Delfonics is a Japanese stationery brand that I discovered after finding a photograph of this pen on Seaweed Kisses Instagram page. I was intrigued as I had never seen this brand or pen before and I was attracted by the simple design. I immediately tracked one down at Present and Correct and decided to pick one up for a very reasonable £5.
The Delfonics wood pen is a black ballpoint fine line pen. And it really is a fine line. I really like the simple wooden design of this pen. It sort of reminds me of a wood case pencil. The wooden barrel is complemented by silver accents which I really like, particularly the knock and there is minimal branding with Delfonics printed in black on the pen barrel.
Ballpoint pens are not a type of pen I would normally use, however due to the low price and the attractive design I had to try one out. There are some benefits to this pen but ultimately my opinion of ballpoint pens has not changed too much.
Firstly this pen is super light and weighs almost nothing. It's the perfect travel companion or pen to throw into your bag without any concerns about spillages or damage. There's no cap of lid to be concerned of either being a knock pen which means you can just click and go.
Secondly its a small pen measuring around 5 inches in length. That makes is smaller than a Field Notes memo book and it aligns almost perfectly in height to my Passport sized Travelers Notebook.
Last up, the Delfonics wood pen actually writes well. It's smooth on the page and I haven't experienced too much of the normal pen gloop that you can get with other ballpoint pens. There is some evidence of it on the 'O' in my review below, but it's not too drastic to put me off using this pen.
The one downside is the black ink isn't dark, it's light. The Delfonics pen uses a short and very slim Ohto refill that measures around 3.5 inches. I don't think this black ink refill is any different to other black ballpoint pens I have used in the past however generally I prefer a darker black line. Below shows a comparison between a gel pen black (the Pilot Hi-Tec-C) and the ballpoint black.
I think for the price this is a good pen. It's not a pen that I use regularly but it's one that is always in my pen pot and a pen that I would happily take with me on the move. When you have dozens of pen options available with some really lovely inks and colours unfortunately the Delfonics pen doesn't really get a look in. If I were able to hack an alternative refill in some way it would drastically improve my experience in writing with the Delfonics wood pen.