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Super5 Ink Roller

Super5 Ink Roller

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Received my Super5 Ink Roller today along with the extra purchase converter. Not for nothing BUT the converter does NOT fit in the barrel...either it is the wrong converter sent to me, or the barrel is not designed for one.... My second disappointment with Massdrop pens...
Could anyone say if it'll accept long international standard cartridges or just short?
oiralire
I have the fountain pens by super5, same design. I believe the inside of the barrel will pull a long cartridge off when you take the pen apart. It has enough room for two standard cartridges, but one is upside down (because it is too wide and will stick in the barrel if not turned around.)
I bought the green one last time. I was not impressed by the quality. The plastic seemed cheap. Also, it was a little leaky. I have only used it once.
Came to lament that it's only a dollar discount, sad to find that the pen has a common issue with the quality of the ball.
I have seen a lot of commentary on ink and this pen. When I bought it, I wanted to be able to use a fraud-resistant ink, but I found that my ink was drying quickly and the ball would squeak or, ugh, stop rolling altogether.
The magic answer? The Polar ink line from Noodler’s, where some (if not all) colors have a lubricant added. I know Polar Blue does. This pen has become an EDC pen in my briefcase, and I can pull it out without a second thought to write a check or write on something where my fountain pen is not going to work (like my hand or a cheap napkin).
JKnepper
I've found that Parker Quink and cheap Sheaffer ink flow well through my Super5. I've also used Pelikan, Lamy, J. Herbin, and some generic cartridges from Ebay. The generic cartridges are hit and miss. My favorite inks in my pen are Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng and Polar Purple.
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I have used my Super5 a lot and it squeaked a little bit. I rolled mine of some of the stone paper and that helped smooth it out. I love my Super5 pen, I got the Dublin green last time and am ordering two this time. I also have a Lycra Calypso I got off of Ebay that writes fairly well too.
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I just got mine and inked it with Diamine Bilberry ink, which is a pretty wet ink in my experience. It doesn't squeak like others have mentioned, but generally I find the pen is quite cheaply made and I doubt I'll write with it very much. Doesn't feel like it's worth $30.99.
Just drew 4 pages of circles and pen still squeaks and catches as I write. This pen is absolutely horrible.
Received the roller. The ball scratches and squeaks as I write. Writes smooth but you'll feel the ball catching and squeaks like mice inside the pen. If drawing straight line then doesn't scratch, but when writing words t would scratch like crazy. It's like the all can't handle circular micro movements. When closing the cap it also lacks a distinctive "click" feel but rather a mushy closing feel.
The roller writes beautifully at times, but is inconsistent. Any tips to have it write more smoothly all the time? I'm using Noodlers standard blue ink.
coyotecai
Have you have any issues with excessive ink flow? I loaded my pen with Noodler's Baystate Blue and just touching the pen to the surface of paper makes it start flowing out all over the place. Not sure if I just got a dud or if Noodlers inks are just too flowy for this type of ballpoint.
The Super5 fountain pen that I received last week was pretty great. The rollerball is dry and scratchy with all but the wettest inks. Black eel didn't calm the scratchiness but did result in a broader but inconsistant wet/dry line that did randomly aproach .7mm. I'm not going to rma it because I'm afraid that theyll ask for the fp as well and I really like the thing. I'll leave the sticker on the rb, wait a few years for the product line to tank, and pass it off as a rare collectable on ebay.
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My issue seems to be more of a general mechanical problem. The ball almost acts like it has a sprue that is catching randomly in the socket. I had thought that a heavily lubricated ink would help, but it couldn't overcome what I suspect is more of a macro fault. I think that these pens either work or they don't in some cases.
Bloo
I would contact Customer Support and be sure to send them photos as an example.
I really like they way mine writes.
Best of luck!
The roller arrived today and I must say first impression is good.
Much smoother than the J Herben rollers. After an abuse test I may request this drop again.
Thank you to all involved in getting this sorted out quickly.
I received my pen today. (or yesterday?) The pen writes smoothly and well. My only complaint is the barcode-sticker on the cap...I can never clean up the residue mess! Ehuh! Don't put any barcode/stickers on any product please!
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I understand the frustration. Why is the sticky barcode so sticky? This solution does work though. If you have rubbing alcohol and cotton balls or a paper towel, works well too. Or use Goo Gone.
roshinichi
Oil + cotton swab is better than alcohol *Cheers*
Same. What colors did folks get that had that issue? Mine was the green.
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Agreed. I've been really surprised by the fp. Because it doesnt have tipping, It's not something I would have looked at otherwise, but weight of the metal section is nice and it has a very sharp, consistent line quality that is great for drawing.
