Lamy’s T11 is a tiny rollerball refill designed for us in the Lamy Balloon, a rollerball pen for students. The T11 is like a small Lamy M63, but with a smaller, entirely plastic body. Like the M63, the T11 is designed for use with capped rollerball pens.
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The Lamy Balloon is an affordable, smaller rollerball pen designed for students. It’s very similar to the Safari and Vista pens, but it’s smaller and more affordable.
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The Pilot BRF-25-B-B is a 1.2 mm super thick ballpoint refill. This refill is generally not available in the US but can be ordered from Japan using Ebay, or similar service.
The BRF-25B-B is a 250 JPY refill with a metal body. It’s only sold in black. It uses a 1.2 mm super thick ball tip where the BRF-25BB-B uses a 1.6 mm writing tip.
The Pilot BRF-25-BB-B is a ballpoint refill. This refill is generally not available in the US but can be ordered from Japan using Ebay, or similar service.
The BRF-25BB-B is a 250 JPY refill with a metal body. It’s only sold in black. It uses a 1.6 mm super thick ball tip where the BRF-25B-B uses a 1.2 mm writing tip.
This refill is the metal version of the Pilot BRFN-30 series of ink. It uses Pilot Acro ink (an oil-based hybrid). The BRFN-10 is not sold in an extra fine model.
The BRFN extra fine is a 0.5 mm refill that is compatible with the Dr. Grip, S20, Ageless, Legno, and a few other pens from Pilot.
The Pilot BRFN-10M is a plastic refill that is commonly found in the Dr. Grip pens as well as the S20 executive pen. It’s a proprietary shape that only Pilot uses, which makes this refill hard to swap out in place of another refill.
The Ohto NBP-507R Promecha is a needletip, ballpoint pen that is similar to Ohto’s more-popular Horizon and Horizon EU pens. It has an all-metal body and a knurled-rubber hybrid grip that is similar to the Pentel Graph Gear 1000.
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The Lamy Noto is an affordable, all-plastic ballpoint that the company released in 2008. The pen was designed by Naoto Fukasawa, who is most famous for his Muji compact disc player.
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The Explorer is a new fountain pen from Pilot, released in early 2019. It’s very similar to the popular Pilot Metropolitan, but it’s made of a lighter, plastic body. Additionally the Explorer is a bit more expensive then the Metro, it’s lighter, and its wider.
Please note, Pilot had another Explorer, an odd ballpoint pen from the 1990s. That pen is rarely seen these days and seems unrelated to this newly released fountain pen.
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The Z24 is a fountain pen converter built for Lamy fountain pens. It was replaced in 2017 by the Z28, which looks almost the same and functions identically. The Z24 is fully plastic and has a black middle section where the Z28 has a metal band in the middle. The Z24 is a twist-style converter with a proprietary shape designed to only work with Lamy pens.
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The Z28 is a fountain pen converter built for Lamy fountain pens. It is the replacement for the older Z24, which looks almost identical. The Z28 has a metal band in the middle but is primarily made of plastic. It’s a twist-style converter with a proprietary shape designed to only work with Lamy pens.
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The CON-70 is Pilot’s largest and most expensive fountain pen converter. It’s the converter included with Pilot’s gold nib pens, like the Custom 74 and Falcon. Its capacity is 1.1 ml, breaking the convention of the number after the “CON-” matching the capacity of the converter in milliliters.
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The Pilot CON-50 is a fountain pen converter that used to be included with some mid-to-high range Pilot pens. It was replaced by the CON-40 when it stopped being sold in late 2017.
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The Pilot CON-20 was a aeromatic, or pump-style, fountain pen converter sold with some Pilot pens. The basic construction of the converter was a rubber bladder inside of a metal shell with a press plate on the side. You’d submerge the bottom of the converter in ink, press the plate and the ink would bubble. After you would let go and the spring-loaded press plate would suck ink into the bladder making for a cheap, but not very good converter.
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The Pilot CON-40 is a proprietary fountain pen converter that fits all of Pilot’s cartridge/converter pens. This includes a wide range of pens but some are the Prera, Metropolian, Vanishing Point, Cavalier, and Custom 74.
The CON-40 is a plastic, screw-type converter with an ink capacity of 0.4 ml, making it quite small.
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