More J. Herbin Mini Bottles

J. Herbin Mini Ink Bottles

I love the look and miniature size of the J. Herbin mini ink bottles which has lead me to purchase a few colors every time I place an order at Jet Pens. Its just enough ink to enjoy without having an excess. A lot of J. Herbin’s inks are light, bright and floral-y so a little bottle for letter writing or a special occasion is just right. And I’m not stuck with a vat of it if its not a favorite.

The latest four colors I picked up make a case on both sides of this. The Violette Pensee and the Larmes de Cassis are colors I think I could use. The bright, vivid color of the Violette Pensee will be a fun summer color and the Larmes de Cassis is a dusty, reddish purple that is a color I am always attracted to — a tertiary, complex hue. So, I feel like these were good investments. The Gris Nuage and Boutan d’Antan were a true waste of fund. Gris Nuage is so light when wet as to be practically invisible. Boutan d’Antan was not much better though both dry darker but it doesn’t help much if you can’t see what you’re writing. So, those two were ink fails as far as I’m concerned.

J. Herbin Mini Bottles are $4.75 each and all standard J.Herbin inks are available in the mini bottles so there are 30 colors to choose from.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Jet Pens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Fashionable Friday: Postally Yours


It all started with the “Yours Truly” dress covered with airmail envelopes. I bought mine at Donna’s Dress Shop here in Kansas City but there are online retailers that stock it as well.If it wasn’t 4ºF outside, I would have even considered modelling it so y’all will have to wait until the Atlanta Pen Show in April to see it up close and personal. But, it did inspire this week’s Fashionable Friday — in all its airmail glory. For tha last push to finish InCoWriMo and A Month of Letters with just one more day left!

  • Isobel dress, Yours Truly pattern in red £79 (via Emily & Fin)
  • Mailblok Blue Airmail Paper $8 (via Kikkerland)
  • Airmail Via Paper Plane Mug by Kim Vervuurt $15 (via Society6)
  • “Good Mail” Round Rubber Stamp 2014 $10 (via Well-Appointed Desk on Big Cartel)
  • Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen blue aluminum €59 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Airmail washi tape $4.90 (via April103 on Etsy)
  • AIRMAIL Washi Tape in Red and Blue Stripe Air Mail Pattern $2.25 (via Pretty Tape on Etsy)
  • Mark’s Flake Air Mail Stickers $7.50 (via Jet Pens)
  • Wanderlust Airmail Flexi Journal by Troy Litten for Chronicle Books $9 (via Amazon)
  • Pilot Letter Pad for Fountain Pens – Horizontal Lined $14 (via Jet Pens)
  • Custom “Sealed By” Stamp $35 plus lifetime membership $5 (via Letter Writers Alliance)
  • Sheaffer Sentinel Signature Ballpoint Pen with geometric engraved design in chrome $15 (via Pen Chalet)

(Supplemental design elements from Graphics Fairy and Pugly Pixel.)

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Top 5: Pens Under $5


Unlike the lists that Brad at Pen Addict does where pens are sorted into rollerball, fountain, etc., I’m grouping my Top Five lists by price point. Obviously, prices may vary slightly depending on your location but this is based on average US dollar prices.

This list is in no particular order, just the five best under-$5 pens in my opinion. The pen equivalents of “gateway drugs”.

Platinume Preppy EF 0.2 fountain Pen

The Budget Fountain Pen: Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen in F or EF

If you want to get in to fountain pens but don’t know where to start or even if you’ll enjoy them, this is a good place to start. While they are not the prettiest pens at the prom, for $5 or less, you can at least try out what its like to write with a fountain pen. They are pretty reliable although they can be a little scratchy. Did you hear me? They can be a little scratchy! So don’t base all fountain pens on these because they are $5 not $50. Over $25, I get guarantee you a smooth writing experience with a fountain pen but start here. See if you like the light touch needed to write with a fountain pen using a $5 pen before advancing to something more expensive. And once you graduate to a more expensive tool, you can use the Preppy to learn how to nib tune.

