The German company Schmidt makes some of the world’s best pen refills. Unfortunately it can be difficult to understand which one you need. This guide should help you work through your pen refill problems!
Schmidt’s Top Refills Explained
Schmidt Rollerball Refills
- P8126 – Short capless rollerball in 0.6 mm
- P8127 – Short capless rollerball in 0.7 mm
- P8120 – Short capless rollerball in 1.0 mm
- 8126 – Long capless rollerball in 0.6 mm
- 8127 – Long capless rollerball in 0.7 mm
- 8120 – Long capless rollerball in 1.0 mm
- 888 – Skinny, plastic body rollerball with a ceramic ball
- 5285 – Skinny, metal body rollerball refill with a needle tip
- 5888 – Skinny, metal body rollerball with a ceramic ball
- 6040 – Skinny, metal body with a spring-loaded fiber tip. A fineliner
Schmidt Parker-style G2 refills
- EasyFlow 9000 – Capless Parker G2 refill with hybrid ink. Sold in Fine and Medium (Broad no longer available)
- P900 – Ballpoint ink in a Parker-style G2 refill. Schmidt’s standard ballpoint. Sold in Fine and Medium
- P950 – Ballpoint ink in a pressurized Parker-style G2 refill. Writes at any angle.
- P8900 – Capless Parker-style G2 refill with gel ink. No longer made.
Schmidt’s Other Refills
- 635 – D1 refill with ballpoint ink
- MegaLine 4889 – A long, metal pressurized refill. Writes at any angle. Built for Fisher Space Pens and the Diplomat Spacetec
At this point you hopefully have a basic understanding of what Schmidt offers. Figure out your pen and you’ll know what you need. Expect to see a limited selection of colors — usually just blue and black, sometimes blue, black, red, and green — and a small set of sizes. This is a company that makes the basics and makes them extremely well, but doesn’t offer the range of a Pilot or Uniball.
Schmidt’s White Label Products
A lot of what Schmidt does is sell other brands its components so they can be sold under a different label. The main example of this is the Retro 51 Tornado shipping with a REF5P refill. Read the fine print and you’ll realize it’s a Schmidt P8127.