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Schmidt DSM 2007 Mechanical Pencil Converter

Schmidt DSM 2007

The Schmidt DSM 2007 is a mechanical pencil converter For Parker-style G2 pens. It’s basically the full internals of a mechanical pencil made modular and fit into the space of a Parker-style G2 refill. This self-contained unit sells for under $5 and while it won’t fit every Parker-style pen, it will fit many of them.

The DSM 2007 is a mechanism for professional pen manufacturers, pen resellers, pen turns, and other pros, but it’s affordable enough and easy enough to find that it’s a fun pick-up for hobbyists as well.

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Rotring 900 Ballpoint

Rotring 900 Family

The Rotring 900 is family of pens and pencils that was sold in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was one of Rotring’s flagship pens at the time but it has not received the level of attention or the beloved status of the Rotring 600. The Rotring Altro was a cheaper, plastic version of the 900 but it wasn’t sold in all the same models.

Now, almost 30 years later, this is a cult pen with a small but dedicated following and relatively high prices on the used market.

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Uni SXR-600 Jetstream Ballpoint Pen Refill

The SXR-600 is a very special refill: it was the first Jetstream refill in a Parker-style G2 refill body. The refill is sold in two forms: the SXR-600-05 and the SXR-600-07, the 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm sizes.

Prior to this refill being available the SXR refills were rollerball-style refills with a proprietary shape. The SXR-600 not only adheres to the G2 standard but it moved the Jetstream refills to a shorter, twist-compatible version with a metal body.

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Schneider Slider Rave

Schneider Slider Rave XB

The Schneider Slider Rave — often seen in the Extra Broad version, the Slider Rave XB — is a retractable ballpoint pen. It has a contoured, grippy body that is very comfortable and excellent ballpoint ink. The Rave is one of the smoothest ballpoint pens sold and it has the added perk of using a Parker-style G2 refill, which gives the pen body many options for other refills.

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Pelikan Classic K200 Ballpoint Pen

Pelikan K200 Ballpoint Pen

The Classic K200 is one of Pelikan’s entry level ballpoint pens. This is, of course, a luxury pen so the retail price of this pen will still be well north of $120, but this is on the low side for Pelikan’s ballpoints — which are generally more affordable than the company’s fountain pens.

The K200 is the companion ballpoint to the M200 fountain pen. (Learn more about Pelikan’s naming conventions.)

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Schmidt DSM 2006 Mechanical Pencil Converter

Schmidt DSM 2006

The Schmidt DSM 2006 is a mechanical pencil converter For Parker-style G2 pens. It’s basically the full internals of a mechanical pencil made modular and fit into the space of a Parker-style G2 refill. This self-contained unit sells for under $5 and while it won’t fit every Parker-style pen, it will fit many of them.

The DSM 2006 is a mechanism for professional pen manufacturers, pen resellers, pen turns, and other pros, but it’s affordable enough and easy enough to find that it’s a fun pick-up for hobbyists as well.

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Premec Jumbo Ballpoint

Premec Ballpoint G2

The Premec Jumbo Ballpoint is a refill made in Switzerland. It uses an oil-based ballpoint ink and is sold in two main body varieties: polypropylene and nickel-plated brass. These don’t only affect the looks of the refill, but also the capacity: the plastic version can hold up to 3500 meters of ink where the metal version can hold 5000 meters (in 0.7 mm, but 2000 m in 1.0 mm).

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