Monday, 15 April 2013

The best gel pen - it might not be the one you think

The gel pen that seems to be most raved about is the Pilot G2, and that is a nice pen. But I've often found it a bit skippy and it can be a little choosy about the paper you use.

For a couple of years now, I've been using the Zebra Sarasa Gel Retractable. You may have seen some multipacks among my holiday haul.

Image from Zebra website

At first glance, this is a very similar pen to the Pilot. If you know and like the G2, you'll probably be comfortable with this pen. It writes smoothly, the colours are vibrant and although slightly lighter than the G2, it feels substantial in the hand. They are priced simlarly, although Cult Pens will charge you 18p less for the 0.7 Zebra than for the corresponding Pilot (£1.57 vs. £1.75 at the time of writing). I always turn to the 0.7 point, but as with the Pilot there are broader and finer options than this.

For me there are important differences. The Zebra ink is happier with a wider range of papers than the Pilot G2 seems to be. I have never known the Zebra to skip, either, whereas I find the G2 prone to this, especially when the refill is low on ink.

If you like gel pens - and especially if you have problems with the Pilot G2 - you should give the Zebra Sarasa a try. 
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