No, the blobby issue doesn't bother me that much. It's the fact that ballpoints in general don't write darkly and smoothly like gel or rollerball. I actually find the Fine points more objectionable for that reason--lots of drag & not enough ink on the page. I've used fountain pens in the past, but they are too much of a . I've pretty much settled on gel or rollerball or hybrid ink styles for day-to-day use. We are lucky in this day & age--there are so many choices out there that everyone can have a quality writing instrument that suits their needs.