$3.95 for F, $4.98 for EF (via Goulet Pens)

The Gel Pen: Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Ink Pen (0.28, 0.38 or 0.5). The UM-138 RT in 0.38mm, the RT1 and the UM-100 capped line are all equally good)

This is the measure for all other gel ink pens. This category is very competitive so its tough to pick THE BEST but the reliability and smoothness of the Signo line sets the bar pretty high. Most of these pens are easy to disassemble and use the refill in other pens since they are largely Pilot G2 compatible-sized.

$1.65 – $2.50 depending on model (via Jet Pens)

Runners up: Zebra Sarasa Clip, Pilot G2, and Pilot Juice. These are all excellent gel ink pens available in an array of colors and tip sizes. Whether you prefer a bold black line or a dainty sakura cherry blossom pink hairline, any of these options have got you covered.

Pilot Precise V5 tip

The Rollerball: Pilot V5 Precise Rollerball This is the pen that introduced me to alternatives to a Bic Stic. Still a good option for a quick.

These retail for about $20/dozen or $10/5-pack. Available in seven colors, retractable or refills for retractable (looks like a G2 compatible refill but will verify). Since they are available in most US big box and office supply stores, this is a great gateway pen. Like the Pilot G-2, if you haven’t tried a pen not swiped from a pharmaceutical rep or your office supply cupboard, start here.

(Runner-up: The Morning Glory Mach 3 0.38mm. The Mach 3 is not as easy to find as a the Pilot V5 Precise but is as good or better and available in a wider variety of ink colors)

The Ballpoint: Uni-Ball Jetstream

Generally speaking, I avoid ballpoint pens. As a lefty, they smear, smudge and perform intermittently for me. So for me to recommend any ballpoint pen at all is fairly high praise. I recommend the Uni-Ball Jetstream to meet all your ball point pen needs. If you’re shopping in a office supply big box in the US, try the 0.7mm or smaller. If you’re willing to shop online, then I really like the 0.5mm available at Jet Pens in a variety of colors but my favorite is still the green grey model I bought in Hong Kong. Again, this is a pen that is widely available but I recommend the smaller tip sizes. The larger ones are often gloppy. The 0.5mm are really the sweet spot especially if you’re writing in a small book like a Field Notes or a planner.

Uni-Ball Jetstream pens are widely available in local shops and online in a variety of configurations starting at about $2.50.

Sharpie Pen

The Felt Tip: The Sharpie Pen.

Honestly, a year ago, I would never have said this. I really like the Sharpie Pen. I thought I was a tried-and-true supporter of the Marvy Le Pen for my felt tip pen needs but I’ve embraced the Sharpie Pen as an excellent option in this category. While not as diverse in color options as the Le Pen, the Sharpie Pen is readily available in most US big box and office supply stores making them a good option in a hurry. I had a couple experiences with the Sharpie pen where is bled and feathered but I think it might have been a Moleskine book to blame and not the pen. Since then, I have come to appreciate the versatility and availability of the Sharpie Pen. Its more water resistant than Le Pen and the tip does not degrade as quickly.

Individual pens are sold from about $2 each and are available in blister packs and boxes in larger quantities and color options.

Fashionable Friday: Use The Force


In a strange twist down the internet rabbit hole this morning, I discovered that Dooney & Bourke makes specialized handbags and wallets for Disney Parks across the world. There is, of course, a healthy secondary market in selling particularly rare and unusual items like today’s inspiration, the Special Edition Star Wars Half Marathon Satchel from the race run January 16, 2015. Handbags, Star Wars and pens?!? This is a challenge I accept.

  • Star Wars Limited Edition notebook (via Moleskine)
  • Star Wars R2D2 Floating Pen $9.76 (via Amazon)
  • Lamy Safari Limited Edition Copper Orange €18,50-26,90(via Fontoplumo)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Ink in Fuyu-gaki $28 (via Jet Pens)
  • Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen in Lime Green $23 (via JetPens)
  • Noodler’s Dark Matter Ink $12.50 (via Goulet Pens)
  • Field Notes Pitch Black Notebooks 3-Pack for $9.95 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Ceramic Stormtooper 3D mug with Lid $55.85 (via Etsy)
  • Star Wars Enamel Keychains $4.99 each (via Think Geek)
  • Star Wars Itty Bittys CHEWBACCA Plush $6.95 (via Hallmark)
  • Diamine Steel Blue Ink $12.95 (via Goulet Pens)
  • DIY Death Star Globe (via Our Nerd Home)
  • Pilot Metallic Vanishing Point Fountain Pen in Mountain Blue $140 (via Goulet Pens)
  • Darth Vader Desk Tidy £19.99 (via

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Ask The Desk: DDC Factory Floor and Pen Cleaning


Lori asks:

Two questions for you. First how often do DCC Factory Floor editions come out at Draplin’s site?

