In an earlier post, I said get a Zebra F-701 instead of a $125 tactical pen. I had recommended a F-701 solely based upon having a Zebra F-402 as a basis of comparison. Since that time, I’ve picked up a F-701 and can now provide a review.
Just a side note. My F-402 was made in Japan. The current ones are made in Indonesia. The F-701 according to the package is made in Japan but is not inscribed so anywhere on the pen.
The F-701 has a stainless steel barrel with knurling at the writing end of the barrel. The pen has a nice balance with about perfect heft for writing. It balances well in the writing position with the barrel falling nicely into place and nestling in the thumb crotch.
The pen has a soft clicker. It’s a smooth operating mechanism that belies its $5 cost. For the elegant and the meditative types, this is almost zen like. For the nervous nellies, the clicker just won’t do much to channel the nervous energy.
The pen comes with a 0.7mm cartridge which provides a smooth even fine line. This is really a nice writer. I don’t know if I can say it is the best I’ve used but it certainly ranks near the top.
As a tactical pen, it will do in a pinch but it lacks the necessary heft and the diameter is on the smaller side.
The pen exudes quality, certainly more so than the $5 price tag would suggest. I would consider this to be an excellent value and highly recommend it.