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Hers Experimental Design Laboratory is a design company in Japan similar to IDEO in the US. Such companies are famous for rethinking and rebuilding common objects in innovative ways. The head designer and president Chiaki Murata envisioned Metaphys as a new stationery concept. Murata-san and Metaphys have extensive design experience and have been involved in projects such as Microsoft Xbox console design, the Hono electric candle and Uzu cyclone vacuum cleaner (both Red Dot Design Award winners). Metaphys continues that creative tradition with its clean and thoughtful stationery line.
The Locus 3Way Multi Pen was created from the designer's perspective and features many unusual characteristics. For example, rather than locating the eraser on the top of the pencil and thus requiring users to interrupt their writing and drawing experience, the Locus is designed with the eraser at the tip. Just twist the body of the pen to reveal an eraser that you can click (also known as “knock”) to extend. Rotating the body again will reveal in turn the eraser, 0.5 mm mechanical pencil, and 0.5 mm black ballpoint pen. The pencil has a very elegant visual design and weight. Different body colors as well as are available.
Since Hers is a design company, these pens can be considered a prototype of their concept. Please take care in using these instruments as JetPens has found that the bodies are susceptible to scratching. Also, please retract writing instruments after used to avoid ink bleeding (ink is difficult to remove from the body once stained).