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Pilot G2 Montblanc Hack: $200 Pen for $7

If you really get down to it, what is the beating heart of a high-end pen? Most people would agree that it’s the ink. While that’s not generally the feeling here at Unsharpen — we are pen geeks after all — it’s hard to argue that point if you aren’t as into pens.

With this thinking in mind, here is how you can get a top-notch Montblanc rollerball refill into a highly affordable pen body, like the Pilot G2. That’s the heart of a $200+ pen but with a total cost of about $97.

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Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle Point Gel Pen

The Pentel Energel Euro Needle Point (aka needle-tip) is a capped gel pen from Pentel Co., LTD. It features a needle-point tip, plastic body and cap, and a folded metal clip. It is also a non-refillable liquid gel pen. It costs about $3.

The Euro Needle Point is an inexpensive office-type pen. It is similar to several needle-tip rollerball style pens, the most popular being the Pilot Precise V5 rollerball.

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Pentel EnerGel-X Gel Pen

The Pentel EnerGel-X is a popular gel pen that has won over many fans because of its excellent, quick-drying ink. The body is entirely plastic and not particularly notable, but it’s comfortable, affordable, and has a lot of availability in the US, Japan, and other places. The Energel-X is specifically a retractable version of the Energel series.

The Energel-X is one of our picks for best gel pens, though we particularly like the limited edition version, known as the Energel Infree.

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