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An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Schin Loong is a fantasy illustrator who produces stunning calligraphy on the side.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Schin Loong, I am originally from Malaysia and am currently living in Nevada, US. I work as a graphic artist and illustrator by day, and by night I am a calligrapher.

How did you get into calligraphy?

I discovered flourished birds and ornamental Spencerian penmanship and was blown away by their elegance and beauty, amazed that they were all done by hand in minutes. I vowed to be able to do the same... eventually.

A couple years later, I have barely scratched the surface of what the masters can do. Give me another 50-60 years, I'll get it by then...

May 27, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Call us old-fashioned, but there is a special place for wooden pencils in our pen cases. From the earthy smell of freshly sharpened wood to the smooth feel of its lacquered body, we love using them for drawing, sketching, and everyday writing. There are even times when we reach for them over our mechanical pencils and lead holders.

Artists, students, writers, and designers alike have long relied on the versatility of wooden pencils for their work. Varying lead grades, flexible graphite cores, and erasability are just some of the reasons why people go back to wooden pencils again and again. Follow along as we explore the world of wooden pencils and all that they offer for the discerning artist or writer.

Did you know that clear body demonstrator pens, similar to this Monteverde model, have been around since the 1930's? Originally, they were only used by manufacturers to show a pen's internal features to potential buyers. Today, demonstrators have become very popular among fountain pen users -- so here is your chance to win one of these unique pens for yourself!

New products are in!

It's all about pens, color pencils, and paper! Fountain pens, calligraphy pens, color pencils, and paper are just a sampling of what we are offering in this week's batch of new arrivals.

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

It's the pen with a refill that launched a thousand ships--no, Kickstarter campaigns. With its clear plastic body and simple design, the Hi-Tec-C by Pilot Japan is deceptively ordinary. Yet, this humble pen makes the finest of lines flow out effortlessly and smoothly. It's the stuff pen lovers' dreams are made of.