Day 4: “Brandless” Liquid Ink Rollerball Pens

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***I was neither endorsed nor sponsored by this brand to make this review. I purchased the item with my own money and am reviewing it of my own volition.***

I found this pack of pens on Amazon while I was actively looking for novelty writing instruments.

Image from Amazon Listing.

As I mentioned before, I’m not typically a fan of ballpoint pens, however, due to certain aesthetics, their fine tips, and the fact that, once again, they remind me of pens I found in my grandfather’s workshop, I picked them up.

The package contained:

  • 2 Light Green
  • 2 Dark Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Brown
  • 2 Purple
  • 2 Black

How do they work?

I tested them using my maruman Mneosyne notebook (review of that can be found here.)

Here are the results!

Brown! Maybe a bit gold-ish? I’m not sure the photo really captured it, but it’s a nice shade of brown. Looks almost a bit… Well… I’ll let you figure that out.

For seemingly random pens with no obvious manufacturer labeling bought randomly on Amazon… These are pretty nice! They do feel a bit “rougher” than both types of Sharpie’s I reviewed the other day, but I’ll chalk that up to being fine-tipped rollerballs rather than felt-tips like Sharpie. A fairer comparison would be a fine-tip rollerball from Sharpie which, upon Googling, I realized they have. So… Looks like that might be happening!

I like the pigmentation overall. They’re all a bit on the “pastel” side compared to the Sharpie pens I reviewed on Day 2.

“Silver” & “Black” indicate which label of Sharpie I used in this test.

The ink has doesn’t leak or splatter. The smudge seen on the black one was done RIGHT after finishing coloring in the box. The others didn’t smudge by the time I completed the next color in line. And even though it did smudge, it really isn’t that bad.

So, do I recommend them?

They’re currently listed for $9.99 on Amazon for a pack of 12. 2 each of 6 different colors.

I know you can probably find more for less through another brand, but for what it’s worth, I actually liked these. If you have $10 to spare on some fun novelty pens, check ’em out!

The colors are fun (brown pen?!), the ink is decent quality, they have a tiny bit of drag to them (nothing serious) and their barrels sit comfortably in your hand! Honestly can’t complain. For a random purchase months ago, these are actually far better than expected!

Image from Amazon listing.

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