My version of the Sharpie pick pen.
I wanted to get it so the sharpie marker still worked, and I think I did! Here's what I did:
1. cut down sharpie refill right behind threads, (tape off extra half of refill, save for refilling later)
2. cut down X-acto knife 1/4" behind groove - I don't know which number x-acto it is. Sorry! It's the most common one, I think.
3. pull out felt ink insert from the pen half of the refill and cut off 1/2", replace ink insert in pen.
4. wrap extra thin rubberband around groove on X-acto. I used a really cheap, really, really thin hair rubberband. Braces bands or a tiny rubber o-ring would work also.
5. carefully push x-acto into the pen half of the refill, making sure the rubberband doesn't slide out of the groove, if possible. It should hold the X-acto inside the sharpie.
6. (optional) I added another red rubberband on the outside, because one little part of the internal rubberband was showing and I wanted it to look like it was on purpose...
7. Cut your picks to size, so it can be closed with your favorite pick ready to go, clamped in the x-acto.
I hope the rubberband and threads of the x-acto housing are air tight enough to prevent the sharpie from drying out. We'll see. I'm fully expecting the sharpie won't last that long, because of the small size of the ink insert. But it should be easy enough to replace later.
Currently, I still need to work on it so it doesn't rattle and make my tension wrench, but I'm very happy with it thus far!
Hope you like it.