e+m Allwood Ballpoint Pen Review

12 December 2016 By ian

e+m make some beautiful looking pens and pencils from wood. I reviewed one of their clutch pencils three years ago and I still enjoy it very much. The Allwood pen is a budget ballpoint.

I was able to get this pen at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of the site. These are my own honest opinions.

Price: £9.50
Tip size options: supplied with a medium tip
Barrel options: wood stained blue, green, orange or white
Ink type: ballpoint

The barrel is stained wood, available in four colours. My orange version is bright and cheery. The chrome hardware sets it off nicely. It’s a good looking pen.

The clip is reasonably clippy and strong. It’s easily removed if you like live dangerously.

The push button has a pleasant click when deploying or retracting the tip. Unfortunately it’s a little rattly and has a tendency to work loose.

There’s no play in the tip when deployed. The barrel’s a simple straight cylinder and makes no concessions to comfort. It’s not a pen for long writing sessions.

The supplied refill is a reasonable ballpoint: quite smooth and consistent. If you like ballpoints then you’ll find this to be okay. If you don’t, it won’t change your mind. It’s a standard Parker/G2 size so there are many alternatives if you wish to dabble.

The Allwood1 writes reasonably, isn’t particularly comfortable but looks great.


Standard refill giving lots of options


Not very comfortable in prolonged use

  1. It isn’t all wood