The Rotring Skynn for Dummies (and by “dummies,” I mean me)

Review: Page 1

Review: Page 2

This pen confused the heck out of me. I’m pretty pen savvy, but after I unboxed this one, I seriously COULD NOT figure out how to extend the writing tip. Baffled, is what I was. Crazy, I know.

Where’s the writee part?

I tried pushing on what appeared to be a knock, but nothing.

Nope…that won’t work

I twisted the front section of the pen. Still nothing.

What the…?!

And why, I wondered, are there TWO holes where the tip should come out??

Why two??

I couldn’t believe a pen was getting the best of me, but clearly it was. I even briefly considered googling “Rotring Skynn- how to use.” Seriously. I did.

I hate to admit how long it took me to finally realize that the front section is REMOVABLE and is A CAP. And those aren’t really holes…just pseudo holes. (It took me awhile. Yup.) Once I yanked off the cap, THERE was the point. Sheesh.


And my confusion/stupidity didn’t stop there. I kept setting the pen cap down on my desk or clutching it in my hand, then realized that it could be posted. Doh.

Posted cap

I don’t know. Maybe I need more vitamins or ginseng or something.

With all of those struggles behind me, I started playing with the Skynn, and immediately fell in love with the grip. It’s quite squishy and wonderfully shaped- super comfortable and fun to hold. The material isn’t tacky at all, so it’s not prone to picking up fuzz or dust or other pocket debris.

The grip

The writing experience (about time I got around to this, eh?!) is a smooth one and the gel (wait, it’s LIQUID ink…not gel) ink is solid and dark. The line is fairly bold, but sometimes a bold line is just what you want. The review above was written in a Levenger Circa notebook and there is maybe the tiniest amount of bleed, but on cheap (copy) paper, I did notice that feathering is more of an issue.

Larger writing sample

So if you ever pick up a Rotring Skynn, you’re now fully trained.

But then, you didn’t NEED training, did you?


6 thoughts on “The Rotring Skynn for Dummies (and by “dummies,” I mean me)

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  2. After becoming ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome I have found that the Rotring Skynn is the only pen I can write with as I have severe muscle weakness and need the non-slip bulbous rubber grip.. I have had the pen for years before my illness but would love another one. Can you tell me if I can purchase another one from anywhere as I cannot find one. I live near Canterbury, Kent. S.E. Enland. UK. Can you help please?

    • Mine was purchased from Daly’s Pen Shop (online) at but it looks as though they only ship to US and Canada. Might be worth contacting them, though to explain the situation. Also, have you ever heard of the UGLEE pen as that has an extended very grippy grip and may be helpful. If you don’t have any luck, maybe I could mail you my Skynn. Let me know and we can arrange that.

      • Mary, Thank you for your kind reply. It was very good of you to offer to send me your pen, but after some further enquiries I think I’ve found a UK supplier. Not only this, but the Rotring Skynn can be supplied with either a smooth black or smooth blue bulbous bottom. Thanks again. Regards, Ian

  3. That’s good news, Ian! Should you get in a bind, keep me in mind as I’m sure we could work out a solution. Best to you. -Mary

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