Which STEEL Pen is Right for You?

Assorted of Zebra Pen STEEL products

Originally published June 4, 2014. Updated July 14, 2021.

Tired of settling for ordinary writing tools? Our metal lineup of pens and mechanical pencils are durable but stylish which means they are not only reliable but will make a great first impression. Different projects require different tools—which is why we designed the STEEL line to be diverse. The full range includes ballpoint pens, gel pens, mechanical pencils, and even a permanent marker.

To make choosing the right writing utensil easier, the STEEL line is broken up into 3 categories including the 3 series, 4 series, and 7 series. Each STEEL series features tools with different ink colors, types of grips, and barrel designs allowing you to match to your personal style.

Below is a detailed guide to the full STEEL line to help you decide which one is right for you.

STEEL 3-Series

The STEEL 3-Series is perfect for those looking for a classic everyday metal pen or metal mechanical pencil. With the most options out of any of the series, there is something for everyone and every project.

 

STEEL F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

The STEEL F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen has a lightweight steel barrel, textured grip, and a stylish metal clip. It also features easy glide ballpoint ink that delivers a smooth writing experience. The STEEL F-301 is available in four ink colors with a matching grip in black, blue, green, and red. It is also available in pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and also comes in a compact version which allows you to collapse your pen for added portability.

 

STEEL G-301 Gel Retractable Pen

STEEL G-301 Gel Retractable Pen

The STEEL G-301 Gel Retractable Pen is equipped with the same sleek, stainless steel barrel and popular features as its STEEL F-301 counterpart, but is filled with gel ink. The smooth flowing STEEL G-301 makes writing and drawing both clean and effortless. It is available in blue and black ink with a matching barrel grip and accents.

 

STEEL F-301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen

301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen

The 301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen is ideal for those looking to express their personal style with four fashionable aluminum barrel colors. It is available in blue, gold, grey, and maroon. Equipped with a textured grip and easy glide ballpoint ink, it is the perfect everyday pen that gives you an exceptional writing experience and a sophisticated look.

  • Available in Grey, Blue, Maroon barrel colors
  • 0.7mm point size
  • Brushed aluminum barrel
  • Easy glide ink performance
  • Refillable with F-Refill: F-Refill 0.7mm Black 2pk

 

STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil

STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil

The STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil has the same quality and style you expect from the STEEL 3-Series pens, but in a mechanical pencil. Featuring the hallmark steel barrel of the STEEL line, the STEEL M-301 is a practical addition to your STEEL collection. The ridged grip allows for comfort when writing, and a handy eraser can be found neatly tucked under the cap. A durable clip ensures easy portability, too. It is perfect for writing, sketching, and drafting.

 

STEEL V-301

STEEL V-301 Fountain Pen

For a classic writing experience in a modern pen, look no further than the STEEL V-301 Fountain Pen. Its design features a stainless-steel nib that improves performance and ink flow, and a fitted cap to protect the tip. The STEEL V-301 is a refined and professional choice for those looking to make a statement. Plus, the convenient metal clip lets you keep it with you on the go. It is available in black and blue ink. sophisticated and professional.

  • Available in blue and black ink colors
  • Stainless steel barrel
  • Fitted steel nib and easy pull-cap
  • Refillable with STEEL V-301 Refill Black 2pk

 

G-350 Gel Retractable Pen

G-350 Gel Retractable Pen

The G-350 Gel Retractable Pen exceeds all expectations. It features a sleek metal barrel that is available in three fashionable barrel colors including Space Black, Cobalt Blue, and Crimson Red, so you can pick and choose to match your own style. The G-350 also pairs together Rapid Dry Gel Ink Technology, which allows this sophisticated pen to be skip-free and dry in less than a second. It comes stocked with black ink but also includes and blue and red ink refills so you can personalize your pen with an ink color of your choice.

