Review: Le Pen by Marvy Uchida

As mentioned in this post (it didn’t stay a wanted item for very long), I came across Le Pen in the US and managed to order some from eBay. They actually arrived really quickly. I got two, four packs; one was the “primary” set – 2 black, 1 blue, 1 red, and the other was the “bright” set – 1 lavender, 1 light blue, 1 pink and 1 orange. I got both packs for $11 (about £6.50).

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I think the thing that most attracts me to these pens is the simplicity of the design, and the fact that they’re narrow. I don’t like an unnecessarily bulky pen.

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Here’s how they write, on my trusty old Moleskin.P1040633

A nice fine 0.3mm nib.
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It writes really smoothly, and is really satisfying to use. The blue, black and red bleed through the page ever so slightly but as I say, only lightly, and the lighter colours don’t at all.

My usual every day pen is the Muji gel pen, which a roller ball, so when using the Le Pen I am aware that I can’t push as hard, as the nib may break. But that’s not a problem, as much as something I need to be careful about.

I think it’s definitely going to become one of my standards – big thumbs up from me!

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WANT LIST: Le Pen

When we were in NYC I remember being handed one of these pens to sign for the bill in a restaurant. I’d never heard of it before and made a mental note. It’s a simple design but it wrote really well and had a very fine tip (I do like a fine tip).

I only just remembered now and looked them up.

They’re made by Marvy Uchida, an American company, and as I’m learning, they don’t ship internationally, and nor do they seem to have any UK stockists.

However, just to prove how bad I am at this “wanting” thing, I may have ordered some on US eBay. Oops! So, I won’t go into too much detail on them now and will do a proper post when they arrive. I’ll be wanting them for a little while at least…

Great Ideas #2: MUJI Erasable Pen

So here’s one of my pencil case staples, MUJI’s erasable Pen, £2.50:

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As you can see, it’s 0.5mm. And the rubber is in the tip of the lid.

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How does it work? Nobody knows… Ok, that’s a lie. According to MUJI’s website: “The frictional heat generated by the eraser at the end of the pen erases the ink immediately” so there you go. But I prefer to think it’s magic.

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And here it in in action (sorry for the different lighting, I took these later). It erases well, as you can see. You can still see it a bit on the paper, but no more than you would if you were using a pencil.

So why is it better than using a pencil, I hear you ask? Well, it’s not that different I suppose but a few of the things I can think of are:

  • It doesn’t wear down and you don’t have to sharpen it, so it’s a good one to keep in your bag
  • It doesn’t smudge like a pencil would
  • Personally, I use them most for knitting patterns. This is because patterns are usually printed on shiny paper, which you can’t write on with pencil. This pen allows you to tick off where you’ve got to, but then rub it out when you’re finished so the pattern is good as new!

So there you go, this is definitely one of my top products. I know there are plenty of other erasable pens out there but MUJI just somehow make it cooler than the rest.

Flea Market Finds #1: Antique Advertising Dip Pens

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I got these 2 for $4! All the guy said was that they were OLD. They’re wooden advertising dip pens and I haven’t had much luck finding out when they’re from. I reckon maybe 1920s or 30s.

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The captions are brilliant:

Hotel Morgan
Only Fireproof Hotel In The City
Morgantown, W. VA.

Ask For
Butter-Nut Bread
Rich As Butter
Sweet As A Nut
At All Leading Grocers

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I’ve never had a dip pen before so I had to take a little trip to an art shop to get some ink. I went with a basic black ink from Winsor & Newton, £3.19 from Atlantis Art.

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It was SO nice to write with! Kind of scratchy, but I liked it, and it made a really satisfying sound. It was quite different from a normal fountain pen.

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Does anyone know anything more about these pens? Or when they’re from? I’d love to know.

Tomorrow’s post will be about some 1980s (ish, I think) NFL Pencils by Faber Castell.

Stationery Organised Neatly: Turquoise

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Inspired by Things Organised Neatly, here is the first in what I hope will be a new series of my stationery organised neatly, by colour. First up, turquoise. This one was VERY easy for me, as most things I own are turquoise (this is just a small selection).

Items are as follows:
Stencil: Linex Standard Lettering Stencil, £1.47, Fred Aldous
Notebook: Mini Graph Notebook, £2.50, Smug
Scissors: Trojka, pack of 3, £0.80, Ikea
Set of 3 stamps, and 2 ink pads: Donna Wilson, approx. £5 from sample sale
2 x washi tape: light turquoise, £3, grey turquoise, 50p, both from Smug
Berol Fine Liner: I’ve had this for ages so no idea of shop/cost, but they seem to be about £3 for 2.
Pilot V Sign Pen, £3.22 from Pilot

Pilot Pen Set… Help!

Am I going mental?! I have such a vivid memory of a Pilot Pen Set that my best friend got for Christmas when we were younger… Maybe 10 or, so this is mid ’90s. I was SO jealous. It was an assorted set that had every pilot pen you could possibly dream about… or at least it felt like it at the time. Anyway, I thought, this would be a good one to write a post on; see what was in the sets, if they still exist etc…

HOWEVER, I can’t find any record of such a thing of the internet anywhere! And I’m quite good a googling. I’m so baffled. I though it was “a thing”. Maybe I made it up… My boyfriend says he remembers them too, but I’m not sure if he’s just humouring me.

So reader, does anyone else know what I’m talking about? Did anyone ever have one? Worth a shot I suppose…