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Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen 0.3mm Review

Updated on June 25, 2015

Penmanship Taken To The Next Level

My love for fine writing started in the 7th grade, where my classmates made it a challenge to see who could write as small as possible and still be legible. Back then I was only aware of the existence of the 0.5mm pen. It was not until two years ago, my husband’s aunt (who is a teacher) introduced me to the Foray 0.3mm and I instantly fell in love with the thinness of the pen. Unfortunately, last year the Foray she gave me run out of ink and when I went online to buy them I discovered they did not sell them anymore. I tried several other 0.3mm pens but when I found the Pilot Hi-Tec-C I felt like I hit the jackpot.

The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen 0.3mm writes really fine and smoothly. It does not blot and there is no feathering. It comes in several colors. The cap is transparent with a hue of the same color of the ink, has a keychain loop and the top is jewel-like. The body is plastic and is embellished with the letter M as per the name, Maica. Made in Japan.


  • The Maica creates very smooth, crisp thin lines.
  • It won’t smear easily.
  • It is a very nice looking pen.
  • It’s refillable.
  • It comes in several colors, black, blue black, blue, light blue, green, apricot orange, orange, red, pink, baby pink, violet, and brown.
  • It won’t scratch like some 0.3mm pens do.
  • It has a keychain loop. I am thinking about getting a lanyard to put one of my Maica’s in it along with my keys.


The Maica may be too thin for some people.

Left: Closer look a the Pilot Hi-Tech-C Maica's cap. Right: Tip compared to a regular gel pen.
Left: Closer look a the Pilot Hi-Tech-C Maica's cap. Right: Tip compared to a regular gel pen.


It is a very nice pen. I love collecting all sorts of office products (I guess you could say I have a “office products” fetish) and it has become one of my favorite pens. The pen’s ink flows easily. I have had mine since April of this year so I can’t say how long it will be until I have to buy refills. I have seen them sold in singles, packs of 5, and the pack of 12 that includes all colors. They are cheap and well worth the money.

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My Personal Rating

5 stars for Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen 0.3 mm


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