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When I got this pen,...
April 14, 2012
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When I got this pen, I thought "fine," meant it would write like the HighAce Neo. I was wrong.

Here is a list of nibs Sailor puts in their pens:
Sailor Clear Candy: F-2
Sailor HighAce Neo: F-4
Sailor Desk Pen (extra fine): F-9 (EF) [You could probably ink a love-letter on a single piece of oatmeal with this.]

While I was surprised by the thicker nib, it is still what I would consider a "fine," point and it writes quite nicely. If you have a Lamy Safari, as I do, it would sit at about F-1 in the Sailor scale (you definitely get a slightly thicker and wetter line with the Safari). For me, the finer is the better - so the Clear Candy is now my carry-everywhere general pen; something I have been hesitant about using the Sailor HighAce Neo for due to its smaller size and thinner plastic shell.

Some other pluses:
*The fat body makes for comfortable long-term writing and note-taking and the non-notched barrel is nice.
*Clear! The HighAce Neo could have always used a window... but forget the puny little window, now you can get an entirely clear pen! It would be nice, however, if they started making these pens with the F-4 nib or even the F-9; if they did, I'd never write with anything else ever again.
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I was skeptical when...
October 17, 2011
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I was skeptical when I saw an American pen with a nib labeled as "extra fine," and with good reason - it is not. I was tempted to rate this three stars due to misrepresentation on the nib size but it [does] write quite nicely for a chunky-writer. I tend to write at about 1/8" text height so finding pens that deliver fine lines and paper ruled accordingly is tough. If anyone reading this is looking for a [real] fine nib - check out Sailor. I definitely have to note the build quality though - this pen just feels like a workhorse fountain pen when you pick it up; it's very solid for a budget fountain pen. If the extra-fine nib were truly extra-fine... this would likely have been a five-star pen for me, but it could pass for a medium-nib pen in some circles.
I got this to use in...
April 19, 2011
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I got this to use in my Sailor HighAce Neo and it does not show through Moleskine Cahier paper at all. I have used this ink on a variety of papers and it does not feather on any of them. I've noticed some inconsistency in ink flow (sometimes light, sometimes dark) but I chalk that up to using such a fine nib. For no feathering and and no show-through it is definitely great stuff - and I love the color.
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This is actually my second...
April 19, 2011
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This is actually my second HighAce Neo. Real "F," tip and suitable for narrow-rule paper or smaller. Expect a true fine line.
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You're buying the nib...
April 19, 2011
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You're buying the nib when you get this pen. The body is cheap plastic and only serves to move around what has to be [the] finest nib I've yet to use on a fountain pen. With about a .4mm line, this is what I [expect] when a manufacturer labels their nib "F." If you, like me, actually write using narrow-rule or smaller - this is your pen. Love it.
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I have been using G-Tec...
September 3, 2008
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I have been using G-Tec C4 pens and Pilot (Precise) P-500's and finding the Hi-Tec-C was great fortune. I have seen some say that the Hi-Tec is the G-Tec with a different name but this is far from true. The ink in the Hi-Tec is far less soluble than that used in the G-Tec and Precise pens (I think the Precise is the American version of the G-Tec as the ink behaves very similarly).

This isn't a knock on the G-Tec or Precise pens, as there are uses for smudging ink. If you would like to wash sketches a bit - the G-Tec and Precise pens are for you - but not the Hi-Tec.

The Hi-Tec is awesome for a fine line that won't smear or smudge. It also works great in Moleskine Sketchbooks and Cahiers. I got both the 0.3mm and 0.25mm Hi-Tec pens and the 0.25mm is ludicrously fine.
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