I have got a request to do a mini review on a Multi8 pen, so here is the quick review!
I think I bought my Multi8 in 2008 when I was in Japan, and I’ve always loved it since I got it! I often draw small illustrations on corners of small notes or post-it notes, and this Multi8 makes them really colourful!
There is also a product called Super Multi8, but this is a standard Multi8. You can purchase just a pen with 8 sticks of colour lead already set inside, but I bought a “Multi8 set” so it came with 16 sticks of colour lead (2 for each colour) and a sharpner. (*Plus 8 sticks were already set inside the pen so 24 sticks in total!)
When I bought my Multi8 set it was 2000 yen + free shipping or something on Amazon.co.jp. The colour lead lasts for a very long time (unless you colour something really large!) and I never use a sharpner, so I personally think that you don’t really need to buy a set. If you search for “Pentel Bible Highlighter” or “Pentel 8-in-1” you’ll be able to find the ones (not a set) which are designed for the markets outside Japan, and I think they’re cheaper than purchasing an Original Multi8 set. (By the way, I’ve seen a Multi8 which has different colours inside so you should check it before purchasing it!)
By the way, MUJI sells a set for 2000 yen (it’s made by Pentel, but it has a MUJI packaging) in Japan, but I couldn’t find it on the English MUJI website, so probably it’s not available outside Japan..? This is the one you can buy at Japanese MUJI:
Sorry, the quality of this photo is really bad, but these are the 8 colours you get.