If you're thinking this refill might turn your Parker--or Parker-compatible
ballpoint--write as well as an Uni Jetstream, think again. There's nothing
wrong with this refill, but it writes like any other ballpoint. Even the Parker
QuinkFlow refill writes better.
Outstanding little multi pen. Nothing fancy, but it looks cool and works well.
No, it's not super smooth, but it's also less than $10. A few things: First,
there are multiple versions of this pen, specifically, an older and newer
version. The old version--which i have in clear--does not have a specific stop
for the all-retracted position. The newer version looks the same, but there is
a tactile "stop" for the all-retracted position that is much better. I'm not
sure if there is any way to know in advance which one you will get.
Second, there is nothing green about this pen. It is much more of a fluorescent
yellow. Not unattractive, just very dissimilar from the name given to the
I can't believe more people haven't written about these! They are probably the
best D1 refills I have tried. Very fine, but smooth nib. These refills fit any
D1 multi pens, although it is not explicitly set forth in the product
I wasn't expecting this pen to be as good as it turned out to be, and was
pleasantly surprised. Works very well, and holds the refills securely when
writing. I've used Pentel Vicuna, Uni Jetstream, and Zebra Emulsion refills in
it with no problems. Although it seems some refills are a tighter fit than
others, the pen held each securely. The mechanism is fairly smooth and
continuous. That is, you can twist the pen in the same direction and it will
constantly cycle through the refills. There is no stopping point in either
direction. My only criticism is there is a slight bit of difficulty getting all
of the refills to retract. The pen doesn't seem to have a specific "all
retract" position, so it takes just a little more effort than it should getting
all of the tips inside the pen body than it should. Also, because the pen body
is clear, the ballpoint points rub the inside of the pen tip as they extend and
retract. This leaves traces of ink on the inside. If you are a clean freak,
this will annoy you to no end, especially in the completely clear (no color)
Not a bad refill. Zebra's 0.7mm is a little bit thinner than everyone else's.
Smooth enough, but it does not lay down quite as consistent a line as the
Jetstream. Also, this point has a tendency to blob, and smear. Although it's
cheaper than the Jetstream, it does not write as well.
For some reason, Uni's Jetstream blue seems to write the best of all their
colors. No idea why, but it holds true for the D1 refill as well. Just a very
solid, consistent, blue line. Probably the best D1 refill going that I have
tried thus far.
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing gel pen on the market, the Zebra
Sarasa excels in every area that matters. The barrel is comfortable--not too
thick; not too thin--with sufficient grip to keep from slipping. The
spring-mounted clip is brilliantly designed. Most plastic clips are merely
vestigial limbs, and not particularly useful without breaking.
The ink and writing tip are outstanding. I emptied an entire refill without a
skip, sputter or hesitation. The lines are slightly bold, but near the
advertised 5mm width. I found the tip very smooth. Unlike Pilot and Uni gel
pens, the Sarasa seems to dry incredibly fast with no smearing. I'm left
handed, so that is a big issue typically.
Great pen. Like others, I think it writes very well. However, the ink
reservoir is tiny. These things run out of ink super quick in the 0.7mm tip
size. Also, the cap does not positively engage the end of the barrel when
posted; it is merely friction fit. If you like the needle tip, I think the
Pilot Hi-Tec C is a better pen at this price point.
Oh, it pains me to write this review. I am a huge fan of Pilot's products, from
their inexpensive gel pens all the way up through their impressive fountain
pens. However, this particular product has some problems. The pen does not
write consistently. Lines are thin, then thick, then thin once again. The
problem is ink seems to collect around the tip of the pen, and periodically
causes globs to come off during writing. This ink also comes out when the pen
is capped, and eventually covers the entire tip of the pen. It is a mess, and
one I have not encountered with other gel pens. Not recommended.