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I bought an cross mechanical pencil yesterday confident I could make it work and turns out I uses a lead cassette (I didnt know they existed) and it came empty.

Is there really no way to refill these with loose lead?

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Is there a cap that could be carefully removed? If so drop in a lead and recap it. That's what I would try to do.

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Is there a cap that could be carefully removed? If so drop in a lead and recap it. That's what I would try to do.

That is some of the best advice for pen repairs 😂

 

After tinkering some more I disassembled the cassette from the eraser side and pushed out the other plastic cap. Turns out the cassette had a rubber piece that was broken and bent inwards. Without it the pencil seems to be working just like a loose lead pencil would 🤔

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My Cross Townsend pencils use such a lead cassette. I fill the lead cassette with 3B or 4B leads by removing the eraser and inserting the leads, replacing the eraser after that. You can purchase a replacement cassette directly from Cross, https://www.cross.com/en/departments/refills/shop-all-pen-and-pencil-refills/by-writing-type/pencil-leads-and-erasers, if needed

 

Be careful with the lead tube which advances from the end of the pencil. If this tube is damaged (bent) then the lead will not advance properly through the pencil. If replacing the lead cassette does not allow the lead to advance properly then you can send your pencil to Cross for repair.

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That is some of the best advice for pen repairs 😂

 

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Refilled many rollerball cartridges with fountain pen ink doing that: the old remove the cap trick.😁
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Refilled many rollerball cartridges with fountain pen ink doing that: the old remove the cap trick.

I didn't think the inks were compatible, I will have to try that sometime

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My Cross Townsend pencils use such a lead cassette. I fill the lead cassette with 3B or 4B leads by removing the eraser and inserting the leads, replacing the eraser after that. You can purchase a replacement cassette directly from Cross, https://www.cross.com/en/departments/refills/shop-all-pen-and-pencil-refills/by-writing-type/pencil-leads-and-erasers, if needed

 

Be careful with the lead tube which advances from the end of the pencil. If this tube is damaged (bent) then the lead will not advance properly through the pencil. If replacing the lead cassette does not allow the lead to advance properly then you can send your pencil to Cross for repair.

 

That happened to me before, I fixed it by inserting a small pin te same size as a 0.5 lead and manipulating it. It is a nice feature that it can retract on such cross pencils

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That happened to me before, I fixed it by inserting a small pin te same size as a 0.5 lead and manipulating it. It is a nice feature that it can retract on such cross pencils

It is great that you were able to find such a small pin! I have never found 0.5 mm strong pin. I would like to have such a pin as it would come in handy for clearing the lead tube on 0.5 mm pencils.

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My Cross Townsend pencils use such a lead cassette. I fill the lead cassette with 3B or 4B leads by removing the eraser and inserting the leads, replacing the eraser after that. You can purchase a replacement cassette directly from Cross, https://www.cross.com/en/departments/refills/shop-all-pen-and-pencil-refills/by-writing-type/pencil-leads-and-erasers, if needed

 

Be careful with the lead tube which advances from the end of the pencil. If this tube is damaged (bent) then the lead will not advance properly through the pencil. If replacing the lead cassette does not allow the lead to advance properly then you can send your pencil to Cross for repair.

Oh, my! Never thought of refilling the cassette. Just been buying new. Thank you for your post.

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