Ballpoint pens dispense 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 the 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 that use a Parker style refill come with a replaceable Schmidt 9000 refill cartridge for an optimal writing experience. Parker style refills are available at your local office supply store. We supply a Monteverde soft roll refill with ballpoint pens that require a Cross Refill. Cross refills are readily available at your local office supply store.
Rollerball pens are pens which use ballpoint writing mechanisms with water-based liquid or gelled ink, as opposed to the oil-based viscous inks found in ballpoint pens, These less viscous inks, which tend to saturate more deeply and more widely into the paper than other types of ink, give rollerball pens their distinctive writing qualities. They are designed to combine the convenience of a ballpoint pen with the smooth “wet ink” effect found in fountain pens. Rollerball pens are normally capped style pens to prevent the water-based ink from drying out.
All Wildflower Rollerball pens come with a Schmidt 5888 replaceable refill for an optimal writing experience. Refills are available from several manufacturers at your local office supply store.
A fountain pen is a nib pen that, unlike its predecessor, the dip pen, contains an internal reservoir of water-based liquid ink. The pen draws ink from the reservoir, through a feed, to the nib and deposits it on paper via a combination of gravity and capillary action. A fountain pen needs little or no pressure on the nib to write.
All Wildflower fountain pens will come with a disposable pre-filled ink cartridge and a converter (reservoir) for those who prefer to use bottled ink. Filling the reservoir with ink can be achieved via an internal filling mechanism that creates suction (for example, through a piston mechanism) to transfer ink directly through the nib into the reservoir.