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April 21, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Fountain Pens

What you need: a deep cup, room temperature or warm water, an old cloth (anything other than a towel, as fibers from a towel might catch on the nib). We do NOT advise to use any kind of soap or cleaning agent, as these substances may damage or clog your fountain pen nib.

What to do:

1. Fill your cup with water.

2. Remove the cartridge from the pen and leave the nib part in the cup of water over night.


(It may also be helpful to change the water once or twice, if you notice it is saturated with ink.)


3. After the nib is done soaking in the cup, hold it under running water for a few minutes.


4. Dry the nib with a cloth, then insert a new cartridge and assemble the pen back together. The ink flow will be a bit watery for a short time, so it is advisable to write on a scratch piece of paper for a few lines before use.

Model pen for these photos: Pilot Prera Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Lime Green Body

The Pilot Parallel Pens are available in 1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8 mm and 6.0 mm sizes. Each set comes with one Parallel Pen, one red ink cartridge, one black ink cartridge, a cleaning converter, and instruction booklet. You can follow the examples in the instruction booklet to create beautiful calligraphy for your writing needs.



To use the pen, simply insert the cartridge into the pen. The ink should start flowing soon after. To create beautiful color gradation you will need two pens with two different color ink cartridges. Hold the pens vertically, touch one nib to the other nib, and hold for several seconds.


The color from the top pen will be transferred to the bottom pen! The longer you hold the pens together, the more ink will be transferred. As you write with the bottom pen you will see a unique blend of colors that will slowly fade out as the transferred ink is used up. It will be a very elegant touch to any project!



(Images and beautiful writing samples were provided by JetPens customer Josh Scruggs.)
April 15, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Multi Pens

The Uni-ball Style Fit multi pen system is a very customizable line. You can have anywhere from 3-5 different components, choosing from pen refills available in gel ink or oil-based ballpoint ink, and also a mechanical pencil component.


The ballpoint line contains the famous oil based, water and light resistant Jetstream ink that writes incredibly smooth. The gel ink line contains the popular Signo ink that is the same as that in the popular selling Uni-ball Signo line. The mechanical pencil is pre-filled with Uni-ball NanoDia Low-Wear pencil leads, which are infused with nano-diamond pieces to create an unusually strong and high-quality lead. The combination of all the above allows you to create a multi-pen that has all the best Uni-ball qualities in one single instrument. In addition, the system is eco-friendly since you can refill it again and again.

To get started with or refill your Uni-ball Style Fit multi pen, first, take the pen body apart by unscrewing the grip area away from the main barrel.


If you look inside the barrel you will see different circular holders for each component tube. Press the back of these components into each of these holders.



It helps to hold the tab which corresponds to the space you are installing the refill in, as this can add some extra stability to the process.


Once you have filled all the available spaces, screw the pen body back together and you're ready to use your Style Fit multi pen!



(A good thing to know is that you can refill a lot of the multi pens we carry in similar fashion.)


April 15, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Mechanical Pencils

Drafting pencils have some great designs, and are even used by consumers for things other than drafting. These specialized mechanical pencils usually appeal to the more technical demographic, and are enjoyed by artists, students and engineers alike.

A very popular feature that people look for is a retractable lead tip. This handy quality allows the lead guide pipe to retract back into the pencil body, which will keep it protected in storage and during transit. A retractable tip is usually found in higher-end models and is a great form of insurance to make sure your pencil lasts for a long time.

JetPens has compiled a list of all the drafting pencils we carry which have retractable tips, which you can view below:

The Ohto Super Promecha 1500P Mechanical Drafting Pencils have a heavier, full-metal body and lets you customize everything from the length of lead dispensed with each click to the length of the guide pipe.


The Pentel Graphgear 1000 Mechanical Drafting Pencils are some of our most popular pencils, and are available in 5 different point sizes. They also feature a sturdy little binder clip that can attach the pencil to thicker objects than just a standard notebook cover.


The Rotring 800 Drafting Pencils have been frequently requested at JetPens, and we are glad to finally carry them. These are the higher-end version of their 600 model counterpart, and though they do not feature a lead grade indicator, they have a beautiful retractable sleeve and gold accents for a more sophisticated look.


The Uni-ball Shift Pipe Lock Drafting Pencils has a unique shift and lock mechanism, which retracts the lead sleeve, and is is targeted at heavy users such as students and designers.

April 15, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Gel Ink Pens

The Pilot Hi-Tec-C gel ink pens are one of our personal JetPens favorites as far as fine lines and smooth writing go. These are one of the few pens we carry that produce mechanical pencil-looking lines with gel ink.



The Hi-Tec-C pens are available in 0.25 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm sizes. The fine tips are pretty fragile though, so they will bend if dropped without the cap or possibly even from a very heavy handed writer. Regardless, this is the perfect pen for writing detailed notes in a smaller area. The ink is a special gel formula that dries quickly and does not smudge as easily as other gel ink pens. Some people do find the smaller point sizes (0.25 and 0.3 mm) to be a little scratchy, and they will poke through thinner paper like post-its or copier paper.



Another bonus is that the same great writing and ink quality of this pen is available in a fancier form. Let's face it, if you are going to use this pen to take notes in a high-stakes executive power meeting, the original clear plastic body can look a little cheap. For this reason Pilot has the Hi-Tec-C Cavalier pen which is a more sophisticated and formal version, that is refillable. The full metal body gives a nice weight in hand when writing, but it is only refillable with the designated Cavalier refills, so your soda blue or mandarin orange Hi-Tec-C refill will not work in this dressed up pen body.