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Hello Charles,

 

I always fly with at least 1 rollerball (Graf von Faber Castell or Montblanc) and have never had a leak. I keep them with me in the cabin never checked in. I have also used them in flight without any problems.

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Hi,

 

It really depends, but rollerballs that use a wick to store ink seem to be more unaffected than rollerballs that use liquid ink in a reservoir. I had a professor who liked rollerballs who would routinely get green fingers and blots all over our homework whenever she went traveling on a plane. She used a number of liquid ink rollerballs, and the more empty they were, the more ink they would spit. I also knew a few people who liked Parker rollerballs but would get ink everywhere whenever they flew.

 

For the most part, the same rules apply to rollerballs and fountain pens. When traveling, try to make sure the pen is nearly full, and point the tip up when the pen is not being used or when altitude changes.

 

Dillon

Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

Please send vial orders and other messages to fpninkvials funny-round-mark-thing gmail strange-mark-thing com. My shop is open once again if you need help with your pen.

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I have flown numerous times with different MB rollerballs and have never had a problem.

" Gladly would he learn and gladly teach" G. Chaucer

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If I remember correctly, the MB rollerballs use the wick type system, so they don't tend to leak, so you don't need to worry about them too much. Interestingly enough, my uncle hates them, so he puts his favorite Japanese roller refill into his MB rollerballs. :unsure:

 

Dillon

Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

Please send vial orders and other messages to fpninkvials funny-round-mark-thing gmail strange-mark-thing com. My shop is open once again if you need help with your pen.

Will someone with the name of "Jay" who emailed me through the email system provide me an email address? There was no email address provided, so I can't write back.

Dillon

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I have never had a problem with flying with my Rollerball pens. I never take Fountain pens on my flights though.

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Never had a problem with a RB on a flight. That includes my Visconti EcoRoller, which I will sometimes take along in lieu of flying with an FB.

 

Sharon in Indiana

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