Mpingo Slimline Ballpoint Pens

Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is commonly known as African Blackwood and frequently used in the manufacture of musical instruments due to it’s high density and ability to take a fine finish. While this pen looks like it’s all black, there is actually some swirling grain that shows up as reddish undertones that’s difficult to photograph. You’ll really like the weight of this pen because the wood is very dense, so the pen is heavier than you expect and feels nice in the hand.

Mechanism: Cross style in gold with black accents.

Finish: Bee’s, carnauba and paraffin wax with mineral oil. Sanded to 0000 steel wool.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0029
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

While this pen looks like it’s been cut from two different blanks, there really was that sharp of a demarcation in the wood. Mpingo is a joy to work with. It’s hard and tools almost like a plastic, and takes a wonderful finish. The nicest parts are the red undertones that you simply can’t see in the photo, especially on the lower barrel where it appears black, but if you bring it out into the sun, you’ll see the red beneath the surface. Beautiful!

Mechanism: A Cross style mechanism in gun metal gray.

Finish: Bee’s, carnauba and paraffin wax with mineral oil. Sanded to 0000 steel wool.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0022
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo above by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

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