The pen is commonly dubbed as a \"work horse\" for its stainless steel body, non-slip plastic grip, sturdy metal pocket clip and smooth ink flow. The metal look is very attractive for its price point, and the metal clip attaches well to dress shirt pockets. The F-301 is a popularly requested pen that has been around for many years. Black and blue ink refills are available.
I've been using the Zebra F-301 exclusively for about the last fifteen years. I
prefer the textured plastic grip to the rubber grip of the F-402. I've tried the
various colors available (they come in black, blue, burgundy, and green), but
prefer the black. I find it to be a perfect pen for writing or drawing, because
it has a very even ink flow - no globs! As a lefty, I always had problems with
pens leaving ink globs that would then get smeared as I continued to write - not
a problem with the Zebra F-301. As for other people "borrowing" the Zebra F-301
and "forgetting" to give it back? Not a problem for me. My coworkers know they'd
better not even think about touching my F-301. Also, I have left an empty F-301
lying around while I'm not there, so if anyone tried to use it, it wouldn't
work. Then, when I'm there with my REAL F-301, people might see it lying around,
but will avoid it out of habit, assuming it to be empty. Also, if anyone does
ever borrow it, I don't let them out of my sight. And I stare at it in their
hand until it is safely returned to me. I have considered getting the F-301
Compact, because it apparently comes equipped to wear on a lanyard. On the plus
side, that would seem to pretty much eliminate borrowing altogether, but on the
other hand, I just don't know if I want to go there...?
I've managed to hold on to the same Zebra F-301 ballpoint for twenty years. I've
refilled it dozens of times and it still goes strong and is still good looking
in a techie kind of way, which proves it's a classic.
I'd buy another one, but why? I've had the same one forever.