Review: Daiso x Hauser fountain pen

Yes, there’s another new Daiso fountain pen. I spotted this pen, produced by Hauser for Daiso, for the first time when I caved on the $5 Daiso Rosso Biancos.

A plastic barrel, cartridge-fill pen at Daiso’s typical price of $1.50, I was especially eager to try it out after the Rosso Bianco turned out to be a rebranded original Daiso fountain pen.

Daiso Hauser fountain pen
Daiso Hauser fountain pen

With basic packaging, the Daiso Hauser fountain pen has one included cartridge is loose in the package while the other is stored in the pen barrel. The cartridge pops into the feed easily without needing much pressure.

Despite being plastic, the look of the pen is very sleek, with small raised bumps on the cap and a large metal clip. The one I picked up is mostly transparent with a grey-black tint. I later saw a transparent deep blue version at the store. There’s no branding on the pen itself, which I think makes it look extra classy.

Daiso Hauser fountain pen
Daiso Hauser fountain pen

The nib is physically very small and reminds me of maru nibs for dip pens. There’s no opening at the base of the tines, though an “o” is inscribed there.

The packaging has no nib size is mentioned in English. Fooled by the small size of the nib itself, I initially thought this was a fine nib. Eventually, I noticed the 中字 on the packaging — it’s a medium nib.

Daiso Hauser, Daiso "original", Pilot Metropolitan (M)
Daiso Hauser (M), Daiso “original” (M), Pilot Metropolitan (M)

I should’ve known better anyway.

It’s obvious in the photos, and the ink flow on this is waaaaay smoother and way wetter than expected. Fast strokes and loop-de-loops are no problem at all. Writing with the pen at different angles — including with the nib upside down — is also mostly fine. And nib upside down produces a significantly thinner line, so maybe there’s a secret fine nib in this after all. :P

Daiso Hauser fountain pen initial writing sample
Initial writing test with faulty assumption about nib size (it’s an M nib).

The pen’s flexibility with angle makes it lot easier to draw and ink with, and its ability to accommodate fast strokes makes it nice to sketch with to boot.

There’s small, pleasant resistance on the page when using the Daiso Hauser and just a smidgen of scratchiness. It’s less scratchy and a little smoother than the regular Daiso fountain pen, which I already thought was fine, so maybe this pen is the small upgrade to the Daiso fountain pen I was looking for in the Rosso Bianco? Of course it’d be the cheaper pen that wins out in the end.

Though even with the plastic body, the Daiso Hauser doesn’t necessarily look cheap, just pragmatic? The complete lack of branding on the pen helps. It doesn’t look cheap in the way the Platinum Preppy looks cheap.

Drawing with Daiso Hauser fountain pen
Drawing with Daiso Hauser fountain pen

Like the other Daiso fountain pens, the Daiso Hauser is also compatible with international size ink cartridges.

The default black ink is alcohol-proof (Copic-proof) and is kinda water resistant, but definitely not waterproof. Ink runs readily when exposed to water, but the original writing remains fairly legible once dried.

Daiso Hauser fountain pen VS alcohol marker and water
Daiso Hauser fountain pen VS Copic marker and water (it looks better once it dries, lol).

Knowing now that it’s a M nib, it’s weird to me that the Daiso Hauser seems to produce lines a teeny bit thinner than the F nib on the Daiso Rosso Bianco. Or at the very least, it produces a line of the same width.

Maybe that says more about the supposed F nib on the Rosso Bianco than it says about the Hauser though, whose lines are also comparable to the M nib Daiso fountain pen and the M nib on the Pilot Metropolitan. (But when I did the Rosso Bianco review, it seemed to have a thinner line than the M nib Daiso pen?? Paper and ink have been consistent, so I dunno what’s up with that.)

Daiso Hauser line width
Daiso Hauser (M, misidentified as F) VS Daiso Rosso Bianco (misread as Russo Blanco) (F), Daiso original (M), and Pilot Metro (M)

A lot of Daiso’s brush pens are produced by Platinum or Zebra, even if they also include Daiso branding. This was the first time I’d seen another brand featured so prominently on the packaging for a Daiso fountain pen though.

I’d never heard of Hauser before, but the very sparse About Us page on their site explains that “Flair Writing Industries Limited offers “Hauser” writing products since 2014,” so they’re a fairly new brand. While Hauser is German, Flair Writing Instruments seems to be an Indian pen exporter… founded in 2016…? So, uh, I’m very confused, but I guess it doesn’t really matter.

The pen writes well!

Additional writing test with Daiso Hauser fountain pen
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Over the holidays, after discovering that my youngest brother has opinions about and actual preferences in writing instruments, I let him try all the fountain pens I had on me to see if he’d like them. He has a weird grip and holds pens at an extremely vertical angle, which made almost every pen skip dramatically. The Daiso Hauser pen was the one he could produce the least skippy line with, so I gifted it to him.

I bought another one as soon as I got home.

Drawing of Rookidee with Daiso Hauser fountain pen and Copic markers
Drawing of Rookidee with Daiso Hauser fountain pen and Copic markers on the back of an envelope.

About the author

Kiri is a Seattle-based artist, writer, webmaster, and (brush) pen enthusiast with over 12 years of convention and event vending experience and a lot of opinions.