We don’t usually review Moonman pens since many seem to be copied from other established pen companies. However, this pen is different.
Moonman pens are usually packaged similarly. A smooth cardboard box, dense foam, and an eyedropper (at least for pens that can be eyedroppered). This pen is the Moonman Q1 mini-eyedropper pen and has a capacity of a full 2mL of ink – it is an ink bucket.
This pen is just fun. Capped, the pen is 11.2 cm (4.4 inches) long. It is 40 mm (1.6 inches) wide.
I believe the Q1 is a nod at the Japanese novelty Jumbo pens that show up occasionally.
The material available on these pens is lovely – available in clear, black, green, and brown. This is the brown version (quite a bit of green shows up in it).
I won’t be reviewing the nib in this post since Moonman pens seem to be fairly consistent in my experience. The Q1 is sold with a choice of EF or F steel nib.
The dimensions on this pen make me smile, however. It is just a tad longer than a Kaweco sport when capped.
Yet the Q1 is shorter than a posted Kaweco.
Then there’s the width. This is the fattest pen I own.
I’ve tried to show how the Q1 is fatter than my current chonker pen, the Opus 88 Bella.
The pen is quite comfortable to hold while posted, although I have hands on the smaller side. The pen weighs in at 36g empty or 38g filled when posted.
Unposted, there’s no great way to write with the Q1. I do not suggest it. Unposted the pen weighs 19 g empty or 21g filled.
Overall, I really enjoy the Moonman Q1. It cost me about $19 with free shipping from China and took about 3 weeks for delivery. I’m looking forward to bringing this to pen shows in the future and enjoy comments – what do you think?
DISCLAIMER: I purchased this item with my own money. Please see the About page for more details.
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It looks like a small fat adorable Tombow black fountain pen made in the 80s and maybe 90s that I wanted but stupidly never got and then they disappeared. Sign me up! Very exciting.
nope… looks like it belongs in a cartoon.
Exactly! I like the cartoony quality. But if the only available nibs are EF and F, that’s a different story.
How does one procure one of these? Did I miss something?
I do think there are some Moonman designs that are unique to the company, but I agree with Hortense; capped this pen looks just like the old Tombow “Egg Pens”. The Platinum Glamour was a very similar pen as well, but with a “gathered” finish. Both of those pens had short wide & nibs, very different from this one.
What fun! An ink bucket is a good description!
I happen to love my Moonman S5 pens and bought three! They included three nibs each one being an OB which is wonderful.
Whoa! I love pocket pens, but this is one crazy, weird, pocket super-chonk! I imagine it might be good for someone who prefers a fat pen because of arthritis or other orthopedic need. Love the “ink bucket” description. With an EF or F nib, best to choose an ink you won’t tire of quickly.
I really like the look this one but have not seen this colorway