The Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen is one of the latest pens to hit the virtual store shelves at JetPens, and I think it is going to be a popular one. Following in the footsteps of the Uni-Ball Jetstream and Pilot Acroball with their hybrid inks, Zebra has come up with their own emulsion ink technology. JetPens describes it thusly:
You are viewing a breakthrough in ink history, the development of a new ink type!! The new Emulsion ink from Zebra combines the best quality of a ballpoint and gel ink pen. It has the smoothness of an oil-based ballpoint ink pen but features the vibrant colors of a gel ink pen. That's an incredible new development. The Emulsion is supposedly even smoother than "low friction" ballpoint pens, is smear-proof and water resistant. The Zebra Surari is available in multiple tip sizes and colors.I just received my Surari's yesterday, so I obviously haven't had a ton of time with them yet, but I would say the description is spot on. I chose to review the 0.5mm Surari first since one of my current favorite pens is the Jetstream 0.5mm and they seem to be reasonably comparable. At first pass, the Surari does seem to write more smoothly than the Jetstream, which is a complaint some people have with the 0.5mm version. Outside of that, there is hardly much difference between the two pens at all, and that is a very big compliment in my book. The Surari is designed well (very similar to the Jetstream Basic Series), feels nice in the hand, has a good grip, a good knock, and writes very consistently and cleanly. Best of all, they are only $1.50.
I threw in a few other quick writing samples at the bottom of the page of other sizes and colors that I bought. the 0.7mm tip size may be my favorite of the bunch. The black ink is very dark. I'm not real crazy about the Fluorescent colors - they are too light for me, but would be nice for highlighting since they dry very quickly. Overall, I am very pleased with the Surari in the early stages, and I will be sure to update as I spend more time with it.
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