Average Customer Review
(10 customer reviews)
The cap is too loose...
, March 2, 2013
The cap is too loose when it is placed in the writing position. It will fall if
the pen is inverted. Faulty design that needs to be fixed.
This pen, which is now...
, December 17, 2012
This pen, which is now impossible to find in any retail store, has always been
my go to. I will admit that I like a scratchy, fine point pen and this one is
it. This pen is a perfect size (I enjoy a compact pen), the cap prevents
leaking, the ink cartridge is smooth and doesn't clog. I used this pen on Law
School Exams and can guarantee that over 3-4 hours of writing it's a very
comfortable pen. I find that the smaller size helps prevent hand cramping.
LOVE this pen. And at this price how can you NOT give it a go?
I have bought this pen...
, January 25, 2012
I have bought this pen again and again. It has a great line and I love how it
fits into small spaces. I agree with others who complain that it doesn't
"click" when opened and extended. The odd thing is I think Zebra F-301 Compact
pens I bought in the beginning DID click...but inexplicably they changed the
design. Or, am I just imagining things. Perhaps if lots of us write to Zebra
asking them to tweak the design a bit, they'll listen. Anyway, that little
problem doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for this pen at all. I love it.
As a guy who always likes...
, July 6, 2011
As a guy who always likes to always carry a pen, there are 2 locations to carry
it: shirt pocket, or back pants pocket. Shirt pockets keep getting smaller, so
often won't easily hold a full size pen, and it's getting tough to find a
causual shirt with a pocket. Back pocket a full size pen is uncomfortable when
you sit down, wears a hole in the pocket or frays the top of the pocket, may
break (if plastic), or "unretracts" and leaves an ink stain. The Zebra compact
is the best compromise I've found--short for either pocket (or even front pants
pocket), full size for use, mostly steel so it won't break if you sit on it, and
a good fine point black ink writing tool. I agree, the only major shortfall is
that the cap doesn't click into place during use, only when closed.
This is a nice looking...
, May 1, 2011
This is a nice looking compact pen for a low price (compared to, say, the Inka).
As some have pointed out, the cap is loose when the pen is extended - there's no
reassuring "click" to lock it in place when extended. It is not really a problem
though - it fits securely enough, and takes a moderate shaking to dislodge it.
It's also meant to be extended only when writing, and then put into its compact
form again. If you need it extended most of the time, another pen would probably
be more suitable. It closes very securely in its "normal" position.
The Inspector Gadget...
, April 24, 2011
The Inspector Gadget of pens, much better value than the overrated Fisher
Bullet. This Zebra fits well in a planner/agenda, especially pocket size or
smaller that has the pen loop in the middle, rather than the top. It's difficult
to fit a regular pen in many agendas. (Filofax places their pen loops centered,
DaVinci and Chronoplan place theirs near the top, which is much better). My cap
exhibits no "looseness," noted by the other reviewer. The lanyard hole that's
included makes it a great pen for coaches, nurses, doctors, anyone who is used
to wearing stuff around their neck. Wearing a polo shirt, I just clip it
sideways under the bottom button. With dress shirts, sometimes I wear mine as a
tie-clip, and no one's the wiser. Now if Zebra would only make a M-301 Compact
I love these things for...
, January 19, 2011
I love these things for pocket pens - drop them in a pocket and you won't notice
them until you need one. Much better, in my opinion, than Zebra's telescoping
pocket pen that just seems awkward in the hand.
Tough, very durable and great to grab and go.
loose when extended...
, December 31, 2010
loose when extended
PPS. Theoretically, for...
, November 22, 2010
PPS. Theoretically, for $2.40, I got what I paid for. What I did not expect was
a mediocre product from Zebra...
Zebra products are typically...
, November 22, 2010
Zebra products are typically of excellent quality. The F-301 is an
An essential design element/function of a compact writing instrument design must
make the most of its extended length. As such, the cap when removed from the
business end and placed on the pen "butt," should fit snugly. In this instance,
it does not - it fits loosely and is not what one would call a precision fit...