Pen Pals Interviews

October 8, 2012 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to introduce one of our own, Enetupe Lelevaga Jr. A faithful employee of JetPens, Enetupe shares his musical passions in this intersection between pens and music.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.



My name is Enetupe Lelevaga Jr., also known as "Jr." or by my stage name: "SHBX-Jun3." I was born and raised in Samoa. Growing up, I was always surrounded by music. My whole family is into music, ranging from island music to hip hop to R&B, and we each play instruments, sing, or do both! We were born with the rhythm in us. By the time I was 12 to 13 years old, I had taken up after my dad by starting to play the drums, then learning to play the bass.
September 3, 2012 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

A new interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to introduce Caroline Lau of Maya Road. Walk with us as we delve into scrapbooking.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.


I am Caroline Lau, Managing Partner at Maya Road. Maya Road is a wholesale scrapbooking company which specializes in innovative basic products that allow for every day memory keeping for everyone. We strive to keep our products unique and our pricing competitive every day. My sister, Deb, and I started Maya Road 9 years ago. I run the day to day operations as well as plan and organize all of our releases. Maya Road is a family business; along with Deb and myself, our husbands are equal partners in the business.

A new interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to introduce Rick Rousseau. Expand your canvas with the Sensu Brush.

The Sensu Brush is now available at JetPens here!



Tell us about yourself, who you are, and what you do.

My name is Rick Rousseau. I lead a design team of eight people. Artist Hardware develops new products for creative people. Everything from brushes, to paper products, even studio furniture. We focus on artists because we have a tremendous amount of experience in art materials and we love that what we create serves others who create.

What does it take to run a design consultancy?

July 30, 2012 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

A new interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to introduce Mike Rohde. Welcome to the world of sketchnoting.


Mike Rohde: The Sketchnoter from size43, LLC on Vimeo.
Tell us about yourself, who you are, and what you do.



Did you know that Kaweco, which stood for Koch, Weber, Compagnie, closed down in 1980? Thanks to a company called H&M Gutberlet Gmbh, the brand Kaweco was revived in mid 1990s. I had the privilege and joy of interviewing the CEO and the son of the original founder of H&M Gutberlet, Mr. Michael Gutberlet, on the past, present, and future of Kaweco.

Why did your company decide to bring back the Kaweco brand of pens in 1996/1997?
We (my father Horst, my brother, and I) had collected old writing instruments since 1982. Later on, I took over all of the collections. The most striking thing about our collections was the disproportionate amount of Kaweco products, especially Kaweco Sport pens. Since the original Kaweco company disappeared in 1980, we decided to revive the Kaweco Sport brand.

How do you design products for the modern consumer while ensuring that over 125 years of Kaweco history is preserved?
It is vital for Kaweco to develop products that are infused with the DNA of its predecessor. This was the repeated wish and request of our retailers. For every new product, I examine our historical collection and derive the idea for the design from it. In regards to technology and choice of material, we are always trying to achieve the highest quality with the help of internationally renowned manufacturers. Through this process, we guarantee the modern consumer a comfortable instrument with flawless function and outstanding, appealing design.

Which Kaweco pen do you use for everyday writing?
My personal favorite is the DIA 2 fountain pen. I use this fountain pen daily, because I hand-write all of my correspondence in sepia-brown ink. For quick notes, I use my DIA 2 pencil (0.7 mm) and ballpoint pen. In my pant pockets, I switch between a Kaweco Sport pen set and a Kaweco Liliput pen set.

Among the Kaweco Sport models produced over the last 100 years, which is the all-time bestseller?
It is very hard to estimate which Kaweco Sport is the all-time bestseller, partly because of the change in manufacturing techniques. In the old days, each pen part was manufactured with solid material. Later, the technology for injection moulding was developed, and manufacturers could make bigger quantities in a shorter time at more favorable prices. This technique is still popular today. Since 1994, the Classic Sport model has been number one in terms of number of pieces sold, and the AL Sport model has been number one in terms of net profit.

Do you ever plan to make / source gold nibs for the Kaweco Sport line of pens?
Soon, we'll be offering solid gold medium nibs for customers to upgrade their Kaweco fountain pens with. However, these solid gold nibs are not meant for the Classic and Ice Sport models, because we believe that they're neither aesthetically nor functionally appropriate for either line.

When can we expect Kaweco to produce converters for the Kaweco Sport line of fountain pens?
It has always been my wish to offer a converter for Kaweco Sport fountain pens. However, as of today, I haven't found a workable technical solution. Let me explain some details: One ink cartridge contains 1 gram of ink, but a converter for the Sport would contain 0.6 grams of ink. Additionally, the tooling costs would be very high. I feel that the best solution would be to eventually develop and produce a Sport pen with piston mechanism.