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Worther Shorty Ballpoint Pens Are Now Available

Worther Shorty Ballpoint PensWorther are a German manufacturer that are renowned for their “Shorty 3.15mm clutch pencil that is a firm favourite amongst artists and designers. Due to its compact design and wide hexagonal barrel that is easy to grip 7 control.

They have recently introduced a ballpoint pen to the range with the same striking hexagonal barrel & a choice of vibrant colours. The Worther Shorty ballpoint pens take a D1 refill so they can be refilled by any brand of D1 refill if you prefer a different tip size or colour.

 

The World In Pens

● Gizmodo reports that Star Wars fever has reached the pen world with a lightsaber fountain pen from S.T. Dupont that floats on a magnetic platform and retails for more than £16,000. Dupont also offers an X-Wing fountain pen, while Cross has its own line of Star Wars-themed writing instruments.

● The accumulation of discarded pens concerns some students in India, so they’ve collected nearly 10,000 of them to display and hopefully convince fellow students to cut back, according to The Hindu. (They’re trying to promote the use of pens made from paper, instead.)

● The Trail-Gazette profiles the owner of an unusual – and brilliant – business in a small mountain town in Colorado. It’s a combination coffee shop/stationer that sells Moleskine notebooks and Retro 51 pens, among others, along with its cups of coffee. Continue reading

The World In Pens

● Lamy’s introduced a new high-end pen range – imporium – and the Naples Daily News highlights a Florida stationer that is one of only 12 in the US to carry the pens.

● BlogHer joins the adult coloring craze with a few useful tips on getting into the habit, including one common-sense bit of advice that works: Keep your coloring book where you can see it and be reminded to use it.

● ITV reports on a London artist who is collecting articles of clothing and stories about the owners for an installation project that mixes handwriting and hand-stitching. When finished, the Stitch Lives of London will feature 215 garments with the owners’ handwritten stories stitched into them. Continue reading

The World In Pens

A Bic spokeswoman takes to Chicago radio station WBEZ to explain the company is on a “mission to save handwriting” and why that matters.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station write in their journals (not by hand, though) at least three times a week, and those journals are later analyzed by behaviorists, according to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Artist James Charles has a show running in New York, and Beautiful Decay profiles some of his work drawing pop culture figures on US currency.

Malaysia’s The Artsy Craftsy offers up an overview of junk journaling, a mixed media way of keeping track of the memorable moments in your life.

Using pen and paper externalizes internal thoughts, leading to a focus on higher-order thinking skills, according to educational psychology professor Grace Koo, writing in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Urban Sketchers Chicago lays out 10 reasons to do more drawing, including improved hand-eye coordination, and lists some groups that will help keep you motivated.

A member at the Wet Canvas forum has written a detailed guide to the types of pens artists use, along with some recommendations for the best pens for the job.

The World In Pens

Business 2 Community makes the case that doodling is an effective tool to improve communication, increase productivity and spur creativity in the workplace.

A Flavorwire article from a couple years ago making its way around social media again shows the hand-drawn/hand-written plot outlines of several famous authors, including J.K. Rowling and Joseph Heller.

The Providence Journal profiles a doodler who developed his craft into a regular business selling pen-and-ink sketches on the US festival circuit.

All4Women explains why journaling is good for your mental health in a succinct 12-point list that covers everything from stress management to panic attacks.

The Sprachen blog explains in depth how to start and organize a language notebook for tracking your progress as you learn multiple languages.

Seinfeld’s “All I said was I liked the pen” holds the No. 1 spot on the Pentel blog’s top 10 pop culture references to pens. (On a related note, a few years ago, we rounded up some of the best movie/TV fight scenes that involved a pen.)

This interview with Swedish poet Emina Gaspar-Vrana on the Memopipwrites blog contains one of the best lines ever about pens and writing: “Who needs a shrink when you have a pen?”

Kinja asked readers to vote for their five favorite pens and the Pilot G-2 made the top of the list. Maybe their readers just don’t know pens.

