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[Pen/Pencil Review] The Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm in Pink Ink

Posted by reudaly on April 30, 2012 in Life |

A couple of weeks ago, JetPens.com did a random “We’re giving away samples to bloggers” deal. They were very specific that this was a bunch of samples they were just going to send out willy-nilly to bloggers who emailed in, so…and this is a nearly direct quote, “A guy could get a sparkly pink pen.”

I took that as a challenge and wrote in that I wanted in on the “Sparkly Pink Pen Roulette”. I meant it as a joke, but JetPens was quick to reiterate that the shipment of pens was completely random. Okay. Then I had a HUGE laugh when what came in the mail was a Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm PINK ROLLERBALL PEN! This is funny because those of you who know me know that I’m the LEAST PINK person on the planet.

It’s also a chance to revisit this pen again. I’ve wrote about the Hi-Tec-C before in other points and colors. But this is my first PINK one – and honestly, I can’t tell you if this is STRAWBERRY Pink, CHERRY Pink or any of the other three SHADES of PINK the Hi-Tec-C comes in. To my eye, it’s just pink. I really do like the Pilot Hi-Tec-C line – in any color because they do points like 0.4mm (and smaller). It runs almost 6.25″ with the cap posted, and 5.5″ capped. This pen has been comfortable in my had in other incarnations and remains so now.

As for the pen being pink, Pilot has some rich ink colors. This pink is a darker pink, toward the purple end of the spectrum, so it shows up well. The Hi-Tec-C needle points and rollerballs have little to no skipping or bleeding. For a pink pen, it’s really nice.

Now to the numbers:

1. How does it work?1 This pen works well. The ink flows well and it’s comfortable.
2. Grip and feel0.5 – The grip is actually textured into the plastic. It’s ribbed. For the kind of pen it is, it’s okay.
3. Material0.5 This is an inexpensive, plastic pen. It is what it is. It’s a serviceable specialty color gel ink.
4. Overall Design1 -It’s a good pen for everyday use. It’s a go-to pen. Pilot makes a good pen
5. Price Point0.5 – For a possibly disposable pen (though it does have refills) and the fact that you can only order it from JetPens, it’s not the least expensive pen on the market. It’s $3.30 a piece. So that might be a detractor.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 bronze pencils.

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