Rollerball Pen Reviews
Cheap, fast and out of control! Competes with Sanford roller pens for the title of The Saturday Night Special of rollerball pens. I have a bunch of these with a white barrel and I hadn’t used them in quite some time. I was surprised at how dark the ink was and impressed with the relatively crisp line. However, these do tend to smear quite a bit if you’re not patient enough to wait for the ink to dry. I find these to be the least scratchiest rollerball pen – the chief reason I shun rollerball pens – but would probably only use these for writing note cards or index card listing.
These pens are like wire hangers; they multiple for some inexplicable reason. I started off with ONE DZ purchased from Office Maxx and despite tossing a couple when they dried up and not purchasing any replacements, I have managed to acquire several more, bringing the total to 17! These are usually my go to pen if I am looking to be antagonized by roller ball ink. I like the fine line, the smooth dark ink, the all black barrel and the vastly superior writing experience. Still a bit on the scratchy side and since I don’t like to hear what I’m writing scratched out in code, I can’t use these pens for a long period of time.
I don’t have a lot of experience with Pilot pens, but I am well of aware of their cult status among pen junkies. I liked the barrel, the ink flow and the rich pigment of the ink, but I didn’t like how thin the line was. I have chubby writing and this was like trying to stuff my size twelve ass into a pair of size four pants. That said, it wasn’t scratchy!
EK Success created a perfect roller ball pen in their Archival Ball. I don’t like the busy barrel design, but I do really like the ink pigmentation, the smoothness of the line and how it was the only one I tested that did not require ten seconds of twirly twirl on scratch paper.
The absolute worst of the bunch. Scratchy like whoa, inconsistent ink flow and ashy pigmentation. When I put this pen to paper, I have to hold it so delicately in my hand or else I poke a hole in my paper. Granted, this is more my issue than the fault of the pen, but it definitely did not endear this one to me.