Thursday, September 22, 2016

Parker Transformation 2016 - Jotter

Parker Transformation 2016


The Parker Jotter

The Parker Jotter was first introduced in 1954. Those first models were made from a nylon material with ridges along the barrel. The first colors were black, grey, red, orange and green and are extremely collectable. The clip was plain (not the now famous arrow clip). The greatest innovation was the rotating ball. With every click, the refill rotated slightly, ensuring even wear of the ball point. Other ballpoint pens on the market simply stopped working when the ball eventually wore itself out of the round shape.

In 1957, Parker changed the ball to a super hard tungsten carbide material that was textured to better grip the paper and reduce skipping. This feature is still used on all ballpoint pens today. In 1958 Parker added the iconic arrow clip to the Jotter.

No other pen gets more attention at iPenstore than the Parker Jotter. We get calls every day from Jotter collectors looking for the latest color or a rare color. We've regularly brought in special colors from Europe.


2016 Jotter Models


Parker recently announced a complete revision on the entire Parker product line, including the Jotter. Over the last few months of 2016, we'll be replacing all of our current stock with the new models. (The new finishes are expected to start shipping in mid-October, 2016).

The biggest changes we see for the new Jotters are:
  1. Stainless steel barrel replacing plastic barrels
  2. New "triple chevron" arrow clip design
  3. Enhanced "click" sound
  4. Upgraded gift box (all models will come gift boxed)
  5. Addition of pattern designs on select models
  6. All models will be made in France (and marked on the pen)

All of the new Jotters will come in an upgraded gift box.



(See the new Jotter pricing at the bottom of this blog!)

9 Core Finishes

Stainless Steel with Chrome Trim
Stainless Steel with Gold Trim


Bond Street Black with Chrome Trim

Royal Blue with Chrome Trim

 Kensington Red with Chrome Trim

Chelsea Orange with Chrome Trim

Victoria Violet with Chrome Trim

Portobello Purple with Chrome Trim

 Waterloo Blue with Chrome Trim



5 Premium Finishes



Tower Grey with Chrome Trim
Diagonal Chevron Pattern Etched on Cap

Bond Street Black with Chrome Trim
Grid Pattern Etched on Cap

Stainless Steel with Chrome Trim
Diagonal Chevron Pattern Etched on Cap

Oxford Grey Pinstripe with Chrome Trim

Carlisle Brown Pinstripe with Chrome Trim



2 Luxury Finishes



Bond Street Black with Gold Trim

West End Brushed Gold with Gold Trim



Pricing and expected arrival

All 9 Core finishes have an MSRP of $19.99. Our every day published price will be $15.97. The Premium and Luxury models have an MSRP of $24.99. Our every day published price will be $19.97.

To celebrate the introduction of the new models, we'll be offering special introductory pricing. Watch our weekly newsletter for a special offer on all the new Jotters in mid-October! (Parker expects to start shipping the new Jotter models October 15, 2016).

Looking for a current model Jotter? Visit our website - we'll continue to carry current production Jotters as long as we can! Click on our logo below to go directly to our Jotter page.

http://www.ipenstore.com/jotter-1/






Monday, September 19, 2016

Lamy Red Fountain Pen Ink Review



Lamy Red hasn't gotten a lot of love from the fountain pen ink community. I think this is an ink that deserves a second look!  First of all, Lamy ink bottles are really cool. They are functional as well as attractive. They are known for being sturdy and impossible to tip over. In the top half, you have your ink with an ink collecting basin so you can get out every last drop of ink. The bottom functions as a dispenser for ink blotting paper. Fill your ink, then use the blotting paper to clean your pen- an ingenious design.



Now onto the ink itself.  Lamy Red is not a bright true red, it's more of a pinky/orange red. Personally, I like the shade, and there is a place for this shade in my collection of inks.  If I wanted a true red I might choose Diamine Wild Strawberry, or Noodler's Eel Rattler Red. But Lamy Red is a nice bright color, if not a true red. The other great attributes of this ink with the low price all add up to  definitely make this ink a winner!

