Super Fine: The Kuretake Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen

This pen really IS super fine, in more ways than one.

I have to think back– why did I buy this pen? Oh yeah, it was one of those “stream-of-consciousness” pen purchases where I started out looking at one thing, but then wound up ordering something else. The whole thing started when I caught a glimpse of this entry on Ezra Hilyer’s blog. That glimpse led to me poking around on JetPens (not that I needed my arm twisted). The body/refill that Ezra’s showing was a tad pricey for me ($30.00), but it made its way onto my wish list anyway. I read reviews and pondered and mulled it over and read more reviews and mulled and pondered ad nauseum. After all of this mental grinding, I came up with a compromise…a comparable writing experience but at a lower price point…the Kuretake Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen. At only $2.50 for the body and $3.30 for the refill, it comes at an easy to justify price. And because I wasn’t sure if I’d REALLY like it, I didn’t feel like taking a substantial financial leap. Problem solved.

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen with Doane Leather Utility Notebook Cover

When my order arrived, I played around with everything…the dark brown Zebra Surari (nice!), the Coleto Hi-Tec-C 4-Color Multipen and 0.3mm refills (jury’s still out on that one), and this pen. It’s just wonderful. The Super Fine tip is almost brush-like, but in a very sturdy way.

There is no mushiness, but there is just a little “give.” The ink is black and crisp and flows like a dream. It’s just fun to write with.

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen, disassembled

That said, there is one little oddball part. The refill threads into the body very nicely, but, as you’ve probably noticed, the end of the refill protrudes out the end of the pen body when the pen is capped. I do not know why.

Protruding refill

When the cap is posted, the protruding refill issue/feature goes away.

While this design decision nags at me a bit, the pen is just too fun to let it scare you away. I already have my second one picked out. Yup…now THIS one’s on my list. Starry Night Gray with Glitter. Too cool.

I should also mention that the body takes three types of refills…the Super Fine refill shown in this review, a brush refill, as well as a 0.3 mm rollerball refill. Mix and match bodies and refills. I don’t know how to pronounce “Cocoiro” and I don’t know why the refill is longer then the pen body, but I DO know that you will enjoy this pen.

It IS super fine. You have my word.

8 thoughts on “Super Fine: The Kuretake Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen

  1. I’m currently trying out my first brush, the Sakura Pigma brush, but the tip is far too soft for me. Reading that this one is a lot more sturdy, may suit me better, and I shall have to look out for one!

  2. I’m glad to see someone else reviewing and enjoying this pen. I like the super-fine refill (and bought several of them) but the oddness of the holder is just too much for me. It nags at me too, makes me think something broke off the back of my pen. So I use the refills on their own and am perfectly happy 🙂

    • It IS odd but I just ordered the black glittery one figuring that the sparkly refill will kind of match. I see that a lot of people just use the refill alone. Love how it writes!

  3. I love the fact that the refill sticks out. I think it looks kinda cool. Like this you also see which refill is currently in the body =) I think this is the main reason for the design.

  4. Eline has it – the bottom protrudes so that you can see which refill is currently in the body of the pen. This is my absolute favorite pen of all time – and I am a pen junkie. I find myself looking for this one again and again, even though there are a hundred other pens in both my office and in my home. 🙂

  5. I think with the protruding cartridge you can also see if there is ink left inside.

    I’m trying this pen myself now and it writes a nice fine line but I’m not sure how to get variation with it. Maybe I have too much of a light touch.

  6. Hi Mary!

    I’ve been rummaging around in your archives! Hehe. Actually I just bought this pen and really dislike it so I was having a mooch about to see what other bloggers thought. I feel like the nib doesn’t know whether it wants to be a brush nib or a fine tip. It’s far too hard and needle-like for me. At least it was cheap!

    Hope you’re well!


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