Pen review: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm

There must be something I’m missing when it comes to Micro Tip Gel Ink pens. The Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm feels good in the hand, but it seems like it will take some time for me to get used to. This is definitely the finest point I’ve ever used for writing, and there’s undoubtedly going to be an adjustment period. They seem to be well-loved by aficionados, so I’m being very patient and giving it a chance.

Every stroke is like sandpaper across the desert. And I can hear it, too. For my writing style, at least, it’s quite fatiguing. Nor is it a smooth writing experience. Perhaps this was a poor choice with which to begin my journey, but if nothing else this will give me a valuable sense of perspective as I continue to explore different options.

Love the push clip design, and I suspect I’d love the whole package a lot more in a 0.5mm or 0.7mm tip. The Viridian Green ink is gorgeous in color. I don’t usually give much consideration to color when writing, but this ink’s vibrancy made me take notice.

Maybe I’m just not ready for the 0.3mm yet. It’s too scratchy for my inexperienced hand. I’ll have to revisit this down the road. I’m not ready to pass final judgment, but for now, this isn’t a pen I’ll be returning to on a regular basis.

Pen: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm, Viridian Green (furnished by JetPens)
Paper: Ampad Envirotec Recycled Steno Book # 25774

2 thoughts on “Pen review: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm”

  1. I too cannot get into the micro point pens…scratchy is the best adjective as you mention. I am left handed so gel pens tend to smear as I drag my palm across the writing so the micro tips are appealing for the small amount of ink, but too scratchy! dave

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your comment.

      One thing I’ve learned since doing this review is that paper matters!! This pen isn’t quite so scratchy on high-quality paper such as Rhodia’s.

      Another pen you might want to try, being a lefty, is the Pentel EnerGel. My wife (who’s also a southpaw) swears by them. I’ve tried them in both 0.5 (needle-tip) and 0.7 and have found them very pleasant to write with. There’s the RTX line which is a bit fancier, and the newer EnerGel-X which is more plastic but still equally enjoyable to use. Give them a shot!

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