In the two years since Paper for iPad launched, creator FiftyThree has witnessed dozens if not hundreds of styluses compete for the crown of “best stylus.” Today, the company has finally thrown its hat in the ring with Pencil, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stylus for tablets. FiftyThree’s first hardware device ships today in two models: walnut hardwood, for $59.95, and aluminum “graphite,” for $49.95. The walnut model has built-in magnets, like the Applydea Maglus, so you can stick it to an Apple Smart Cover, or to your fridge. Each Pencil also has an “eraser” on its top, so when you flip it over, Paper automatically activates its eraser tool. The device comes with an extra tip and eraser, and also ships with Paper’s full range of digital brushes, like the watercolor brush, which usually retail for $1.99 each (or $6.99 as a pack) inside the app.

Pencil, perhaps, is the first Bluetooth stylus that normal people will love. Unlike with most Bluetooth styluses, pairing Pencil with an iPad doesn’t require you to flip any switches on the device, or make a trip to the Settings app, or press and hold a physical button until it pulses or makes a sound. All you do is press down with Pencil on Paper’s on-screen pairing button for a few seconds. FiftyThree has trademarked the process, which it calls “Kiss to Pair.” Since Pencil has no power switch, it’s always ready to be used.

Thanks to BLE, the device can survive for a month of normal use without a charge, FiftyThree says. When you do need to recharge Pencil, you slide out its inner battery compartment, which is attached to its tip, and plug it into any USB port. If you run out of battery power, Pencil still works like any capacitive stylus but won’t let you take advantage of its most enticing new features: palm rejection and blending. Palm rejection is just what it sounds like. When Pencil is active, you can rest your hand on the iPad’s screen as you draw or write, since Paper won’t register the side of your hand as a stray touch. Some apps have attempted palm rejection with passive (non-electronic) styluses — where the app attempts to differentiate between large and small touches on the screen — but to less successful effect.

On the other hand, since Paper knows you’re using a stylus, it affords FiftyThree a new degree of flexibility when creating new features only accessible using your hands. Blend, the first such feature, lets you smudge and pull on ink with your finger as if it were charcoal on a pad of paper. “Blend gets back to what we originally tried to do with Paper — take creation out of menus and out of UI and put it back into people’s hands, and Pencil extends that quite a bit more,” says Andrew Allen, designer at FiftyThree. “You don’t even need to interact with the tray — you just flip to erase, or use your finger to blend colors.” Pencil was codenamed “Charcoal,” in fact, since the utility of charcoal isn’t just in its chalky, dark characteristics, but in how you can manipulate it on paper with your hands. “When you have a tool, it frees your hand to do the natural things you’d do with your hand” — like smudging or flipping a page, which Paper still allows — says hardware designer John Ikeda. Blend only works while Pencil is active, and that’s the point. “A piece of paper knows the difference between your finger and your pencil,” says Ikeda, and so should the Paper app.