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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!

This classy prize set includes a sophisticated Pilot Cavalier fountain pen, plus a CON-20 converter which allows you to use the smooth black Iroshizuku Take-Sumi Ink. The winner will also be receiving a black Rhodia DotPad notepad to match. Read on for entry details!

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Bob Flynn is a cartoonist, art director, and character designer who loves to doodle!

New products are in!

We're loving all the little touches in this round of new arrivals, from eco-friendly packaging to cool, funky design. Products include highlighters, fountain pens, ballpoint pens, pocket notebooks, page markers, and more!

March 25, 2014 - Posted by Elaine to Guides

White ink creates unique contrast on dark colored surfaces, making it a valuable tool in the pen case of any artist, scrapbooker, cartoonist, or designer. We carry a large selection of white ink products for all types of applications, and have created this guide to help you navigate through our white wonderland.

Read on to learn more about white ink and find the ideal tool for your project!