Super saver: A short review of the Ohto Tasche fountain pen

I’m prone to speaking ad nauseam about my favourite subjects when it comes to fountain pens. Its natural I guess. Foremost among these subjects is the belief that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a pleasurable writing experience (obviously you can if you want…). So when the opportunity comes along to review a budget pen that gives an excellent writing experience I’m there. So I’ve decided to follow my principles and  do just that and round off my Japan week not with a Pilot Falcon, Platinum 3776, or Sailor Professional Gear, but rather with the pocket-sized and pocket-conscious Ohto Tasche.

A strange choice I hear you say, well perhaps, but it serves to illustrate my point so here goes.

Description: The Tasche comes in three colours, brushed silver, blue, and black. The grip section for each of these colours is brushed silver which provide a nice contrast with the blue and the black. The clip runs to approximately half the length of the cap and is adequate but otherwise uninteresting. The barrel section of these pens  is very short, being only 22mm long and essentially functions as a base cap. The barrel also has a chrome plated section which again adds a nice contrast.

Dimensions: This is a tiny pen when capped being only 98mm long.The pen though,transforms when posted into a sleek 146mm long pen that is easily used in the hand. The cap has a diameter of 10mm and the barrel 9mm. The one fits almost entirely into the other.

On Test: The Ohto Tasche, in my opinion, is a killer pocket fountain pen. The steel nib writes smoothly and although it is described as a medium, being Japanese, writes more like a European fine.  that is a delight with which to write. In terms of its weight it is mid range. The posting process is easy and secure with a rubber ‘O’ ring in the barrel making this a smooth and tactile transition.

The pen uses short international cartridges and these fit securely into the pen. The barrel seems to take and age to unscrew from the grip section the screw-thread being much too long in my view.

Summary: Retailing around the £10-£15 mark ($15-20) This is a super little pen that is both portable and a pleasure to use. So you don’t have to pay out a lot to get a go0d writing experience. Point proved… what do you think?





13 thoughts on “Super saver: A short review of the Ohto Tasche fountain pen

  1. Wow, that is a nice little pen. I love it. I might actually consider getting it if it used a converter since I fill all of my pens and refuse (possibly a little too quickly) cartridges. But with a decent price, nice look, and good function, this is something to think about. Right now my workhorse pen has become a Lamy Vista. Prior to that I was using my Hero Victorian the most. Very nice review.

      1. Ah, that’s a good idea. I don’t actually have an ink syringe, but I do use a regular one syringe for filling an inexpensive Parker that only takes cartridges. Why I didn’t think of that for this pen, I have no idea. I’ll definitely have to put his pen in the ‘to get pile’ at some point

  2. I agree that a good pen need not break the bank. I have the Muji compact fountain pen (which is basically the same as the Tasche) and like it a lot. The only thing I would change is to add a second o-ring. I find that with just the one, the cap can wiggle a little bit. A second ring would really stabilize the cap and make the pen feel that much sturdier.

    1. Hey thanks for the comment. not ried the Muji yet. I see what youre saying about the second o-ring…

    1. lol thanks my friend, taking today and tomorrow off if that’s OK – preaching twice tomorrow 🙂

  3. Very nice! I almost snagged one in my most recent order from JStationery. I have the Ohto Dude, which I Ike very much, as well. Maybe I’ll have to pick up the Tasche as well. 🙂

  4. Thank you very much for another excellent review. I also noticed that Cult Pens (no affiliation) is selling 3 for the price of 2 at the moment and they also stock a fourth colour – pink.

    Kind regards,


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