JetPens Blog 2015-02-28T09:02:12-05:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://www.jetpens.com/blog JetPens jetpens@jetpens.com http://www.jetpens.com <![CDATA[New Products: Functional Shoulder Bags, Luxurious Leather Covers, Chupa Chups Scented Gel Pens, Paris Motif Notebooks, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week, we're taking the fundamentals and kicking them up a notch. From shoulder bags designed for city walkers to luxurious leather covers to scented gel pens to charming notebooks, these new products are fun and functional.

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2015-02-26T10:47:04-05:00 2015-02-26T10:47:04-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-functional-shoulder-bags-luxurious-leather-covers-chupa-chups-scented-gel-pens-paris-motif-notebooks-and-more/pt/729 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Travel in Style with the Midori Traveler's Notebook, Regal Fountain Pens, Raymay Pen Cases, JetPens Beanie Hats, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals are inspiring us to travel. The Midori Traveler's Notebook is the ultimate customizable travel journal, with a variety of refills and accessories for you to choose from. A beautiful fountain pen, nautical pen case, and our very own Jet-Do beanie are also great to take with you on a journey!

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2015-02-19T09:41:14-05:00 2015-02-19T09:41:14-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-travel-in-style-with-the-midori-travelers-notebook-regal-fountain-pens-raymay-pen-cases-jetpens-beanie-hats-and-more/pt/728 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Day 2 of 10 Days of Giveaways, Pinterest Blue Giveaway ]]>

For Day 2 of our 10 days of giveaways, we're giving away this set of blue, unique finds on Pinterest. To find out how to enter, read on!

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2015-02-17T13:51:19-05:00 2015-02-17T13:51:19-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-day-2-of-10-days-of-giveaways-pinterest-blue-giveaway/pt/727 Miriam
<![CDATA[Midori Traveler's Notebook: A Comprehensive Guide]]>

There's no better place to keep your memories than the Midori Traveler's Notebook. This high-quality notebook features smooth, creamy paper and is encased in a luxurious leather cover that ages beautifully with use and time. With a variety of refill options and accessories, you can personalize and build your own custom notebook that fits your lifestyle. It's a keepsake you'll look back on for years to come.

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2015-02-17T11:46:24-05:00 2015-02-17T11:46:24-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/midori-travelers-notebook-a-comprehensive-guide/pt/726 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: 10 Days of Giveaways]]>

February marks JetPens' 10th anniversary! We want to thank all our friends for supporting us through the years, so let's celebrate with daily giveaways on all our social media sites! Read on to find out more.

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2015-02-16T11:42:08-05:00 2015-02-16T11:42:08-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-10-days-of-giveaways/pt/725 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Valentine's Day Giveaway]]>

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We're giving away a special red-themed set including this beautiful fountain pen and matching crimson ink. Click through to see how to enter.

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2015-02-13T13:58:17-05:00 2015-02-13T13:58:17-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-valentines-day-giveaway/pt/724 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Artist Pens, Field Notes, Calligraphy Pen Sets, Pen Cases, Paper Clips, Page Markers, and More!]]>

New products are in!

We're loving all the fun, bright colors in this week's new arrivals! With vibrant artist brush pens, Field Notes made from real wood, Kaweco calligraphy pen sets, pen cases, paper clips, and page markers, these products are sure to make you smile.

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2015-02-12T10:17:46-05:00 2015-02-12T10:17:46-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-artist-pens-field-notes-calligraphy-pen-sets-pen-cases-paper-clips-page-markers-and-more/pt/723 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Pals Interview: Comic Artist and Children's Book Illustrator Jess Smart Smiley]]>

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Jess is a quirky comic artist and illustrator who loves to tell silly stories and make people smile!

Pen Pals Interview: Jess Smart Smiley
Jess Smiley's art portfolio and personal blog
Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure! I'm about 6'2" and have a big nose, which I try to minimize with my thick-rimmed glasses. I work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Utah, not too far from where I grew up.

How did you become an illustrator?

When I was younger, I used drawing as a way of explaining inventions and ideas I came up with. My drawings would visually describe how something worked, or what it would look like.

When I looked at other pictures in books and paintings, I was taken by the way that a bold line or a distinct shape could emphasize or clarify certain aspects of the message. I started mimicking the characters I saw in comics and on television (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Tiny Toons, the Simpsons, etc) and I came up with my own characters and stories.

My love for storytelling, drawing, and comics has only grown deeper over time.

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2015-02-10T08:43:27-05:00 2015-02-10T08:43:27-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-pals-interview-comic-artist-and-childrens-book-illustrator-jess-smart-smiley/pt/722 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Liliput Steel Fountain Pens, Diamine Fountain Pen Inks, High Quality Notebooks, Leather Pouches, and More!]]>

New products are in!

Luxurious and elegant, these new arrivals will add a touch of sophistication to your stationery collection. Choose from steel fountain pens, beautiful inks, high quality notebooks, leather pouches, and more!

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2015-02-05T09:37:56-05:00 2015-02-05T09:38:12-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-sophisticated-liliput-steel-fountain-pens-diamine-fountain-pen-inks-high-quality-notebooks-leather-pouches-and-more/pt/721 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Valentine's Day Pinterest Giveaway ]]>

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so we're doing a giveaway of all things pink and girly. To see how to enter this Pinterest giveaway, read on!

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2015-02-04T10:53:36-05:00 2015-02-04T10:53:36-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-valentines-day-pinterest-giveaway/pt/720 Miriam
<![CDATA[Kaweco Sport: A Comprehensive Guide]]>

With its sleek, attractive body, and brilliant performance, we wouldn't be surprised if you thought the Kaweco Sport was a sports car. Born from rigorous German engineering and design in 1935 as an unassuming plastic fountain pen, it has since gained roller ball pen, ballpoint pen, and even mechanical pencil siblings.

