Zebra SL-F1 Mini Ballpoint Pen Review

Zebra SL-F1

For me everyday carry (or EDC) conjures up images of men who love to carry hand guns, automatic knives, tactical bottle openers and $300 flashlights in case of things like a zombie attack, or a stubborn pistachio shell.  My everyday carry is a little bit less intense; I carry 1 small pen, the Zebra SL-F1, a small memo pad, keys and a phone.

Zebra SL-F1

So why is the Zebra SL-F1 my EDC choice?  To start, it’s tiny. It measures a mere 3.25″ closed and extends to a reasonably comfortable 4.25″.

The pen can be opened with one hand, which is great for quick notes and because of the telescopic mechanism the point will not accidentally extend while in my pocket.  Nothing more annoying than getting stabbed.

Zebra SL-F1

The SL-F1 comes with a good quality 0.7mm ballpoint refill  which writes smoothly.  I, however, use the Zebra Sharbo X gel refills in my pen as they come in 0.4mm, 0.5mm and a variety of colors.  The gel ink runs out a bit faster than the regular ball point but the smooth gel ink is a worthwhile trade off.

Zebra SL-F1


The SL-F1 is quite skinny, .25″ in diameter at it widest point, so don’t plan on using this pen to write a long letter.  The SL-F1 weighs 12 grams and feels high quality in hand.  At $5 you cannot really go wrong with this little pen it’s great…I carry it everywhere.

Here are some great reviews of the Zebra SL-F1:

(I have no affiliation to the sites linked below)


No Pen Intended – Zebra SL-F1 Mini Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm – Black Body – Black Ink

Pen Addict – Zebra SL-F1 Mini Ballpoint Pen Review