Uranus '2018' Multifunction pen
A creative customer penned two Haiku poems upon receiving his Multifunction pen:
Brush now to be used
John Brown, Billericay, United Kingdom
"I do not remember if I sent you
feedback about the Uranus. Great pen! I am studying some Chinese ideograms, and
Uranus has become at once my tool!!! I love that wax seal in your message. That
is the kind of thing I am willing to adopt as procedure in some personal
"I wanted to finally send you
feedback on the Uranus 2018 I received about a month ago. I must say I don't
have experience with Chinese calligraphy, but my 6 year old son and I enjoy
drawing Katakana and Hiragana [& some Kanji] characters and just doodling with
brushes, and this pen is ideal for that, a step above the disposable brush pens
from Kinokuniya. It's also quite satisfying for crossing things off to-do lists.
The roller-ball end is great for notes in margins and other fine-point
situations. Additionally it's an interesting and unique pen for my collection."
"Norman, my order arrived
yesterday. I appreciate the really fast turn-around and the personal touches.
Though I purchased a pen, I felt like I received a really special gift! And of
course I love the Uranus pen. I am not a calligrapher, but I am an artist, and
having a pen with a rollerball and a brush-tip that both use the
"Norman, the pen arrived yesterday.
It is a beaut! The chrome is clear and bright. The blue is very "deep". I have
written a little with it and it is very smooth...and I noticed the line is a
little smaller than a "normal" rollerball (I am currently using a Waterman with
a cross rollerball refill). I think I like the smaller line."
See how a customer uses her '2018' to practice her
#2018 Multifunction pen
The usual multifunction pen from Asia has a fountain pen on one end, and a ballpoint on the other. Here's a truly unique variation on that theme. This pen has a liquid-ink rollerball on one end, and a Chinese calligraphy 'brush' on the other!
Measuring a bit over 5-1/4" with both ends capped, this versatile writing instrument is a combination unlike anything I've ever seen. This all-metal pen is finished in a lustrous, deep-blue lacquer, and from the outside looks like any other, normal Uranus pen.
Unscrewing the cap above the clip reveals a super-smooth rollerball, fed by liquid ink. The metal tip allows for the most demanding writing, from the Sunday crossword puzzle to multipart forms. But, unlike the pasty 'ink' used in a conventional ballpoint, this liquid-ink rollerball provides for a smooth, skip-free writing experience, allowing for a quick note -- or an extended writing session.
Pulling off the cap from the other end of the pen reveals the real surprise however, a self-contained, flexible calligraphy 'brush', fed from the same ink source as the rollerball! Made of a soft, sponge-like material, the faux-brush allows for the writing of traditional Chinese characters (or Japanese 'kanji'), with a fidelity as close to using a real calligraphy brush and ink stone as I've seen.
The characters shown in the photos were written by my wife, using the pen a couple of minutes after its arrival. Although the feel was slightly different from a real brush, she said, the faux-brush allowed her to control thick and thin lines, by varying the pressure applied (just like a traditional brush -- whether holding it with a regular western 'pen grip', or the more traditional Asian position, as shown here:
Unscrewing the brush-end cap, rather than pulling it off, reveals the ink reservoir itself. The gift-boxed pen includes a bottle of specially formulated black ink, which was designed to work flawlessly with both the rollerball and the faux-brush. Just 4 to 6 drops, applied with the eye-dropper end of the ink bottle when the pen begins to run dry, allows for continual writing, measured as 400 meters worth using the brush, or 1500 meters worth with the rollerball!
Although designed in China for the drawing of characters when on-the-go, the brush also holds some interesting possibilities for sketching in the hands of a western artist, or anyone who likes to experiment with different tools for drawing. It certainly makes for a unique addition to any pen collection!
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If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
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We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!
Revised: May 23rd, 2013