Knight Hawk Pen Magnifying Pen Review

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I love finding unique writing instruments and I think that the Knight Hawk Pen certainly qualifies as unique. What is so interesting about this ballpoint pen? It has a built in magnifying glass in the body.


At first glance, the Knight Hawk pen looks like an ordinary ballpoint pen that you might see on anyone’s desk.


It’s made of Black plastic and has a removable cap. The ballpoint pen has a fine line tip that is always extended and there is a soft squishy rubber grip to make it comfortable to use. The pen has a Black ink cartridge that writes smoothly. The ink cartridge is approximately 2.63 inches (6.7 cm) long. It will accept a refill like this one.

The plastic feels a bit light weight and cheap, but during the time I’ve been using it, it hasn’t broken or cracked. I think it would hold up during  normal use.


When you examine the pen a little closer, you quickly notice a switch on the barrel.


Sliding that switch to the ON position causes a bright White LED to illuminate. The LED is powered by 3 LR41 coin cell batteries, which are easy to replace. The Knight Hawk can be used in a pinch as a flashlight if you’re in a confined space, but I don’t think it would work very well to light your path outside in the woods or anything like that.


On the barrel end of the pen is a knob. Twisting that knob…


… opens a magnifying window.


Turn on the LED light and open the window and you can easily illuminate and magnify text up to 3x. I can see how this pen would come in handy in various situations. One that immediately comes to mind is a dimly lit restaurant, where it is difficult to read a menu.

The Knight Hawk Pen works well as a regular pen and also as a small lighted magnifying lens. It would make a nice addition to a gear bag or purse and would also make a nice inexpensive gift.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Knight Hawk
  • Built in illuminated magnifying lens
  • Easy to use
  • Plastic feels a bit cheap

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7 thoughts on “Knight Hawk Pen Magnifying Pen Review”

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  2. What a neat pen to try. I am a pen freak as well — always searching for the right one to use. I am going to try this one out and let you know how it performs.

    I am excited about all the uses and conveniences this could bring to my work.


  3. I got one for Christmas and I thought it was a neat gift too, until I find out mine don’t work! Very cheaply made and not worth $20. I hope this comment helps someone!

  4. I purchased Knighthawk pens through a shopping network and am trying to find refills. I read that it took the D1 mini refill and ordered some from Staples. However the Schmidt 635 mini is too long. The refill in my pen is approximately 2″ but the 635 refill is approximately 2.5″. I’m at a loss as to where to purchase refills.

    1. Sandra, I just found this info in a comment on the Knighthawk page on Amazon:

      Do a search for ‘Monteverde multi-functional pen refills’. These refills are also used in mini pens. Can be found on Amazon and other online vendors, as well as at your local office supply store. They come in multiple colors, too. Unless you have multiple pens, if you have to replace batteries and refill, it is probably cheaper to buy another pen.

      Hope this helps.

  5. Where can I find refills for Bell + Howell Knighthawk pens?
    I received the pens as a gift, but the ink ran out. Please advise.
    thank you.

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