Rollerball Pens

'Rollerball' can refer to pens with liquid or gel ink, normally dispensed by a smooth ball.

Unlike a ballpoint pen, which uses paste ink, a liquid ink rollerball doesn't require any pressure to get the ink to flow. As soon as the tip touches the paper, ink can flow. Pressing harder will normally give a broader line. The ball itself is smooth - coupled with the lack of pressure needed, this makes the whole writing experience smooth and easy.

Rollerballs are often seen as a cross between a fountain pen and a ballpoint - the smoothness and ink type of a fountain pen, with the convenience of a ballpoint.

If it all sounds a bit too perfect, there are a couple of small disadvantages. Rollerballs don't always work on shiny surfaces like birthday cards; and liquid ink can be relatively slow to dry, leading to the risk of smudging. This can be more of a problem for left-handed people, if your hand rubs over your writing.

The Uni-ball Vision Elite is a great all-round pen, with a good range of colours, and refillable in black, blue and red. Pilot V-System rollerball pens are hugely popular - including the iconic V5 needle-point roller. There are a huge number of high quality refillable luxury rollerballs from lots of manufacturers, and Lamy even have a couple of retractable rollerballs: the Tipo and the Swift. For a distinctly different writing feel, try OHTO ceramic-tip roller refills. As fitted to most OHTO rollerballs, the ceramic ball gives extra bite to the writing feel.

Gel-ink rollerballs have a fairly similar feel to liquid-ink rollerballs, but do normally require a little pressure to get the ink flowing. They tend to give a more consistent line width, dry a little quicker, and can hold pigment, or even particles for metallic or sparkling effects.

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Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen Sequin Blue
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen Sequin Blue Classically luxurious rollerball pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen Tungsten Grey
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen Tungsten Grey Classically luxurious rollerball pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen White Satin
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Rollerball Pen White Satin Classically luxurious rollerball pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Ravenclaw Rollerball Pen
Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Ravenclaw Rollerball Pen Celebrates the phenomenally successful series of Harry Potter books
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Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Gryffindor Rollerball Pen
Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Gryffindor Rollerball Pen Celebrates the phenomenally successful series of Harry Potter books
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Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Slytherin Rollerball Pen
Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Slytherin Rollerball Pen Celebrates the phenomenally successful series of Harry Potter books
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Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Hufflepuff Rollerball Pen
Montegrappa Harry Potter House Colours Hufflepuff Rollerball Pen Celebrates the phenomenally successful series of Harry Potter books
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LAMY 2000 Rollerball Pen
LAMY 2000 Rollerball Pen Rollerball version of the iconic 2000 design
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black
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LAMY 2000 Rollerball Pen Stainless Steel
LAMY 2000 Rollerball Pen Stainless Steel Steel version of the classic Bauhaus design
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Visconti Van Gogh Rollerball Pen 'Starry Night'
Visconti Van Gogh Rollerball Pen 'Starry Night' Superb barrel design featuring colours from the Van Gogh masterpiece
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Visconti Van Gogh Rollerball Pen 'Portrait Blue'
Visconti Van Gogh Rollerball Pen 'Portrait Blue' Superb barrel design featuring colours from the Van Gogh masterpiece
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Bigidesign Ti Click EDC Pen Stonewashed
Bigidesign Ti Click EDC Pen Stonewashed Ingenious metal pen capable of accommodating both ballpoint and rollerball refills
silver
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Uni-ball UM-120NM Signo Metallic Gel Rollerball Pen 3 for 2
Uni-ball UM-120NM Signo Metallic Gel Rollerball Pen New-tech gel pen in 8 metallic colours and super-smooth pigment ink
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Uni-ball UM-120SP Signo Sparkling Gel Rollerball Pen 3 for 2
Uni-ball UM-120SP Signo Sparkling Gel Rollerball Pen New-tech gel pen in 8 glitter colours and super-smooth pigment ink
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Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen
Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen Superior, heavyweight, tactile pens
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Kaweco Classic Sport Rollerball Pen Red
Kaweco Classic Sport Rollerball Pen Red A classic design from the 30s
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Bigidesign Ti Click EDC Pen Black
Bigidesign Ti Click EDC Pen Black Ingenious metal pen capable of accommodating both ballpoint and rollerball refills
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Cross Century II Selectip Rollerball Pen Lustrous Chrome
Cross Century II Selectip Rollerball Pen Lustrous Chrome Wide-body classic in smooth chrome with gel refill
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Cross Edge Telescopic Selectip Rollerball Pen Jet Black
Cross Edge Telescopic Selectip Rollerball Pen Jet Black Clever extending pen in a range of colours
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Karas Kustoms EDK Rollerball Pen Aluminium Brass
Karas Kustoms EDK Rollerball Pen Aluminium Brass Solidy-built metal rollerball