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The Best No-Plastic And Low Plastic Pens And Refills

Pilot S20 Ballpoint Pen

Many people are trying to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their lives, but this can be quite difficult, especially with small, affordable items like pens. While pens and plastic go hand-in-hand, particularly with lower priced pens, there are some choices you can make to reduce the plastic in your writing instruments.

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Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil Guide

Caran d’Ache makes, and has made, a wide array of high quality wood pencils. The line spans from everyday, student pencils, to luxury pencils made of unique types of sustainably sourced wood.

It’s not that easy to differentiate from one pencil to the next, despite the obvious care Caran d’Ache has put into these pencil. This article will try to clear things up a little and make sense out of this wonderful line of pencils.

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Pens, Ink, And The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Form

If you have recently purchased a pen or ink from an international reseller or manufacturer there is a chance that you will be required to fill out a Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Form. This request will come from the shipper, usually Fedex, not the seller or a government agency.

So what do you do when you get this request?

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The Cheapest (Good) Fountain Pen Ink

Pelikan 4001 Ink

Fountain pen ink doesn’t have to be expensive. Today fountain pens might seem like a luxury product, but let’s not forget that not too long ago they were a standard writing tool used everyday by millions of people worldwide. Those people weren’t using luxury inks with delicate undertones, they were using dependable, affordable fountain pen ink.

Don’t let the marketing hype fool you… those great, cheap inks still exist.

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The Best Gel Pens of 2022

Pentel Energel

There are few writing experiences that are more satisfying than a great gel pen. The right gel pen is buttery smooth, has color that really pops, and is a pleasure to write with on nearly any paper. Gel pens are truly one of the best and most versatile ways to write.

But there are many gel pens sold today. While there aren’t many truly bad gel pens left, a few stand out from the rest. We’ve tested dozens of gel pens, and these are our favorites.

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Fountain Pen Cartridge Guide

In theory, using a fountain pen cartridges should be easy — you insert one into your pen and you start writing. In practice, they are rather confusing. Some cartridges only work on one brand of pen, some work on lots of pens… and they all look alike! Cartridges are rarely labeled well and the downside of messing up a cartridge installation can be a broken pen (bad) or a leaky cartridge (often worse).

This guide will answer most common fountain pen cartridge questions as well help you visually identify which cartridge is which.

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