A friend of mine loves liquid ink pens and will not use any other kinds of pens (I keep trying to convert her to fine point gel pens, but I haven't succeeded so far), so I thought I should try one out myself. My university bookstore has a fairly wide selection of liquid ink pens, making a decision difficult, but I eventually settled on the Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 in blue.
First of all, I really enjoy writing with this pen. I love the 0.5mm needle point tip, and I love how the rich blue liquid ink effortlessly glides onto the page. But, I am not so impressed with how it behaves on certain papers. (Keep in mind that I do not own all that many different papers to try it on.) On the 80g Rhodia paper that I used for my written review, there was some minor feathering and showthrough. When I used it on the paper in my Paperblanks journal there was no showthrough, but still some minor feathering. On standard looseleaf paper like that I use for taking notes in school, there is more noticeable feathering and some bleedthrough.
Clearly, the Pilot Hi-Tecpoint is not ideal for all papers, and it will probably not become one of my everyday pens. But if you are not planning to write on the back of the page and you don't mind the feathering, then these issues might not be a problem.
The pen itself is fairly basic: sturdy metal clip, smooth plastic grip, barcode printed directly onto the body of the pen (which always annoys me). The dark section behind the "V5" is in fact a translucent window that allows you to see the ink inside.
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