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Reviewing Zebra pens Ola, F-301 BP, Z-Grip

Yes, I still prefer Papermates, but I have grown very frustrated with Papermate because a) Sanford (Papermate’s parent company) has stopped making pens I really like, such as the Silkwriter BP and the Dynagrip and b) has replaced them with the new Silkwriter (the 1.6-mm ballpoint is way too wide, resulting in annoying ink links and sloppy handwriting) and the Profile (same).

So now, I have purchased a few Zebra pens and have taken them for a test writer.

The Zebra Ola: I purchased this on Thursday from Dollar General in Frankenmuth. $1.75 for four pens: black, blue, red and purple.

I considered it money well spent. Ideally, I prefer barrels that a predominant rubbery grip, and this one was different. It was a plastic barrel with a thin rubber coating in a zebra pattern. Still, it worked very well. It is comfortable to grip, not too large or too small and the ink is overall dependable. Not the boldest I’ve ever seen, but reliable all the same. Still, when I used it, I found myself readjusting my grip often due to the strain. My handwriting wasn’t as good as it is in some pens, such as one of my current favorites, the Papermate Pro-Fit. The clasp stays attached easily on my shirt pocket, which is a huge plus.

I rate the Ola three out of four possible stars.

The Zebra F-301 BP: I purchased this at Walmart on Friday. I forget the exact price but it was around $3 for a black, blue and red one.

It has the metallic look many will find sleek and professional. What appears to be a rubberized barrel is actually a hard-to-grip plastic that makes for very uncomfortable handwriting. The ink is average: not bad, but not great, either. The clasp is excellent.

I rate the F-301 BP 1.5 out of 4 possible stars. (I rate its Papermate counterpart, the G-Force, at 3.5 out of 4 stars due to an annoying-loose clasp).

The Zebra Z-Grip: Purchased at Meijer on Friday for $2.99 for black, blue, red, green and purple pens (I will probably give away the green one since I’m not a huge fan of green ink).

Wow! What’s not to like? The ink is bold, it has a see-through barrel so you can see how much ink you’ve used, a rubberized grip that makes for excellent handwriting and a nice firm clasp. Very little discomfort when writing.

I rate the Z-Grip at 3.75 out of 4 possible stars.

Richard Zowie doesn’t have a pen obsession as much as he just appreciates a great writing tool that doesn’t cost too much money. Post comments here or e-mail them to fromatozowie@gmail.com.

  1. les
    November 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I love the way the f-301bp writes the look and everything about it except for the casing the the plastic treads always break into before the pen is about two weeks old then the pen falls apart

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