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Great pen for the price....
, April 20, 2012
Great pen for the price. Even better with the 7401 space mod.
-Buy the ballpoint 701 (2 if allowed) as well as the dual pack of Zebra 402 pens
(black fine dual pack is all zebra sells). The all stainless clicker from the
402 fits the 701 perfectly.
-Remove all insides, and put both - body only - in refrigerator for a bit, to
cool metal/plastic. Then use a lighter to warm the clicker assembly (you can see
the line where assembly of body and clicker meet...heat 2-3" from flame as you
rotate along that seam). 20 seconds tops should be fine, then twist with a rag
over or let it cool and use hands. The pen clip is free rotating around the
assembly which has the threading, so don't rotate the clip thinking its coming
off. Try to grip rite on the clicker side of joining seam and rotate, pair of
needle nose pliers help if needed just use a pad so you don't scratch metal.
-Replace one assembly for the other, and choose which pocket clip you want (I
went with the 402's because it was clean, no branding or markings). Take note
that one clicker spring is longer than the other, I tested both in each, all
felt the exact same.
-The tips can also be swapped but the 402's doesn't meet the gnurled metal grip
cleanly like the stock 701 tip.
-Buy a Fisher PR Series space pen refill of your choosing.
-Remove stock ink, leave the spring (both springs work but I choose to use stock
with space pen refill)
-Unscrew tip of 7401, inside is a plastic cone shaped bushing for the ink
cartridge's point. You need to remove it for modification to ensure smooth
clicking action with space refill. I used a small screwdriver, twisted a little
bit with friction, pulled out and the bushing came along for ride. Once out, I
trimmed the tip by the width of a toothpick (pressed down on a table with a
knife, clean cut). Take this part slow, go little bit at a time because you want
smooth fluid action with support. Too little, and point with stick mid action.
Too much, would result in possible movement of cartridge point while writing due
to lack of point support.
-You can adjust the spring of the clicking action by trimming the spring that
supports the ink cartridge. Only trim rings from one side, leave a double ring
finished edge. I cut off the double ring from one side, then went down 1 more
ring using clippers. When you assemble, always have the finished side of spring
-Assemble all the parts
= the 7401, engineered happiness, and my new edc ballpoint.
*pictured tutorials exist on forms/blogs, just google 'zebra 701 mod'. This was
just a synthesized textual form with some specifics I did not read in the
| Here's why the ring is...
, December 18, 2013
Here's why the ring is plastic:
There is a good reason that the folks at Zebra used a black plastic ring on the
F701 instead of the stainless ring used on the previous F402. The stainless ring
of the F402 does look better; however, it causes a subtle but unpleasant
screeching sound and vibration when the clicker is depressed. Only the user will
hear and feel it, but it's a very mild fingernails-on-chalkboard effect. By
contrast, the plastic ring on the F701 creates a very smooth and luxurious
Ok, this is a small detail, but it's distinctly noticeable. I used to carry the
F301. When the F402 first came out, I was excited that it looked more premium
than the F301. However, I noticed the grinding of metal on the first click. When
the F701 came out, I was pleased to see the switch to plastic.
| Great pen, great fit...
, August 21, 2013
Great pen, great fit and finish, the knurling on the grip is crisp and clean and
provides excellent grip. Unlike other reviews, I actually like the black "ring"
on the end. However, it's not a ring, it's the top half of the clicker assembly
and extends down into the barrel of the pen .695" (or 17.6mm) I like the
contrast the black "ring" gives to the brushed stainless, I liked the contrast
enough that I added a thin black spacer to the other end between the tip and
| Really Great Pen! Writes...
, March 23, 2013
Really Great Pen! Writes smoothly and the grip is comfortable believe it or not.
The stainless steel does get streaky after awhile though so you are going to
want to clean every now and again. All in all a really good pen!
| The Zebra F-701 has been...
, November 28, 2012
The Zebra F-701 has been my favorite EDC pen for a long time. It has a solid
stainless steel build, feels great in the hand due to the knurling at the grip
and the good balance, and the ink never skips. I own two of them. One is in my
sales kit that I take with me out in the field and the other fits into the
penloop of my Filofax Malden Organizer. For the price, you can't beat the