Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rohrer and Klingner Dokumentus Inks

Rohrer and Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof fountain pen ink is the world's first fountain pen ink conforming to the resistance requirements of ISO 12757-2- the International Organization of Standards. 12757-2 assures this ink can be used for registrars for official documents.

This ink is formulated to guarantee permanent and archival writing. It is waterproof and won't fade over time. Rohrer and Klingner recommends that you should be sure to replace the cap on your fountain pen after use to prevent blockages in the nib. Beyond that, there is no special care needed for this ink. Scroll down for a sample of artwork and our rigorous test process for more information about these inks!

 Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Black

 Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Green

 Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Dark Blue

 Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Brown

Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Magenta

 Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink, 50 ml, Light Blue

Our Favorite Back to School Products

It's that time again, summer is winding down, fall activities and schedules are at the forefront of our thoughts. It's almost time for cooler weather, hay rides, apple and pumpkin picking, and to go back -- to school!  There's nothing better than school supplies, so we chose some of our favorites to get you in the spirit of Back-to-School fun!  

 J. Herbin Violette Pensee ink
J. Herbin fountain pen ink in Violette Pensee

Violette Pensee- the ink used by French school children

Violette Pensee is the perfect back to school ink, because it's the standard ink that French schoolchildren used in the 19th and 20th centuries. It's a beautiful tender purple ink. It falls on the blue end of the purple spectrum.

Four great fountain pens for students- Pelikano, Lamy ABC, Pelikano Jr. and Platinum Preppy
Fountain pens are making a comeback for students- young and old- these days and we are featuring these four as our favorites.

For younger students:
  • Pelikano- Same great features as the Pelikano Junior- only slightly larger! The Pelikan Pelikano fountain pen has a soft grip for relaxed writing. Features include stainless steel nib and transparent front part with ink controlled window. One of the best-selling pens in the world. 
  • Lamy ABC- The Lamy ABC fountain pen was by education experts for the first steps in learning to write. The special design helps meet the needs of children with the ergonomically shaped grip providing a natural, relaxed position for the fingers. Made of maple wood and plastic with a non-slip rubberized grip. The nib is an 'A" medium nib- which means it's similar to a medium nib, but with a more rounded surface making it more tolerant of different writing angles. Great for the beginning fountain pen writer. This pen comes in blue or red!
  • Platinum Preppy- This clear barrel cartridge fill fountain pen is a favorite for many reasons: It comes in eight fun colors- the color-keyed trims match the ink cartridge color. It comes in three nib choices- fine, extra fine, and medium. The cap mechanism keeps the pen from drying out. Best of all is the price - less than $5.  

Pelikano Jr. cartridges come in the pen- not sold separately 
  • The Pelikano Jr.- ideal for students just beginning to learn to write.  The sturdy stainless steel nib is an "A" size (close to a medium).  The grip is soft and rubbery and the cap is designed to keep the pen from rolling off the desk. This pen is available in both Left Handed and Right Handed (the grip section is different for lefties or righties). The cutest part? The fun looking Pelikan ink cartridges that come in the pen.  
 Clairefontaine paper is extremely fountain pen friendly!
Clairefontaine paper is extremely fountain pen friendly!
Clairefontaine paper is known as the best paper in the world.  The paper is extremely high quality, thick, an satiny-smooth. The paper can handle anything from permanent markers to a bold nib fountain pen without bleed through or feathering. The paper is very fountain pen friendly - your nib will glide over the paper!

French ruled paper is the standard lined paper used in France - especially by students. French ruled consists of an 8 mm x 8 mm grid, with lighter or thinner horizontal lines spaced 2 mm apart inside the main grid. There is a left margin, as well as some space without the horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the page

The paper is useful for learning cursive, and is an excellent tool for anyone aiming to improve their handwriting or practice calligraphy. It is also very useful for making charts and graphs, taking notes, and drawing. If you haven't tried French ruled paper before, give it a shot! We think you might enjoy it!

Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen, Royal Purple
The Kaweco Skyline Sport in Royal Purple is the perfect match to the J. Herbin Violette Pensee fountain pen ink. The Skyline Sport closely follows an original 1935 Kaweco octagonal design. The compact size of this pen capped is just 4 inches long- just right for a pocket in a backpack. It's made from tough, but lightweight plastic. The cap screws securely on to close the pen and protect your pocket and the nib. The German-made nib is polished stainless steel and extremely smooth- no skipping while you're taking those lecture notes!

Caran d'Ache Colorblock Fluo Pencils
Our best selling Caran d'Ache Colorblock pencils have super-smooth lead and ultra bright colors that are perfect for marking or highlighting. They are just as great for artists for drawing, building up colors, decorating or scrap-booking. These large 10 mm diameter hexagon shaped pencils are easy to hold in your hand. The extra large 4.5 mm lead is wax-based to provide a smooth, generous application of the brilliant color.

Schneider Haptify and Xpress pens are perfect for both students and teachers!
Schneider Haptify pens are best sellers at iPenstore because of the ergonomically shaped writing grip. Haptify is a comfortable refillable and retractable ballpoint pen with an ergonomic grip design that produces a pleasant and gliding writing experience.

Schneider Xpress Fineliner pens have premium porous-point tops for exceptionally smooth writing. The ergonomic rubber barrel means that is lies comfortable and securely in your hand. The ink is waterproof to ISO 14145-2, and the tip will not dry up if the cap is left off for several days.

