Just because you jammed your pencil doesn’t mean you need to buy a new one. Fixing up a mechanical pencil is easy if you know the right mechanism inside.
Sometimes the inside gets jammed so it needs to clear up by dismantling it. Sometimes you might have to fix a bent tip with a rod. Let’s have a more broad discussion on it.
How to Fix a Mechanical Pencil
If you are a regular user of a mechanical pencil, then you might have faced a jammed situation. The lead won’t come out at all. This is a very annoying situation. Sometimes the lead will not come forward or even slide back when you try to use it.
You can get your jammed pencil fixed by dismantling the pencil. The upper part near the tip needs unscrewing to open. Pushing the button down against the desk will allow you to see the clutch mechanism. Once you push the button, the jaws will be open.
Now you have to dislodge any bits of lead existing there to clear the jam. If you have problems opening up the mechanism, just hold the pencil tip-up. Then press the button against the desk. Push a cleaning pin through the tip to push any bits of lead out.
If in case you don’t have a cleaning pin. You can use a thin wire to do the job. But don’t push anything wide inside the tip as it may snap open the mechanism. Always keep a steady hand while working on clearing the jam.
How to Fix Bent Mechanical Pencil Tip
Sometimes when you drop your mechanical pencil, the tips tend to get bent. Often if you straighten it out again, it tends to get worse. You can go to your nearest hardware store & find a 0.5mm metal rod that you can insert inside the top.
You can use the rod to bend the tip back into a straight line again. If you find this complicated, then buy a replacement nib. You can easily replace the existing nib with a new one by contacting the supplier.
How to fix Rotring Tikky mechanical pencil
Rotring Mechanical pencils are solid-built & well-functioned pencils. They serve a long time. But sometimes accidents happen & you may bend the tip or the lead might get jammed.
Rotring pencils are easy to dismantle, so you might find it easy to get the pencil cleared. But with tip-related problems things get sensitive. You can try it yourself to make it straight. But don’t make the matter worse. Contact a Rotring customer service for further support.
How to Put a Mechanical Pencil Back Together
Reassembling a mechanical pencil can become a hectic job. Especially if you don’t remember how you parted it. We are assuming the basic mechanical pencil parts. So some parts may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
At first, you need to connect the lead reservoir tube by inserting it into the thrust tube end. Now we have to work with the chuck ring & the chuck. You need to insert the flared end of the chuck ring inside the snap plug end of the chuck. Slide it all the way down.
Now insert the snap end of the chuck at the small threaded end of the body. Place the pencil upright without letting the chuck fall out. Drop the spring down the back end of the body. Insert the lead reservoir tube into the back end. Push it in until you feel or hear the snap plug connect to it.
Reinserting the writing tip by twisting it clockwise onto the threaded part of the body. Reinsert the lead to the lead port. Viola! Your mechanical pencil is good as new again.
How to Replace Lead In Pentel Mechanical Pencil
Replacing the lead in pentel mechanical pencils can vary from model to model. There should be a small groove between the top & the bottom. With a gentle twist, you can separate the top & bottom parts of the pencil.
There you will find the refill bar where you need to replace the lead inside. The points go inside. After replacing the lead, you attach the top & bottom parts. A click noise will ensure the attachment of the parts.
- How long does a mechanical pencil last?
The best thing about mechanical pencil is that it has an infinite life expectancy. You just need to replace the lead inside if it ended. Only if the inside mechanism wears out, you need a new one. This is highly unlikely for a lot of years.
- Is Mechanical pencil lead toxic?
No, the lead inside a mechanical pencil is not toxic at all. They are actually nothing but graphite. It is a non-toxic substance. It will not harm you at all if you in case consume any.
Mechanical pencils have slowly become a part of modern culture. People leaving wooden pencils behind for mechanical ones. Due to the longevity of mechanical pencils. Getting clear knowledge of the pencils is the key to having a better understanding of the device.