Having so many bottles of ink, I decided to pick up a bottled ink rollerball pen at the Raleigh Pen Show. I was recommended to get the J. Herbin roller, but Anderson Pens was out so I picked up the Noodler’s instead.
It certainly looks cool, but the pen itself does feel its cheapness. I can foresee this plastic cracking, perhaps. Hope it doesn’t. But this plastic isn’t the supple sort of resin as the other Noodler’s pens I’ve had. The upshot of this though is that it doesn’t have that peculiar Noodler’s pen smell.
The piston fill works well. Looks like a good ink capacity. The grip is small but smooth, and rests nicely on my finger.
I’m not a rollerball connoisseur, but this thing is all over the place. First of all it’s squeaky; most of the time when I write it sounds like a mouse scarfing down a huge hunk of cheese. Second, the amount of ink that comes out is highly variable. I’m getting scarcity and I’m getting ink rush crazytime. I don’t know how to get it under control. Maybe the heat from my hand on the plastic is heating the ink enough to force it thru. It’s not consistent blobbery. No rhyme or reason to it.
Reading online reviews, this seems to be a pretty consistent problem, and apparently the use and care instructions (which, I confess, I didn’t read) advise adjusting the piston so that there is as little room for air as possible…I haven’t done that yet, but in handwriting this review the ink flow just randomly cut out to nearly a trickle. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.
I want to like this pen, but it’s more of a novelty that a pen of practical use. If the ink flow can get its act together, maybe we can reevaluate this penlationship. But for casual pen collectors, take a pass on this one. It’s too mercurial to be worth it.