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A Pilot MYU Review


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#1 AndyHayes

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 14:10

First Impressions
I had been looking for a MYU for some time, but was not willing to pay the prices that were being asked. A cheaper one would eventually come up, but would soon be snapped up by the more fleet of finger. £75 was my limit on this pen and this is exactly what I paid. I knew the seller from previous deals and her pens have always turned out to be better than described. There was little description with this, but it did not disappoint.

Oddly, at the time of writing this review there is no MYU review on FPN. MYU owners must be a reticent bunch!

Appearance
This pen has an almost unique appearance, the body of the pen becomes the nib in what could best be described as aircraft styling.

Design/Size/Weight
Its a pen in the short/long style, meaning that posting the pen takes it to its full length. It would be very difficult to write with if you were not to post it, unless you have very small hands. Despite it being made from stainless steel it feels very light, due to its size.

Nib
I have only ever seen these being sold in fine and medium sizes. This one is a fine. I rarely use fine nib, preferring stubs and broad nibs, but such a stylish pen should not be overlooked. It is a true fine and writes well.

Filling System
A CON20 fits this pen or Pilot's proprietary wide-necked cartridges also fit. I buy these in the UK from The Writing Desk. No affiliation, I only mention it because they are not available easily due to their proprietary nature.

Cost and Value
I have seen these being offered at around the $200 mark. If you pay that much in my opinion you are paying too much. $150 seems a lot, but you are getting a unique pen which you can use. The nearest pen to this in design is the Parker T1. The big difference is that the Parker is titanium, but people who own them just wont use them. Not due to the value or rarity, apparently due to the fragility of the tipping. A pen that you can't write with is just a stick.

Conclusion
It has been a long time coming, and it's a pen that probably wont stand out in a crowd, but it is a pen that when you show it to even those unenlightened enough to use FPs they can't help but be impressed by the style/engineering. Am I glad that I bought - you bet! If I lost it would I buy another - definitely.

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#2 Ondina

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 14:40

Fantastic pen, Mr. Hayes, and a great review. It certainly catches the eye. I'm wondering, what sensation does it give while writing? Stiffer than normal, average? Is really a beautiful piece, although I share your taste on broader nibs.
Thank you for reviewing it.

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 14:53

Well done Andy. Nice review on a nice pen. I bought one sometime ago as I felt (and still do feel) that my collection would not be complete without a MYU.

Mike

Edited by Keng, 26 July 2008 - 14:55.

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#4 AndyHayes

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 15:09

Ondina - Yes it is stiff - nail-like, but not unpleasant like I found my Rotring 600 to be. I assume that this is down to the weight of the pen and the smoothness of the nib. It really is a pleasure to write with. I was worried about how I would take to the grip, it being smooth and tapered, but even that is OK, probably down to the weight.

Mike - Yes, I know what you mean about the incomplete collection!
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Posted 26 July 2008 - 16:04

Nice review Andy. And it is the kind of pen that catches your eye once you see that nib. That is when I first noticed them, from a photo here on FPN.

By the way, I do think there are a couple of others reviews here. I believe that MYU published one a while back (do these things fall off?).


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 17:24

I like your review, Andy--thanks for posting it. smile.gif

Y'know, the odd thing about FPN is that you can't search for 3 letters or less. So "MYU" turns up nothing. I think there was a review a long time back, maybe 4 years ago. Perhaps it rolled off like Doug said, because I can't find it either.

Anyway, there is a somewhat recent review about the Pilot short/pocket pens in general that includes the MYU. An updated version is located on Googlepages. These are great pens, yet I do think $200 is overpriced for a MYU701. The current price surge is not very justified, IMHO. Based on some people's auction wins, I'm suspecting there's perhaps one or two buyers soaking them up for back channel selling at higher prices. One advantage of selling a pen is that it doesn't take up much space. Sitting in a pen tray for a year at a vintage pen shop or at pen shows until it goes for $250-$300 is probably worth someone's wait.

Given the increased volume of these pens on auction (you often see more than a half-dozen up for sale at one time), I believe there's bound to be a saturation point and the price will come down. Especially if the dollar rises in value. From two years ago, you're looking at around a 30% discount with the deflation of the USD for those fortunate folks on the Euro.

Edited by MYU, 26 July 2008 - 17:37.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 20:42

...(edit)... Based on some people's auction wins, I'm suspecting there's perhaps one or two buyers soaking them up for back channel selling at higher prices. One advantage of selling a pen is that it doesn't take up much space. Sitting in a pen tray for a year at a vintage pen shop or at pen shows until it goes for $250-$300 is probably worth someone's wait.


Looks like you may have been right, MYU. Now (April 2010) you'll be lucky to find more than two on ebay (international) at any given time. The last ones I saw went for $220 plus.

Thanks AndyHayes, nice review.

Even though I've had problems with my 701, I'm still deliriously happy with it. It's a design classic.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 21:02

This may seem a stupid question, is there any connection between this pen, Pilot MYU and Pilot M90. By the way nice review.

No hold everything found it, its the latest version also known as the MYU 90. Obvious really.

Edited by Ed Ronax, 06 April 2010 - 21:10.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 21:13

This may seem a stupid question, is there any connection between this pen, Pilot MYU and Pilot M90. By the way nice review.

No hold everything found it, its the latest version also known as the MYU 90. Obvious really.

the MYU, or Myu 701, is the grandfather of the M90. The M90 was created to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Pilot, Hence the 90, M not because it is MYU, but rather it's the symbol µ, when stylized, resembles an M.
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 21:18

I am also looking on this pen but the prices I have seen on ebay are way too high. Congratulations!

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 21:41

I am also looking on this pen but the prices I have seen on ebay are way too high. Congratulations!


I understand and sympathise.

But let's bear in mind that the prices mentioned in this review are from 2008. These pens are now becoming harder to find and, as such, the prices will increase.

Maybe $200+ is now the going rate for a 701?

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 00:45

I've been trying to snipe a MYU 701 on eBay for a few months now (I did manage to win a M90 a few weeks ago). Prices have ranged over the last few months between $125 to $226 for NOS MYU 701, plus about $13 for shipping from Japan.

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