Refilling a mechanical pencil is easy. Either you can do it from the tip and push the lead inside that way, or you can open up the bottom side of the pencil and insert the lead there. After that, your pressing the button should be enough to get the lead out from the pencil to write with it.
Refilling a Mechanical Pencil
There are mainly two ways to refill a mechanical pencil. One is to fill it from the top, and the other is to open up the back and fill it from there. But filling from the bottom is usually the better choice to make.
First Way (Filling From the Top)
As you press the button on the pencil, the lead comes out of the top. If it doesn’t have any lead and needs a refill correctly, things will come out from it. So you can press the button down and slide a lead through where the lead usually comes out.
Remember to keep the button pressed all as long as you are trying to push the lead inside. If you do not keep the button pressed, then the pencil will grab onto the lead, and it will not go inside. Excessive pressure can even break the lead.
2nd Way (Refilling by Opening the Back)
This is the recommended way to refill a mechanical pencil. Most of the pencil recommends it to do the refill this way because it is easier to do. If the mechanical pencil supports more than one lead, and you can refill it with multiple from the back, which one can not do from the front.
To do this, you have first to take off the back cover, which covers the eraser.
Now take the eraser out and you will have access to the tube where all the leads go.
Now put the refill inside the tube. Some mechanical pencils can have up to 6 or 7 leads at the same time. But before you put multiple leads inside, check how many leads it can support—putting more than the recommended amount can cause it to be jammed.
After you are done refilling the leads and putting everything back together, press the button until the lead comes out from the top. That should be enough to complete the refill and get it ready for writing. If it doesn’t come out, then open up the back again, take out the leads, and fill it again.
How to Refill a Papermate Mechanical Pencil?
Papermate pencils may look a little different than the other pencils, but they work the same way. As long as you have the correspondence in the size of the lead, you can follow the general idea from above to refill the pencil.
To refill a Papermate mechanical pencil, first, you have to take off the whole backside including the rubber.
Here you will find the white tule where the leads are held. This Papermate pencil can have two leads at the same time. After opening it up, take 2 leads and put them inside the pencil into the white tube. Make sure it goes inside the white tube.
Now close off the back and press the button to make sure the lead comes out correctly. When closing the backside, it will have a click if it gets to the proper place. So be aware of it to make sure it doesn’t randomly open up. That’s how you refill your Papermate mechanical pencils.
How to Refill Pilot g2 Mechanical Pencil?
Pilot g2 pencils are reasonably straightforward. They follow the standard mechanical pencil design. So you just have to take off the eraser cap and eraser from the back and put your lead inside the pencil.
Now put everything back and press the button to test out if it works properly. Be careful not to break the lead while refilling. You can also do the refill from the top, but this way works way better.
How to Refill Rotring Mechanical Pencil?
Rotring pencils also have a back button to operate the lead. So you have to follow the same procedure.
First, take out the cap of the eraser and the eraser. This will open up the backside of the pencil.
Now, put one lead through it and close it like before. Make sure that the lead is the same size as the pencil capable of using. If the lead is too big, then it will get stuck. If it is too small, it may not grip and get push inside when writing.
Of course, as usual, after everything is back together, push the button couple of times to check if the lead comes out. You can also try writing with it to figure out if it is set up correctly.
How to Refill Staedtler Mechanical Pencil?
Staedtler mechanical pencils are also the same as any other backside button mechanical pencil. But the container of Staedtler is a little different than the other one.
They are color-coded with the size of the pencil that can hold the leads. So a 0.3mm lead is the same color as the 0.3mm pencil tube where you put the leads.
As for the procedure, you have to follow the same thing here too. First, take off the eraser cap and eraser to make way for the lead to go inside.
Now attach the lead container and pour all the leads in. Then take out the container and put the eraser and cap back on. Notice how the 0.3mm written paper is the same color as the place you are putting them in.
Always make sure that these two color matches. Staedtler matches these colors so that you don’t accidentally use the wrong size leads. After that, give it a check if it works properly, and you are good to go.
But even though these are very easy to do from the backside, the Staedtler website says to refill it from the top. But both ways should be pleasing if you want to do it from the back.
- Are all the mechanical pencils refillable?
Ans: Most of them these days are refillable, but some individuals say on the package that it is not refillable. But it is still possible to refill them.
- How long do mechanical pencils last?
Ans: There is no expiration date for a mechanical pencil. They last indefinitely. If the spring inside them doesn’t get damaged, it will work.
- Why does my mechanical pencil does not work?
Ans: The most common reason for a mechanical pencil not to work is being jammed. There are a few ways you can unjam it. You can find some solutions on youtube.
- Is 0.5mm better or 0.7mm better?
Ans: It depends on how you write. If you write with more force, then thicker lead will be better for you, which is, in this case, 0.7mm.
No matter which mechanical pencil you are using, they all follow the exact mechanism. If it is a non-refillable one, then it may be a bit different on the inside. But as long as you have a refillable pencil, you can generally follow this guide to refill your pencil correctly. Yet, be specific if your one matches the ones we’ve covered.