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Does anyone have any ideas about refilling a favourite ballpoint pen with ink? I have thought about using a syringe, but the ink is too thin. Before anyone asks, I can't just buy a replacement refill for the pen as they stopped making them.

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Rishnai (author)2008-08-05

A syringe sounds like it would be perfect. How thin is this ink if a syringe won't control it?

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batjonesy (author)Rishnai2008-08-06

Well re the viscosity of the ink, the problem is that the ink in ballpoint pens is as you know, very thick. The only ink I have access to is the bottled type that people put in old fashioned pens with a nib. I suppose what I need is someone to tell me how to thicken ink to the same consistency as ink found in ballpoint pens.

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Do what kiteman said or add cornstarch to the ink to thicken it a little, with the cornstarch a little goes a long way...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-08-10

Hmmm, arrowroot might work better, as cornstarch may clog the point...

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-08-11

Aye or even just thicken it with heat, gently heat for a few minutes to drive off water...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-08-11

Depending on the brand, I would be careful with that...a lot of our ball points do not have water soluble ink, so assuming a solvent of some sort, one would have to stress "gently heat"; or expect to create a small torch or candle out of it :-)

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Rishnai (author)Goodhart2008-08-11

That sounds fun to try, in a well-ventilated, non-flammable environment.

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Goodhart (author)Rishnai2008-08-12

Ink is, if it burns at all in that narrow tube, quite a slow burn :-)

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Rishnai (author)Goodhart2008-08-12

But if you take it out of the tube...?

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Goodhart (author)Rishnai2008-08-13

still, if one wishes to thicken it, but rather ignites it......well :-)

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Firebert010 (author)batjonesy2008-08-08

No, you simply have to suck the ink out of another ballpoint pen.

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Rishnai (author)Firebert0102008-08-08

D'oh! Why didn't I think of that?

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Rishnai (author)batjonesy2008-08-06

Uniball makes ballpoints that use thin ink like that. Maybe the ballpoint is machined a bit different, but if you get a good cap on it, I bet nay pen could hold and work with the thin stuff.

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theRIAA (author)2008-08-07

what about if makes it your favorite?

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batjonesy (author)theRIAA2008-08-08

It is designed so you will never accidentally put in into your pocket with the tip of the pen extracted. As soon as you push the clip onto the top of a pocket it retracts the writing end automatically. But the real reason is that I like the feel of how it writes and the line it makes when writing is very fine, (which is why I want to refill it rather than just put a similar refill into it).

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Kiteman (author)2008-08-05

You'd be surprised how many refills fit other pens. Take the empty refill to a decent stationers and wander around the pen aisles.

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