Speaking of blobby, while a lot of other pens write smoothly - like the new PaperMate InkJoy 700 RT ballpoint pens - the Dong-A Cronix hybrid ink ballpoint pen does not blob, and thus, it does not smear. So the difference you pay for is a nicer, more comfortable body, and far better ink. Seems fair, doesn't it?
The last thing I love about this pen is the color of the ink - yes, it's blue - but it's a very bold, vibrant blue that stays in the professional range of blue, but is not just a plain boring blue. The ink is very well complemented by the 1.0mm tip size.
|The Dong-A Cronix Hybrid ballpoint pen hanging out with a ballpoint, and two gel ink pens.|
My only complaint is that this pen is not refillable. It pains me to throw the whole thing in the garbage. If it was refillable, I would also hope for some more colors. Why do companies only make black, blue, and red? So boring.
JetPens - $2.10
The hybrid ink of this ballpoint pen puts in a higher category than "just a ballpoint" - no blobs, no smudges and smears, and lefty-friendly. While I wish this pen was refillable, other blobby pens are often not refillable and this one only costs like $0.50 more, in which case, you should get this one instead because of its super smooth writing and overall appealing look!