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  • Some of Our Favourite Blog Posts in June

    Here at Tiger Pens we all like reading other peoples pen & paper related blogs. Here are a few posts that have caught our eye recently. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

    Matt from the Pen Habit lists his top 5 - his no.1 is an OMAS Ogiva which he finds a joy to hold and a joy to behold

    If there are any fans of the series Blacklist Bob's post on My Pen Needs Ink may be of interest

    Tim at the Wirecutter considers the uni-ball Jetstream has the best ink flow of any non fountain pen you can read his review

    Cheryl shares some great sketches created with fountain pen ink you can take a look on the Writers Bloc blog

    We recently came across Anderson Pens, they have a series of podcasts talking about a range of pen related stuff, anything from nibs to myths you can check them out here

    Joshua at The Pelikan's Perch has a comprehensive guide to Pelikan Fountain Pens on their blog

    Dries at The Pencilcase blog reviews Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu & has some impressive writing samples

    There's a post on Goldspot Pens about a trio of Kaweco pens. They take the sports for a spin & summarise the findings

     

  • Is being Left Handed good or bad news?

    All this hoo-ha about Prince George being left handed had me wondering if being a leftie is a good or bad thing. For starters I was a little surprised to learn that currently less than 15% of the population is left handed, here are a few other things that I came across in my travels..... hand

    • Any readers old enough to remember school days in the 30's & 40's will recall lefties being punished as if it were a sin, they had their knuckles wrapped & were forced to change their writing hand.
    • Lefties are better at sports, well that's what some say & there's no doubt that there are a fair few superstars both past & present, John McEnroe, Arnold Palmer, Babe Ruth & Paula Radcliffe to name just a few.
    • Studies suggest that babies born prematurely are more likely to be left handed
    • Left-handed people are at a disadvantage in some sports like Polo. This is down to good old health & safety as rules of the game state the mallet has to be held on the right of the horse.

    There was a time when left handed people were at a distinct disadvantage however, today there are a great number of writing aids & Left Handed Pens. Since 1976 one day each year has been labelled International Left Handed Day, this year if falls on 13th August & will promote awareness of the inconvenience of being left handed in what is essentially a right handed world.

    There are any number of random facts & figures around some more believable than others like the idea that lefties were possessed by the devil. Whether these statements/beliefs are fact or fiction can be proved or disproved depending upon what you read & where you look.

  • Chameleon Color Tone Pens Are Now Available

    Tiger Pens are pleased to announce we've added Chameleon Pens to our ever growing range.

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    These double ended pens have an innovative refillable alcohol based system that enables you to change the colour tone of the ink without the need to use multiple pens.

    Chameleon Color Tone Pens consist of a mixing chamber containing the ink & they have two nibs, one is a Japanese brush tip (easy to distinguish as there is a grey band around the cap) that acts more like a paint brush, the other is a bullet tipped marker. A blender & detail pen are also available to help you unleash your creativity whether it's Manga, fine art, graphics or just doodling. Continue reading

  • 5 Random Ink Facts

    Ink has been around for centuries, it's one of those everyday things we don’t take much notice of. Here are 5 facts about ink that surprised me, hope you find them interesting.

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    1. Soy Ink might not be is not as green as we think
    Initially developed in the 70's by the newspaper industry as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional ink, it's often claimed that soy ink is easier to remove from paper. Some studies suggest however that it's difficult to treat in the recycling process due to increased oxidation that develops once vegetable oils age & dry.

    2. Ink goes all the way back to the Bronze Age
    We know that ink goes way back in time but the question of who invented it depends upon what you read & who you believe. According to historian BN Goswamy the use of ink dates back to the Bronze Age & many say that black ink was invented in 2697 BC by philosopher Tien-Lcheu.

    3. Even permanent ink can be removed
    Our medieval ancestors sourced things like hawthorn & soot, iron salts & tannic acids were also used to produce Iron Gall ink, said to be the most important ink in Western history. The latter was apparently used by Leonardo da Vinci & Bach to create & compose their masterpieces. Today a variety of complex combinations can be used to produce pens, markers & bottled ink. Although we often want something permanent & long lasting in order for important documents to stand the test of time we occasionally need to remove it. Using a lanolin based cream like Amodex should do the trick, it's eco-friendly & non-toxic.

