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As I’ve said before I really like the Schmidt high end cartridge in all pens except the PSI Steampunk where it binds. The label method of product identification is not compatible with this kit every time. Yes, I have kits that work, but most bind. This is not a complaint about the kit or those wonderful cartridges just an unfortunate incompatibility.


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Have you tried chucking the refill in the lathe, and using the skew to shave the label off up to a point that is above where it binds?
Can the part that causes the binding, be drilled a few thousandths to allow the refill to fit?

I haven't done one of these kits, so these are just ideas.
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You make me wonder, Mark. I have made a couple of these kits and use the same refill but have had no issues. Is it every one or just some of them? I have one in stock I use from time to time, I will check it.


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Schmidt make the same refill with a printed label, rather than a sticker - in broad point.

I have the same problem with Long Clicks, the broad point solves my problems.

Exotic Blanks and Richard Greenwald both stock those refills.
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I've never done these either but I would think a little 400 grit on the belt sander could fix it.
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Clearly, since millions are sold worldwide, the refill meets the spec for the Parker style pens. So, if a certain kit does not accommodate it, file the inside of the kit component until it works.


Changing the refill solves the problem FOR THAT REFILL. I sold pens, I want the customer to go to ANY Parker style refill and have it work. If the 9000 hangs up, there are probably others that will not work.


Fix the pen, not the refill


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Have you tried chucking the refill in the lathe, and using the skew to shave the label off up to a point that is above where it binds?
Can the part that causes the binding, be drilled a few thousandths to allow the refill to fit?

I haven't done one of these kits, so these are just ideas.
Chucking- skew. May I suggest nobody try this. I commend you for trying to problem solve but what you are suggesting could be dangerous.
I agree with Ed4
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You make me wonder, Mark. I have made a couple of these kits and use the same refill but have had no issues. Is it every one or just some of them? I have one in stock I use from time to time, I will check it.


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I have made 10 and two fit. I took a rasp or rat tail file to one without positive results.
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Clearly, since millions are sold worldwide, the refill meets the spec for the Parker style pens. So, if a certain kit does not accommodate it, file the inside of the kit component until it works.


Changing the refill solves the problem FOR THAT REFILL. I sold pens, I want the customer to go to ANY Parker style refill and have it work. If the 9000 hangs up, there are probably others that will not work.


Fix the pen, not the refill


This is, of course MY OPINION!!!!!


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Most of the time I agree with you, this time no. Ten to 15 kits and only 2 did not bind. I am sure it is PSI but hey this is a pain.

Does Schmidt sell easyflow 9000 without labels? I’ve seen other (lesser) refills that are printed no ”stickered”.
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Chucking- skew. May I suggest nobody try this. I commend you for trying to problem solve but what you are suggesting could be dangerous.
I agree with Ed4
Chucking a refill is no more dangerous than chucking anything else. Only the part that will have the label removed, will be extended past the chuck. If one's skew skills are not up to the task, 100 grit gouges will work.
I would not hesitate to attempt this.
Although, my second recommendation, was to drill the offending part to open it, to allow the refill to fit.

Of course, only an individual can assess their ability to accomplish a task.
Doing anything, from the time one gets out of bed in the morning, to climbing back into bed at night, has an inherent risk. It's up to the individual to calculate the risk to their ability.
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