marks days ballpoint pen review
Review

Review: Mark’s Days Ballpoint Pen

mark's days ballpoint pen review

Introduction

The Mark’s Days ballpoint pen is something of a sleeper hit. We have sold them for many years now and they seem to pass under the radar, rarely getting mentioned or featured and yet when I checked the sales they are quite a hit. So I thought I would address the lack of attention and give the Mark’s Days pen a full review all of its own. With the new orange colour just arriving recently it seemed the right time to review one.

Mark’s is a Japanese stationery brand that is known for producing quite smart, stylish if unfussy notebooks, diaries and pens. Often quite innovative, they are quite Japanese in being fine, practical and well-designed (or at least they fit with my idea of what Japanese stationery is all about!). The brand also has something of a French theme about it, and this pen is part of the Days range of books and pens.

 

Style

From the outset you can tell this pen is going to be a fine writer. It is a slimline pen in a satisfyingly bright colour. The range has the days of the week printed in French on the hexagonal barrel. It doesn’t come in a pen box but it isn’t aimed as a gift in its own right so that’s not a problem for me. Overall, it looks very nice although I would mark it down for being a tad too light in the hand.

I chose the orange pen as it was new, but there are six colours to chose from at time of writing so it should keep most people happy.

Score: 8/10

mark's days ballpoint pens - colour choice

Features

This is not a pen packed with features but then it is not intended to be. It is a lightweight pen, maybe too light for some, with simple push-button action to extend the nib. This is a ballpoint pen with a very fine 0.5mm point. It is a refillable pen so no unnecessary waste, and the refills come in any colour, as long as it is black. The barrel is hexagonal which means it won’t roll off the desk when left.

Score: 7/10

Usability

The key here is the fine point. Either you like a fine writer, or you don’t. I really can’t imagine someone who likes a bolder nib would be happy with this as it might feel scratchy. I do like a fine point and I would not describe this as scratchy at all. It is a consistent, even writer. The weight is, as mentioned, just a bit unusual but after a few minutes I forgot about the weight. It takes an OHTO refill and I have always had a soft-spot for OHTO pens so that is a plus for me.

Score: 8/10

marks days ballpoint pen - colours and french days

Value for money

This depends on how you look at it – compared to a cheap biro it might appear a lot (£5.95 at time of writing) but it is comparable in price to other refillable pens like the Noto from Lamy. I think this is a well-priced pen that is nice enough to make you look after it. It is the kind of pen you would feel disappointed if you left it at home or it went missing, and on that basis it is good value for money.

Score: 9/10

Verdict

I like this pen but the crucial is whether you like fine writers or you don’t. If not, look elsewhere. If yes, then don’t overlook this good little pen in favour of more expensive options.

There is also mechanical pencil version if that is of interest.

 

Style
Features
Usability
Value for money
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News

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink: Emerald Of Chivor

j herbin emerald of chivor

The new J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

We have just got in a sample of J Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor ink and it’s so shockingly beautiful, that I had to stop everything I was doing and write a quick review. (Faisal also had to stop what he was doing to take photographs).

I will say this up front: this one is a game changer. 

J Herbin caused a revolution last year with Stormy Grey. The anticipation was incredible, the sales were over the roof…and mostly…it got people talking and writing again. Turns out, Stormy Grey was just the beginning.

This year J Herbin have opted for a green coloured ink with gold specs.

Here is the official info:

After the 1670 Hematite Red, Ocean Blue and Stormy Grey, we now have Chivor Emerald.
In the middle of the XVI century, when the Conquistadors discovered the Colombian emerald mines, in particular the Chivor mine renowned for its emeralds with bluish tints. From then on, because of their exceptional qualities, they conquered the imperial courts of Europe thanks to the Indian traders.
Later, J.Herbin continued his journeys to India. It is said that he always kept an emerald with him as the virtues of this precious stone are thought to protect the traveler…

It is very difficult to photograph and describe, but I will do my best. Post might be a little picture heavy ;)

The bottle is the same as other 3 Anniversary inks. Teal seal with golden thread. Specs in the bottle remind me of nail varnish. Emerald describes the (Bureau) colour very well. Shading goes from Vert Reseda to dark teal. Ink flow is excellent!

j herbin emerald of chivor on rhodia paper

Ink has a heavy outer contour purple sheen (just like Sailor’s Yama Budo), but there is also light green metallic sheen (colour similar to Fisher’s Green Space Pen). This two-coloured sheen is in my opinion unheard (un-seen) of!

j herbin emerald of chivor ink splats

Just like Stormy Grey, this ink is water-resistant. Not water-proof, but if you use it to write the address on the envelope, it should be OK.

j herbin emerald of chivor water test

So here it is…over-all very exciting ink…What do you think? Is it your cup of tea? Would you get a bottle (or two)?

I have been trying to find The One and accumulated almost 100 different colours (mostly green, turquoise, gold) of ink.

This one will rule them all!

Ink is now on our website, so if you are interested you can click ’email me when in stock’ button. Release date is 1st September 2015 and link is here: J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

Mishka & Faisal

ps: pen in photos and Emerald of Chivor’s match is TWSBI 580 in green with 1.1mm nib (juicy!)

j herbin emerald of chivor
j herbin emerald of chivor writing sample
j herbin emerald of chivor writing sample
j herbin emerald of chivor in TWSBI pen