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Solving Ink Flow Issues in Refillable Rollerball Pens – Writer's Bloc Blog

Solving Ink Flow Issues in Refillable Rollerball Pens

Kaweco Sport Rollerball Pen

We’ve heard feedback from some of you that your refillable rollerball pens for every day use are sometimes "dry", skip, or are hard to get started when you begin to write. What can be done to solve this problem?

Alan had this experience with a "dry" Kaweco rollerball pen. The ink that came with the pen just did not flow very well. First, he tried cleaning the feed of the pen to see if that would improve it, but it did not.

After this Alan tried using several different types of ink in the pen. Noodler’s Eel Ink improved the situtation a bit, but it still did not solve the problem. Then, by accident he discovered that Noodler’s Aircorp Blue-Black ink provided the "wet" ink flow that this pen needed. Since then this rollerball pen has been working much, much better.

Do any of you have this kind of experience with a "dry" refillable rollerball pen? If so, what did you do to solve the problem? We’re giving away a Kaweco Rollerball Pen along with a bottle of Noodler’s Aircorp Blue-Black (or another comparable ink if we have it) to whomever can provide the best solution to the problem!


Your comment must include the specific type of rollerball pen that you use as well as the brand & color of ink that you find works the best.

Deadline for comments to qualify for the giveaway: May 31, 2009. Winner will be announced by June 15, 2009.

Open to residents of the USA only. Must be 18 years or older to qualify for the prize.

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9 Replies to “Solving Ink Flow Issues in Refillable Rollerball Pens”

  1. This is not a suggested solution, but just a personal observation: dry inks seem to work well in Kaweco Sport rollerball pens.
    In my own experience, I tried Noodler’s bulletproof black ink — which works wonderfully in my Kaweco Sport fountain pens — in a rollerball pen and the pen-ink pairing faired poorly and was very hesitant to write. I then tried Platinum Carbon ink — which tends to be too dry in my fountain pens — in the rollerball pen and it works beautifully, without any flow problems. The same is true of my Noodler’s Britannia’s Blue Waves ink; it was simply too dry in a Kaweco Sport fountain pen and is quite happy in a Kaweco Sport fountain pen.
    I got the idea to try the drier inks in the rollerball pens from posts on the Fountain Pen Network forums, where some users noted that the old formula Noodler’s International (United Kingdom, Russia, etc.) series inks tend to be too dry for fountain pens, but work well in rollerball pens. Maybe the rollerball tip requires a greater viscosity in its ink. I do not know how wet or dry Noodler’s Aircorp Blue-Black ink is, having not yet tried it.

  2. Wow! Very interesting. Perhaps the Aircorp Blue-Black is actually a dry ink as well. We’ll have to give it a test drive in a dry fountain pen to see what effect it has. As an experiment I have been using ink formulated for rollerball pens in one of my fountain pens, and so far it has been working great.

  3. My Borghini rollerball, in which I use Herbin Anchor Brown cartridges, was a very hard starter at first, and quite dry and somewhat skippy thereafter. I had just about given up on the pen, when I decided to leave it lay on its side overnight. This did wonders, this, and using it a little bit everyday. It is quite a satisfying writer now.

  4. The best pen on the market for smooth and vivid ink flow is the Pentel Energel – I use the 1.0 mm blue or black ink. This is a capped, refillable pen and the top has a slant in the same color as the ink with the line size just above the clip. The bar code # is 072512197738. It has a model # printed on it – BL60-C.
    I love these pens and will scour the Internet and stores for them. Best ink because it dries instnly, no smudges, it’s vivid black (or blue) and smooth as silk. LOVE IT! Hope this helps someone – I assume the thinner size ballpoints are just as good.

  5. I was initially disappointed in my Kaweco Sport Rollerball. I tried it with J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis and I never got good flow, though I could write a bit. (And the way I stored it didn’t seem to matter.) Today I filled a converter with Noodlers Navajo Turquoise and immediately the flow was fantastic, even overabundant. I’m glad to know about the experiences of others. I guess my advice would be that if it doesn’t work well with an ink you’re trying, go ahead and try something else.

  6. I’m a lefty looking for a refillable (with bottled ink) rollerball. Especially interested in the J.Herbin Stylo …. can you help or advise where this or something comparable can be obtained ?
    Thx in advance,

  7. I didn’t realize this was an universal problem – thought it was basic clutziness. I use a Cross select tip roller ball with a fiber refill (EF) that I find solves the “dry” problem on cheaper papers like scratch paper at work. The fiber refills only come in blue and basic black though. Miss a blue/black choice.

  8. I have a Visconti, Van Goh Eco Rollerball Refillable Pen and have no problems with it. I use Daphne Blue Ink in it. I forgot what brand ink it is. I think it is Pellecan. I’ve had the pen for three months and it works fine. I think if you don’t use fountain or refillable rollar pens often the ink drys out in the point and you have to soak it in water overnight to clean it out. I have a fountain pen that hasn’t worked right since the day I bought it. It stops its ink flow as you write. I’ve just tried soaking it in cold water for two days and blowing throught the backside of the point and throught the nib as well. I’m letting it dry for a few days and then will fill it and see if that works. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Eddy Ragnone

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