The popularity of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C extends outside of the stationery addict world. They are one of the most popular gel ink pens in the market because they come in a wide range of colours and tip sizes and write consistently well.
My favourite Hi-Tec-C is the cherry pink 0.5mm. There is something about this colour that I love. I first started using it in the Pilot Coleto and instantly fell in love. However its not so easy to get the same colour in the Hi-Tec-C outside the US. Recently I bought some goodies from Jet Pens and saw that they had my beloved Cherry Pink in stock so I decided to stock up.
The pull of the Hi-Tec-C
Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens are popular due to the range of available colour options and tip sizes. They come in 0.25, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5mm tip sizes. For fine line pen enthusiasts the Pilot Hi-Tec-C satisfies a need thats not covered within the mass market pen world. Not only that but you can get this gel pen in a good range of colours. Jet Pens have a great overview of the Hi-Tec-C paying homage to this famous pen.
Personally I enjoy using a 0.4 or 0.5mm tip. I find that this still gives me a nice fine line but also writes smoothly on all types of paper. In the past when using the 0.3mm I have had some ink flow issues and found it to be slightly scratchy on the page.
Why do I love this colour so much?
There is something about the cherry pink that captures my attention every time. I reach for this pen non stop and cannot help using it. The cherry pink Hi-Tec-C is not very pink at all, I think it looks like a soft shade of red. I have a Pilot G-Tec-C4 in red and as you can see in the photo to the right there are differences between the colours when you look at them closely, but the cherry pink definitely has a lot of red tones.
An enjoyable writing experience
The Hi-Tec-C consistently writes well giving you a really enjoyable writing experience. I have found with various different paper stocks, from Field Notes memo books through to my Hobonichi Techo the Hi-Tec-C writes smoothly and doesn't have any bleed through issues.
The Hi-Tec-C Upgrade
As the Hi-Tec-C is such a popular gel ink pen choice there have been numerous third party pen barrels created that use the Hi-Tec-C refill. The Karak Kustoms Render K, the Ateleia, Pen Type A and B are some examples. The fact that there are so many third party pens highlights the popularity of the Hi-Tec-C. I use my beloved Cherry Pink refill in my Render K. I find the standard plastic casing of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C basic and a little unsturdy. You get some flex from the pen barrel and I find the width of the pen barrel uncomfortable when writing for long periods of time. However putting this refill in a nice high quality pen barrel such as the Karas Kustoms Render K makes it much more enjoyable to use.
My Cherry Pink Pitch
Here is my final pitch. If you have not tried the Cherry Pink Hi-Tec-C give it a go. It's a little tricky to find, especially if you are outside the US, but this colour is magical. It's the perfect colour for annotating and amending notes, it looks lovely being used for journaling entries, doodling in your notebook and just generally jazzing up your notes at work. Plus it's a small outlay at $3.30.
Have I convinced you?