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  • Ballpoint, Rollerball or Gel: Which Pen is Best for You?

    Ballpoint, rollerball and gel pens

    Trying to choose the right pen, but confused by all the different labels: ballpoint, liquid ink, gel, hybrid, rollerball? Yeah, we don’t blame you; it can get a little overwhelming.

    Having such a wide choice to choose from though isn’t a bad thing as it gives you plenty of options when looking for a pen to fit your needs.

    One of the questions that we are most often asked is what is the difference between these pens and how does this affect how they write?

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  • How to Keep Your Pens from Drying Out

    If you’re into pens, or use them a lot, it doesn’t take long to build up quite a pen collection. And since you probably don’t write with more than a couple at a time, you’re left to figure out how to keep the rest from drying out between uses.

    Mostly, it’s a matter of the quality of the pen. The better the ink, and the tighter it’s sealed inside, the less likely that just laying around will ruin it. But, there are a few tricks you can use to help preserve your ink pens so they actually work when you pull them out of the drawer. Continue reading

  • The Pentel Breast Cancer Campaign

    A Good Cause: The Pentel/Breast Cancer Campaign Partnership

    Breast Cancer Campaign

    Pentel is up to something good involving breast cancer research, and we want to take a minute to tell you about it.

    Did you know that female breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the UK? As many as 44,000 women learn they have breast cancer each year, and more than 12,000 die from the disease, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.

    While the mortality rate has fallen over the last 15 years, the rate at which women are being diagnosed continues to rise. That’s why researchers in the UK are trying to learn why certain treatments work, why others fail, and what they can do to increase the survivability.

    What’s this got to do with you? Well, dear pen wielder, you can satisfy your craving for stylish, useful writing instruments and contribute to the cause at the same time.

    Pentel offers a range of specially designed pink pens that benefit the Breast Cancer Campaign, an organization that funds breast cancer research across the UK. Every time you buy one of these pens, a little of that money goes to help scientists gain a better understanding of the cellular and genetic underpinnings of breast cancer and the possible cures.

    Pentel’s initial goal for Breast Cancer Campaign was £250,000 but so far the company has raised £312,000 – and Pentel isn’t done! The company is now aiming to hit £350,000 by the end of 2009.

    So, check out these pens and see if maybe there’s one you like.

    Pink Line Style ballpoint: Low viscosity ink for smooth writing with a .8mm tip. You can choose pink or the limited-edition violet model. Available with pink or black ink. For every one sold, 20p is donated to Breast Cancer Campaign.

    Line Stlye Pen

    StarGrip ballpoint: Comfortable rubber grip, .7mm tip, and a translucent pink barrel, so you can keep an eye on your pen ink level. Comes with black ink. Costs less than a pound, and 10p from each one goes to breast cancer research.

    Line Stlye Pen

    Mini RSVP ballpoint: Compact enough to slip easily into your purse, a pocket or a fold of your planner, and also has an eyelet so that you can clip it anywhere you want. Rubber grip makes it comfortable to use. For each one of these, 10p is donated.

    Line Stlye Pen

    Rollerball and Mini ballpoint set: The Rollerball lets you make a statement about your support for breast cancer research by writing it in pink ink. The Mini comes with black ink and is perfect for attaching to your keychain so you always have a pen handy. Buy the set and Breast Cancer Campaign gets 25p.

    Line Stlye Pen

    Mini Micro Correct: Everyone makes little errors. The Micro Correct helps you erase them neatly with its fine metal tip for precision correction. Of course, the limited-edition Breast Cancer Campaign models have pink barrels. Each one earns 25p for the campaign.

    Micro Correct

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