Zebra Prefill Multipen

For those readers who have been following this blog, my adoration to multipens are undeniable.  This fatal attraction probably roots in my innate indecisiveness when it comes to colors.  Zebra Prefill is similar to Uni-Ball Style Fit and Pilot Coleto that I have reviewed awhile back, but it also stands out on its own merits.

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A little cohort of multipens:  (from top) Zebra Prefill in Limited Edition Firenze body, Uni-Ball Style Fit, Pilot Coleto.

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See the difference in knocker styles?  

Prefill’s filling mechanism and the look of the refills are more similar to Style Fit than Coleto, in that the pen body comes with clear knockers and it has the insert-and-snap spring coil system to load various of refills.  The pen tip tapers down to a point rather than being needlepoint.  The construction of the tip gives writers more leverage, especially ones who write heavy-handedly, while needlepoint can wobble a bit if one applies too much pressure.  The gel pen refill is the same as Zebra Sarasa that writes smoothly with vibrant color.  In comparison to Style Fit and Coleto, I feel that Prefill writes just a bit effortlessly.  Color wise, the common colors I have in these three models are more or less similar.  The only color that shows the greatest variance is purple.  While both Style Fit and Coleto has a deep grape purple, Prefill’s is more like orchid. 

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Writing sample

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Prefill has the famed pen clip of Sarasa.  It comes in handy for those who habitually keep a pen in shirt pocket because the clip is a real clip and provides better grip than a conventional clip, which is usually a piece of plastic extension from the pen body.  One can easily open the clip without feeling pulling a tooth out of a pen.

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The color band on the pen tip helps distinguish the color that you are currently using.  Too bad that the size of the tip is engraved on the body of the refill, so harder to tell right the way.

It is harder to tell refill color and tip sizes right off the bat on a Prefill, since the information is engraved to the latter end of the refill.  Even though a color band is conveniently located at the tip of the pen to identify the color that is currently in use, the identification is a bit tricky if there are multiple shades of one color.

One element that stands out for Preill is the variety of mechanical pencil components it has; three lead sizes are available, .3mm, .5mm and .7mm.  For those who like to sketch with mechanical pencils, this multipen will allow multiple lead sizes and lead grade combinations.  In addition, there is a knocker at the top of the pen body that fashions very similarly to a regular mechanical pencil or retractable pen, which makes advancing lead comparatively easier than Style Fit and Coleto.  The only fallacy is that there is no eraser component available for Prefill, otherwise, it will make an ideal collection of multipencil in a 4-color body.

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See the knob on top?  It somehow makes advancing the lead so much easier.

Prefill also releases limited edition pen barrels more frequently than Style Fit and Coleto, for those of you who admire both functionality and beauty. 

Style Fit Coleto Prefill
Length 5.71 inch (5-color) 5.5 inch(4-color) 5.8 inch (4-color
Girth 1.63 inch (5-color) 1.5 inch (4-color) 1.5 inch (4-color)
Pen Body Size 1, 3, 5 color 2, 3, 4, 5 color 3,4 color
Numbers of refill color 16 15 15
Refill tip sizes (gel pen) .28mm,.38mm, .5mm, .7mm .3mm, .4mm, .5mm .3mm, .4mm, .5mm
Ballpoint Refill yes, .7mm and 1.0mm no .3mm, .5mm, .7mm
Mechanical Pencil Component .5mm .3mm and .5mm .3mm, .5mm, and .7mm
Eraser Component no yes no
Stylus Component no yes no
Grip no yes on certain models no
Pen Body Price $3.30 – 16.50 $1.65 – 16.50 $3.30-$3.50
Refill Price $1.35 – 2.15 $2.20 $1.25-$3.00
Comparison chart of Style-Fit, Coleto, and Prefill

Where to buy?  You can see a good selections of body and refills at either JetPens or Tokyo Pen Shop.
Have you tried any multipen?  Which one do you prefer?

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2 thoughts on “Zebra Prefill Multipen

  1. I grew up in school treasuring a Bic 4-Color. I think it was the original multi-pen and I believe they still sell them today. I recall it actually wrote pretty lousy but I marvelled at the mechanicals and how they could fit 4 pens in one barrel. Amazing!. Today with a bit more discretionary income I think I lean towards 4 pens, each with a different ink color but I'm intrigued by your opins of these and just might pick one up to rekindle the love of all things mechanical. Thanks for helping with a trip down memory lane.

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  2. I was the annoying kid in the back of the class, clicking and releasing each color just for the heck of it! Personally I like all three choices that I presented here, but a common complaint for them is that they do make rattling sound from time to time. All the manufacturers here made multipens that come in set colors (usually blue, red, and black).

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