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    4. Squid Ink can be used to Treat Cancer
    Squid ink has been used in restaurants for ages, often found in pasta & rissoto dishes, but did you know that it's now considered to be a health food & can shrink tumours? Researchers have discovered that squid ink can boost immunity due to its antioxident properties, protect white blood cell production & help fight cancer and tumor cells by stopping new blood vessels growing in them.

    5. Ink can't kill you
    In the unlikely event that you should you choose to swap your morning coffee for ink then it can be harmful, the worst that can happen mind you is you may get headaches or skin irritation which is likely to be due to solvents or pigments in the ink.

  • Could Digital Pens Be Worth Writing Home About?

    The challenge to develop digital pens apparently started some 25 years ago. Today there are a number on offer, some use a camera technology developed by Anoto, others have a device that tracks the pens movement across the writing surface.

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    The description of a digital pen according to PC mag is “An electronic ballpoint pen that digitizes, stores and transfers what is written or drawn to the computer” The taking of notes is an important skill for many of us in a variety of situations, whether that's at a lecture, meeting or important presentation. A digital pen is less cumbersome to use than a tablet or laptop & is less of a distraction allowing you to concentrate on what you write without dipping in & out of emails or surfing the net.

    One of the latest gadgets around is Phree, users can scribble & make note on almost any surface, from the car dash to the office chair, you won't have to reach for a pen or your phone to record your thoughts or an all important contact name or number. It will connect to your phone, TV or laptop, anything with a bluetooth connection. As a current Kickstarter campaign Phree isn't expected to be ready for shipping until March 2016.

    If you can't wait to get your hands on a piece of this technology then you could check out the Staedtler Digital Pen. This intuitive ballpoint saves time by allowing you to record your notes or drawings by simply attaching the receiver to your page, when you're ready transfer to a PC just download using a USB cable.

    Other features

    • Capture up to 100 A4 pages
    • Refillable with standard D1 refills
    • 3 settings - choose from mobile, mouse or online modes
    • Recognises 30 languages
    • Easily manage files

    I see digital pens as another tool, ideal for taking notes where laptops, phones or tablets are banned or where there's a need for taking copius notes that need to be written up & stored digitally or emailed. Whether they will ever replace a pen or pencil is anyone's guess.

  • Platinum Preppy - Available Now

    The Preppy is a refillable fountain pen with an innovative “Slip & Seal” ink feed system designed with a screw top cap to prevent the ink drying out. Ever popular since its launch in 2007 this series of pens are known for being a true fountain pen with a very reasonable price tag.

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    Platinum Preppy pens are available in different nib sizes & colours. They all have a clear plastic barrel showing the size & logo with colour coded accents. The medium (05) 0.5mm nib comes in a choice of black red or blue, fine (03) has a wider range of 7 colours which include yellow & violet shades & the latest addition is extra fine (02) with a 0.2mm nib & choice of black, blue or red ink.

    The Preppy range have stainless steel nibs & are supplied with one cartridge, alternatively an optional converter could be used with bottled ink. The nibs on these pens can be easily removed which some users say lends them to being converted to an eyedropper (the barrel will take more ink) relatively easily.

    All in all these fountain pens provide a smooth writing experience at a very affordable price.

  • New Additions to the Tiger Pens Store

    Kaweco have been making pens for well over a century, they are one of the oldest brands in the market & known for their high end creations.

    Tiger Pens are pleased to announce the following additions to our Kaweco range:

    Pen Pouches
    Kaweco Sport Pen Pouch Eco Black Leather for 1 Pen - The Kaweco Sport is a compact range which follows the original 1930's design. The Pen Pouch Eco is handmade with the logo etched into the leather.

    For something a little different there is the option of Kaweco Sport Pen Pouch Eco Cognac Soft Leather, these pouches are a stylish tan colour & are made from a softer leather.

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    As one of the smallest fountain pens to take a standard cartridge the Liliput range measures just 97mm when closed. We now have a Kaweco Black Leather Eco Pen Pouch for 1 Liliput Pen, Kaweco Black Leather Eco Pen Pouch for 2 Liliput Pens or Kaweco Cognac Pen Pouch Soft Leather for 1 or 2 Liliput Pens.

    Ballpoints
    Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen Eco Brass these slender yet robust pocket pens are made from unleaded brass. The Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen Eco Brass Wave are made from the same untreated brass & they have a patterned barrel.

    Fountain Pens
    Two new additions to the Liliput fountain pen range are Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Stainless Steel with a sleek long lasting polished finish & the Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Copper which has a natural untreated finish

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    The Kaweco Skyline Fountain Pen Pink is based on the classic sport range but has chrome coloured characteristics, also now available with a white barrel.

