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Rotring Jazz Rollerball

Rotring Jazz Rollerball

The Rotring Jazz is a fantastic retractable rollerball pen from Rotring’s classic era, when the company was at (or at least near) the top of its game. It uses a full-sized rollerball refill, sometimes known as a long capless refill, which is less common today than shorter, less expensive refills. The most notable features of the Rotring Jazz are:

  1. Square cut-outs in the outer steel of the body that form a grip
  2. Exquisite 90s colors: Beacon Blue, Graphite, and Newport Green (pictured above)
  3. A pushable clip that will let the return the tip (unknock the pen). This was called the “Safety and Convenience Clip” (the safety being for your shirt pocket)

The Jazz uses full-size rollerball refills, like the Schmidt 8126, 8127, or 8120.

Rotring 1996 Catalog
Rotring 1996 Catalog

In the early years of the Jazz, around 1996, the pen was only sold in two colors: graphite and silver. In later years the interesting, bold colors were released, namely Beacon Blue (purple-ish blue) and Newport Green (teal), which were introduced in 1998. These were known as “changing colors” because the color would appear to change given the lighting conditions the pen was seen in. By 2001 the Newport Green had been replaced with Royal Purple.

Rotring stopped selling the Jazz sometime between 2001 and 2004.

Rotring Jazz Rollerball Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Rotring
Pen Type Rollerball / Gel
Barrel Color Blue, Green, Silver, Graphite, Aqua
Barrel Material Steel
Body Diameter (mm)9.5
Grip Color Blue, Green, Silver
Grip Material Metal
Grip Diameter (mm)9.5
Country of Origin Germany
MSRP $40
Still Sold No
Release Year1989
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Capped? Retractable?Retractable
Weight (g)25.g