The Toughest Pen Around

The X-701 is as tough as they come. With a patent pending pressurized barrel, ability to write in harsh weather conditions, and durable, stainless steel barrel, this will quickly become your go-to every day carry pen.

  • Durable, light weight, stainless steel barrel
  • Anti-reflective matte black finish
  • Patent Pending Pressurized barrel allowing the pen to write on challenging surfaces (extreme angles, upside down) and temperatures ranging from -30 degrees F to 250 degrees F
  • Convenient lanyard loop making it easily attachable to a belt loop, backpack, or climbing gear.
  • Military Grade Drop Tested
  • 5x more durable than everyday plastic pens
  • Refillable with K-refill

 

The X-701 features a patent pending pressurized barrel, allowing the pen to write upside down and at extreme levels. The X-701’s pressurized barrel is what makes this product unique. Using this refill in other standard pens will not have the same pressurized results. 

Due to the pressurized barrel mechanism, some ink blobbing may occur when the pen is left retracted for an extended period of time. 


Weight .05 lbs
Dimensions .50 x .38 x 5.25 in
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SKU: 29811

39 reviews for X-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

  1. Rated 1 out of 5

    Josh

    the paint came off if you looked at it too hard, it’s mostly plastic, i wish i would have bought two f701’s and kept the extra money

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Josh,

      We are sorry you are dissatisfied with your product. Please contact [email protected] so they can further assist you with this issue.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard J Vieitez (verified owner)

    I purchased the X-701 almost a year ago. This pen is my favorite pen to use! Yes the finish is wearing out but this pen is extremely durable and the feature I love the most is that I can write in any position and the ink keeps flowing! I work in a power plant and have to make hourly rounds writing down many readings from all the different equipment and in some places I have to write nearly upside down, the pen works every time! I have dropped this pen many times on steel plate flooring, concrete floors, etc. and it just keeps on writing! If you want a pretty pen, get the F-701. But if you want the “Energizer Bunny” of ink pens, get this one!!!!

  3. Rated 2 out of 5

    Patrick Lujan

    Was a really nice pen until the black paint started chipping off. The ink clumps sometimes when I write. I have always bought Zebra and have been satisfied until this pen.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Patrick, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the X-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected]en.com so they can resolve this for you

  4. Rated 1 out of 5

    Carlos Aguilera

    I Drive in a concrete mixer and I need a pen that will work when it’s 4 degrees or 105 degrees, but I feel that this pen will not do the trick it leaves blobz of ink when I start writing and smudges the paperwork.
    Also it feels alitte light weight (on the cheep side). Honestly i really wanted this pen to work since it comes with two refills that was awesome

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Carlos, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the X-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  5. Rated 2 out of 5

    Nate Myers (verified owner)

    I purchased two of these and thought maybe mine had an issue as it to has lost most of the black and does not write well. I have always had good luck with the 701s and 402s but I wanted something a little bigger. It was a disappointment. At least it is ugly enough that I don’t have to worry about anyone stealing it.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Nate, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the X-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  6. Rated 2 out of 5

    Matt

    I like so many others have issues with the coating chipping off, this pen isn’t worth 14.99

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Matt, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the F-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  7. Rated 2 out of 5

    Anthony Outten

    This pen was one I wanted for a while. Once it was announced I rushed to Office Depot to pick it up because it wasn’t available on Zebras site. After spending $15 I was disappointed with the poor quality and craftsmanship. Within a few days of use the paint in the barrel starts to peel and was easily scratched. The handle was on the thicker side an harder to hold. The clicker started mid-clicking after heavy use. I have been using Zebras as my everyday pens for years and will continue to do so however Zebra has to go back to the drawing board with this model. I was excited but I’ll stick to the F-701 for now.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Anthony, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 ballpoint pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  8. Rated 1 out of 5

    franktroise (verified owner)

    Currently I am noticing that I have to constantly wipe the tip of the pen off as there is ink accumulating there before and after I write with it. This never happened before and I believe it is one of the replacement pens I received from Zebra when I complained about the black coating chipping off the barrel of the pen. I haven’t tried replacing the refill yet but has there been a change in the ink?

  9. Rated 2 out of 5

    kb8yit (verified owner)

    great pen, would like to see blue ink for it. black finish comming off after a few weeks not a good finish.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi there! Thanks for your suggestion, we will pass your information along to our product team.

  10. Rated 2 out of 5

    Chuck King (verified owner)

    great pen, looked like a TACTICAL PEN. But like others the finish is not holding up scratches on barrel and tip is almost just brass on paint left.

  11. Rated 2 out of 5

    Jaime Esper

    The pen look and feel is great but the writing of the pen is terrible. The ink skips all the time and it does not feel like a .7 nib it writes like a .5 nib. The writing feels very scratchy on the paper and not smooth at all.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Jaime, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Michael Mullen (verified owner)

    I too purchased the X-701 pen. I love everything about the pen. It has a good size and weight and writes very smooth.

