Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 21 to 30 of 30

Thread: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

  1. #21
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 36 Times in 24 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    Quote Originally Posted by KBeezie View Post

    There's also the Zebra Emulsion ink (sort of a combination of traits).
    That's just one of many hybrids. And about the worst, partly because of short ink life - people who buy Zebra's very nice multipens and pocket pens often replace the refills with the compatible Jetstream model.

  2. #22
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    San Marino
    Posts
    52
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    Huh, Papermate's InkJoy is actually an hybrid ink? They never mention it anywhere.

  3. #23
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    44
    Thanked 50 Times in 18 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    There's lots of thoughts here, preferences one way or another based on paper types, bleed, writing angle and so on.

    Here's my input, and it is just a personal feeling. I like a rollerball, I do, but I kind of prefer a ballpoint.

    Sacrilege? Maybe, but here's the thing; I have terrible handwriting, that's why I use a fountain pen - it slows me down almost to the point of legibility. A rollerball requires very little pressure to lay ink onto paper, the liquid ink has very little resistance and, to be honest, it feels a little lightweight to me. A ballpoint, on the other hand, needs some work to push along the page and, to my under-educated hand at least, it almost feels as if it has more, well, quality. I write more slowly with a ballpoint and, as a result, I write better.

    All of the above is entirely subjective, YMMV.

  4. #24
    Junior Member Nerdyhistorian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    29
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 11 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    I have a Parker Vector rollerball somewhere. Can't really remember how it felt to write with it, but I somehow do remember the Jotter ballpoint pen being more of my preference.

  5. #25
    Senior Member usk15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    St Helier, Jersey
    Posts
    218
    Thanks
    226
    Thanked 147 Times in 71 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    Quote Originally Posted by aquafox View Post
    Huh, Papermate's InkJoy is actually an hybrid ink? They never mention it anywhere.
    Here: https://www.officestationery.co.uk/p...ck-ref-107499/

  6. #26
    Senior Member usk15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    St Helier, Jersey
    Posts
    218
    Thanks
    226
    Thanked 147 Times in 71 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    Quote Originally Posted by migo984 View Post
    Things a ballpoint pen can do better than a rollerball:
    - sketch on cartridge and Eco drawing paper
    - label freezer bags
    - fill in The Guardian crossword
    - write in shiny greetings cards
    - release the case on my phone
    - fill in forms that still use NCR (yes these are still around)
    - provide a temporary fix for my car parcel shelf

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    ....

    It's a matter of the right tool for the job. On the rare occasions when I might write on plastic, I'd rather use a Sharpie.

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    ....the right tool for the job.
    Indeed, right tool for the job.

    I always have 2 writing instruments with me: a FP and a BP/Gel/RB. But I prefer BP and gel pens over RBalls.

  7. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    45
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 27 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    Quote Originally Posted by usk15 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aquafox View Post
    Huh, Papermate's InkJoy is actually an hybrid ink? They never mention it anywhere.
    Here: https://www.officestationery.co.uk/p...ck-ref-107499/
    There's confusion with InkJoy. There's the newer InkJoy gel, which some people really like, and is obviously a gel not hybrid. The InkJoy ballpoint seems like it is a hybrid, but it's also the worst of the hybrids I've tried, not a patch on Jetstream, Schmidt and Schneider.

  8. #28
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    San Marino
    Posts
    52
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    The InkJoy Gel is terrible IME: a 0.7 gel pen that bleeds and drips ink everywhere is something I have never seen before. Also ti forced me to hold it vertically to achieve a readable trait

  9. #29
    Senior Member usk15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    St Helier, Jersey
    Posts
    218
    Thanks
    226
    Thanked 147 Times in 71 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    For gel pens I'm using Pentel Energel, seems to be the best out there.

  10. #30
    Senior Member pajaro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    967
    Thanks
    311
    Thanked 353 Times in 255 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: Rollerball vs. Ballpoint

    I think that, if you are carrying a fountain pen, a rollerball seems redundant, unless it has a ballpoint refill. There some documents I didn't like signing with either fountain or rollerball pen. Ballpoint was sometimes required. Fountain and ballpoint pens worked for me.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to pajaro For This Useful Post:

    Kaputnik (January 3rd, 2019)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •