Hi-Tec-Cs...The color plug in the cap also is labelled with the nib size, which is very convenient, given that you can get multiple nib sizes in the same color! I love the clear barrel because I can see how much ink is left in the pen. I don't care much for the body besides it being clear. It's not outstanding and it's not that comfortable to hold.
There is no real grip to speak of. The area where a grip would normally be placed is ridged in rings. Some people love this, some people hate it, some are indifferent. To me, I think it's more useful than no grip at all, so I won't complain much. It could certainly be softer though.
The part about the pen that I enjoy is the ink and the writing experience. Even the micro tip 0.3mm can write smoothly and consistently. It is certainly a sharper writing experience than when you pull out a gel pen with a 0.7mm tip (like a Uni-ball Signo RT 0.7mm, for example). But surely, you don't purchase a 0.3mm pen with the expectations of a butter tip!
Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. I have found the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in 0.3 mm is less scratchy than the Pentel Slicci in 0.25mm but that's just my opinion.
Things To Think About
Obviously, the tip is tiny. If you are a heavy handed writer, you will have to be careful and make conscious effort not to write too hard or press too hard because you can certainly bend the tip. The tip is a thin needlepoint type (still a rollerball, just very skinny), not a tapered rollerball type like that of the Uni-ball Signo DX micro tips (which tend to be sturdier).
|Top: a Uni-ball Signo DX 0.38mm, and a Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm (yes, not 0.3mm because I just wanted to show the different in tip shape).|
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The Pilot Hi-Tec-C in 0.3 mm is a pretty classic pen. If you are totally unfamiliar with micro tips, or you are a heavy handed writer, you may want to think about a different micro tip pen (for example, the Uni-ball Signo DX micro tips). If you only like really smooth, wet, buttery pens, this pen is not for you. If you are comfortable with writing with fine tips, or you want outstanding precision lines, or you just love the array of colors, I highly recommend the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in 0.3 mm. In fact, what initially won me over and made me order these was the array of colors because no other micro tips come close to this rainbow!