Muji Aluminum Fountain Pen Review

I bought this pen on a whim because I work very near to a House of Fraser with a Muji, and I wander down there sometimes to browse their stationery rather than eat lunch in the staff room.

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I’d seen a couple of reviews and was never so blown away that I had to run out immediately and get one, but when I noticed them in stock a couple of weeks ago, I figured for £9.95 it would at least be a good throw-around pen. There’s enough love out there for this pen to have made me a little curious.

While fairly similar in style and size to my beloved Lamy CP1, the Muji fountain pen is lighter and feels less substantial, owing to its aluminum construction. It absolutely feels well-made, though, and looks more like a tool than a luxury item, which is something I appreciate.

One thing about its build that causes me a fair amount of anxiety is that capping and posting the pen relies on the very thin aluminum ring on the base of the cap never getting bent at all in the slightest. And it’s so thin it looks like it would buckle under the force of a kitten sneeze. But – £9.95 – not worth the worry.

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Also, the step from the knurled grip to the small section is real sharp. The pad of my thumb creeps down there every once in a while and it’s genuinely uncomfortable when it happens. Otherwise, I like the grip. It’s actually pretty subtle under my fingers and really works as a grip – if you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down.

The nib is, from what I’ve gathered on my trips around the internet, a Schmidt. It’s a fine nib, and that’s the only size option. But it’s a great nib for £9.95, and it really started to impress me when I tossed out the included cartridge and popped a J. Herbin Perle Noire cartridge in there. It’s ever-so-slightly scratchy, but it’s really perfectly pleasant and I’ve found myself reaching for it more than I thought I would.

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I’m at a point in my fountain pen collecting where I just want to try everything, and I love finding something that’s worth its money and then some. You won’t write pages with this pen just because it’s such a joy to use, but it’s a very decent, well-designed pen for less than £10. For me, picking up this pen involved nothing more than walking five minutes down the road on my lunch break and going up two escalators in a department store, but I gather they’re not so simple for everyone to get a hold of. If you have to jump through hoops, I wouldn’t bother. But if you can get one without much hassle for the retail price, then I can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t.

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