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.
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 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.
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.
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.