Pilot Juice, Hi-Tec C, and Zebra Sarasa Clip

Azizah over at Gourmet Pens recently posted a new (to me) online pen supplier and they were offering free shipping, so naturally I clicked on over and checked it out. I had seen the Pilot Juice pens at JetPens.com and added them to my wish list, but with JStationery.com offering free shipping I just couldn’t resist any longer. They have a really good selection and their prices are a little lower on some things, too. I’m not sure if the free shipping offer is still valid, but give it a try.

I ordered 3 Pilot Juice pens and a Zebra Sarasa Clip, all gel ink pens. Since I have been writing so many letters I’ve had the chance to use quite a few different pens and, other than fountain pens, gels pens have become a new favorite. Many ballpoints end up with ink collecting on the tips after a bit and leaving blobs on the paper, which makes me crazy! I have not had that issue with any of the gels pens.

Here are the Pilot Juice Pens:


Coral Pink (which is actually a 0.5mm), Brown, and Aqua Blue. They are pretty inexpensive, around $1.60, and although I had read a couple of glowing reviews, I didn’t expect to be impressed. I was wrong – they are wonderful! Smooth ink flow, no skipping or blobbing, and I love the ink colors.


I love a fine tip pen and these fit the bill perfectly. They are available in 0.38mm and 0.5mm tips at JStationery.com and 0.5mm at JetPens.com and just look at the colors!


The Zebra Sarasa Clip also got good reviews, so I decided to try one of those.


It’s another winner. 0.4mm fine tip, writes smoothly, and it comes in lots of pretty colors, too! Mine is Magenta, even though you probably can’t tell because of my lousy photo skills..


Next up is the Pilot Hi-Tec C, which came highly recommended by Delectable Pens. They have a super fine needle tip, similar to my beloved Pentel Slicci pens, so I had to try one. I ordered the strawberry color and it’s such a pretty shade of dark pink.


Here is a writing sample for both the Sarasa Clip and the Hi-Tec C. The Sarasa Clip retails for around $1.60 and is available is 0.4mm and 0.38mm tips. The Pilot Hi-Tec C is around $2.80 and is available in 0.25mm, 0.3mm. 0.4mm, and 0.5mm tips, and lots of gorgeous colors, of course.


If you are in the market for some inexpensive but awesome writing instruments, give these a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found this information useful, and I promise to brush up on my photo skills so I can post better pen porn for you. If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, just leave a comment below.

I’m off to write some more letters…or maybe polish my nails.


  1. Nice review. I'm going to have to try the new juice pens (I have several Sarasa's & HiTecC's already). And did you see the news today? JStationery is having a giveaway this week for a shaker pencil, extra lead & an eraser!
    For what it's worth, JetPens also has free shipping on orders over $25. Their prices are a little higher though, probably because they're here in CA.

  2. This is a great post! And you have made me want to buy all these pens. :-) I have never been a huge fan of the Hi-Tec C, but maybe I should give it another try.

  3. Lovely reviews - I very much like your writing samples!! And now I want the strawberry Hi-Tec-C... yummy!

    The free shipping code for GP readers is valid until the end of March :)

  4. jstationary looks neat... see they are out of stock on a lot lead pens; free shipping probably did that.

    I'm of those that likes a bolder point BP or gel but I agree there is too bold; the Retro 51 standard rollerball gels in the Tornado bleed and the writing becomes too broad for even me.

  5. Welcome and thanks...interesting review.

  6. How is juice different from hitecc?

  7. Which would you recommend the most highly among the 3? I currently use Sarasa but am looking at the Hi-tec. I only need standard colors.