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'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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Visconti Alexander The Great Rollerball Pen by Visconti at Cult Pens
Available by special order 2-4 weeks.
Graf von Faber-Castell Knights 2021 Rollerball Pen of the Year by Graf von Faber-Castell at Cult Pens
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Montblanc Masters of Art Homage to Vincent Van Gogh Limited Edition Rollerball Pen by Montblanc at Cult Pens
Visconti Qwerty Rollerball Pen by Visconti at Cult Pens
Special order line. Will ship in 7-14 days.
S.T. Dupont Space Odyssey Prestige Rollerball Pen Limited Edition by S.T. Dupont at Cult Pens
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Available by special order 2-4 weeks.
Caran d'Ache Year of the Tiger Rollerball Pen Limited Edition by Caran d'Ache at Cult Pens
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Visconti Skeleton Rollerball Pen Blue by Visconti at Cult Pens
Available by special order 2-4 weeks.
Available by special order. Delivery 2-4 weeks
Pineider Psycho Rollerball Pen Yellow Gold by Pineider at Cult Pens
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Pineider Psycho Rollerball Pen Rose Gold by Pineider at Cult Pens
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Pineider Psycho Rollerball Pen Palladium by Pineider at Cult Pens
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S.T. Dupont Space Odyssey Premium Large Rollerball Pen Limited Edition by S.T. Dupont at Cult Pens
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Montblanc Meisterstuck Solitaire LeGrand Rollerball Pen Around the World in 80 Days 2023 by Montblanc at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Caran d'Ache Varius Rainbow Rollerball Pen by Caran d'Ache at Cult Pens
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Montblanc Meisterstuck Glacier Solitaire Rollerball Pen Blue by Montblanc at Cult Pens
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Montblanc Meisterstuck Solitaire LeGrand Rollerball Pen Blue Hour by Montblanc at Cult Pens
Available by special order. Delivery 2-4 weeks.
Available by special order. Delivery 2-4 weeks.
Sophisticated rollerball pen inspired by Bauhaus design ideals and designed by Mark Braun.
Caran d'Ache Varius Trophy Rollerball Pen by Caran d'Ache at Cult Pens
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Diplomat Zepp Rollerball Pen Chrome by Diplomat at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Diplomat Zepp Rollerball Pen Gold by Diplomat at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Montblanc Meisterstuck Doué Classique Rollerball Pen Around the World in 80 Days 2023 by Montblanc at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Visconti Homo Sapiens Rollerball Pen Lotus Garden by Visconti at Cult Pens
Available by special order 2-4 weeks.
Visconti Homo Sapiens Dual Touch Rollerball Pen Black by Visconti at Cult Pens
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Visconti Homo Sapiens Dual Touch Rollerball Pen Camo by Visconti at Cult Pens
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Visconti Homo Sapiens Dual Touch Rollerball Pen Cognac by Visconti at Cult Pens
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Visconti Divina Elegance Wave Rollerball Pen by Visconti at Cult Pens
Available by special order 2-4 weeks.
Montblanc Writers Edition Rollerball Pen Homage to Brothers Grimm Limited Edition by Montblanc at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Montblanc Great Characters Rollerball Pen Jimi Hendrix Special Edition by Montblanc at Cult Pens
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Sophisticated rollerball pen inspired by Bauhaus design ideals.
Special order 2-4 weeks!
Graf von Faber-Castell Rollerball Pen Magnum Edition by Graf von Faber-Castell at Cult Pens
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Visconti Homo Sapiens Arizona Sunset Rollerball Pen by Visconti at Cult Pens
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Sophisticated rollerball pen inspired by Bauhaus design ideals.

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