Help! Impossible to Find Pen Refills

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by carbonmotion, Jun 25, 2013.

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    carbonmotion

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    Hi All-

    I have an atypical office equipment problem. I only use Pilot G-2 Pens in Ultra Fine (0.38mm) in blue. They are excellent for marking up documents that I review on a regular basis. I like blue because it doesn't blend in to the page like black and its not too flashy like green or red. I I guess its a weird personal personal preference.

    Anyways, is it me or do these refills not exist?

    Please help if you're knowledgable about this. I'm trying to be environmentally friendly and not throw away so many used up pens.

    Also, thank you all for reading and helping.
     
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    A quick Google search shows lots of suppliers selling packs of a dozen. 38mm, blue. You must have a slack stationery store.

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    Yeah office max is next door and mad sketch. Can you link me? I really appreciate it. Admittedly my own Google-fu is somewhat lacking these days.
     
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    Is this refinement of any use to you?

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?clie...89,d.dGI&fp=f392f9607daaeede&biw=1276&bih=893

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    Try, try, try again. Then suck eggs.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006RVSU

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  9. carbonmotion, Jun 26, 2013
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    I think at this point I'll withdraw, red faced and flummoxed. Even looking at www.pilotpen.us it seems that the extra fine refill is available only in black.

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    yeah its super weird
     
  12. Ap0ks, Jun 26, 2013
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    I find Cult Pens the best place to find refills they're based in the UK (as I am) but they do ship to the US, I think these are the particular refills you're after.
     
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    @ $2.00 a pop, its more than buying whole pens :(
    You can eBay whole pens from hong kong for about $0.78 per unit

    But, thank you for pointing to a very useful resource. It may come in handy later on.
     
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    I'd buy a different pen that has available fine blue ink refills. It's not worth the trouble.
     
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    Agreed. You tried OP, but it is time to move on if you want blue refills or just buy the pens you want and forget about refilling them.
     
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    LOL beggars can't be choosers.

    I would just buy more pens if you are absolutely in love with them. Cut your losses. Consider the Zebra F-701 pens. Fine point is something like .7mm, which I understand is wider than .38mm, but maybe you'll like them. I also think there is an ultra fine out there.
     
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    Trying to recycle things that are already less than $2 = Spending more money and time than you really should be.

    There will be a recycle label on the package that tells you in which way these should be thrown out in order to be properly sent out to be repurposed again. Would be the ideal solution to making them more eco-friendly for you and not have you feeling so bad about chunking them.

    Refills are more for the nicer pens, like the two sets or one that costs more than $6.
     
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    Kissaragi

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    email the manufacturer and ask them maybe?
     
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    I doubt not throwing out a few of your pens will reduce greenhouse gas emissions :rolleyes:
     
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    Is this seriously a thread where the OP keeps asking the forum to continually revise a Google search for him because he claims to be "somewhat lacking" in his ability to search?
     
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    no, that's that other thread you're thinking of, not this one.

    found THIS which is a bit cheaper i guess. kinda like looking for pennies in the parking lot without all the bending over and icky/sticky stuff.

    if you would only move up from .38 to .50 then life would be all peaches and gravy, because those .50 things are everywhere. best of luck.

    EDIT: ooh, how about... damn, red ink. hate it when that happens.

    EDITx2: how about a box of 12 HERE. seller from Hong Kong, site has decent feedback FWIW. with 2.00 for shipping, ends up about a buck a pen. now there is some progress!
     
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    Hahaha, this place is known for having lots of rare and cool stuff that has to do with writing.

    I think they are based out of Japan, and so is Pilot pens, so it makes sense that they would have the hard to find items like this in stock.
     
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    I've already done that.
     

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