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October 2015

October, 2015 iPenBox
"Michigan Fall Colors"


This month we chose the theme "Michigan Fall Colors".  Fall is a beautiful time here in Michigan, where our business is located.  This fall we have had exceptional weather with clear blue skies, brisk mornings and warm afternoons.  The trees are just beginning to turn here and soon the horizon will be full of autumn colors in red, orange and gold.  We love fall and we wanted to share a taste of it with you.  

The ink sample of the month is Diamine Pumpkin. You don't have to go very far in Michigan before you come across a pick-your-own pumpkin field. Every fall we go on a family trip to the pumpkin patch and enjoy taking a hay ride out to the field. 

Each month we'll be featuring 1 fountain pen from around the world. This month is a popular favorite, the Jinhao 599A. Traditionally a demonstrator pen because of the transparent barrel, this pen is well liked for its functionality and smooth writing.  Sleek and modern looking with windows on either side of the barrel allow you to see how much ink is left. If you're new to fountain pens, don't worry - we included a link to our helpful guides for filling your fountain pen and caring for your fountain pen.



Harley Davidson Street Notes by Retro 51

We love notebooks at iPenstore. Get in the Halloween Spirit with this little black skull notebook.  Great size for taking along with you, every page has the Harley Davidson logo. 




 Caran d'Ache 888 Infinite Pen

Swiss made Caran d'ache has a winner with their fun new Infinite Pen. Caran d'Ache is known for using the brightest most vibrant colors. The Infinite pen has a one piece body molded from synthetic resin. The body is the classic Caran d'Ache hexagon shape. Also available in a matching 0.7 mm pencil. Made in Switzerland.



Jinhao 599A Fountain Pen, Transparent Orange

The Jinhao is similar to the Lamy Safari, and we think you will be pleasantly surprised with the functionality and smooth writing that this pen features. Sleek and modern looking with windows on either side of the barrel allow you see to how much ink is left. 

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Diamine Fountain Pen Ink, Pumpkin

In October in Michigan you don't have to drive very far before you come across a field with cheerful orange pumpkins. Just down the road from iPenstore, there is a wonderful farm that sells giant pumpkins every fall!  Diamine fountain pen ink in Pumpkin is just the right orange to set the autumn season. Diamine inks are fast drying water based ink that are non toxic, all natural dyes. Made in the UK.




Pilot Iroshizuku Sky Blue Fountain Pen Ink

The trees may be blazing with orange, gold and red, but the sky is a beautiful clear blue on most fall days here in Michigan.  We thought it was appropriate to also give you a sense of our blue skies with a sample of Pilot's Ama-Iro (Sky Blue) ink.





Rhodia Triangular Shape Linden Wood Pencil

Think Halloween when you use your Rhodia pencil with black Linden wood body, black eraser and smooth writing HB lead. This is not your garden variety pencil. Rhodia graphite is super smooth and very black. Triangular shaped barrel is comfortable to hold and won't roll off your desk or table.



Koh-Noor Magic Pencil, Michigan Fall Color Generator

The colors of the Koh-i-noor Magic pencil reminded us of the change of colors this season here in Michigan so we're calling it a Michigan fall color generator pencil! The magic in this pencil is that it changes color as you draw or color giving a fall color look to sketching. The colors blend nicely and the sharpener that we added fits this pencil.






Koh-I-Noor 2-hole Compact Pencil Sharpener

This sharpener will keep your Koh-I-Noor Michigan fall colors generator sharpened. Also, if you received our September box, you can use this sharpener for your Caran d'Ache Fluo pencil as well!  2 holes - one for standard pencils and one for maxi pencils. (Hold on to this sharpener - you'll need it for future iPenBoxes!)



Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Eraser

We like these erasers because they remove pencil markings to a degree you wouldn't think was possible! The black color eraser always looks clean and doesn't leave messy eraser bits behind. 





Schneider Slider Memo XB Viscoglide Ballpoint Pen

We like this pen because it has an extra broad tip, writes super smooth and dries very fast. Comes in lots of colors and the barrel stripe matches the ink color. 



Pentel EnerGize Deluxe Mechanical Pencil

This is the companion pencil to the Pentel EnerGel Deluxe retractable liquid gel pen you received in last month's iPenBox. EnerGize Deluxe pencil has a sleek and stylish barrel design with stainless steel accents and a soft, latex-free grip. The sliding sleeve feature fully retracts the point to protect pockets and purses.  





Pumpkin Memo Pad

We added this memo pad to keep in the spirit of the month. These 3D notepads have 150 "slices" of pumpkin-shaped paper. We also threw in a bag of candy corn just for fun.



Zebra G-301 Gel Retractable Pen

Stainless steel clip, non-slip grip. Smooth writing dark blue gel, fast ink drying. Great for lefties because the ink won't smudge.  




New to fountain pens?

Some of you may be new to fountain pens, so we thought we'd include a little guide to get you started in using your new fountain pen.  You can click on the picture to the left to take you to a link to read about how to start, clean, and store your pen.  Click on the picture on the right for helpful information on filling your fountain pen.



November iPenBox theme is "Family, Friends and Food"







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