What distinguishes the Sport line from other Kaweco product lines is its iconic octagonal shape and oversized cap. This unique design allows the pen to keep its compact, pocket shape, while acting as a full size pen when the cap is posted. The Sport is often considered a gateway pen into the fountain pen world with its approachable plastic body while including options within the line to upgrade. To see all the different iterations within the Sport line, read on.

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2015-02-03T09:27:44-05:00 2015-02-04T10:52:59-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/kaweco-sport-a-comprehensive-guide/pt/719 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Sophisticated Stationery Giveaway]]>

A nice set of sophisticated stationery is always good to have on hand. This week, you have the chance to win this stately set, so click through to try your luck!

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2015-01-30T15:01:12-05:00 2015-01-30T15:01:12-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-sophisticated-stationery-giveaway/pt/718 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: A Rainbow of Note Pad Holders, Pen Cases, Outline Pens, Mechanical Pencils, Stickers, and More!]]>

New products are in!

If the winter blues are getting you down, we have just the dose you need to brighten your mood. Browse through colorful note pad holders, pen cases, outline pens, mechanical pencils, stickers, and more!

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2015-01-29T09:56:20-05:00 2015-01-29T09:56:20-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-a-rainbow-of-note-pad-holders-pen-cases-outline-pens-mechanical-pencils-stickers-and-more/pt/717 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Metallic and Glitter Ink Pens and Markers]]>

Metallic and glitter ink pens are the jewels of the pen world -- they contain shimmering ink that adds a finishing touch, the way a gold necklace accents a stylish outfit. If you want to craft a beautiful greeting card or polish an illustration with some shimmer, browse through this guide to find the best tool for making your work sparkle!

Read on to discover the difference between metallic and glitter inks, and see comparisons of our various pens, markers, and brushes. Click on any of the images for a larger view.

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2015-01-27T13:01:42-05:00 2015-01-27T13:01:43-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-metallic-and-glitter-ink-pens-and-markers/pt/716 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Innovative Mechanical Pencils, Fun Pen Cases and Holders, Cute Sticky Notes, Charming Paper Clips, and More!]]>

New products are in!

This week's batch ranges from adorably cute to effortlessly elegant. Choose your favorite mechanical pencil, pen case, sticky note, and more, or collect them all!

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2015-01-22T10:18:36-05:00 2015-01-22T10:18:36-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-innovative-mechanical-pencils-fun-pen-cases-and-holders-cute-sticky-notes-charming-paper-clips-and-more/pt/715 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Glitter Pen Pinterest Giveaway ]]>

There's a special place in our hearts for glitter. We're sharing some glitter love today with this Pinterest glitter marker giveaway! Read on to see how to enter.

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2015-01-21T14:43:13-05:00 2015-01-21T14:43:13-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-perks-glitter-pen-pinterest-giveaway/pt/714 Miriam
<![CDATA[Dr. Grip Mechanical Pencils: A Comprehensive Guide]]>

For those who suffer from tired, fatigued hands, the Dr. Grip is just what the doctor ordered. These high quality mechanical pencils have an innovative grip design that provides the ideal softness, and its weight balance is optimized for an ergonomic writing experience. To find out more about the different models of the award-winning Dr. Grip mechanical pencils, read on.

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2015-01-20T16:49:04-05:00 2015-01-20T16:49:04-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/dr-grip-mechanical-pencils-a-comprehensive-guide/pt/713 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Pals Interview: Nemu*nemu Webcomic Artist Audra Furuichi ]]>

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Audra is one of the artists behind the adorable webcomic "nemu*nemu", which follows the adventures of two stuffed toy puppies!

The nemu*nemu Official Website
Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm from sunny Honolulu, Hawaii -- born and raised! I've spent a year or two in Japan and California for work and school, but returned home in 2004 and have been working on my art since. I currently live with my husband (and nemu*nemu co-creator) Scott.

How did you become an illustrator?

I've always enjoyed drawing -- it was the one thing I always returned to. I took lots of classes in school and college for the basics, but majority of what I do has been self-taught. I find I'm still learning as I go.

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2015-01-16T11:49:20-05:00 2015-01-16T11:49:20-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/pen-pals-interview-nemunemu-webcomic-artist-audra-furuichi/pt/712 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Teffa Bag in Bags, Sakura Foam Erasers, Writing Boards, Pencil Sharpeners, Stickers, Felt Tip Pens and More!]]>

New products are in!

From fun to functional, we have all the essentials for your everyday carry. This week's new arrivals includes the popular Teffa Bag in Bags, high-quality Sakura Foam erasers, colorful writing boards, innovative pencil sharpeners, cute stickers, felt tip pens, and more!

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2015-01-15T09:27:44-05:00 2015-01-15T09:28:14-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/new-products-teffa-bag-in-bags-sakura-foam-erasers-shitajiki-writing-boards-ratchetta-pencil-sharpeners-stickers-felt-tip-pens-and-more/pt/711 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Pencil Sharpeners]]>

A good pencil sharpener is key to keeping your woodcased/wooden pencil in tiptop condition. Not only does it shave the wood away to reveal the lead underneath, it gives you the perfect sharp point to bring your thoughts to paper. Whether you prefer a small portable sharpener or an old-school hand crank, here are some recommendations.

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2015-01-13T13:29:29-05:00 2015-01-13T13:29:29-05:00 http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-pencil-sharpeners/pt/710 Miriam