Marimo Moss Ballpoint Pen

$20.00

Full of Life

Bring your writing to life with glass artist Melissa Boyle's charming handmade pen that suspends a tiny plant at its cork-topped base. The Marimo is a living moss (or algae) ball found growing in lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, and Estonia exclusively. Each lake's current swirls the little plant around and around so it grows naturally into a petite pom-pom shape. This curious creature's name is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, "mari" meaning "bouncy ball," and "mo" a term for plants that grow underwater. The sweet, sphere-shaped Marimo is adored around the globe: the Japanese believe that it will bring good luck, and in Iceland it is believed that if you take good care of Marimo ball, it will "make your wishes come true."

Melissa lets you take this tiny good-luck charm with you wherever creativity strikes. Functioning like a miniature fish bowl, an elegant borosilicate sphere cradles a tiny Marimo that will grow slowly over time as you sign, scribble, and sketch. To care for your Marimo, simply change its water ever one to two weeks (more frequently during the summer) and use and store your pen in daylight to encourage photosynthesis. Made in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
cork, borosilicate glass, ink, marimo moss ball
Measurements
Pen: 6.75" L; Aquarium: 1" dia.
Notes
Care instructions: The marimo moss ball is a living plant. It does need some indirect sunlight. The water needs to be changed out every 2-3 weeks. Removal of the moss ball from the mini aquarium is not necessary, just remove the cork, run room temperature tap water into the opening of the pen until the water has been changed out and put the cork back in the aquarium to seal it.
The moss ball grows very slowly. . . about 1 cm per year. It can be removed from the aquarium any time by emptying the water out of the pen, hold the pen upside down so the ball lies over the opening and remove it with your fingers or tweezers. It can be reshaped by rolling it around with your fingertips or in the palm of your hands.
The ink cartridge of the pen can be replaced any time with a standard ballpoint pen insert
Item ID
30365

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MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN
 
3.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Glides smoothly (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Comfortable grip (3)
  • Ink dries quickly (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (4)
  • Taking notes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5), Yes (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (4)

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

writing, makes fun!

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from Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Grip
  • Glides Smoothly
  • Lightweight
  • Look Different
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Editing
    • Everyday Use
    • Extended Writing Periods
    • Professional Documents
    • Taking Notes

    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

    I like things that are different and are conversation starters. Just art!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    1.0

    Moss is brown and still in water

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    from texas

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

    I sent this gift to my daughter as a gift for her birthday. She LOVES LOVES pens. She loved the pen when she got it. She bought it home from college this month and showed it to me. It was in water - but the moss was a brown ball. Not so pretty

    Sad the gift turned out differnet than we expected. :(

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    I love it!

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    from Midlothian, Tx

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Pros

    • Comfortable Grip
    • Glides Smoothly
    • Ink Dries Quickly
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Taking Notes

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

      The pen came in a little box inside a larger box with packaging material. Then, it was in a larger box with bubble wrap. It was very well protected. It was shipped quickly as well.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self

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      4.0

      Love my new office friend!

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      from Raleigh

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adorable
      • Glides Smoothly
      • Nicely weighted pen
      • Stress Relieving

      Cons

      • So Sad When Pen Runs Out

      Best Uses

      • Stress Relief
      • Taking Small Notes

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

      I was worried the water weight would make the pen a little clumsy but I am completely satisfied with the weight distribution. The moss ball is adorable, it comes as the perfect size for the pen and is a very bright green (no brown at all). The glass work is also beautifully done. I have received compliments/comments from everyone who sees it. This is definately a fun conversational piece as well as functional and stress relieving. Very satisfied.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

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      4.0

      Love my Baby

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      from Pahrump, Nevada, USA

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      Pros

      • Glides Smoothly
      • Ink Dries Quickly

      Cons

      • Marimo Received Dry

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Extended Writing Periods
      • Taking Notes

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

      I use the pen daily at work and I find that writing with it is very comfortable. Also, you are supposed to move the Marimo around to keep it in a spherical shape and I find that just by writing with the pen the Marimo gets enough motion to keep it round.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The Marimo was received BONE DRY, I was very worried it would be dead. They should be shipped with at least some moisture. Still waiting to see if it is truley alive.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
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      • Self
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      • Other

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pen !

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      from New York

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      Pros

      • Comfortable Grip
      • Glides Smoothly
      • Ink Dries Quickly
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Envy In The Office
        • Everyday Use

        Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

        I bought this pen as a secret santa gift - and bought one for myself as well!

        The recipient was very pleased with the gift and added this to his collection of great pens :)

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Unique gift item

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        from Buxton, ME

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Lightweight
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Runs/Dries Out Quickly

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use

        Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

        Given to a person who loves and works with plants, and also who is a meticulous hobbyist. The pen itself is simple for the price, but easily refillable, and for those with the patience to maintain it, a very nice conversation piece.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was prompt, but the expiration detail should be highlighted clearly in the description. If not for fortuitous timing, I might have wasted a gift.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        1.0

        unfortunately a waste of money

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        from tennessee

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        Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

        ...purchased 2...one for me and one as a gift...the pen didn't work...i could have lived with that and just displayed it as a curiosity...then the ink leaked inside the glass tube...pretty useless now...hoping the giftee has better luck...

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Child
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Ball point pen not of good quality

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        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Pros

        • Nice Marimo Ball

        Cons

        • Ink Overflowed
        • Runs/Dries Out Quickly
        • Skips

        Best Uses

        • Eye Candy
        • Occassional use

        Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL POINT PEN:

        It's a unique product that will catch attention but it has to fulfull its use as a long-term pen for it to be worth its price.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Uncommon Goods has high quality packaging down to its bubble wrap. Delivery is also FAST!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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