The Zebra Sarasa SE is the upgraded sibling of the well-known and popular Zebra Sarasa. The two pens are both about the same length, have the same basic layout, and contain the same (excellent) Sarasa ink cartridges. But after that, the similarities end.
|A family get-together. The Sarasa SE (top) and the Sarasa (bottom).|
|Here's the SE again, hanging out on its own.|
|The clip is also shiny. Very shiny. Makes it hard to take photos without reflections.|
The Sarasa SE boasts the same excellent writing quality as the standard Sarasa, and is perhaps even a bit smoother (although it may just be my imagination). Smooth, crisp lines, vivid colours - what I expect from a Sarasa. And a further note here: those of you who've been reading this blog long enough to recall my dislike of pink ink may be puzzled as to why I chose the pink version of the Sarasa SE. Well, as it turned out, the store where I bought this pen was sold out of the other colours. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this ink. Although I do not particularly care for the colour pink generally, the Sarasa's pink is more of a coral or salmon than a typical pink and I actually don't mind it very much at all. Hard-core pink fanatics may not care for it, but if you're feeling brave and want to check out some non-standard ink colours, give this one a try.
Overall, the Zebra Sarasa is a great pen and has long been one of my favourites. The updated SE version is also great, although apart from aesthetics (primarily the grip and the clip), there are few things that really set it apart from the standard version. Whether SE or standard, however, you can't go wrong with the Zebra Sarasa.
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