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Updated on May 6, 2021 by Sydney Williams

An enjoyable writing experience can only be achieved by buying a pen of your choice. For some, it may be a fountain pen, and for some, it can be a rollerball pen or ballpoint pen. However, the buying process can be a bit intimidating for someone who doesn’t know the differences between the pens out there. In this article, we’re going to discuss the differences between rollerball, ballpoint and fountain pens.  If at the end of the blog, you are convinced of going for a fountain pen the next time you plan a purchase, read my blog, ‘Fountain Pens- An Ultimate Buying Guide’.

Ballpoint Pens

These pens are the most commonly used ones. Millions of ballpoints are manufactured and sold every day. Their design makes them a great option as they are very affordable. Popular amongst writers and creatives, these pens are best fit for daily usage. These pens make your writing look smooth and even. The inks are majorly oil-based and the text seems light. Their inks do not spill and dry much faster than the other counterparts. The inks are mostly waterproof, which makes them the safest bet for official and high priority documents. Depending on your style of writing and preferences, you can go with a ballpoint that suits you. Some people do not like ballpoints because of the extra pressure you’ve to put on the paper while using them. Sometimes the ink of ballpoints can accumulate at the tip, causing your written piece to look blotchy.

Rollerball Pens

These pens lie somewhere between a fountain pen and a ballpoint pen. Allowing you to select from an array of colors, these pens leave a dark finish to your writing piece as the ink dries up very quickly. The ink doesn’t smudge and flows smoothly.

The con about using these pens is that the ink might transfer to the following page. Also, it’s advisable to be very cautious while using these pens. If they’re left uncapped, the ink might spill spoiling your favorite bag or shirt. These pens aren’t exactly travel-friendly too. They require frequent refills because of the speedy usage of ink.

The significant difference between rollerball and ballpoint lies in the thickness of the inks and the size of the ball at the nib. Rollerballs use water-based ink.

Fountain Pens

Fountain pens vary on the basis of their nibs and ink. You can replace the nibs easily to find the one that matches your writing style. Made of different sizes and shapes, these pens offer a wide selection of colors.

People generally conclude that Fountain pens aren’t ideal for daily use. This is actually wrong. Fountain Pen’s ink capacity is really commendable, which makes them the best for writing long pieces of text. You can switch to a nib that suits the text you’re working on. The only con in this is that the ink is not waterproof and may blotch many times into your clothes or bag if the lid is left open. Take a look at my other blog, ‘How to deal with blotched Ink of Fountain Pens’ in case you are stuck with blotched ink on your clothes and bags.  Fountain pens are safe for the environment and make writing a rich experience.

The Bottom Line

We hope our comparison guide helps you in making the right decision. There are many factors you should keep in mind before buying a pen. A pen that fits all your needs and requirements can urge you to write more. So go ahead and buy the pen of your dreams. Maybe that poem you are not able to complete just requires the right switch of ink!


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