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April 11, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Brush pens are oftentimes the secret behind beautiful script. They're used for everything from writing calligraphy and Chinese characters to creating art. If you can find the right one, a brush pen is more than a tool -- it's an extension of your writing hand.

Though it takes a certain amount of practice and control to use a brush pen, you don't have to be a serious artist or calligrapher to enjoy its virtues. But with more than 40 product lines on our website, we want to help you find the best brush pen for writing script. To see our brush pen recommendations for art, please read part two of this series. Click on the images below for a larger view.

If you've been doing some spring cleaning, you've likely come to realize the importance of staying organized! With labeled tabs, checklists, address pages, a ruler, and even a zipped pouch for loose items, this personal planner is the ultimate organization tool. Make sure to slip this sturdy multi pen in the rings as well, so you'll always be prepared!

New products are in!

The theme of this week's new arrivals is fun and functional design. From notebooks that have innovative eco-friendly paper made from stone to cool, colorful patterns on our new portable scissors, these unique and cheery products are sure to put a smile on your face.

April 8, 2014 - Posted by Elaine to Pen Perks

Thank you to everyone who sent us letters during our International Correspondence Writing Month Giveaway in February! We received many wonderful letters, Valentine cards, and notes from the JetPens community, and were very excited to see you putting your JetPens purchases into action!
Winner: Kami A.
Kami A. - Salt Lake City, UT

Kami's submission feature the story of her pen obsession, which began at a young age. Her father was a serious pen geek himself, and Kami has now accumulated an impressive collection that he would certainly be proud of. Her letter also included samples of his penmanship -- a touching way to remember him by. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and congratulations on winning the InCoWriMo prize!

Read on to see some more of our favorite InCoWriMo letters!

Guest blogger Janet Salmons is an online professor, scholar, and writer about research and collaboration in the digital world -- with a collection of fountain pens close at hand.

Guest blogger Janet Salmons

You carry your groceries in a canvas bag, and your water in a re-usable bottle. You use compact fluorescent bulbs and dutifully separate paper and glass from trash for the recycling pick-up. But what is that in your pocket? A disposable pen? Why throw away the entire pen, when you could refill the ink?

The most common answer, I would guess, is that disposable pens are inexpensive. You are not worried about losing them because the replacement cost is low. Indeed, they are freely given away as advertising for businesses or hotels. It is hard to attend a conference or meeting without finding one or two of them have hitchhiked a ride in your tote bag. But like most disposable items, there are costs, even if not reflected in the purchase price. In the US alone, at least 1.6 billion pens are thrown away each year. While some pens do get recycled, or donated to organizations like the TerraCycle Writing Instrument Brigades, the majority of these disposable pens are simply contributing to growing landfills.

Wouldn't it be better to consider a refillable pen that you can continue to use for years? Like your favorite wooden spoon that conjures up pots of soup from dinners past, or the hand trowel you reach for every spring to plant the first flowers, your pens will become your trusted go-to tools. Pen manufacturers have created refillable roller ball, ballpoint, gel and fountain pens at prices that are competitive with throw-away models, and many of these new pen models even get extra points for being made from recycled material!