The Pilot Murex can be a little hard to find — a unicorn, if you will — especially in some of its rarer forms. The model you see above is pretty much just a plain ol' Murex. But that doesn't mean it's not a spectacular pen and a stunner to look at. In fact, I'm so smitten with this pen that I'm considering cleaning out all my others and using this one as my daily driver for the foreseeable future. Call me crazy, but it's just that good.
So what's the Murex? Well, it's an out-of-production stainless steel fountain pen with one rather bold standout feature: the nib is integrated with the section of the pen. It's completely seamless, incredibly comfortable and absolutely beautiful. There are several iterations of the pen including one with red accents and another that is adorned with a small quartz clock (the geek in me wants this one badly). I could go on and on about this, but Russ Stutler has done an amazing job cataloging the Murex (and its sister lineup, the Myu) here. It's a fascinating read with some extremely drool-worthy photos that I encourage you to take a look at. Be forewarned, looking at that catalog will cost you money. I guarantee it. And I am also not responsible for said expenditures. That's on you, baby.
The Murex has a smooth stainless body with a light brushed finish. Aside from a black stripe on the cap, the only other adornments are the initials 'MR' and 'Pilot' on the base of the cap, in-line with the clip. It's very sleek, very minimal and very late-70's, early-80's futuristic. The entire lineup (especially the Myu) reminds me of the spaceship from Flight of the Navigator when it transforms into "warp" mode. If you're not old enough to remember that movie, I'd suggest you go watch it. I'll wait...
These pens are fairly small, pretty narrow and very pocket-friendly. The cap posts deeply for an extremely balanced writing length and the grooves in the grip section are smooth and totally unobtrusive. The cap is a snap cap so there are no threads to contend with so uncapping for a quick meeting note is a breeze and there's nothing to scratch the barrel when you post. Like, seriously y'all, Pilot thought of damn-near everything.
Perhaps the only place that I get a tiny bit frustrated with this pen is its inability to use the CON-50 converter. The CON-20 squeeze converter fits perfectly, but you can't see your ink level with that one and cleaning it out is a pain. From what I understand, there are a couple of versions of this pen that accept the CON-50 (the red trim and the long version, I think), but for the most part, you'll be using cartridges or the CON-20.
This is my third Murex; my first two were fine nibs which were too fine for me for daily writing. The nib on this pen is a medium, which is pretty rare, and this baby is a jewel. It's perfectly, boringly consistent across the board with no surprises. It starts up right away. it doesn't leak or do anything weird. There's just a tiny bit of feedback to let me know the nib is on the page, but it's not scratchy. No singing. No nails-on-a-chalkboard. No nothing. Just a good, reliable, consistent, boringly beautiful Japanese steel nib. It really is nib perfection.
I'd gladly have paid quite a sum of money for such an example, but thankfully my good friend Mike Dudek at The Clicky Post was kind enough to offer me this one at slightly less than an arm and a leg.
So would I recommend the Murex? You bet your sweet tooshie I would. It's a fantastic piece of fountain pen history and is, in my opinion, the epitome of Japanese manufacturing excellence in the form of a pen. Sleek, beautiful, reliable, functional and 100% awesome. I need more of them. Need them, I say!
If you've got a few bucks to spend on a pen and you want something that writes well and looks absolutely perfect in a boardroom or classroom or wherever, definitely look out for the Murex and Myu lineup. They're amazing little pens for the money. You won't be disappointed in the least.
Thanks for reading,