Zebra Sarasa Clip

Mid-Week Mini: Zebra Sarasa Clip - Vintage Colours.

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The Zebra Sarasa Clip is my favourite gel ink pen. I have found them the most consistent gel pens giving me a smooth line and starting up even if it hasn’t been used for a while. I like the 05 tip size as I find the line width thin enough and I don’t feel like there is any friction on the page when writing. I wrote a review of the Sarasa Clip back in 2016 which you can find here.

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However I think the gem in the Zebra Sarasa Clip world are the Vintage colours. I was bought one of these pens by Priya from The London Parchment a few years ago in the blue-grey and I used it a lot! It was subtly different to anything I had tried before. The only downside at the time was they weren’t available in the UK, but that problems now resolved and you can grab these from Cult Pens. In todays post I will share with you the different colours available and try to explain why I love this pen so much.

Colour choices.

There are a range of muted tones in the Vintage line, Green-black, Blue-grey, Brown-grey, Red-black and Blue-black. I didn't bother buying the Blue-black, because, well...it’s blue-black and I kinda know what to expect from that colour. I was far more interested in the other options that came within this range.

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The Vintage colour choices are traditional colours, but those you would expect to sit within Vintage theme. My favourite is the blue-grey as the colour is subtle but different to any other blue gel pen I have tried. There is a lovely lightness which comes from the grey tones dulling the blue pigment. It works nicely though to give a subdued blue and manages to make a standard ink colour a little more interesting.

The brown-grey is my least favourite of the four mostly because it doesn't stand out against the other Vintage colours. Interestingly the grey element of this colour actually works well and really alters the brown colour nicely. Pairing this with the black would have been a mistake and perhaps darkened it too much, but the grey is distinctive and quite nice.

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The Red-black and Green-black sit somewhere in the middle. I like both and they feel very British reminding me a lot of Mini car colours. There is a vibrancy that you don’t get from the blue or brown inks. There is a hint of a teal shade in the green-black and the red is very bright.

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Overall thoughts.

The Zebra Sarasa Clip gel pen, especially in these Vintage colours, is my favourite gel pen to use. I often use these as an everyday pen and with my Travelers Notebook because you get a fine point. These pens are a great price too at £2.40 per pen. This is the higher end of a gel pen price but totally worth it for such a different and distinctive gel pen in a cool range of colours.

Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5mm Review

For some reason it had taken me up until a month ago to buy a Zebra Sarasa Clip gel ink pen. I had heard good things about this gel pen on numerous occasions but I never felt compelled to try one for myself. Recently I threw one into my shopping cart when buying some other items and I am really pleased that I did as this gel pen is amazing!!

I actually think it's become my favourite gel ink pen. Usually I would sway towards the Pilot Hi-Tec-C or G-Tec-C4 as my go to gel ink pen. I could use these pens in their standard barrel or add them into a number of different machined pens and they wrote well. I am also a fan of the Pilot Coleto multi pen due to the number of available colours and the quality of the gel ink.

But, the Pilot gel pens may have been knocked off their perch. I really like the Zebra Sarasa Clip and I am kinda fond of it in its standard off the shelf format.

The Zebra Sarasa Clip Particulars

The Zebra Sarasa Clip grip section

The Zebra Sarasa Clip grip section

The Sarasa Clip comes in a standard plastic barrel that you get with many gel pens and a nice rubber grip section. Usually I am not a fan of rubber grips. They can be comfortable but they can also be tacky, sticky and leave your fingers with a strange rubber smell on them. Pilot Juice I am looking at you! But the Sarasa Clip doesn't have any of that. It feels nice, isn't tacky and has some grooves that don't imprint on your fingers. The rubber grip also feels comfortable for long periods of writing.

A good, strong spring loaded clip

A good, strong spring loaded clip

The pen gets its name from the spring loaded clip which makes it easy to clip onto things. Usually I don't bother with a pen clip as I don't attach these to a shirt pocket, being a girl. However I have found it useful clipping it to things in my bag, or onto the outside of my Travelers Notebook.

My Sarasa Clip attached to my Travelers Notebook

My Sarasa Clip attached to my Travelers Notebook

So how does it write?

Gel pens are usually good writers and the Sarasa Clip is no different. I have been using it in lots of different notebooks and its writes smoothly in all of them. It doesn't need any time to warm up and get going, another gripe I do have with the Pilot gel pens which you can see in my hand written review below. The Sarasa Clip just goes. I have the 0.5mm and I really like the fine line width. Sometimes a 0.3mm or 0.38mm gel pen can feel a bit scratchy and you can get some skipping issues, but the 0.5mm Sarasa Clip doesn't suffer from their problem at all.

Final Thoughts

If it isn't clear already I really really like this gel pen. At the moment I have only one, the black 0.5mm, but I will definitely be getting more. A big selling point for me here in the UK is that these are obtainable. Pilot has so many issues around the distribution of their products that gel ink pens such as the Pilot Juice have been discontinued. But I know I can get hold of the Sarasa Clip in a range of colours - bonus!

They are the perfect gel pen to carry around. I need to figure out what other pens I can use the refill in if I want to be a bit posh, but on its own, writing with the standard Sarasa Clip barrel is nice. I just cannot believe it has taken me this long to even try this pen! I have been missing out.

My May Favourites

I haven't done a loadout post in some time as I felt like there was a bit too much repetition going on. Today's post is kind of like a loadout; I am sharing with you a short run down of my current favourite stationery tools.

Passport sized Travelers Notebook - I am really happy to be using my passport Travelers Notebook again. I am enjoying my set-up, which you can view here, and I love the gorgeous camel leather.

Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5mm black - This is a fantastic gel ink pen. I have this with me at all times. It writes really well and is super smooth. I have a full review coming therefore I won’t include any spoilers.

Kaweco ART Sport, EF nib - I recently replaced the nib on this pen for my preferred EF size. I have this inked up with J. Herbin Lie de The and it's love. I love the ART Sport design and this ink colour is lovely.

Hightide Pen Roll - I have had this pen roll now for a few weeks and I really like it. It holds everything I want with me and the design is ace.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the stationery items I am using at the moment, these are the items I am reaching for on a daily basis and getting the most enjoyment from.