Monday, September 17, 2012

Zebra Pen & Shoplet Review

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I am a self-proclaimed pen snob and office supplies junkie. I love trying out new pens, but whether I keep using them or not completely depends on how they write and feel for me. I spend a lot of time with a pen in my hand and have for years and I definitely have some of my favorites--I actually have a pen/pencil set that I got when I left for college in 1991 that I still use today (granted I have had to get refills for them a few times but I still love that pen and pencil). This set includes a Zebra F-301 Ball Point pen and the Zebra M-301 Mechanical Pencil. Over the years, I have had great success with many Zebra products so I am always excited to try new options!
I was given the opportunity to try out 2 of Zebra's newest pens, the Zebra Z-Mulsion EX Ballpoint pen and the Zebra Sarasa Rollerball Retractable Gel Pen.  Both of these pens are retractable, which I like (I always lose the lids anyway). Both are very comfortable for me to hold and I love that both have the rubberized grip--it really seems to make a difference with prolonged writing. Both write ridiculously smooth and bright--I am particular about my pens writing bright, I like my black pens to write black not gray--picky I know! Both also come with a clip--perfect for clipping to your shirt, notebook or folder to prevent it from getting lost. 

I was able to test out a Black 0.7mm (medium point) Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Pen, I have to admit, I had already purchased this pen recently and love it--it is the one I use to write in my journal each evening. This pen has water-based, pigment gel ink, which is acid-free and archival safe. It offers smooth, scratch-free writing and is available in a variety of colors and sizes--black, red and blue are available in fine (0.5mm), medium (0.7mm) and bold (1.0mm) point. Other colors, including light green, violet, fuchsia, navy, cobalt, mahogany and forest are currently available in 0.7mm (the grip matches the ink). The clear barrel lets you keep an eye on how much ink you currently have--I have been know to run my pens dry!

The Zebra Z-Mulsion EX Ballpoint pen I tested was the Green 1.0 pen. These pens are known for their quick-drying, smear resistant ink. The emulsion ink combines the best of a ball point and a gel pen all in one pen. The Z-Mulsion EX is available only as a bold (1.0mm) point and comes in 8 vibrant colors including: black, blue, red, green, light blue, pink, violet and orange. I must admit, a green pen wouldn't be my first choice in pen color, however I do love using a different color for each family member on the calendar so this works great. I did find to to be very comfortable to write with and the ink came out very smooth and bright, so I believe with the right color, this pen would get lots of use with me. The green is pretty fun to doodle with though! 

I really liked both pens--they both met my high pen standards--comfortable, smooth writing and bright ink. I would definitely consider either of these pens, next time  I need/want to purchase pens! You can find these Zebra brand pens along with the tons of other office supplies on and be sure to check out's facebook page, you just might find something of interest to you! 

 Thank you to Shoplet for my samples used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.

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