And when to you expect to get air mail rubber stamps back in stock?

From what I understand, the DDC Factory Floor Editions are intermittently available. Your best bet to keep track of these collectible Field Notes, keep an eye on the Draplin site and join the Field Nuts Facebook group to keep informed.

And to your second question, I am reproducing stamps today and should have them in the shop within ten days.

Dena asks:

Hello, I am new to fountain pens.  To even try to rank myself as novice would be laughable.  I purchased a Kaweco Classic Sport and fell in love with it, and now have a Pilot on the way.  My question is fountain pen care.  I’ve unsuccessfully searched your site but have not found a care/cleaning section.  Do you have a tutorial or is this something your could post on soon?  Very much enjoy your postings and it has become a daily stop for me!

I’m as surprised as you that I haven’t included any cleaning information. My system for cleaning is pretty simple. I use a plastic container (previously contained hot and sour soup from my favorite Chinese take-out restaurant) and water. I disassemble my pens and remove the cap and body so that I only wet the nib, feed and cartridge converter. I use the converter to suck water in through the nib and feed and then squeeze it out into the sink and repeat until the water looks pretty clear. I will also use a bulb syringe to help push water and dried ink out of the feed and nib if necessary. If the water doesn’t run clear, I will attempt to disassemble the nib from the feed and drop them in the water to soak.

If I was using a cartridge rather than a converter, I will use a syringe to flush out the cartridge so that it could be reused later.

Brian Goulet created a great cleaning video that can demonstrate cleaning techniques better than I can explain it:

Fashionable Sunday: RIP Rex Ray


  • Field Notes Cherry Wood $9.95/3-pack (via Field Notes)
  • Edison Collier Fountain Pen in Persimmon Swirl $149 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Eco-Essential Pen from $50 (via Ishuja)
  • Rex Ray Deluxe Notecards $14.95 (via Chronicle Books)
  • Aqua Pebble Eraser $2 (via Poppin)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki Ink (Vermilion Red Orange) $28 (via Jet Pens)
  • Streaking Paper Notebook $14.95 (via Productive Luddite)
  • Midori Brass Bullet Pencil $21 (via Jet Pens)
  • De Atramentis Black Edition: Deepwater Obsession – Black-Blue $12.95 (via Goulet Pens)
  • Palomino Graphite Drawing Pencils $11.95/dozen (via
  • Rex Ray Mini Journal Set $14.95 (via Chronicle Books)
  • Kaweco Sport Skyline Fountain Pen in Mint €17,95 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Pink Paperclips $3 for 50 clips (via Poppin)

It took awhile to compile this post and its based on an artist whose work I love, Rex Ray. He passed away last week and I was very sad to hear he had passed.


If you’re not familiar with his work, this is a wonderful video interview with Rex Ray and shows an array of his work and how he moved from being a graphic designer to a fine artist.

Your artwork, you vision and your passion will be missed, Mr. Ray.

Ink Review: Kaweco Summer Purple

Kaweco Summer Purple Ink

Kaweco Summer Purple is one of my absolute favorite ink colors. It’s a dark, muted, complex, plum-y purple. More eggplant purple really. When watered down, it reminds me of lilac blossoms. At full-strength, its a subtle, sophisticated purple-black. The closest color comparison I could make is the Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa. However, with the Kaweco Summer Purple, there’s no concern about the iron gall and potential damage to your pens.

Summer Purple doesn’t have a ton of shading but with wider nibs, you get a little color variation. You may decide this is a good thing or not. When writing notes and project planning, I’m less inclined to want a lot of shading as it can affect overall readability. But a little bit of shading can be nice. I think Summer Purple hits a pleasing balance between feeling too flat and being too shading-y for everyday use.

