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#21 Shaggy

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 22:22

I prefer the Fisher Space refill because it writes at any angle and on stained paper, although a few of my pens take the Cross refill and I find them to be excellent.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 23:13

Have those Fisher ballpoint refills changed over the years?  I tried them in the 1980s, and they were blobby.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:13

Have those Fisher ballpoint refills changed over the years?  I tried them in the 1980s, and they were blobby.

 

Purely anecdotal, but the medium refills I've purchased in the last 5 years do not seem to have the blobbing issue that the refills I purchased 15 years ago did. I suspect that they've done something to correct the issue.

 

I've never had blobbing issues with my fine point refills.

 

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 06:22

Have those Fisher ballpoint refills changed over the years?  I tried them in the 1980s, and they were blobby.


I only had blobs in the odd colors - - turquoise and green. Never had trouble with the blue and black.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 07:02

How much do you fellas pay for your Fisher refills?

Just trying to keep our locals honest ;) Main Fisher dealer here prices their Lamy pens $10 over RRP, MontBlanc inks at 20% dearer than the MB boutique just a block away on the same street...! I'm too scared to ask how they sell their fisher refills... :P

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:46

How much do you fellas pay for your Fisher refills?
 

 

Typically between 5 and 6 bucks each. I usually order them online.

 

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 14:42

Typically between 5 and 6 bucks each. I usually order them online.
 
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thanks!

wow that's cheap, I'm looking at twice that A$10-12 ea to reach downunder even online

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 23:46

thanks!

wow that's cheap, I'm looking at twice that A$10-12 ea to reach downunder even online

 

I see packs of 3 for $15 at amazon, but maybe that's not representative of prices in other countries.

 

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 18:28

 

Purely anecdotal, but the medium refills I've purchased in the last 5 years do not seem to have the blobbing issue that the refills I purchased 15 years ago did. I suspect that they've done something to correct the issue.

 

I've never had blobbing issues with my fine point refills.

 

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They run kinda dry now. I guess the guys at Fisher just decided to make them as dry as a pencil. (Bought some a few months ago - for a Jotter)


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 07:11

I've trialled lots of refills including Schneider Schmidt Pelikan , Fabercastell , Pilot and heaps of others and none beat the Parker Quinkflow for reliability, smoothness , line density and colour . I believe these are a hybrid ink/gel and they are superior to the earlier Parker refills . Never had a problem with them drying out or skipping etc . I proffer these to clients as I am always confident they will work well when signing documents .

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 05:22

I found that after about three years dormant, my Mont Blanc BP refills dried up. So, I replaced them with Monteverde clones which work very well.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 20:33

I've trialled lots of refills including Schneider Schmidt Pelikan , Fabercastell , Pilot and heaps of others and none beat the Parker Quinkflow for reliability, smoothness , line density and colour . I believe these are a hybrid ink/gel and they are superior to the earlier Parker refills . Never had a problem with them drying out or skipping etc . I proffer these to clients as I am always confident they will work well when signing documents .

 

 I may check them out.

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 00:31

I found that after about three years dormant, my Mont Blanc BP refills dried up. So, I replaced them with Monteverde clones which work very well.


Yeah, they tend to dry up or seize. A shame because theyre super smooth while they last.

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:15

 
Yes, they are reputed to be excellent writers... I hadn't thought of them.  Will have to check on their compatibility.  I know they have the small bullet pens... maybe they've got a larger format as well.
 
 
I do think ink formulation can make a difference, in addition to environmental conditions.  I had some Schneider refills that dried out, and while they had a protective sleeve over the tip, they weren't air tight, no wax ball over the tip (like you see on PILOT refills).  I hadn't heard of the Pentel Energel ones... looked into those and they appear to require a cap (would likely dry out with capless ballpoints).

Pentel has retractable energels thst use the exact same refill though

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 22:13

Hello everyone, I have just purchased a Visconti Michaelangelo Ball Point. It has a Visconti refill that looks just like a Parker. It is 1mm blue ink. Its like no Parker Ive ever had how do the Monteverde fair against the Visconti. I see that Monteverde has some real ink refills. Wonder why there are no ballpoint refills that come empty to be filled with our favorite inks🤔. Maybe they are available but Ive been away from pens far too long to have noticed. I do hear that they make refillable roller balls??? Hmmm guess Im just too far out and need to catch up.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 21:38

The Smartouch refill is so smooth and vivid, why don't You purchase it?

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 22:26

Pentel has retractable energels thst use the exact same refill though

Yes, I have discovered this recently and I've got one on order.  I'm very excited to try this and see how it turns out. I believe the Energel may require a cap to keep it from drying out.  However, I recently came into possession of a PILOT Hi-Tecpoint pen that has a "internal door" tip.  It's not like the Vanishing Point, which has a spring loaded trap door.  This one is essentially outfitted with 2 parts that close up, like rolling double-doors.  While it's not hermetically sealed, it's pretty much equivalent to having a cap.  The sad thing is that the refill for this pen is no longer made by PILOT.  I was able to discover that the standard short refill PILOT still makes, the BRFN-10, will fit... with a spacer.  But these aren't like the original refill (wider line).  I'm eager to see if the Energel will fit the bill.


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