In the world of consumer writing utensils, the razors and blades, and disposable business models seem to be the only choices available. Paying $3-$4 for ink refills seems outrageous when all you need is a little bit of ink. But I've discovered another way that, though not less wasteful of resources, is a lot cheaper. Get out your scalpels, kids, were going to do some surgery. Today's patients, the Cross AT Ion pen and some Staples Mini Gel Stick pens.
You will need: 1 (starving) Cross Ion Gel pen 1 Staples Mini Gel Stick pen 1 Tack 1 Alligator style staple remover 1 File (pick your favorite tooth configuration) 1 Ruler
It always happens that in the middle of the most important note, sentence, signature, novel, assignment, love note... the pen dies. Cross AT wants you to pay $3.75 for the privilege to refill your snazzy Ion pen. I think not! Not after I saw these Staples Mini Gel Stick pens. A pack of 12 is only one quarter more and probably were birthed at the same factory in China as the Cross refills.