The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen is a new spin on the very popular and great performing Pilot G-Tec-C Gel ink Pen. The inside of the two pens are the same, but the outside is where you can see the real difference. This particular set of pens was given to us for review by our good friends over at JetPens, however that doesn’t impact our opinion of the pens themselves.
The particular pens we are looking at here today came in a set of six, with the colors red, green, pink, orange, black, and blue and they are the .3mm tipped version as opposed to the other option of the .4mm tips.
Above is a regular Pilot G-Tec-C (Also know as the Hi-Tec-C) for comparison, and as you can see the Hi-Tec-C Maica versions are much brighter and colorful in comparison. The entire length of the body on the Maica is color coordinated with the color of the ink inside, and the caps on each pen have their own unique look to help them stand out as well.
The top of each cap on the Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pens have a multi-faceted gem-like design on the top that give the pens some additional sparkle. With the cap posted, the Maica version of the G-Tec-C is about 1/4″ longer than the standard version, and without the cap in play at all, the bodies of the pens are about 1/2″ apart in length, with the Maica version being the longer of the two. With that said, the barrel of the Hi-Tec-Maica is also a bit thicker and doesn’t have the same flattened edges, instead it is perfectly cylindrical.
The one last major difference on these is that the cap does not have a clip on it like the standard G-Tec-C. Instead there is a small loop which serves two purposes. First is that the small loop prevents the pen from rolling when placed down, and second is that it serves as a way to attach the pen to a lanyard or something so you can keep it handy.
Writing with the Hi-Tec-C Maica is not surprisingly no different than the standard Hi-Tec-C or G-Tec-C pens. For a .3mm pen that has the potential to be very scratchy, the Maica writes very smoothly, and the color of the inks is very bold and solid with no skipping, feathering, bleeding or splotching. Personally, you probably wont catch me out in public writing with this version of the Pilot G-Tec-C because they have a little bit too much of that 14 year old girl/Hello Kitty-ish look and feel to them, which is probably fantastic and perfect for a lot of folks, and I’ve got no issue with that but its just not my thing. They do however look pretty cool, and provide the same great performance that you have come to expect from the G-Tec-C pens, so if you are looking for some nice micro tip .3mm or .4mm pens with great color and sharp consistent lines, the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen is definitely an excellent option. Thanks again to our friends over at jet pens for supplying these for us to review.