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Writing Supplies Category Guide
Office Allsorts supply a huge range of writing materials for use around the office or home. Our products include ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, fountain pens, fineliner pens, highlighters, permanent markers, and pencils. Within the writing supplies category we also stock our rulers, refill ink, correction media and pencil sharpeners. To help you decide which products to choose we have provided a short guide to each of the key product groups below.
Ballpoint Pens - Dispense ink by rolling a small hard ball onto the paper, the ink becomes dry almost immediately. Ballpoint pens are generally very reliable and inexpensive and are now the most popular pen choice around the world.
Rollerball Pens - Dispense a water based liquid or gel ink through a mechanism similar to a ballpoint pen. The ink absorbs more easily onto paper than oil based ink and this allows a smoother pen movement across the writing surface.
Fountain Pens - Are a nib pen with an internal reservoir of water based liquid ink. The ink is drawn to the paper via a feed in the pen using gravity and a capillary action. Fountain pens require little pressure to apply the ink to the paper.
Fineliner Pens - Generally have a fibre or plastic tip and are best suited for precision work in offices where neat work is carried out.
Highlighter Pens - Come in a wide choice of colours, very often these are fluorescent which means they will glow under a black light. The most common colour for highlighter pens is yellow with pink, blue, green, orange purple also being popular.
Pencils - Are constructed of a narrow solid pigment core with an outer layer that acts as a protective casing. The majority of pencils follow the European grading system where 'H' is for hardness and 'B' is for blackness as well as 'F' for fine point. The most common writing pencil is 'HB'.
Permanent Markers -Are a type of marker pen that, as the name suggests, create a permanent mark on an object. Permanent markers come in a variety of tip sizes from ultra fine to wide and with tip types including chisel point, bullet tip and wide bristle. Our permanent marker range includes top brands such as Edding, Pentel and Sharpie.
Whiteboard Markers - Are another type of marker pen that are used on white boards as the ink is not permanent and can therefore be wiped clean. Also known as drywipe markers our range includes Expo, Nobo, Edding and Biro Bic.
OHP Pens - Are primarily used on overhead projector transparancis although they will work on most glossy surfaces. Available in both permanent or non-permanent ink the top manufacturer is Staedtler.
Flipchart Pens - A strong clue in the name, these pens are designed specifically to work with flipchart pads. They have handy features such as ‘no bleed’ so your lines stay nice and clean and ‘dry safe ink’ which means that you can leave the cap off the pen without it drying out.
Refill Ink - This section includes replacement ink cartridges for ballpoint, rollerball and fountain pens as well as bottled ink.
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