 

M-350 Mechanical Pencil

M-350 Mechanical Pencil

The M-250 Mechanical Pencil is the ideal mechanical pencil for professionals, students, and everyday users. Its solid construction and sleek appearance include a premium, metal barrel with metal accents just like its G-350 Gel Retractable Pen counterpart. Like the G-350, it is available in three fashionable barrel colors including Space Black, Cobalt Blue, and Crimson Red, so you can customize to your personal style. This high-quality mechanical pencil features a designer metal clip and includes a hidden eraser under the cap for ultimate sophistication.

 

STEEL 3-Series Summary

Product Type Barrel or Grip Colors Ink colors Point/Lead Sizes Features Refill
F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen Black, Green, Blue, Red, Pink Black, Green, Blue, Red 0.7mm, 1.0mm, 1.6mm Metal Clip F-Refill
G-301 Gel Retractable Pen Black, Blue Black, Blue 0.7mm Metal Clip JK-Refill
301A Ballpoint Retractable Pen Blue, Gold, Grey, Maroon Black 0.7mm Metal Clip, Aluminum Barrel F-Refill
M-301 Mechanical Pencil Black Lead 0.5mm, 0.7mm Metal Clip, Refillable Eraser 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil Lead Refill
V-301 Fountain Pen Black Black, Blue Easy Pull-Cap V-301 Refill
G-350 Gel Retractable Pen Space Black, Cobalt Blue, Crimson Red Black, Blue, Red 0.7mm Metal Clip, Textured Rubber Grip RDI LV/JF-Refill 0.7mm
M-350 Mechanical Pencil Space Grey, Cobalt Blue, Crimson Red Lead 0.7mm Metal Clip, Textured Rubber Grip 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil Lead Refill

 

STEEL 4-Series

The STEEL 4 Series takes a step up in refinement. It is ideal for everyday users looking to elevate their writing experience and show off their distinctive style. Compared to the STEEL 3 Series, the STEEL 4 Series offers a more weighted, luxurious experience.

 

STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Step up your writing experience with the STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. It has the same classic stainless-steel barrel as the STEEL 3 Series but is more weighted and sophisticated. It is well balanced for an elevated writing experience with more comfort. The upgraded rubberized grip has a more professional look and the entire pen easily fits into an executive shirt pocket, folder, or bag. The STEEL F-402 is available in both blue and black ink colors for a classic look.

 

STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen

STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen

Like its STEEL F-402 counterpart, the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen comes with enhanced qualities perfect for those seeking a sophisticated but durable writing utensil but is filled with gel ink. Its luxurious non-slip rubberized grip makes for a smoother and more comfortable writing experience, while the weighted stainless-steel body will make a great first impression. It is available in black ink for a classic look and has a fine point 0.5mm tip, perfect for added precision.

  • Available in black ink
  • 0.5mm point size
  • Weighted stainless steel barrel and metal clip
  • Refillable with JK-Refill 0.5mm: JK-Refill 0.5mm Black 2pk

 

G-450

G-450 Gel Retractable Pen

A step up from our 3-series lineup of metal pens, the G-450 Gel Retractable Pen displays style and confidence. This pen is elegant and helps your writing leave a lasting impression with its compact sleekness, brass barrel and comfort rubber grip. With its rapid dry technology ink, you can write confidently knowing that there will be no smudging or smearing.

STEEL 4-Series Summary

Product

Type

Barrel or Grip Colors

Ink Colors

Point/Lead Sizes

Features

Refills

F-402

Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Black, Blue

Black, Blue

0.7mm

Non-slip Rubberized Grip

F-301 Refill

G-402

Gel Retractable Pen

Black

Black

0.5mm

Non-slip Rubberized Grip

JK-Refill

G-450

 

 

Gel Retractable Pen

Black

Black

0.7mm

Rapid Dry Gel Ink

JK-Refill

 

STEEL 7-Series

For a top of the line writing experience, look no further than our STEEL 7 Series. It is designed to provide a comfortable writing experience while offering the ultimate sleek and stylish look.

