iPenstore.com Top 5 List: Most Popular Rollerball Pens

Rollerball pens are renowned for their smoothness and ability to easily glide over paper with little force needed. Just like a ballpoint refill, a rollerball uses a tiny ball on the point to transfer ink to paper. However, unlike a ballpoint, which uses oil-based (or gel-based) ink, a rollerball uses water-based ink, which is less viscous. The thinner ink allows for smoother ink flow and for the ink to saturate more deeply and more widely into paper than the thicker ballpoint inks.

At iPenstore.com, we sell over 100 different rollerball pens and refills, so choosing the right one may not always be easy. To help simplify things, we've compiled a list of our top 5 rollerball pens. Choosing the top 5 wasn't easy. To narrow down our list, we surveyed customers and staff, and combed through years of user reviews. We combined that information with sales data, and came up with our list. Keep reading below to check out our list, click here if you would like to see our entire selection of rollerball pens, and click here to see our Rollerball Refill Guide.


The Baoer 388 rollerball pen borrows the classic look of another popular pen, but at a much lower price. The lacquer finish and all metal fittings make for a beautiful, but durable pen. The 388 utilizes Hero brand or Baoer standard international rollerball refills and will also accept Pentel EnerGel refills.

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The Lamy Safari is one of the best selling pens in the world, and when you pick one up it's easy to see why. Fun and functional, the Safari is made of sturdy and colorful ABS plastic. The unique design features a flexible brass wire clip and comfort molded grip section. Each pen is equipped with the smooth writing Lamy M63 rollerball refill. Comfortable, fun, and durable, the Lamy Safari is designed to last making it one of the best value pens available.


Schneider manufactured the One Business Rollerball Pen to give the best writing experience possible. Featuring an ultra-smooth tip and Schneider's 'Super-Flow-System', the One Business produces an extremely consistent ink flow. The super smooth flow combined with an ergonomic rubber grip and rubberized barrel surface promotes tireless and relaxed writing for the user.

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The classic look of the Rosetta Magellan makes it the most popular fine writing pen we carry. Crafted from Italian acrylic resins, the pattern will vary slightly different from pen to pen - making each one a unique work of art. The Magellan Rollerball is equipped with a standard international sized rollerball (a Schmidt 888 is included), but can also be converted to a gel rollerball with a Pentel EnerGel refill, or a Fineliner Fiber Tip pen with the Schmidt 6040 Fineliner refill. The Rosetta Magellan is also available in an ink cartridge rollerball pen, as well as a fountain and ballpoint pen.

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Retro 51 Tornado rollerball pens have been a best seller for more than 5 years at iPenstore.com. The classic Tornado pen features a stainless steel body, a smooth flowing refill, a patented knurl twist-top, and some stunning and fun designs. For those who like versatility in their pens, the rollerball refill can even be replaced with any readily available Parker-style ballpoint refill to turn it into a stylish ballpoint pen.

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Honorable Mention:

With over 100 different rollerball pens iPenstore.com, it was difficult to choose only 5 for our list. There are many other pens that are excellent, but they just missed the cut. If you would like to check out even more great rollerballs, click on the links below:

Pilot Metropolitan
Scheaffer POP
Visconti Breeze
Ohto Dude
Parker Vector

Now that you've seen our list, check out our Rollerball Refill Guide to see the refills that make these pens great. The refill guide will also assist you in finding the right refill for your rollerball pen. Also, if you like this list, check out our Top 5 Fountain Pens under $15, and our Top 5 Mechanical Pencils.

What's your rollerball pen, and why do you like it? Is there a pen or brand that you wish iPenstore would carry? Send us an email at support@ipenstore.com, or let us know in the comments below!


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