JetPens®.com - Love at First Write®
Free Shipping
On Orders Over $25!

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review
 5.0 (3 customer reviews)
Write Review
April 18, 2014
This pen is a delight....
Verified Purchase
This pen is a delight. It appears to be made of metal throughout; I can't see whether it has any internal plastic parts or not, of course, but the barrel parts, clip, and the little screw-on cap over the eraser are all some light metal, aluminum I presume.

The point change mechanism is especially nice. It is smooth and not prone to sticking or jamming, as the gravity-operated mechanism on another multipen I once had was prone to do. One full twist of the upper barrel with respect to the lower will extend and then retract each of the three points in succession. Smooth, positive, and quick. I like.

In case it is not clear enough, this pen doesn't include pen refills or a pencil mechanism! You have to buy these separately and install them yourself when you get the pen. It's not hard; just unscrew the lower barrel from the rest of the pen, press your pencil mechanism of choice into Position 1 and two pen refills of your choice into theother two slots. They sell gel, ballpoint, ballpoint highlighter (by other manufacturers I think), and I believe even a stylus for your smartphone or tablet is available-- and you're good to go. It is well that it's easy to figure out how to do this, since the instructions are in Japanese and not much illustrated.

The point in position 1 has to be a pencil. The head of the pencil mechanism is not included with the pen, but the hollow tube for storing your lead supply is. Lack of a pencil mechanism is a good thing in a way as it allows you to choose .3, .5, or .7 mm diameter pencil modules. I chose .3. The lead tube will hold four or five of the .3 pencil leads.

For pen refills, Zebra themselves make many widths and colors, and if that is not enough any manufacturer's standard D1 size multipen refill will work, theoretically. However I have read (although I don't know from personal experience) that "some animals are more equal than others" and some brands of D1 refills won't fit quite correctly. I would advise reading up on this and using caution before you invest in large numbers of refills.

I skipped the gel refills because let's face it; a gel pen based on the little D1 size multipen refill is going to run out of ink very quickly. I got two Zebra ballpoint refills instead. They write with superior smoothness for a ballpoint, and being ballpoints should last reasonably well. My choices were a 1.0 width blue-black and a 1.0 width blood red. The blue black doesn't look very blackish to me, but it's a nice color and I'm happy with it.

This pen balances well, writes smoothly, operates smoothly, and even looks sharp. You could use it for heavy duty long document writing if you wanted. Even with a ballpoint refill installed, though, the ink supply is small enough you'll go through a lot of refills if you use the pen heavily. Therefore I think it is better suited for such things as short notes or clipping inside your personal notebook or day planner. You can color code your calendar, always have the right writing instrument on hand, and be the envy of all your gadget and pen geek friends!

(You don't have a personal notebook? For shame! Rule 1: Carry a pen and something to write on; a couple index cards are plenty. Rule 2, when you think of something you want to remember, write it down right then. Don't tell yourself you'll remember to write it down later, because you won't. Rule 3: There is no Rule 3.)

1 person found this helpful
 
November 21, 2012
I have a small collection...
Verified Purchase
I have a small collection of the Zebra Sharbo pens and the LT3 is my favorite, for sure. They are versatile multifunction pens which have superb build quality. The metal body feels durable and the pen's weight feels great when writing.

The Cobalt Blue color may seem too much, but having several other colors, it is now my favorite. It's shiny and cool!

I like using the 0.5mm pencil and gel pens, specially the blue and orange ones.

I have a couple of other multipens, but the Zebra Sharbo LT3 is by far the best one I know. Highly recommend this model!

1 person found this helpful
 
May 4, 2013
The color on this pen...
Verified Purchase
The color on this pen is remarkable. It's also my preferred model, with the metal threads instead of plastic. Very satisfied with this pen.

froglok_herbalist