Success! You've saved some money and escaped the razor and blades business model. Not to mention, your using one of the slickest pens on the planet.Oh...
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
Step 1: The Problem
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.