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Premium, ballpoint ink
Soft, rubber grip
Stainless Steel barrel
Secure, metal clip

The 4-Series of the Steel family offers a more weighted writing experience for enhanced comfort. The F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen same stainless steel barrel for style and durability with the added luxury of a non-slip rubberized grip. Designer metal clip provides an elegant yet confident clasp for the executive shirt pocket. Refillable with F-301 Refill.

  • Stainless Steel Barrel
  • Available in 0.7m Point Size in blue or black ink
  • Easy Glide Ink Performance
  • Designer Metal Clip for Confident Clasp
Weight .020 lbs
Dimensions .5 x .4 x 5.24 in
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46 reviews for F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

  1. Rated 2 out of 5


    the barrel is the perfect feel…however the ink is not smooth at all very scratchy, combine the z mulsion ink technology with the f402 and that would be the perfect pen….in my opinion.
    so why did you guys stop making the z mulsion ink anyway?

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Greg, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the F-402 retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  2. Rated 1 out of 5

    Lori Farrell

    I love the way your blue f 402 writes however, I have had nothing but frustration with the last two I purchased. They write fine for a while and then begin skipping and don’t write at all. There looks like there is plenty of ink in them but they only work awhile and then quit. Very frustrated and disappointed with your product. And these are not the first set of your pens that have done this. Your blue f301 has done this same thing to me over and over.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Lori, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the F-402 ballpoint pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ronald Silva Jr.

    I love your pens . As far as the sleeve siding down on the F402 a couple of pricks with sharp object near the top stops that.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5


    Love the pen, very much miss the metal refills. Any chance the metal refills are still available? For us pilots they work better in pressurized and especially unpressurized environments.

    Thank you

    • Zebra Support

      Zebra currently carries both plastic and metal refills for the F series of ballpoint pens.

  5. Rated 1 out of 5

    Zach Price

    Here lately everytime I buy the Zebra F 402. They are not working like they used to. I bought a pack of 2 and they both quit working after a week if use. They used to be the best pens on the market. Especially for someone like me who writes small.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Zach, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5


    I like the feel of the pen, it writes nice however I purchased a 2 pack and one of them stopped writing. I checked the ink cartridge and there was an air bubble in the middle of it. Couldn’t return to store without packaging. So I now have one 9 dollar pen instead of 2.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Kody, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the f 402 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thibault Dambrine

    I like everything about the Zebra F402 Model:
    – The .7mm ball size – just right
    – The shape and feel of the pen
    – The fact that the ball point does not leak or smudge over time
    – It is affordable (losing one of them is not so painful)
    After trying it a few years ago, I simply keep going back to Staples, which is the only store I know who carries it in my neighborhood.

    So, Zebra, keep doing what you are doing!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    I neeeed a 1.0mm F-402

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suley Mehta

    Fine pen. Is there anyway to get it in red ink?

    • Zebra Support

      Yes, red refills are available on our website.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis Metzger

    The 402 is the best pen on the market.
    I have used this pen a lot of years over a lot of miles.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy Johnson

    Great pens but I sure wish you would come out with a 0.5mm ball point pen.

    • Zebra Support

      We are glad that you enjoy our F-402 ballpoint pens! We appreciate your feedback.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    I won’t buy another pen if I ever have the option of buying an F-402. I would like to order them with my business name and customized. Does Zebra offer customization?

    • Zebra Support

      Yes, with Gemline! Zebra pens are available for customization and printing at: http://www.gemline.com/us/catalogsearch/result/?q=zebra+pens

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Jesse. Thanks for being a fan of the F-402! You can customize your favorite Zebra Pen by clicking the Gemline icon on our homepage. Thanks.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve kept an F-402 or F-701 in my pocket for the last 12 years. My only suggestion would be to put the F-701 clip on the F-402, it works great and doesn’t bend much when caught on something.

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Stay tuned!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have used the F402 pen for years, way back when they had the F 605 which I am down to
    only one of the F605 pen and have 6 of the f402 and about 4 of the F301 but since I am 82 the
    F301 is too think therefor the F605 is perfect and I don’t use any other pen they are a 5 Star all the way

  15. Rated 4 out of 5


    I have long used your F402 pens and your M402 pencils almost exclusively, they are sturdy and last a long time. I wish Zebra would start manufacturing the M402 mechanical pencils again, because I am running low on them.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim B.

    Best pen ever! i have to keep an eye on these because they seem to borrowed but not returned. I wish we could order in bulk again.

  17. Rated 2 out of 5

    Rodney Picard

    I have been using the F-402 for about 15 years. It has been my go to and every day use pen. I always have one on me. For the last few months, I have had nothing but trouble with brand new pens. I even bought refills for them when they were only a few weeks old. It is frustrating enough that I have started shopping for a new pen to replace the F-402.

