Review by Laura Cameron
Zebra Zensations are plastic bodied disposable fountain pens. They come in a variety of colors including: red, green, blue, turquoise, black, purple and pink. My 4-pack included black, blue, purple and pink. All pens contain a 0.6mm nib that writes surprisingly smoothly. I would put it somewhere between a fine and medium nib.
The pens themselves are lightweight, coming in at 13g, but it’s about what I would expect for a disposable pen without filling mechanisms. In contrast the Papermate Inkjoy Gel comes in at 13g, Marvy Le Pens come in at a tiny 6g, and the Uniball Signo 307 comes in around 10g.
The pens are a nice length ranging between 4.9″ to 5.5″ depending on whether they are capped or posted. The pen also has a plastic clip that seems fairly sturdy.
The final feature that I really like is that each pen has an ink window on the side so you can see exactly how much ink you have left.
The Zebra Zensations wrote very smoothly and started up right out of the box, which was a nice surprise. I had a few issues with skipping, but I am left-handed so I don’t know whether that was the fountain pen or me; I’m inclined to think it was my writing style. The ink is quick drying – as you can see from above, swiping a fingertip over it just after writing only yielded a bit of smearing on the final few letters. I was also concerned that colors might run together if written over (i.e. the pink pen because it is a light color might drag the black ink along with it) but that didn’t seem to happen at all. Overall, I thought these pens wrote pretty well. Honestly, my biggest nitpick on these pens is that the logos and nibs weren’t lined up in every pen. In some cases a top view showed the nib inline with the logo, whereas some had the logo skewed or on the bottom. This isn’t a big deal, but for a Type A person it was something I noticed.
When I was in high school I had a teacher who used to refer to rule 37C which stated “there is a proper time and place for everything.” Sometimes a disposable pen is just what you need, and if you’re looking to try a disposable fountain pen I think these do an admirable job!