We all know Muji (who have made everything from notepads to cars), but it was only recently that I came across their fountain pen line. They make one pen, in one design, at one price point (a comfortably affordable £16), in aluminium. So, does Muji deserve more attention than it gets, or is it just another plain, forgettable, own-brand pen. Read on to find out.…
This pen uses (what appears to be) a standard Bock nib, and it writes incredibly smoothly. Despite being steel, there is noticeable flex, and the nib is really smooth. It’s a pleasure to write with, as the nib is smooth and wet. In my (admittedly short) writing period with this pen, there were no hard starts, and it glided over the page consistently.
Muji didn’t exactly go all out on the design here, and this pen is modest and modernist. The majority of the barrel is smooth, brushed metal, and the section is a pseudo-guilloche design of rough aluminium. The cap is extremely small (it barely covers the nib), and snaps on tightly, making the pen look like a single rod. The clip is absolutely minimal, but still very functional, and it clips on smoothly. The only ornamentation (if it can even be called that) is a small ring on the top of the cap. There isn’t so much as a logo.
Although this pen is very thin, it’s also long, especially when posted (the cap slots smoothly into a ridge at the end, rather than sliding over the barrel. This means that it can be uncomfortable for long writing periods: if you have big hands, you’ll struggle to grip such a thin pen; if you have small hands, the length renders it unwieldy. However, it’s also a light pen, and the rough section gives you a good grip. It uses universal cartridges, and the barrel is long enough to store an extra cartridge in there – making this a perfect, everlasting EDC.
This pen is a nice EDC, and very affordable for its quality. Although its minimalist, it’s a striking design, and would suit anyone looking for an understated, high quality pen. The nib is smooth and a pleasure to write with, and despite its unusual dimensions, it’s clearly high quality and a well-built pen. At its price, it’s easily competing with Lamy and Parker – this is one pen that definitely deserves more attention.