True to its name, this ink is like the flesh of a ripe mango. It's an
orangey-yellow color that's about the color of the pen cap. It's not quite
yellow ... not quite orange ... but it's a beautiful color in its own right. The
ink is highly visible -- definitely not neon -- since there's enough orange in
the color to make it stand out. With a 0.4 mm width and an exceptional color,
this is a definite recommendation for anyone wanting to venture out from the
normal color schemes.
Color: Mango/orangey-yellow/fresh orange juice
Readability: Visible at-a-glance, won't strain your eyes to read it
Smoothness: At 0.4 mm, this pen writes very smoothly
The color is such a bright neon that you should only use this pen for drawing
leaves or coloring, not writing. Even at 0.4 mm width, the ink is difficult to
read. I tried writing over the words a couple times, and it's still pretty hard
to read. If you want a pretty green color that IS readable, go for the Hi-Tec-C
"Apple Green" color (it's a grass green/apple green color). That was how I
imagined this pen to be before I got the Muscat pen and started writing with
While the Soda Blue and Grape colors are washed out in the Cutie Colors series,
and the Mango and Strawberry amazingly bright, this Muscat has become a
highlighter. In fact, if you got this pen, you should go ahead and use it to
highlight text, because you won't be able to see it unless it's in a thick block
I bought this pen after being so disappointed by other green inks I had tried
over the years. If you are looking for a thin line and good readability, as well
as interesting color, give this one a try!
Color: Apple green/grass green (about the color of those "add to cart" buttons,
if you mixed the two halves together)
Readability: It's not fluorescent, thank goodness. Good ink, dark enough to read
at a glance.
Scratchiness: It is 0.3 mm, so write on smooth paper with very fine grain.
Otherwise, it works like you expect a Hi-Tec-C to write -- pretty smooth, no
I tried the Hi-Tec-C Cuties Muscat color, but that one was too neon and too
light. Definitely not a good color for writing. This one is good - it's dark
enough and interesting, so you're not just looking at the same old black or blue
inks. They really meant it when they named this "Olive" - it looks like the
green olives you can buy in grocery stores, just slightly darker so that it is
of writing quality. It's definitely not the green ink you see anywhere else!
This pen is so beautiful and has a very nice weight to it. The silhouette is
also very elegant. The only con is that every single refill ink barrel I've gone
through has had problems so far. I've used 0.3 mm black and 0.4 mm blue refills
and they die about a third of the way in. The pen stops distributing ink flow
smoothly, leaving gaps sometimes or just giving up altogether. It's a shame,
since I love the pen so much and I love the disposable Hi-Tec-Cs as well.
This is a good pen for small notes in margins or between lines, but definitely
not recommended for general writing. The point is too fine and tends to scratch
at the paper for more than delicate writing. As always though, Hi-Tec-C ink is
incredible, smooth, fast-drying, and the color is wonderful (on normal computer
paper, this light blue has an aqua tinge to it).
I love Hi-Tec-Cs. They're just so nice to write with - smooth, great feel, and
the ink dries really fast, so no smudges. This one is pretty special, though.
Don't believe the "sunset red" part of the name. The ink color is more like a
dark silvery purple, like those deep purple plum leaves. I imagine this is the
shade of lipstick chosen by vampire wannabes. See an example of plum leaves here
[ http://www.idealtruevalue.com/catalog/purpplum_77469_1.jpg ].
Interesting color, definitely not red, fast-drying ink.
When I first tried this pen out, the ink seemed to be a little faded-looking,
but the color grew on me. The ink in the photo is a little darker than it
actually is from the pen -- the actual ink is a little closer to the shade in
this link [
The particular pen I had lasted a long time with no ink flow problems. I used it
until the ink level went down to the very tip, near the ball point.
Good buy, lovely color, great pen.
Just don't get it if you need a very bright color.