Attributes of this ink:
  • Bottle- 50 ml bottles
  • Color- Pinkish red
  • Dry time- Fast (this is a dry ink when writing as well)
  • Shading- No shading at all
  • Feathering- None
  • Bleedthrough- None
  • Waterproof? No
  • Price: Only $9.97 at iPenstore!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Rhodia Notebooks



Rhodia notebooks are famous for their simple clean design. Acquired by Clairefontaine in 1997, the company was originally founded in Lyon, France in the early 1900s by two brothers.  The logo of two Spruce trees represents the brothers- similar yet not the same, linked together by a line to symbolize how they worked together. The Rhône River travels through Lyon, and the people there are called "Rhôdaniens." The name of the company comes from this word.

The original orange notebook - unchanged since it was first created in 1932. 
The Rhodia notebook, originally an side product for the company, eventually became its best seller. Customers loved the quality materials and the scored front cover.  The iconic orange cover dates back to 1934 and this look has not changed. The notebook has been modernized and improved in several other ways, however.  It's now coated for strength, and each sheet is micro-perforated, and the paper is made by Clairefontaine in the very same mill. It's 80 gsm, fountain pen friendly, ultra smooth and bright white.

The Wirebound Meeting Notebook 

The wirebound Meeting Notebook has a waterproof cover and the wires are doubled to keep them strong and from catching on anything.  Look below to see inside! Each page has a spot for the date, notes, and actions to take making note taking enjoyable.

Wirebound meeting book (6-1/2" X 8-1/4") Pre-printed pages with date, notes, and action to make note taking easier.

The paper is truly great for fountain pen writing!  You will find no bleed through on your pages, and your nib will simply glide over the paper. The micro perforated pages come out easily and cleanly every time.



Rhodia pads come in many sizes. We sell them from the mini #10 (2"x3") to the large #18 (8-1/4" x 11-3/4"). The lavender dots and grids on the dot and grid paper won't show up in a photocopy!



Rhodia triangular shaped pencils are know for the barrel that is comfortable to hold and won't roll off your desk or table. The soft leather zippered pencil case has a metallic zipper.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Parker Transformation 2016 - Duofold

Parker Transformation 2016

Parker has been our most important pen brand since our original store opened on Michigan Avenue in Chicago in 1932. Parker is still our best-selling product line and our deepest inventory brand. We regularly bring Parker products in from Europe that aren't available in the US market (especially hard to find Jotter colors!) We've even sampled products manufactured in India by Luxor under a Parker license.

Over the last few months of 2016, Parker is undergoing a process of "premiumization" of every product. Every single product has been re-designed, with an emphasis on providing premium quality - from the finish, the trim, the iconic Arrow Clip and even the gift boxes. We will be replacing every product in the Parker line over the next few months.

The Parker Brand

What makes a Parker pen instantly recognizable? Parker defines three signature elements to each pen design: the CLIP, the 3 BANDS, and the JEWEL. Together, these 3 elements unify the Parker design language and allow the Parker brand to become instantly recognizable.


Parker Duofold 2016 - an industry icon

Duofold is the most prestigious and oldest existing Parker product in production. First launched in the Roaring Twenties (1921) it is renowned for it's Art Deco design. Duofold has been used by famous personalities such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

Featured below are all the new Duofold models introduced in 2016 - part of the 2016 transformation of every Parker product line.

Duofold - High quality and excellence.

The key features of Parker Duofold that provide a lifetime of use:
  • "Ace" design on the nib and cap button is the Duofold emblem of excellence
  • Duofold Classic is made of high quality precious resin crafted in the UK providing elegant and bright color rendering and resistant material
  • Duofold Prestige is made of metal
  • Extra polished two-tone 18k solid gold fountain pen nib is manually assembled and thoroughly checked
  • Nibs are gold plated, palladium plated, or ruthenium plated
  • The fountain pen is composed of 21 pieces and made in France

Parker Duofold Gift Box 2016

 Parker Duofold Big Red Vintage
Classic Big Red Vintage with Nickel Palladium Trim

Each pen is individually numbered. Vintage Big Red acrylic cap and barrel. Barrel is engraved with a historical Parker ribbon.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • International Founain Pen (smaller size)
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen

Prestige Blue Chevron with Gold Trim

Each pen is individually numbered. Blue lacquered finish with lasered chevron pattern. Finished with a translucent varnish.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen

 
Prestige Burgundy Chevron with Nickel Palladium Trim 

Each pen is individually numbered. Burgundy lacquered finish with lasered chevron pattern. Finished with a translucent varnish.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen


Prestige Black Chevron with Ruthenium Trim

Each pen is individually numbered. Black lacquered finish with lasered chevron pattern. Finished with a translucent varnish.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen


Prestige Metallic Ruthenium Plated with Nickel Palladium Trim 

Each pen is individually numbered. Ruthenium plated finish over chiselled patterned brass.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen

 
Classic Black Acrylic with Nickel Palladium Trim

Each pen is individually numbered. Black acrylic cap and barrel.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • International Founain Pen (smaller size)
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen


 
Classic Black Acrylic with Gold Plated Trim 

Each pen is individually numbered. Black acrylic cap and barrel.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • International Founain Pen (smaller size)
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen


 
Classic Blue Acrylic with Nickel Palladium Trim 

Each pen is individually numbered. Blue acrylic cap and barrel.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • International Founain Pen (smaller size)
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen


 
Classic Ivory Acrylic with Gold Plated Trim 

Each pen is individually numbered. Ivory acrylic cap and barrel.
  • Centennial Fountain Pen
  • International Founain Pen (smaller size)
  • Rollerball Pen
  • Ballpoint Pen 


Duofold 2016 Pricing

We've received quite a few emails and phone calls requesting pricing on the new Parker Duofold models. Here is the pricing as of September 16, 2016:

Classic Resin Models (Black with Chrome Trim, Black with Gold Trim, Big Red, Classic Blue with Chrome Trim, Classic Ivory with Gold Trim)

Centennial (large barrel) Fountain Pen MSRP $730, our published price $584
International (Smaller barrel) Fountain Pen MSRP $665, our published price $532
Rollerball MSRP $530, our published price $424
Ballpoint MSRP $430, ourpublished price $344

Premium Chevron Models (Black, Blue and Burgundy)

Centennial (large barrel) Fountain Pen MSRP $970, our published price $776
Rollerball MSRP $775, our published price $620
Ballpoint MSRP $630, our published price $504

Premium Prestige Metallic Ruthenium Plated

Centennial (large barrel) Fountain Pen MSRP $1000, our published price $800
Rollerball MSRP $800, our published price $640
Ballpoint MSRP $650, our published price $520

 

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Montegrappa NeroUno Duetto

Montegrappa NeroUno Duetto

 Montegrappa NeroUno Duetto 

One of the best sellers just got an upgrade. Italian fashion never goes out of style and Montegrappa just gave the stylish NeroUno an upgrade that remains faithful to the original style. Anyone that owns the original Neruno will be looking to get their hands on the Duetto.

Gold.jpg 

Unmistakable Octagonal Design, Inspiring Details.
The Duetto maintains the iconic Montegrappa Octagon hallmark and adds a textured line pattern on the cap. The pens come in three plated shades: palladium, 18k rose gold, and gun metal grey. 

Metals.jpg 

Pictured above, the pens are available in the styles below:

18k Rose Gold
Fountain Pen $825
Rollerball $625
Ballpoint $595

Palladium
Fountain Pen $775
Rollerball $575
Ballpoint $325

Gun Metal Grey
Fountain Pen $825
Rollerball $625
Ballpoint $595

Call us at 888-747-7367 for current pricing.

Montegrappa NeroUno Duetto