My Personal Spirograph® Experience and Search for Pen Refills.
Let’s say you now have your own child and you wanted to share the wonder of the original Spirograph® educational toy from the 1960s with him or her. You excitedly purchase the new version of the Spirograph® and you become really disappointed with how meager it is. You set out to find your old one in storage or you even fork out a ton of money to buy one on eBay. You are so excited when you open it up and lo and behold….. the pens are dried up. You think… no problem, I’ll just go get some refills. Ahhhh… that IS a problem! They don’t sell these old refills just anywhere. The kind of ball point refills that most office supply stores now carry are the modern cone-shaped “roller ball” tip. Unfortunately, as you will discover, these tips will not fit through the tiny holes in the Spirograph® gears!
Well take heart! This scenario actually did happen to me, Howard Richman, so you are not alone! That is why I did a TON of research to find the correct replacement and I’m now excited to share my discovery with you. What you are looking for are the old style ball point pens. Most people wouldn’t really care about this, but I know, if you happen to be looking for these refills, you’ll be thrilled that you finally found them!