Posted 5 years ago
I was going through some stored items and I found a pen I had been gifted years ago. It is a stubby, fat, ballpoint pen, labeled: "The Portly Pen" in a small, white box from Brookstone. The pen has a black, matte finish with "gold" trim. It is 5" in length. The box is 5.5" x 1" x 1". There is a small "MADE I N JAPAN" sticker on the body of the pen. The box also has a sticker that reads: "#15883-00 JAPAN". There is a clear plastic sleeve containing a spare ink refill inside the box.
I've tried all kinds of searches on collectables websites and have found nothing about it. I even tried searching Brookstone's website through Archive.org's The Wayback Machine, but I had no luck. I found an old listing with no pictures on eBay Italy, but that's it.
It is not a fine pen by any means. It was gifted to me years ago and I used it once and put it back in the box. I can't recall when I was given this pen, but I guess it might have been in the 1990s.
UPDATE: I have found through various web searches that the design is inpired by, very similar to, or a copy of the the Tombow Zoom Egg.
I inquired with Tombow (a pen manufacturer in Japan since 1913) but the customer service person gave very short and not very helpful answers to my questions. The Tombow Zoom Egg is no longer made. So I still have no real answers. I will inquire with Brookstone.
Any help in learning more about this pen would be greatly appreciated.