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 will help you work through your Schmidt pen refill problems.
Schmidt Refills Explained
Here are the model numbers of Schmidt’s most popular refills as well as a brief explanation of each.
Schmidt Rollerball Refills
- P8126 – Short capless rollerball, 0.6 mm, wide body design
- P8127 – Short capless rollerball, 0.7 mm, wide body design
- P8120 – Short capless rollerball, 1.0 mm, wide body design
- 8126 – Long capless rollerball, 0.6 mm, wide body design
- 8127 – Long capless rollerball, 0.7 mm, wide body design
- 8120 – Long capless rollerball, 1.0 mm, wide body design
- 888 – Plastic body, rollerball ISO spec, ceramic ball, sold in Fine, Medium, Broad
- 5285 – Metal body, rollerball ISO spec, needle tip
- 5888 – Metal body, rollerball ISO spec, ceramic ball, sold in Fine, Medium, Broad
- 6040 – Metal body, ISO spec, spring-loaded fiber tip (fineliner)
Schmidt Parker-style G2 refills
These are Parker-style (ballpoint-style) refills that adhere to the ISO G2 specification.
- 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
- P900 Softline – Ballpoint ink that is lower viscosity than the P900 but higher than EasyFlow
- 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
- EasyFlow 6000 – The EasyFlow hybrid ink in a D1 refill
- 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.
Schmidt’s pen refills also appear in the Baron Fig Squire and Diplomat pressurized ballpoint pens.
What pens work with the Schmidt P8126, P8127, and P8120 rollerball refills?
These rollerball refills are very wide so they don’t work with all rollerball pens. They will work with the Baron Fig Squire, Retro 51 Tornado, Kaweco Classic Sport Gel Roller, Karas Kustoms EDK, Bigidesign Ti Click EDC, and the Namisu Nova rollerball pens.
What pens work with the Schmidt 8126, 8127, and 8120 rollerball refills?
The long, capless rollerball refills will work with long, wide pens, like the Rotring Jazz, original Lamy Swift, and the Schmidt Capless Rollerball pen.