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July 29, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

The Zebra Sarasa is no ordinary gel ink pen. While the Hi-Tec-C and Signo gel pens tend to grab the spotlight, pen nerds love the Zebra Sarasa for its smooth ink flow, fast-drying qualities, comfortable grip, wide barrel, and retractable feature (whew! That's a long list!). Many have guiltily strayed from their first pen love under the wily charms of the Sarasa.

The strength of the Sarasa lies in its ink. This water-based gel ink formula uses Rapid Dry Ink technology that dries in less than a second on most surfaces—great for the left-handed among us who worry about smearing! The ink also delivers deep, vibrant colors that brighten even the dullest of homework.

It's a simple feature, but Sarasa's clip sets it apart from other gel pens*. This sturdy binder clip is loaded with a spring for easy clipping and can clamp onto thicker items without breaking due to the added give (more below). If you play with your pen clips constantly, this clip won't break when you flick it a little too enthusiastically.

*The Base Retractable model does not have this clip.

Characteristics of the Zebra Sarasa
Form Factor
We're forever losing pen caps and love that all Sarasa lines are retractable. The biggest distinction between the Retractable model and the other lines is that the aforementioned binder clip is not included in the Retractable model. Grip placement also varies across models, and depending on where you hold your pen, is an important factor to consider when choosing between pens. The Sarasa also comes in multi pen forms, with different combinations of gel ink and mechanical pencil refills.
Pen Name Length Diameter Weight
Zebra Sarasa Retractable Base Retractable 14.1 cm 11.2 mm 0.35 oz
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Push Clip 14.1 cm 11.1 mm 0.40 oz
Zebra Sarasa Study Study 14.1 cm 11 mm 0.38 oz
Zebra Eco Sarasa Eco 14.1 cm 11.1 mm 0.35 oz
Zebra Sarasa 3 3 Multi Pen 14.2 cm 13.5 mm 0.50 oz
Zebra Sarasa 2+S 2+S Multi Pen 14.2 cm 13.5 mm 0.50 oz
Zebra and 3+S 3+S Multi Pen 15.3 cm 14.2 mm 0.60 oz
Note: "Length" refers to retracted length.
Battle of the Clips
We can't tell you how many times we've broken pen clips because of overzealous clipping, accidental flicks, or simply playing with them too much. The spring-loaded binder clip is stronger, more flexible, and can handle much more than any regular clip, whether it's clipping the pen onto thicker objects or fiddling with it as part of your creative thought process.
Tip Size
Sarasa gel pens offer different tip sizes under different lines, from as delicate as 0.3 mm to as bold as 1.0 mm. As with most pens, the smaller the tip size, the more "feedback" you get as you write. "Feedback" refers to the sound of the pen as it writes, commonly associated with scratchiness. That being said, the Sarasa line is not scratchy at all. It's one of the smoothest pens we've had the pleasure of writing with. Even pens in the smaller tip sizes have negligible "feedback."
Pen Zebra Sarasa 0.3 mm Zebra Sarasa 0.4 mm Zebra Sarasa 0.5 mm Zebra Sarasa 0.7 mm Zebra Sarasa 1.0 mm
Zebra Sarasa Retractable Zebra Sarasa Retractable 0.5 mm Zebra Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm Zebra Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 0.3 mm Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 0.4 mm Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 0.5 mm Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 0.7 mm Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 1.0 mm
Zebra Sarasa Study Zebra Sarasa Study 0.5 mm
Zebra Eco Sarasa Zebra Eco Sarasa 1.0 mm
Zebra Sarasa 3 Zebra Sarasa 3 0.5 mm
Zebra Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Zebra Sarasa 2+S and 3+S 0.5 mm
Colors
From matte to metallic colors, the Sarasa has a rainbow of hues to choose from. We love how vibrant and saturated all the colors are--nothing dull or muted here! Not all colors are available across the different lines and tip sizes; for example, the metallic "shiny" colors are only available in the Push Clip models in 1.0 mm.
Color Names Sarasa Retractable 0.5 mm Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm Push Clip 1.0 mm Study 0.5 mm Eco 0.7 mm Sarasa 3 Multi Pen Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Multi Pen
Zebra Sarasa in Black Sarasa Retractable 0.5 mm in Black Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Black Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Black Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Black Push Clip 1.0 mm in Black Study 0.5 mm in Black Eco 0.7 mm in Black Sarasa 3 Multi Pen Black Refills Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Multi Pen Black Refills
Zebra Sarasa in Blue Sarasa Retractable 0.5 mm in Blue Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Blue Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Blue Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Blue Push Clip 1.0 mm in Blue Study 0.5 mm in BlueEco 0.7 mm Blue Refills Sarasa 3 Multi Pen Blue Refills Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Multi Pen Blue Refills
Zebra Sarasa in Blue Black       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Blue Black Push Clip 1.0 mm in Blue Black        
Zebra Sarasa in Blue Green     Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Blue Green          
Zebra Sarasa in Brown       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Brown          
Zebra Sarasa in Cobalt   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Cobalt              
Zebra Sarasa in Cobalt Blue       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Cobalt Blue          
Zebra Sarasa in Copper     Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Copper   Push Clip 1.0 mm in Copper        
Zebra Sarasa in Forest   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Forest              
Zebra Sarasa in Fuchsia   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Fuchsia              
Zebra Sarasa in Gold     Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Gold   Push Clip 1.0 mm in Gold        
Zebra Sarasa in Gray       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Gray          
Zebra Sarasa in Green       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Green       Sarasa 3 Multi Pen Green Refills Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Multi Pen Green Refills
Zebra Sarasa in Light Blue       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Light Blue          
Zebra Sarasa in Light Green       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Light Green          
Zebra Sarasa in Light Green   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Light Green              
Zebra Sarasa in Light Pink       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Light Pink          
Zebra Sarasa in Magenta Pink       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Magenta Pink          
Zebra Sarasa in Mahogany   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Mahogany              
Zebra Sarasa in Navy   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Navy              
Zebra Sarasa in Orange       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Orange          
Zebra Sarasa in Pale Blue       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Pale Blue          
Zebra Sarasa in Pink       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Pink          
Zebra Sarasa in Purple       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Purple          
Zebra Sarasa in Red Sarasa Retractable 0.5 mm in Red Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Red Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Red Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Red Push Clip 1.0 mm in Red Study 0.5 mm in RedEco 0.7 mm Red Refills Sarasa 3 Multi Pen Red Refills Sarasa 2+S and 3+S Multi Pen Red Refills
Zebra Sarasa in Red Orange       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Red Orange          
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Blue         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Blue        
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Green         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Green        
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Orange         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Orange        
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Pink         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Pink        
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Purple         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Purple        
Zebra Sarasa in Shiny Red         Push Clip 1.0 mm in Shiny Red        
Zebra Sarasa in Silver     Sarasa Retractable 1.0 mm in Silver   Push Clip 1.0 mm in Silver        
Zebra Sarasa in Violet   Sarasa Retractable 0.7 mm in Violet              
Zebra Sarasa in Viridian Green       Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Viridian Green          
Zebra Sarasa in Yellow      Push Clip 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm in Yellow        
Note: some colors are repeated because they vary between different lines even though they're named the same color.
Product Lines
Base Retractable
10 colors of the Sarasa Retractable.

