BENU began in January 2016 when Alex Semanin and Kate Dmitrieva started a new creative concept “to make writing instruments and desk accessories for those who prefer bright colors and new designs that are playful, stylish, and fun.” The name BENU comes from the Egyptian deity linked to the Sun, creation, and rebirth, and is … Continue reading BENU JOLLY CHAMELEON FOUNTAIN PEN


Visconti Pininfarina Disegno Fountain Pen

Since they were founded in 1988, Visconti has been at the forefront of design and innovation for fine writing instruments and watches. Many of their products are functional pieces of art, meant to inspire and wow every time they are seen and used. My review today is of the Visconti Pininfarina Disegno fountain pen in … Continue reading Visconti Pininfarina Disegno Fountain Pen


Welcome to The Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show!!!!! The Annual Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show was held March 2 – 4, 2018, at the Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. The show was run by Bert Oser and his staff from Bertram’s Inkwell of Rockville, MD. This was a new location for this show and … Continue reading BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL PEN SHOW RECAP

Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Red Fountain Pen

This is a review of the Diplomat Excellence A² Skyline Red Fountain Pen.  Last year, I had the privilege to review the Diplomat Excellence A Skyline in blue as my first published fountain pen review. Diplomat Pen Company was purchased in 2017, and the new owners have revisited the company’s existing lines to make improvements. I … Continue reading Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Red Fountain Pen