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Roller Ball Pens
I bought this pen because of the yellow color. I love it, but there are a few things I would point out to other people interested in this pen. First, the grip is not super-squishy. In fact, it's pretty solid, and I probably wouldn't notice it, were it not for the gray grip being of a different material from the yellow plastic. Second, the included ink was no good for me. But the pen will accept Parker-style refills, so I put in a Fisher one, and life is peachy again. Another reviewer said that this was not particularly distinguishable from other throwaway plastic pens, but I find it to be a significant step above single-use disposables and would rank this alongside my plastic-barreled Parker Jotters.
Based in Hamburg, Germany, Rotring is a German technical writing instrument company. The name "Rotring" (rot ring) means "red ring" in German. This iconic red ring is still placed around the barrels of Rotring products today.
Since its founding in 1928, Rotring has invented numerous new pen technologies. Its first product was the Tintenkuli (Inkograph), a stylographic pen (a fountain pen with a thin steel tube as its tip). In 1953, Rotring's Rapidograph gained enough popularity to become the archetypal technical pen at the time.
In 1979, Rotring launched its Tikky product line, which was a technical drawing instrument line also suitable for everyday use. The Tikky is still well received in the market today. At JetPens.com, Rotring's classic drafting pencils with model number 600 and 800 have a large following of drafters.