If you know and LOVE Zebra pens don't disappoint yourself with this one.
I have used, LOVED and been 100% dedicated to Zebra for almost 3 decades now. I have always loved the metal barrel and how smoothly they wrote. I love them so much that even though there in runs out I can't make myself throw away the body, even if I can't find a refill (which eventually I will find). The X-701 is designated such in reference to supposedly being an "extreme" version of the "F-701". I'm sorry to say that this pen is not an"extreme" version of anything more than a disappointment (yes this is going to the Zebra home page). It weighs about 1/3rd of what the F-701 does. And if you are addicted with the same love of an all metal pen or at least a metal barrel as I am then you know very well that weight means a lot when it comes to how it fits and feels. It's a lot like a watch. If I can't feel that watch on wrist it has no business being there.
Now, the ads and listings say it has a pressurised barrel and that is how it is capable of writing at extreme angles, upside down with. I fail to see how a barrel is pressurised considering the to unscrews to change the ink cartridge and there are no O-rings or seals and there is no way to pressurised it at home. And the cartridge itself is open at the end so it is incapable of retaining when a minute amount of pressure other than that if the current atmosphere.
If the barrel is indeed stainless steel it has to be paper thin. The tip, when removed front the body, is metal and can be seen on the inside. The tip appears to be metal that has either been powder coated or had a layer of plastic applied. The barrel though it's a different story. As much as I tried I can't determine what the barrel is made from and am simply unwilling to destroy a $15 pen to satisfy my curiosity. However I am sure if something doesn't change and some aspect of the X-701 doesn't make me fall in love with it then I will do exactly that when the ink rings dry. And I can usually drain a Zebra I'm cartridge in 3-5 days as I am constantly finding a reason to put pen to paper. No way is it because I just love writing and the way it feels as my pen smoothly glides across paper and each stroke adds to the overall completed piece of work.
However, the X-701 was meant for harsher conditions than my Lazy Boy and heated seats. And that being what it is then what better place for it to reside than clipped to the visor of my truck. Maybe, just maybe, having this pen where it will most likely be used in a manner consistent with it's design will speak that piece inside me that will show me that the X-701 can meet and best the challenging writing needs of those their which its design was intended.
Please don't read my review and rely solely on it to make your decision. There are many other reviews out there, a lot of which are outstanding even glowing reviews recommending this pen as your EDC. This is one person's opinion, a very picky person at that.
If you do purchase this one then by all means enjoy. I hope it is what you where looking for. But if you want a heavy pen that is controllable as well as comfortable then you may consider the F-701. My next Zabra purchase will be the F-xMD, and I CAN'T WAIT!!!! Read full review
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