Friday, March 2, 2012

Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black

Designated by Tombow as the Zoom 858 bw, but better known as the "Egg Matte Black", this pen won the prestigious European Red Dot award in 1989.  Introduced in 1987, and officially launched in 1988, it did not take long before Egg took off as a darling anomaly of the pen community.
                                                            (Photos courtesy of I Love Pens)

Touted as the "thickest" writing instrument in the world, Egg is the antithesis of the Zoom 707, Tombow's "thinnest" offering to date.

In its attempt to expand creative muscles, Tombow, a producer of artistically designed writing instruments and creative office products since 1913, literally knocked this one out of the park with the amazing Tombow Egg Rollerball Pen.

Unusual is an understatement when describing Egg.  Its specs read: 108 mm capped, 134 mm posted, and a whopping 20 mm in diameter.  Coupled with the matte black color and the incorporation of velvex coating over an ABS plastic barrel, makes this Egg a go-to writing implement of choice. 

As somewhat of a "Cult" pen, if located, Egg is available in Gloss Black,  Silver,  Matte Grey, the rare White Egg, and of course Matte Black.  The Egg family also includes the even rarer Egg Fountain Pen.
 Tombow employs a smooth writing liquid pigment black ink inside of a 0.5 mm fine point cartridge.  It lays down a vibrant black ink line on paper.  Using this pen is a real treat.  Having large hands, I personally appreciate Egg's ample girth.  Is this ergonomic marvel for everyone?  Probably not.  Those with smaller hands may complain it is too thick, or that it is way too short.  Maybe Tombow's Zoom 707 is for them.  I however thoroughly enjoy calling upon the Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black Pen for a host of writing tasks, as such I highly recommend it. 


  1. Nice write up. I enjoyed all of the history you shared on this pen. Great job.

    1. Why thank you. It really is a remarkable pen, and I enjoy using it quite a bit.

  2. Thanks for the great comments. Now I really appreciate my 848bw silver rollerball

  3. Your more than welcome! Since this post, I ve managed to obtain quite a few Eggs, including three Egg Fountain Pens, which are a whole different writing experience!