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Best Ink Roller Pens: Top Picks

Updated on September 28, 2010

Gel Ink Roller Pens

My preferred ink roller pens. and they are cheap from Asda(A Wallmart Owned Company!).
My preferred ink roller pens. and they are cheap from Asda(A Wallmart Owned Company!).

Ink Roller Pens

Ink roller pens are great for inking drawings and there are some very inexpensive ones you can buy for sketching too I particularly like the gel ink pens with fine nibs to draw and ink with a fine line using various cross hatching techniques, although I mainly use the cheaper ones for alot of line work on pencil drawings I occasionally splash out on some quality ink pens to fill in the pencil line work on most drawings I do, rarely do I leave them in pencil.

Ink pens are great for drawing, so lets have a look at a few different types of ink roller pens.

Ink Pen That I Use

The ink roller pen that I use most.
The ink roller pen that I use most.

Bic Roller Ball Ink Pens

 I'm a great fan of the bic biros for some quick sketching and so these roller ball pens are something similar, although they do have a better grip and the ink seems to flow slightly better than their Bic biro counterparts, as with other useful drawing pens I like to buy these in packs to save the cost of buying them individually.

You can buy these in red and blue too, but black is the preferred choice for me anyway.

Vball Roller Ball Ink Pen

 A classic pen that I remember having as a kid and I remember the ultra fine point which made for some great cross hatching and drawing lines, although I had the blue and black ink pens they both were ideal for drawing and sketching, as I remember one of my teachers saying "how the hell can you draw with a pen like that?"

But you can draw with these pens, whether you are quick sketching something that you are observing or something you've thought of, these fine point ink roller pens are some of the best for fine line work and they only clog when they run out of ink, I also remember keeping the empty vball pens as they were excellent for dipping into indian drawing ink and drawing much like a dip pen....ahhh the days of recycling because I had no money...nothings changed there then!

Hybrid Gel Roller Pen

This one is a tough and versatile ink pen and the ink doesn't seem to clog and I've used a couple of them for a few months now, because sometimes you get gel ink pens that are never ever supposed to clog with ink, but some do which makes a mockery of the word gel which implies free flowing ink, so only time will tell when I continue to buy any more of these, but for now they are quite good and the black ink dries quick which you need if you are sketching with them real fast, although with most gel pens, certain surfaces might take a little longer to dry, such examples could be cheaply produced paper that has a sheen to the surface, then they will need to dry, if they do at all.

Ink Roller Pens

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Ethel and Nancy!

      The thing is that ink pens can be used to draw aswell as pencils and quite possibly ink pens I use most often for quick sketching which is rather odd as I always have lots of pencils in every room and only a couple of drawers full of ink pen supplies.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      No more plain old biro.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Wonderful information and I think the term here concerning the pens is, “we’ve come a long way baby!”