  18. Rated 3 out of 5

    Doug P

    The new G-301 Gel pens are awesome for writing, but the 402 is still the best pen overall. Please make a gel refill for the F-402!!

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Doug — our G-402 is coming very very soon!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ryan Skinner

    Great pens. Need a .5mm Super fine option in black and blue, STAT!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vernon Shartzer

    All I know is, they work & I LIKE THEM! The F-402 is the best baby!

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Vernon. Thank you for being a fan of Zebra! Have you tried our F-701 ballpoint pen? Be on the lookout for the G-402, our F-402 with gel ink, coming later this year!

  21. Rated 3 out of 5


    I enjoy writing with this pen, however when writing a lot at one time, such as when i am interviewing new employees or taking notes during a meeting the ink will stop flowing and i will have to change to another pen. I don’t know why this is happening

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Joey. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry you had issues with the F-402 Ballpoint Pen. If you send an email over to our customer service team at [email protected], they can assist you there. Thank you.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this pen but Walmart never keep them stocked. Do you offer these pens in red ink?

  23. Rated 1 out of 5


    I love this pen. The feel. The way it writes. Everything. It was a great pen. Now however, after roughly 2 months of use, the threads for the metal ball-point cap have striped themselves and it is useless. The pen has a metal barrel, but the bottom section (under the rubber grip) is plastic – this is where the metal end screws in to. The threads of this plastic portion have striped themselves out. I haven’t replaced the ink, nor removed this cap for any reason, it has simply pulled the threads out of the plastic from regular use. I loved this pen, but with a design that doesn’t even allow for enough use for the original ink fill, I will have to find another.

  24. Rated 2 out of 5

    Garrett Owens

    I love the pen…but not the plastic insert which has stripped out and made the pen, pretty much, useless. It makes me want to shy away from Zebra.
    I also have a Zebra Mini that I LOVE, but I like having a steel full-sized all of the time

  25. Rated 1 out of 5


    I too have found that I am unable to use this pen for more than about a week before the ink starts skipping. This problem happens also with the refills. Sounds like this is a common problem and I am not sure if there is a way to address this problem, if so I would be interested in hearing from the Zebra, if not then they should really discontinue this pen altogether.

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Jon. Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase. Please fill out the contact form at https://www.zebrapen.com/contact-us/ and a customer service representative will be in touch with you shortly.

  26. Rated 3 out of 5

    Rich D

    The Zebra F-402 has been my go-to pen for almost a decade. I like the way it looks, and the rubber grip. I too have the same issues with the pens that others have: The barrel cracks where the cone threads into it, the clip rusts, and the stainless steel sleeve slips down the barrel into the grip. The rusty clip just shows long-time usage of a pen that’s “ridden hard and put away wet”. I don’t mind that much. For the spitting barrel at the threads of the cone, I just wrap the barrel with Kapton tape (cellophane tape stretches too much to last). The big unrecoverable issue is the sleeve sliding down into the grip. It just happens if you click the pen too much. I’ve tried Crazy-gluing the sleeve to the barrel, but the fix won’t last. It’s the primary reason I buy more pens. I think I’ll try a 7-series pen next.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Beverly

    I love the F402 but like others have commented I do not like the refills! Please, please, please go back to the original. Despite, the refill problems this pen is still 5 stars. I love the weight of this pen. It’s a must have pen for all lefties!!!

  28. Rated 3 out of 5

    Frank Gerhart

    Love the F-402 it has been my favorite but the refills are unpredictable. Some run till completely out of ink, unfortunately many have started skipping while displaying plenty of ink.

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Frank. We are sorry to hear that! Zebra prides itself on high quality standards. Please fill out the contact form at https://www.zebrapen.com/contact-us/ and a customer service representative will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    been drawing with this pen for years!! love the glide and how you can get thin lines to thick lines by slight pressure! best drawing bp!

  30. Rated 1 out of 5


    Refill packs for the F402 do not write smooth. They are good until you use about 1/4 of the refill. Then it starts to go out on you and does not write smooth anymore as if the ink has hardened up and will not flow. I have bought over 4 packs thinking it was just a fluke but all 4 refill packs did the exact same thing. Did not even get half way through the refill and it started acting up on me. Already contacted customer support but got no response. It’s sad because I Love this pen it writes nice but the refills do not last.

  31. Rated 2 out of 5


    I purchased a two pack and while one works great the ink in the second on was not sealed. It migrated to the top and out of the cartridge. While it did not make a mess it made a failure rate of fifty percent of the pens I purchased.

