Friday, February 17, 2017


Kill Winter with Orange!  This February we chose to go with an orange theme for our popular iPenBox- inspired by our friend @RandomThinks on Instagram to celebrate his annual #KillWinterwithOrange tribute, and we are really getting into the spirit of it!  

When you live in the Midwest, winter really gets old this time of year.  We experience winter conditions here in Michigan starting in October and winter conditions tend to stick around here some years through April.  Needless to say, by February we are feeling DONE with it. We are hardy Michiganders, so we press on, and #KillWinterWithOrange helps to brighten our outlook!

To celebrate #Killwinterwithorange, we picked out some of our favorite ORANGE PRODUCTS here at iPenstore- scroll down and enjoy!

Products featured in this photo:

Pens/ Pencils: 

Our compact Napoleon pocket ballpoint pen also comes in rollerball! When capped the pen is 4-1/2 inches to easily fit in a pocket or purse. Posted the Napoleon is a full sized 5-1/2 inches. 

Rosetta Pencil Extender, Worther 3.15mm lead in orange, Worther Shorty Mechanical Pencil, Kaweco Ice Sport 0.7 mm Pencil

Our Rosetta Pencil Extender comes in a cheerful yellow orange with silver diamond-cut knurled grip.  Need a mechanical pencil? Worther Shorty makes a chunky sketch pencil that holds a 3.15 mm lead in all colors of the rainbow. 

The Kaweco Ice Sport translucent mechanical pencil has an octagonal barrel- its compact size and 1/2 barrel feels just right in your hand. 

Are you looking for a beautiful orange ink that glows like the sunset over the Caribbean Sea?  Look no further than Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake.  Energetic and cheerful, this ink is known for its amazing shading from a dark orange to a bright yellow. 

The Jinhao 159 is a large fountain pen that consistently gets great reviews from users. It's an extremely affordable pen at under $10 and a great choice for a beginner's fountain pen.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Introducing Rosetta Notes- Our Very Own Fountain Pen Friendly Pocket Notebook

We are pleased to introduce our newest addition to the Rosetta brand - Rosetta Notes fountain pen friendly pocket notebooks. Customers regularly tell us they love using pocket notebooks, but the popular brands on the market use paper that is not fountain pen friendly. So, we decided to manufacture our own line of pocket notebooks. We researched and tested hundreds of paper stocks to come up with the ideal paper for fountain pens.

So, we decided to manufacture our own line of pocket notebooks. We researched and tested hundreds of paper stocks to come up with the ideal paper for fountain pens. We chose to go with an old friend of our family business - French Paper in Michigan. French Paper has been made in Michigan since 1871. Our history with French Paper goes back to the 1950s when we purchased duplicator paper for the Chicago public school system. They are one of the last American small independent paper mills.

Rosetta Notes pocket notebooks by Rosetta are made with French Paper 70# Smart White text paper that is perfect for use with fountain pens and 2-sided writing. The covers are made of 100# recycled paper cover stock (260 gsm) in a deep wine color. These journals are perfect for writing and drafting on the go with pencil, ballpoint pen, fountain pen and markers. Pack of 3 staplebound notebooks. 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" (89 mm x 140 mm). Dot grid is 5 mm. Each notebook has 24 sheets (48 pages) of heavy (105 gsm) bright white, pH neutral, acid-free paper for archival quality. Smooth, satin fountain-pen-friendly finish. Rosetta Notes are milled, manufactured, and printed in Michigan, USA. iPenstore exclusive.

This month, we're introducing the Dot Grid version - consistently the most requested version of pocket notebooks. Next month we're introducing the Blank paper version (sneak peek - the February iPenbox will have a sample!) Then, the Lined and Graph versions will be released in March. Pricing is $8.97 per pack of 3.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter Blues 2017

Winter colors for January 2017
Winter is here and we love winter in Michigan! It's time for snow and peaceful reflection - a welcome contrast to the busyness of the holiday season. At iPenstore we love the new products in the pen, paper and ink world that come with the new year. We are very excited about the goals and new products we have planned for 2017!

Our winter montage features items that represent ice, snow, and cozy winter days -  afternoons spent writing in our favorite notebooks, or practicing calligraphy with a beautiful calligraphy ink.  Read on for the list of our favorite winter-blue products!


Caran d'Ache Swiss Made Metal Ballpoint Pen, Metallic Turquoise

iPenBox- Monthly Mystery Subscription Box with an assortment of pens, paper and ink curated around a monthly theme

Monteverde Prima Fountain Pen, Turquoise Swirl, Fine Nib

Caran d'Ache Chromatics 50 ml Fountain Pen Ink, Hypnotic Turquoise

Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Raw Aluminum

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen, White Tiger

Monday, January 16, 2017

Caran d'Ache Grafwood Graphite Pencils Review

We are now carrying Caran d'Ache Grafwood Graphite Pencils! These pencils are sold individually, which is nice for artists to be able to pick and choose the the shades they need, or to try out the pencils before investing in a complete set.

The pencils are color coded by their wood casings- just like regular colored pencils.  The pencils also are numbered to indicate the hardness of the lead- but having the color on the outside makes it much easier and faster to grab the shade you need! The lead grade options range from 4H to 9B. The darkest pencil= the softest lead.

The pencils are slightly over-sized hexagon barrels- making it more comfortable for drawing over long periods of time. The graphite is very smooth, and glide over paper effortlessly without any scratchiness.

We recommend the Mobius + Ruppert Brass Double Hold Wedge Shaped Pencil Sharpener because it's an artist's quality sharpener for use with graphite pencils. This sharpener is suited for standard # 2 size pencils and maxi size pencils (9.3 mm).

The Mobius + Ruppert sharpener sharpens cleanly to a nice long point! The blades can be taken out and sharpened or replaced.

Once your pencil gets too short, you'll want a pencil extender- we like the Rosetta Pencil Extender- shown above in Tortoise Shell. This extender gets great reviews in looks and function- especially for the diamond cut knurled grip section.

Very fluid and smooth- the 9B lays down a very dark solid line, and holds a point for an extended period of time without needing to be sharpened constantly.  

Even 9B erases cleanly- here I used the Tombow Mono eraser pen. This eraser allows you to get very exact in erasing lines - it's the perfect eraser for precision work.  Check out the full line of Caran d'Ache Grafwood pencils in our store!