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

Roundup: comparing pocket pens from Kaweco, Schon, Ensso and Namisu

Pocket pens are a sneaky little side hobby for me. I enjoy the creativity of the designs and how they overcome the constraints of the pocket pen brief. It’s remarkable how many different solutions there are to the same problems. And as a result I’ve ended up with quite a few over the years, several … Continue reading Roundup: comparing pocket pens from Kaweco, Schon, Ensso and Namisu