Ever since I saw sketches of the new Moleskine line of writing instruments on the Moleskine website, I’ve been DYING to get my hands on the rollerball pen. This past week, Moleskine held various events in New York showcasing the new line of products.
On my monthly visit to my favorite pen and paper stores, I discovered that A.I. Friedman on 18th Street had the entire new line available for purchase. My heart actually started to race. After I checked out the other items, I decided to purchase the standard pen. Retailing for $14.95, the Rollerball Pen comes in medium (.7mm) and fine (.5 mm) points. The refill colors include black, blue, green, purple, red and brown in .7 mm but only blackand blue in .5mm. I hope this changes because I'd love to buy purple and brown inks in .5 mm. The design of the pen maintains Moleksine's trademark simplicity.
The cap is designed to be attached to your Moleskine horiztonally. The word "Moleskine" is imprinted on the cap which I didn't realize until I took a picture of the cap.
To change the ink, you must unscrew the end of the pen. There is a spring attached to the corkscrew part of the cap. The other end of the spring is attached to the ink cartridge.
The pen provides a very smooth writing experience. I prefer needle points for my fine line pens but the lack of a needle point won’t deter me from using the pen. The rectangular grip means that my handwriting slants more to the right than usual. It’s a very comfortable grip and doesn’t appear to cause fatigue, although I won’t be able to confirm this until I put the pen to a test over the next week.
After I wrote my initial review, I went to the Moleskineus.com website to read more about the features. Turns out, there are little labels included in the package. You can attach the label to the end of the cap to indicate the ink color. Luckily, I didn't throw the package away or I would have thrown out the labels. The labels are housed within the left side of the package. The package also includes the typical Moleskine insert although this one talks about Moleskine as "a brand that encompasses a family of nomadic objects..."
The website mentions that the pen includes a faux-suede carrying sleeve. My pen didn't include one. I'm going to write to Moleskine to find out what's going on.