Kaweco Summer Purple is a color that is not too fussy but still adds a little pizazz to your writing. If you’re just dipping inky toes into colors beyond blue, black or blue-black, Summer Purple is a good option.

Kaweco Summer Purple Comparison

I think the closest comparable inks are Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa and Private Reserve Ebony Purple. J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune, Noodler’s Purple Heart and Diamine Grape are all a little bit more reddish purple — less violet, more true purples. If you like your purples with more red, than I recommend these instead.

Isn’t it amazing how much variation exists in ink colors? From subtle to shocking differences at every hue in the rainbow. This is why I love inks!

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Kaweco Pens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Ink Review: Kaweco Midnight Blue

Kaweco Midnight Blue ink

Kaweco Midnight Blue is one of the blue-blackiest blue-blacks I’ve ever used. At first glance, it appears to be nothing special since its a dark blue black with little-to-no pizazz. But on second glance, this is a workhorse ink. Its not the hot, new color or the “in” ink for 2015. Its a classic. It’s trend proof. Its a beautiful alternative to black ink or a plain blue. Its deep, dark and true to its purpose.

Even on Rhodia paper, Midnight Blue dries pretty quickly. The longer I used it, the more I warmed to this ink. Its like a good comfortable cardigan. It might not be the flashiest thing in your ink closet but I suspect you’ll find yourself coming back to it again and again because it works well and in lots of situations.

Kaweco Midnight Blue Ink Comparison

I used to think that Lamy Blue-Black was my go-to blue black but when I see it side-by-side with Kaweco Midnight Blue, I have to say I prefer the bluer hue of the Midnight Blue ink over Lamy’s more violet undertones.

Kaweco Blue Black is quickly moving into my favorite blue-black and, with its reasonable price (approx. $17.50 for a 30ml bottle), it might just stay there.

My only gripe is the funky label wrap on the bottle. No matter how many ways I try to remove the wrap sticker, I end up with unsightly label residue or weird bits. I keep ink bottles for a long time and I like to keep my favorites on display but the unslightly label shards mean the Kaweco inks are going to be kept out of sight until I find a good method for removing the labels. Which is kind of sad because I like the shape of the Kaweco bottles a good deal.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Kaweco for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Well-Appointed Desks Must Have Music

This morning NPR announced the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest based on their successful series of performances hosted at the desk of NPR All Song’s Considered host Bob Boilen.For the contest, musicians were asked to submit a video performing a song in front of a desk. Entries included:

desks dragged into nature, onto hilltops, into and around oceans, through offices and kitchens, classrooms and science labs.

What makes a desk a great workspace? Music. And how better to celebrate that than with a few Tiny Desk Concert performances including the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito.

You may now dance at your desk.

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Review: Maruman Word Cards

Maruman Word Cards

It took me almost a year to fill up my first Word Cards ring with ink swatches. It was a Kyokuto brand Word Cards ring I purchased in San Francisco from Maido for about $3. I liked the Kyokuto cards well enough that I wanted to buy a new ring but could not find them available online anywhere. As a result, I decided to try out the Maruman Word Cards. The Maruman cards are a little larger than 4″x2″ so they are visibly larger in size than the Kyokuto cards and a bit pricier ($4.45) for 100 cards. They do have pleasing rounded corners and a toothier stock so the increase in price does not seem wholly unreasonable.

Word Cards

Maruman Word Cards

At first, I was worried that the Maruman cards were not going to be white enough to give a clear representation of the ink colors but it turned out not to be the case. The Maruman cards are a touch softer white than the Kyokuto cards but not so much as to alter the ink colors.

Maruman Word Cards comparison

The tooth of the paper definitely gives the ink someplace to settle into and potentially show off any tonal variations in the inks which I quite like. The larger sized cards give me more room for both swabs and potentially a little writing sample when the inks get filled into pens.

And the biggest plus for the Maruman Word Cards is that they have continued to be available on JetPens for several years so I should not have to change or upgrade my ink cataloging system again anytime soon.

