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April 26, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Mechanical Pencils

Some of us are afraid of commitment... with writing that is! For those of us who want to be able to correct any writing or notes we make on the go, JetPens has compiled a list of our best compact pencils for your perusal!

Pilot Dr. Grip XS Mini Mechanical Pencils
The Pilot Dr. Grip Putimo Mini Mechanical Pencils are a great way to carry around something that can erase.

Zebra Mini Mechanical Pencils
This is another great small mechanical pencil, which is slim enough to fit in a wallet like its inked counterpart.

Ohto Tasche Mechanical Pencils
These little Ohto pencils are a great addition to the Tasche design line of writing tools, and make a good match to their ballpoint pen counterparts.

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Comic / Manga Tools

The black Kuretake Manga ink is not only waterproof, but stands up well to alcohol based markers and other water based inks as well. We did our own test here at JetPens using a water brush, Copic Sketch Marker - Yellow Green, and a Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Orange.

As long as it is able to dry completely, the Kuretake Manga Ink is completely waterproof, and will work beautifully with watercolor washes and other water-based inks.

It also performed wonderfully to the Yellow Green Copic Sketch Marker we used. Remember, it WILL smudge if you draw on it with these markers before the Kuretake ink is fully dry.

Here is our final recap:

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Organization and Productivity

Most of us have used the traditional chisel tip, neon highlighters at one point. Nowadays though, there are a lot of different writing tools you can use for highlighting your notes, or just emphasizing things that need to be remembered.

Items used in these examples:
- Uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Pink
- Zebra Sarasa Study Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Red
- Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil - 0.7 mm - Blue Body - Blue Lead
- Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter - 4.0 mm / 0.6 mm Twin Tip - Lavender Purple

Other than your traditional neon-colored highlighters, the same tool now comes in softer colors! The Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter in particular has the cool feature of a window inside the felt tip, which allows you to view exactly where your highlighted line is going.

It also has a fine tip on the end, which is great for underlining or even writing some notes.

Another great tool for underlying things that you want to emphasize or stand out, is simply a fine tipped gel pen. Gel pens are nice tools to use for color-coding your notes, and allow you to highlight items without covering them completely in color, and even take side notes in margins if you need to.

Our last tip involves the use of mechanical colored pencils. This has the same use as gel pens, but you can also color in things with pencils easily.

The best thing about this method is that you can erase any marks made if you need to!

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here is the latest listing of our favorite customer pictures uploaded to our Flickr and Facebook groups from the month of April!

Picture 1 from Eric: How cool is it to have every size available in the Pentel Graphgear 1000 drafting pencils!
Picture 2 from Alexa: A lovely drawing using different colored pens to make pretty strands behind the "JetPens."
Picture 3 from Paolo: Look at this awesome pen collection! So many different colors in the Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens, Zebra Sarasa Push Clip gel ink pens, Pentel Sliccis and more!
Picture 4 from Suzie: A great piece of fan art, featuring our own JetDa and JetDo!
Picture 5 from Torry: One of the coolest postcards we've seen, using the Pilot Choose Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - White over a photo.

Did you know that you can use the Pentel Sliccies Gel Ink Multi Pen Ink Cartridges inside a Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 multi pen? Well you can, and JetPens is here to show you how! For this example, we are replacing the red and green Dr. Grip ink components with Slicci 0.3 mm Pink and 0.4 mm Lime Green ink cartridges. First, you want to take the Dr. Grip 4+1 apart by unscrewing the barrel from the grip area. Pull out the ink cartridges that you want to replace with Slicci ink. It helps to hold the corresponding tab for the ink tube you are trying to remove, for added stability. Before you install the Slicci ink cartridges, you want to remove the plastic piece at the top of each Slicci ink tube with a pair of pliers. Once you have removed all of those little plastic pieces, you can press the Slicci ink cartridges into the available tubes inside the Dr. Grip 4+1. Reassemble the pen once you have installed all your replacement Slicci inks, and you're ready to go!