Sakura were the first to manufacturer a Gel Pen, this was officially recognised in the early noughties when Sakura was presented with the “Award of the Director General of the Japanese Patent Office”
The road to success was not an easy one, prototypes failed, the teams ideas led to many dead ends & tested more than a thousand materials whilst trying to perfect the ideal gel ink.
The method for manufacturing gel pens uses a process called centrifuging which put simply is rotating at speed which has to be carried out with precision to achieve the required performance.
Gel ink contains pigment suspended in a water based gel. This type of ink achieves strong vibrant colours available in a wide range of colours including metallic & fluorescent shades.
Thanks to innovation, skilled engineers & technology some 3 decades ago Sakura Gelly Roll Pens remain the choice of many, here are 3 popular examples
Sakura Gelly Roll Basics
The waterproof ink is fade resistant & of archival quality & are ideal for arts & crafts. These smooth writing pens are available in a choice of two colours
Black with a fine 0.7mm tip writes a 0.3mm line
White wih a medium 0.8mm nib writes a 0.4mm line
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen
The unique formulation of the ink in these pens creates a sparkle effect.
It is non toxic to ACMI standards, fade & water resistant & won't bleed through most paper. With the exception of the black ink Stardust Pens are archival quality. They have a 1.0mm tip, write a 0.5mm line & are available in 25 glittery colours that twinkle like stars on light or dark surfaces.
Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic
An excellent smooth writing rollerball with a 1.0mm tip that is comfortable to use & ideal for light, dark, glossy & matt surfaces. They are available in 14 gleaming colours including copper & sepia, the opaque metallic ink is waterproof, fade resistant & doesn't smear or bleed through most paper.
The Gelly Roll Website is abound with how to videos creating things from cards to notebooks you can find them here