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April 7, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Another talented artist we discovered through our JetPens network, Eric Kubli is a freelance illustrator and web designer who also makes comics in his free time. He has a journal comic (http://comic.turtlesnearby.com/), maintains and contributes to a sketch blog with a few friends (http://drawedgoods.tumblr.com), and more of his professional work can be found at http://www.ekubli.com.

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I tend to use it exactly how it's intended to be used. I order a few packs of refill cartridges from JetPens once every couple months. The only part of my process that I can really say anything interesting about is that I tend not to pencil anything - unless I really think it needs it, I tend to just go straight from blank paper to the finished inks. I also use Microns (typically 08, 05 and 005) for hatching, lettering and small details.





A number of the different fountain pens we carry will accept any international short ink cartridge.

This is a general term used to describe ink cartridges in this same size and dimensions. We have compiled a list of all the different brands we carry, for convenience.



1. Pelikan Fountain Pen Refill Cartridges
2. Kaweco Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges
3. Waterman Mini Cartridges
4. Ohto Fountain Pen Refill Cartridges
5. Rotring Brillant Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges


It is always best to ensure compatibility by sticking to the same brand of cartridges as the fountain pen you are trying to fill. Sometimes, even though these cartridges are all relatively the same size, other brands do not work as well with other fountain pens.

(Cartridges in above photo listed in order from top to bottom: Rotring, Ohto, Waterman, Kaweco, Pelikan)

For example, the Pelikan cartridges have a slightly wider opening than the Kaweco ones, making them prone to leaking inside a Kaweco Sport fountain pen.


(Cartridges in above photo listed in order from left to right: Rotring, Ohto, Waterman, Kaweco, Pelikan)
April 1, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Fountain Pens

Changing nibs on any fountain pen can get a little messy, so you might want to wear some disposable gloves and use a piece of scratch paper to protect your hands and table surface.



The easiest way to change a Lamy nib (with the lowest risk of possible damage) is to use a piece of scotch tape.


First, make sure to gently clean off the nib on the pen to remove an ink traces using a damp cloth or tissue. After the cleaned nib is dry, apply a single piece of adhesive tape (Magic tape may rip easily so other clear scotch tape or packing tape is good to use) to the nib and pull it off the pen. If need be, you can place your fingers on the sides of the nib to help it off.



Clean the removed nib with warm water (it is not advisable to use soap or any other cleaning agents, as this may damage the nib) and use a tissue to gently dry it off, Make sure to use care when washing or drying so you don't bend or warp the tines on the nib.

You can then slide on the new nib, to its final position.


Congratulations! You have now successfully changed the nib on a Lamy pen!

March 23, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

What a surprising honor it was when we spotted the famous Will Meugniot in our JetPens Facebook group and found out he was one of our customers! Will Meugniot has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry as an executive, artist, writer, producer and director. Will’s television work includes producing and directing many animated series including X-Men, The Real Ghostbusters, Jem, Captain Planet, Spydogs, Spider-Man Unlimited and his personal favorite, ExoSquad. In print Meugniot is best known for his co-creation of the DNAgents comic book, but has also contributed to such series as FemForce, Tigra, Howard the Duck, and Solomon Kane as well as briefly ghosting the Spider-Man newspaper strip. He is also noted as a storyboard artist having designed the titles and pilot films for several series, most notably G.I. Joe, Conan the Adventurer, Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters and Jem.

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use the Pentel Pocket brush for most of my large figure work. It has a flexible line not unlike an old school red sable water color brush and is durable as well as portable. I’m also a big fan of the Zebra sign pens in the fine and extra fine widths. They have the feel of crowquille pens without the mess and portability issues.
When working out a cover design I’ll usually block out the composition with the Zebra sign pen. Then take it into Photoshop to scale it and do modifications. I use a Brother 11x17 all in one copier to print out a full size copy to trace onto the actual art board using blue pencil. Then comes the inking: Mechanical outlines for buildings and cars are done with a Pigma marker. Organic lines for people, animals, clothing and so on are a combination of Pocket Brush and Sign Pen. Large black areas are done with a Pentel Color Brush or conventional brush with India ink.

Hey Will, can the JetPens team get your autograph with some of our pens? :)




March 5, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here's a belated listing of our favorite customer pictures uploaded to our Flickr and Facebook groups from February!

Picture 1 from Eric: You know you love JetPens products when a beloved bakes you a Kuru Toga shaped birthday cake!
Picture 2 from Bea: An elegant doodle using Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink - Topaz and J. Herbin 340th Anniversary Ink - Rouge Hematite
Picture 3 from Paul: Hero in action inked with Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Regular.
Picture 4 from Renata: Yes, can you believe that's her natural handwriting? Gorgeous use of the Pilot Cavalier Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Silver Body and J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Violette Pensee (Pensive Violet) on a Kokuyo Campus Notebook
Picture 5 from John: A beautiful collection of JetPens products including the fun J. Herbin Straight Body Striped Glass Dip Pen - Small - Green Tint and Kuretake Handmade Mini Envelope Template