Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens are the world’s favourite type of pen due to their reliability and inexpensive costs. The ballpoint pen also known as ball pen or biro is an office essential and that's why we make sure we stock an extensive selection for you to choose from.

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First patented by Laszlo Biro on 15th June 1938, the ballpoint pen uses a fast drying thick ink which is transferred to the paper as the ball in the socket turns and ink is fed by gravity onto the ball and then the paper.

The thickness and viscosity of the ink in comparison to fountain pens means ballpoint pens are less likely to leak and smudge; that said, it’s not advisable to leave one in your pocket without a lid. They do require the user to exert more pressure when writing than using a fountain pen which is ideal if you are writing onto carbonated paper and require impressions to be made on subsequent copies. However, it can be difficult to use ballpoint pens if the user is infirm and has difficulty gripping objects firmly and applying pressure in which case a fountain pen might be a more appropriate pen to use.

Nib sizes on ballpoint pens range from 0.7mm to 1.2mm and are most commonly made of brass or steel. They can write on most surfaces with the exception of highly polished or smooth surfaces such as glass, metal and plastic.

Ballpoint pens vary in sophistication and price. At one end there’s the basic disposable ballpoint with a cap for around £0.07 pence a pen to ones from Mont Blanc that cost tens of thousands of pounds.

In terms of brands, look for the following tried and trusted makes;

5 Star Ballpoint Pens - Our own economy brand

Bic Ballpoint Pens

Pilot Ballpoint Pens

Parker Ballpoint Pens

Pentel Ballpoint Pens

Staedtler Ballpoint Pens

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