I wish I could give this set 10 stars. Pilot does it again with this pen set,
and has forever instilled in me a love for the brand and its products. With
many gel pen sets, you always have a few pens (usually oranges and pinks) that
lay down a light, too-white line that renders the pens unusable on normal white
stock paper. Not so with the Maica.
The first thing I did when I got this set was test out the lightest pen colors,
particularly Apricot Orange, Baby Pink, and Light Blue. As soon as the pen tips
touched paper, however, all of my fears for having three unusable pens were
absolved. Not only are these colors usable, they are distinct colors in
themselves. Both the Apricot Orange and Baby Pink are softer, warmer colors than
their Orange and Pink counterparts. The Light Blue pen was the best surprise.
The color is not light at all and is more like a vibrant sky blue hue. This
became one of my favorite colors in the set, and I would even purchase this
color by itself.
Also, despite the needlepoint, the pen writes incredibly smoothly with no skips
or line unevenness, and wow, are the colors super vibrant.
I would recommend this pen to anyone who is looking for a needlepoint pen with
vibrant ink. The packaging is a little girly (of which I am not particularly a
fan, especially when I use it at work), but the writing experience is so
wonderful that this is a very minimal concern for me.
When I first got this pen, I was highly disappointed with the writing
experience. It skipped often and would not lay down a straight line without
some unevenness. I was going to throw this pen away, which was a shame since
the golden pearly body is so beautiful, but decided to give it one last shot
after reading reviews about faulty Lamy nibs.
I took it to an FP shop, and after they cleaned out the ink channel and
re-aligned the tines...well, now I understand all of the hype behind the Lamy
FP. With the exception of some skipping when I start up the pen, this Al-Star
provides a smooth, fine writing experience. The aluminum body is surprisingly
very light, and I've experienced no writing fatigue after 2 hours of straight
writing. I absolutely love the plastic ink cartridge view on the side of the
pen because it helps me gauge how much ink I have left--invaluable for when I am
Overall, this is an excellent FP in a beautiful, feminine color. The JetPens
product image provides an excellent representation of the pen's true color, so
if you like how the pen looks on the web, you'll like it as well in real life.
If you do experience irregular writing and/or skipping, I would recommend taking
it to a FP store and see if there are any problems with tine alignment.
This is my go-to pen. I recently purchased a number of different fine tip pens,
and with the exception of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica pens, this is my absolute
favorite. It's definitely my go-to when writing down notes during meetings and
now journaling. The 0.28 fine tip makes my writing more precise and neat. It
writes well on Moleskine paper, but it will sometimes rip more delicate paper if
you use a lot of pressure in your writing.
Only downside is that despite the fine tip, you do use a lot of ink! I've been
using this pen daily for about a week and a half, and already my ink is down to
half capacity. I do write a lot of notes, but I wish the pen lasted longer.
Overall, I love this pen, and I am thrilled I can buy ink refills rather than
buying a new pen.
Beautiful pen with beautiful ink. The writing is smooth and looks like pencil
on paper. This pen is perfect for artists or those who need to write with a
very fine line for illustrations. Unfortunately, I bought this pen for
writing--mostly journaling or note taking during meetings. The ink is too light
for serious note-taking, in my opinion, especially when you want your writing to
stand out so you can quickly flip back and forth between pages. I will save
this pen and use it for something other than writing.
I recently ordered a bunch of thin point pens, and this pen wins the race by a
mile. The ink is crisp and bright, even though it's pink. It writes very well
on Moleskine paper and does not cause tears or rips. There is absolutely no
bleed through. The best part about writing with this pen, though, is how sturdy
it feels in my hand. Maybe it's because of the thickness of the body of the
pen, but there is no wobbliness at all. LOVE this pen. I'm going to buy all of
the colors available for the 0.3 mm tip.