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  • 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

  • UK Man Spent 10 Years Writing And Illustrating Bible By Hand

    Dino Mazzoli hand-illustrated BibleAn Italian septagenarian living in the UK has completed a 10-year project to write and hand-illustrate the Bible and is now selling it on iTunes for charity.

    Dino Mazzoli, 78, told the Daily Mail that he became housebound back in 2001 and came up with the idea to create a hand-written illustrated Bible. Continue reading

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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

  • How To Improve Your Handwriting – 5 Easy Tips

    So you've decided to try & improve your handwriting, make it look a little less like a spider has crawled across the page & lets just say more legible.

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    We've all heard the arguments about technology taking over & that handwriting is no longer important. Maybe it's a generation thing but I'm sure I'm not alone finding it faster & easier to jot down a note with a pen than reaching for the mobile & tapping the keypad.

    1. Posture
    When practicing, sitting at a table is better than in your favourite armchair or sofa. You'll be able to sit up with a straight back, your feet planted on the floor with uncrossed legs. Next relax your hand & arm, it's an idea to loosen up by twisting your wrist a few times & do a few stretching exercises as writing will also use muscles in the shoulders & forearms. Avoid writing to the left of your palm (more likely if your left handed) as this is likely to give you cramp. If this is something you are inclined to get there are a wide range of ergonomic pens< available to help. 2. Watch Your Speed
    Something many people do (me included) is write as if they're in a race against the clock. By taking time to concentrate on every letter you will see much better results.

    3. Doodle
    Practice your scribbles, this will help train the hand & eye to work together, it can have the added benefit of providing a little light relief if you've had a stressful day or meeting.

    4. Keep a Diary or Journal
    Whether it's keeping a note of the days events or recording your innermost thoughts a daily diary or journal entry will give you good reason to practise your writing. Just a few minutes little & often will not only help improve your penmanship but could provide health benefits like improving emotional well being or reducing stress.

    5. Loosen Your Grip
    It can be tempting to hold the pen too tightly. Rather than squeezing the barrel imagine your pen is a quill that may break & lightly pull it across the page.

    When trying to improve your handwriting it may look worse before it gets better but with practice & perseverance you're sure to achieve a style that you are happy with.

  • Pentel Stylo Plastic Fountain Pen JM11

    Pentel's mission is to develop pens offering a satisfying writing experience & value for money, this plastic fountain pen does seem to have both.

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    From flexible to firm depending on how you hold the pen & the amount of pressure used, the delta shaped double sided nib on the Pentel Stylo Plastic Fountain Pen will produce variable line widths.

    This pen has a white barrel with brightly coloured logo's & branding, they are available with red, black or blue water based ink & each has a colour coded end cap & tip housing.

    The Stylo JM11 nib is not fussed which angle you hold it at delivering a flexible response on one side whilst the other is more rigid.

    This Pentel's nib will wear to the style of the writer over time & thereby offers a unique writing experience.

  • Uni-ball Signo TSI Erasable Rollerball – Now In Stock

    The Uni-ball Signo TSI contains a new generation of specially formulated thermo sensitive ink. By using the pens eraser the rubbing action causes friction making the coloured ink change to clear hence rendering it invisible.

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    This pen has two eraser's one on the cap another on the end which is ideal for those that like to post the cap on a pen as there is no need to keep removing the cap to erase errors. The Thermo Sensitive gel Ink could re-appear if used in temperatures below -18°C but in normal conditions a vigorous rub will enable you to erase & rewrite anything.
    The Signo TSI Erasable Rollerball Pen has a 0.7mm tip & there are 7 vivid colours to choose from including violet, sky blue & pink.

  • Can a person have too many pens?

    This is a question I sometimes ask myself when tidying my desk for the umteenth time. When I mentioned it recently to a friend she replied you don't have too many pens you just don't write enough! Never thought of it that way maybe she has a point.

    There's so much written about the demise of handwriting as we use technology more & more. This is brought more to our attention this year the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, as this ancient document stands the test of time its clear that the ability to put pen to paper still has a place in 2015.

    Some of the benefits of writing by hand include helping your focus. It's easier to concentrate sitting with a pen & paper. When writing at a computer the temptation to flick from emails, facebook & the like can be almost impossible to ignore.

    As well as being a workout for your hand research suggests that engaging your motor skills helps with memory & it's also a good cognitive exercise & helps keep the brain sharp.

    Despite some citing the death of handwriting by technology, organisations like the National Handwriting Association exist to raise awareness. If like us you still like using pens & pencils, this charity runs courses & events & has lots of advice available through its web site from things like handwriting case studies to a list of practical books that can be purchased for a small fee.

    There are also events like World Stationery Day to be held on 29th April which will celebrate the power of the written word. This is part of National Stationery Week, a leading trade exhibition in the UK. Last year saw libraries taking part in a writing competition, lesson plans were compiled aiming to inspire schools to get involved, it was deemed to be a great success generating in excess of £5 million worth of media coverage. This years event will take place between 27th April & 3rd May & with organisers aiming to get people talking about writing & their favourite products I doubt too many pens will be a topic of conversation.

  • Some of Our Favourite Blog Posts in April

    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.

    If you like FP sketches then head over to Parka Blogs where Teoh has written a comprehensive review of the Sailor Cross Music Emperor Nib Fountain Pen & included a host of sketches

    Read why Goodwriters pens are delighted with the Jinhao 599A

    While Joshua at The Pelican's Perch concludes the review of Pelikan’s M805 anthracite Stresemann was mainly positive, he did find some small inconveniences you can read about

    Read how Tim from The Wirecutter reached the conclusion that the uni-ball Jetstream is a fantastic, affordable pen.

    Goldspot Pens honour Draw a Bird Day on thier #writeitwednesday challenge check it out here

    Maybelline reviews a Delta Blue Tech & Web commenting that “I can’t help but be reminded of a car when I look at it” you can read why On Fountain Pens

    Brian finds the Platinum Preppy to be a great beginner pen, you can read why on the Office Supply Geek blog

    Stephanie asks Does Size Matter? In a post of feedback on various Rhodia pads At Rhodia Drive

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