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May 7, 2012 - Posted by Lucy to Guides

The scented pens in this article have been discontinued. If you are looking for scented pens, check out the Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pens!

Despite an evolutionary decline in sensitivity to smells, humans can still distinguish approximately 10,000 scents -- some of which are applied by scientists, designers, and even chefs to elicit emotion and build atmosphere. Technicians at a New York hospital disperse vanilla oil into the air to make MRI testing more pleasant for anxious patients. Consumer products, such as alarm clocks that release the aroma of coffee, also utilize the primal properties of smell.

Girl smelling a scented pen
Fig 1. Zebra Pticolon Gel Ink Pens - 0.8 mm - 8 Color Set.

The same principle applies to Zebra’s Pticolon Gel Ink Pens, which take you back to the days of after-school candies and field trips to the roller rink. To get a proper sense of how these pens really smell and write, I tested them all -- and even roped in my fellow pen aficionado Liz for a blind test! In the blind test, Liz smelled each pen and described it without any prior knowledge of what the scent was supposed to be. Lastly, we gave each scent a “strength” rating.

For a thorough evaluation of Zebra’s Pticolon Pens, as well as a trip down memory lane, read on!

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You can watch the ink flow directly from pen to paper, with transparent Monteverde Artista Crystal Fountain Pens. These exquisite pens are crafted from high quality acrylic resin, and decorated with shiny chrome accents. If you're in the mood for something more casual, try the

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Here are our favorite customer images selected from our Facebook Page or the web for the month of April.

Picture 1 from Paolo: Paolo's 2012 JetPens stationery supply. Reminds us of fireworks, pretty hot display too!

April 26, 2012 - Posted by Lily to Posts by Guests

Today I’m starting a new blog for JetPens, and I’m calling it Pen & Ink, a phrase that always confounded me when I was in grammar school in the fifties in Queens, New York. I went to catholic schools, and the nuns and brothers always made us write our homework “in pen and ink.” I can still see Brother Stanislaus standing in a corner of the classroom, giving us our assignment, and bellowing that it had to be written, and here he raised his voice, IN PEN AND INK. I still can’t fathom that phrase: if we wrote with a pen, it had to use ink. If we wrote in ink, it had to be with a pen.

Still, it fits what my subjects will involve in this space.

Until a few years ago, I hadn’t picked up a fountain pen since those days in grammar school...