The Zebra trademark was adopted in 1914. Legend has it that Mr. Ishikawa, founder of Zebra Co. Ltd., wanted a company name that would be memorable and also appropriate for their export business to other countries. He took an English/Japanese dictionary and, opening it Japanese style from the back, started with the "Z" words. He stopped at "Zebra".
Upon further research, Mr. Ishikawa found that zebras are gentle animals with a strong family herding instinct. This was an important attribute, since he wanted to build a business in which employees and customers were all part of a family-like culture. The fact that the zebra looks like it is decorated with large calligraphic pen strokes may have also appealed to the visual image he was seeking.
Zebra Pen offers a variety of pens, pencils, markers and highlighters, and I was fortunate to receive some products in their Zebra Eco line, all of which are made with post-consumer recycled materials: Clip-On Pink Ribbon (ARV $3.99); Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencils Black (ARV $13.99/12pk); Jimnie Clip Multi-Use Extra Wide Binder Clip (ARV $13.99/12pk); Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighter (ARV $5.99/5pk); Sarasa Clip Smooth Writing Gel Ink (ARV $15.99/12pk); Clip-On 3 Colored Pens-in-One (ARV $3.29).
My favorite pen is the Sarasa Clip Smooth Writing Gel Ink. I love gel ink pens, and this pen really does write smoothly. I also love the Clip-On 3 Colored Pens-in-One. It’s very handy when I’m writing in our calendar or organizer, as I often like to color code items.
The Clip-On Pink Ribbon is not only pretty and functional, but it was created for The Care for a Cure Campaign. For each pen sold, $.25 will be donated, up to $25,000 to City of Hope, an independent biomedical research, treatment and education center dedicated to preventing and curing cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Zebra Pens are great for the office, for school, or for home, and are great practical gifts or stocking stuffers for anyone!
Shop: You can purchase Zebra products at various retailers online and nationwide.
Thank you to Zebra Pen for the review products!
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.