I’ve always felt the color of Pilot Juice’s Coffee Brown was very similar to Pilot Hi-Tec-C’s Kurikawa (chestnut bark brown) but I never bothered to take pictures of these two gel pens side by side for a closer look. So here are a bunch of pictures! I tried to portray them as faithful as I could but in some pictures the difference between the two colors may be slightly exaggerated. This is a comparison of the colors only, not of the pens as a whole.
Kurikawa and Coffee Brown are really similar, don’t you think? Value-wise (which I test by squinting my eyes), they’re pretty much the same. Color-wise, you can see that Coffee Brown has slightly more yellow, and that Kurikawa is cooler with a hint of gray. In that respect, the color details on their pen bodies, like the knock/cap tip and rubber grip, represent their ink colors well. On a quick glance though, the two colors are pretty indistinguishable, especially for “normal” writing. Only when you shade a bigger area can you start to see the difference.
I really love both colors; they’re both understated, muted shades of brown than most other brown gel pens. But if I had to choose, I would pick Hi-Tec-C’s Kurikawa because I think it’s more unique than Coffee Brown. The Pilot Juice barrel fits my hand better though, so I use Coffee Brown regularly, too, especially on my weekly planner. It’s too bad the refills are not interchangeable.
Do you have a strong preference between these two lovely brown colors?