JetPens Blog 2015-08-03T21:54:02-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://www.jetpens.com/blog JetPens jetpens@jetpens.com http://www.jetpens.com <![CDATA[New Products: Shaker Mechanical Pencils, TWSBI Mechanical Pencils, Nomadic Travel Wallets, Lihit Lab Bag-in-Bags, Sharpies, Erasers, and More!]]>

New products are in!

With sleek mechanical pencils, convenient wallets and bag-in-bags, new Sharpie markers in electrifying colors, and more, you're sure to find a new staple for your everyday-carry in this week's new arrivals!

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2015-07-30T09:38:27-04:00 2015-07-30T09:40:22-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-shaker-mechanical-pencils-twsbi-mechanical-pencils-nomadic-travel-wallets-lihit-lab-bag-in-bags-sharpies-erasers-and-more/pt/782 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Drafting Pencils]]>

In the age of computer-aided design software, drafting by hand may be turning into a lost art, but drafting pencils are still as popular as ever. Designed to stand up to the rigors of heavy-duty, professional use, they are a favorite among artists, designers, and anyone who values quality and reliability in their writing instruments. Let's explore the main characteristics of drafting pencils and take a look at some of our favorites.

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2015-07-28T11:07:44-04:00 2015-07-28T11:07:44-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-drafting-pencils/pt/781 Ryan
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Expedition Giveaway]]>

We've prepared two sets for two lucky rugged adventurers! Equip yourself with a hardcover notebook, pressurized ink pen, and a handy dandy pen case. Read on to see how to enter!

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2015-07-24T11:51:57-04:00 2015-07-24T11:52:10-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-expedition-giveaway/pt/780 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pens, FriXion Stamps, Limited Edition Blackwing Pencils, Pen Cases, Highlighters, Rollerball Pens and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals feature updates on well-loved classics, including new colors of the popular Skyline Sport fountain pens, stamps that use the magical FriXion ink technology, and limited edition Blackwing pencils!

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2015-07-23T09:37:24-04:00 2015-07-23T09:37:24-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-kaweco-skyline-sport-fountain-pens-frixion-stamps-limited-edition-blackwing-pencils-pen-cases-highlighters-rollerball-pens-and-more/pt/778 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs: Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks]]>

Many fountain pen issues can be solved with a good cleaning, but some will require a slightly more advanced solution. If your fountain pen is scratchy, inconsistent, or just not writing quite the way you'd like, and if cleaning it hasn't solved the issue, read on for some more advanced tips and tricks.

Before attempting to tune a fountain pen, it helps to understand the basics of how they work. If you're new to fountain pens, check out How Fountain Pens Work.

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2015-07-21T15:11:04-04:00 2015-07-21T15:11:04-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-fountain-pen-nibs-troubleshooting-tips-and-tricks/pt/777 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Karas Kustoms Fountain Pens and Pen Bodies, Field Notes, Clairefontaine Triomphe, and Pelikan Edelstein Inks!]]>

New products are in!

We're dreaming of a bygone era with this week's new arrivals. Products include machined pens by Karas Kustoms, new Field Notes memo books, a Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad, and the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year.

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2015-07-16T09:27:50-04:00 2015-07-16T09:28:52-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-karas-kustoms-fountain-pens-and-pen-bodies-field-notes-midoris-traveler-notebook-pan-am-refills-clairefontaine-triomphe-and-pelikan-edelstein-inks/pt/775 Miriam
<![CDATA[Made in America]]>

Though we love scouring the world for the latest and greatest in stationery supplies, there are gems to be found right in our backyard. With its rich history in manufacturing, the United States is home to some of the best stationery companies. Keep reading to see some of our favorite brands that are carrying on the American tradition of in-house manufacturing.

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2015-07-14T13:42:10-04:00 2015-07-14T13:42:10-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/made-in-america/pt/774 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Daydreamer Giveaway]]>

Two lucky winners will get this set that's perfect for recording all your summer adventures and daydreams. To see how to enter, read on!

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2015-07-10T16:01:55-04:00 2015-07-10T16:01:55-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-daydreamer-giveaway/pt/772 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Kaweco Brass Sport and Jinhao Fountain Pens, Nomadic Travel Cases, Kurochiku Cleaning Cloths, Sakura Solid Markers, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week's items are sure to become precious everyday carry items, from classy fountain pens to convenient travel cases to "taisetsu" (precious) cleaning clothes. Read on to see more!

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2015-07-09T09:45:02-04:00 2015-07-09T09:45:02-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-kaweco-brass-sport-and-jinhao-fountain-pens-nomadic-travel-cases-kurochiku-cleaning-cloths-sakura-solid-markers-and-more/pt/771 Miriam
<![CDATA[How to Clean a Fountain Pen]]>

Like any well-tuned machine, fountain pens need periodic cleaning to keep them performing their best. This article will cover the basics of fountain pen cleaning, as well as some advanced techniques for experienced users.

