Brass Tetzbo Ballpoint Pen - Smooth Sharpened Finish


New to Choosing Keeping, Tetzbo is a range of brass pens made by the hand of Japanese ironsmith extraordinaire Yoshikazu Takai. Mr Takai produces all manner of metal, furniture, and house fittings such as door handles and gates; whatever he puts his hand to, it is always with great thought, originality and artistry.

These pens are no different: not only are they functional and extremely enjoyable to use, they are also very easy on the eye, an auspicious by-product of good design. Unsurprisingly, Japanese Buddhist aesthetic wabi sabi principles here apply: an appreciation for economy, modesty, austerity, intimacy, irregularity and integrity - the idea of finding beauty in the quiet moments, in the flaws, in the expressions of impermanence such as patina and wear. Indeed, the finish here will evolve with time and use, making each writing implement a physical record, unique and essentially personal to its owner.

The model here pictured gives the effect of having been sharpened like a pencil, using a scalpel blade. The colour of each pen is given by oxidisation which isn't permanent but promises to patina with use. Please state your preference in the shade of darkness in the order notes (see at checkout) or by emailing us at

Two lengths are available: 10cm or 11cm long. Please select your preferred length in the dropdown menu. 

Body material: Brass
Refill type: Mitsubishi Jet Stream SXR-80-07 refills
Dimensions: 10cm (short model), 11cm (long model) 
Included: Simple kraft card presentation box