A popular change to make to a pen is to swap out the included ballpoint refill for a smooth-flowing gel one. Gel refills are quite popular these days because they write well, the ink looks great, and they are fun to use. Ballpoints have these uses of course, but if you are predominantly writing paper and don’t need the versatility of a ballpoint, gel can be the way to go.
So what are the best gel refills in the Parker-style G2 shape?
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The OHTO Flash Dry Gel pen refill is a top-rated gel refill in the Parker-style G2 size. This is one of a small number of needle-tip refills in this shape.
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Gel pens and rollerball pens can seem like the same thing and they are, in fact, often confused. What’s the difference between the two?
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The Ohto Tashe is a mini fountain pen with a long cap that can be posted to the pen to make it full length when in use.
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If you are in search of a great rollerball you have a lot of work ahead of you. There are many brands of rollerball pens and many styles of rollerball inks, as well as many sizes and colors.
We’ve done the testing and done the research to fine the best rollerball pens and rollerball refills available today.
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The Ohto Flat-C is a highly collectible metal retractable pen that was made in Japan. It’s no longer production.
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The Ohto C-305P Ceramic Rollerball pen refill is a super smooth 0.5 mm rollerball refill in a standard European rollerball size.
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The Ohto Dude is an aluminum pen with a hexagonal body. It has a chunky, blocky design and a nice heft to it. The pen is most commonly seen as a fountain pen, but the rollerball is quite nice as well.
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The Ohto Gripper is a classic, highly collectible double-knock mechanical pencil from the 1980s, but it was also sold as a ballpoint pen.
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The Ohto No-noc Automatic Mechanical Pencil is a highly stylized auto-advancing mechanical pencil with a metal body.
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When you start to dig into pens just a little bit you’ll see that they are separated ink a few major varieties based on the type of ink they use. These categories are blurry and ultimately not very well defined, but it’s helpful to know the basics about them so you have some idea of what you are buying. This guide will run through the major types of inks in order to help you get a better understanding of the major types of pens, how they write, why you might prefer one over the others, and the best uses for each.
Don’t miss our Pen Refills Guide so you can learn about the types of refills these inks go into.
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The Ohto NBP-507R Promecha is a needletip, ballpoint pen that is similar to Ohto’s more-popular Horizon and Horizon EU pens. It has an all-metal body and a knurled-rubber hybrid grip that is similar to the Pentel Graph Gear 1000.
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The Ohto Horizon, sometimes called the Ohto Horizon EU or the Ohto Horizon Needle Tip, is a modern-looking all-metal pen. It’s made of aluminum and has a distinct click and loud, and snappy return after pressing a side button.
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Ohto 897NP is a small needletip ballpoint refill. It’s commonly used in Ohto’s slim pens (Horizon, Slim, etc.). The size is cross-compatible with the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim.
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