The most basic and affordable of the Sarasa line, the Sarasa Retractable is our pick for the budget-conscious consumer who needs a quality pen. With its rubber grip and Sarasa gel ink, neither comfort nor performance is sacrificed, and the unique shades in the 0.7 mm tip size give a boost of personality to your writing. Effie from the Hunger Games would reach for Mahogany in a heartbeat, while JetDo would definitely go for the Light Green.

Base Retractable 1.0 mm

For crafters looking for a little bit of shine, the Sarasa Retractable also includes metallic shades in 1.0 mm. While gold and silver are standard across different brands, the Sarasa offers a beautiful copper shade that we haven't seen in other gel pens. It's the perfect soft, rose-gold tone that will add an extra dimension to your next craft project.

Push Clip
20 colors of the Sarasa Push Clip.

The Push Clip series is the most extensive of the Sarasa line, with 29 colors and 5 tip sizes. What sets it apart from the regular Retractable pen is its innovative binder clip. It's spring-loaded for an easy-to-open clamp that firmly attaches to objects. You don't have to worry about the clip breaking whether you're absently playing with it or securing it to thicker items. Another distinction from the Retractable model is that the grip on the Push Clip line is placed quite low, closer to the pen tip. This is great for those who hold their pens closer to the tip.

Push Clip 1.0 mm

Like its Retractable counterpart, the Push Clip series offers metallic hues, including the lovely copper shade. There's no difference in color or ink quality between the two lines, so if you're not in need of the binder clip or lower grip area, the Retractable model should work for you just fine. However, the other six "Shiny" colors are unique to this line.

Study

According to Zebra, the Sarasa Study pens are made specifically with the student in mind to motivate good studying. It has gradation markings to show how much ink you've used so you can feel a sense of achievement as the ink level goes down. Whether or not these markings are effective at promoting studying, we do feel productive when we see how much ink we've used!

Eco
1 color of the Eco Sarasa

Made with 81% post-consumer recycled materials, the Eco pen is perfect for the environmentally-conscious person. It has the same rugged binder clip as the Push Clip series, but only comes pre-filled in black. However, blue and red refills are available.

3 Multi Pen
11 body colors of the Sarasa 3 Multi Pen

The Sarasa 3 multi pen is the only multi pen that comes pre-filled with gel ink refills in black, blue, and red. Like its single counterparts, it has a rubber grip and even a binder clip for clipping onto thick objects. If you enjoy using multiple colors, but don't like the hassle of switching pens, we recommend this multi pen.

2+S & 3+S Multi Pens
2+S (top) and Sarasa 3+S (bottom).
5 body colors of the 3+S and 6 body colors of the 2+S.

The 2+S and 3+S multi pens are similar to the Sarasa 3, except that they include a pencil component, indicated by the "S" in the name. The "S" stands for "sharp," which is what mechanical pencils are called in Japan. The 2+S version has two gel ink refills (black and red) and a mechanical pencil, while the 3+S has three gel ink refills (black, blue, and red) plus the mechanical pencil. This multi pen is great for people who also use pencils alongside their pens.

Pen Personality
The Sarasa is known for being retractable and for its sturdy conical tip. This got us thinking about the different kinds of pen lovers out there, and we'd love to know what best describes you! Here are some differences that we've spotted between needle and conical point pen users and capped and retractable pen users. Is this true for you?
Needle vs Conical

A gentle soul, the needle-point pen user has to be delicate and careful so as to not disturb the fine needle tip. He has to think carefully about what he writes. On the other hand, the conical point pen user needs something heftier and more robust that can handle the bold thoughts that flow through his pen. Mistakes can simply be discounted with a daring strikethrough.

Capped vs Retractable

The person who prefers capped pens likes to be in control. It may be more convenient to not have to worry about the cap, but is it worth it in that moment when you've forgotten to retract your pen and stuck it in your pocket anyway? Those carefree retractable pen users might say yes and simply throw their shirt into the laundry, but capped pen lovers would beg to differ.

Final Thoughts

We've explored the world of Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Uni-ball Signo, and now Zebra Sarasa. Though there are many similarities across the brands, the fast-drying ink, the unique range of colors, and the binder clip of the Sarasa make it stand in a league of its own.




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