I was studying on another website and ran across a blurb that said that a pen is also called mannenhitsu in Japan. Is there a difference between the two? If not, is mannenhitsu said sometimes, just as often, or more often as pen in Japanese?

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    Do you mean "mannenhitsu" (まんねんひつ,万年筆)?
    – fefe
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 0:30
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    Please use a dictionary! Any reasonable Japanese-English dictionary should state that “mannenhitsu” means a fountain pen. Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 23:28

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万年筆(まんねんひつ) specifically refers to fountain pens, whereas ペン is more generic and can also refer to other types of pens, such as ballpoint pens.

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