A thank you goes out to Kate at Benu Pen for providing the pen for this review. Keep reading because someone will win this pen and there is also a special offer!
I had seen pictures of Benu Pen fountain pens on Instagram and Facebook before. It was not until this week that I have an opportunity to hold one in my hand. As regular readers know, I do not pay much attention to packaging, but there is something to be said for a package that is hand wrapped. I forgot to take pictures because I was so excited to receive the pen. It came in a small pen box that was wrapped in craft paper with Benu Pen branding and tied down with jute twine. I removed the wrapping, and it revealed the brown cardboard pen box with Benu Pen branding on the lid. Upon opening the lid, you are greeted with the pen resting on a bed of shredded paper.
The pen is made of black plastic and weighs in at an incredibly light 16 grams with the ink cartridge installed. The cap is a feathery 4.7 grams. The pen measures 114.3 mm capped and 105 mm uncapped. You cannot post the cap. I find I can write with the pen, but it is at the lower limit of what I consider small for my hand.
The cap band comes in your choice of gold or silver and is engraved simply with “BENU”.
The body and cap are covered in skulls and crossbones that give the pen a very tactile feel. The section is smooth but flares out slightly where it meets the nib. The step down from the barrel to the section is pronounced but does not feel sharp. The threads are also under my fingers but they are very smooth.
The nib is a stock Schmidt medium nib unit that I have not tried before and looks to be a #5 nib. Schmidt nibs are known for working well out of the box. This nib is no exception. I am impressed with the nib. It is smoother than any Schmidt nib I have tried. I let a couple of people try the pen and their first reaction was, “Oh, I Like this, it’s sooooo smooth!”
The pens unique look is a definite attention getter. The cigar-shaped pen is almost pocket sized. Some may not like the fact that the pen does not have a clip. Others will applaud this design decision.
Here is where you get your chance to win the pen in this review. The giveaway is open to anyone. The contest ends on Saturday, May 6th at 12 pm MDT. A winner will be chosen randomly from the list of commenters that also follow this blog. The only requirement for your comment is that it should read as if a pirate were saying it.
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