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Zebra V-301 Stainless Steel Fountain Pen with Refill, Blue, 1-Pack (48121)

2.5 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews

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  • Distinctive easy-pull cap
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  • Fitted silver steel nib
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Color: Blue | Size: 1 Pack

Distinctive easy-pull cap. Durable metal clip. Fitted silver steel nib

Product Information

Color:Blue  |  Size:1 Pack

Technical Details

Brand Name Zebra Pen
Item Weight 0.5 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.9 x 7.8 x 3.8 inches
Item model number 48121
Color Blue
Number of Items 1
Size 1 Pack
Ink Color Blue
Manufacturer Part Number 48121

Additional Information

ASIN B00563I972
Customer Reviews
2.5 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #68,138 in Office Products (See top 100)
#641 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pens & Refills > Fountain Pens
#85,641 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 0.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available June 15, 2011

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From the Manufacturer

F-301 M-301 G-301 V-301 R-301 H-301
Retractable
Pen Type Ballpoint Mechanical Pencil Gel Fountain Rollerball Highlighter
Point Size Fine, Medium, Bold 0.5mm, 0.7mm Fine Fine Arrow Chisel
Clip Style Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Grip Style Non-Slip Grip Non-Slip Grip Non-Slip Grip Non-Slip Grip Non-Slip Grip Non-Slip Grip
Barrel Stainless Steel, Compact Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Available Ink Color Black, Blue, Red, Green N/A Black, Blue Black, Blue Black, Blue Yellow, Pink
Refill F-Refill Standard Lead Refill JK-Refill V-Refill R-Refill HL-Refill

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Size: 1 PackColor: Black
This pen was very frustrating to write with. It does say that as you write, it will sort of learn your style and work better the longer you use it. Well after giving it a go for a good week now, I can tell you that this is a load of BS. I did find however, that the pen works great with the fountain tip upside down on the paper, vs the way you should write with a fountain pen.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Black
1) put ink cartridge in. make sure you hear a small click sound.
2) soak nib/wick in hot water
3) place nib at 45 degree angle (whatever works really) on paper towel/paper/etc so that you can see the water coming out and leaving wet marks
4) do this until the ink is running black/blue. scribbling helps move it faster too

-once it gets going it works great. just a pain in the @$$ to get going
-the idea is to get the water soaked all the way up the wick to where the ink is, therefore pulling the water out simultaneously pulls the ink with it. at first it will be watered down but will gradually get darker.

I've gone through half of the first cartridge and have yet to have any problems. 5 stars once it works
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I may have written a review about the pen before. I have had several for a long time. Like some of the other reviewers have said, it does take a moment or two to get the ink to flowing, but once that happens it is a good pen to write with on most types of paper. I personally have not had an issue....and, I do use different types of paper, notebook, pads, etc. You can even put the pen aside for awhile and it does not dry out like some, more expensive pens, will do. I have a good selection of pens hat I love writing with, but this one I ot only like writing with, but I am never afraid if someone walk off with, or I lose it (has happened). I usually purchase in a local Walgreen for about $4.00 with two bonus refills.

I would love to give this pen 5-stars, but here is my issue. Purchasing refills is very difficult. So far, I have not found a international, or generic cartridge that will fit this pen. You can find the refills on Amazon, but two refills cost more than the original pen. That seems a little out of line to me. For me it is cheaper to just purchase another package (pen with refils).

My suggestions: (1) make refills available in the stores, and for the sake of customers, especially students, do not over price them. (2) make both the pen and refills available in more stores, and on Amazon. (3) I know there is blue ink cartridges (with pen) available....I purchased on a few months back (on Amazon)....so make them available so that people have a choice.

I have purchased the pen to given to kids, and teens who have all fallen in love with it....and then the heart break when can't find cartridges...... shame, shame, shame on Zebra.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Black
The pen is a sturdy, reliable, inexpensive fountain pen that looks good, too. The problem is not the pen, but the cartridge. It is a design/mfg. defect that allows the little plastic/glass bead (that is pushed in when the cartridge is inserted) to roll back and stop the ink flow. A converter is one solution to the problem. The other is to clean out the cartridge, insert a paper clip with a small amount of pure silicone sealant onto the bead. The cartridge should be in an upright position, which will allow the bead to rest on the bottom (of the cartridge). You are gluing the bead to the bottom of the cartridge. Let the silicone dry for 24 hours, before refilling cartridge with ink. I did this and the pen works like a charm.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Black Verified Purchase
The steel body is fairly sturdy, and the nib offers very good line control. I like that it writes well sideways as well for when I need to make thinner lines. It's just the right width for ink drawing. It's a little hard to get it started, but that's true of all fountain pens. just dip the nib in water and the flow should start fairly quickly. I also like that the cap creates a seal to keep the ink from drying out and clogging, meaning you can just uncap it and it's ready to start writing right away, no need to get the flow going again.

The main detractors are that it doesn't take standard ink cartridges, but rather takes the slightly longer proprietary zebra cartridges, and it doesn't have interchangeable nibs. The latter isn't that big of a problem considering the price. If it breaks, you can just buy another pen for the price you'd pay for nibs on a more expensive pen, but you won't have the option of using thicker or thinner nibs for other uses.

I find this is a good fountain of you enjoy drawing in ink, since it's rugged and portable, but it's probably not suited for those interested in calligraphy. Price is a big factor here though. For what I paid for it, there's really no complaining.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Black
First and foremost, this should probably not be a first fountain pen. Not because it is overly complicated, but because its problems require some ingenuity to fix. That said, I want to review the pen itself, and not the peripheral stuff needed to use it (explanation forthcoming). The pen itself is quite nice. Stainless barrel and cap, VERY comfortable nib, and the ink feed (via wick) moves the ink quite well. The problem with this product is NOT the pen; it is the ink that comes with it. The cartridge is quite large, so it is really a shame that the ink is so bad. The tone is a little light for my taste, and I prefer to be able to use a reloadable, plunger-type cartridge. But tone is not the major problem with this ink; it clogs the feed tube/wick making the pen skip and, often, not write at all. If the supplied ink is all you are willing to try to use, this pen will make you unhappy, and if this is your first fountain experience, it may sour you on the concept as a whole. Because I like the feel of the pen's barrel and nib, I did a little modification to a Manuscript plunger cartridge, making it fit into the assembly. I drew up some Higgins Fountain Pen India ink into the cartridge, installed it, and, as suspected it would, the pen writes as well as much more expensive instruments. I have made it about half way through that load, and have had NO PROBLEMS at all. As a matter of fact, I now use this pen, reliably, daily. With the Higgin's ink, I am comfortable carrying this instrument as my only writing device.
To summarize, the PEN is wonderful: smooth nib, comfortable grip, nice ink flow, stainless barrel is durable and attractive. The negatives, which I hope Zebra remedies, are all about the ink. The ink is washy and it clogs the pen. It is simply not reliable.
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