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April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Comic / Manga Tools

The black Kuretake Manga ink is not only waterproof, but stands up well to alcohol based markers and other water based inks as well. We did our own test here at JetPens using a water brush, Copic Sketch Marker - Yellow Green, and a Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Orange.

As long as it is able to dry completely, the Kuretake Manga Ink is completely waterproof, and will work beautifully with watercolor washes and other water-based inks.


It also performed wonderfully to the Yellow Green Copic Sketch Marker we used. Remember, it WILL smudge if you draw on it with these markers before the Kuretake ink is fully dry.


Here is our final recap:

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Organization and Productivity

Most of us have used the traditional chisel tip, neon highlighters at one point. Nowadays though, there are a lot of different writing tools you can use for highlighting your notes, or just emphasizing things that need to be remembered.

Items used in these examples:
- Uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Pink
- Zebra Sarasa Study Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Red
- Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil - 0.7 mm - Blue Body - Blue Lead
- Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter - 4.0 mm / 0.6 mm Twin Tip - Lavender Purple

Other than your traditional neon-colored highlighters, the same tool now comes in softer colors! The Uni-ball Propus Window Soft Color Highlighter in particular has the cool feature of a window inside the felt tip, which allows you to view exactly where your highlighted line is going.

It also has a fine tip on the end, which is great for underlining or even writing some notes.

Another great tool for underlying things that you want to emphasize or stand out, is simply a fine tipped gel pen. Gel pens are nice tools to use for color-coding your notes, and allow you to highlight items without covering them completely in color, and even take side notes in margins if you need to.

Our last tip involves the use of mechanical colored pencils. This has the same use as gel pens, but you can also color in things with pencils easily.

The best thing about this method is that you can erase any marks made if you need to!


April 25, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here is the latest listing of our favorite customer pictures uploaded to our Flickr and Facebook groups from the month of April!

Picture 1 from Eric: How cool is it to have every size available in the Pentel Graphgear 1000 drafting pencils!
Picture 2 from Alexa: A lovely drawing using different colored pens to make pretty strands behind the "JetPens."
Picture 3 from Paolo: Look at this awesome pen collection! So many different colors in the Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens, Zebra Sarasa Push Clip gel ink pens, Pentel Sliccis and more!
Picture 4 from Suzie: A great piece of fan art, featuring our own JetDa and JetDo!
Picture 5 from Torry: One of the coolest postcards we've seen, using the Pilot Choose Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - White over a photo.











Did you know that you can use the Pentel Sliccies Gel Ink Multi Pen Ink Cartridges inside a Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 multi pen? Well you can, and JetPens is here to show you how! For this example, we are replacing the red and green Dr. Grip ink components with Slicci 0.3 mm Pink and 0.4 mm Lime Green ink cartridges. First, you want to take the Dr. Grip 4+1 apart by unscrewing the barrel from the grip area. Pull out the ink cartridges that you want to replace with Slicci ink. It helps to hold the corresponding tab for the ink tube you are trying to remove, for added stability. Before you install the Slicci ink cartridges, you want to remove the plastic piece at the top of each Slicci ink tube with a pair of pliers. Once you have removed all of those little plastic pieces, you can press the Slicci ink cartridges into the available tubes inside the Dr. Grip 4+1. Reassemble the pen once you have installed all your replacement Slicci inks, and you're ready to go!
April 22, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Multi Pens

Sometimes, you need to go from writing in black ink to writing with pencil, and maybe onto red ink, all in minutes. Multi pens are a great way to have multiple writing tools at your disposal, all wrapped up in the convenience of one pen body. We have compiled a list of our top 10 multi pens with different features, in no particular order, featured below.

The Pentel Sliccies Gel Ink Multi Pens are very customizable, allowing you to choose from a variety of gel ink colors in both 0.3 mm and 0.4 mm sizes. The pen bodies are sold separately from the ink components, and the 2 color version is available with or without a mechanical pencil component pre-installed.


The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pens are another highly customizable line of multi pens. Not only can you choose from a variety of ink colors and line widths in the famously smooth Hi-Tec-C gel ink, but mechanical pencil and stylus components are also available. The pen bodies come in 3, 4 and 5 color capacities and the components are sold separately. For installation tips, please see the corresponding Penpedia article.


The Zebra Sharbo X Multi Pen System is our high-end multi pen line, which is also very customizable. The pen bodies come in a variety of styles and finishes and are sold separately from the ink components. Every pen body requires a mechanical pencil component, as the lead tube inside is not removable. You can choose from ballpoint, gel ink, as well as stylus components and 3 different pencil point sizes. The Sharbo X also features an ultra-smooth rotating mechanism which gives it a sleeker and more refined look than its tabbed multi pen rivals.


The Platinum Double 3 Action Transparent Body multi pens also have a rotating mechanism to select the different components. These multi pens come with black and red ink, as well as a mechanical pencil component, and blue ink refills are also available. They come in several different colors, and the transparent bodies give this multi pen a cool, fun look.


The Rotring Tikky 3 in 1 2 Color Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil is available in two different body colors and includes a black ink, red ink, and 0.5 mm mechanical pencil in one. Select the different components, hold the pen horizontally with the desired instrument name facing upward, and click. Internal weight mechanisms change the pen setting automatically!


The Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 multi pens take the all time American favorite Dr. Grip and make it into a 4+1 function instrument! Includes black, red, blue, green ballpoint pens and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil, and is designed to relieve writing stress and fatigue, and is recommended by the American Arthritis Foundation for Ease-of-Use.


The Uni-ball Jetstream Ballpoint Multi Pen Series gives you the ever-popular Jetstream ink which is specially formulated to have good ink flow, density and color pigment that dries quickly. The multi pens with a pencil components are available in 2 different body styles, and an all ink version is also available.


The Uni-ball Alpha Gel 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil includes one 0.7 mm black ballpoint pen, one 0.7 mm red ballpoint pen, and a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil, but does not include an eraser. The squishy grip of the Alpha Gel is filled with silicon gel that is famous for keeping an egg from breaking even when dropped from a 5ft height, and will soothe your tired hands with extra squishy softness.


The Zebra Surari 4 Color Emulsion Ink Multi Pens includes a black, blue, red and green Surari ink pen in one multi-pen body. These pens feature the new Emulsion ink from Zebra, which combines the best qualities of a ballpoint and gel ink pen. It has the smoothness of an oil-based ballpoint ink pen but features the vibrant colors of a gel ink pen, and is also smear-proof and water resistant.


The Zebra Sarasa Gel Ink Multi Pens write the same beautiful gel lines like the rest of the Sarasa family, but in a multi pen form! These pens are available with or without a pencil component, and features a binder clip that can be used to clip the pen onto thicker objects without fear of breakage.