Favorite Pen Types: Ballpoint vs Rollerball etc

What is your favorite pen? Do you use the same favorite pen for taking notes in meetings as you do for signing your name on documents? What about for doing the crossword …?


There are as many different brands and types of pens on the market today as there are styles of handwriting and personality! But here is a quick overview of 4 of the most beloved pen types on the market:

4 Favorite Pen Types

Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens use a small metal ball as the medium for transferring ink to paper. Popular brands include PaperMate, Bic, Pentel, Zebra, Waterman, Cross and more. Ballpoint pens can be disposable or refillable. The ink in ballpoint pens is not “free flowing” which reduces the likelihood of a leak as you might experience with other pen types. However, the downside of ballpoint pens is that they require “pressing down” on the paper more.

ballpoint pensHave you received a free pen as a giveaway at a tradeshow or store? It was probably a ballpoint pen!

Rollerball Pen

What in the world is the difference between a “rollerball” pen and a “ballpoint” pen? According to wikipedia:

Roller ball pens are pens which use ball point writing mechanisms with water-based liquid or gelled ink, as opposed to the oil-based viscous inks found in ballpoint pens. These less viscous inks, which tend to saturate more deeply and more widely into paper than other types of ink, give roller ball pens their distinctive writing qualities. The writing point is a tiny ball, usually 0.5 or 0.7 mm in diameter, that transfers the ink from the reservoir onto the paper as the pen moves.

Manufacturers of rollerball pens include such brands as Bic, Pentel, Sakura, Uniball, Zebra, etc. Earlier this month on trivia day we shared with you here the name of the company who first manufactured gel ink in 1984. Do you remember who it was? Hint: It was the manufacturer of one of these 4 rollerball pens …

rollerball pens

Fountain Pen

A fountain pen is a pen with a reservoir or cartridge from which ink flows continuously to the nib.

fountain pen

It’s not necessarily a calligraphy pen, though that’s what I always envision when I think of when I think of fountain pens. When I think of fountain pens, I think of calligraphy, leaky ink, and stained fingers!

Marker Pens

Marker pens are also referred to as porous point pens, felt tip pens or fiber tip pens. Marker pens deliver ink to paper with minimal effort — which the lazy side of me loves. The downside is that they can dry out more quickly.

This “marker pens” category covers your Sharpie ultra fine pens, PaperMate felt tip flairs, and even your crayola fine tip markers. When does a porous point pen become a marker? It’s a fine line between the two .. (ha, punny)

porous point pen types

My personal favorite type of pen is the ultra fine marker tip pen. I haven’t settled upon my favorite brand just yet, though lately I’m leaning toward the Sharpie Ultra Fine. What about you?

Regardless of what type of pen is your favorite, since today is National Handwriting Day, be sure to take it out & write with it!

Do you need a new favorite pen? If so, be sure to order it from your friends here at OfficeZilla 🙂



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