Muji is a Japanese company that offers a wide range of products from apparel to home furnishings. Among these are a line of stationary products including pencils, ballpoints, and gel pens. One of their more popular items is an aluminum-bodied fountain pen.
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The Kaweco Classic Sport is a line of pens and pencils with a plastic body, with a classic hexagonal shape, in a very small size. These are “pocket pens” that are meant to be used when posted — when the cap is put on the back of the pen to extend its length.
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The Super5 rollerball pen is a cartridge rollerball pen with a plastic body that is very similar to Super5’s more popular fountain pen.
The official name of the pen seems to be the “Super5 iR .7” as per the packaging, but this name isn’t used anywhere on retailer pages. The “iR” stands for “Ink Rollerball” which indicates that the pen uses fountain pen ink and cartridges.
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The Waterman Carene is a high-end fountain pen with a metal cap, metal body, and an integrated 18K gold nib. Its design strongly resembles that of Waterman’s famous Edson fountain pen.
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The Tombow Zoom 101 is a carbon fiber and aluminum pen that was sold as the “world’s lightest high-end fountain pen.”
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The Yookers Yooth 549 pen is a refillable felt-tip pen with a plastic body. It uses fountain pen ink cartridges.
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AmazonBasics is now selling a metal-bodied fountain pen with a steel nib and standard international cartridges simply known as the Refillable Fountain Pen.”
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The J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen is a rollerball that accepts fountain pen cartridges, giving you the ultimate in ink versatility.
The J. Herbin refillable rollerball is a rollerball pen that uses fountain pen ink.
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The Italia is an upcoming fountain pen from boutique pen maker Ensso. It’s a cartridge converter pen with a focus on high-end components and materials. The name is based on the pen’s design which is said to be inspired by a classic Italian aesthetic.
This pen is an active project on Kickstarter. You can back the project there, until August 22, 2019. Prices on the Kickstarter will be discounts by about 40% off of the retail prices (listed below).
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The Rotring 400 is an interesting but very confusing line of pens from the early 1990s. It’s a clear relative of the Rotring 900, but the 400 is smaller and more affordable. The Rotring 400 was later replaced with the Rotring Espirit, which is easier to fine but generally considered to be less collectible.
The closest surviving relatively of the Rotring 400 is the Rotring Tikky line.
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The Rotring Altro tubular nib is an incredibly cool pen from the classic Rotring era (late 1980s and early 1990s). It’s basically a consumer version of a Rotring technical pen (aka drafting pen), like the Isograph. This Altro line is a plastic version of the high-end Rotring 900 series. It was sold as a ballpoint, mechanical pencil, fountain pen, and tubular nib pen.
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The Kaco Edge is a fountain pen that was very much inspired by the Lamy 2000, but one with some interesting things about it. First of all, it costs just about 1/10th of the MSRP of the Lamy 2000. Second it uses real Makrolon in the body, just like the Lamy. Lastly, Kaco opted for a Schmidt steel nib, which can’t match the Lamy’s gold nib, but it’s no slouch!
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The Pentel Tradio is a fountain pen that completes the set of Tradio pens which includes a rollerball and “Pulaman” which Pentel calls a fountain pen but is actually more of a felt-tipped marker. The Tradio fountain pen uses a short, steel nib and a large plastic feed. It’s a good looking pen but it’s entirely plastic.
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