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Surely a refill is a refill isn’t it? Well -
We are more than happy to claim that our refills compare favourably with anything you can buy on the high street or online, but at a fraction of the cost. Its a bold claim! After all, if our customers disagree, they will feel hoodwinked and won’t buy from us again.
Why are we so confident? Because our refills are made using the finest possible components and inks, and manufactured to the highest standards and tolerances.
Because our refills are of the highest quality, it goes without saying that they comply with all the requirements of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) relevant to ballpoint, gel and rollerball pens
They cover, amongst other things, writing quality, paper absorption, bleeding, legibility, shelf life, and resistance to a wide range of perils such as water, light, smearing, erasing, tropical conditions and chemical attack including from bleach & acid.
THE CERAMIC SAFETY TIP DEBUNKED.
Certain rollerball pen kits have an ink unit which features a so called, “ceramic safety tip.” But what does that actually mean?
Well, the ceramic bit is pretty obvious -
The safety tip? That’s a little less obvious. Rollerballs are designed to use an ink which is similar in character to a fountain pen, but formulated to be dispensed via a ball instead of a nib. A fountain pen is occasionally prone to blot, or run or even clog up, and sometimes you may get inky fingers too.
A rollerball is less prone to those characteristics and therefore could be said to be safer to use than a fountain pen. In other words, “safety tip” is just a way of saying it’s a rollerball. Nothing more! Just because other refills don’t use the term “safety tip”, it doesn’t mean they’re more likely to bite you!
And when was the last time you actually wrote with one of these ceramic safety tips?
Just how smooth was it? Try one -
Inferior refills have tips made from brass, which is often nickel plated to prevent tarnishing and improve its looks. Brass is a relatively soft material that is easily worked in mass production. However, it’s susceptible to corrosion from the ink ingredients, and because of its softness it is also prone to wear from the ever revolving ball whilst in use. These two factors can ultimately lead to either a seized ball, or the ball becoming too high in the tip, resulting in leakage, blotting and an increased ink flow, meaning a shorter writing life.
To prevent this from happening, all our refills have super smooth, channelled tungsten
The components which go to make a refill amount to nothing if the ink is no good.
Needless to say, our inks are of the finest quality too, specially formulated to give the best possible performance and writing experience.
Our standard Parker and Cross style refills contain an oil based paste ink which is designed to flow smoothly without skipping or drying up inside. It is waterproof and even tropical proof, and there is enough of it to write for about 10km and 4km respectively.
Our “Soft & Smooth” Parker style refill also contains paste ink, which has all the qualities of our standard ink but is formulated to glide effortlessly across the page, and to dispense slightly faster. It really and truly is incredibly smooth to use. A pen is only as good as the refill inside it, and once you’ve experienced our “Soft & Smooth” refills you’ll wonder why you ever used anything else.
Gel ink is generally water based and ours is no exception. It has a higher viscosity and contains a greater concentration of pigment than our standard ink. Our Parker style gel refills are extremely popular as many prefer the end result. They are more opaque and are also capable of writing on surfaces where an oil based ink won’t work, for instance, on glossy paper or plastics.
Our rollerball ink is also water based, using a dye instead of a pigment, and designed to be dipensed via a narrower ball than a ballpoint. It is formulated to flow smoothly without skipping, and to dry quickly on the paper.