Another Look at the J. Herbin Rollerball (and Giveaway!)

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My friend, fellow pen lover and mail art/postal princess, Carolee, of Make Everyday a Good Mail Day offered to take a second look and test drive of the J. Herbin Rollerball pen which allows the user to use any cartridge-based fountain pen ink. She is also a left-handed writer so she was skeptical that she would have any success with the pen. She had also just ordered her own pen so I offered to send her the pen I had to try before she opened hers so that if she had bad luck with mine she could choose to send hers back unused.

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Ink used is actually Rouge Opera, not Rouge Caroubier. Correction noted by Carolee, I’m not that good with my ink recognition…yet.

Alternately, this also meant that Carolee was able to test more than one pen and compare the different pens and various inks. Her discovery is that some of the pens felt smoother. Was this a result of the ink or the actual rollerball in the pen? I suspect that it remains to be determined with future writing and some trial and error.

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One other thing to note is that Carolee is what is known as an underwriting left-hander. This is considered a preferable method for writing but some lefties have had the unfortunate luck to be what’s called overwriters (that would be me), who hold the pen at a twisted angle from above the line they are writing. This tends to cause more smudging and other writing challenges. One of those challenges may be getting the J Herbin rollerball to work properly. Or it could just be me.

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Finally, I would like to give you a chance to try the J. Herbin rollerball. I am giving away TWO J. Herbin rollerball pens, thanks to the generous support of Jet Pens. Let me know what inks you’d like to try in the J. Herbin Rollerball to be officially entered.

FINE PRINT: Giveaway ends at 10pm on Thursday, March 21, 2013 (US Central Time). All comment must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Friday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

(All photos by Carolee.)

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  1. I’d really love to try that Gris Nuage (sp) try do. Or the red LE that isn’t LE anymore. Mostly I want that one anyway and I’d be interested if it would shade in a rollerball.

    Thanks for the giveaway! J. Herbin carts were my first adult foray (gateway drug) into finally now being a total ink addict (even if I can’t remember the names of them.)

  2. I’m still very new to fancy pens and nice ink, so I’m not sure what I would want to use, though I’ve been very intrigued with Rome Burning since I saw your review of it

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