today's pen, the sakura gelly roll, is one of those pens that i had seen here and there on the internet, but had never come across in all of my pen hunting years, not that i was really actively looking for one, but when i went to michael's arts and craft store, and randomly looking at their stamp supplies, i happened upon this pen in an unexpected section.
for whatever reason, they didn't stock these with the rest of the pens, but among the scrap-booking materials instead.
anyway, i bought one.
the gelly roll is a plastic bodied, ball tip gel pen. the pen's ink is dark, with no value range, dries on the slower side and can be kind of messy. the pen has some skipping and stuttering issues, and while it has a good bite, it often just indents the paper. the metal tip is pretty sharp as well, so tearing through the paper can be a problem, especially if you are heavy handed. this pen is probably not the best choice for writing, especially if you are left handed, and there are other gel pens on the market that dry faster and minimize smearing.
having had a few weeks to mess around with this pen, i have come to the conclusion that while this pen has some fine points, overall it is not a pen that i plan on purchasing again.
michaels (retail): approx $2-$3 (single pen)
blick.com: $1.25+s/h (single pen)
www.sakuraofamerica.com (full product line)
what they say:
Select Gelly Roll, the gel ink pen that was invented to make writing and self expression effortless. The creamy ink and incredible array of colors provide plenty of favorite "flavors" for letting your thoughts flow onto paper.
Handwriting is as unique as a fingerprint. Sign your name, doodle, express your artful self, or celebrate the thrills and document the spills of your life. Leave a mark that will last a lifetime.
Sakura Color Products invented and patented gel ink and the pen casing used to create Gelly Roll pens. The first of its kind, these Gelly Roll pens created the gel ink pen category within the writing instrument industry. The Gelly Roll pen collection has grown to provide a wide variety of colors to support the company’s motto: Power to Express™.
The Gelly Roll Fine and Medium Point gel ink pens feature:
- Fine is 0.3 mm line / 0.6mm ball, Medium is 0.4mm line / 0.8 mm ball
- Ice Cream Smooth™ in a roller ball
- Archival quality ink – chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
- No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers
- Black, blue, royal blue, purple, and burgundy ink colors are excellent for writing checks due to the gel ink’s resistance to fraudulent washings
Gelly Roll, the gel ink pen invented to make writing and
Choose a finer line (0.3 mm) in classic colors, or a medium line (0.4 mm) in metallic colors that add a bit of sparkle.
Every Gelly Roll pen contains
Handwriting is as unique as a fingerprint. Sign your name, doodle, express your artful self, or celebrate the thrills and document the spills of your life. Leave a mark that will last a lifetime with Gelly Roll.
Set of 10 Metallic Colors — Two Metallic Gold pens and one each of Metallic Purple, Metallic Copper, Metallic Red, Metallic Silver, Metallic Pink, Metallic Green, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Emerald.
Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.