If you visit The Gadgeteer on a regular basis, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of pen reviews lately. Since I’ve gotten back into using notebooks and journaling on a daily basis, I’m obsessed with finding the perfect pen to go with my notebook. Every good notebook deserves a great pen. They go together like Lavern and Shirley, Batman and Robin, Thelma and Louise, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Lucy and Ethel, you get the idea. I was recently sent the Tronnovate Takumi Pure+ pen to test and was excited because it’s a pen that can be customized to fit up to 60+ refills. Let’s see if it ends up being my notebook’s new best friend.
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What’s in the box?
Tronnovate offers the Takumi Pure+ pen in three different finishes. There’s the chrome version which was sent to me, a matte black version and a matte silver version.
The pen is made of 6061 Aluminum and has a max length of 6.0’’ (151 mm), a diameter of 0.4’’ (10 mm) and the weight without the refill is 0.7 oz (19 grams). This pen has a very unique design. The barrel is threaded and has sections with different thicknesses to accommodate the parts that will allow it to accommodate various length refills. It’s really a genius design.
Putting the pen together is half the fun of using it. It may be a little challenging for some people since the pen doesn’t come with step by step instructions on how to build it. I took all the parts out of the package without paying a lot of attention to how they were positioned in the box. So I fumbled around for a little while till I figured out the order of the parts.
For example, there are five parts that make up the pen’s cap, but you can use only two or as many as four of the parts at one time. That’s because the pocket clip is optional.
You also have a choice between a flat top or a domed top for the pen cap.
Assembling the barrel is a little trickier because it can accommodate a variety of refills that have different lengths. The Pure+ comes with a Uniball UMR-1 refill. I also tried a Pilot G2 refill which is about .25 inch shorter than the Uniball.
The Pure+ comes with a L-shaped ruler tool that can be used to screw the top spacer into the barrel.
The opposite end of the pen has a cap that screws into ink tip end. For a good fit, you have to adjust both ends so that the ink tip protrudes to your desired length.
Here’s the Pure+ fully assembled.
Here it is the pen with the cap posted (screwed) onto the back.
And here is the Pure+ with the cap using the domed top part instead of the flat part on the end.
I really like the Tronnovate Takumi Pure+ pen. I love that it can use a variety of different refills like Uniball, Pilot, Zebra, Lamy and more. I like the smooth barrel and the pocket clip that keeps it from rolling off my desk. This pen is almost perfect except for a couple things. I wish that the cap was magnetic instead of a screw cap. I’m always afraid I’m going to cross thread the cap when I post it on the back. I also wish that the pen was slightly heavier to give it a more quality feel. As is, it’s comfortable to write with even for extended writing sessions, but the balance is a little top heavy with the cap posted on the back. My gripes about the cap and the weight are just personal preferences on my part. Although the Tronnovate Takumi Pure+ isn’t my new favorite pen, it definitely earns a spot in my top 5 list. If you like to tinker and try different refills, you should enjoy the Tronnovate Takumi Pure+.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Tronnovate. Please visit their site for more info.