Review: Constellation 88 Crux Pocket Pen

Have you heard of Constellation88?

If you’d asked me that question a few months ago my answer would have been a resounding no. But instagram has brought a lot of small and new brands to my attention lately and this was one of them. All the way from Mumbai India comes this very cute pocket pen.

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Called the CRUX in honor of the same constellation found in the milky way, it’s made of a multi-colored checkered resin and it fits in the palm of my hand. Those vibrant blues and reds and yellows were what initially drew me to this pen. I also liked the idea of a pocket pen that once posted becomes the size of a regular pen.

Yes, I like the size of pocket pens for travel purposes, but for writing purposes not so much. So the fact that this pen solved that issue was one of the reasons I purchased it. It’s also beautiful to look at!

 

Now the tiny hiccup here is, the nib is medium.

All the pens come with a medium nib. There was no area to select the size of the nib while purchasing. It’s one size fits all for the Crux and luckily it was a nib size that I usually like to use. True it’s slightly finer than I want, but otherwise the pen is exactly what it seems. As long as it writes, it’s done its job, otherwise there isn’t anything particularly special about the nib itself.

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Over all, it’s very light weight, perfectly palm sized, and works right out of the box. BUT, and this is a big but, it doesn’t come with an ink converter. And since the barrel of the pen is so short, I will admit I had a moment when I thought none of my other converters would fit. Luckily the tiny Kaweco converter came to the rescue. Thank god! It fits perfectly inside the pen with no issues.

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At $88 which includes worldwide shipping, I’d say that’s not a bad deal. For me this pen was kind of like a taste test. I wanted to try it out without dropping loads of money on the first try. I like what I’m seeing so far.

The color, is really spectacular.

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If you aren’t aware, Constellation88 also makes custom hand-painted pens as well, so check that out for yourself, it’s worth a look.

Another that I especially liked was the Elements pen in Bromine. Turns out, this is a brand I’m gonna keep my eye on.

Thank You For Reading!

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One thought on “Review: Constellation 88 Crux Pocket Pen

  1. Thank you for all your reviews. Nice to read them every time.
    A custom painted pen from Constellation 888 is on my way for the moment. It was a wild and unplanned buy. The ‘personal’ e-mail contact, open mind and enthusiasm of Victor convinced me. Afterwards they kept contact on the progress. The kind of follow-up I truly like.
    You’ll see the pen and my recommendations on IG.

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