The new BENU Scepter collection of fountain pens features helical facets and an ergonomic design for long periods of comfortable writing. This resin fountain pen features a red and blue base with gold sparkles throughout. It has a gold-plated colored Schmidt #5 stainless steel nib, a black resin grip and accents, is clipless, and does not post. This fountain pen comes with a standard international converter and one long blue ink cartridge. You can also convert it to eyedropper fill.
Inspired by a centuries-old symbol of authority, divine power and good fortune, the Scepter collection of fountain pens offers a glimpse of a majestic staff as depicted in the history of civilizations, ancient legends and modern fantasy stories. Scepters have been featured through history as universal symbols of invincible power. Carried by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the top of the Was Scepter was often shaped as the head of the divine Benu bird. Wielded by the warrior Agamemnon in Homer’s Iliad, Scepters were more recently seen as the staff of Gandalf the White in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Loki’s weapon in the Marvel movies.
“When co-founder Alexey Semanin and the team created the prototype of the new model, all of us couldn’t help but notice that its shape closely resembled one of the most well-known regalia. When we showed it to a few of our regular customers, the verdict was final—this is a Scepter of the true fountain pen enthusiast,” said Kate Dmitrieva, Co-Founder and Company Director of BENU.
Featuring helical facets and an ergonomic design for long periods of comfortable writing, the new collection of fountain pens from BENU is available in different colors and textures. Taking the concept of Scepters even further by following the tradition of distinguishing monarchs with the same given name by their ordinals, the company has used roman numerals to name each of the color variations in the Scepter line as Scepter I, Scepter II, Scepter III, etc.
“Our latest collection of attention-grabbing fountain pens is for those who appreciate playful, provocative and vibrant writing instruments. The Scepter pens are truly empowering wands for everyone. The naming we adopted shows that we do know how to have fun at BENU after all,” added Dmitrieva.
Founded in January 2016 by Alex Semanin and Kate Dmitrieva, BENU is a manufacturer of concept-driven, handmade writing instruments that play with creative shapes and an extensive palette of vivid colors. Targeting those who prefer bright colors and new designs, the company designs writing instruments and desk accessories that are playful, stylish, fun and made of high-quality nontoxic material. BENU fountain pens are made in house, except for the nibs, ink cartridges and converters.
- Fountain Pens
- Red, Blue, Gold
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Rotations
For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks, Standard international long cartridges, Standard international short cartridges
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Cartridge, Converter, Eyedropper
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 18.7mm (0.74in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 18.7mm (0.74in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 121.4mm (4.78in)
- Length - Cap
- 59.7mm (2.35in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 16.8mm (0.66in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 132.8mm (5.23in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 18g (0.63oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 7g (0.25oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.
- Max Ink Capacity - Converter
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.
- Max Ink Capacity - Eyedropper
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when filling the entire barrel of the pen via eyedropper.
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write!
Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!