The Schneider Slider XB is simply the best ballpoint pen I have used, ever.
Office Depot had them on sale, so I picked up a few of the the Slider Basic XB – black, blue, and green inks. The Basic is the cheapest model they had in stock. Just like Taco Bell, the most expensive thing on the menu has the same basic ingredients as the cheapest. The ballpoint tip and ink are the same across the range. I later bought a more expensive model, only because the straight stick style is less comfortable to hold than one of the sculpted shaft retractable models.
This pen is fantastic, because it combines smoothness with non-smear, non-blobby writing. A left-handed friend tried it and was very happy about the lack of smearing, due to the very quick-drying ink. Schneider claims that it’s “smoother than gel!” It’s true, as the lubricating quality of their ink makes the point glide across the paper. (Gel pen ink absorbs into the paper, which slows down your writing, ever so slightly.) I normally avoid gel pens because they seem to wear out and start skipping long before the ink is finished. I never have that problem with ballpoints.
Here’s the Schneider pen website. Explore.
I’d recommend that you buy them from Passion4Pens.com, a company run by a human and not a giant corporation – and their prices are very similar to the Giant Company, even when you factor in postage.
Stride, the company that distributes their pens in the USA, is awesome.
I still like InkJoy pens, but their blobbiness makes Schneider Sliders the clear winner.