JetPens Blog 2016-07-25T07:59:21-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer JetPens <![CDATA[Calligraphy for Beginners: Using a Pointed Pen]]>
Calligraphy for Beginners: Using a Pointed Pen

If you frequent social media or have been to a wedding, chances are you’ve seen how beautiful calligraphy can be. If you’ve ever wanted to learn calligraphy yourself, this article is for you. We will go over some of the basic calligraphy tools you’ll need to get started and show you how to use them.

There are several ways to make calligraphy, but we will focus on pointed pen calligraphy. This uses a pen with a pointed tip which makes both thick and thin lines by flexing, or bending open, as you press it onto the paper. If you would like to explore brush pen calligraphy, check out our post on Brush Lettering for Beginners.

2016-07-19T16:40:31-04:00 2016-07-19T16:40:31-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Mechanical Pencil Lead Comparison]]>
Mechanical Pencil Lead Comparison

With mechanical pencils, the right lead can make the difference between a forgettable writing experience and one bordering on sublime. Whether you’re using a 40-cent Bic or a $400 Montblanc, it’s the lead that determines how a pencil writes. When choosing your lead, the first thing to consider is the choice of lead hardness grade. Softer leads are darker and smoother than harder leads, but also smear more and get used up faster. For everyday use, we recommend staying in the range of H to 2B.

Once you’ve chosen a hardness grade, you’ll need to consider which brand of lead to use. Different brands do perform differently, and the best one for you depends on how you use your pencils most. Let’s take a look out our top pencil lead recommendations, after which we’ll delve into a more extensive comparison of all our lead brands.

2016-07-12T09:09:51-04:00 2016-07-12T09:13:18-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[Black Fountain Pen Ink Comparison]]>
Black Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Black ink is like a well-fitting suit or dress—always classy and never out of place. But just as good clothing comes in a variety of cuts and styles, not all black inks are the same. Black inks can be darker or lighter, faster or slower drying, and so on. Black fountain pen inks are especially varied, with dozens to choose from and no two entirely alike. Read on for a look at our top black fountain pen ink recommendations, followed by a detailed comparison of all our black fountain pen inks.

2016-07-05T09:45:00-04:00 2016-07-21T15:11:06-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[Wax Seal How-To]]>
Wax Seal How-To

Wax seals add elegance and distinction to your correspondence no matter how simple your stationery is. Plus, they’re fun to use! They combine history, mindfulness, and fire in one picturesque dollop of wax. As straightforward as the process of making a seal is, it does take technique to get crisp results every time. Read on for illustrated instructions, tips, and tricks.

2016-06-28T10:22:57-04:00 2016-06-29T12:55:47-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Brush Lettering for Beginners]]>
Brush Lettering for Beginners

Lettering with brush pens is a fun way to flex your calligraphy muscles without having to reach for messy dip pen nibs and inks. These portable pens provide greater line variation and the ability to create larger letters compared to traditional calligraphy nibs. Although more casual than most forms of calligraphy, it does take some patience and practice to learn how to use a brush pen. In this article, we’ll be teaching you how to create beautiful script using brush pens and throwing in some tips and tricks along the way.

2016-06-21T14:31:27-04:00 2016-06-29T12:55:24-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Stationery That Travels Well]]>
Stationery That Travels Well

Millions of people venture onto the road and into the sky every year to explore unfamiliar sights, foods, and experiences through travel. If you’re one of them, you know that packing the right equipment makes]]>

2016-06-14T16:22:08-04:00 2016-06-14T16:27:11-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[The Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen: A Classy, Yet Cheap Fountain Pen that Writes Like a Dream]]>
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pens

Fountain pen users are a diverse bunch, but most are searching for that one special pen that combines everything they need in one small package. It should be comfortable to use. It should be attractive. It should fit the personality of its owner and should not break the bank. Above all, it should write well.

Unicorns don’t exist, but that special pen does.

Enter the Pilot Metropolitan. This smooth-writing pen quickly became the go-to beginner fountain pen when it came out, but also won over fountain pen enthusiasts with its smooth writing action, classic looks, and low price.

2016-06-07T09:30:22-04:00 2016-06-07T09:33:42-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[New Products: Field Notes Sweet Tooth, FriXion Stamps, Stabilo 68, MT Washi Tapes, Tape Cutters, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Choose from fruity pocket notebooks, yummy erasable stamps, colorful markers, and whimsical washi tapes.

2016-06-02T10:29:09-04:00 2016-06-02T14:18:53-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Thoughtful Wedding Favors that Won’t Break the Bank]]>
Wedding Favors

For those who want to send their guests home with more than a full belly and a smile, wedding favors are a great way to show your appreciation.]]>

2016-05-31T09:18:26-04:00 2016-05-31T09:18:26-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Father's Day Giveaway]]>

Show your father how much you appreciate him with this classy set! Featuring the rugged Render K and a spiffy leatherette notebook to match, we're giving this set away to one lucky winner.

