(Clicky Piccy to see in Flickr, with notes and any comments.)
What Is It?
The Rapidoliner was a victim of Rotring being taken over by Sanford. Shame, as it was a nice pen. I’d heard of them, but never used one, so when I read (thanks to Danny Gregory) that they were being phased out, I picked a couple up to try. They’re nice for reasonably careful drawing, but tend to skip a little if you try sketching or scribbling with them. Nice solid black mark, though, with very little fuss. Rotring still make the Isograph, which is the ‘real’ version of the Rapidoliner. It makes slightly better marks, but the cost is that you have to fill them with ink manually from a bottle. The Rapidoliner was a nice compromise.
Compare with lines from some other pens…
The refills are almost the whole pen – from the nib, right through the middle, to the bit that sticks out of the end to say what thickness it is. The only parts that aren’t disposable are the cap and a plastic sleeve.