Chesterton Espresso Convertible Rollerball
Fountain Pen Alternative
As a fountain pen devotee, who likes to avoid messy ink issues, I was drawn to this convertible pen. It writes like a medium fountain pen, but has the advantage of a ball point. Very little pressure is required to write and the ink flows smoothly. I wanted to avoid the cost of cartridges , and have used bottled ink. You do not fill the twist converter through the tip, but fill it directly after removing it from the pen. It is a bit messy, but not so much more than filling a fountain pen. The styling is very nice. The case of the pen is not super-solid , but consistent with the price. If you like fountain pens, but want a hard point that can write at any angle, it is worth a try.
November 30, 2013
I am excited about this pen as I am a writer amd love to write in colors that are only available in fountain pen ink. So far it has come thru with flying colors. I would have liked to had other options in barrel color available. Love the burgundy colors.
November 23, 2013
Love this pen
just bought this pen and have been using it more and more and love it. Great feel, great writing (using Levenger ink). great concept for using ink cartridges for a rollerball!!!
But, have a question -- when are you going to offer more rollerball pens with this option? I'm ready to order more for my use and as gifts!!!!
September 26, 2013
This is a gorgeous pen. Some people may prefer a flashier look, but if you like subtle and warm earthy tones, this is for you. The individual parts are well made, and the included converter is great if you use bottled inks as I do. I also love the personalization options. I had my full name written on the pen.
Unfortunately, I've been having some flow issues with this pen. Other reviewers have mentioned that their pens do not write at all. Mine writes, but it's very dry and skips horribly. I have tried four different kinds of ink. The one cartridge of watery black that came included with the pen was the only one that worked. Sadly, I don't care for that ink at all.
I am going to order some Levenger ink and see if that makes any difference. Perhaps Levenger inks are more runny than the inks that I usually use? Hoping for the best because I really love the look of this pen.
July 28, 2013
Unusual but nice
Filling a rollerball is odd, and to start the ink flow takes a strong squeeze, but after that the pen performs flawlessly. I will watch for more designs with this convertible function.
April 22, 2013
CHESTERTON Espresso Convertible RB-Recommended
I collect and write with fountain pens exclusively. I purchased the Chesterton Espresso Convertible Rollerball mostly on a whim because Levenger sent an email that they were having a sale. I was pleasantly surprised!
The pen is well made and solid and the acrylic material is very attractive. I filled the convertor with my favorite ink and was really impressed with how the pen wrote. The line was even and laid down very smoothly. On close inspection, it's hard to tell that what you just wrote was actually written with a rollerball and not a medium point fountain pen. I read about the problems other reviewers had with this pen, but can't say that I had any of those issues.
Of course I won't ever give up fountain pens, but for those who have difficulty with fountain pens and want a quality pen that's reasonably priced and looks as if you wrote with a fountain pen, then the Chesterton Convertible Rollerball is worth the purchase.
April 2, 2013
Please make this in more colors!!
I LOVE this pen! The finish is absolutely gorgeous and it writes like a dream. I have had no problems with the pen writing and I have left it at home unused multiple times while traveling with no issues when I returned. (even for 6 weeks when my son misplaced it) I love being able to use my fun, colored fountain pen inks. My only regret is that it is not made in multiple finishes. I would love to have multiple pens loaded with different colored inks. (are you listening. Levenger?)
March 25, 2013
Thought it was just me
I was pleasantly surprised at the rich tones of this pen. The ink included with it made writing just so smooth.....and then....I didn't use it for awhile (? 2 months or so). I loaded it with a Levenger Cardinal Red cartridge to write up my Christmas cards...NO Dice. I took the cartridge out, re-rinsed the pen, STILL nothing. Please advise how to rectify now & prevent in the future.
December 24, 2012
A great idea gone wrong
This pen is beautiful. I bought one from Levenger outlet because I wasn't sure how it would work, and the investment was smaller. The pen arrived and didn't write at all. Levenger sent a replacement tip, which worked beautifully, until I put the pen down for a week. When I put it down, same problem: it wouldn't write at all, no matter how much I squeezed the cartridge and no matter what I did. Levenger agreed to take it back for a refund. I'm really sorry it didn't work, but I would advise against buying one.
December 22, 2012
I purchased the convertible roller ball after reading a review left on the regular roller ball product page. The pen has great heft and writes smooth. I have the pen in my circa notebook, and unlike other reviews I did not find that there is any problem with the ink. All in all, my favorite pen.
December 3, 2012