Bloo
Right? I was expecting it to just be light and plastic (not a bad thing in my book) and the extra weight was a nice bonus. I'd be interested to see the fountain as an option for a future Super 5 drop, because now I really want to put some beautiful, wild inks through it to see what it will do as an art pen.
I had the same problem as sd10521 and have submitted a Support request. Honestly pretty bummed though, I was going to use my new pen for exams!
Well it arrived today and I cleaned the obnoxious sticker off and when I went to fill it I discovered it is a fountain pen.
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sd10521
How did you clean the sticker off? I couldn't clean up the glue mess.
roshinichi
I used a Mr Clean Magic Eraser which has some abrasive action, but you could try a good pen polish.
I'll give one a shot, it it's good I'll buy more on the next round.
I was a little underwhelmed with the J. Herben rollerball for being on the scratchy side right out of the box. (still use them anyway).
sd10521
I like penbbs 350 it is fountain pen that you can charge tip to a roller ball .
I got mine on the last drop and really have been enjoying it so far. I put it through its paces at work and my only complaint is that some of the black paint chipped off of the clip. It lays down a thicker line (about the equivalent of a medium fountain pen nib) but thats what I personally prefer.
The only inks I've used with it so far are J. Herben Pearl Noir and Noodlers X-Feather and haven't had any issue with either. The pen sort of creaks a little bit while writing but it doesnt effect smoothness at all. I remember one user saying they added a drop or two of detergent to the converter and the noise stopped.
Overall I'm happy with the purchase of this pen and am consideing buying another this round.
It says in the description that you've got to use Super5 proprietary inks. Anyone have any experience using standard fountain pen ink, such as waterman, lamy, diamine, de atramentis, or schreibtnite? I don't want to buy new ink just for a roller ball.
dieyen
See comments below regarding using fountain pen ink.
I'm having an issue with this pen. I got two. One has bad flow issues (check the attached image). Contacted support already....
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n00b alert.
I'm using the convertor with my own fountain pen ink. I've not used a converter in a rollerball before. So obviously I tried to fill it the way I do for my fountain pens, dipping the nib into the ink bottle. Didn't work. Eventually figured out I need to fill the converter then pop it back into the barrel.
Question - The pen seems to 'run out' of ink every so often, even though the converter still holds ink. The only way I can fix this is to force a bit of the ink down by twisting the converter. Is this supposed to be the case? Also, is there a way to flush the pen so that I can change inks?
(Sidebar - the pen writes really nicely. Quite pleased with it. If only I could figure out the ink refilling bit.)
twlll
You actually can fill it just like a fountain pen! You just have to make sure the clearish plastic is under the ink level, not just the opaque plastic.
CommunistWitchDr
Orhhh... Shall try that. Thanks for the tip!
I received mine today, and it works and writes great, but I'm disappointed on the color. I ordered the Red color, based on the MD photos, but its more a maroon. I should have ordered the white one. Other than that, I like the pen.
I am surprisingly pleased with this pen. It writes very smoothly with no flow issues and minimal ghosting, even on cheap white printer paper.
Just got mine and wow. I only wish we could get it in metal. The plastic is kinda light but I'm already in love with it. The flow of ink is great and I can use my nice fountain pen inks with the converter!#R$!@#$ I should have bought more.
Megatron
I want a metal one too!
Noob here- what is a converter? Its a device that lets you insert whatever ink you want in your pen?
Patrick
A converter is the screw/piston device which plugs in to the same place as a cartridge. Yes, it allows you to use any bottled ink you want.
Patrick
Yes Patrick you are correct.
How well does this pen write. I've been wanting a roller ball that uses bottled ink and this is a great price.
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I had the same problem with the J. Herbin, leaks all over the place. Which other pens off ebay and $1.00 pens. Looking for some for my kid. She likes adding her own ink. Thank You
Bacchusm
If you search Ebay for "$1 fountain pen" a brand that is literally $1 fountain pen should appear in the search results. I have had good luck with the $1 fountain pens as well as some other generic fountain pens off Ebay. Ebay has been hit and miss, sometimes I get a decent one and sometimes I get one that has the same leaking and cracking issues.
I bought one on the last drop and the cap cracked with minimal use. Is it possible to get a replacement? I'm probably going to get another one on this drop too.
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Not through MD. You could do what I did, and talk to customer support. I haven't look to see if I could acquire parts from anywhere else yet.
ReadySet
I'm communicating with a seller on Amazon, who is looking into finding a parts vendor for me. I'll post it here, if they come through.