I personally have a pile of Pilot Juice pens at my desk but whenever I go out, I bring my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto pen with me. It is compact, portable, and affordable. The pens can take 3-5 refills and the needle-tip pens have a wide range of colors from regular, pastel, neon, and metallic and tip size range from 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5.
In addition to having, Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto released a refillable pencil unit, refillable eraser unit and even a stylus!
I ordered a pencil unit, eraser unit and an eraser refill from Shopee. The Coleto I currently own is a Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Special Edition Pen Body I received from my cousin as a present from Japan a year ago, which I adooooore so much.
My pen body can only hold 4 pens so I decided to have one black pen, one red pen, one pencil and eraser.
The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Mechanical Pencil Unit for 0.5mm Lead (Php80 at Shopee*) has a pencil component that you can insert in your Coleto body and it as 2 refills inside as well.
When you take out the pencil component from the packaging, you may notice that the part between the metal body and the plastic plunger can easily bend and look fragile. This is does not mean that your pencil component is defective; this is normal.
My Coleto opens with a cone shaped flip-top which allows to use your thumb pad to open, compared to other models where you may need to use your fingernails to open it. Once you open the top, you can simply slip in your refills then close the flip-top.
The pencil component is spring-loaded so when you press down on the cartridge cap while it is in the Coleto body, lead will extend. It writes fairly well on paper and I don’t have any issues with it with simple doodling or writing.
To refill the pencil: Take out the pencil component from the pen body and simply separate (gently) the pencil tip from the pen body and insert 1-2 refills.
I personally find this worth every penny! You can use any 0.5mm lead and the pencil component can fit any Coleto barrel! I have seen 0.3mm pencil component in JetPens but I have yet to find one that sells locally.
TIP: I read from a blog post that he used the Coleto pencil units to make a multipencil. This would be great for artists who would want to carry a single body pencil instead of carrying around several pencils with different graphite grading scale or pencil leads of different colors!
The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Eraser Unit (Php190 at Shopee) completes the package.
The eraser component feels sturdier compared to the pencil component because the metal body and the plunger stays firm. The eraser component has its own body and plunger labeled with “E” and each eraser refill is approximately 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long. Unlike the mechanical pencil component, the erasers are refillable, but only from the same brand.
Installing the eraser component is the same as any other refill: simply slide the eraser component in one of the pen slots. To eject more eraser out of the body, simply press the plunger further down, similar to how you would eject more lead from Coleto’s pencil component.
The eraser does its job. It can erase pencil marks easily and to my surprise, it is not flimsy and does not easily break off despite its small and thin size.
The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Eraser Refill (Php170 at Shopee) is available once you run out of eraser in your eraser component. Same as the eraser in the original packaging, the 2 piece eraser is 1.5 inches long and has a plastic string half inserted to the eraser.
Costing at Php85 each eraser, I find this really expensive for its size.
To refill the eraser: Have the eraser component installed in the pen body. While pushing down the slide button for the eraser in place, pull the old eraser out. To insert the new eraser, slide the eraser (string first) from where it was pulled out while pushing down the slide button in place.
You will not be able to slide the eraser refill if you do not push down the slide button or plunger (my mistake when I first tried to put back the eraser!)
To buy the eraser component and its two refiils already cost me Php360 which could already buy me an artist-grade eraser or perhaps even a mechanical eraser, even a complete coleto set with pen body and pen and pencill refills! Even owning the Php190 eraser component can get me a lot.
I would use this sparingly just so I won’t run out right away but I personally like having an eraser in the pen body for convenience. If I am able to bring more of my stash, I would bring another eraser just so I won’t waste this precious eraser.
I did not purchase the stylus unit because I did not need one. I tried to find one at Shopee and Lazada but none is available. You may try to approach Japan or US pasabuys if they can find one for you!
All in all, I love how I can fit a pen, pencil and eraser in one pen body! I carry this Coleto with me along with my EDC planner wherever I go.
What do you think of Pilot’s Coleto line?
*Please take note that prices may vary depending on where you buy your items.
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