The World In Pens

Teacher Josh Giesbrecht makes the case in the Atlantic that it isn’t technology causing the decline in handwriting; it’s the humble ballpoint pen.

The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of how a man tracked down one of the Parker pens Admiral Chester Nimitz used when he signed Japan’s surrender to the US at the end of WWII. (subscription required)

Sharpie and Paper Mate pen companies spend more on advertising in the US than any other brand, according to an interesting article in Broadcasting & Cable.

Looks like Donald Trump writes all his poison pen letters in Sharpie, says this article on Mediaite.

Religion News Service explores the idea that adult coloring is not only good for your mental health, but may also boost your spiritual well-being.

A college student heaps adulation on a showing of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut (yes, drawing, not writing), in a column for the Cornell Daily Sun.

MPs paid an artist £17,000 to create an amazingly detailed drawing that depicted the Britain’s 2015 election, and the Mirror offers a close-up examination of all its bits.

Doodling in the workplace can aid productivity and help communicate big ideas to your co-workers, according to Business 2 Community.

Pen and Ink Sketches From 17th Century Georgia

de castelli sketch 2If you keep a sketchbook, this might interest you.

Georgia Today had an article recently about some pen-and-ink sketches by a 17th-century Italian missionary named Christophoro de Castelli.

Apparently, he spent 22 years travelling in the country of Georgia, and kept a series of books in which he sketched landscapes and scenes of life in the Eurasian region.

De Castelli’s pen and ink sketches and notes fill seven volumes and those available online are worth perusing. (UC Berkeley has many of the same and a few additional sketches by De Castelli.) Continue reading

Pilot G2 + Potato Message = Money

I thought this was a joke when I first heard it. Actually, I’m still not convinced that it isn’t some big hoax.

But it was on TV, so it has to be true, right?

A man in Texas – it would have to be Texas, wouldn’t it – has created a business out of writing on potatoes with a Pilot G2 and sending them to people.

Alex Craig calls it “Potato Parcel” and he told a local news crew that his potato message business started out as a challenge from his girlfriend. Continue reading

ARC Pen To Help Parkinson’s Patients Write

If you’re someone who loves the feel and experience of writing by hand, could you imagine losing that ability?

It happens to Parkinson’s patients who develop bradykinesia, a symptom which slows movement and affects fine motor control. Writing becomes painful, leading to small, cramped handwriting, called micrographia.

That’s why a group of UK university students have developed a pen specially designed to ease the writing experience for those with Parkinson’s disease. (About 127,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s and about two-thirds develop micrographia.)

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Bic Pen Ads Take Another Misstep

bic adI feel bad for the people who have to make Bic pen ads.

They just can’t seem to get it right when it comes to women.

Remember the “Bic For Her” campaign a few years ago? The French pen brand launched a version of the classic Cristal with pastel colors and a thinner barrel it said was supposed to fit a woman’s hand.

That did not go over well. Reviewers on Amazon savaged the Bic For Her with snarky comments and questions like, “Do you have any special pens for ‘that time of the month?’” And the reaction to Bic’s pen made news around the world, especially when the company was slow to respond.

Now Bic pen ads have stepped in it again with a campaign in South Africa. Continue reading

Sharpie’s Not On Social Media Anymore

sharpieSo the Sharpie brand seems to have completely abandoned its social media accounts.

Arik Hanson at Business2Community.com made that interesting catch recently, writing that he discovered it while doing some research for a client.

When I first saw his article, I thought it might just be a mistake. Surely a huge brand like Sharpie would not just stop interacting with all the people who love using their products.

But after a little poking around, it became clear that he was right. The last updates on Sharpie’s social media accounts were:

These were significant accounts, too. For example, Sharpie had been on Twitter since 2008, had sent nearly 12,000 tweets and had 188,000 followers.

There’s no indication on any of them that Sharpie planned to stop using social media. They just…end. It’s almost a little eerie. Continue reading

New Pentel Pens & Pencils – July 2015

 

We have had our latest delivery from Pentel and included were some new goodies including ballpoint pens & mechanical pencils. Pentel are a renowned Japanese manufacturer of high quality writing instruments and these latest products are very reasonably priced.

