Pen of the Week – Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto

Reflecting on my last post, I realised it might be of value for me to highlight some of the pens I use when planning.  As I have so many, I will endeavour to select one each week.

So this week I decided to show you my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Pen.  I really like a nice fine nib on my pens, and I find gel ink is nice and bright.  The Coleto is a multi-pen.  There are different size barrels available in regard to the number of colours it can take.  You purchase a barrel, of which there are a huge number of designs, then the ink inserts.

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Barrels

Whatever your taste there is a Coleto pen barrel out there for you.  There are various plain colours, from classic black or white through to pink. You can get simple spotty or other small patterned designs in various colours.  There are also many designs with images on them.  Mine is the Nicola Cherry design which is a limited edition.  As you can imagine, many people collect the different designs, which do retire.  Currently the Mary Quant seems to be a popular new design. There are all manner of Disney and other character pens.  I saw a particularly cute Tsum Tsum set this week.

Depending on the number of inks the pen will take, the barrel can be quite chunky.  Mine takes 4 (yes, I do only have one of these pens right now) and does not feel too big for me to write with. The top of the pen will flip open to allow you change the inserts as you require.  I found the inserts a bit fiddly at first, but soon got the knack.  Down side is it is too fat to fit in any of my Filofax pen loops.  However, I tend to keep it in the rings of my stay at home planner, as I would be worried I might break it in my handbag.

 

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Ink

The beauty of these pens is the ability to put whatever colours you like into them and swap them around.  Each ink has a small tab on the top that is used for you to click and select the colour you want to write with.  I chose angel wings, but came close to getting the star or heart shaped ones.  Again there are many different inks and tabs shapes that you can buy.  I opted for a set of 10 inks in a 0.4mm nib.

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The ink is nice and smooth, and if I were blessed with beautiful looking handwriting (I’m SO not) it would look lovely on the page.  I bought the set that comes with a hard storage case to keep them in which is well worth it.

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Purchasing

I got mine from Ebay.  The seller was “fsmymonkeys777” and the items were shipped from Japan.  This does mean a little wait for them to arrive, I think mine was just over two weeks.  It was worth the wait though, as it’s is so nice and I love the flexibility of the colour changes.  There are other suppliers out there, just do your usual research on their feedback quality etc.  I believe Jet Pens in the USA are suppliers.

I paid £4 including postage from my barrel which I purchased in June 2015.  The set of 10 inks were £10.36 including postage which were purchased at the same time. The prices show in USD but the Ebay UK site does give an idea on the GBP equivalent.

Final Thoughts

Overall I really enjoy the flexibility of colours with this pen and it’s really cute.  It writes well and it would be very easy to get sucked into collecting different barrels and ink sets. I have enough ink colours in the set of 10 to keep me amused.  I’m not thinking about the lovely new designs I saw whilst researching for this post…

Let me know if you have one, or your thoughts on these pens.

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Erin Condren Life Planner (the itch I’m trying not to scratch)

Firstly, may I say I adore a Filofax.  I have several personal sized, the Finsbury Breast Cancer in pink being my first ever.  I also discovered I can work daily with a pocket size.  I’m currently in an Ochre Malden which I’m finding it hard to move out of in favour of a more spring-like colour.  That and the ring size of the pocket Malden is superb.

I’m a member of a wonderful Facebook planner group.  They are an awesome group of people.  Their support always goes further than just enabling me to buy more planning things.  However, enabling is their MO.  I swear, I have purchased more items that I never knew existed but suddenly needed, right now.  As such, I now own a laminator, various stamps, project life cards galore (pretty, but as I don’t actually do PL…why?) and pens and page flags to last me a lifetime.  I keep seeing that Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short).  What IS it about that planner?  Is it the covers?  The coil?  The stickers?  Maybe it’s one of those things that I’ve been so exposed to visually on Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, it’s always on my mind.

I tried the Personal Planner.  A lovely quality, fully customisable planner.  It’s such lovely quality, really function and excellent value.  But…not an ECLP.  Sadly, my Personal Planner had an intimate moment with a cup of coffee.  The back cover got all crinkled and I was so heart-broken it was no longer perfect I couldn’t use it any more (first world problem, I know).  That and it wasn’t an ECLP…

I moved back to Filofax and discovered that I could work daily in a pocket size, after picking up a Raspberry Finsbury in Staples at a bargain price.  I finally relented and bought a pocket Filofax Malden in Ochre. My dream planner.  I waited patiently for my Piaric inserts for 2016 from the US, knowing that the elusive “planner peace” would then be mine.

It was.  For about three months.  But damn, that ECLP itch was still not going away.  Why?  It’s not cheap, plus by the time I caved in and bought all the extra’s I’d get charged customs. They launched a rose gold one last year.  Arrrrrgh!  Fingers in my ears, la la laaaaa.  Can’t see it, don’t need it.

I’ve not caved in yet.  However, I’m using a Life Designer Planner as a stay at home planner along with my pocket Filofax.  I decided as it was on offer recently I would try out the vertical style and ECLP size layout.  I will update soon on how that is working out and if the ECLP itch has been scratched.

Anyone else itching?