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Review written on Whitelines A5 paper:

Hi-Tec-C on Whitelines - Click for full-size image

Hi-Tec-C on Whitelines - Click for full-size image

A fellow pen lover [hello Kim!] asked to see what the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in Olive looks like. I’m going to do her one better and review LAVENDER also =) I ordered both pens from, and they arrived swiftly. Yes. Swiftly! As you can see from the other pictures, both pens have a needlepoint. They write very smoothly, and normally do not skip. For some reason, though, the lavender pen chooses to to skip on this White lines graph paper. [ notice up towards the top where I wrote “Lavender .4 mm”, and in the Y in “very” when I wrote “write very smoothly”. Ironic, no? ] It’s like the dog that chooses not to do tricks when others are watching. The barrel is comfortable to hold; not too thin and not too thick. However, I’m partial to pen grips because my hand fatigues easily when writing. I like the weight of the pens as well. Provides “balance” if you know what I mean…

Although it’s difficult to see where the lavender pen skipped in the review, it’s definitely there. I may end up scanning the review and posting it in hopes of a clearer picture. I think it’s time for a new camera =P

One thing I almost forgot to mention is that I accidentally left the Olive pen uncapped overnight in my backpack. Surprisingly, this wonderful gel pen did not dry out or skip on me. Another reason to consider Hi-Tec-C pens!

Olive on the left, Lavender on the right

Olive on the left, Lavender on the right

Needle close-upe

Needle close-up


Looking over this post, I can’t tell if this is a shopping blog or a pen blog. I guess it’s a good thing I mention in a couple of places that this is mostly going to be about random things.

Somtime, somehow, I happened to look at a couple of pen and office supply sites: OfficeSupplyGeek and PenAddict . I honestly cannot remember how I heard of them. Probably from a fellow pen freak. Since discovering these sites, I have placed a number of orders through Jet Pens [Thanks a lot, guys!]. This happens to be the order before my last one. I was hoping to review some of these pens, but school, work, and sleep are kind of getting in the way. take precedence over my odd obsessions.

In case you’re wondering what kind of goodies are in this order, here you go:

Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case – Blue

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Nature Colors – Lavender

Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Purple Ink

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Light Green

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Pale Blue

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Blue Black

Zebra Sarasa Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Green Black

Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Milk Blue

Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Lime Green

Pentel Slicci 2 Color Gel Ink Multi Pen – Pen Body – Orange

Kokuyo Capara Mega Pencil Case – Beige

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Orange

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – European Colors – Olive

Pentel Selfit Silicone Gel Grip Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm – Orange Grip [I reviewed this pen here]


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Pentel Slicci Multi-pen and stick pen

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I was out and about today and found a few things that might interest some of you.

While at Target, I saw two types of Rhodia products. They had the wirebound Reverse Book in both black and orange. Measurements are 8 1/4 x 8 1/4. If I remember correctly, this was $9.99. They also had the staplebound 8 1/4 x 11 3/4. I’ll be honest, I eyeballed it so it could very well be the 8 1/4 x 12 1/2. I also didn’t check to see if it was lined or graph paper. Whoops. This one is $7.99 at Target. I was in a bit of a rush, so I didn’t get to see if they also carried the smaller notepads. Good to know I can get Rhodia locally, though.

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I recently ordered the Uni-Ball Kuru Toga auto lead rotation mechanical pencil [again, I say “whew”]. If you use mechanical pencils, then you’re familiar with the fact that your .5mm lead can go from writing a very fine line to one that is almost .7mm after doodling away for some time. Rotate the pencil in your hand, and you’re back to writing a fine line. Sort of like “paper sharpening.” This pencil does exactly what its name says it does. As you write, a mechanism in the pen rotates the lead so that there is always a paper-sharpened edge of the lead touching the paper. I’m not an artist, but I can still appreciate a sharp line as I write notes. Genius.

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First order with Jetpens was a little... excessive

First order with Jetpens was a little... excessive

I’m a little late in getting to this post. I placed orders with Jet Pens last week, and here is one of my orders [right]. There’s a couple of Uni-ball Signo DX pens in the mix. There’s also a Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Auto lead rotation mechanical pencil [whew], some Pilot Frixion erasable ink pens, and a Uni-Ball paper clipper.

Eventually I’d like to get around to reviewing some of the other pens and supplies on here. Don’t know if it’ll happen anytime soon, but I’ll try.

Now for the Signo DX. The .28mm is really, really, realllly thin, and writes scratchy at this width. I’ve gotten used to it, and it’s not a deal breaker, but I’m used to writing with Uniball Signo 207 pens, which write very smoothly. I raided a few office stores last year during the Back-to-School sales to pick up some Signo 207s in the Needle and Micro tips. Now these pens are awesome to write with.

One thing I do like about the extra fine point of the Signo DX .28mm is the extra fine line that goes along with it. I tote around a couple of Moleskines [a cahier, squared journal, and a planner] and the xfine line is a must, especially if I have a ton of things to jot down in a tiny space reserved for “April 24”.

Very rarely do I completely use up a pen’s ink supply; normally I lose interest in using the pen after a few weeks. The only exception is at work where I use Bic Stic ballpoint pens, and that’s because I would rather use up corporate’s ink supply rather than my own for work purposes.

I hope to have more reviews posted soon. I’d also post more pics, but I loaned my camera to my friend. Pics next week. Maybe. Hopefully.



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