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October 14, 2008 - Posted by Elizabeth to Gel Ink Pens

Ever since the Pilot Hi-Tec-C pen revolution started decades ago, pen companies in Japan have been competing to introduce newer and better gel pen lines. Each pen comes with an entourage of glorious new colors and multiple tip sizes. Though the Pilot Hi-Tec-C is the cornerstone for thin gel pens, each new line introduced every year has its own attractions. For example, the tips of the Uni-Ball Signo DX and the Pentel Slicci are much sturdier than the Pilot Hi-Tec-C, and thus can withstand a heavy hand and more pen writing abuse. That being said, whichever pen you decide upon, we know that you will be very impressed with the writing ability and construction of Japanese pens.

The following are some close-up pictures of the pen tips from three of the most popular gel pens on JetPens. From left to right the pens are: Uni-Ball Signo DX, Pentel Slicci, and Pilot Hi-Tec-C.

For September we couldn't resist picking the adorable picture by JetPens Flickr friend kkkataish shown here.

We loved the use of a fountain pen as Jet-Do's rocket and we also admired the ornate design in the flames and on the body of the pen. It's a quite nice-looking ride! The colors and gradations were great, and the added touch of using a white pen on a colored background won brownie points. Great job kkkataish!

JetPic chosen from our JetPens Flickr pool.

(Picture above shows the Platinum Preppy Fountain pen, Preppy Fluorescent Highlighter, and Preppy Sign Marker.)

The designers of the Platinum Preppy line had environmental conservation and practicality in mind. Ink for the Preppy line can be refilled with an ink cartridge, and the tip of the marker and highlighter line can be replaced. One simple pen can undergo years of use and abuse. This article illustrates how to replace the tip of the Preppy Sign Marker and Preppy Fluorescent Highlighter. Though the pictures only show the Preppy Sign Marker, the exact same steps will work for the Preppy Fluorescent Highlighter as well.

How to:

1. Find the white color base of the marker or highlighter tip.

2. Pull the old tip straight out with your fingers.

3. Insert your new marker tip and push tightly to close.

There you have it! You have saved the environment and money by replacing the tip of your Preppy pen!
August 19, 2008 - Posted by Elizabeth to Refills

Refill cartridges are a great way to keep your writing instrument filled with ink without having to deal with messy liquids or converters. Just puncture the ink cartridge by pushing it into the body of your writing instrument. They are a wonderfully modern innovation that allows you to keep your writing instrument always moist and ready. It's easy to use them, and this article will take you through the process.

The first step to using a refill cartridge is to identify the opening. You can usually identify the opening of an ink cartridge by noting a cup-like rim on one end. Sometimes you may even see a metal or plastic ball inside the rim to act as a seal for the ink (it will be pushed in when the cartridge is punctured.) The following picture shows a close up of some of our popular ink cartridge refills.

The ink cartridges shown are:

1. Ohto Fountain Pen Refill Cartridge (OHTO FCR-6)
2. Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pen Refill Cartridge (PILOT IRF-10SP)
3. Akashiya Brush Pen Ink Refill Cartridge (AKASHIYA SKI-200)
4. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy Refill Cartridge (PENTEL FP10-A)
5. Pilot & Namiki Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge (PILOT NAM 69100)
6. Platinum Preppy Marker & Fountain Pen Refill Cartridge (PLATINUM SPN-100A)
7. Lamy Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge (LAMY LT10)

How: The following pictures show how to refill with an ink cartridge by using the Platinum Preppy Sign Marker as an example.

1. Identify the opening of the cartridge as explained above. As you can see, the Platinum Preppy Marker & Fountain Pen Refill Cartridge (PLATINUM SPN-100A) has a telltale metal ball at its opening (other refill cartridges may show only a plastic cup.)

2. Puncture the cartridge by pushing it firmly into the plastic protrusion inside the pen body.

3. Leave your pen facing downwards until the ink soaks through the tip. If you want, you can cover the tip with a tissue and gently shake the pen or *gently* give the cartridge a light squeeze.

Now you're ready to go! Enjoy!
August 18, 2008 - Posted by Elizabeth to Multi Pens

Save the environment with refills that allow you to use your pen again and again! These simple steps of refilling ink cartridges work for almost all the multi pens and pens that JetPens carries. We'll show you how using the Pilot FriXion Ball 3 Metal 3 Color Gel Ink Multi Pen.

What you need: Refills that fit the multi pen you want to refill.


1. Simply unscrew the body of your multi pen.

2. Pull out the ink cartridge that you want to replace. Push in your new ink cartridge into the empty slot and screw the body back on.

You're done!