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January 30, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pen Perks

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This contest has ended. Like JetPens on Facebook to find more giveaways every month!

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I love the photo sharing app Instagram, and so do millions of other users. It allows for quick, easy, and fun livestream sharing. I often find myself taking pictures of my latest purchase, or what pen I am using on any given day, and I love to see what others are using as well.

Since many of you are already Instagram users and I know you love JetPens, I want to combine the two into a giveaway. From now through Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at Midnight PST, take a picture of your favorite JetPens product and add the tag #JetPens in the Caption field on Instagram. I will post my favorite of the bunch on Monday, February 6th, 2012 and that person will win a $10 gift certificate.

Easy enough?

Take and tag as many photos as you like, but be sure they are new photos, not old ones you have added the #JetPens tag to. I'll be watching you!

January 27, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Brush Pens

Choosing a brush pen is hard. Not only are there a wide range of options in tip firmness and tip material, each pen is going to react differently depending on the user. Do you have a soft or heavy hand? Are your strokes tiny or broad? How do you know which brush pen is best for your style?

One thing we do at JetPens is provide an area for customer reviews. This helps you get as much individual information on a product as possible, which in turn helps you make a more informed purchasing decision.

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy is one of our highest rated and most reviewed brush pens with 27 reviews and a 4.9 out of 5 rating. If you are in the market for a brush pen but do not know where to start, reading the customer reviews of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen will give you great insight.

One of the recurring themes in the reviews is that this pen has a great traditional brush pen feel. If you are looking for a firm, felt tip brush, then this is not the pen for you. But, if you are looking for an expressive, flexible, and consistent pen then you do not need to look any further than the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

The best part about this great brush pen? It is refillable. Customers often fall in love with the specific feel of their pen, and having a refill option is icing on the cake.

What more could you ask for in a JetPens Classic?

January 24, 2012 - Posted by Lucy to Staff Musings

Love letters originated from necessity, from a time where whether by societal disapproval, war, or some other unfortunate circumstance, two lovers could not be together. The story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne is one such story.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” - John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821), the acclaimed English Romantic poet, is most famous for his six odes, as well as "Hyperion" and "Endymion”. He is also known by his love letters, more than three dozen of which were preserved by the subject of his affections, Fanny Brawne. These letters were exchanged over the span of three years, from 1818 to 1820, and are now recognized as some of the greatest love letters ever written.

Year One: First Impressions

The two met in 1818, when Keats moved in next door to the Brawne family. He was fascinated by Fanny, who was charming and a bit of a flirt. His first love was bound to be extreme, given his intense nature, and he pursued her quite straightforwardly: "I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love - but if you should deny me the thousand and first - 't would put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through."

But her flippant behavior often frustrated him: "She is ignorant - monstrous in her behavior flying out in all directions, calling people such names that I was forced lately to make use of the term Minx - this I think not from any innate vice but from a penchant she has for acting stylishly. I am however tired of such style and shall decline any more of it."

Year Two: Engagement

Despite his criticism, Keats soon fell helplessly in love with her, and began to woo her with a series of passionate letters, writing, "I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days--three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." He wrote the love sonnet "Bright Star" for her. He wrote other poems, too, in a productive flurry that lasted through the summer of 1819. In the autumn, the two became engaged. However, marriage was not an option -- Keats was too poor to consider proposing to her.

Of their limited time together, Keats wrote, "When you are in the room my thoughts never fly out of window: you always concentrate my whole senses."

Year Three: Tragedy

Unfortunately, in February of 1820, Keats had a lung hemorrhage indicative of tuberculosis. It began with a cough and a drop of blood on the sheets. Keats observed, "I know the color of that blood; it is arterial blood. I cannot be deceived in that color. That drop of blood is my death warrant. I must die." Keats was right to be concerned -- at the time, one in four deaths in England was caused by TB. Furthermore, he had been a medical student prior to becoming a poet, and he knew the reality of the situation. Initially he took long walks about the garden, writing, "I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your Loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute."

Keats and Fanny were advised to limit their time together, since bouts of emotion were likely to weaken Keats's health. As visits dwindled, letters became increasingly more important. In one letter, Keats addressed their difficult situation: "According to all appearances I am to be separated from you as much as possible. How I shall be able to bear it, or whether it will not be worse than your presence now and then, I cannot tell. I must be patient, and in the meantime you must think of it as little as possible... I am recommended not even to read poetry much less write it. I wish I had even a little hope. I cannot say forget me - but I would mention that there are impossibilities in the world. No more of this - I am not strong enough to be weaned - take no notice of it in your good night. Happen what may I shall ever be my dearest Love."

Letter Archive

More letters can be found in an archive here. They are alternately moving, melancholy, jealous, and lovely, the emotions granted permanence through the written word.

Permanence through the Written Word

This Valentine's Day, it's likely that you won't be using the post to communicate -- you'll be using instant messaging, Skype, FaceTime, or some other program for real-time chat. But if you decide that it's worthwhile to craft a concrete pen-and-paper letter, here are some materials that will do the job. Perhaps two hundred years from now, someone will find your correspondence and be inspired by it.

Boston Note Notebook - B5Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen - Fine NibStaedtler Pigment Liners Marker Pen - 0.5 mm - BlackPilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - BordeauxKokuyo Campus High Grade CYO-BO Paper Notebook - B5 - Bundle of 5Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen - Fine 03 Nib - Red Body


Hanson, Marilee. "John Keats and Fanny Brawne." N.p., 2003. Web. 24 Jan 2012

Hanson, Marilee. "John Keats: Selected Letters." N.p., 2003. Web. 24 Jan 2012.

"John Keats." Wikipedia. Web. 24 Jan 2012.
January 23, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pencil Cases

One of my favorite new arrivals at JetPens is the Saki P-666 Roll Pen Case. Constructed from a plastic coated canvas that protects the case from stains and dirt, the Saki will carry all of your favorite pens in style.

Available in Beige, Black, Dark Blue, Gray, Light Blue, Orange, and Red, this roll style case has three individual pockets that can hold approximately 12 different writing instruments.

I'm partial to the Light Blue - do you think I can pull it off?

New products are at JetPens!

The new Kuretake Comic Pen Nibs are available in G, Maru, Saji, and School models, and will be a great addition to your comic drawing arsenal.

The new Copic Ciao Marker Pen sets conveniently come with a 0.3 mm size Copic Multiliner pen, along with 8 different colored ink pens. These Ciao markers offer all the features of the Copic Sketch Markers, but in an economical size!

To match the Platinum Mini ballpoint pens brought in last year, the new Platinum Mini mechanical pencils are perfectly portable for almost any situation. Eraser refills are available.

See all of our latest new products here.