To those who have laid eyes upon it, the legend needs no introduction:
The Pilot Myu gains its 100% deserved reputation with its rarity (i.e., not very, or not too much so) and its quality. Made from steel all over, it has the polished-chrome look of last-century modernism, and its slim, tapered profile definitely harbours futuristic intentions.
Like last week’s Long/Short, the Myu features a telescoping design, where the (long) cap posts on the end of the (short) body to extend into a full-sized pen. When the pen is uncapped, a slight examination will reveal the nib size and the date code, which denotes the month in which the pen was produced.
The Myu really benefits from its design speciality — a nib which is integrated into the body proper, like so:
This does mean that if you want to get a nib grind on it, it’s even more irreversible than a typical nib, which can be replaced (with some difficulty in certain cases). For a damaged Myu nib, the whole body has to be sent in for repairs.
Furthermore, taking the Myu completely apart is a really difficult task. The feed doesn’t come out easily at all, and in the picture below, I’ve left it half-out. I did this only for the purposes of washing some very stubborn dark ink out; cleaning the Myu does not require such thorough disassembly.
The screw bolt is the hardest thing to remove, because it’s often screwed in really tight. This page has some tips on how to get it out, but it is a rather involved procedure and isn’t necessary at all.
I’ve shaved my original medium down into a fine cursive italic, which I hugely enjoy. I did find the medium a little too big for my regular handwriting size, especially for a pen as small as this!
The Myu, while no longer made, is still not too hard to find online on the secondary market, albeit with wildly varying prices. Mine was rather expensive (the mediums are a bit rarer), ameliorated a little by the fact that it was a user-grade pen rather than something to keep pristine — really the only reason I dared to grind it down in the first place.
It’s hard to beat on looks, and if you really like it, it’s worth trying to hunt one down. On a work desk, it looks like no other pen does:
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