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  • Penthusiasm!

    Austin at Art Supply Critic recommends the Sanford Peel-Off Magic Rub eraser.

    Patrick at The Cramped shows off the pen-and-ink artwork that lead to "Mad Max: Fury Road."

    Matthias at Bleistift introduces the Book Block customizable notebook Kickstart project.

    Stephanie at Rhodia Drive makes sure to write down her thoughts as she has them.

    Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! reorganizes his Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter organizer.

    Azizah at Gourmet Pens inks up some Paper Oh notebooks.

    The Unroyal Warrant finds a new favorite starter pen in the TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen.

    Leslie at Comfortable Shoes Studio gets intense with the Uniball Air.

    Ed at Ed Jelley sizes up the Ti Scribe Fountain/Ballpoint Pen.

    Mark at Cool Tools pits the Milwaukee Inkzall against the Sharpie Pro.

     

  • Teachers Making Good Use Of Red Pens

    red inkThe color of ink that teachers use to mark papers occasionally stirs up a fuss in the UK as some schools move away from red pens.

    The idea is that red ink leaves a negative impression on students and alienates them from their teachers. There's some research to support that idea.

    But with school starting up again, I've been doing some more reading about ink colors and marking. And it seems that maybe red pens have a place in the classroom, after all. 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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  • Jerry Seinfeld Is A Bic Pen Man

    A friend of mine sent this to me the other day. Its an interview with comedian Jerry Seinfeld from a couple of years ago about this writing process.

    It seems that he keeps it very simple when he's working on jokes: A yellow legal pad and a blue Bic Cristal.

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  • Penthusiasm!

    Patrick at The Cramped takes no pleasure in finding someone else's PaperMate Inkjoy.

    Austin at Art Supply Critic gives a forever home to his new Staedtler AllXwrite pencil.

    Ray at Fountain Pen Quest pairs up the Pilot Custom 823 and Pilot blue-black ink.

    Matthias at Bleistift expresses his disappointment with the Pilot Color Eno.

    Todd from That One Pen tells the story of his trip to the Washington D.C. Pen Show.

    Amanda at Pens Paper Ink breaks the back of the Quo Vadis APB 2.

    Jon at The Leadhead's Pencil Blog shares his adventures with Parker Vacumatic pencils at the D.C. pen show.

    Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek downsizes to try the Black n Red Mini notebook.

    Angela at Paper Lovestory shares her sister's meticulous handwritten university notes.

    George at My Supply Room displays his collection of Pentel desk sets.

  • 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

  • Ink, A Documentary For Penthusiasts

    A short Canadian documentary has been making the rounds of the pen community this summer, and for good reason.

    It's a brief, delightful ode to pen, ink and handwriting as an art form.

    Ink was directed by Toronto filmmaker Ryan Couldrey and focuses on Tanja Tiziana, a freelance photographer with a passion for pen and ink.

    Ink - Written by Hand (#INKdoc) from Ryan Couldrey | @RyTron on Vimeo.

    It's only about seven minutes and well worth the time. I guarantee you'll be entranced by the flow of the dip pen she uses for calligraphy.

    You can also visit Couldrey's website for additional footage from Ink and interviews with Tizina.

  • Recommended: Lifehacker's Notebook Guide

    Here's a bit of pen-and-paper reading that deserves special mention.

    Trent Hamm has written a piece at Lifehacker on using a pocket notebook to simplify your life and increase your productivity, both personally and professionally.

    It's a couple of months old, but still an excellent guide, very thorough and methodical in its approach to making a notebook part of your everyday carry.

    He lists the benefits of carrying a notebook – never losing a name or phone number, keeping track of tasks, capturing ideas as you have them – as well as recommendations for how to organize your notes.

    I love some of the techniques he describes, such as using a dot or dash in front of a thought or piece of information to separate it from the ones before and after. Also, using double lines to mark where he finished "processing" his notebook the last time.

    Hamm also gets into the gear itself, recommending Field Notes notebooks and the Uniball Signo 207 Ultra Micro.

    That's where I go a different way.

    I've written before about my fondness for reporter's notebooks, and I haven't changed my mind.

    These notebooks are made specifically for people who take a lot of notes while on the move. They flip open, fit right into the palm of your hand, and have stiff cardboard backs to serve as a writing surface. And they're just the right size to fit into a pocket.

    They also tend to be cheaper than Field Notes notebooks and have more pages.

    Pens are just a matter of preference. But I'd recommended against carrying a micro point retractable pen in your pocket. They really sting when they poke you, and they will inevitably poke.

    But please, do go over and give Hamm's article a look. It's one of my favorite pen-and-paper reads so far this year.

  • The Pilot Murex Is The Sexiest Pen Alive

    By Russ Stutler, stutler.ccThe other day, I happened onto the site of Japanese pen guru Russ Stutler. I'd visited it before, but there was one page I'd never noticed, 'til now.

    His photos and article about the Pilot Murex fountain pen.

    Regular readers know that I am not a fountain pen guy, in general. I've tried a Kaweco and a Waterman and various disposables and enjoyed using a few of them, but nothing that really got my heart racing.

    However, I have always wanted a Pilot Vanishing Point, not because they were retractable, though that helped, but because of their style. They were just the coolest looking fountain pens I'd ever seen, and, unfortunately, pretty pricey.

    The one thing I never loved about the Vanishing Point was the placement of the clip.

    And then recently, I saw Stutler's collection of Pilot Murex fountain pens. They're stainless steel, even sleeker and sexier than the Vanishing Point and, because they're capped, don't have the awkward clip placement.

    Just looking at this pen makes me feel like I'm driving Speed Racer's car. Continue reading

  • Winner of the August 2015 Tiger Pens Giveaway!

    We have to give a great big thanks to all who took the time to enter this month's giveaway.

    Lindsey M, you're the randomly selected winner!

    So here's the deal: Send us an email using the contact link on the lower right side of the page, and we'll send you a set of 7 colorful Uniball Signo TSI erasable pens.

    You have a week to claim your prize, so don't delay.

    Thanks again to everyone who put their names in. If you didn't win, you'll get a chance at another nifty prize in just a few weeks.

    Watch the blog for the next Tiger Pens giveaway!

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