The Zebra Z-Grip is a office pen that you might find at a Target, Walmart, Office Depot or similar store. It’s a ballpoint that is quite affordable but a surprisingly good writer. It’s a more affordable version of office pens like the Zebra Sarasa and Pilot G2, but a nicer writer than your standard Bic or PaperMate.
The Z-Grip is normally sold in big packets, where it’s a good deal – say 24 pens for $11 or 12 for $6.
The Z-Grip is commonly seen as a retractable ballpoint pen (the Z-Grip Retractable), but it’s also sold as a capped “stick” model, known as the Z-Grip Basics. Other models in the series are the:
- Z-Grip Fashion – this is a Retractable with colorful printing, such as a Safari theme
- Z-Grip Plus – a slightly nicer looking design
- Z-Grip Flight – nicer design and more metal hardware
- Z-Grip Max – a wider barrel for a more comfortable grip and a 1.2 mm bold tip
- There are mechanical pencils as well
The Z-Grip is named after its rubber grip, which is OK, but isn’t as nice as that found on the Pilot G2, Pilot G-Knock, or the Sarasa pens. And it’s a far step back from something like the Sarasa SE, which has Zebra’s best rubber grip.
The Z-Grip series uses a relative quick-drying, oil-based ballpoint ink. Zebra says it’s a low-viscosity ink, which generally means that it’s a lubricated oil ink, which means it’s technically a hybrid. The ink writes surprisingly well, and it’s turns out to be a nice, modern-feeling ballpoint that is better than most of the competition despite the pen’s modest price tag.
Zebra Z-Grip Ballpoint Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Body Diameter||11.1 mm|
|Grip Color||Black, Blue|
|Grip Diameter||10.3 mm|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Capped? Retractable?||Retractable - Top Button|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black, Blue, Green, Light Blue, Light Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Teal, Violet|
|Writing Sizes||0.7 mm, 1.0 mm|