I have seen other versions of this on Jetpens and around the different reviewers, but I never saw this version before. The colors and design are right in my wheelhouse. The "JAPAN" on the clip seems a little touristy to me, but I don't mind it (and it was in an airport... so...)
So apparently, this was 540 YEN which in today's dollars is under 5 bucks. Good deal! Whenever I pen shop in Japan it feels like fake dollars anyway. It's kinda like Monopoly money and I refuse to go into the higher end pen stores unless I am looking for something in particular. I went back through my photos and dug this up from one of my trips:
This photo was taken INSIDE a Japanese version of a 7-11. It's sort of pen heaven. " Oh, hey, let me go and buy a coffee, sushi AND a shit ton of amazing pens." It's an issue for me. My last trip, the Frixions were everywhere. And I bought them,
This thing is very similar in size and weight of a G-2 pro but the guts are completely different. Big pen, smaller tank of ink.
The refills are not what I thought they would be and my Sarasa refills do not even come close to fitting. I need to do some research to see if I can get better refills for this. It's middle of the road for me in terms of writing quality.... Not as dark as I would like it, but the .5 is thin enough to make up for it. I swear all these .38 gel pens spoil me now.
See, sort of ball-pointy, more than Gell-y. Bottom line, I like the feel of it and I will probably throw it in my travel bag. I don't see this one going into my daily rotation, just simply because of the ink, but in a pinch, it's a solid pen. You can get a very similar version of this on Jetpens here if you so desire and crap! I just saw that they also make a mechanical pencil version of this. Awesome. I need to shop.
Feeling the need for a fountain pen review or two, let me look through my boxes....