The Zebra Surari is a pretty cute looking pen, with a clear plastic barrel, a rubbery ink color matched grip with a few ridges, an ink color matched clicker, and a clear clip that works well enough, but it is not my favorite clip. The pen has a solid, pleasing design and build and it's really comfortable to hold and write with, in part due to the smoothness of the ink. The most important piece of the Zebra Surari pen is the ink. JetPens says:
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 indeed water resistant. As you can see on the line "Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen" - there is no ink smearing or feathering. Good to know! Can't say that about a lot of gel pens...|
|Compared with a few other pens: Dong-A Cronix Hybrid 1.0mm ballpoint pen, Uni-ball Jetstream 0.7mm ballpoint pen, Dong-A Miffy scented gel ink pen 0.5mm, Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.5mm gel ink pen, and the Zebra Sarasa SE 0.7mm gel ink pen.|
There are refills available for the Zebra Surari but as usual, only in the boring colors - black, blue, and red in all the tip sizes. However, I'm glad that it is refillable. I have heard rumors that this pen has recycled materials in its barrel and judging by the look and feel of the plastic (you know, recycled plastic just has that "look") but I can't seem to find any information about this to confirm it. Either way, thumbs up for refillable!
I counted a few blobs in my writing sample, though they are very minimal and they didn't smudge as I continued to write. Perhaps it was a weird writing angle, I'm not sure. It didn't happen again, and I couldn't replicate the situation. Therefore, I am not concerned about this, but in case you saw them in the writing sample, I wanted to mention it as a rare occurrence!
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For the price, the Zebra Surari is a very nice pen - it's solid, writes well, and can be refilled - except I'd be selective about the colors based on what your needs are. I'd avoid the fluorescent colors if you intend to use the pens for any sort of real writing, although they're really nice for accents, doodles, and decorations! I think the 0.7mm Surari is a good place to start if you are interested in trying out Emulsion ink.