Rollerball Pens

Rollerball pens offer an alternative to the ballpoint pen as an everyday writing instrument. A rollerball pen provides a smooth writing experience similar to a fountain pen thanks to the fact that they use gel or water based ink.

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Rollerball pens provide the user with a smoother writing feel than ballpoint pens as the ink is water or gel based rather than oil based. Rollerball pens were designed to deliver the convenience of a ballpoint pen with the smooth writing performance of a fountain pen.

The rollerball pen has three main advantages over the ballpoint pen:


  • Less pressure is required to make the pen write clearly which allows for a more relaxed and comfortable writing style.
  • The choice of colours is much greater with rollerball pens due to the wider choice of water soluble dies available.
  • Rollerball's will generally write more clearly and boldly than ballpoint pens.

The disadvantages of a Rollerball as opposed to a Ballpoint pen include:


  • Water based inks is more likely to smudge than the oil based ink in ballpoint pens.
  • Rollerballs with liquid ink may ‘bleed’ through poor quality paper. The effect is reduced if a gel based ink rollerball pen is used.
  • They don’t tend to last as long as ballpoint pens as they use a greater amount of ink than ballpoint pens.

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

5 Star Rollerball Pens - Our own economy brand

Bic Rollerball Pens

Pilot Rollerball Pens

PaperMate Rollerball Pens

Pentel Rollerball Pens

Stabilo Rollerball Pens

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