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November 20, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

The staff at JetPens is so honored to have some of our favorite comic artists use our products! JetPens customer Brian Anderson is the creator of the syndicated comic strip Dog eat Doug. The strip enjoys an international fan base both on and offline. He is an optioned screenwriter and is currently working on several children’s books, including "Nighty Night", "Sleepy Sleeps" (based on his comic strip characters), as well as a YA novel entitled "The Conjurers". He lives just outside of Beantown with his wife, Tammy, son, Liam, and chocolate lab, Sophie. All of Brian's comics (other than PS coloring) are done with products from JetPens. Visit his site at and

JetPens products used: Comic pens and nibs (such as Tachikawa), Brush pens (Akashiya, Pentel Pocket Brush), Drafting Pencils, Copic Pens, Kokuyo Pencil Cases, JetPens Journals & Notebooks.

September 20, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pencils

We sometimes have customers who ask us which of our mechanical pencils are "No. 2". Great question!

Pencil leads have different levels of hardness or softness for different uses. You can read more about this in our PenPedia article Picking the Perfect Pencil Lead Hardness. For mechanical pencil lead, the leads are labeled (from hardest to softest):
9H | 8H | 7H | 6H | 5H | 4H | 3H | 2H | H | F | HB | B | 2B | 3B | 4B | 5B | 6B | 7B | 8B | 9B.

The numbering system for wooden pencils actually refers to the same thing, but uses an American labeling system. For example, the equivalent lead hardness for the following wooden pencils are:

American Numbering World Numbering
#1 B
#2 HB
#2 1/2 F
#3 H
#4 2H

So using a mechanical pencil with HB leads should be equivalent to using a No 2. Pencil.
July 22, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

JetPens customer Robyn loves to draw. Her painting of orchids posted on our Flickr page caught our eye. It's a beautiful use of our SAI brush pens and the winner of this month's JetPics Favorite contest. Join our Flickr and Facebook groups for your own chance to win simply by uploading a picture!

JetPens products used: Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens & Accessories

June 28, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Eye Dropper Conversions

Instructional content contributed by Kenneth Schwartz, pictures and article provided by JetPens. Converting a standard fountain pen into an eye dropper pen is a favorite project among fountain pen aficionados. It involves filling the fountain pen body with ink (rather than a cartridge) and closing it with a tight seal. The Platinum Preppy available at JetPens is a great fountain pen to convert into an eyedropper fountain pen. The following easy steps teach you the basics on how to make your very own eye dropper pen using the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen as an example. What you need: a Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen available at JetPens (you can choose any color), an O-ring gasket, silicon grease (optional), an eyedropper, and a bottle of ink. Here we used a black Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen with a Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng Emperor's Purple since it already includes an eyedropper (now discontinued). The O-ring can be purchased at any hardware store. They should have a 1/16" thickness, with an outside diameter of 3/8" and inside diameter of 1/4 inch, and are sometimes referred to as #5 O-rings. Instructions: 1. Disassemble the pen. If the cartridge has already been used, you can reference our past post, "Removing and Storing Ink Cartridges" for how to remove it and store it for future use. 2. Stretch the O-ring over the threads of the nib section. One way to do this is to anchor it with one hand while stretching it with the other. Once it is on, roll it down until it reaches the bottom of the threads. 3. To ensure that the O-ring is flush against the end, just screw on the barrel pointing downwards to position the O-ring. Only very light force is required. Optional: You can lubricate the threads with silicon grease as an extra measure of security. 4. Unscrew the barrel. You're now ready to fill it up with ink! Keep the barrel close to your ink bottle to reduce spills. Noodler's suggests filling up the barrel with ink until at least past the 1/3 marked to ensure proper air pressure. 5. Screw your fountain pen back together with the nib facing up. The O-ring should be compressed approximately 20-25%. Use firm but not excessive force, tightening the fountain pen too much can result in a crack. Important: Make sure the O-ring is firmly situated and properly sealing the pen or else your eye dropper pen will leak. 6. To get the ink flow going, GENTLY shake the pen up and down, periodically testing until the ink starts to flow. How quickly this occurs is an interesting characteristic of the ink; some inks require no shaking and some a minute or two. Keep the nib facing down to get a good flow. Congratulations! You have made your very own eyedropper fountain pen. Now you are ready to write! Your Preppy should go quite a while before needing to be refilled.

Due to their manufactured nature, plastic erasers can come in a variety of styles and shapes. They can be easily molded and colored to create new eraser forms. The most common form plastic erasers come in is the standard block eraser. It is rectangular in shape and easy to use.

But blocks can be so boring. The standard block eraser has evolved into other interesting shapes in Japan. The Kokuyo Kadokeshi 28-Corner Erasers was the winner of the 2002 Kokuyo Design Award. A normal eraser has eight corners, but this eraser from Japan has 28! It allows a user to never be without an eraser corner again!

In recent years we have also seen an outcrop of "precision" erasers, or erasers that are finely shaped to erase tiny areas. The Tombow Mono Zero is a great example of a precision eraser. It has an amazing 2.3 mm diameter and is also available in a 2.5 mm x 5 mm rectangular shape.

Perhaps the most beloved of plastic eraser inventions is the Japanese novelty eraser. The eraser manufacturing technique has been perfected such that these adorable erasers are beautifully detailed, yet work just as well as any normal eraser. The Iwako Sushi Novelty Erasers at JetPens are just one example.

See all the eraser and correction products available at JetPens here. Find one that's right for you!