Writing with a fountain pen is by far one of the noblest acts one can do. However, we can’t always write with a fountain pen and the reasons vary: sometimes the time is pressing, sometimes we are just not in a good mood or we need to write quickly and so forth. For that, we’ve rounded up three situations when a rollerball pen might be a better option than a fountain pen.
On business trips
The first scenario we thought about is the business trip. Undoubtedly the most common situation when you don’t want any kind of problems. But running out of ink can happen to anyone. It can be even more frustrating when you take a fountain pen on a business trip without checking the reservoir.
And if you didn’t take a bottle of ink in your luggage, well… you’ll most likely end up using a cheap ballpoint for the rest of the trip. To avoid these unpleasant situations we suggest taking with you a rollerball instead of a fountain pen.
A rollerball won’t run out of ink as easily as a fountain pen and it’s better suited for fast writing, while providing almost the same smooth experience of writing as a fountain pen. There are plenty of rollerball pens on the market, you just have to find the one that works best for you. And if you want to make a statement, you can always choose one that also has a unique design and decoration. We have selected two rollerball pens you might take whenever you are on business trips.
Montblanc Meisterstuck Solitaire Doue Blue Hour Classique Rollerball: EUR 900
Visconti Van Gogh ‘Starry Night’ Rollerball Pen: EUR 190
Taking care of things is not your forte
A fountain pen is delicate, requires a lot of care and you can’t treat it like an ordinary pen. There is some sort of maintenance a fountain pen needs and if you don’t do it properly, you’ll most likely ruin everything.
For anyone who doesn’t like taking care of things in general, the wisest decision might be to consider a rollerball pen instead of a fountain pen. A rollerball doesn’t require any kind of maintenance because it only uses interchangeable refills. That means there is no nib to be concerned about and the ink will usually last more.
The only thing you’ll have to take care of, would be changing the rollerball refills from time to time.
You have to consider the rollerball pens with a rather solid construction so you don’t have to worry if you drop them. Here are some suggestions:
Otto Hutt design07 Sterling Silver: EUR 470
Montegrappa Blazer: EUR 360
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Sterling Silver: EUR 770
Lamy Imporium Titanium: EUR 290
The rollerball as a gift
Giving a fountain pen as a gift is probably the most unique and exquisite gesture one can do. When you know the person before, you won’t have any problems. However, if you’re not sure if that person enjoys the idea of a fountain pen or not, you can play it safe and offer a nice rollerball instead of a fountain pen. As we said above, the writing experience of the rollerball is somehow similar to the fountain pen, and if you want to make sure that the pen won’t end up in a drawer, consider the rollerball whenever you hesitate.
When it comes to gifts, we recommend you to go with the classic models because their timeless design won’t go out of style. However, there is always a good idea to offer limited edition models and this way, it is more likely to find something more unique to really impress the recipient of the gift.
Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique: EUR 426
Montegrappa Lord of the Rings Limited Edition: EUR 3522
If you know other situations when a rollerball might be a better option than a fountain pen, let us know in the comments section…