Ballpoint pens consist of an ink-filled chamber and a small metal sphere that applies the ink onto paper. They use thick, viscous ink instead of the thin liquid used in fountain pens. This helps the ink dry quickly and ensures a consistent, steady flow. Pen ink is usually permanent, but may be erased or lightened with special ink erasers.
Types of Ballpoint Pens
Kinds of Ballpoint Pens include the following:
Disposable pens are discarded after the ink is used up.
They are made entirely of plastic, except for the metal ball tip.
They are cheaper than refillable pens, but often use lower-quality ink.
They are usually covered with caps to protect the ball point when not in use.
Refillable pens have removable ink chambers that can be replaced when the ink runs out.
They usually have metal bodies, but the ink reservoir is made of thin plastic.
Most types have a retractable design, where the tip is pushed out or in using a button at the top.
Choosing Ballpoint Pens (Buying tips)
Ink quality: Choose a ballpoint pen that uses bright, high-contrast ink. Make sure it dries quickly and is neither too thick nor too fluid. Test the pen on a spare sheet to check for color and quality before buying.
Grip: Make sure the pen fits comfortably into your hand. Look for one with rubber grips or ribbed bodies to prevent slipping and hand strain.