Gel Pen Review: Pilot Latte Orange

Besides pens I can use for day-to-day writing, I also love specialty pens that can be used for craft.  When I saw Pilot Latte on JetPens, I was immediately attracted to its compact size and pastel colored ink, that reminded me of the Pentel Milky pens I coveted while in high school.  
Latte measures 10.5cm (approximately 4.13 inches) when capped, and 13 cm (approximately 5.12 inches) when posted.  The tip of the cap is colored to coordinate the ink color, and a small piece of rubber is located inside of the cap to prevent ink from drying out.  
For some reason, miniature size just gets me well.
Notice there is a loop attached to the cap, which allows the user to attach it to a lanyard,
or a trinket.

One unique feature of Latte is that half of it is covered by rubber grip that ease the discomfort of prolonged usage.  In this sense, one does not need to adjust pen holding posture when using the pen, since there is plenty of space that is covered by the grip.

All grip covered! 

Another merit of this pen is that it is made with recycled materials (about 73%), which made up to the shortcoming of being non-refillable.  In fact, this is probably one of the few pens that you cannot take it apart.  I try to unscrew the grip (believe me, I have tried), and the pen is essentially one piece that cannot be taken apart.
Latte’s ink consistency is similar to Sakura Soufflé, pastel milky ink.  It can be used on darker colored paper, as well as regular paper.  The difference is that the ink definitely “pops” more on darker paper.  As you can see in the picture immediately below, it writes “above” regular ink because of its ink consistency, ideal to cross off a to-do list!

When use on regular paper you can feel the texture of the lettering after the ink dries.  Compare to regular gel ink that “sinks” into paper, Latte’s floats.

Due to the viscosity in Latte’s ink, you have to write slower than usual in order to achieve even ink flow.  Unlike Sakura Soufflé that can take awhile to get the ink flowing, Latte responds almost immediately, with less dried ink build up on the tip of the pen.  The ink dries a bit slower than average gel pen, but much faster than Soufflé .  When the ink first touches the paper, the hue will be lighter than when it is completely dry, as seen in the photo below.
You see some parts of the letters are more transparent?  That is the wet part.

Though Soufflé dries slower, the ink consistency seems to be thicker and more saturated in hue.  It also has more of a 3D look than Latte.

 Besides paper, Latte can be used on other surface, such as metal, plastic, and glass.  After the ink is dried, the ink does stay on quite well, unless you vigorously scratch the lettering.

Need some Latte pens to help your creative juice flowing?  It can be purchased at JetPens.

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3 thoughts on “Gel Pen Review: Pilot Latte Orange

  1. Sakura Glaze is still wetter than Latte. It is definitely better for someone who have not used this type of pen before. Latte also has better respond time when you start writing. Sakura may take some scribbling before you do the lettering.

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  2. Both Soufflé and Glaze are a lot wetter than Latte, but the latter is more portable and starts to write right the way. Waiting time for Latte is significantly shorter. Too bad it is not refillable!

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