Some may argue that ballpoint pens are only as good as their refills. While the make of the pen contributes plenty to the writing experience, it is the quality of the refill that will determine how well it writes on paper. Knowing which refills out there are best can also help you decide what pen you want to buy. Here are some of the best refills for ballpoint pens that you can try:
The LAMY M16 is a well-known proprietary refill that fits only LAMY pens, but it is absolutely worth investing in a LAMY pen to experience this refill. It has a modest but good enough selection of colors, and the quality of the lines produced by the refill is superb. You’ll love how smoothly this writes without any skipping or hard starts. You can get this refill in blue, black, red, and green, and it also comes in fine, medium, and broad tip sizes.
This refill works in any pen that accepts Parker-style refills, also known as the G2 refill. This refill is often said to have the perfect viscosity and makes a great refill for everyday pens. It offers smooth writing with precision. These refills are easily accessible, write a solid dark line, and are sold in fine and medium to suit your preference.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that lays down a bolder line, then this refill is for you. The Faber-Castell XB Ink Refill is best for smooth and light writing. It’s a large capacity refill with a steel tip that writes well on most paper types, including copy sheets. Its smoothness allows you to write in a relaxed manner, making it suitable for longer writing sessions. It comes in an extra broad tip, so it is perfect for making thicker and bolder lines.
Uni Jetstream SXR-600
For those who enjoy writing small, the Uni Jetstream SXR-600 is a great refill to consider. It is another Parker-style cartridge that comes with a 0.5 mm tip size. It also comes in 0.38 mm and 0.7 mm sizes, but most writers find that 0.5 mm is the sweet spot for everyday writing. This might be a bit pricier than other refills, but it provides a thin, even line that is perfect if you are looking for nice, clean writing. The line it lays down is also pigmented and dark, so you won’t have any issues with going back to your notes later on.
Last but not least is Parker’s Quinkflow Refill. This refill contains the fast-drying hybrid formulation that was launched by Parker in 2010. You get black, blue, and red color choices in medium and fine points. If you want long-lasting and fast-drying ballpoint pen ink, then this is a great option. It writes very smoothly with no scratchy or skippy sensations that often come with refills. This refill is comparable to the Schmidt Easy Flow 9000, which is also known for being a smooth writer. The difference is that the Quinkflow lasts significantly longer and writes more consistently.
Refills are just as important as the rest of your ballpoint pen. You might even say that they are the most essential component of your writing instrument. Choosing the right refill can improve the way you write, and with a few other pointers, you can make your ballpoint pen write even better for the best writing experience yet.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting