Tokyo Pens

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[This may not have anything to do with Apple or Apple products, but in my defense the owners of this company are both former Apple employees.]

For some time now I have used JetPens as my main source of Japanese pens. For those who may not be familiar (see “obsessed”) with Japanese pens, they are by and large similar to those you find at your office supply store. The difference is that it is impossible to find certain colors, models, and nib sizes (you usually can’t find a .2, .3, .38,.4 nib sizes in anything but Micron art pens), outside of Japan. My current pen of choice is the Uniball Signo UM–151 a gel ink pen with a .38mm nib. Not only can I not find the pen in any store, it is equally impossible to find the retractable version. Another more recent favorite is the Pentel Hybrid Technica with a .4mm nib. The only place I found this pen was in an art supply store in Chicago, and it did not carry the .3mm version which I also wanted to try. As I said JetPens has been my source for these pens, but their shipping charges have always bothered me. Unless you spend $25 or more, shipping costs are $7. While I like pens, I generally don’t want to spend $25 dollars on them just to get the free shipping.

Enter Tokyo Pens. I recently came across their website while comparing various pen sites. They offer the same free shipping on $25 orders, but their smaller purchase shipping charges are $5. Now I know a $2 differences isn’t that much, but for me it is the principle of the thing. Shipping costs should not be used to increase profits.

What makes matters worse is that both sites listed the same price for the Uniball Signo pens, and the Hybrid Technica at Tokyo Pens was actually $.25 cheaper. Also, though the Uniball Signo RT was $.10 more expensive at Tokyo Pens, the savings in shipping more than make up for the difference.

So, hoping to make a long and boring story short, if you are into pens and want to save a bit on shipping (and maybe a little on pens), head over to Tokyo Pens.

My Recent Purchases

Nice “thank you” from the owner on the packing receipt.
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  1. I am a little bit obsessed with pens, and I cannot believe I have gone this long in my life without realizing these sites existed. Thanks for the info!

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