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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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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