Ballpoint, Rollerball, Fountain Pens: How to Choose the Perfect Pen

Fountain, ballpoint, rollerball, and calligraphy pens. Did you even know that there were so many different kinds of pens? Surprisingly enough, each style has its own unique function. So instead of just riffling through your desk drawer and choosing the first pen you put your hands on, take a minute to think about what you are trying to accomplish.

Here are 4 common types of pens, when you should use them and their price ranges.

1. Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens are probably the most popular pens on the market. They have a lot of great advantages: they are easy to write with, they have a long lifespan, they are relatively cheap and the ink dries quickly. Ballpoint pens are popular for everyday use, whether for the office, making grocery lists or doing homework.


2. Rollerball Pen

Rollerball pens have been dubbed the new and improved ballpoint pen. They are easy to write with and have disposable cartridges (however they run out a bit faster than ballpoint refills). Unlike ballpoint pens where the ink sits on top of the paper, the ink from the rollerball pen bleeds into the paper having a more permanent affect. Rollerball pens are also great for everyday use including writing thank you cards, writing letters to your child’s teacher, or even filling out paperwork.


3. Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are great for creating beautiful documents, writing letters or singing your name. They are among the oldest style of writing utensils, but unfortunately isn’t as widely used today. Writing with a fountain pen takes a little more skill and you are able to be more creative when you write. Because of its unique design, this type of pen must be held at a certain angle in order to let the ink flow freely. If you decide to go with a fountain pen, make sure not to get the ink all over your hands – they tend to be a bit messy!

Cross Century II Medalist Fountain Pen, $134.18


4. Calligraphy Pens

Calligraphy pens aren’t common for everyday use. They take much more practice to use, but when you do figure out how to use them, the result is great! The metallic nib of the pen is what defines it as a calligraphy pen. Calligraphy pens are great for making beautiful signs, writing invitations and creating menus.


So, next time you are browsing our online catalogue for new pens, make sure to think carefully about which pen is suitable for your needs and the impression you want to make.


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