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2015-07-07T10:30:00-04:00 2015-07-07T10:38:01-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/how-to-clean-a-fountain-pen/pt/259 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Fountain Pens, Watercolor Palettes, Gel Pens, Brush Pens, and More!]]>

New products are in!

Infusing color into our stationery collection is what we do best. This week's offerings include fountain pens, watercolor palettes, gel pens, brush pens, and more!

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2015-07-02T10:07:53-04:00 2015-07-02T10:08:08-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-fountain-pens-watercolor-palettes-gel-pens-brush-pens-and-more/pt/769 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Convenient Bag-in-Bags, Lamy Safari Neon Collection, Colorful Paint Markers, Japanese Name Markers, and More!]]>

New products are in!

We have summer-worthy items for you in this week's batch of new arrivals! From convenient bag-in-bags to the neon Lamy Safari line to colorful paint markers, you're sure to find a summer staple.

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2015-06-25T09:55:25-04:00 2015-06-25T09:55:25-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-convenient-bag-in-bags-lamy-safari-neon-collection-colorful-paint-markers-japanese-name-markers-and-more/pt/768 Miriam
<![CDATA[Blue Black Fountain Pen Ink Comparison]]>

Once you go blue black, you can't go back. No, that's not a typo, blue black is a captivating ink color popular among fountain pen users. Whether by habit or custom, if your fountain pen ink color usage has been limited to black and/or blue, you'll want to join us on our exploration of their colorful offspring.

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2015-06-23T09:28:32-04:00 2015-06-23T09:28:32-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/blue-black-fountain-pen-ink-comparison/pt/767 Ryan
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Arts and Crafts Giveaway]]>

We put together this set for DIY and craft-lovers. Use the puffy pain pens to add texture and interest to your crafts and make your own personalized gift boxes to place them in! With a pen case to hold your necessities and stickers for that finishing touch, you have everything you need for a fun project.

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2015-06-22T14:40:05-04:00 2015-06-22T14:40:05-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-arts-and-crafts-giveaway/pt/766 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Mini Iroshizuku Inks, Classic Fountain Pens, Beginner Fountain Pens, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week is all about fountain pens and inks. The popular Iroshizuku inks are now available in a convenient miniature size! We also have new TWSBI, Jinhao, and Pelikan fountain pens that are sure to delight fountain pen beginners and experts alike.

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2015-06-18T10:53:29-04:00 2015-06-18T10:53:29-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-mini-iroshizuku-inks-classic-fountain-pens-beginner-fountain-pens-and-more/pt/765 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Back to Basics with Notebooks, Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Markers, Writing Boards, Pencils, and More!]]>

New products are in!

We're going back to the basics today with no-fuss notebooks, new Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, markers that do double-duty, handy writing boards, and a unique brush pencil. Read on to find out more!

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2015-06-11T09:45:09-04:00 2015-06-11T09:45:09-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-back-to-basics-with-notebooks-sakura-pigma-micron-pens-markers-writing-boards-pencils-and-more/pt/764 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Nibs and Nib Holders]]>

Although modern day pens are more prevalent in this day and age, there's a place for old world writing instruments beyond sentimental charm. One example is the dip pen—specifically the nib and nib holder pairing. What exactly is a nib and nib holder? A nib is a pointed piece of metal that deposits ink onto a writing surface and mounted onto a nib holder to create a dip pen.

There are actually practical reasons to choose a nib and nib holder over modern day pens, including flexibility in line width variation and tip size, which are advantageous for both writing and drawing purposes. We cover the basics of comic nibs, calligraphy nibs, and nib holders in this article and also include a table that details nib and nib holder compatibility.

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2015-06-09T15:05:27-04:00 2015-06-09T15:05:27-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-nibs-and-nib-holders/pt/763 Miriam
<![CDATA[ Pen Perks: Summer Adventure Giveaway]]>

Now that summer is here, we're getting ready for all sorts of adventures! To help you keep a record of your adventures, we're giving away this adventure-ready set. Read on to find out how to enter.

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2015-06-05T14:40:41-04:00 2015-06-05T14:41:25-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-summer-adventure-giveaway/pt/762 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Fun and Colorful Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencils, Metallic Gel Pens, Magnetic Letters, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals feature fun, colorful mechanical pencils, metallic gel pens, pencil leads, fountain pens, magnetic letters, electric erasers, and more!

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2015-06-04T10:14:22-04:00 2015-06-04T10:14:22-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-fun-and-colorful-kuru-toga-mechanical-pencils-metallic-gel-pens-magnetic-letters-and-more/pt/761 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs: Choosing a Fountain Pen Nib]]>

Like a car and its tires, a fountain pen will only write as well as the nib it is paired with. The nib is responsible for determining how a fountain pen will write, making it the first thing that should be considered when choosing a fountain pen. Let's take a look at how a fountain pen nib works and what things you should consider when picking one out.

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2015-06-02T18:12:54-04:00 2015-06-02T18:17:16-04:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-fountain-pen-nibs-choosing-a-fountain-pen-nib/pt/760 Ryan