May 19, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides

The color gray has a bit of a PR problem. According to Wikipedia, gray is seen as the color of boredom, conformity, and indifference. While it is easy to overlook gray inks in a world full of vibrant blues, greens, and oranges, doing so would be a mistake. Gray ink can imbue words with a sense of refinement, subtlety, and depth. Additionally, many artists prefer gray inks for drawing and sketching since they are more versatile than black ink, allowing the creation of lighter or darker effects by varying the strength of their pen strokes.

Now, let's take a look at some of our favorite gray inks and what they have to offer!

May 12, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Pens are often advertised as being ergonomic, but the meaning of the words tends to get lost in a haze of marketing speak. What exactly makes a pen ergonomic? There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, since ergonomics vary from person to person, depending on the size and shape of their hands, as well as any pre-existing medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel or arthritis. With that in mind, this guide will help you parse through ergonomic pen options and also give some tips and tricks along the way.

April 28, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Whether you're on a military assignment or an Antarctic excursion, you need dependable tools that can keep up with the task. Enter pressurized "space" pens. No longer just for NASA astronauts, these specialized pens are designed to write in extreme conditions, including on wet surfaces, in subzero temperatures, and in zero gravity situations.

April 14, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Artists, scientists, engineers, and even parents often have to write on non-paper media; to do so, they use pens that write on multiple surfaces, also known as multi-surface pens. We put our multi-surface pens to the test on four common surfaces: glass, plastic, metal, and cloth. The best pens of the bunch are gathered in the recommendation sections below—most of them work well on the tested surfaces, with the exception of cloth, which has one standout pen. Read on to see the different applications and recommendations for multi-surface pens.

April 7, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

If you've been using a wooden pencil to do drafting or other drawings, you should seriously consider the lead holder (also commonly called a clutch pencil). Lead holders marry the advantages of the traditional wooden pencil—variable line width and expression flexibility—with the convenience of a mechanical pencil. Mechanical pencil users can also benefit from using a lead holder; since lead holders carry thicker pieces of lead, typically 2 mm and up, lead can be freely extended without fear of it breaking. Read on to see our favorites and if a lead holder is right for you!