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  • Axel Weinbrecht Inkless Pens – New Colours Added

    Inkless Metal Pens

    After a long absence we now have the Axel Weinbrecht inkless metal pens back in stock. As the name suggests they contain no ink but leave a silvery coloured mark on paper from their metal tip.

    We have added to the range there are is now a copper, gold or orange coloured pen to choose from as well as one made from a beautiful cherry wood. Apart from the cherry wood they can all be engraved if you wish.

  • Tiger Pens Launch New Website with a Laser Engraving Service

    At Tiger Pens we have been working on this for a very long time but we are finally pleased to announce the launch of our new website which now offers a laser engraving service on selected products.

    New website

    We have made the website look as close as possible to the old version but underneath the hood it is on a new platform with lots of bells and whistles which should allow us to do a lot more in the future.

    We hope that you enjoy the new tiger Pens website feel free to browse round and let us know your comments.

  • Which Fineliner Pens are Good to use with Copics / Alcohol Markers?

    We recently were contacted by one of our customers Anspire who is a very talented digital artist who has recently delved into more traditional art.

    She has been doing a comparison of various fineliner pens used in conjunction with alcohol markers and thought our readers might be interested in her findings.

    Naturally we were delighted to hear from her and she has some surprising results.

    Hello,

    My name is Anspire and I make art and videos about all sorts of creative stuff. My latest obsession are alcohol markers and I am proud to announce I have collected all Spectrum Noir pens. I also own a few Copics and plan to expand my collection.

    I am a primarily digital artist so when it came to traditional art, I was a complete beginner. It was not long until I finished my first few drawings and I realised my fineliner was feathering and smudging as I was coloring. Alcohol markers were obviously different from water-based ones and didn’t behave the same way.

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    A couple ruined drawings later, I decided it was enough and I went online and browsed Tiger Pens for options. I picked nine pens to review, all in black but in different sizes and waited for them to arrive so I could make my comparison video about with fineliner pens fare well with these types of markers.

    Below is what came out of it, and if you are interested in the full version, you can find it linked at the end.

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    Fineliners tested with Copics

    Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
    Pigma Micron .05 ££££ Yes No None
    Kuretake ZIG Millenium .005 £££ Yes No Low
    Edding 1880 .02 £££ Yes No Low
    OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
    Staedler Lumocolor permanent S £££ Yes Yes None
    Staedler Lumocolor non-permanent F £££ Yes Yes None
    Uni-pin Fine Line 0.05 £££ Yes No Medium
    Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
    Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

    * ££££- more than £2; £££ - more than £1.50; ££ - between £1.50 - £1, £ - less then £1

    ** Feathering happens when the ink does not smudge but moves around on the paper, making lines thicker and blurry.

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    Fineliners tested with Spectrum Noir

    Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
    Pigma Micron .05 ££££ Yes No None
    Kuretake ZIG Millenium .005 £££ Yes No Low
    Edding 1880 .02 £££ Yes No Low
    OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
    Staedler Lumocolor permanent S £££ Yes Yes None
    Staedler Lumocolor non-permanent F £££ Yes Yes None
    Uni-pin Fine Line 0.05 £££ Yes No Medium
    Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
    Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

    * ££££- more than £2; £££ - more than £1.50; ££ - between £1.50 - £1, £ - less then £1

    ** Feathering happens when the ink does not smudge but moves around on the paper, making lines thicker and blurry.

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    Overall, three pens stood out, all of them on the cheaper side.

    Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
    OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
    Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
    Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

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    I must add all pens feel and look great but for the sake of this post which only looks at how well they fare with alcohol markers, the other six were incompatible.

    If you are interested to hear more about each one and see how they did for yourself, please check out the video below:

    [embed width="123" height="456"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf6PaZLlskQ[/embed]

    Follow Anspire for more:

    YouTube: http://bit.ly/2b7EHIr

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    Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2bcMlUh

  • Parker Fathers Day

    Give a Parker Pen on Fathers Day

    Estabished in 1888 Parker hold the the prestigious Royal Warrant which was awarded to Parker in 1962 from the British Royal Household as its sole supplier of pens, pencils and inks.