 

STEEL PM-701 Permanent Marker

STEEL PM-701 Permanent Marker

The STEEL PM-701 Permanent Marker is one truly durable permanent marker. Designed with a sturdy yet incredibly sleek stainless-steel barrel and a fine, bullet point tip, this permanent marker can take on any project. Its permanent ink has a cap off time of 5 days*, is AP certified non-toxic, and is refillable. The STEEL PM-701 is also available in black, blue, red, and green ink, so there is a color for every need you come across.

 

STEEL X-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

STEEL X-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

The STEEL X-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen is the toughest pen around. It features a patent-pending pressurized barrel that enables this ballpoint pen to write upside down, at extreme angles, and in temperatures ranging from -30 degrees F to 250 degrees F. The STEEL X-701 is designed with a matte black, lightweight, stainless-steel barrel and includes a convenient lanyard loop to attach to a bag, belt loop, backpacking, or climbing gear. Five times more durable than everyday plastic pens and Military Grade Drop Tested, this pen will not let you down.

  • Available in black ink
  • Stainless-steel barrel
  • Anti-reflective matte black finish
  • Military Grade Drop Tested
  • Patent-pending pressurized barrel
  • Refillable with K-Refill: X-701 K-Refill 0.7mm Black 2pk

 

STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

STEEL F-701 ALL-METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen

The STEEL F-701 ALL-METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen undoubtedly is the sleekest option in the entire STEEL range and offers a top-of-the-line writing experience. It is ideal for the serious communicator and professional who wants to show off personal style while not sacrificing on durability or reliability. It is a favorite of engineers and architects. Plus, the STEEL F-701 is stainless-steel from clip to tip, including an all metal ring and refill, making it the perfect choice for food manufacturing professionals due to its metal detectability on the work floor. It is designed with a rugged, knurled metal grip that provides comfort and control. The STEEL F-701 makes a statement and is the last pen you will ever need.

  • Available in black ink
  • Stainless-steel – from tip to clip
  • Includes an all-metal ring and refill
  • Fine point size
  • Easy glide ink performance
  • Refillable with Premium F-Refill: All Metal F-Refill 0.8mm Black 2Pk

 

STEEL M-701 Mechanical Pencil

STEEL M-701 Mechanical Pencil

The STEEL M-701 Mechanical Pencil has all the upgraded features as the STEEL F-701, but with the function of a mechanical pencil. Featuring a designer stainless steel tip, barrel and clip, the M-701 is ideal for any writing needs, sketching or drafting. Its functionality is first-class. The knurled grip provides total control and advancing and added comfort. Well balanced and sleek, this mechanical pencil exudes style and professionalism, and makes a perfect complement to the STEEL F-701.

 

G-750 Gel Retractable Pen

The G-750 Gel Retractable Pen is the definition of everyday premium. The G-750 features a stylish, brass barrel and was completely designed with comfort in mind. With its hexagonal barrel design and knurled grip, this pen provides you with stability while writing. The rapid dry gel ink technology of the G-750 allows you to write worry-free so you never have to think about smearing or smudging.

STEEL 7-Series Summary

 

Product

Type

Barrel or Grip Colors

Ink Colors

Point/Lead Sizes

Features

Refills

PM-701

Permanent Marker

Stainless Steel

Black, Blue, Red, Green

Fine, Bullet Point

Extra Long Cap Off Time

PM-701 Refill

X-701

Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Matte Black

Black

0.7mm

Pressurized Barrel, Lanyard Loop

K-Refill

F-701

Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Stainless Steel

Black

0.8mm

All Metal from Clip to Tip

All Metal F-Refill

M-701

Mechanical Pencil

Stainless Steel

Lead

0.7mm

Metal Tip, Barrel, Clip

0.7mm Lead Refill

G-750

 

Gel Retractable Pen

Black

Black

0.7mm

Brass Barrel, Knurled Grip

JK-Refill

No matter what you are looking for, Zebra Pen has a pen that’s perfect for your needs. To learn more about our ballpoint pens, check out our Ballpoint Pen Guide.