Rollerball vs Ballpoint – How To Choose: A Short Guide


Let’s get into it


It’s the same thing, right? WRONG. And here’s why.  Both a rollerball pen and a ballpoint pen have their own pros and cons. I’ll be going over the differences between the two types of pens. Why should you listen to me anyway right? Unfortunately, I am obsessed with anything pen-related which is probably why I’m writing about this for you. In saying that, I know a thing or two about my pens.


[Rollerball vs ballpoint pen writing side by side]

Secret Ink


  First is first, the secret is in the ink. Sure, both the ballpoint pens and rollerball pens have “ball” in their names obviously stemming from how both tools glide ink across the page using the “ball” of the pen.


[Roller Ball and Ballpoint pen side by side]


Inside the ballpoint pen


The ink that is inside a ballpoint pen is oil-based, which lets the pen write extremely smooth with the added advantage of drying quickly. Why is this important? Well, if you’re taking notes or drawing a photo, you might want to use a ballpoint pen to prevent any sort of smearing as your hand moves across the ink quickly after jotting down your notes or drawing your photo.


Pressure, but which ball?


Now, the disadvantage of a ballpoint pen is the extra power required to write with it. You might be thinking, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I write just fine with my pen”. Well, when you start writing with a rollerball pen, then you’ll really see the difference in pressure sensitivity. If your hand needs some natural anti-aching tools, maybe a rollerball pen is an excellent fit for you.


[Roller Ball and Ballpoint pen side by side]


The name is Ball….Roller Ball


Like the title implies, the rollerball pen is smoother than that one James Bond line. Rollerball pens use gel-based ink or water-based ink instead of oil-based like ballpoint pens. Because of the water / gel-based ink, rollerball ink will glide extremely smooth, producing vibrant results. In my opinion, rollerball pens are great pens for sending postcards or writing apology letters to your loved ones.   Now the con? Usually, the rollerball ink will take longer than usual to dry than a ballpoint pen. I’ve run into only a few fast-drying rollerball pens, usually on the pricier side.


So what’s better?


Looks like we’re coming to an end here with our comparison. So rollerball vs ballpoint, who’s the king? Both pens bring their own special trait to the drawing board…literally. In terms of writing in elegance, the winner is rollerballs. But if you’re writing in a rush, or drawing a portrait, the winner goes to ballpoint pens. All in all, make sure you have both in your arsenal, you never know when you need to quickly jot down your crush’s number or send a letter to the person of your dreams.


[Rollerball pen macro shot]

 

[Ballpoint pen macro shot]


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Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about the differences between rollerballs and ballpoint pens, and we’d like to hear from you guys! Did you learn something new today? Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below.


Let’s get into it


It’s the same thing, right? WRONG. And here’s why.  Both a rollerball pen and a ballpoint pen have their own pros and cons. I’ll be going over the differences between the two types of pens. Why should you listen to me anyway right? Unfortunately, I am obsessed with anything pen-related which is probably why I’m writing about this for you. In saying that, I know a thing or two about my pens.


[Rollerball vs ballpoint pen writing side by side]

Secret Ink


  First is first, the secret is in the ink. Sure, both the ballpoint pens and rollerball pens have “ball” in their names obviously stemming from how both tools glide ink across the page using the “ball” of the pen.


[Roller Ball and Ballpoint pen side by side]


Inside the ballpoint pen


The ink that is inside a ballpoint pen is oil-based, which lets the pen write extremely smooth with the added advantage of drying quickly. Why is this important? Well, if you’re taking notes or drawing a photo, you might want to use a ballpoint pen to prevent any sort of smearing as your hand moves across the ink quickly after jotting down your notes or drawing your photo.


Pressure, but which ball?


Now, the disadvantage of a ballpoint pen is the extra power required to write with it. You might be thinking, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I write just fine with my pen”. Well, when you start writing with a rollerball pen, then you’ll really see the difference in pressure sensitivity. If your hand needs some natural anti-aching tools, maybe a rollerball pen is an excellent fit for you.


[Roller Ball and Ballpoint pen side by side]


The name is Ball….Roller Ball


Like the title implies, the rollerball pen is smoother than that one James Bond line. Rollerball pens use gel-based ink or water-based ink instead of oil-based like ballpoint pens. Because of the water / gel-based ink, rollerball ink will glide extremely smooth, producing vibrant results. In my opinion, rollerball pens are great pens for sending postcards or writing apology letters to your loved ones.   Now the con? Usually, the rollerball ink will take longer than usual to dry than a ballpoint pen. I’ve run into only a few fast-drying rollerball pens, usually on the pricier side.


So what’s better?


Looks like we’re coming to an end here with our comparison. So rollerball vs ballpoint, who’s the king? Both pens bring their own special trait to the drawing board…literally. In terms of writing in elegance, the winner is rollerballs. But if you’re writing in a rush, or drawing a portrait, the winner goes to ballpoint pens. All in all, make sure you have both in your arsenal, you never know when you need to quickly jot down your crush’s number or send a letter to the person of your dreams.


[Rollerball pen macro shot]

 

[Ballpoint pen macro shot]


We’d Love Your Feedback!

Hopefully, you’ve learned something new about the differences between rollerballs and ballpoint pens, and we’d like to hear from you guys! Did you learn something new today? Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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