They write very smoothly, and the colours are bright and vivid. For some strange reason, I have relatively few 0.5mm gel pens. For my handwriting, 0.5mm is just about the ideal size for everyday writing - not so large that my handwriting turns into a mess, and not so fine that I end up writing absurdly small. The only real complaint I have about the way these pens write is that, similar to the Pilot Hi-Tec-C, they can sometimes be a bit slow to get started and you may need to scribble on a scrap of paper for a few seconds to get the ink flowing. Although I do find this slightly annoying, it's a relatively minor issue and a small price to pay for the otherwise great writing experience.
As for the ink colours themselves, the green is a fairly standard colour, but the lavender purple is a bit different. It's a pale bluish purple shade that is still dark enough to read easily.
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In appearance, the Dong-A Miffy is similar to the more well-known Hi-Tec-C, with its clear plastic barrel, lack of a grip, and needle-point tip, although the barrel of the Dong-A Miffy is round while the Hi-Tec-C's barrel is faceted. And at only $1.10 each, the Dong-A also costs substantially less than the Hi-Tec-C at $3.30. The clear barrel of the pen is printed with tiny apples and two cute bunnies (Miffy herself, I assume). While these graphics may not be to everyone's liking, they're small enough that I don't really notice them and they don't bother me.
The grip of the Dong-A Miffy is completely smooth plastic, without even the grooves that the Hi-Tec-C has, so this pen would probably not be very comfortable to use for long writing sessions. And, since I grip my pens very low on the barrel, I also have a problem with the shape of the nib section, which has a rather prominent ridge that occasionally rubs uncomfortably against my finger. It probably wouldn't become a major problem unless I was writing for a long period of time, and, of course, if you hold your pen differently you won't notice anything at all. One of my favourite things about this pen is the cap, which slides securely into place on both ends of the pen with a very satisfying click!
Overall, while the Dong-A Miffy is not perfect, I still think it is a great pen. It may be a scented pen with cute bunnies on it, but don't let that prevent you from taking it very seriously indeed. It writes well enough to compete with the more well-known pens, and I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the 0.5mm Pilot Hi-Tec-C or if you're simply looking to try out a new, fun gel pen. Despite my forays into fountain pens, I must admit that gel pens are still my favourite pens for general everyday writing, and I was really pleased with the way this one performed. It's worth a try.
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