| Stationery | Kakuno Pens

Carrying on from where I left off with my recommended fountain pens for newbies, here is the happiest pen about. Literally. Pilot's Kakuno pen with its smiley winking nib was created with school kids in mind but is just as brilliant as both a casual pen and an entry level pen too.

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Here are a few thoughts about the Kakuno Fountain pen that might be helpful:

- Made of lightweight durable plastic and available in a either dark grey or white body with an assorted choice of coloured caps.

- Japanese steel nibs in a choice of medium or fine but as these are Japanese standard, they may be classed as fine and extra-fine.

- Gently faceted plastic grip section that encourages proper positioning of the pen. I find it more comfortable in my hand than the more angular Lamy Safari.

- Writes smoothly with a silky way of gliding across the page (comparable to more expensive Pilot Prera). 

- Maintenance is simple as it comes apart easily for cleaning and the nib and grip section can be soaked in water for deep cleaning. 

- Takes standard Pilot cartridges that are available in limited colours in UK but more shades can be found in Asia and USA. Also compatible with the Pilot CON-20 or CON-50 converter if you want to use bottled ink.

- The cap is ventilated for safety and hexagonal in shape to stop it from rolling away. No clip on the cap. 

- The cutest fountain pen around! Great value for money. I paid about £6.00 per pen when I bought them in Japan earlier this year. They are available in UK via Cult Pens.

I love the simple clean design and low cost matched with reliable and slick performance and really believe that this pen will continue to gain fans across the globe. Definitely worth trying if you can!

For More Info | Check out the range of colours via the Japanese website HERE 


  1. Wow, what kid is into calligraphy???? Hahah. Sounds like the perfect one for me if I ever got into calligraphy!

  2. I'm confused. Calligraphy? It's a fountain pen so maybe just for handwriting practice? I think learning to handwrite is seen a really important in Japan especially when learning to form Kanji. I think it starts with years of practicing in pencil then eventually in ink. I don't use this for calligraphy either - just everyday note taking :)

  3. ah you make me want to get into ink pens with those cute faces and colours!

  4. Since Lisa is wondering - I was the kid who was into calligraphy ;) My love of fountain pens has fallen off a bit since elementary school because I find ink bleed very frustrating. (And my most favourite pen is a Papermate fine tip in blue. I'm not fancy when it comes to writing implements.) But still, who could resist that smiling face?

  5. Guess I never associate fountain pens with everyday writing. It's the American in me ;).

  6. wow these pens are really beautiful, although I could never write with them :( I actually have the worst handwriting on the planet too, haha. I would love to see some examples of what you have written with them! I am sure it makes writing cards really lovely if you are good at calligraphy!

    rae of love from berlin

  7. oh my gosh, the little face on the nib! too cute

  8. I love this - from the photography to the fact it's all about fountain pens. I used to love using them in school and I remember having inky palms all the time! These look really beautiful too - plus Japanese design is always a winner.

  9. You too? I was an inky fingered monster as a child ahahaha.

    Thank you for the kind words!

  10. Cant resist a smiling nib me..ahahahaha

  11. I am so bad at calligraphy! I just like writing in ink - it's a habit I learned in school and cannot quite leave in my past.


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