Kokuyo Mistral is a side-knock ballpoint pen, which is to say that it retracts and extends the tip of the pen by flexing at the middle. The pen has a retail price of 1000 JPY and is sold in Japan. It’s a simple, small pen with limited embellishments and features.
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The Rotring Trio is a slick, modern multi-pen that is the predecessor to the Newton Trio (the pen often misidentified as the Rotring 600 Trio). It’s also a modern take on the rare, expensive Rotring Quattro Executive. The good news is that the Rotring Trio is neither rare — it’s easily findable online for sale — nor is it expensive, with a retail price of about $30.
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The Ko-Axis Rail is a small, EDC-friendly machine pen. It has a flat “bookmark shape” that is meant to be easily pocketable or thrown in any bag, kit, car, or purse. The pen has a rugged build that uses titanium or aluminum, based on the model, to keep the weight down.
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The Pental Smash B1000 ballpoint, is the pen counterpart to the much more popular Pentel Smash mechanical pencil. The pen is quite hard to find and often is sold for over $40, despite having a retail price of just 1000 JPY.
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Lamy’s M21 Mini Ballpoint refill is a D1 refill that works with select Lamy pens, including the Spirit, Lamy 2000 4-color, and all of Lamy’s “multi-system” pens. It’s one of the few ISO standard refill’s Lamy uses in its pen line.
The EasyFlow 6000 is the D1 standard equivalent of the popular EasyFlow 9000, a Parker style G2 style refill. The EasyFlow 6000 uses the same hybrid ink that has made the 9000 so popular, but it’s delivered in a smaller package. The refill follows the ISO 12757 standard for pen refill sizing.
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The Kaweco Soul is a traditional oil-based ballpoint refill in a D1 standard size. It has a metal body and a 2.2 mm width, making it compatible with most European D1 pens but a bit too large for some Japanese pens.
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The Zebra 4C is a family of D1 sized refills. The group includes:
- Zebra 4C-0.4 – 0.4mm
- Zebra 4C-0.5 – 0.5mm
- Zebra 4C-0.7 – 0.7mm
This is a longstanding series of refills that has been on sale for over 30 years. The D1 is a universal refill that many brands use. The refills are largely interchangeable but there can be some variation in width so they are not perfectly swappable from one brand to another.
The Lamy Spirit is an ultra-slim, high-design ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil first released in 1994. The pen is know for it’s slim profile and “pierced” grip design, which brings a machine age design to Lamy that is a major departure from most of their pens.
The most notable detail about the Spirit is that the pen’s major components (grip, clip, and body) were made from just a single piece of stainless steel using a automated steps. This example of innovation and efficiency (both in terms of design and materials) made the Spirit one of Lamy’s most important writings interments of the 1990s.
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