All the Pencil-Related Things

Sometimes, the stars align and my in-box is full of tips related to one specific topic. This week, it seemed to be all things pencIl-related. So, I thought I’d share my finds.

marshmallow pencil

This darling little pencil twig topped with a big pink eraser “mashmallow”. Perfect for fireside doodles. $13.99 from Animi Causa.

pencil socks yarn kit by Yarn Enabler

Then I found this beautiful hand dyed yarn from Yarn Enabler on Etsy that will stripe as you knit to make these awesome pencil socks. Yellow pencil stitch markers are also available as part of the kit. Yarn kit with stitch markers are $30.69US.

pencil socks yarn kit by Yarn Enabler

Little Red Riding Children's book

And my last pencil-related find this week is a darling little children’s book called Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet about “a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000).” $12.75 on Amazon.

Ink Review: Kaweco Palm Green

Kaweco Palm Green ink

Kaweco Palm Green is a vivid, “true green” ink. What is really unique about this green is that it has a reddish halo around the edges of the letters as the ink dries. This effect might not appeal to everyone but I think it gives this color a lot of dimension and interesting shading. The shading is more noticeable on the swab (that’s not a camera halo!) pictured below.

Kaweco Palm Green ink comparison

When compared with some of the other green inks in my stash, it definitely fills a gap. Palm Green is darker green than the Private Reserve Spearmint and more true green than the Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine. While the Diamine Ultra Green and PR Spearmint seem similar to the Kaweco Palm Green, they do not have the wonderful red halo.

I’m quite pleased with the color of the Kaweco Palm Green and look forward to using it regularly.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Kaweco for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Fashionable um, Saturday: Love is in the Air


It’s almost Valentine’s Day and what a wonderful excuse to buy a new pen, preferably in red. Or share your love of pens with someone you love?

  • Midori D-Clips Double Heart 3rd Edition £5.99 (via The Journal Shop)
  • Lamy Studio Fountain Pen in Wild Rubin $79.20 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Kaweco Art Sport in Rosit $81 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper £12 (via Persephone Books)
  • Love Conquers All Letterpress Card $4 (via Hammerpress)
  • Fisher Space Pen in Red Cherry $23 (via Jet Pens)
  • Noodler’s Widow Maker Red Ink $12.50 (via Goulet Pens)
  • Gin & Tonic Valentine’s Day Card $5.95 (via Kate’s Paperie)
  • Fabio Ricci Lepidus Medium Hardcover Notebook in Red $11.21 (via
  • Caran d’Ache Totally Swiss Ballpoint Pen $23.75 (via
  • Pentel Ain Clic Knock Triangular Eraser with Clip in Metallic Red $2.50 (via Jet Pens)
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag $99 (via Timbuk2)
  • J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink in Heart-Shaped Bottle in Rouge Opéra $22.50 (via Jet Pens)
  • Uni NanoDia Red Lead Pencil Pack of 2 $3.30 (via Jet Pens)
  • Rifle Paper Co Happy Valentine’s Day Heart Card $6.24 (via Notemaker)
  • Pilot Capless Decimo Red Fountain Pen 18K Gold Nib $247.50 (via Jet Pens)

Take That, Square Corners!


There’s a certain advantage to living with a printer. I get business cards at an exceptionally good price. I also get access to some very specialized equipment. Like an industrial-grade corner rounder. The model we have is a Lassco and its got some miles on it but would you believe they still sell them? They are available on Amazon for about $160 with either a 0.5″ corner or a 0.25″ corner. The blades are replaceable as well to the tune of about $85.

This is not a purchase for the faint of heart. You might be better off making friends with a local printer who may have one of these squirreled away in the corner of their shop somewhere that they might let you borrow. Or keep an eye out for one at a local auction or flea market.


One of the first things I did with my inserts for my Midori Traveler’s Notebook was to put the corner rounder to good use and soften those sharp corners. It make the notebooks look more finished and gives them a Field Notes vibe.


Amazingly, the notebooks all easily rounded without a lot of force or any jagged edges. Industrial, for sure. And super easy to use since its all manual. It works like a standard three-hole punch but for corners rather than holes.


Don’t they look so much better? I imagine the same trick could be accomplished, albeit a bit slower, with a handheld corner rounder available in the craft supply big box store near you for about $10.

