Review: Namisu Horizon

Remember the Brutalist Namisu Naos I reviewed a couple of weeks back? Well the pen I’m reviewing here, the Horizon, could not be more different in its design approach.

While the Naos was all ruler-straight lines and flat ends, the Horizon, when capped, is all curve.

Run your finger from end to end, past the flush-fitting barrel, and it swoops without any hard transition. There’s no clip, trim rings or logo. Even the tiny finials embedded in the ends of the cap and barrel don’t interrupt the torpedo shape.

The version I have here is in blue anodised aluminium, with a steel grip, and at time of writing this configuration is on sale for just £36, from an RRP of £45. A titanium version is available, priced similar to the Naos at just over £100.

I’m impressed with the quality you get for this price. The anodised finish is even and well done, even though a royal blue like this is not my favourite colour. The inset finial is so nicely done. There’s a little bevel at the end of the section, the cap lip is finished, the threads are square-cut.

The attention to detail is wonderful. And the size, weight and proportions are just right: it feels like a mature and refined design.

Like all Namisus, the Horizon’s cap unscrews really quickly. I didn’t experience any problems with the cap coming loose or the nib drying out, so the threads are doing their job well. And so far the anodising on the threads shows no sign of chipping or wearing.

Underneath is the section, which is satin-finished and tapers ever so slightly towards the nib. It’s actually a very good size, about 11mm to 12mm across, and long enough that the somewhat sharp threads and barrel step don’t get in the way.

My one problem with the Horizon is that I just didn’t get on with this section in the hand. I’m not sure if it’s the slight taper, or the satin finish, but I found it slippery and hard to find a comfortable grip on. I know plenty of people have no issues, but this pen made my old fear of metal sections flare up.

Naturally the Horizon is fed by a converter (supplied), and the business end is a polished steel Bock #6.

It writes just fine, so as I said in my review of the Naos, either Bock has stepped up its game or Namisu is doing a quality check.

The Horizon is a midweight pen, at 28g uncapped, and the steel section brings that weight to the front, so it feels agile. I found it plenty long enough, but if you’re a poster, you’re out of luck. The cap won’t even slightly fit on the end.

And that’s all I really have to say. The Horizon is a well-designed and well-made pen, at an affordable price. My only significant criticism is that I found the section slippery, which is a dealbreaker for me but ultimately a very personal thing.

Namisu sent me this pen for free to review. You can get yours here.

6 thoughts on “Review: Namisu Horizon

  1. When I saw this pen I thought wow so clean, so stylish then I saw the section and enthusiasm died. Satin steel sections just don’t suit my skin and I always feel the pen is slipping. Apart from that I thought this is a new pen to join my wee collection but it’s not to be.

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  2. That’s an absolutely cracking price for a #6 nib Bock holder (presumably it unscrews?) – even more so if the quality of the finish is as good as it seems. Schmidt-branded converter too, by the looks of it?

    A universe away from that Parker Jotter – ifI didn’t already have the more expensive Studio, I’d definitely snap this up.

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    • Exactly! I always try to remember that price categories get smaller the lower you go — someone who feels that £15 is an expensive investment for a pen is going to think that £36 is an insane amount, in the same way as I might think it’s OK to spend £500 but not £1000. But yeah, skip a couple of takeaways and get a proper pen instead of the Jotter. For my money I would prefer to have one of the Studios, just because their sections work for me while this one doesn’t. But this is very good value for money.

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  3. Their older pen, the Ixion, had a longer term issue with the anodising – wore off, became very smelly under the fingers, and super slippy. At least they’ve got the QC of the nib right – my experience was appalling with what they sent out.

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    • Yes, I reviewed the Ixion back in 2017 and reported the anodising flaking almost immediately — along with the crappy communication and poor nibs, that put me off Namisu for the past three years. From what I see here they’ve got it all under control now. Second chances…

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