Are you looking for a great, reliable pencil? The Pentel GraphGear mechanical drafting pencil is made for precision drafting and drawing. We stock the GraphGear in 4 different lead sizes (0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9 mm), and 3 different styles (the 500, 800, and 1000). The GraphGear 500 features a knurled grip, the grip on the 800 is inlaid with soft latex free pads to cushion fingertips, and the 1000 combines both into an excellent, comfortable grip. Need refills for your mechanical pencils? We stock a huge assortment of Pentel Super Hi-Polymer leads.

Rosetta Da Vinci 2.0 mm pencil in blue
Did you know iPenstore offers mechanical pencils with larger lead sizes than the standard 0.3-0.9 mm? Check out a Rosetta Da Vinci 2.0 mm mechanical pencil. The Da Vinci features thick 2.0 mm lead, which wont break easily. The pencil is perfect for younger students, but also works great for professionals as well. This pencil features a knurled grip, a brass barrel, and a sharpener built into the end cap. We also have additional 2.0 mm leads in HB, 2B, or 4B, and a full assortment of colored leads to fit this pencil available for sale on

These are just a few of our back-to-school favorites, but there are many more available on Do you have a pen, pencil or paper that you need to have in order to make the grade? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lamy Studio Fountain Pens

Have you considered a Lamy Studio fountain pen for your collection? The Lamy Safari and AL-Star are very popular pens, but if you're looking for an upgrade, this is a great choice. There are a lot of reasons to love this pen! This pen, like other Lamys uses cartridge or converter. The pen has a sleek, minimalist design with a metal body and a snap on cap. It comes packaged in a nice looking yet environmentally friendly cardboard box.  Inside you will find a cartridge, and an Lz26 converter, and a Lamy product booklet. 

This pen comes in 4 great colors

The stainless steel finish has a brushed and slightly textured which helps prevent fingerprints. The grip section is smooth and feels slightly rubberized so your fingers will not slide. The pen has a nice weight to it and is not too heavy for a metal pen.  It feels very balanced both posted and unposted when writing. 

I really love the clip on this pen. It's designed to look like a propeller so it has a modern twist to it that makes it really different looking. The pen is sleek with a slight taper at both ends. The top of the cap and the end of the pen have a simple shiny silver disc that adds to the contemporary look of this pen. 

Lamy nibs are interchangeable and share the same nib as the AL-Star and Safari.  You can purchase many sizes including EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5, 1.9, and LH. The two toned 14K gold nib comes in EF, F, and medium. The gold nib provides a little give, and is incredibly smooth.  We love the Lamy Studio Fountain Pen.  It's a nice step up from the popular Lamy Safari and AL-Star and has so many great features the pen is a winning choice for your fountain pen collection!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cross Fountain Pen Inks

Here's some interesting news! Cross has announced that their newly designed Green, Purple, and Red fountain pen inks are manufactured in Japan - so it's very high quality Japanese ink.  The Blue, Black, and Blue-Black are manufactured here in the USA.

This is an excellent collection of inks from Cross. The thick, clear glass bottle is sturdy and substantial, yet still manages to be very elegant. On the top of the cap you'll find an embossed logo of the Cross lion. This is a bottle you'll be proud to display on your desk.

Inside the beautiful bottle, you'll find an equally beautiful ink. Often times when testing a collection of inks, we'll find that some colors and formulas are stronger than others. That is not the case with these inks. There is not a weak link in this collection. We immediately noticed that each color is very saturated and bold. During our test, there was no feathering or bleed through. These inks also have a quick dry time, which can be hard to find with colors so rich. The ink also cleans up well. We found it easy to quickly clean our fountain pen when switching to another color.

It was a tough decision, but we did finally settle on a favorite. The Violet ink is especially vivid. Unlike some other violet or purple inks, this is not too dark, which allows the color to pop off the page. Also, if you look at just the right angle, the violet ink has a beautiful green sheen to it, which further enhances the color.

Read on for our ink test results for each ink!

Cross Green Fountain Pen Ink
Cross Green fountain pen ink tested on Rhodia paper

Cross Violet Fountain Pen Ink

Cross Violet fountain pen ink tested on Rhodia paper
Cross Red Fountain Pen Ink

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sticky Page Markers by Duncan Shotton

Sticky page markers by Duncan Shotton Design Studio add a cute and playful element to the mundane process of bookmarking. These sticky paper tabs let you create little landscapes and scenes on top of your books while marking important pages. Ideal for research, study and quick reference to your favorite pages.

The City Series features city-scapes from the world's most famous cities.  Some of our favorite details include Godzilla in the Tokoyo and King Kong creating havoc at the top of the Empire State building in the New York city-scape.

If you need to escape from the city for some nature, you can find plenty of outdoor scenes from around the word.  From ocean to sky, the hot desert, cool dark forests, and to the freezing arctic! Scroll down to view two of our other favorites- Nessie, and Mars!

Scotlands' legendary lochness monster. Tails, middles and heads!
Mars features aliens, galactic party rocks and space buggies! 
Duncan Shotton products also include White Rainbow Pencils
Black Rainbow Pencils 
Paris city scene features the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Metro sign, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and shops

Polar features igloos, penguins, icebergs, and snow covered pines

New York features taxis, the Empire State Building, King Kong, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building,  tower blocks and apartments