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Schmidt P950 Pressurized Ballpoint Refill Really Is Pressurized

I’ve been infatuated with ballpoint pens lately, and since my usually awesome Fisher space pen hasn’t been performing well it was a matter of time before I started looking for an alternative.

I thought I’d found it in the Schmidt P950 megaline refill, and since I was ordering their EasyFlow 9000 I thought I’d give one a try.

Any doubts about whether it was actually pressurized vaporized when I pulled the gray cap off and the tip came with it:

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The ink came flowing out with an eerie, unstoppable slowness. It didn’t sputter or splatter, but I wasn’t about to try and shove the tip back in. This is the only refill that I’ve ever had leak or break. The ink had a pearlescent quality to it, was thick and gooey and sticky.

The vendor has offered to replace it, or substitute an Easyflow 9000. I think I’ll take another Easyflow 9000.

[UPDATE: The vendor I’d bought the refill from, Lanier Pens, was awesome and quickly replaced the defective unit without hassle.]

8 comments… add one
  • ccorrada April 7, 2012, 9:43 am

    ew..

    • Steve April 8, 2012, 3:00 pm

      Yes, ew. Actually, I wasn’t so much disgusted as disappointed.

  • drew April 8, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Interesting… Does anyone know if regular Parker refills are pressurized? Always looking for an alternative pressurized pen aside from the Uni-ball power tank and Fisher Pens.

    • Steve April 8, 2012, 3:09 pm

      Hi Drew,

      I don’t believe the Parker brand refills are. The common test is to see if a cart writes for an extended period upside down. I thought the Caran d’Ache refills were because I had one that wrote for a long time upside down, and in general they are so nice to write with, but when I wrote to the US distributor they said they weren’t.

      I’m not aware if any other brand that is pressurized, but I think I’m going to just use the regular ones. I don’t need most of the benefits of a pressurized cartridge that often, and the price paid in capacity and writing quality can be high.

      I’ve had Fisher carts that were like roller balls, the line was dark and it was very smooth to write with. But many have been just not very good. No glide, no flow. I’ve come to the conclusion the pressurized gas must have leaked out.

      The CdA and Parker are what I’m using now. Trying the Schmidt Easyflow 9000, but that’s another post 🙂

      • RMinNJ August 23, 2012, 1:29 pm

        “..Trying the Schmidt Easyflow 9000, but that’s another post”

        Steve,

        Did you ever write a review of the Easyflow refills. I’m using the blue ones now and seem to have a like/dis-like relationship with them.. The blue ones write pretty well when new but sometimes long lines start fading with them…when it gets real bad I replace the refill..but I have not had one run of ink..only skip and fade.

        A water resistant Parker blue gel would be my ideal refill. I have not liked the new Parker blue Quink Flow refils which seem pale and faint compared to the Easyflow blue. Also, I’m disappointed in Parker as I liked their broad blue Quink refills but they are discontinuing them (can still get them).

        Thanks.

        • Steve August 25, 2012, 10:58 am

          Wow! I never did. I got sucked back into using Caran d’Ache and Fisher refills.

          I need to get back to that. My recollection was that it started a bit hard, and squigley, but then smoothed out a bit.

          I guess I need to do some review of my notes, and a bit of writing this afternoon!

  • drew April 8, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Thanks for insight. The only reason I have been looking into pressurized pens is the believe they are least likely to leak in my pocket and damage my clothing. I almost always prefer the writing experience of any other pen but I figure they probably are best for pocket pens.

    I have also been having issues with the quality of the Fisher Refills, hopefully the alternatives (CdA & Easyflow) bring you an enjoyable writing experience. One of life’s little pleasures.

  • Buford July 13, 2012, 7:26 am

    Eversharp made a pressurized BP refill that was available for a time and (to me) was better than Fisher. I have used both Fisher and Schmidt pressurized refills (along with the usual non-presurized refills from Schmidt, Parker, Visconti, Retro 51, Delta, Aurora, Pelikan, Monteverde and such). Like Caran D Ache refills but they of course generally work/fit only in pens of that brand. Never had problems with Schmidt refills of any type (which is probably why Schmidt is often the manufacturer of other branded refills).

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