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Gene. We are sorry to hear that! Zebra prides itself on high quality standards. Please fill out the contact form at https://www.zebrapen.com/contact-us/ and a customer service representative will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jon Bartlett

    The only pen I use – I’d give it all five stars were it not for one problem – the cone threads break and so the cone comes off. I took a pic of six 502’s I’ve owned in which this has happened (but I can’t find a way to mail it to you!).I can’t see if the sheath the threads lie into is plastic or metal, so I can’t see why it happens.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love my F402 Pen, but how do you open it for a refill? I have tried everything I can think of and still can’t get it open. Suggestions??

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Dian. To open the F-402, just twist the cone of the pen and you can open it to switch refills.

  34. Rated 2 out of 5

    Christian Artley

    This is an absolutely amazing pen for the time that is lasts, it writes deadly smooth and feels just right in both weight and length. However, I find that after about a week or so, they just stop working. In regards to ink flow, despite the ink cartridge being full, the ink flow begins to get rough and then just stop all together, and very suddenly. Again, big disappointment considering the duration and life of the pen, hence my rating. In my opinion, no pen is worth anything if it doesn’t write!

  35. Rated 4 out of 5


    I’ve been using the F-402 for years, and honestly its one of my favorite pens. i still have a few where the logo is located on the side, which in my opinion has a better look to it. My biggest problem is the fact that the issue with the main steel barrel has yet to be fixed. It tends to slip down and reveals the plastic under the barrel which has a type of lubricant, my guess is that its used to slip it on in the first place. When yo notice that its begun to slip just trying to force it back up isn’t easy, considering the finish of the barrel and the small space to grab purchase of. one more thing is the clip, they always seem to rust. Don’t get me wrong its a good pen with a positive feel to it and an actuator that rises even when the pen is in use and doest move back and forth when you tilt your hand.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lawrence (verified owner)

    I just bought a set, and after arriving home I used one for the first time.I was very impressed considering the price, it’s very well made and has a good feel while writing so I had to go on line and purchase the 301 series both in black and blue and plenty of refills for both my F 402 series and seen there was blue also so I ordered F 402 blue

  37. Rated 3 out of 5


    It’s a bit heavy so if you like heavy pens, get it. Otherwise, it’s kind of your average pen. I don’t really see anything special about it. I just really like the steel writing utensils but I don’t like it heavy.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


    I would definitely give this a 5 as I’ve been using it for quite some time

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Thanks for your feedback! We are so happy you like our pens

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love this pen!!!! I’m a nurse who writes many okay tons of notes. The only thing is I’m not able to find the F-402 refill. From what I understand they say that the F 301 is compatible however I tried it and was not satisfied. It’s like it kept skipping when I was writing.

    • Michael Wacewicz

      Hi Terry. We are so happy you like our pens. Our F-402 uses our F-refill, which fits in with any of our steel ballpoint pens. They are available on our web in 0.7mm, 1.0mm, and 1.6mm point sizes.

  40. Rated 2 out of 5


    Good pen but after using a week the steel started sliding down pen which pushed off rubber off. Bought another set and the exact same thing happened. going back to the F-301.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    This has been my “go to” pen for many years. Can’t find a nicer ballpoint, and I’ve tried.

  42. Rated 2 out of 5


    I like the pen but hate the ink not very smooth and wright worse than a bic

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love this pen. I don’t use any other pen. Every other pen I use feel clunky and cheap to me while this feels like it’s a top notch quality pen. I live in Thailand so I really miss these pens. I can’t find them here at all. If I did, I would definitely buy the store out. Can’t go wrong with these pens. They never blot, never cease writing, and never fail. Great design. Excellent comfort. Just an all around great pen.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hugh O’Steen

    I’ve been using this pen for years and before that I used the F301. Both pens are great. The F402 has a nice solid feel and write very smooth. I get compliments every time someone else uses it.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirby Tennent

    As a lefty this pen is a godsend. I have been using it consistently for years.
    I never have to worry about smudges when writing long notes. The fine tip pen makes it easy to see what my sometimes close together and sloppy handwriting should be. The pen is comfortable for long periods of writing and I don’t recall ever having a pen stop writing before it ran out of ink.

    Great pen. Buy one. Buy Ten.

  46. Rated 3 out of 5

    Tom Hurley

    This is a fine pen. It has the right amount of weight, and writing ability. Its a solidly built pen. For grippy-ness and comfort this pen is awesome! Unfortunately this pen’s greatest attributes is also its worst. The grippy-ness of the rubber grip area always causes it to get hung up in my pocket and(most times) I have to use two hands to get the pen out of the pocket. If the pen were offered with a medium point cartridge that would be another added star. However, if you like a fine point and plan to never put it inside anything, then its a 5 star pen no doubt. I will recommend this pen regardless of flaws because its a Zebra.

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