Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When Zebra and Tul Combine...

I love the Tul .5 gel with a needle point. It is my favorite house brand pen, and it is also my girlfriend's preferred everyday pen, so we have several empty ones in my pen box. Every time I go to OfficeMax, which carries the Tul line, I look for the .5 gel needle point refills, but I am not sure if they are even being made yet, though the conical refills are available. 

I finally decided to look around in my stash of refills, and I did find one refill that seemed to match - the Zebra JF-.4 gel refill - this one happened to be in blue-black. 

Here is a better view of the package in case you are curious about using these in one of your Tul pens. 

And there you have it. The refill fits quite well and looks pretty nice with the Tul barrel. I have not included a writing sample, because I wish to review that model of Zebra on its own. What I can say is that the refills are excellent, with very saturated colors, smooth writing, and crisp lines. This refill, in an already great Tul barrel, is working quite well for me. 


  1. My boyfriend and I absolutely love TUL's writing utensils as well. We're currently using TUL GL3 Gel 0.5 mm. However, we both want other colors available but they only come in black. Do you happen to have the GL3 that you can try your refills in? Please & Thank you!

  2. Tul does not make 0.5mm needle point refills. If you want needle point, you have to buy whole pen. I tried 0.5mm fine point but I miss the needle point. They don't come in any color but black. I have about 12 empty pens and hesitate to throw away hoping Tul will come out with needle point refills.