2016-05-27T16:53:21-04:00 2016-05-27T16:53:21-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Regal Pen Folio, Zipper Pouches, Leonardt Dip Pen Nibs and Nib Holders, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Sleek, smart, and sophisticated, this week's arrivals add a touch of class to any stationery collection. Keep reading to find out more.

2016-05-26T10:45:41-04:00 2016-05-26T10:46:49-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Brush Pens for Comics]]>
Brush Pen For Comics

Sherlock Holmes would agree—there's nothing elementary about the way a brush pen is able to bring stories to life. Comic artists often rely on brush pens to convey expression and movement in a way that technical drawing pens cannot. Although it takes a certain amount of practice and dexterity to wield these tools, you don't have to be Picasso to appreciate their utility. Keep reading to find out what brush pens we enjoy using to draw comics.

2016-05-24T11:02:01-04:00 2016-05-24T11:03:37-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Q&A with Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch]]>
Q&A with Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch

Nestled in the Black Forest town of Pforzheim, the Waldmann company has been hand crafting exquisite pens and pencils since 1918. Made famous for their revolutionary twist-action multi pens and pencils, today they are particularly known for their distinguished collection of writing instruments made from solid sterling silver. We had the pleasure of interviewing Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch about the about the company’s history and philosophy, as well as his personal recommendations on caring for sterling silver pens.

2016-05-24T09:39:48-04:00 2016-05-24T09:40:07-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Lamy Safari Dark Lilac, Palomino Blackwing Pencils, Pepin Coloring Postcards, Coloring Books, Pen Caps, Gel Pens, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

We can't get enough of coloring! Whether it's postcards or books, find the tools that you need to satisfy your coloring cravings.

2016-05-19T12:52:37-04:00 2016-05-19T12:52:37-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Fine-Tip Gel Pens]]>
Guide to Fine-Tip Gel Pens

If crisp, fine lines are what you crave in an everyday writing instrument, nothing beats a fine-tip gel pen. Ballpoints and rollerballs have their place, but as a certified pen fanatic who's tried everything from a Bic to a Montblanc, nothing beats the precision of the fine-tip gel pens we'll be covering in this guide.

Comparison of tip sizes in millimeters (mm).
For the best fine-tip gel pens around, we need to look to Japan. Here in North America, a 0.5 mm gel pen is considered fine or even extra fine. In Japan, fine tip gel pens range from 0.4 mm down to 0.25 mm—0.5 mm doesn’t even make the cut. Take a look at this comparison to see just how much finer these pens are than a typical 0.5, 0.7, or 1.0 mm gel pen.
2016-05-17T16:59:31-04:00 2016-05-17T16:59:41-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Orenz Mechanical Pencils, Clairefontaine Coloring Books, Ziller Nib holders, Speedball Nibs, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

From coloring books to nibs and nib holders, let your creativity flow through coloring or calligraphy! Keep reading to see the rest of our new arrivals.

2016-05-12T11:27:24-04:00 2016-05-12T11:27:24-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Adult Coloring Supplies]]>
Adult Coloring Book Tools

Who said coloring was just for kids? Grown-ups everywhere are joining in on the fun and for good reason—coloring creates a space for people to relax, let go of any anxieties, and practice mindfulness. It's also a wonderful outlet to be creative and have fun! While kids use crayons to do their coloring, adults can take advantage of more sophisticated tools. From markers to brush pens to even watercolors, come along as we explore the fantastic world of adult coloring supplies.

2016-05-10T10:02:12-04:00 2016-05-10T10:02:12-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Standing Pen Cases, Molotow ONE4ALL Markers, Doane Paper Moon Camera Journals, Declan Floral Word Notebooks, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week is all about bright, fun colors! Check out our new standing pen cases, paint markers, notebooks, and more.

2016-05-05T11:51:05-04:00 2016-05-05T11:51:05-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[The Pilot Petit Pen Series: A Rainbow of Cute, Cheap Pens that Work When You Need Them]]>
Pilot Petit Pens

They may make you feel like Gulliver on his travels, but don’t be fooled by their size, price, or cute styling - the Pilot]]>

2016-05-03T10:00:25-04:00 2016-05-03T11:02:57-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Watercolor Supplies Giveaway]]>

Have you seen our latest Guide to Watercolor Supplies? We're giving away this watercolor supplies set to one lucky winner!

2016-04-29T16:41:26-04:00 2016-04-29T16:41:26-04:00 Miriam