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Our steel mechanical pencil offers effortless refilling and a rugged steel body -- not to mention a handy eraser.  Easy to hold yet perfectly portable thanks to a handy metal clip.
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The Original 3-Series features a sleek, sophisticated appearance housed in a rugged steel body for lasting performance. Enjoy the look and feel of our bestselling F-301 Retractable Ballpoint pen, but in a M-301 Steel Mechanical Pencil. Ideally sized for perfect pocket transportation it features a metal clip for a secure clasp. Refillable with standard lead.

  • Stainless Steel Barrel
  • Available in 0.5mm and 0.7mm Point Sizes
  • Effortless Refill Process
Weight 0.02 lbs
Dimensions 0.47 × 0.34 × 5.13 in
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21 reviews for M-301 Mechanical Pencil

  1. Nick Reachmack

    Why is it so hard to find 0.7 mm lead M-301 pencils? It is my favorite for everyday use and very versatile. I like the 0.5 mm lead M-301 too, but it requires a lighter touch, so I use it only for drawing. I recommend the 0.7 mm M-301 for all-around everyday use, at home or at work. Without it, I feel like I haven’t finished getting dressed.

  2. Keith Rogers

    I found one of these back in High School Freshmen Year. I have used them my entire life since then. These are the finest mechanical pencils there are and I refuse to use any others. I always get them in 0.5mm. The 0.7mm is ok but I find that the 0.5mm lead looks neater and looks better.

    I have also started using the Pen models though I prefer to use pencils when ever possible at work.

  3. margaretabelt (verified owner)

    The pencil that introduced me to the wonderful world of ZEBRA products!!!

    I do the majority of my school work with my zebra pencils and feel sad when I don’t have one.

    I love it! Makes my cursive flowy and my hand stays comfortable during long note taking sessions! One of the best parts: The lead doesn’t break easily like it does in those other companies’ mechanical pencils do! They’re so reliable! I never thought I could love a pencil so much

  4. Layton Asmus

    I have had the same M-301 (0.5 mm) for about 2 or 3 years, and I have loved it the whole time. Without a doubt it is one of the best mechanical pencils out there. Refilling is easy, and the top cap doesn’t fall off, it holds firm. The only thing I’ve never liked about any mechanical pencil ever, are the erasers. But with the amount of erasing I do, my Steadtler click eraser is the only one I use.

    The pencil itself is easy to hold, and doesn’t slide around. I have wide hands, and this is an easy pencil to grip and to use for hours at a time. I have gone through years of engineering classes and this has held up like a champ. The mechanical parts inside have never had any problems, and still feel solid after thousands upon thousands of clicks. I expect this mechanical pencil to easily last my lifetime. Thanks Zebra!

  5. Justin Plascecnia

    I’ve used lots of pencils and this is the only one I’m truly comfortable with. A lot of people at my school use it and say they love it as well. I actually lost the two I bought and it just feels weird now using any other pencil. That’s why I’m now on here buying more 🙂 And its also a really good pencil for dressing. I put it in my shirt’s front pocket every day for school cause I think it look slick.

  6. Joyce Chan

    Hi Jack, sorry you’re experiencing problems with lead breakage. Instead of the M-301, I would suggest our new Delguard mechanical pencil – unbreakable lead if you advance in less than 2 clicks! There’s a special double spring mechanism to absorb writing pressure while writing. Please email with your shipping information and we’ll send samples! Don’t forget to mention Delguard!

  7. Nick

    Really nice pencil with classic looks and a solid feel.

  8. Jerry

    I love your pencil but the point is very fragile, 3 of them no longer work because the lead breaks.Can I buy refills for the points?

  9. Heidi

    love this pen and pencil. use it every day at home and at work

  10. Brendan (verified owner)

    By far the single best mechanical pencil I’ve ever owned. 1 pencil has lasted me the past 4 years through school and is still in fully functioning order with all the original parts. As for peoples ‘lead breaking’ issues, that’s really only a problem if you let too much lead out at once and or press too hard. All-in-all, this is a very high-quality product priced criminally low. Nothing but good experiences with this pencil. My only gripe would be that the eraser doesn’t last long at all, had to buy numerous replacement erasers/standalone erasers. Other than that this pencil is fantastic for all your pencil needs.

  11. Mike

    Love the pencil, can’t for the life of me figure out how to add refill

    • Joyce Chan

      Hey Mike, the plunger of this product has an eraser underneath. If you take that cap off as well as the eraser, you will be able to put in a few refills and advance the lead!

  12. Farid

    I am amazed by its performance.
    This is my story using Zebra M-301:

    Check it out, guys!

  13. H35F21

    Great Pencil! The lead never breaks. Hope new zebra pencils come out !

  14. Judi

    I unearthed a Zebra probably from my kids’ high school days. It honestly looked brand new so I started using it. I really like the feel and look of this pencil and have been using it daily, however, when I tried to erase, the eraser has disintegrated. I tried to remove the pieces with a paper clip, but that’s not been successful in getting all of it out. My understanding is I need to remove it not only to put in a new eraser but just to refill it. So, should I pitch it or do you have suggestions about removing the eraser pieces? Thanks!

  15. Ariel

    i absolutely LOVE this pen, its comfortable, durable, lasts forever and is overall great, i’ve been using the same one for about a year now and i love it, im not sure if it is intended for shading but it works great for that too, overall im really happy with this pen(a PEN, who would’ve thought a pen can be this satisfying to be worth a review) and i highly recommend it!

  16. Susan Martin

    how do you refill the M.301 0.5. I removed the cap and eraser, put in more lead-but nothing!!!

  17. John

    I added standard 0.7mm lead refills to the zebra M301 .7mm mechanical pencil but the zebra doesn’t advance the lead so it is not refillable even though it indicated on the package that it is “Refillable with standard 0.7mm Lead”.

  18. William

    After using it for 1 week something very weird happened. The led stopped dispensing, even though i used the correct lead size.

  19. James

    When I was using these pencils regularly I generally seemed to come across a problem with the metal tip that dispenses the lead. It breaks pretty easily unless it is treated extremely daintily. Even just being in a pocket will do it pretty quickly. Then it ends up loose, sliding in and out of the cone-shaped plastic component that it is housed in.

    • Zebra Pen Canada

      Sorry to hear you have had issues with these and thanks for letting us know.

  20. Amy

    I love it so much after use lead all already inside of it, I tried other brand for lead but anything couldn’t do replace it. I really really want to buy exactly same lead for refill it again and again let me know where can I buy them please.

    • Zebra Pen Canada

      hi – you can purchase lead directly on our website!

  21. Caleb

    Jams frequently, I got the lead out last time but currently it is useless because the lead won’t come out of the tip. (0.5 version)

    • Zebra Pen Canada

      Sorry to hear you are having issues – please contact our Customer Service Department and they will be happy to help you:

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