I'm writing another review...
October 9, 2011
I'm writing another review for this pen after testing out two other refills in
First I tried a Foray ink refill (that is Office Depot's store brand), which was
the same size as the Pilot ink cartridge that came with the pen, but the Foray
insert has a 1.0mm tip which reduces scratchiness. It goes right into the pen
with no trouble, a very easy and cheap upgrade ($0.99)
When it comes to ballpoints I really prefer broader writing tips, so I tried the
ink insert from a Papermate Profile ballpoint I had lying around. I don't know
if the refills for these are sold separately, but I couldn't find them at an
office supply store, so you may have to buy the Profile pen just to get the ink
out of it (it easily unscrews and drops right out). Once you have it out of the
Profile pen, cut it down to length using the original Pilot insert with
scissors--the actual ink inside the sleeve doesn't come anywhere near the
cutting point, so no mess. Then just stick it in the Down Force. This refill
works great, and the Profile pens have 1.4mm tips so they put down a smooth,
bold line (for a ballpoint).
Both of these make this pen useful to me again. There may be other refills that
fit this pen, but they simply weren't available in my area--it seems to be a
rather standard sized refill though. Using these ink cartridges instead of the
original presumably means that the "pressurizing" feature of this pen is lost,
which doesn't matter to me because I never write upside-down.
So, the body of this pen is a winner and by spending another few dollars on a
better ink refill it goes from bad to good, but it should've been good in the
first place so I'm only upgrading my rating to a 3.
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