Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen Full Body

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen Full Body

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.

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen Plunger Tops

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen Plunger Tops

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.

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Writing Sample on Doane Paper

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Writing Sample on Doane Paper

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.

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    dowdyism says:

    The Coleto is one of my all time favorites! I got this 5 color barrel and one of the new Coleto Me barrels earlier this week, and when I was moving new ink cartridges into them, I counted how many Coleto barrels I had overall – how about a smooth dozen! That is a little much. :)

    But yes, I do have the same air bubble issue on about 50% of the Coleto cartridges I own. Is it easy to get past, but it is somewhat of an annoyance. I’m willing to overlook it though because it is such a great pen.

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    Iris says:

    I also have multiple Coleto bodies with various refills in them.

    Have a look at


    This shows how to put the Coleto refills into the Zebra clip-on body – it really isn’t brain surgery, but I really like the clip on those pens. I’ve been doing this for some time. The one thing I wish they had was .3 mm lead cartridges for them for the pencil part.

    There was a post somewhere about using a clutch pencil body and putting a pen refill into it. Now if someone could just come up with a way to do that for multiple refills…

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    Eville Mike D says:

    The link above;

    ‘how to fix an air bubble in a pen’

    links to the article discussing the problem and possible solutions. I’d rather see the actual solution linked as well.

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    @dowdyism – Those Coleto Me bodies looked pretty nice when I was placing my JetPens order, but I had to show at least SOME restraint…looking forward to seeing your review, although I’m sure it must be a great pen. A dozen refills sounds like a nice round number though. :)

    Makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one with the air bubble issue. What do you do to fix it? I know there is more than one way to solve the issue, just curious what works best for you.

    @Iris – Thats pretty cool, thanks for sharing that I never saw it before!

    @Eville Mike D – Sorry about that, I’ve swapped the correct link in there, I appreciate you pointing that out. Basically my method was to tape it on to the spoke of my bike and pedal away. I know there are some other methods using salad spinners, rubber bands, and just shaking by hand though…my method forces me to get some exercise though. :)

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    David says:

    I really love multipens. I am a huge fan and I think it stems from my love of being prepared. I also like multitools (Leatherman, SAK’s, etc) for the same reason. The problem I have with many multipens is the thickness (diameter) of their barrels. What’s worse is some pens offer a choice of 3, 4, 5 pen models and I am not always sure if more pens means thicker. You would think so but I wouldn’t be surprised if companies just recycled the same bodies. That means if I can get 5 pens in the same size body as a 3 pen, of course I’ll do that.

    Anyway, can you post the diamter measurement of this pen? Does Pilot offer other options of this particular pen (notably, one with 3 or 4 pens)?


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    @David – I’m with you on all of the tools like that, always so cool to have, although I’ve been much less likely to carry any over the last few years because of all of the security everywhere.

    I took a quick measurement and the circumference is about 4.25 cm, which translates into a diameter of about 1.35 cm. Hope that helps!

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    I have one of these in the 3-color version and thought it was ok, except that the refills are so thin they are really easy to break! I prefer the Uniball Stylefit 5-color multipen and the Uniball MF3 2 color ink + pencil. But maybe I’ll give the Coleto another try, I do love multipens!

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    @Notebook Stories – Hmm, I’ve never had one of the refills break on me, Ill have to keep an eye out for that though. I do like the way the Stylefits write, but I’m not a huge fan of the large size of the plungers, and that they are all the same color so you cant really see what color you are selecting as easily as you can on the Coleto.

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    Anonymous says:

    i love these!! but the ink doesnt last long though…

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    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, that can be the problem in general with gel ink pens…much better performance, but just don’t last as long.

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