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April 29, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Refills

The term "D1" refers to a standard ballpoint pen refill size, which is 67 mm long and approximately 2.3mm in diameter. These refills are inside many compact pens and multi pens.

The team at JetPens has compiled a list of all our ballpoint pens and multi pens that accept D1 refills, which you can view below:

Zebra Minna Mini Ballpoint Pens with Japanese Print

Zebra Penpod Mini Keychain Pens

Zebra Mini T3 Ballpoint Pen

Tombow Pfit Clip Mini Ballpoint Pens

Zebra Sharbo X Multi Pen System

Platinum Double R3 Action Multi Pens

Platinum MWB-1000C 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pens

Platinum Double Action R3 Modern Lacquer Ballpoint Multi Pens

Platinum Double Action R3 High Quality Wood 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil

Platinum Double 3 Action Transparent Body 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil

Platinum Double 3 Action Pocket 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil

Platinum Double 3 Action Multi Pens

Rotring Tikky 3 in 1 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencils

Since all of these pens use the same size refills, this means that you can interchange them. For example, you can use the smooth gel ink refills from the Sharbo X line inside your favorite Platinum Double 3 Action multi pen!
April 27, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Multi Pens

To refill the eraser component in the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen you just need to insert the refill eraser into the tip of the multi pen!

First, make sure that you are clicking down on the tab for the eraser component before inserting the eraser refill. If the tab is not clicked down, you will not be able to fully install the eraser refill. Insert the side with the little plastic rod first.

While holding down the eraser component tab, insert the eraser refill all the way until it stops.

The new refill should stop with a little bit of the eraser tip left out, when the tab is still clicked. Now you are ready to start erasing again!

April 26, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Mechanical Pencils

Some of us are afraid of commitment... with writing that is! For those of us who want to be able to correct any writing or notes we make on the go, JetPens has compiled a list of our best compact pencils for your perusal!

Pilot Dr. Grip XS Mini Mechanical Pencils
The Pilot Dr. Grip Putimo Mini Mechanical Pencils are a great way to carry around something that can erase.

Zebra Mini Mechanical Pencils
This is another great small mechanical pencil, which is slim enough to fit in a wallet like its inked counterpart.

Ohto Tasche Mechanical Pencils
These little Ohto pencils are a great addition to the Tasche design line of writing tools, and make a good match to their ballpoint pen counterparts.

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Comic / Manga Tools

The black Kuretake Manga ink is not only waterproof, but stands up well to alcohol based markers and other water based inks as well. We did our own test here at JetPens using a water brush, Copic Sketch Marker - Yellow Green, and a Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Orange.

As long as it is able to dry completely, the Kuretake Manga Ink is completely waterproof, and will work beautifully with watercolor washes and other water-based inks.

It also performed wonderfully to the Yellow Green Copic Sketch Marker we used. Remember, it WILL smudge if you draw on it with these markers before the Kuretake ink is fully dry.

Here is our final recap:

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Organization and Productivity

Most of us have used the traditional chisel tip, neon highlighters at one point. Nowadays though, there are a lot of different writing tools you can use for highlighting your notes, or just emphasizing things that need to be remembered.

Items used in these examples:
- Uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Pink
- Zebra Sarasa Study Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Red
- Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil - 0.7 mm - Blue Body - Blue Lead
- Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter - 4.0 mm / 0.6 mm Twin Tip - Lavender Purple

Other than your traditional neon-colored highlighters, the same tool now comes in softer colors! The Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter in particular has the cool feature of a window inside the felt tip, which allows you to view exactly where your highlighted line is going.

It also has a fine tip on the end, which is great for underlining or even writing some notes.

Another great tool for underlying things that you want to emphasize or stand out, is simply a fine tipped gel pen. Gel pens are nice tools to use for color-coding your notes, and allow you to highlight items without covering them completely in color, and even take side notes in margins if you need to.

Our last tip involves the use of mechanical colored pencils. This has the same use as gel pens, but you can also color in things with pencils easily.

The best thing about this method is that you can erase any marks made if you need to!