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marimo moss ballpoint pen

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  • the story

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.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
30365
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

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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)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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!

By 

from Florida

About Me Quality Oriented

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

    Comment on this review

     
    1.0

    Moss is brown and still in water

    By 

    from texas

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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!

          By 

          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!

            By 

            from Raleigh

            About Me Quality Oriented

            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love my Baby

            By 

            from Pahrump, Nevada, USA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            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
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Pen !

            By 

            from New York

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            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

              By 

              from Buxton, ME

              Verified Buyer

              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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              unfortunately a waste of money

              By 

              from tennessee

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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

                    By 

                    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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                    Q and A

                    When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                    251votes, 42 comments

                    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                    This clever pen is a new take on keeping a plant in your office. Check out the product story to learn more about Marimo Moss, then let us know whether you love Melissa Boyle's pen and terrarium in one.

                    Kelly
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    This is adorable and very creative! I created an account just so I could vote for your pen. My only hope is that this beautiful pen isn't too pricey.

                    Melissa
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    How CUTE!

                    Jessica
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Eee! I love this!

                    Carol
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Fabulous!

                    Arlena

                    I love it! I am a moss lover though.

                    Kimberlee
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I like moss, I find the green so comforting, but even though I like it, I worry this would just be a novelty item I would soon forget about in a drawer somewhere...

                    Suzanne
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Love it, but hope the pen would be refillable...

                    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                    That's part of the beauty, Kimberlee! The moss does better when it's exposed to light, so you won't want to stick it in a drawer. It's better left in an open pen holder or out on your desk.

                    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                    Great feedback, Suzanne! The pen uses a standard pen refill.

                    Linda
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Like the idea of this. It is unique. Would buy. Should be able to get a repacment it something happens and it dies

                    Kathleen
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    It needs to come with ink refills!!!!

                    ellen
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Would buy one for each person in my office if price reasonable enough.

                    Jessica
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Looooove this!

                    Juel
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Seems neat, I probably wouldn't buy it, though.

                    Jessica
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    love this! I hope it's not too expensive.

                    Eileen
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Very clever, beautiful and unique!

                    Laura
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Too much care for a pen. Sad that plant has to die because of neglect or pen runs out. It make leak from both sides, too.

                    Judith
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    My only problem would be remembering to change the water . . .

                    Betty
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Don't want to care for a plant!

                    lucy
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    looks like it's very easy to break!! i don't want to hold a pen like this if it would break easily.

                    mary
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    too quirky

                    SUSAN
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I like the story. The concept is unique. I just hope the glass is not as fragile as it looks.

                    diane
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I like the idea. . . But it would be trash the first time I knocked it off my desk.

                    christina
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    if i accidentally knock it off my desk at work, it would be completely broken! the glass looks way too fragile and i just don't think it's a good idea to have a glass pen as i do drop my pen A LOT!

                    patti
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    It looks very fragile , other than a conversation piece, it would not work for me

                    rachel
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    very pretty

                    Anita
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Would break too easily. I don't want to be cleaning up glass if it rolls off the desk.

                    Cheryl
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Interesting, not sure I would buy it, however, as it looks rather fragile

                    Alex
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I like the concept but I don't want a breakable pen.

                    Linda
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    CLEVER enough to be interesting.

                    Pamela
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Strange but interesting.

                    Catherine
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    The reason for my thumbs down was not an option above. I find this to be a very beautiful pen, but would be terrified of it dropping and busting before the ink ever dried. Too bad, as this is a very lovely item in all respects.

                    Emily
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I do worry about the glass being fragile, but this is a cool idea.

                    Patricia
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    So crazy it's appealing

                    Morgann
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I love unique pens. I would buy it as long as the ink is refillable.

                    Susan
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    REally different and natural. I love it!

                    pam
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    This is seriously unique! I hope there are refills for this pen that are easy to find? If so, I would buy in a heartbeat!!

                    Christine
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Does not seem very practical.

                    Lindsay
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    How cool! I must have one.

                    Amanda
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I think this would make an excellent gift.

                    Elisa
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I love the idea of this, but a GLASS PEN?! I drop things waaaaay too much to even THINK about getting this. Just not practical.

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