If you want a retractable fountain pen, you have to understand that you are diving into a niche within a niche. Only a tiny subset of fountain pens are retractable, so there isn’t as much competition as you’d expect, but this is still a rich and interesting segment of the pen market.
Let’s review today’s top retractable fountain pens.
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Many people see fountain pens as occasional writing instruments, maybe for doing some before-bed journaling or writing a letter, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The right fountain pen can be a great everyday tool, even if it never approaches the no-nonsense functionality of a ballpoint pen.
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It’s rare that you are in the market for a pen refill, rather you are likely trying to buy a refill for a specific pen. Even so, here are some truly exceptional pen refills that are worth keeping an eye out for when you next need a new refill for one of your pens.
These are refills that simply make me happy each time I use them and surprise me with their quality when I revisit them. These are refills that are worth buying a pen so you have somewhere to put them.
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Pen refills come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these are standards, shared across pen brands and decades of pen designs, while other are propriety and limited to just a few brands or even a few models. This means that replacing the ink in a pen, especially an older one, may end up being a more difficult task than you’d expect.
The goal of this article is to make buying a new ink refill for your pen as easy as possible. A secondary goal to this guide will be maximizing the number of refill options available for each pen. This is only possible once you have a good understanding of refill shapes and which are interchangeable.
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The Pilot G2 Limited is a metal-bodied, executive pen based on the popular Pilot G2.
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Pilot G2 Mini is a short version of these popular G2 gel pen. The Mini is sometimes called the G2 Pixie or the G2 XS.
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If you are in search of a great rollerball you have a lot of work ahead of you. There are many brands of rollerball pens and many styles of rollerball inks, as well as many sizes and colors.
We’ve done the testing and done the research to fine the best rollerball pens and rollerball refills available today.
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The Pilot S30 is a mechanical pencil in the popular “S” series which combines the wood body of the S20 and the automatic features of the Automac.
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The Pilot Petit1 mini fountain pen use custom ink cartridges that are like a smaller, capsule-shaped version of Pilot’s normal fountain pen refills.
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The Pilot Petit1 is a pocketable, mini fountain pen that shares a few design elements with Pilot’s Varsity fountain pen.
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The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim is a mini version of the Hi-Tec-C pen in a retractable version. The standard Hi-Tec-C is not retractable (it’s capped) and it’s a full-sized pen, but this pen is small and have a click button on the top.
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You might not have guessed it, but vintage mechanical pens are incredibly collectible and can get incredibly expensive… much more so than most pens!
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The Pilot S15 isn’t actually a mechanical pencil that you can buy — it’s the combination of a Pilot S20 upper and a Pilot S10 lower.
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The Pilot Automac is a high-end, automatic advancing mechanical pencil. The pencil is the direct successor to some of Pilot’s most famous and most collectible vintage mechanical pencils, like the H-5005.
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There are few writing experiences that are more satisfying than a great gel pen. The right gel pen is buttery smooth, has an ink color that really pops, and is a pleasure to write with on all sorts of different paper. Gel pens are truly one of the best and most versatile ways to write on almost all paper types.
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