I like to color code my notes and this pen came in handy when I wanted to copy
down example problems without having them distract me from definitions and
formulas and whatnot. It writes about as dark as a 2b pencil so it's fairly
visible on white paper. I didn't have a problem with a bending/scratchy/skipping
tip in 0.5. (quick note: out of 15 0.5 Hi-Tec-C's I own, only 1 was scratchy and
Recently I've used this pen for sketches and it works very nicely. The ink gets
nicely dark without going black if you go over a line a few times but with just
a quick pass, it's light enough to not be distracting. I certain would
repurchase and I think I'll also try this color in 0.4 :D
As previously mentioned this pen is a bit scratchy in 05. The ink also takes
quite a bit to dry. When writing, I can be three lines down and the first line
will still be a bit smudgy, that annoys me as I usually write a lot and write
fast. The grip feels a little thin but it serves its purpose well enough.
For the price, I guess it's alright but I can't help comparing it to the Zebra
Sarasa Clip, which is just a bit over $2, writes smoother, dries a lot faster,
has a better grip, and also has the convenient push clip. So if you're just
bored and curious and want to try this pen for fun, go for it, but if you are
looking for a decent pen to write with often, I would recommend the Sarasa Clip
This pen was a very pleasant surprise. It writes extremely smoothly, comparable
to the Signo DX's and the Hi-Tec-C's. The ink is a bit more watery than I
expected but it does dries in 3 seconds like the pen boasts. There is no pooling
at all. I have no complaints in terms of performance other than it takes a few
seconds to start up.
In terms of color, this was a little more blue-green than I expected it to be.
It doesn't match the cap/grip/body color.
I am usually not a person who reaches for brown, but I have felt for a really
long time now that it'd be nice to have a sepia in case I ever feel like it.
After a long internal battle of to buy or not to buy, I decided heck, it must be
worth SOMETHING. I guess I was expecting a little too much out of this color.
This is a very plain brown. It looks very much like the swab on the chart,
perhaps a bit lighter. The shading isn't as great as J. Herbin's Vert Olive or
Bleu Pervenche, since it's a dry ink. When it dries, it has a sort of waxy look
to it, sort of like the way Zebra Sarasa Clips write, probably because it's a
dry ink. Even though I complain that the color disappointed me, this ink doesn't
go untouched. I still reach for this color every now and then. It's nice when
I'm not feeling up to vibrant colors. I feel like a creamy paper would look
nicer with this ink than regular white paper.
The thing that really breaks my heart is that this ink is not meant for the Lamy
Safari. Did I mention this is a dry ink? Yeah, the ink dries in the Safari if I
don't use it everyday. Even if I do use it everyday, it takes a while to start
up. I neglected the Safari for a week and found a layer of "pudding" under the
nib. Sure, it was easy to clean, but it's still saddening.
I currently have the Cafe des Iles in a Lamy Safari and a Pilot Petit1 and have
been using it for roughly 3 months. The color wasn't what I expected and it's so
dry it makes my eyes water. This ink just isn't for me.
The Petit1 is a pretty good pen for the money. The nib is audible on paper but
writes fairly smoothly. I've had my Petit1 for several months now and it hasn't
skipped or spurted ink yet. It is also a pretty sturdy pen. I have no worries
about it leaking in my bag. The cap gives a very reassuring *click* when capped
and a reassuring *click* when I attached the cap to the end of the pen for
writing. The only thing that slightly bothers me is that the ink leaks into the
clear part of the body of the pen.
Just a few days ago I wanted to test if washing the pen will make the parts that
that have turned blue become clear again in case I wanted to switch to a
different color without having to buy another body. It worked marvelously. I was
afraid that the part under the nib and the part that runs from the ink cartridge
to the nib would be stained blue but it washed out very nicely! The only thing I
would advise is let the pen dry overnight before fitting in another cartridge.
One really important thing I want to mention is about the ink. I fitted my
Petit1 with clear blue and I hated it at first because the letters would bleed
and the writing would look extremely inconsistent. Not until I wrote in a
notebook with better paper did I start to love the Petit1. This pen, or at least
this pen with the clear blue, is not meant to be used on papers like those found
in Mead notebooks. Here is my writing sample:
Like most other people say, the Velcro is louder than you'd expect it to be.
Nonetheless, it's a nice pen case that does the job. The case holds 18 pens at
most. I usually keep only 14 pens in it though, because it's really bulky and
awkward looking if you put pens in the top pocket of the left flap. The material
seems pretty sturdy. The pocket for the eraser is nice. The side pocket isn't
the best place to keep lead refills since it's just a slot. It's convenient to
keep index cards there, though. I haven't found a use for the top pocket of the
left flap yet...It fits a pair of scissors very nicely though.
I recommend this to people who don't usually carry a load of stuff around in
their pen cases. Also recommended for people who worry about the paint chipping
off the pen bodies. The reason I bought this was because my Kuru Toga was
getting scratched up, problem solved. :D
This light green is very light. It's not neon or blinding, but it's rough if you
have to read lines after lines of notes in this color. The ink also behaves kind
of erratically. Sometimes it might pool and other times write really faintly.
The pen doesn't skip though, so I guess that's a plus.
This is your average orange. The color isn't as bold of an orange as the Signo
DX orange, but it's still very orange. The ink is very smooth and nice. If you
like to keep a rainbow assortment of pens and are thinking of dropping the
orange, don't. This pen is lovely when placed next to the Sarasa Clip pink.
This is not your average purple pen. The color of the ink isn't like the color
of the body of the pen. It's a hard purple to describe, but I guess mixing
purple, red-violet, and electric purple together might give you an idea of what
color this pen writes. the color is soft, like the blue green and the pink.
Definitely not a boring purple to write with. The ink flows very smoothly. No
skips and doesn't pool ink. I love it.
I love this pen. The color is really interesting. It's not a neon pink. It's not
a hot pink. It's not a shocking pink. It has a lot more red than a normal pink
pen does, and yet it still looks pink. The ink flow is lovely. I said this pink
has more red than normal pinks, but the pen writes a very soft color. It's not
faint or light, but it's very soft and nice to look at. It might have more red,
but it's not bold. When this pen is put next to orange, lime green, green blue,
and the purple, it makes a lovely rainbow assortment of Sarasa Clips.