Several ink manufacturers have introduced so-called inkball pens lately. These are rollerball pens that use fountain pen ink in standard international cartridges. A friend of mine shown me his inkball from J. Herbin Inks and I decided to try one.
The J. Herbin inkball wrote well, but because it was made of clear plastic, it just didn’t appeal to me. So it thought, “what if I could fit this inkball mechanism into a good looking pen? I had a third tier pen with no nib, an Imperial in pretty green celluloid, that seemed to be just the right surrogate body for the inkball.
I removed the section from the Imperial and found that the inkball section was a perfect fit. Meant to be! So, the J. Herbin inkball now resides in a pretty pen, writing smoothly and lookin’ good. Frankenpen II – the best of the old and the new.