Best Liquid Ink Rollerball Pens in 2020



Frienda 12 Pieces Rolling Ball Pens, Quick-Drying Ink 0.5 mm Extra Fine Point Pens Liquid Ink Pen Rollerball Pens (Black Ink) Review:


Truly quick drying. On the picture I wrote all the verbiage at once and then I took each color pen and scribbled the circle and then immediately after scribbling the circle I swiped the swatch with my finger. The colors that smudged was the red and purple, but it was so insignificant that my phone camera doesn't really pick that up. This was the first time I used the blue pen, so that is the only reason why the ink is skipping. As you can see it was fully activated after the first line of blue verbiage was written. The ink doesn't constantly flow when you write slowly, so there's no ink pooling. There is no skipping ink when you write quickly either. One thing that is not good or bad, it just feels different: the cap snaps on the pen above where you would grip the pen, in contrast other pen caps usually snap under where you would grip the pen. Cap securely snaps to the back of the pen.



uni-ball Vision Elite Rollerball Pens, Micro Point (0.5mm), Black, 12 Count Review:


No pen glides as well as this one. At last, I have found my favorite pen!

I have to explain. I am a writer and therefore a bit of a pen fanatic as I write a lot of long-hand. Despite the hefty price compared to most pens, I don't mind paying extra for a top notch pen that doesn't let me down. I hate pressing too hard and to keep up with my mind is imperative for the creative process. I hate having to slow down!

I discovered this pen while in NYC visiting my friend, an artist; she has been using these for years. In fact, they're the only pens she uses. I borrowed one and off I went with it in love. (Yes, I am cheesy about my pens. What can i say?) I began trying it for my long, morning writing sessions and promptly ordered a box. Now they're the only pens I use as well. When I run out of ink, I quickly order a new box. They do run out a little fast, which is my only complaint, but I do use them a lot, probably more than average. I hand write probably 10 pages a day minimum.

The cost is high so I'm not thrilled when I have to order them, but for my line of work I deem the expense worth it.

Yes, I really just wrote this much about a pen. I told you I'm a pen fanatic!



uni-ball Vision Elite Rollerball Pens, Bold Point (0.8mm), Black Review:


No pen glides as well as this one. At last, I have found my favorite pen!

I have to explain. I am a writer and therefore a bit of a pen fanatic as I write a lot of long-hand. Despite the hefty price compared to most pens, I don't mind paying extra for a top notch pen that doesn't let me down. I hate pressing too hard and to keep up with my mind is imperative for the creative process. I hate having to slow down!

I discovered this pen while in NYC visiting my friend, an artist; she has been using these for years. In fact, they're the only pens she uses. I borrowed one and off I went with it in love. (Yes, I am cheesy about my pens. What can i say?) I began trying it for my long, morning writing sessions and promptly ordered a box. Now they're the only pens I use as well. When I run out of ink, I quickly order a new box. They do run out a little fast, which is my only complaint, but I do use them a lot, probably more than average. I hand write probably 10 pages a day minimum.

The cost is high so I'm not thrilled when I have to order them, but for my line of work I deem the expense worth it.

Yes, I really just wrote this much about a pen. I told you I'm a pen fanatic!



Pentel EnerGel-X Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, 0.5 mm, Black, Pack of 12 Review:


These pens do make a bold line, but it's not overly bold or sloppy. It's a bold rather than fat line.

I bought a box of these with the 0.7mm points first, but they weren't quite as smooth as I wanted, so I followed-up with a box of the 1.0mm points. (Both blue ink, BTW, so no difference is attributable to a difference in ink formulations.) The 1.0mm pens lay down a nice smooth line, and the extra width of the point seems to allow the pen - and the user - to take full advantage of the smooth and free-flowing qualities of a gel pen.

I'm left handed but don't drag my hand across the ink as I write, but I did test for smearing, and on regular paper I get no smearing. The only way I can get smearing is if I pull a finger immediately behind the pen, in which case I get a small smudge on my finger but no smear on the paper.

I haven't had these long enough to say how long a pen will last, but as they do have a relatively wide point it's probably a fair guess that they won't last overly long. As others have noted, they arrive with a tiny bead of plastic on the tip, so there are no issues with drying prior to receipt.

If it's not obvious, I really like these pens!



uni-ball Vision Rollerball Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Black, 12 Count Review:


These are the best pens for drawing. I've used them for a number of years as an educator - no task too large or small. I always buy them by the dozens. I love the very fine point on the purple ones and the other colors. They made my lesson plans less tedious. I'm retired now, but my son, an artist and his production director wife, use them everyday. I give them at least 10 dozen for a Christmas present each year. That keeps them well supplied. I kept watching the prices this year and I got some very good deals on Amazon. So, one present down, and more to go. I can highly recommend these pens without one hesitation. One more thing, if you have arthritis these pens just seem to flow across the page. lhl



Luxury Pen by Scriveiner London - Stunning Black Lacquer Rollerball Pen with 24K Gold Finish, Schmidt Black Ink Refill, Roller Ball Pen Gift for Men & Women, Professional, Executive, Office, Nice Pens Review:


Pros: Nice balance. Pen is a little stockier than some, but is comfortable for short periods in my hands. If you're looking for a stick pen this isn't it.
Cons: Perhaps a little heavy, especially for older hands. Wouldn't be able to write the great American novel or even a long letter without the hand tiring. Also the ink skips terribly and that is the true reason for the abysmal rating. The ink in this leaves gaping spaces, regardless if the stroke is a curve, upstroke, downstroke, or a cross bar. My Pilot G2 pen writes flawlessly and effortlessly and costs much less. I'm hopeful that maybe the ink was just old and will try a new refill to see if it solves the skipping problem. If not, the pen is totally useless at any cost in my opinion.

