Morning Glory Mach Campus Rollerball 0.28 mm Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to thread a needle with a pen, the Morning Glory Mach Campus Rollerball should do the trick. This is by far the finest point I have ever used on a rollerball pen, and it writes beautifully.

The teeny rollerball is set into a metal needlepoint tip. I literally own sewing needles that are not this sharp. I expected a bit of scratchy feedback from such a tip, but the writing experience is surprisingly smooth and pleasant. The ink flows without skipping. If I didn't know better, I'd assume it was a gel pen--but with ink that dries faster and is more resistant to smudging.

The pen body is lightweight clear plastic with some fun, decorative barrel designs. The cap snaps shut with a satisfying click--and it also click-snaps in place to post (heart eyes). It has a nicely springy metal clip, but it's anchored in plastic and looks likely to snap off if it's pushed too far.

The grip is lightly textured clear plastic, which allows for a fun view of the feed. The color of the grip section (which is visible through the clear plastic cap) indicates the pen's ink color. They only come in red, blue, and black ink--perfectly practical, but a bit of a bummer. I'd buy a rainbow set of these in a heartbeat. To get multiple colors in this brand you'd have to bump up to the .38 mm tip. Its direct competitor is probably the Hi-Tec-C gel pen, which is considerably more expensive (more than a dollar more per pen--though definitely worth the price).

I think they're great for writing in small spaces or on thin paper that may not handle broad lines or runny inks. They'd be fantastic for office use or detailed sketching--or for writing notes that are meant to have been left by the tooth fairy. I'll definitely get good use out of these, though I still prefer the Hi-Tec-C. If you love a needlepoint pen but prefer rollerball to gel ink, however, this may be just the product you've been waiting for.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on October 20, 2016 and filed under Morning Glory, Pen Reviews.