Pentel Kachiri Ballpoint Pen 1.0mm Tip – BK450

Pentel Kachiri Ballpoint Pens

The Pentel Kachiri ballpoint pen has an ergonomic triangular shaped rubber grip, 1.0mm tip & a choice of 4 ink colours.

Pentel Wow Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm – BK417

Pentel Wow Ballpoint Pens

The Pentel Wow is a slimline retractable ballpoint pen with a 0.7mm tip & a choice of black or blue ink.

Pentel KL105 Document Pen 0.7mm

Pentel KL105 Document Pens

Pentel KL105 gel roller pen with an extra fine 0.5mm tip & black, blue or red ink that is of archival quality.

Pentel Twist Erase GT Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm – QE205

Pentel Twist Erase Gt Pencil

Pentel Twist Erase GT mechanical pencil with retractable lead sleeve, extra large jumbo eraser & 0.5mm lead.

Pentel P365 Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm

Pentel 365 Mechanical Pencils

The Pentel P365 mechanical pencil is a first class drafting pencil with a fixed 4.0mm lead sleeve & 0.5mm lead.

Relax, Focus With Adult Coloring

marvel coloring bookIf you’ve ever spent much time in the hospital, you know how bored you can get. That happened to me recently when I was in for quite a long stay.

I’d run out of books, got tired of TV and wasn’t all that mobile. I was desperate for something to do. Luckily, a kind nurse turned up a Marvel coloring book and a tub of crayons. Kid stuff, but I was in no position to scoff.

For the first time since grade school, I put Crayola to paper and turned out quite a nice Captain America, even if his suit was deep black and his shield a shiny purple.

Wow, I had no idea how relaxing coloring could be for an adult. It’s one of those singular tasks that requires all your focus – and none of it. Your hands and eyes take over and your mind feels free to wander where it will. Continue reading

Britain’s New Children’s Laureate Is A Pen and Pencil Artist

Chris Riddell knows drawing.

gaimanriddellHe’s illustrated more than 100 children’s books, among them the Edge Chronicles, Muddle Earth, Goth Girl and Ottoline series. He has worked with some of the biggest names in fantasy fiction, including Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. And he’s even been a political cartoonist for 20 years.

Now he’s been named Children’s Laureate of the UK. Continue reading

Summer 2015 Pen Giveaways

You know what everybody loves?

FREE STUFF!

There, didn’t your pulse speed up just the tiniest bit? It should because there are freebies in the offing from some of your favorite pen makers.

Here are some of the pen giveaways currently running:

UK Only

Stabilo contestStabilo is looking for the Young Journalist of the Year in the UK. Impress the judges with your writing and you could win your own column at First News and £1000 worth of Stabilo goodies to share with your class. Continue reading

Font Like A Famous Person

Einstein fontWant to give your email messages a little bit of panache? Try typing them in the handwriting of a famous person.

Custom fonts are relatively easy to make and in demand now, so designers are taking advantage of the market by delving into the past to create unique fonts that mimic historical figures.

Available for download: Fonts that look like the writing of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Cezanne. Continue reading

Tiger Pens 5th Birthday – May 2015

This week is Tiger Pens 5th birthday and to celebrate this we are giving away 10% off everything. Simply use the discount code TP5BL10 at the checkout to receive your 10% discount but hurry it is only valid until the 1st of June 2015.

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This code is exclusive to our blog readers but please feel free to forward it on to your family and friends if you think it may be of interest to them.
Tiger Pens 5th Birthday

Uniball Signo UM-151 Hits The Big-Time

Uniball Signo UM-151If you have a minute, you definitely should check out the recent ode to the Uniball Signo UM-151 in the New York Times magazine.

Tom Vanderbilt’s piece “Letter of Recommendation” describes how he was fairly indifferent to pens until a friend talked him into trying inexpensive Japanese gel pens.

He eventually fell in love with the black-ink UM-151 with the .038 mm point. Now, his praise of the pen is effusive and lyrical: Continue reading