Edit 9/21/19 - Customer Service was good enough to refund the purchase price of the original pen, less the cost for shipping that was built into the cost of the pen, and they did indeed send another pen with a second replacement ink cartridge. Excellent customer service. At the same time I received the replacement ink refills I ordered. Sooo...I went to swap out the refill and lo and behold the spring that goes inside the pen was missing. I have to laugh. Sometimes when things go wrong, it just continues to go wrong. Well, fortunately I'm a pen hound, love stationery and all things related to it, and I had some old pens that probably should've been thrown out ages ago, found one with a spring and voila. Pen now writes perfectly. So....after some thought, my original one star rating should've been for the ink refill itself, as that was the real issue with all the skipping and whatnot; the pen itself is well made, looks nice, has a good feel. It's a pleasure to use it as a writing implement. I'm happy. I can see myself using this long into the future.



uni-ball Deluxe Rollerball Pens, Micro Point (0.5mm), Black, 3 Count Review:


About 18 years ago I was teaching kids outdoors. On the rare occasions that a student misbehaved I would write his or her name down to talk with me after class. One particularly wet winter my list got wet and the writing dissolved. Later, I could not get the trouble-makers to own up, so I decided that week to find a pen with water-proof ink. The Uniball Deluxe worked so well that it became the only pen I ever bought anymore. Unfortunately, as new pens have become available, these have become harder and harder to find in office supply stores, so I was very happy to find them readily available on Amazon. I think people who do a lot of writing tend to have favorite pens because they like the way they feel, or the way they write--maybe it has something to do with the creative process. These work really well for me, so I buy them by the case. Over the years I've had a couple that leaked or didn't write as smoothly, so I think quality control is a small issue. Also, writing over white-out tends to deteriorate the tip and can ruin the pen if you do it a lot. This review is probably a bit OCD for most people, but if you are a writer or artist then you probably understand.



uni-ball Vision Rollerball Pens, Micro Point (0.5mm), Black, 12 Count Review:


THESE. ARE. MY. FAVORITE. PENS. The absolute best. I work in emergency services and spend a lot of time jotting notes in all kinds of environments. I can’t deal with a pen that doesn’t work or can’t write in an emergency. These things last for MONTHS and never skip or write a broken line. Like. NEVER. I keep notes on 3x5 notecards and these allow me to take very tiny, but perfectly legible notes! They don’t bleed at all and they always produce a line of a consistent thickness. If they ever stop making these I would cry. Just be careful if you press very hard, the tips can bend with extreme pressure. I don’t often lend these to others because I worry about the tips being damaged (I keep a cheap ballpoint pen for those situations). Also, this is NOT like a ballpoint pen. It is more like a fountain pen with a tiny tiny tip in terms of ink flow. So of course it won’t write on some shiny surfaces and it will smear if the surface isn’t somewhat absorbent. I always also carry a regular old ballpoint for those carbon copy forms that require you to push hard and some types of writing surfaces, but this is my go to pen for almost any kind of normal writing.



PILOT Precise V7 Stick Liquid Ink Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, 12 Count (35346) Review:


I.. I am.. I am a pen snob.. There I said it.. I just HAVE to have nice pens in my office.. in my room, the kitchen, my purse.. Pretty much everywhere.. I need a pen that is smooth like buttah. I need a pen that has such a fine point, I can write in all caps on a spreadsheet that has cells with a .15 height. I need a pen that is effortless to hold because.. let's be honest.. my hand cramps easily and I just cannot deal with that kind of negativity in my life.. This pen.. this pen is so good that it spans generations.. Yes.. generations.. My father used these pens ALL the time when I was growing up.. In fact.. rare was the day I DIDNT see him without one. At the time.. my feeble little mind could not possibly comprehend the differences between a Pilot and a BIC. I thought a pen was a pen and that was that.. How could a pen be better or worse than the other.. Oh how naive I once was.. I am awoken now.. I have seen the light.. This is MY pen now.. not my father's. The torch has been passed to me and how honored I am to be in the presence of gods. Yes.. I said it.. The experience of using this pen is otherworldly.. Serene, peaceful, powerful, and bold all at once.. Anytime I see someone using this pen.. I just stare at them with a knowing look. Our eyes meet for but a moments glance... But in that moment.. when the world melts away.. I have seen their soul and they have seen mine. We are pen lovers.. bound by the ink and fine point tip.. So scandalous, I know.. but you wouldn't.. you just would NOT understand.. How could you? How could you possibly understand.. You use.. well.. you use.. a BIC.



uni-ball Vision Needle Rollerball Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 8 Count - 1734916 Review:


I love love love these pens -- and have for years. First time I've tried the Needle pen tip, and I really like it. I tend to be more of a medium tip person, but with the flow of ink from these pens that can be a bit much for some types of paper . . . . especially the cheap recycled paper lots of employers buy for folks to use these days. I would have preferred a package with only purple -- but didn't see that at the time I ordered. However, if you fly, you probably won't want to take these pens along as they tend to have mini explosions w/in the cap that surprise you after you land and notice your hand is suddenly covered in ink the first time you use the pen after a flight. . . . might not be a problem for men who carry them in a 'frocket' (front shirt pocket) -- but if you have it in your purse or a bag and don't have them 'cap up' while filing you'll notice a problem. My solution -- I just make sure I have different pens in my bag/purse prior to flying.