My 2022 pen new year resolutions (and laminated list)

2021 was a good year for pens for me, and for this blog. I discovered so many amazing creations, from Elbwood's fabulous Pocketmaster up to Santini's bonkers Giant. But it was very, very expensive. (And don't forget, you can support the blog with a quick donation through PayPal!) So for 2022, my main resolution is: … Continue reading My 2022 pen new year resolutions (and laminated list)

Midori MD fountain pen: cute with some retro vibes

You may know Midori as the Japanese brand behind the traveller's notebooks, and the well-regarded MD paper. But they also sell fountain pens, including the quirky bullet pen, and this, the MD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_uwWt8vJOE At £40, this model is pushing out of the true 'affordables' tier against the Preppies, Prefountes, Ecos and plastic Sports. You can … Continue reading Midori MD fountain pen: cute with some retro vibes

Hahnemuhle FineNotes Slim and Bold fountain pens: a brave new entry by an old name

It’s always exciting to try a new pen, and doubly so to try an entirely new brand for the first time. So when Hahnemühle reached out to me to review its new FineNotes range, how could I refuse? Essential background: who on earth are Hahnemühle, and why are they suddenly making pens? Hahnemühle might not … Continue reading Hahnemuhle FineNotes Slim and Bold fountain pens: a brave new entry by an old name

Benu goes upmarket with the Euphoria Dream

The Euphoria Dream is a new venture for Benu: a special store exclusive for its own brand site, priced at $280, featuring a multi-layered handpainted decorative finish that takes five days to complete before being finished with a polished lacquer layer. https://youtu.be/5wY16iFDGmg And it’s this labour-intensive decorative process that’s really under review here. In all … Continue reading Benu goes upmarket with the Euphoria Dream