    I am however disappointed by the anodized surface chipping off rather quickly. Except for this I would probably make it my go to pen and recommend it to others.

  13. Rated 2 out of 5

    Dan Garcia (verified owner)

    I like the action of the clicker and the stylish look of the pen. I am extremely upset over the fact that the black coating has already started to wear off around the tip of the pen where the ballpoint protrudes. For $14.99 I would have hoped that the finish would last a lot longer than a couple months. I ordered this direct from Zebra online too.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Dan, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the X-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  14. Rated 3 out of 5

    Daniel Barrenechea

    I love zebra pens however the reviews are right. Black easily chips off! Would be nice to have more options and better qualitie.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Daniel, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 ballpoint pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  15. Rated 1 out of 5

    Matthew Johnson

    Not happy at all with this pen. It’s trash. The powder coating is already flaking off. Worst example of a zebra pen.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Matthew, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the X-701 ballpoint pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  16. Rated 1 out of 5

    Robert E

    I have had many Zebra pens in the F series before and live the writing. The feel of the smoothness if the writing is a little less smooth as the F-402 and F-701, but is far better than many other simple pens from other manufacturers. My problem is this is nice and sleek and black when you buy, but 2 weeks later and the black wears off by the clip and shows silver, while the black wears off by the bottom cover and shows brass. For the price I thought it would be a much better build. Not the quality I have grown to know and expect from Zebra.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Robert, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 ballpoint pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  17. Rated 1 out of 5

    Ricky Craig

    I had this pen for a week and half and literally at work last night I dropped it and it broke. Seriously!?! The clicker is now stuck when I press down the pen feels forced out and it gets stuck. What a utter disappointment in a brand and overall quality. Thanks Zebra I will never buy any of your products again.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Ricky,
      I apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact [email protected] so they can resolve this issue.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hector

    I love The pen it’s my go to pen at work. And it’s a pretty tough pen i drop It and beat the crap out of it still clips on tight to my shirt. Now if your looking for a nice pen where the paint doesn’t flake off then this paint for you there are plenty of other. Models that will look nice and pretty on your shirt or desk but this one is not for that it’s a grunt pen with nice smooth ink i love it no problems here good job guys

  19. Rated 2 out of 5

    Michael Tarropino (verified owner)

    I thought this was going to be a heavy duty pen. It feels like a cheap plastic pen. The black coating is coming off the brass tip and steel clip. The clip is the only part that us actually steel. Very unhappy.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Michael, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  20. Rated 2 out of 5

    Michael Burke (verified owner)

    The pen started off amazing, but it quickly turned into a crappy pen. It doesn’t write smooth anymore, instead the letters are broken up between clearly visible to just in dented lines. I write tiny, so when the pin was new, it was awesome. But now all sizes of letters no matter whether I write tiny letters, or normal size on documents for work, it doesn’t write well and I find myself constantly having to switch back to my other pens I carry in my pockets I write tiny, so when the pin was new, it was awesome. But now all sizes of what I write no matter whether I write tiny letters, or normal size on documents for work, it doesn’t write well and I find myself constantly having to switch back to my other pens I carry in my pockets.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Michael, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you

  21. Rated 1 out of 5

    franktroise (verified owner)

    While I like the action of the clicker, I wish that the pen had a medium point but that’s a personal choice. I am extremely upset over the fact that the black coating has already started to wear off (rub off) around the tip of the pen where the ballpoint protrudes. FOr $14.99 I would have hopes that the finish would last a lot longer than a couple months. I ordered this direct from Zebra online too.

    • Zebra Support

      Thank you for your feedback! Zebra has addressed all quality issues regarding the chipping of the barrel coating. Please contact our customer service team so they can assist you in getting a replacement pen.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    It’s a good pen. Yes it’s not totally metal and yes the black costing comes off pretty easily, but that doesn’t take away from the pens over all quality. The thing that gets me is the quality of the ink. It claims to be an “extreme” pen…. I work in a 28-32 degree warehouse and I have run into issues of the ink not flowing nicely when writing. Maybe it’s just me.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Truesdale (verified owner)

    One of the best pens so far. Its light weight and writes easily in the Rite In The Rain products. I don’t like that the black wore off the barrel so easily. Now it just looks weird. One improvement I could mention for the next gen, a pressurized (space pen) type of ink cartridge.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I carry two pens – an f701 and more recently an x701. In my opinion the price is fair for such a nice pen. Oh and yes it has some plastic parts so if you’re looking for an all metal pen you need to consider an f701. What I like about the new x includes the perfect grip and weight. It writes smooth and clear with the stock refill which has a fine point. I’m happy to see the refills are finally becoming available. I give this pen five stars.

