A while back I reviewed the Pilot Hi-Tec-C 3 Color Multi-Pen, and dint even realize until a few weeks ago that there was now a five color version available at JetPens. Considering that I’ve always been a big fan of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 3 color version I figured that I really needed to try out this larger version.
One of the things I really love about the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto multi pen is how easy it is to change the ink refills, and how easy it is to tell the color and size with a quick glance. If you click on the photo above you can see how the point size is nicely embedded in the side of the plunger which is color coordinated with the ink. In that photo you can also see the black flip-cap (below the green and purple plunger tops) that flips open and shut to secure the plungers in place.
Another great thing about the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto multi pen is how manageable the size is. One would think that a multi pen with 5 colors might get a bit to thick and bulky, however the design manages to keep the circumference of the barrel at a very comfortable and easy to write with size. The barrel also has a nice thin rubber grip with two small gaps in it, giving a great deal of control and comfort while writing with this pen.
Because there are so many options for the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 color multi pen, its hard to do a standard writing sample, the variables are just too many. I can tell you though that for the options I tried, they all wrote very smoothly, and the colors were all nice and bold with solid non-skipping lines. The samples you see above are Blue, Orange, Green, and Purple in a .5mm and a Red in a .3mm, all written in my Doane Paper Idea Journal. I really love having this pen on hand in my stash of work stuff so I can do any color coding or editing of work easily. I especially love being able to have multiple size tips, because I usually like to use a very small (.3mm in this case) tip to make notes in margins of documents or between lines.
One of the reasons that I picked up this pen (besides the fact that I love the style and feel of the 3 color version) is that I seem to have a frequent occurrence of the ink in these refills separating at some point. I did a write-up a while ago looking at how to fix an air bubble in a pen, and since fixing it, I’ve had the same thing happen 3 more times with the Coleto refills. Has anyone else out there had similar issues? I really do enjoy writing with this pen, so since it is a fixable issue, I can deal with it, but it is a little annoying. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on this potential issue.