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April 22, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Fountain Pens, Gel Ink Pens, Ballpoint Pens

When you are on the go, it is nice to have access to a writing instrument when you need to jot something down quickly. The team at JetPens has made a list of our best compact sized pens, which are perfect for carrying in your pocket or purse.

Kaweco Sport Fountain Pens
These fountain pens have a great compact size when capped, but extend to a comfortable writing size when posted. They are available in a variety of colors and finishes, with plastic or aluminum bodied versions.

Ohto Rook Fountain Pens
Another small sized fountain pen, the Ohto Rook has a soft shape displaying a beautiful symmetry of form.

Ohto Needle-Point Cap Ballpoint Pens
These pens are part of another great compact pen series from Ohto, and they fit perfectly into a purse or planner.

Ohto Tasche Line
The Tasche Line is another great design from Ohto, and is available in a few different formats. The fountain pen, roller ball, ballpoint and mechanical pencil form all have the same convenient compact shape.

Lamy Pico Pocket Size Extendable Ballpoint Pens
These neat looking ballpoint pens from LAMY do not have a cap so they are very convenient for grabbing your pen simply clicking the end to start writing.

Ohto Needle-Point Slim Line Ballpoint Pens
Though these Ohto ballpoint pens are not short, they are very slim and great for tucking into a notebook or planner.

Pilot Birdy Stainless Steel Body Mini Ballpoint Pen
These are tiny little pens that are not only short, but very slim as well. They fit great in a pocket or even a wallet, just make sure not to lose them!

Zebra Mini Ballpoint Pen
Another tiny pen great for your wallet or planner.

Zebra Minna Mini Ballpoint Pens with Japanese Print
These pretty Zebra pens are great for keeping in your purse. Each pen has a strip of decoration which is actually Japanese paper! The cap can be posted on the back of the pen for writing comfort.

Zebra Penpod Mini Keychain Pens
These miniature pens are great for quick writing needs, and can latch on to cell phones, purses, key chains and more!

Pilot Pockel Mini Gel Ink Pens
If you prefer gel ink pens, these are just the thing for you! Perfect for quick note-taking or list-making, these pens come in 10 different colors and have smooth, non-skipping ink inside.

April 22, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Gel Ink Pens, Ballpoint Pens

Since we have already compiled a list of our fine point pen recommendations, it seems only fair to provide a list of our pens with a broad point, because sometimes you just want a thick line.

The Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pens are known for their smooth writing and opaque ink.

The Dong-A Anyball Ballpoint Pens are available in a few different broad sizes ranging from 1.0 mm - 1.6 mm.

The Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint Pens are designed to write in extreme conditions including wet surfaces, cool temperatures, and even upside down. Available in 0.7 mm and 1.0 mm size, in red, blue and black ink.

The Rotring Tikky Ballpoint Pens feature colorful, nonslip, dual material grips with an ergonomic wave design, and robust metal clips.

The Pilot Envelope Address Writing Gel Ink Pens have an oil based gel ink that dries super fast and produces very dark and shiny lines.

The Pilot BPS-GP Extra Broad Ballpoint Pens have an oil-based ink with a new formula, that is considered by some to be the smoothest ballpoint pen ink available.

The Ohto Fude Ball Roller Ball Pens are actually ball pens made to write like brush pens, and produce a lusciously thick line.

April 21, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Fountain Pens

What you need: a deep cup, room temperature or warm water, an old cloth (anything other than a towel, as fibers from a towel might catch on the nib). We do NOT advise to use any kind of soap or cleaning agent, as these substances may damage or clog your fountain pen nib.

What to do:

1. Fill your cup with water.

2. Remove the cartridge from the pen and leave the nib part in the cup of water over night.

(It may also be helpful to change the water once or twice, if you notice it is saturated with ink.)

3. After the nib is done soaking in the cup, hold it under running water for a few minutes.

4. Dry the nib with a cloth, then insert a new cartridge and assemble the pen back together. The ink flow will be a bit watery for a short time, so it is advisable to write on a scratch piece of paper for a few lines before use.

Model pen for these photos: Pilot Prera Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Lime Green Body

The Pilot Parallel Pens are available in 1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8 mm and 6.0 mm sizes. Each set comes with one Parallel Pen, one red ink cartridge, one black ink cartridge, a cleaning converter, and instruction booklet. You can follow the examples in the instruction booklet to create beautiful calligraphy for your writing needs.

To use the pen, simply insert the cartridge into the pen. The ink should start flowing soon after. To create beautiful color gradation you will need two pens with two different color ink cartridges. Hold the pens vertically, touch one nib to the other nib, and hold for several seconds.

The color from the top pen will be transferred to the bottom pen! The longer you hold the pens together, the more ink will be transferred. As you write with the bottom pen you will see a unique blend of colors that will slowly fade out as the transferred ink is used up. It will be a very elegant touch to any project!

(Images and beautiful writing samples were provided by JetPens customer Josh Scruggs.)
April 15, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Multi Pens

The Uni-ball Style Fit multi pen system is a very customizable line. You can have anywhere from 3-5 different components, choosing from pen refills available in gel ink or oil-based ballpoint ink, and also a mechanical pencil component.

The ballpoint line contains the famous oil based, water and light resistant Jetstream ink that writes incredibly smooth. The gel ink line contains the popular Signo ink that is the same as that in the popular selling Uni-ball Signo line. The mechanical pencil is pre-filled with Uni-ball NanoDia Low-Wear pencil leads, which are infused with nano-diamond pieces to create an unusually strong and high-quality lead. The combination of all the above allows you to create a multi-pen that has all the best Uni-ball qualities in one single instrument. In addition, the system is eco-friendly since you can refill it again and again.

To get started with or refill your Uni-ball Style Fit multi pen, first, take the pen body apart by unscrewing the grip area away from the main barrel.

If you look inside the barrel you will see different circular holders for each component tube. Press the back of these components into each of these holders.

It helps to hold the tab which corresponds to the space you are installing the refill in, as this can add some extra stability to the process.

Once you have filled all the available spaces, screw the pen body back together and you're ready to use your Style Fit multi pen!

(A good thing to know is that you can refill a lot of the multi pens we carry in similar fashion.)