The Gel Pen Guide

Assortment of Zebra gel pens

A gel pen is a true jack of all trades. Its smooth ink and availability of colors make it an excellent match for all kinds of writing including daily use, journaling, planning, study notes, and much more. Zebra Pen offers a wide selection of gel ink pens with different features and properties, like smudge-free Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology, archival “check-safe” ink, and refillable metal options.

What are the Advantages of Gel Ink?

Gel ink is water-based and uses pigments instead of regular dyes. As a result, gel pens are available in a variety of wide-ranging colors—including bolder, richer shades. Gel pens are also known for their clean, precise lines, smoother lay down, and easy writing experience. While gel pens have the potential to smear and smudge and offer a shorter write out (meaning the ink is used up more quickly), the bold colors and clean lines have made gel pens surge in popularity.

Explore our extensive collection of gel pens below to find your next favorite.

STEEL Line

G-301 Gel Retractable Pen

STEEL G-301 Gel Retractable Pen

The STEEL G-301 Gel Retractable Pen has a lightweight stainless-steel body that is built to last and use while on the go. It features a strong metal clip that will stay in place and has smooth flowing gel ink in both blue and black ink.

G-350 Gel Retractable Pen

G-350 Gel Retractable Pen

Step up your pen game with the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen. It features a premium metal barrel in three colors including Space Black, Crimson Red, and Cobalt Blue, all with metal accents and a rubberize grip. It also has Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology which comes in black, blue, and red ink so you can customize your pen with your ink color of choice. Once you pick one up, you will never look back.

G-402 Gel Retractable Pen

STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen

A step up from the STEEL G-301, the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen comes with a weighted stainless-steel barrel for enhanced writing comfort and a luxurious feel. It also features an easy glide gel ink performance, fine 0.5mm point size, and a comfort rubberized grip. This pen is writes smoothly and is as durable as it is stylish.

G-450 Gel Retractable Pen

G-450 Gel Retractable Pen

The G-450 Gel Retractable Pen combines a compact and sleek, brass barrel with a comfort rubber grip and our innovative Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology. The premium brass barrel is weighted and balanced and comes in a matte black finish. The G-450 displays style and confidence and is refillable.

G-750 Gel Retractable Pen

G-750 Gel Retractable Pen

Looking for a pen that is the definition of everyday premium? Look no further than the G-750 Gel Retractable Pen. This premium metal pen expands the top-of-the-line 7-series and features a unique hexagonal barrel design and a knurled grip for superior writing stability. Slightly longer in length than the G-450, the G-750 is sleek and stylish with superior writing performance. It provides smooth, skip-free lines with our innovative Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology that dries in less than a second.

  • Premium brass barrel
  • Hexagonal barrel shape
  • Black ink color
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology
  • Refillable with JK-Refill 0.7mm Black 2pk

Sarasa Line

Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen

Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen

The Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen is the perfect gel option for creative projects. It features water-based pigment ink that is acid free, archival quality, and water resistant. It is the perfect companion for bullet journals, planners, and study notes and is available in 37 shades in three different finishes including vibrant, metallic, and milky. It also features an alligator clip for added security on artwork, notebooks, clipboards, and more.

  • Smooth and non-smearing ink
  • Unique alligator clip
  • 20 Vibrant ink colors with a 0.5mm point size
  • 8 Milky colors with a 0.5mm point size
  • 9 Shimmering metallic colors with a 1.0mm point size
  • In addition, a 0.7mm point size is available in Black 12pk, Blue 12pk, and Red 12pk (not available on zebrapen.com)

Sarasa Grand Gel Retractable Pen

Sarasa Grand Gel Retractable Pen

Stand out and stay focused with the Sarasa Grand Gel Retractable Pen. It features a weighted, sophisticated brass pen body that is available in 7 barrel colors with metallic finishes including Navy, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, White, and Turquoise. It also is equipped with our Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology and a transparent window to easily monitor ink levels. This pen leaves no questions about its quality or durability.

  • Premium brass barrel
  • Available barrel colors: Navy, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, White, Turquoise
  • Black ink color
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology
  • Refillable with LV/JF-Refill 0.7mm Black 2pk

Sarasa Dry X1 Gel Retractable Pen

For those looking to make their point without smears and smudges, the Sarasa Dry X1 Gel Retractable Pen checks all of the boxes. It features our Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology, making it ideal for left-handed writers. The barrel is wide and has a latex-free grip that is both comfortable and minimizes writing fatigue.

