Where to get 'Hello Kitty', Korean Pens Online
March 16, 2023 1:57 PM   Subscribe

I love what I call Hello Kitty pens, which are Sanrio, and maybe from Korea. Typically they are .38mm. I used to buy these pens in person at a store in Chinatown in Chicago. When I moved I would get them online from Morning Glory pens. That site is closed so I am not sure where to go. Any pen people here? I was looking for the Morning-Glory-Mach-3-Rollerball-Pen-0.38-mm in purple with no luck.
posted by Boyd to Work & Money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Sorry, are these actually branded Hello Kitty?
posted by praemunire at 2:10 PM on March 16

do you have a picture of them?
posted by koroshiya at 2:21 PM on March 16

upon further poking it looks as though they may have been discontinued. you may want to try the uniball signo um-151 .38 in purple, which is probably available on jet pens. unfortunately, it's not a needle point, which is becoming rarer, but the signo pens are pretty great.
posted by koroshiya at 2:24 PM on March 16

Nevermind, looks like Jetpens is sold out. :(
posted by anotheraccount at 2:34 PM on March 16

The Mach 3 pens were discontinued a while ago by Morning Glory. A company called Lineplus makes a pen called Gazelle which appears to be a replica of the Mach 3. There may be an OEM relationship between Lineplus and Morning Glory, according to Namu Wiki - they actually have an entry just for the Morning Glory Mach line of pens.
posted by needled at 2:53 PM on March 16 [1 favorite]

I have no idea whether these Chinese pens are any good, but the prices are pretty darn good...
posted by kschang at 3:41 PM on March 16

Two semi-related suggestions: you might also like these .38mm pens with adorable cat toppers, or Uni's Signo pens (I love these.)
posted by pinochiette at 4:35 PM on March 16 [1 favorite]

Chicago-wise, there is a stationery store in the shopping area around the H-Mart in Niles (by King Spa). They have a ton of pens, and you might be able to find a substitute or something similar.
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:48 PM on March 16 [1 favorite]

Oh, shoot, just caught that you moved - sorry!
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:48 PM on March 16

I get my fine needle point rollerballs from AliExpress, here is a reliable seller with reliable pens; a purple ink is available on that page. Price is less than a dollar a pen with shipping. Order a bunch.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:13 AM on March 17

If a slightly larger tip is ok, I recommend these Pilot Precise V5 Rollerball pens, which are available in 0.5 mm, purple ink.
posted by Jemstar at 7:29 AM on March 17

For the record: Sanrio is Japanese, not Korean. So perhaps looking in a J-Mart could bring luck?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:56 AM on March 17 [2 favorites]

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