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Gerber Impromptu Update


I posted about the Gerber Impromptu when I first purchased it and have been carrying it on duty ever since.  It uses a Rite in the Rain refill that finally died on me this past week, of once or twice a day use.  I use other pens for normal writing but this one when I have someone in front of me and I need to write something or near vehicles.  I got this pen in October of 2013 and it just took a crap on me.  What's wrong with it?



I had the writing end out and was writing when I needed to break some glass.  It worked as it has worked before, shattering the glass and allowing me to do what I needed to do.  When I retrieved the pen I found it non-functional.  The above photo is what went on inside the pen.  Apparently doing what I did with the point end exposed made the Rite in the Rain refill jump and misaligned with the spring.  I had to take it apart to fix it.


After reassembly and since then the tip of the refill sticks out and hangs up on deployment.  I do not know if it is the spring or the clicker itself, both seem to be in fully functional condition.  As you can see from the above photo and the first photo of this post, the glass breaking end is still in excellent condition and does not require replacement.  I am going to get another refill and see if continues to work the way it has.  I could probably review it right now but I'll give it another few months of use before I write one up since I want to see how a refill works out and if it will hold up to hard use.