Length closed: 4"
Length posted: 5 3/4"
Weight: 1 oz
Refill: Fisher Space Pen
Where to buy: Schon Dsgn
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Ian Schon designed these pens as an interpretation of an everyday writing implement. They are manufactured right outside of Boston, MA and the refill is from Boulder City, Nevada. The packaging tubes are also made in the USA! If you're in the US, you're buying pretty local. If you're in Canada, you're supporting your boots. What?
The pen, like the packaging tube, is small and cute. It fits in my hand. It's round, with male threads on the flat back end of the barrel. The top of the cap is flat with three grooved rings around the top of the cap. The back of the barrel has a brass screw in it. The cap and barrel come together at the middle, with no trim, just a seam. The section starts with a set of threads. The section is long and round, straight towards the tip, with a small, tapered nose cone.
I looked at this pen when I took it out of the tube, and I thought to myself: "there is no way this is going to work." I didn't think it could be comfortable to write with. I didn't think it would be easy to thread the cap on for posting. I was completely wrong!
First, the threads are clean cut and hard to miss - they are not the thin type that will cross thread. It is easy to quickly line them up and post the cap. They are really smooth and a bit addictive to fiddle around with - uncapping the pen is so fun. The cap spins off easily.
- Perfect packaging (for my preferences).
- Easy and convenient to use.
- Smooth, easy to use quickly threads.
- Great refill choice.
- Easy to replace refill.
- Lightweight in hand, so when you post it, you can use it for long and fast writing sessions.
- Pen will wear scratches and scuffs like a badge of honor.
- Affordable (relatively, anyway).
- No features on the design, so it can roll.
- If you don't post it, it's very light and thin to write with.
- If you don't like metals that will show character, steer clear of raw aluminum!
- Section is a little slippery, as it is basically a straight tube.
- You need a tool to change the refill (I tried to use my fingernail, unsuccessfully).
I love machined pens. I love great, portable ballpoints - yes, I love ballpoints when they're cool - and I love pens that pick up scuffs and scratches with use. This is a light, comfortable pen that I find useful to slip into a pocket for a day out. My only real complaint is that the section is featureless. Since it's unlikely anyone will write a novel with this pen, one can get around that, but it's just an observation. Something like some engraved rings in the section, or light knurling, might be helpful, although this would disrupt the minimalist design of the pen. I can't wait for this to get more scuffed up! A used tool is a loved tool, right?
If aluminum doesn't appeal to you, check out the site and you might be able to grab a delectable candy finish!