Ballpoint Pens Ballpoint pens dispenses viscous oil-based ink by rolling a small hard ball at its point, usually made of brass, steel or tungsten carbide. The ink dries almost immediately on contact with paper. The ballpoint pen is usually reliable and inexpensive. It was developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to quill and fountain style pens and it is now the world’s most-used style of writing instruments. We can handcraft these in many styles (click, twist, capped). All Wildflower ballpoint pens come with a replaceable refill that are available from several manufacturers at your local office supply store.