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    The Kaweco Elegance Fountain Pen is a slim pen has a chic octagonal barrel & measures 168mm closed

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    With all the distinctive features of the rest of the Sport range the Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen is made from untreated solid brass & has a 0.7mm tip.

     

  • Artline Stix – Now Available

    If the ideas suggested in this year's Get Creative Campaign are a little advanced for the youngsters in your family you may find a little inspiration to help the kids pass some time creating a masterpiece of their own with Artline Stix.

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    This latest offering is a range of pens, toys & connectors designed to be able to click, stick, spin & bend when joined together with the idea of letting the imagination create an adventure. These pens & markers have a pattern of bumps & hollows which allow them to be snapped together similar to leggo or other construction blocks.

    This range offers

    Colouring Markers – With a rounded 2mm bullet nib they are available in a wide range of colours including a dazzling lime, deep magenta & zesty orange.

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    Brush Markers – Suitable for children over 3 years the soft brush tip is ideal for painting as well as colouring & is capable of painting a line width between 1 & 8mm.

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    Drawing Pens – Ideal for detailed drawing as the fine tip produces a 0.4mm line, there is a wide range of colours to choose from.

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    The ink benefits from being washable & is also non toxic & as well as being available individually these pens can be be bought in multi colour packs.

    The Artline Stix web site has lots ideas there are

    • A whole bunch of templates of animals, monsters & sea creatures that you can download for a colouring session
    • Several ever popular printable dot to dot pictures
    • Instructions for building windmills, planes & puppets to name a few
    • An invitation to join the Artline Stix play club with a chance to receive news, promotions & exclusive giveaways

    Artline promise to to add this list so keep an eye out for new additions.

    The Get Creative Campaign is a celebration of all forms of arts, culture & creativity that is being led by the BBC. There are events being held around the country & it will run until 21st February 2016 with the aim of getting people involved, to share their talents & host debates about the merits of creativity. Once their creativity has been unleashed maybe the budding artist could show of their skills by joining in.

  • Some of our Favourite Blog Posts in May

    Here at Tiger Pens we all like reading other peoples pen & paper related blogs. Here are a few posts that have caught our eye recently. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

    Deborah explains why the Generation is yet another Montblanc that she approve's of over at Goodwriters Pens

    B2-kun puts the spotlight on Cretacolor Nero Drawing leads and pencil on the robotningamonsters blog

    Pen Heaven have carried out a survey on the UK & diary keeping you can see the findings on the blog here

    Teoh from Parka Blogs reviews Pilot Custom 743 with Falcon Nib with plenty of photos & a few sketches thrown in you can look here

    It seems Nexialist feels good when writing with fountain pens you can read more on the blog

    J Herbin Vert Pre is put through its paces in a review on the Pen Inkcillin blog comparing it to Vert Olive

    The Goulet pen team take a quick look at Faber-Castell's line-up of Ambition fountain pens at Goulet Pens

    Heath hopes to get back to a regular routing writing about the Sheaffer Prelude fountain pen at Pen Paper Ink Letter

    A post on Fountain Pen Economics asks How Does China Make Such Cheap Fountain Pens? It's an interesting read

  • An Alternative to Ink? WINKpen May Be The Answer

    The revelation of the WINKpen could put a whole new slant on the phrase written in blood. Invented by Oregan based designer Jessica Chan this pen can guzzle up a variety of liquids & was made possible by crowd funding on Kickstarter.

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    The pursuit of creating something that could be re-used & reduce waste from some of the many plastic cases from the disposable alternatives ending up in landfill, took Jess on a journey taking some 18 months of her spare time.

    Presented as reusable & long lasting this refillable glass fountain pens name came about from an idea of using wine as ink. Inspired during research for another project Industrial Designer Jess says she learned that “inks used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable” this led to her wanting to create a sustainable alternative that we use in everyday life.

    The WINKpen is constructed to be flexible & as user friendly as possible with the components fitting together easily making them easy to clean. The glass nib is double sided & can be used for all types of penmanship. Apparently glass eliminates the corrosion sometimes experienced with metal or ballpoint tips used in traditional pens whilst making it an easy to clean option. Now unless your entering into some type of medieval pact with the devil it's unlikely that you'd want your blood to be used for anything other than running through the veins but as well as wine liquids like tea, juice or anything with a staining property can be put in this pen.

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