I am quite confident that the majority of us use either a ballpoint or rollerball point in our daily life an fountain pen users makes up a minority if even that. However, there is a way to get the best of both worlds in a sense with this pen manufactured by Delta. Introducing the Delta Dolcevita NonStop Rollerball Pen:
Fittingly named Dolcevita, this rollerball pen combines the benefits of both rollerball and fountain pen into an elegantly crafted masterpiece. Dolce vita is Italian for “sweet life” or “the sweet life” which is very aptly named. Delta’s pen bodies are handmade from a block of solid resin and this the Dolcevita series to me looks like caramel, albeit a tad darker. The barrel and cap of the pen in this instance are solid resin with a silver finish. The band of the pen is also engraved by hand.
Why is this pen so special?
For rollerball pen users, this is your chance to dabble with fountain pens although in somewhat of an oblique manner as it is able to accept ink cartridges of as well as a standard converter which will enable you to fill it from an inkwell. That way, not only will you be able to write with the nib you are accustomed with but also have the wide range of fountain pen ink colours at your disposal. It would be interesting to see some variation in the density of the lines which usually accompanies the usage of fountain pen ink but with a rollerball nib.
How is the pen able to do this?
Rollerball pens write by having a moving ball pick up ink from the reservoir and then transferring it onto paper. The metal ball which is at the tip of the nib is usually 0.5mm to 0.7mm and usually writes with clean, consistent lines with minimal skipping or instances when the ball fails to pick up any ink. This is the case as the rollerball ink is typically less viscous or flows more easily and hence the metal ball is better able to pick up ink from the reservoir.
Some other advantages of the rollerball pen are that they are also able to accept gel inks. This opens them to a whole new option of colour and other attractive additives to the pen. Fountain pen ink and typical rollerball ink are liquids but with the gel inks, its viscous property means that glitter is able to be suspended in it. I suspect a lot of us use these pens without thinking about how they work but when you examine it a little bit more closely, the mechanisms at play are really quite fascinating. Additionally, these gels are also able to hold an opaque solution much like paint which enables these pens to write on dark material or dark coloured paper.
Delta fountain pens
Of course, this post would not be complete if I didn’t mention as well that Delta also manufactures fountain pens. The images below show the entirety of the Dolcevita range and you can click on them to get your own or have a closer look on Amazon.
I do like the idea of this hybrid form of pen and it also had me thinking about the difference between rollerball and ballpoint pens. I did talk about them briefly before but with this “crossover” pen I think I might cover it in more detail.