Review: Inc R-2, Rollerball Pen, 0.7mm

Inc R-2 Rollerball

The Inc R-2 rollerball pen has a thick, sturdy look about it, and it feels like a permanent marker in the hand. It’s fully disposable, yet seems durable enough to hold up to the abuse of banging around in a backpack. I was excited to use the R-2, but when I finally had a reason to pull one out and write, I was quickly disappointed.

The R-2 has a decent grip, making it fairly comfortable to hold, but it delivers neither the smoothest nor the cleanest lines. It has a really nice dark ink, but it bleeds through the page. Worst of all, the flow is just no good – there is no consistency in line width, and the ink frequently skips out.

Inc R-2 bleed through test

The R-2 is an inexpensive pen – I bought a 2-pack for one dollar – but they’re still not worth the trouble. The writing is so inconsistent that they’ll only frustrate you. Instead, spend an extra dollar or two to get something at least a little better.

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7 thoughts on “Review: Inc R-2, Rollerball Pen, 0.7mm

  1. Hello,
    My name is Key Austin and I’m a faithful user of the R2 Blast pens. I like the boldness of the colors, and yes, I’ve been disappointed at times on the skipping, & some of them just didn’t perform at at all, especially the orange ones.

    I’m seriously disappointed that I can no longer find the color ones at dollar tree. They seem to stock only the blue and the black. I need my colors please!

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  2. I freaking love the feel of the r2 pens; the scratchiness of when writing, and just the feel/size of the pen. The blast orange pink purple and light blue are available in my local dollar tree, but they recently stopped selling the .5mm version of the standard black/blue. I think the finer point ones had more consistent inking and less bleed through, at least with normal writing. I’m down to my last two or three 😦

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