JetPens Blog

August 23, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Staff Musings

Now that the beginning of the school year is right around the corner (some of you have already started!), the team here at JetPens has made a list of our top ten favorite items, perfect for your back-to-school shopping.

From the left side going clockwise:

1. Pilot FriXion Light Fluorescent Ink Erasable Highlighter Pen - 6 Color Set
2. Pilot Delful Double Knock Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Soft Blue & Yellow
3. Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Medium 05 Nib - Yellow Ink
4. Kum PenCut Pen-Style Scissors - Green
5. Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Red Body - Red Ink
6. Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Basic Colors - Black
7. Jstory Smile-It Fun Tab Stickers - Rabbit
8. Maruman Mnemosyne - Word Book - 105 mm X 54 mm - 100 Sheets
9. Nomadic PN-04 Snap Button Pencil Case - Yellow
10. Kokuyo KadoKeshi Stick Mini Twist Eraser - Lime Green

Our first pick is the Pilot FriXion Light Fluorescent Ink Erasable Highlighter Pen - 6 Color Set. We just love how the FriXion ink disappears when friction is applied! This ink technology allows you to highlight important pieces of your text book, then remove highlighted marks later as necessary.

Next, we have the Pilot Delful Double Knock Mechanical Pencils - 0.5 mm. Available in several different body colors, these fun pencils feature a retractable tip, and an internal shaker mechanism. This means that you can shake the pencil to advance more lead! We also carry compatible eraser refills.

The Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens are our third pick. These refillable fountain pens are inexpensive, yet write just as well as pricier fountain pens! They also come in both fine and medium nib sizes, with several different ink colors to choose from. We particularly like to use the yellow as an alternative highlighting tool.

The Kum PenCut Pen-Style Scissors are an excellent way to carry a paper-cutting tool with you wherever you go! This portable tool is no bigger than a multi pen when folded and capped, but expands out to an almost full-size pair of scissors that feature handy loops for your fingers. Black and pink versions are also available.

We love the Uni-ball Power Tank ballpoint pen's ability to write in virtually any situation! The pressurized and ultra-smooth ink system allows you to write on wet surfaces, in super cold conditions, and even upside down! They come in the three basic ink colors of black, blue and red, both 0.7 mm and 1.0 mm point sizes, and are conveniently refillable.

One of our best sellers, the Pilot Hi-Tec-C - 0.4 mm gel ink pens have a wonderfully fine line width and are available in lots of lovely ink colors. The needle-point of the Hi-Tec-C pen allows you to write with incredible precision, which can come in handy if you need to fit a lot of information in a small amount of space.

We find the Jstory Index Fun Tab Stickers absolutely irresistible, and one can have a lot of fun marking important pages in textbooks with a little bunny or bear face sticking out! Bring some smiles into your study time with these happy creatures, who are more than willing to help you save your reading place.

The Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book is a great study companion and can be very helpful for memorizing vocabulary. Exactly 100 sheets of heavy-weight, textured Maruman paper are bound by a single ring, making it easy to flip through.

The Nomadic PN-04 Snap Button Pencil Case is one of Nomadic's slimmer models, but is just as good at carrying your writing tools. Available in three different colors, the PN-04 can hold a surprising amount and features a zippered side pocket perfect for containing smaller items.

Last but certainly not least, the Kokuyo KadoKeshi Stick Mini Twist Eraser fits the award-winning corners of the full-sized Kokuyo Kadokeshi 28-Corner Eraser into a cute, compact and refillable format! The unique design of the Kokuyo KadoKeshi erasers allow you to never be without a fresh eraser corner again. These corners can be especially useful for erasing fine lines or smaller details.

What's your favorite JetPens item for back to school?

WOW, there were so many great guesses and TWO of you got it exactly right!

Both Knighthart and ginigin correctly guessed that the 41 items pictured below, all fit into our sample Nomadic PE-08 pencil case!

Since there is only one goodie-stuffed pencil case to give away, I'm going to assign each of you an integer (Knighthart = 1, ginigin = 2) and let the random integer generator at choose the winner.

And the winner is...

Knighthart! You have won 1 x Nomadic PE-08 Easy Classification Pencil Case - Red filled with some of our other great sample items! Please leave a comment to this post by next week August 26th, and email with your mailing address to claim your prize pack.

For ginigin, please also comment here and email us your mailing address at, and we'll send you some other cool pens as a consolation prize.

Great guesses all, thanks so much for your participation! Everyone else stay tuned, we'll have another giveaway soon.
August 18, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Staff Musings

Thanks to the workings of our colleague Brad at Pen Addict, Bernard from gave his readers some thorough reviews on a few JetPens items that are EDC suitable.

Make sure to check it out, as well as the rest of the blog. (EDC is one of my personal favorites!)

You will find very informative reviews on some of JetPens best-sellers, like the Zebra Penpod Mini Keychain ballpoint pen, the Pilot Birdy Stainless Steel mini ballpoint pen, Uni-ball Power Tank Smart Series High Grade ballpoint pen, and the ever-popular black Rotring 600 0.5 mm drafting pencil.

As a bonus, Brad's EDC was featured, as well as mine! :)

Do you have any JetPens items in your EDC?

This giveaway is just in time for the start of the school season!

We were very inspired by our colleague Brad's recent giveaway on Pen Addict, where he asked readers to guess the amount of pens stuffed inside a Nomadic pencil case for a chance to win it. We loved this idea so much that we decided to do our own version!

We decided to use the red Nomadic PE-08 Easy Classification Pencil Case, recently seen in the JetPens August newsletter, and stuffed the case with various JetPens items to make it nice and round (we could barely zipper it closed)!

Here's a sneak peak of the pockets...

How to enter this contest:

1. Leave one comment on this post guessing the number of items packed into this Nomadic case, anytime between now and Thursday, August 18th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. You are limited to one entry. The contest is limited to US residents only.

2. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account please follow and re-tweet our Blog giveaway tweet and like our Facebook Blog giveaway wall post. We appreciate your support!

3. For this contest, whoever makes the correct guess (or the closest) will win this pictured sample Nomadic PE-08 Easy Classification Pencil Case - Red, filled with other fun sample goodies perfect for back to school!

4. The contest winner will be posted on Friday, August 19th on the JetPens Blog. The winner will have one week to email us and claim their prize.

Good luck!

This week at JetPens we are releasing a ton of new products, a lot of which are new inks! In particular, we find the new Platinum Mix Free fountain pen ink line to be fascinating.

Platinum has created this line of inks with the idea of color mixing in mind. The inks are specially formulated with pure and balanced dyes that will not muddle up when mixed together! This allows you to create the ink color of your choice, and opens up endless possibilities. It's even possible to mix up to three different shades, though you can only mix these Mix Free inks with each other, and not any other ink type or brand.

The image below is an extended version of the 1:1 mixing ratio color chart included with every ink bottle:

The ink bottles themselves are sold individually, and can be used as solo inks as well. The Mixing Kit is the tool you need to start your own ink color creations though, and includes a 50 ml bottle of ink diluter liquid (for lightening your mixed ink shades), an empty 50 ml bottle (to store your newly created ink color), and two droppers to help you measure the exact Mix Free ink proportions that you need.

We're excited to carry this new Platinum Mix Free fountain pen ink here at JetPens!