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Esterbrook Ballpoint Cartridge Replacement Source Found

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#1 Penariffic



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 20:14

I recently acquired an Esterbrook M2 three set with fountain pen, pencil and ballpoint.  the ballpoint cartridge was, of course, dried out.  I searched here for possible replacement ideas, only to find that a lot of elbow grease and careful surgery would be required. This is the Esterbrook D-42 "Super Tex" ballpoint cartridge.

While staring at its design, I knew I had seen a cartridge that looked similar in length and design where it mattered.  I found a replacement cartridge that works perfectly with ZERO modifications or adjustments. It just goes right in with no trouble.  However (of course, right), it isn't a replacement you can just go to the store and buy. 

I acquired the cartridge from a Renaissance Hotel ball point pen. The pen is all silver plastic metallic. The ballpoint cartridge is all white plastic with no markings.

I did some research on where that hotel gets its pens and found this information:

Their pens are acquired from Alibaba.com mass product page. The pen in question is from the Yiwu Bonku Stationery Factory from the port of Ningbo/Shanghai.

From there, I narrowed it down to Ningbo Qio Stationery & Gifts Manufactory.  the cartridge is called the Jumbo Ballpoint Refill.

The question is, how can these refills be acquired at a reasonable amount?  If I create an account and attempt an order, they want to sell me 500,000 units at .0.01 a unit.

I suppose one could contact Renaissance Hotels and ask for a handful of their pens for $5.00.


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 17:04

You have a keen eye! I can't help with the refill that you are describing, but for other Esterbrook ballpoint owners, please be aware that the M2 used a different refill than the earlier FJ/Wordathon/Deluxe ballpoints. Those had a unique refill that incorporated four "teeth" on the side that served as part of the click action mechanism. I have created a 3D printed adapter that has those "teeth" and lets you use a modern D1 (mini) refill in those earlier Esterbrook ballpoints. Here's a link to my Shapeways page where you can order an adapter:


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