08:43PM — Saturday, March 23, 2013. Reading time ~1.6777777777777778min.
I’ve wanted a Pen Type-A since I first heard about CW&T’s Kickstarter campaign to manufacture them a couple of years ago. As I missed out on the original run, I’ve been patiently waiting for availability.
I checked their site every couple of months, but it was almost two years before they were available again. I purchased immediately.
It arrived yesterday and it is already one of my favorite objects. Its parts are machined out of solid stainless steel; it feels amazing. Because the pen and case are machined so precisely, the pen slides into its case slowly, forming a pneumatic seal. This results in a delightful pop sound as you pull it out again.
The genius of this pen is that it’s simply a housing for the (Internet) famous Pilot Hi-Tec-C refill cartridges, which are available in four line widths (0.25, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) and over 30 colours (although the only sane colour to use is black). The sharp, solid line these cartridges make, leave the pen you were using before looking dull and blurry.
I couldn’t find anywhere to purchase refills in Australia. The Hi-Tec-C is called G-Tec-C in the US, so I’m not sure if they aren’t available, or if they simply go by another name. Pilot Australia sell a pen called Hi-Tecpoint, but the casing doesn’t look anything like the Hi-Tec-C or G-Tec-C. JetPens sell refills, but by the time you add international shipping, they weren’t cheap. They are, however, all over eBay (ughh), so I ordered ten for $12.
The Pen Type-A feels like it’ll last a lifetime. Hopefully refills are still available when I’m 90.