Now, excuse me while I go ROUND ALL THE THINGS!

Link Love: Analog Love and Miscellany

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Oh, my. There are those in the pen community that love vintage Esterbrook fountain pens. Esterbrook was my personal gateway into fountain pens so I have particularly warm feelings towards the vintage pens. However, a new manufacturer has picked up the name and started to sell new designs under the Esterbrook moniker and even using the same naming conventions but these new pens don’t look at all like their ancestors. If you haven’t heard about or seen the new Esterbrook pen line, these links should get you up to speed. They are pretty even-handed about the new Esterbrooks but there is certainly more divisive opinions available if you venture into any of the big pen forums.

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Social Preparedness Kits from Egg Press

social preparedness kit

The Social Preparedness Kit from Egg Press is a new collection of tools and materials to make keeping in touch, postally-speaking, an easy and good-looking option. The site will be selling products that span the range from canvas pouches to contain your correspondence to paper goods like letterpress-printed Write-On-Velopes  (a foldable letter sheet that doubles as an envelope) and card sets.

Products will be available for sale soon so check back on their shop or on their blog to find out when they will be officially released.

I love the document-sized pouches and the Write-On-Velopes.I can’t wait until they are available for purchase.

I hope the Social Preparedness Kit product line is successful for Egg Press because I get lots of questions about where to buy good and interesting stationery sets beyond notecards so maybe SPK will expand to letter sets soon!

SPK from Egg Press

Pen Addict Podcast Reveals…

penaddict podcast logo

If you don’t or haven’t listened to this week’s episode of The Pen Addict podcast, I have a little spoiler for you.

Thanks to the generosity of Brad and Myke and all the listeners to the show, the Kickstarter  that they launched last week has exceeded their goals and expectations. As a result, the boys have kindly invited me to join them in Atlanta as the “third wheel” — I mean “third co-host”.

I am so flattered that I will be able to participate in this event and that Brad and Myke have been so generous to me.And I am grateful to all the backers who have made this possible. I promise to have lots of pictures, stories and products to show you when I return.

It will be the first pen show I’ve ever attended so please send me your recommendations as to what I should not miss at a pen show.

Giveaway: Letter-Centric Rubber Stamps from The Well-Appointed Desk

Letter Enclosed Stamp

In honor of the start of A Month of Letters and InCoWriMo, I’d like to giveaway a set of rubber stamps to one lucky letter-writing reader.

Good Mail Rubber Stamp

The winner will receive one “Letter Enclosed” stamp and one “Good Mail” stamp. Winner can choose any of the “Good Mail” designs currently available. Stamps are available in handle or art block style as well (as inventory allows).

Good Mail Rubber Stamp #2

Just leave a comment below and let me know if this your first year participating in the February letter-writing activities.


Contest has ended.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Thursday, Feb 5, 2015. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Friday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. US residents only this time. Sorry but shipping is ridiculous.

Ask The Desk: Multi-Pens

Ashley asked:
where do you order your multi pens from? and is there a brand that you like better/has more options. I am wanting to use it with my filofax and i noticed your post about your personal filofax and the multi pen you use.
All my multi-pens have come from Jet Pens. I particularly like the build-you-own options like the Uni Style Fit, the Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto, the Zebra Prefill and the Pentel i+ series. Each multi-pen features the brand’s signature gel pen options as well as the option to add a mechanical pencil. The Uni Style Fit uses the same awesome inks that are found in the Signo line. Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto pens use the Hi-Tec C line. Zebra uses the Sarasa inks. Pentel’s multi-pen is unique in that it allows you to use Sliccie refills, Energel or Vicuna refills and a mechanical pencil option.

Side-by-side Zebra Sarasa and UniBall Style Fit

 Each of these brands have pen bodies that start around $3 (and go up) and most hold at least three refills and some up to five refills. Most of these pen bodies are plastic though some have higher end pen bodies in metal.
For a more durable option, you might want to consider the Sharbo-X which has a full metal body and takes Zebra gel, emulsion ballpoint, standard ballpoint and mechanical pencil refills.
Sharbo X meets Kaweco Skyline Mint

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