If you've been following GouletPens.com and what we've done over the last five years, you've very seldom seen us carry or cover anything besides fountain pen, ink, paper, and associated peripherals. It might seem like rollerballs are coming out of the blue, though we've actually been seriously considering carrying them for about a year now. We've dabbled with them in the past, and we actually exclusively sold rollerball pens back in the founding days of The Goulet Pen Company back when I was turning wood pens.
Alright, so why rollerballs, when we've been driving hard with fountain pens for five years now? We're definitely not looking to change who we are, in fact, we're looking to better serve the fountain pen community by offering something we've been asked about quite a lot. That offering is select rollerballs from a brand that is primarily known and loved by fountain pen users, Lamy.
- It's a gateway for people coming from using ballpoints to have an enhanced writing experience, who aren't ready to go all in on fountain pens.
- They're great gifts for non-fountain pen-using friends and family.
- It's a part of our Goulet history, and what originally led me on the path to discover fountain pens
- It is an enhanced writing experience beyond the typical ballpoint pen
Some notes from the video:
Here are the Lamy rollerball pens we're now carrying: (1:58)
Lamy Vista & Safari $25.60
- Safari Pink
- Safari Red
- Safari Blue
- Safari Yellow
- Safari Charcoal
- Safari Shiny Black
- Safari White
Comparison to Lamy FP (4:25)
- Weight of rollerball is about 2g heavier than FP
- Dimensions same (side-by-side visual)
- Truly triangular grip (3 vs 2)
- Finial slash vs. X
- No ink window
How to replace a refill (5:07)
- No spring
- Just do it
- All pens come with black refills, except the Safari White, which comes with blue refill
Vista body/swap trick for eyedropper conversion? (7:18)
- Nope! It leaks, don't do it
How they write (8:32)
- Smooth, consistent, fairly broad
- Nib size closest on steel Lamy fine nib, on Clairefontaine paper (would be extra-fine on more absorbent paper)
- Close to Pilot G2 1.0mm
All-in-all, we're excited about the Lamy rollerball pens here at Goulet. We're all about some fountain pens around here and are certainly not looking to change our focus, it's just nice to have the option when you need them. You can learn more on GouletPens.com. I'd love to hear your thoughts, share down in the comments below!