  25. Rated 3 out of 5

    Scott Macaulay (verified owner)

    Great writing pen. It’s my favorite pen by far. My biggest issue is the finish. My once black pen is now two tone silver and black. Half the finish is gone after 3 months of office use.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Scott, Sorry you are dissatisfied with the X 701 ballpoint retractable pen. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

  26. Rated 1 out of 5

    Shelly Dansereau

    Can you please get blue ink for this pen? Then I would consider purchasing 2 of them. I’m a blue ink person. Thank you.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi shelly, thank you for your suggestion! We will pass your information along to our product team

  27. Rated 1 out of 5

    Felix

    Huge departure from the 701 line. More plastic and no steel. Don’t waste your money on this pen. It’s no longer a (1) piece steel barrel. Plastic knurling mid, ridiculously thin aluminum shaft, plastic clicker, brass pen end. Feels cheap. The plastic lanyard loop is cute… and pointless. Not sure what “Military Drop Test” they did, possibly the Cub Scout Drop Test. Either way it’s a no go.

    • Zebra Support

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

  28. Rated 3 out of 5

    Daniel Cardenas

    Really upset about the quality of this pen. When it was released, I jumped all over it thinking it was going to be a “tactical” version of the 701. BOY was I wrong. This thing is half plastic. Has NO weight to it and the ink bleeds out of the pressurized refill.
    Zebra had a monster opportunity to get into the “tactical” EDC game and failed. It may take some time to get here, same went for the F-701. Took a while to get to where the customers wanted out of the product.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Daniel, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x-701. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Schatz

    Works great and is tough. It’s also the best color around (black, of course.). Worth the money. However, don’t buy this if you lose pens all the time – stick with disposable. 15 is a bit spendy. The advantage is that you will only have to replace the ink refill rather than the whole pen. Great job, Zebra!

  30. Rated 3 out of 5

    Phil

    I love the pen and everything about it except the clicker on the top. The pen is made of nice materials and matte black plastic but the clicker is very cheap gloss black – huge disappointment. If Zebra just made it out of the same plastic as the grip section, this would be easily a 5 star product.

  31. Rated 1 out of 5

    Mike McGlone

    Had this pen for 3 days. It broke. Clicker isn’t working. I contacted Zebra waiting to hear back.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    MICHAEL BUCZYNSKI

    Where can I find the refills for the X-701 k-refills in BLUE on your website for sale ?

    thank you

    • Zebra Support

      Currently, Zebra does not offer blue refills for the X-701. We will pass along your interest to our product team.

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julie Flores (verified owner)

    This pen is one of my favorites. I am also an active college student that is studying culinary arts, baking and confections & hospitality management, and this pen is used in the kitchen environment. It has withstood notes with wet doughy hands and stainless steel tables. The reason for minus one star, is the hook broke off my pen, as I use a NiteIze product to attach it to my belt loop. The pen still worked once I found it.

    This pen writes smooth and doesn’t smudge.

    If the loop was reinforced, this pen definitely gets more than 5 stars.

  34. Rated 2 out of 5

    Matt Jensen (verified owner)

    Overall it’s a decent pen, what I’m not happy about is the black is chipping off with no problem.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Matt, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x 701. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

  35. Rated 1 out of 5

    jason bouchard

    This pen looks great but does not deserve the 701 name. The true 701 is fully metal from tip to end. Is solid in construction and pretty much invincible. This one is metal barreled but has a plastic screwed in front grip just like the less 301 zebra pen models. I am disappointed. All I want is a black colored reguslr 701 and I would be happy. Please Zebra make this happen

    • Zebra Support

      Thank you for your suggestion! We will pass your information along to our product team

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Nickerson

    Is the grip made of plastic?

    • Zebra Support

      Yes, this pen features a plastic grip while having a stainless steel barrel similar to other products in our stainless steel line.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margorie Aybrow

    This is my favorite pen to use! I am a very active and busy college student who is always on the go, traveling all over. The pressurized barrel mechanism is very unique, something I have never seen before. I took this pen with me while I was on a hike and it withstood quite extreme conditions such as rain and cold. It is a very tough pen and I love being able to attach it to my backpack and other gear. Not only does it work great is also looks really cool.

  38. Rated 2 out of 5

    William (verified owner)

    While this pen is very comfortable in my hand and I do enjoy writing with it, the matte black finish has been chipping off since about the second week of carrying the pen in my pants pocket each day.

  39. Rated 2 out of 5

    Miles Howard (verified owner)

    Pen seemed good at first but black coating isn’t very durable. Looks rugged but isn’t. Eventually you’ll end up with a silver pen with brass tip and black grip and clicker as finish wears off because grip and clicker are black plastic.

    • Zebra Support

      Hi Miles, Sorry you are dissatisfied with your recent purchase of the x 701. Please email our customer service team at [email protected] so they can resolve this for you.

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