    This Fathers Day if you are looking for inspiration you can’t go far wrong with a Parker pen - http://www.tigerpens.co.uk/parker/b21

  • Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Special Edition 2016

    Lamy safari Dark Lilac Pens

    Every year in April Lamy release a special edition colour for their best selling Lamy Safari range of Pens. These are a limited edition so they are usually only available for a few months.

    This year’s colour is dark lilac and it is proving to be one of their most popular colours released so far.

    The Lamy safari dark lilac pens and the full range of Lamy safari pens are available to buy on the Tiger Pens website.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Interview: Rosemary Gemmell, Novelist

    If the mind is a well of creativity, the trick is figuring out how to tap it.

    For some writers, like Scottish novelist Rosemary Gemmell, the solution is as simple as a pen.

    It becomes the conduit between thought and reality. As the ink flows, so do the ideas, and characters and story begin to take shape.

    Today, Rosemary takes a little time to share how pen-and-paper work for her.

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I live in the beautiful west coast of Scotland which is always inspiring. After bringing up a family and working part-time while studying as a mature student for a BA honours degree in literature and history and a post-graduate Masters in Humanities from the Open University, I finally became a full-time writer. This doesn’t mean writing full-time, as I fit in talks and adjudications for writing groups as well as coffee and lunch breaks with friends!

    What do you write?

    I was known as a published short story and article writer first, with occasional poetry and children’s stories. I’ve had stories and articles published in several UK magazines, some in the USA and I used to write for one Canadian and one American online company. Now I also write romantic novels with intrigue, both historical and contemporary. Although my latest novel, The Highland Lass, is under my full name, some of my more romantic novels are written as Romy and two tween books are under Ros.  Continue reading

  • Penthusiasm!

    Stationery Ramblings gets excited that Rhodia is available in South Africa.

    Austin at Art Supply Critic gets down to basics with the Pentel Sharplet-2 mechanical pencil.

    Jess at A Planner by Nature opens up about Bullet Journaling.

    Angela at Paper Lovestory takes a quick scan of Platinum Blue-Black fountain pen ink.

    Barb at Art Journal Cafe gets down to selecting an art journal.

    Fufaraw displays a collection of Pelikan, Parker, and Sheaffer fountain pens.

    Michelle at Seaweed Kisses lays out her favorite pens for journaling. (Click through to video.)

    Elle at The Acculturated Housewife searches for the ultimate gel highlighter.

    And All Other Tasks tries to match a ballpoint pen to the Field Notes Expedition series.

    Nickole at EveryThink Else gets the blues with Pilot Iroshizuku fountain pen ink.

  • 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

  • Ready For A Month Of Letter Writing?

    If you've been trying to get yourself motivated to write more letters, then February is the perfect month for you.

    Two different events running this month challenge people to spend February reviving the habit of communicating the old-fashioned way, with ink and paper. One is International Correspondence Writing Month, started by fountain pen collector Eric Schneider. The other is author Mary Robinette Kowal's Month of Letters.

    Both make the same simple request: During February, write and send at least one letter, postcard, or note every day. These can be letters and postcards sent to distant pen pals, or just notes written and passed to family, friends, co-workers, or complete strangers.

    There's no right way or wrong way to do it, as long as you write them by hand (no typing at all) and send something every single day.

    On the InCoWriMo site, you can add yourself to the participant map and find people who are looking for pen pals, including George Lucas and Richard Branson. Month of Letters (LetterMo) offers a forum where participants can connect with each other.

    If it's been a while and you're a little fuzzy on the mechanics of writing a letter, Scheider and Stephen Brown have put together a helpful instructional video on how to write a letter.

    Canadian pen store Wonder Pens also has put together a great list of places to find pen pals, in case you need someone to correspond with.

    Of course, you don't have to write letters to faraway people. Consider spending the month leaving notes for people you know...and people you don't.

    Write a note to your spouse and leave it in a favorite coffee cup. Write one to a co-worker you admire and leave it on their desk. Write another to that neighbor you never speak to, but should, and tape it to the front door.

    You can even write notes to people who annoy you.

    This is your chance to say those things that always seem to slip by the wayside. All you have to do is pick up your pen.

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