Hey Guys, Just wanted to post to let everyone know that IT IS POSSIBLE TO INSTALL A GEL INSERT INTO A ZEBRA 701! Sorry but no pics yet so I’ll try to explain the install as best I can. Now, on with the story… While I was busy minding my own business at work today I felt the need to go raid the supply cabinet to freshen up my hoard of goodies in my cube. While at said supply cabinet I noticed our admin had stocked some new pens so I figured I would swipe a couple. When I got back to my desk I automatically disassembled one of the pens with the hope that the insert would work with little modification in my new Zebra 701. I really like the Zebra 701 pen, (modded with Zebra 402 parts and a Fisher Space Pen insert to make it super cool, all metal, and bad !), but the crappy ball point sucks and even with a Fisher SP insert I still don’t care for the way the pen writes. I also have a Benchmade 1100 which I modded with a Pilot G2 insert and it gets most of the writing chores now due to its new gel insert. I hate to think it, but when I get a gel insert installed in the Zebra the ‘ol $100.00 “Tacticool” Benchmade may take a backseat to a $10.00 pen! But I digress… Anyway I open up the pen, which by the way is a UNIBALL JETSTREAM with a 0.7 blue insert installed. After a test fit of the insert to the pen body it seemed like it might just work! Others I have tried were all too big to fit into the body of the 701. But all is not roses just yet - there is a “boss” near the tip of the insert that the spring rests against and it’s too large to fit into the screw-in cap (pen tip?), at the end of the 701 pen. (Sorry if my laymen’s terms for the pen parts aren’t correct!) So now I have to figure out a way to remove the boss from the insert so it will easily fit into all parts of the Zebra. I pried the insert apart; the boss is part of the lower part of the 2 piece insert. While apart from the rest of the insert I was able to study the lower section to figure out what the next step would be. I decided to remove the boss by using my pocket knife (Benchmite II which IMO is awesome for pocket carry!), and cut the boss into 4 sections that I then folded down away from the insert like “petals” on a flower. With the petals folded down I was able to trim them away from the insert with the Benchmite making for a clean lower section now void of the boss. After I cut away the petals I joined the top and bottom sections of the insert together just like it came apart. It was about this time that I noticed a big blob of blue on my right palm… It seems that taking the insert apart disturbs the ink inside in some fashion and the lovely blue ink carried inside was now coming out of the top the insert! After a lengthy cleanup I still needed to trim the insert to the same size as the stock Zebra. This step was done very carefully to keep the precious blue ink where it was supposed to be instead of all over my hands and desktop! After the trimming was complete the cap was installed back onto the top of the modded Uni insert and a test fit was in order! Everything went together like it came from the factory that way (can’t see the butcher-job cuts on the insert while it’s installed!), and the pen functioned fine! Everything seemed to be OK but I noticed that there was a void in the insert where the ink wasn’t completely all the way down to the tip. I took the assembly apart again to find that the aforementioned big blob of blue was pretty much ALL the ink the insert had in it and now after all my hard work there was little to no ink available in the insert and the fine writing it had done in its short life would soon come to an end! With both the writing tip and the cap from the top removed, I was able to blow through the insert with my mouth (Careful to not get anymore ink on me!), so I’m sure the insert would have gave up the ghost very soon. So now what? The next step will be to pimp another insert, but this time I’ll do it at home where I can be a bit more precise. My plan is to grind the boss on the Uni insert with my Dremel tool until the insert fits into the pen tip without binding. This way I won’t have to remove the lower portion of the insert which was the biggest hassle in the first mod, and the spring will still have a “shoulder” to rest on. After the boss is removed all that will be left to do is to shorten the insert to the same length as the Zebra, and from a preliminary look it seems like the ink doesn’t go up as far as where the tube will be cut so I should be OK there as well. I’ll let you guys know how it goes and I should be able to snap some pics as well to help detail what needs to happen for this mod to work. While far from being a simple drop-in mod, the exercise will be worth it to me due to the fact that I hate ball point inserts so much, but others may not be interested due to the amount of work involved and the potential for messy blue, black, or red “accidents”. I’ll let you guys know how it went when I finish it up this weekend! And if this inspires anyone else to post a 701 gel insert mod or try to do one themselves, please post your results as well.