  • Wide barrel and latex-free grip
  • Available in 3 ink colors: Black, Blue Red
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology

Sarasa Dry X10 Retractable Pen

Sarasa Dry X10 Gel Retractable Pen

The Sarasa Dry X10 Gel Retractable Pen offers all the features of the Sarasa Dry X1 Gel Retractable Pen but with colored barrels reflecting the ink colors and a textured rubberized grip for extra comfort. It features our Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology, and a wide barrel to minimize writing fatigue.

  • Wide barrel
  • Textured, rubberized grip
  • Available in 3 ink colors with matching barrels: Black, Blue Red
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology

Sarasa Dry X20 Retractable Pen

Sarasa Dry X20 Gel Retractable Pen

The Sarasa Dry X20 Gel Retractable Pen is the perfect choice for creatives or professionals alike. It features our innovative Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology but comes in 14 vibrant ink colors so there is a hue no matter your mood. It is also available in a variety of point sizes including 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and 1.0mm to fit all your needs.

  • No smears or smudges
  • 14 Ink colors
  • 0.5mm/0.7mm/1.0mm point sizes
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology
  • Ultra-glide ink performance

Sarasa Dry X30 Gel Retractable Pen

Sarasa Dry X30 Gel Retractable Pen

The Sarasa Dry X30 Gel Retractable Pen is the top item in the Sarasa Dry lineup featuring our innovative Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology. Independently tested to be faster than most national branded competitors on a variety of surfaces, the Sarasa Dry X30 comes with a soft-grip construction for a writer-friendly tactile feel and is available in multiple colors.

  • Smooth, non-smearing ink
  • Soft-grip construction
  • Available in black, blue, red ink colors (and matching barrels)
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology
  • Wide variety of point sizes: 0.7mm (available on zebrapen.com) 0.5mm, 1.0mm (available at other retailers)

Creative Line

Doodler'z Gel Stick Pen

Doodler’z Gel Stick Pen

The Doodler’z Gel Stick Pen lets you doodle away until your heart’s content with a smooth water-based gel ink that comes in 60 colors including 25 standard, 20 glitter, 6 neon, 5 metallic, and 4 pastel hues. It is perfect for color coding in journals or planners, sketching, or just adding a little color to any project.

  • Water-based gel ink
  • 25 Standard colors, 1.0mm point size
  • 20 Glitter colors, 1.0mm point size
  • 6 Neon colors, 1.0mm point size
  • 5 Metallic colors, 1.0mm point size
  • 4 Pastel colors, 1.0mm point size

bLen

bLen Gel Retractable Pen

bLen Gel Retractable Pen

The bLen Gel Retractable Pen is the ultimate pen for a stress-free writing experience. It has been engineered with a gap-free internal system to eliminate all the little rattles and vibrations that can be distracting when writing. It also is designed with a brass weighted tip to lower the center of gravity, making the pen more stable and easier to control. Created in collaboration with Nendo, a Japanese design studio, its minimalist design makes it just as nice to look at as it is to write with.

  • Noise-free design
  • Rubber grip
  • Black ink color
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology

Gel Pen Overview

Product NameBarrel ColorPoint SizeFeaturesRefillable
G-301 Gel Retractable PenStainless Steel0.7mmBlue and black inkNo
G-350 Gel Retractable PenSpace Black, Crimson Red, Cobalt Blue0.7mmBlack, blue, and red inkYes
G-402 Gel Retractable PenStainless Steel0.5mmComfort rubberized gripYes
G-450 Gel Retractable PenMatte Black0.7mmBrass barrel, comfort gripYes
G-750 Gel Retractable PenMatte Black0.7mmHexagonal barrel, knurled gripYes
Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable PenColored0.5mm/1.0mmAlligator clip / Vibrant, milky, and metallic inksNo
Sarasa Grand Retractable PenNavy, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, White, Turquoise0.7mmTransparent window for ink monitoringYes
Sarasa Dry X1 Gel Retractable PenBlack with colored accent0.7mmWide barrelNo
Sarasa Dry X10 Gel Retractable PenColored0.7mmWide barrel / Ergonomic gripNo
Sarasa Dry X20 Gel Retractable PenColored0.5mm/0.7mm/1.0mm14 Ink colorsNo
Sarasa Dry X30 Gel Retractable PenColored with black grip0.7mmSoft-grip constructionNo
Doodler’z Gel Stick PenColored1.0mm60 Ink colorsNo
bLen Gel Retractable PenWhite0.7mmDistraction-less writingNo

No matter what you are looking for, Zebra Pen has a gel pen that’s perfect for your needs. To learn more about our STEEL line of pens, check out our Guide to STEEL. For information on our comprehensive ballpoint pen line, visit The Ballpoint Pen Guide.