for some videos on its use. Another video here, jump to 3:18 to skip the tea review and get to the zoom nib review. I had some fun practicing with the nib. With my regular grip and angle, with the traditional nib orientation, the line it puts down is far too broad for me, but that’s only one way to hold the pen. Getting some variation without changing pens, or requiring flex, will be interesting. Plus, I love the look of the pen.

New Arrivals

  1. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) arrived Monday. (top pen in photo)
  2. The Benu Grand Scepter X (Fine) arrived on Tuesday. (bottom pen in photo)
photo of the Sailor 1911 Ringless Epinard and Benu Grand Scepter X




  1. Platinum 3776 Ribbed with an ultra-extra-fine (UEF) nib. While I love the nib, the pen would go unused for years because I didn’t like the aesthetic. I had other pens with great thin nibs that would get picked before this one. While this was my thinnest nib (.1mm), my eyes couldn’t tell the difference when compared to .2mm nibs.

Written Dry

  1. While not actually written dry, I flushed and cleaned the Platinum 3776 Ribbed once I knew it would be cut from my accumulation. The water barely dried before it was on its way out.
  2. Sheaffer Ringtop Jade (fine). I love the jade green material of this pen and the Sheaffer nib is a nice writer (aren’t they all?). But the pen is small and short. I have to post the cap, which makes me grimace as I try to be gentle and not crack the cap. So, I may just use it sparingly. I may be careful but still risk using it. But for now, it’s going back to storage.

Newly Inked

  1. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (Superfine) with a Platinum Carbon Black Cartridge. I wanted a basic black waterproof ink for the few times where it’s essential. So I went with this Platinum Carbon duo. It’s a nice nib, but a thin & light pen. I’ll only be using it for short session, so this won’t be a problem for me. I have the desk stand, so the pen resides on my desk, ready for use.
  2. Benu Scepter II. I inked this pen up again, with the same R&K Alt-Bordeaux ink, when the Grand Scepter arrived so that I could do a comparison. It got a very short fill of ink and is nearly empty after writing the comparison.

Tiffany // Tailored Pen Company Custom Fountain Pen (REVIEW) – Weirdoforest Pens

I’m seeing Benu Pens in a new light | UK fountain pens // This is the first of several posts Anthony made that I collected for these links. I don’t include the others here, so be sure to check out his later posts after reading this one. Or if, Benu pens don’t excite you, go there to read about spotting bad nibs, a bad pen, and a couple good pens. As for the Benu pens, having now owned four (but only one of the ones he mentions), I obviously agree with his positive comments.

News: Chartpak Changes Pen Repair Policy « The Pelikan’s Perch

What Are My Forever Inks? – Fountain Pen Love // I like this concept, but I think one of the commenters had a good idea in mentioning that picking inks you always want available in a pen is a good idea too.

100 Years of Platinum Pens – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop // I’m feeling quality about selling off a pen from a company with such a rich history.

Notebooks over chaos. — The Finer Point

Notebooks I’m Using – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Personal Journaling Setup Part 2: Revisiting the Commonplace Book — The Gentleman Stationer

Muji is the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy – CNN // The U.S. arm is reorganizing under bankruptcy, sounds like high-rents are a major problem, even before CIVID-19. They want to “focus” online but no word on which stores will close or remain.

Other Topics

Wear a Mask for Those Around You – 512 Pixels

How Seattle’s NHL team became the Kraken // Love the logo. Also, how can I not root for a team with a General Manager who’s pro career started with the Hartford Whalers, where he was a star center for 10 years.

2 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 26, 2020

  1. For one tenth of a second I happily believed “Pilot Carbon Black Cartridge” was not a typo… too bad. I would have loved that for my Pilot pen when travelling.

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