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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.