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June 23, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here's a post showing our favorite customer images selected for the month of June, from our Facebook and Flickr!

Picture 1 from Norm: Absolutely beautiful handwriting with a Uni-ball Signo Bit gel ink pen!
Picture 2 from Joseph: These lovely feathers were actually hand-made with a Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Box Set - 24 Color Palette and an Akashiya Sai Pigment Ink Outline Brush Pen.
Picture 3 from Bernard: This great photo displays his well-loved Zebra Sharbo X multi pens among other things.
Picture 4 from Ana: Such detailed and precise notes, all done with a Uni-ball Jetstream 4&1 4 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil!
Picture 5 from Jessica: This amazing display of photo-realism was drawn with drafting pencils and leads from JetPens. What a great tribute to Timothy Olyphant!

Thanks for sharing your work with us!

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I'm a sucker for well designed packaging. Let's face it, sometimes we can be drawn to a certain product not because of the actual contents, but rather the packaging those contents are found in. That being said, I particularly love some of the bottled inks we carry here at JetPens, solely because of the bottle design. Among those favorites is the Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink Collection. These inks come in beautiful chunky glass bottles, and have a color selection inspired by the gem stones they were named after. We tested all seven colors in the following order (from top to bottom of our test page): Ruby Red Mandarin Orange Jade Green Aventurin Green Topaz Blue Sapphire Blue Onyx Black Once our test swabs were dry we submitted them to a water brush test, an alcohol-based Copic Sketch Marker and a gel ink pen. We did all tests on the same page of a Rhodia DotPad Notepad - Black Cover - 5.75" X 8.25" - 80 Sheets - 5 mm Dot Grid, and allowed 10 seconds of drying time before starting. Unfortunately, these inks do not hold up to water and are in no way water-proof or water-resistant. Surprisingly though, the dried ink did not budge when drawn over with our Copic Sketch Marker - Yellow Green. There was no smudging whatsoever and no traces of ink on the felt tip of the marker! The gel pen did not seem to have any effect on the dried ink either. Here is the final test sheet: To sum it up, the Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink Collection is not waterproof or water resistant, but does not smudge or bleed when alcohol-based markers or gel ink pens are used over the dried ink. It is also great to know that the ink colors are just as beautiful as the bottles they are presented in!

Congratulations to random winner #9! Connie who commented:

You have won one bottle of Lamy T52 Fountain Pen Ink + Ink Blotter Tape - 50 ml Bottle - Blue. Please comment here by next week June 24th, 2011, and then email with your mailing address to claim your prize.

For everyone else, stay tuned, we'll have another giveaway next week!

This post contains an outdated version of the Pilot Petit Pen System. For the newest version, see this post!

Pilot has recently redone their Petit pen line!

The whole system has been revamped. The line is now a customizable system consisting of separate pen bodies and ink cartridges. They are available in three different nib types: a fountain pen (Petit1), marker pen (Petit2) and brush pen (Petit3). Choose a pen body type and then choose your favorite ink cartridge color to customize your Petit pen (sold separately).

The ink cartridges are compatible across all three body styles. Select your nib and body style and ink color to create your favorite pen combination!

The Petit1 pen bodies have the same fountain pen nibs as the original line and is available in four different body colors.

The new Petit2 pens have a felt tip or "sign pen" nib. The body styles for these pens are slightly different than their Petit1 fountain pen counterparts, as only the barrel and clip are colored.

The new Petit3 pens have a calligraphy type brush tip. Like the Petit1 and Petit2, the body colors are transparent. The clip on these pens however, is a solid color.

The ink cartridges can be used with any of the Petit pen models, allowing you to fully customize your Petit pen.

What do you think will be your favorite Petit combination?