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.
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.
- Ni Carnahan, who does some amazing art, had the exact opposite experience as me with the R-2. This review is worth reading – maybe I got a bad batch?
- Review at One Pen a Day. He had issues with bleeding, inconsistency, and smearing with the R-2, but he still thinks its worth checking out for its low cost.
- The official Inc website at Peachtree Playthings. It’s pretty bare-bones.