Filofax, Hobonichi Techo, Pentel Multi8 Review

Pentel Multi8 Review!

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!)

This is an instruction manual, and it’s written in English on the rear side.

Comparison to BIC’s 4-colour ink pen:

When I bought my Multi8 set it was 2000 yen + free shipping or something on  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:

ポリカーボネイト8色鉛筆芯シャープペン 8色・替芯付き

Sorry, the quality of this photo is really bad, but these are the 8 colours you get.

I used to draw a lot of pictures when I was using a Hobonichi Techo, and here are some examples 🙂  They’re all coloured by a Multi8.

And these are the Week On Two Pages for this week 🙂

I hope you liked my review!

Filofax, Hobonichi Techo, Stamps, Stickers

Stamps & Stickers for my filofax

These are the stamps I use for my filofax.  I don’t use them as often as I used to,  but they are useful to make the pages look neat.

 Probably I should use a different colour for each stamp, but I only use the red ink now.

And this is a small file to keep all my stickers in- I bought most of my stickers when I was in Japan.

I cut off the front cover of the file and used to use it like this↓.  Well, now I think that I didn’t really have to cut off the front cover to use it this way, but probably there was probably some reason at that time… :P??

This daily planner is called Hobonichi Techo, and I was using it until I bought a filofax.  I used to be a big fan of Hobonichi Techo which is probably the most popular daily planner in Japan.   I used it for 4 years until I bought a filofax.

I used it as a planner & diary, and I used to really enjoy writing things in and decorating it with stamps, stickers, photos and some of my illlustrations.

I used to carry a Multi8 with me so I could colour my illustrations at a coffee shop or wherever I wanted 🙂  I still love my Multi8, but I don’t carry it around with me anymore.

This is how my filofax looks like now- really different from how I used to use my Hobonichi Techos, but this suits me the best right now and I’m very happy with it!

Thanks for reading!