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Best Pen Ever

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by richiefriday, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. richiefriday

    richiefriday Loaded Pockets

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    The best pen I have ever used (and continue to use) is a Zebra 301- available in any Staples, Office Depot, Office Max, etc. This is the original, fine point, ball point pen.

    I was a pharmaceutical sales rep for years. My docs (who have hundred dollar pens in their shirt pockets) would sign something with this pen and ask if they could have it (reps generally give out pens).

    One thing I really like about this product is that it is incredibly smooth, however, when the point is resting on the paper- it doesn't make a mark like some ball point or gel pens will.

    Give it a try and you will be converted-

    Rich
     

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  2. bruner

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    Welcome to EDCF richiefriday!

    When you get a chance, please feel free to introduce yourself HERE.

    Dan

    :)
     
  3. Blades

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    Welcome to EDC Rich!
    And I'll almost second the Zebra pen as the "best in the world". I think I found one a little better:
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    The Zebra F-701 all metal barrel pen. :D
    Here is another pic where I tried to show how thick the barrel is:

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    Another fine Zebra pen to add to the Zebra herd. :woohoo:



    Blades
     
  4. ghbrumbaugh

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    I carry a F-701, F-402, M-402 and a F-301 Compact everyday! I love Zebra!!
     
  5. Cain

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    I have 2 of the F-301's and an F-301 Ultra. I haven't seen any other models, but I'll be looking for them now. I found out about them from here, and I plan on picking some more up to add to Christmas presents.
     
  6. HammerHead

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    I carry a pair of the G-301 (gel ink) in my airsoft kit. I had them in a Rite in the Rain notebook at Operation Irene 5 in October, they held up very well to being slammed into concrete walls on many occasions. First gels I've carried regularly, still getting used to the ink and haven't used them a heck of a lot, so I can't say if I prefer it.
     
  7. Blades

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    I have some G-301 laying around. I liked them, but I haven't been able to find refills for them yet. Zebra just makes a good pen.


    Blades
     
  8. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Welcome to EDCF, richiefriday! :highfive:

    I'll have to be on the lookout for Zebra pens the next time I'm out and about; I'm tired of cheap, disposable Bics!
     
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    richiefriday, thanks for starting this thread. Zebra pens appear to be really great value O0

    I purchased a 2-pack of the Zebra F-301 Compact today for $5.

    In closed mode, it is only 1.75 cm longer than an Inka pen. The F-301 has a built-in lanyard hole as well. The stainless steel on Inka and Zebra are the pretty much the same. It is thicker on the Inka, therefore heavier. But look and feel is very close.

    The Inka writes like a decent throwaway ballpoint, imo. It often stumbles out of the gates and you have to scribble for a second to get it going smoothly. On the other hand, the Zebra is smooth flowing from the the moment pen hits paper.

    Minus the keyring (but plus pocket-clip), I highly recommend the Zebra over the Inka for EDC. I'll snap a few photos later.
     
  10. Phaeton

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    Zebra also makes a great multi pen. The catch is they are made in Japan and only sell at retail in Asia. Sometimes they turn up on eBay and at online pen dealers. They make a plastic body and a metal body series.

    Four colors ball point at .7mm AND a .5mm mechanical pencil with eraser in a surprisingly compact unit.

    Great for EDC or BOB. Big plus is that great Zebra ink and point.

    Worth tracking down, IMO.

    Mark
     
  11. Blades

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    You have a F-701?? And didn't tell us? I could have had one sooner, instead of stumbling upon it in "Staples". :lolhammer:


    Blades
     
  12. ghbrumbaugh

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    Sorry Blades. I've only had it for a couple weeks.
     
  13. richiefriday

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    Thanks for the welcome's (I am new to any any type of forum, let alone EDC, but I really like your site).

    I didn't know about the F-701 either! I'll have to be on the lookout.

    Rich
     
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    is the zebra F-701 available at staples??
     
  15. ghbrumbaugh

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    Most of them.
     
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    I stopped at Staples and bought a couple of the F-701 pens for myself and my dad. Very nice pen for the $. Zebra pens write well and are inexpensive enough that you don't feel too bad if you lose one. :)

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    I just got an F-701 the other day after I thought I lost my Dr. Grip that I bought in Japan three years ago. The F-701 is nice, but I'm glad I found my old pen. :)
     
  18. Blades

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    Anyone know if there is a Gel refill that will fit in the Zebra F-301/701??
    I know Zebra makes a F-301 Gel pen, but that refill doesn't fit in a regular F-301.
    Thanks!


    Blades
     
  19. Makeshift

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    The F-701 is much lighter than I thought it would be.

    I wonder if the barrel is the same thickness all the way through?


    Jeffrey
     
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    Picked up a 2-pack of the Zebra F-301 today. Didn't find a F-701. I threw out a bunch of useless pens when I got home. :laugh: