Monday, July 6, 2020

Sailor discontinuation of the Jentle Inks.

Sailor North America  have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Sailor Jentle Ink collection of North America exclusive bottled ink colors that include Epinard, Apricot, Sky High, Ultramarine, Grenade, and Peche. 

First, a little history. These six colors were originally developed by Sailor for the global market, but after Sailor introduced the first batch of their Shikiori “Four Seasons” ink colors, they decided to discontinue these six colors globally. The world was up in arms, especially our North America market that had fallen in love with these six colors. Knowing there was going to be strong demand for these inks, Itoya bought up a one year supply of this ink as a last hurrah, but they quickly sold out of “one year supply” in just one week.

The world didn’t have these six colors for several years.

But due to popular demand, it was brought back in 2016 exclusively for the North American market. Demand was extremely strong when it was  brought back in 2016. People had hoarded bottles and bottles of Apricot, Epinard, Grenade, and the rest. Most people rejoiced! People selling their old scarce bottles on eBay were understandably miffed.

Since 2016, the world has changed. Sailor has introduced over 110 new bottled ink colors since then. So Itoya has  made the very difficult decision to discontinue these six Sailor Jentle ink colors. We think there will be a second hoarding rush when consumers find out. We have a decent inventory of these ink bottles still in stock, so please place your orders while supplies last. Thank you very much for your support of these wonderful ink colors. We’re going to miss them, and we think you will as well.  But get your bottle now to enjoy. 

We also have a quick video on this on our facebook page. 

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Monday, June 22, 2020

House Colors of Harry Potter - Montegrappa Pens


Hogwarts is the name of the latest addition to the Harry Potter: House Colours collection from Montegrappa. Made under the shield of the world-famous school of wizardry and witchcraft, this umbrella model unites the colors of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin – the houses honored in the collection’s initial release.

Striking design uses the school’s coat of arms on Hogwarts’ cap disc and clip, and combines artistic elements from each of its companion models. Once again, hand-formed brass and stainless steel are fused into a writing range crafted to please the most scrupulous alumni. Magical writing is the promise of every Montegrappa pen.

Hogwarts is made in fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint modes, and supplied in a special, gold-foil embossed school-themed case.



Let's discover,
Joy!

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Faber-Castell Hexo Series



Faber-Castell's Hexo Series

The new Hexo Series from Faber-Castell has finally arrived after a long time of waiting! We thank everyone who waited patiently for the arrival of these pens. With all the delays due to COVID, it took a bit longer than expected but we are super glad to have them in!


It is available in ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. It comes in black, silver, and rose.




The fountain pen is a cartridge/converter, however you will have to purchase the converter separately. They also have a stainless steel nib, which is incredibly smooth,  that is available in these sizes: M, F, EF, B. They are also post friendly, but don’t seem to have a lot of back-weight!

For all three pens it features a hexagonal barrel, which is an ergonomically shaped grip zone to make writing more comfortable, and is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users! The caps are also made out of anodized aluminum that features a solid metal clip.

I would say that these would fit into the category of a great starter/economical pen, especially if you prefer a larger/thicker pen vs a slimmer pen, but don't want to spend too much money. It also has a bit more weight on it than pens such as the Lamy, but isn't exactly too heavy either. It's a decent price for those looking for these type of features. Let us know if you have any questions, and we will be happy to assist you!




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Friday, May 22, 2020

Sailor ProGear Slim Mini - North America Exclusive

Sailor ProGear Slim Mini - North America Exclusive - It's Back!

We hope everyone is doing well, and is able to find more positive things during this pandemic, whether it's a new hobby or a hobby that you're able to focus more on! We are still so appreciative of everyone who has been supporting our small business. We've been trying to make sure we can do the best we can with our limited staff! We are excited to announce that Sailor is bringing back the ProGear Slim Mini to North America! It’s been almost 10 years since it has been available here, and it has only been produced in Japan in limited quantities since. How exciting to have them back here!




Also known as the “Sapporo Mini”, this adorable mini pro gear comes in six new and modern colors that feature gold trim and a 14k medium fine (MF)  gold nib.

The colors available are: Mustard Yellow, Slate Green, Stellar Blue, Rose Taupe, Blush Pink, and Taupe.

The Professional Gear Slim Mini is just a smaller version of the Professional Gear Slim. When capped, the Slim Mini is 106 mm in length - or 18 mm shorter than the Slim. However, when posted, it is only 11 mm shorter. It’s a great option because it is easy to carry, since it is compact, but is not too far from the normal size of the slim while posted. 

However, due to its shorter size, this pen is not able to use a standard converter, and therefore does not come with one. It only will take the standard Sailor cartridges. Although, you could use a syringe to refill the cartridges with your preferred ink!


We do only have a limited quantity of these, and they are currently up for pre-order right now! Let us know if you have any questions! also Mustard is on backorder but they are on backorder and we should receive it in a month.


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Friday, May 8, 2020

Montblanc Le Petit Prince and the Planet



 Montblanc Le Petit Prince and the Planet 


Continuing the popular series of Le Petit Prince, Montblanc introduces the third collection of the series: The Planet.  This series is based on the Le Petit Prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and is now focused on the planet that the Le Petit Prince comes from.  The color chosen for this series is inspired by the prince's favorite rose on the planet, which he gave all his love to, even though the Rose did not.




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THE MEISTERSTUCK COLLECTION - Classique collection  


The Meisterstuck collection comes in two sizes, the Classique size (145) and the LeGrand size  (146).  They are available in a ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. This series has a burgundy resin finish, and the fountain pens feature a gold base at the barrel.  The clip has a star on it, symbolizing the star that the "narrator" can lookup when he wants to think about the Le Petit Prince.  The fountain pen has a 14k Gold nib and features engravings of the Prince and the star. 

The ballpoint takes the standard Montblanc refills, and the rollerball takes the standard Montblanc rollerball pen refills. 

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THE MEISTERSTUCK LEGRAND COLLECTION: 



The Legrand collection is a larger pen than the classique pen. An important thing to note is that the Legrand fountain pens are piston fill only.  The Legrand rollerball takes the Montblanc Legrand rollerball refill, and the Legrand ballpoint takes the regular ballpoint pen refill.  This fountain pen also features the engravings of the Prince and the stars. 
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THE MEISTERSTUCK SOLITAIRE DUO COLLECTION: 


The Montblanc Solitaire Duo collection has a metal cap with an engraving of the stars, like the Classique collection.  It also features the 18k gold nib with the engraving of the rose, and can use either cartridge or converter.  The rollerball takes the Montblanc classique refills, and the ballpoint uses the Montblanc ballpoint refills.


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THE SOLITAIRE COLLECTION:


The Solitaire collection of this series is very unique, as they used  European Hornbeam for the body of the pen and also the cap.  European Hornbeam wood is germ, decay, and disease resistant and over time becomes a distinct pen to the writer. The cap features the stars inscribed on the wood, and also features "B612" (the "planet"). The nib is also an 18k nib featuring the beloved rose. The fountain pen comes in the LeGrand sizes, and is a piston filler only. The collection also comes in a LeGrand rollerball and LeGrand ballpoint. 

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The Ink : 


The Montblanc Le Petit Prince is complimented nicely by a rose burgundy ink.  The ink is very similar to the Pilot Iroshizuku Yama -Budo ink.  It matches quite perfectly with the pen.  It comes in both the bottle and cartridges.  



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The Montblanc Le Petit Prince & The Planet Notebook:


The final piece, which makes this collection complete, is the beautiful notebook with B612 engraved and the star.  

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Does a hand sanitizer on our hands damage the pens that we use? Does it discolor?

By Ben L.

Anyone who’s purchased a TWSBI Eco has seen the little tag that comes under the clip warning you not to use alcohol based cleaners. But in these dire times when sanitation is paramount, are you putting your pens at risk by potentially exposing them to hand sanitizer?
The reason TWSBI Ecos have that warning tag is because they’re made of polymethyl methacrylate, which is marketed under brand names like Plexiglass and Perspex, and more widely known as acrylic. This is unique among TWSBI’s offerings, as their other models are made of polycarbonate resin that’s more resistant to solvents. However, acrylic is present in other pens, especially those with bodies made from resin blanks turned on a lathe, as the blanks frequently have acrylic as their primary ingredient.
Acrylic is reactive with a handful of polar solvents such as alcohols, and as a result could potentially be damaged by exposure. Conveniently for us, because knowing the resistance of different plastics to solvents is extremely important for knowing when they’re suitable for industrial applications, companies who sell them publish the results of comprehensive testing of their resistance to different solvents. The analysis I looked at assessed the behavior of acrylic with an extremely wide range of solvents and substances potentially encountered in industrial applications such as jet fuel and ozone. Reactivity was ranked on a four tier scale, from E: “30 days of constant exposure with no damage. Plastic may even tolerate chemical for years.” to N: “Not recommended for continuous use. Immediate damage may occur such as severe crazing, cracking, or permeation losses.”
The vast majority of hand sanitizers are alcohol based, with the active ingredients usually being some combination of isopropyl alcohol and ethanol at a concentration of 60 to 95%. At room temperature, isopropyl alcohol’s reactivity with acrylic was rated as the 2nd highest level, F, meaning that there was “Some effect after 7 days of constant exposure to the reagent. Solvents may cause softening, and swelling.”, and ethanol received the same rating.
What does this mean for you when you’re using hand sanitizer around your pens? Practically nothing. The samples tested by the lab were continuously exposed to a high concentration of each alcohol for several days, and unless you’re using so much hand sanitizer it’s dripping on the page as you write, the time your pens will spend in contact with the solvents is on the order of seconds each time you sanitize your hands before picking them up. Effects of excessive exposure to reactive solvents include discoloration, swelling, puffiness, softening, or cracking, so it’s still wise to avoid excessive contact between the acrylic of an Eco and any harmful solvents, but the impact of getting a reasonable amount of hand sanitizer on a pen isn’t big enough to worry about.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mother's Day Gift Ideas


I know this is not the way we imagined spending Mother's Day this year, and this might be a sensitive time for some. We hope everyone is doing well and healthy. As a small business we have been working hard with a limited staff in our warehouse, and customer service has been working from home. We’ve been doing our best, and are very appreciative of all the business and support we have been receiving.

This pandemic, however, has not stopped the pen world and the releases for this spring. There’s a lot of new pens featuring pastels and bright, lovely colors that remind me of my own mom.

There are a lot of great options for mom’s this year, and down below we will feature a selection of pens, ink, and paper we think your mom will love. I think this would be an excellent way to show your love to your pen-fanatic moms! Or if your mom has expressed interest in pens, this is a great way to introduce her to the pen community! Definitely a fun, personal, and thoughtful gift.

Don’t forget if you sign up for our newsletter (featured at the bottom of our website on the main page) you can get an extra $5.00 off. We are also giving a red or pink Yak leather pen case with any order over $100 featuring white, pink, red, or purple pens and inks. Please also take into consideration that with current events there may be some shipping delays. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you in store soon! Please check out our Instagram (we do contests!), Facebook, and Youtube page! And if you feel inclined to, another great way to support us, is by leaving us a review on Google! Thank you for the continued support.
1. Waterman Riviera Series ($94.00 - $120.00)




2. Sailor Fairytale Series ($96.00 - $180.00.)

3. Parker Jotter Pastel ($13.00 - $16.50)

4. Lamy Candy Series or pastel? ($16.00 - $29.60)

5. Aurora Ipsilon Seasons - Spring Primavera & Summer Estate ($79.20 - $120.00)



6. Montblanc Marilyn Monroe ($750.00 - $830.00)




7. Taccia Lipstick Ink ($12.00)


8. Bungubox Mother Pink ($50.40)




9. Monteverde sweet life ink set ($72.00)


10. Oberon Journals ($76.00)


11. Write Amethyst  ($12.00)


12. Waterman Allure ($19-$24)


13. Montblanc Bonheur Weekend ($560 - $830). Get it now.



Visit penboutique.com to find more other interesting gifts and attractive offers everyday.


Take Care!

- Amber J.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Taccia Historical Inks & its Importance

Ukiyo-e is a style of Japanese art that was popular from the 17th century through the 19th century. This style of art consisted mostly of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, landscapes, floral paintings, historical scenes, folk tales, and more. This was done through woodblock prints and paintings.

Taccia released its first line of inks in 2018, which featured 13 simple primary colors, and they also released their Lipstick line recently, too. The Ukiyo-e series comes in two sets, each featuring four different colors. The Hokusai series is based on the landscape paintings from the artist Hokusai. The other series is based on the artist Sharaku who is famous for his portrait paintings.

Hokusai inks: Benitsuchi, Koiai, Saibimidori, and Fukakihanada




Benitsuchi, which translates to “Red Soil”, is inspired by the red soil of Mt. Fuji in Hokusai’s painting "Fine Wind, Clear Morning". This color is a rich red with orange undertones.

Kauai, which translates to “Dark Blue”, is inspired by the dark blues in his famous painting "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". This color is a dark indigo shade, which could be a useful blue-black.

Saibimidori, which translates to “Rust Green”, is inspired by the greens in his painting "Barrier Town on the Sumida River". This is a dark green with blue undertones, creating what would be like a dark turquoise. 

Fukakihanada, which translates to something like “It’s a deep flower”, is inspired by the light blues in his painting "Kajikazawa in Kai". This is a lighter blue with dark blue undertones. 


Sharaku inks: Kurocha, Akasakura, Koiame, and Natane




Kurocha, which translates to “black tea”, is inspired by Sharaku’s painting Ōtani Oniji III”. This is deep chocolate or coffee colored ink. 

Akasakura, which translates to “red cherry tree”, is inspired by his painting of "Chikawa Omezo". This is lovely cherry blossom red. 

Koiame, which is dark-yellow brown, is inspired by his painting of "Ichikawa Ebizo IV". This reminds me of a more subtle burnt orange. 

Natane, which translates to “rapeseed”, is inspired by his painting of "Segawa Kikunojo III". This is a bright yellow mustard color. 

Each of these inks come in a beautiful box that represent each artwork it is inspired from, and come in a 40ml glass bottle. I personally love Japanese art, and I think this line of ink is gorgeous and represents the art work well. Depending on the nib size you’re using, and the type of paper you’re using, there are definitely a variety of shades that could be brought out from each ink.



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Friday, March 27, 2020

It seems like distant memory....

Dear Pen Family,                                                                                                                              3/27/2020
Our store is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our support staff is working from home, and although we are shipping with very minimal staff at our warehouse, we have so far been able to keep up with orders. Even I'm in the warehouse packing orders, which brings me back to the days when we were just starting out. Thank you very much for your support during this trying time. We are trying our best to get orders out with our reduced staffing and have so far been able to keep up, but please be patient with us if we fall behind. 
This is a different time, unlike anything we've ever been through. Our home has become an office, a playground for the kids, and a dinner place. Going out to dinner with family and friends, chatting with customers in the store, and celebrating my team's birthdays feels like a distant memory. However, not everything is bad. We cook more, try new recipes, walk outside almost every day, my daughter bakes something new every day, and we have excellent quality time together. I now try to write every day and encourage my kids to use fountain pens in their daily writing. How are you using this "stay at home" time?
Starting today, we'll be putting a surprise gift in every 50th order. If you're the lucky one, be sure to share it on social media and tag us!

Stay positive, be humorous, keep social distancing and WRITE MORE!
Thank you,
sincerely  
Leena
PS: The emailer is late by a day as I was packing yesterday and was tired after the day and needed a break!
At key-west Florida, right after that, the quarantine was in effect. Good times!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Further COVID-19 response.

Dear all,

Amazing! Wow and Thank you! These are the only words I can say for the overwhelming support you have shown after we sent out the email detailing our COVID-19 response. The kind words, offers of support, and orders have been encouraging during these trying times. I could not respond to every reply, but please know that I have read them all and taken them to heart.    
We are still operating in a limited capacity.  Our storefront is closed for now due to the order of the Governor and Howard County government to close non-essential businesses.  We are not taking any engraving orders for now since our engraver is off-site. We have divided our team between working remotely and shipping orders, and only essential personnel are coming to the warehouse to work. We are also not taking any shipments received inside our building and are taking some extreme precautions to minimize the risk. 
I know I always say that we could not have been in business for 15 years without your support, but in times like these, my eyes are filled with tears of joy, thinking that I have such amazing, pen loving customers who will always support us! I know pens are not a top priority right now( Some might look at me with "rolling" eyes :-)), but if you consider pens to gift to someone or for yourself whenever an opportunity arises, it will mean a lot to me and my team. 
Stay positive, be humorous,  maintain the 6 feet distance :-)

Thank you,
sincerely
Leena
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID -19 Response and Store Closure.

Dear All,
Pen Boutique is carefully monitoring all information available regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). First and foremost, we are committed to minimizing the risk of exposure and transmission of this virus to our customers and employees. We will be making some adjustments to our store and online warehouse center procedures. 
We’ve discussed our concerns with team members and some customers, with options up to and including closing the store if needed. The Howard County Government has declared state of emergency and we are closing our store for next 2 weeks. We had great turnaround from our customers on Saturday, and we appreciate that. 
We do, however have the following precautions:
  • Customers coming into the store will have to use hand sanitizer before handling products. We also have the option to wash your hands with soap in the restroom located in our building.
     
  • Employees will wipe the handles of cabinets and also use disinfectant on the counters. We regularly do this, but we will be even more careful and judicious. 
     
  • If you have a cold, cough, fever or other symptoms, please avoid coming to the store. We will still be here when you get better, and we are always available at www.PenBoutique.com or via phone at (410) 992 3272 (Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm). 
     
  • For our warehouse and online operations, we will be restricting visitors for the next 2 weeks. We are also arranging for employees who can work remotely. 
     
  • We are also not having any group meetings, and we will be utilizing a team sharing app to coordinate between our team members remotely. 
     
  • We’ve posted a notice in front of our store explaining the hand sanitizing policy. 
     
Again, this is a developing situation, so things may change. We want to be as transparent as possible and are open to suggestions. 
 
Thank you and stay safe,
 
sincerely
Leena. 
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