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August 5, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Mechanical Pencils

Here at JetPens we have a wide variety of different drafting pencils. In particular, we carry some of the best lead holder available! Lead holders (also known as clutch pencils) use thicker leads, usually between 2 mm - 4 mm and generally only hold one piece of lead at a time. The thickness of the lead however, makes these instruments perfect for larger area shading when sketching or drafting.

The newest addition to our line of lead holders are the E+M Workman Long and Pocket Clutch Lead Holders. These are made from natural wood and have a unique 5.5 mm thick lead. Sharpeners and refill lead are also available.

(Long version pictured first, Pocket version second.)

The Rotring Rapid Pro Lead Holder - 2 mm - Silver Body is a beautifully constructed lead holder, perfect for the professional. The all metal body has a sleek silver finish and a traditional knurled grip. As a bonus feature, the cap has blades inside to sharpen your 2.0 mm lead point!

The Lamy Scribble Drafting Pencil - 3.15 mm - Aluminum Clip has a unique chunky look, which a lot of people find more comfortable to hold for longer periods of time. The clip is detachable, allowing you to choose a more streamline look. Lead refills are available.

Lastly, the Staedtler Silver Series 2 mm Lead Holder is another full metal bodied lead holder, with the added convenient feature of a lead grade indicator. Lead refills are available in different grades, as well as colors.

You can view all of our lead holders here.
August 4, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here's a belated post showing our favorite customer images selected from our Facebook for the month of July!

Picture 1 from Nada: This well-rounded order includes some of our favorite items, like the Midori Animal Shape D-Clips, a couple Nomadic Pencil Cases and the Pilot Petit pens!
Picture 2 from Carlos: All the way from Mexico, Carlos shows off the JetPens products he uses along with his other art supplies.
Picture 3 from Kami: This adorable photo shows a young pen enthusiast in training, surrounded by Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Micron drawing pens and a bunch of other neat items. Who knew that JetPens products were so tasty?
Picture 4 from Gentian: This beautiful calligraphy was done with the Kaweco Calligraphy Pen Set. You're so talented Gentian!

Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!

You too can be a JetPics Favorite and win prizes! Just join our Facebook and/or Flickr groups and upload a photo of your work. Make sure to let us know which JetPens products you used, and bonus points for featuring our mascots, logo or name!
August 2, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Gel Ink Pens

Oftentimes you need to use ink pens when writing on documents or when taking notes. But alas, what if you make a mistake? Fortunately, JetPens carries a few different brands of erasable pens so that you can correct any errors made with these special ink pens.

There are three main types of erasable ink pens:

1. Thermo-sensitive Erasable Ink Pens
The ink becomes transparent when exposed to heat such as that from friction. The heat makes the ink completely transparent, for a true erased effect.

The Pilot FriXion line is an excellent example of this technology, and is available in a variety of different gel ink pens, markers and even highlighters!

The Uni-ball Fanthom gel ink pens also have a thermo-sensitive ink, and will erase cleanly by using the rubber sides of the cap.

**Please note that because of the nature of these ink formulas, we strongly advise against storage in any high temperature areas (don't leave these pens in a hot car), and we recommend to avoid high friction situations where your papers may be rubbing together (shuffling a stack of papers written on with these pens etc).

2. Erasable Ink Pens + Ink Erasing Marker

The other type of erasable pen is the one that comes with a partner, the "eraser" pen. These pens erase when a separate erasing ink is applied.

The Stabilo Point 88 Colorkilla Erasable Fineliner Marker Pens we carry do not erase by heat, nor do they need a rubber eraser to remove ink. Instead, this pen set contains a special eraser pen that makes the ink vanish when applied!

The white "Colorkilla" pens in this set will make the ink of the specially marked "erasable" pens disappear completely. Since any areas covered with the Colorkilla ink will not take the erasable pens any longer, Stabilo conveniently includes matching colors of their standard Point 88 Fineliner pens, so that you can write over these erased areas with ease.

3. Traditional Erasable Ink Pens

Lastly, we have the erasable ink pens that rub away with an ink eraser such as the Uni-ball Signo gel ink pens.

Like pencils, these erasable gel ink pens need the rubber eraser on their cap end to erase. This traditional method is used not only in pens but also in highlighters, such as with the Uni-ball Propus Erasable Highlighters.

With some many different styles of erasable pens available, it may be hard to choose! Do you have a favorite erasable pen from JetPens?
July 29, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Staff Musings

JetPens was recently featured in Daily Candy, a popular, fun and fashionable blog! The Marvy LePen set was featured in the picture and the post talks about our, "rainbow markers, donut tape dispensers, and neon mini brush pens."

JetPens is proud to carry wonderful Japanese office products that really add some color and fun to your desk. Thanks for the mention Daily Candy!
July 29, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Ballpoint Pens

Here at JetPens, we carry some excellent examples of Japanese ingenuity. We decided to feature our ballpoint pens that are pressurized, so that they will write almost anywhere! Normal pens utilize gravity to create ink flow onto a paper. These ballpoint pens however, allow internal compressed air pressure to basically push their ink out onto the paper. Listed in order from left to right: 1. Tombow AirPress Apro Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Green 2. Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - 2010 New Body Color - Clear Body 3. Pilot Down Force Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Moss Green Body - Black Ink 4. Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Black Body - Black Ink All of these pens boast the ability to write in extremely cold conditions, zero-gravity environments, on wet surfaces and at any angle. We put one of those claims to the test, by thoroughly soaking a page of our Rhodia DotPad Notepad with a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush Pen, for a writing test. First we wrote with the Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen. Both versions have the exact same internal parts and writing performance, the only difference is the body style. The word "Tombow Airpress" was written with the Apro version (designed with a sturdy clip perfect for your apron) and the three lines underneath were written with the original version, that has a durable body designed for strenuous conditions like constructions sites. Writing on the wet paper was not necessarily ideal, but the ink came out well enough to read perfectly (it looks a little light in the photograph because of our professional grade flash and light box). Next, we wrote with the Pilot Down Force ballpoint pen. This pen performed just as well as the two Tombow pens, with a steady ink flow just as visible. Lastly, we tested out the capabilities of the ever-popular Uni-ball Power Tank pen. This pen wrote just as smoothly on our wet paper, and the ink appeared slightly darker. It did however, seem to feather a bit towards the end, when it hit a particularly saturated part of the paper with standing water on the surface. Over all, these pens are true to their advertising and write very well on a very wet piece of paper. I was also able to write with them at a ninety-degree angle, and even upside down on a post-it stuck under my desk! What would you use these versatile pens for?