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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • Koh I Noor Pencils - Over 200 Years of Innovation

    Koh I Noor has been one of the leaders of stationary production and innovation for over two centuries. During that time, they have kept up with industry changes and even brought about a few themselves with their incredible designs.

    Koh I Noor Pencils at Executive Pens Direct

    A History of Innovation

    Koh I Noor was founded in Vienna in 1790 by Josef Hardtmuth. Almost from the start, Koh I Noor pencils were a success in the stationary world. When they were taken to a range of exhibitions around the world, they were frequently given prestigious awards. London in 1862, Milan in 1905, and Paris in 1925 were just a few of the exhibitions where Koh I Noor stole the show.

    Growth and Expansion

    As their range of pencils became more and more popular, Koh I Noor decided it was time to expand the business. As part of the expansion, the company decided that they would focus on making stationary for specific purposes – artistry, office work, school work, and hobby crafting. This allowed them to experiment with design elements so they could craft the perfect product for each intended use. This expansion proved to be a great success, with the company going from strength to strength producing other forms of stationary, including chalk, crayons, and watercolours.

    Koh I Noor Pencils

    While they have had a lot of success in many areas, Koh I Noor pencils have remained where their strength truly lies. Now they have started producing a range of mechanical pencils, which are ideal for office and study use. They also have a range of colour pencils which are popular among artists and hobby crafters alike.

    Want to find out more about what Koh I Noor have to offer? Simply click on the link above to have a browse through our range of Koh I Noor pencils.

  • Choosing the right fountain pen, pointers to help you make the right choice

    Making the choice, in this electronic computer-keyboard-driven world, to adopt a time-honoured method of writing with a fountain pen is rather bold. Which pen will most suit your style and personality? The following considerations may make choosing a pen somewhat easier.

    The nib:

    Considered to be most important factor as this is the part of the pen that transfers thoughts, ideas, drawings and plans to paper. The size of the nib has the greatest influence on the look and style of the writing that you produce.

    For practical purposes, nib sizes range from XF (extra fine), F (fine), M (medium), B (broad), S (stubby) and OB (oblique). There are, of course, additional sizes and the fine produced by one brand may equate to medium in another.

    Nib

    Ultimately, it comes down to trying a few different brands out for yourself and finding the one that is the most comfortable and produces a line thickness that appeals to you. If you are the type of writer who likes to tilt the pen when writing, then consider an oblique cut nib, in either left or right, to ensure smooth and skip-free writing.

    Nib Material:

    Nibs are usually made from a variety of materials and alloys and are often the point (no pun intended) of robust debate amongst aficionados. Traditionally iridium has been the tip material of choice, expertly welded to the nib. Nib alloys can include osmium, silver, copper, rhodium, tungsten and platinum.

    Pen Size:

    The general rule of thumb governing pen size is directly proportional to the users hand size, the larger or smaller the hand, the larger or smaller the pen size. Pen thickness also comes into play as some writers find a pen that is too thick to be unwieldy. Similarly, a pen that is too thin can cause a fair amount of hand fatigue. It should also be noted that pen size does not necessarily refer to the capacity of the pen to store ink as this is governed by reservoir type, for example, plunger fillers hold more volume than cartridge or converter pens.

    Personal Aesthetics:

    Finally personal aesthetics play a major part in the decision making process. This refers to the type of material that the pen body is made from as well as the overall visual appeal. While some may say that this is the least relevant consideration, others will argue to the contrary. A beguiling pen can inspire the imagination and get the creative juices flowing in the right direction.

    Ranging from very affordable to exclusively luxurious and expensive, there is a wide choice. Today, the use of ABS plastics create a cheaper range of pens. However, a high class fountain pen can be found in finer, more exotic materials such as gold, sterling silver, platinum, rare woods, animal bone, brass and more.

    Fountain pen and ink

    Unique designs and theme-related pens make a great personal statement. Pens engraved with initials, monograms and special messages also set them apart from the rest.

    With all of these considerations at your disposal, making a decision should be more manageable. With careful thought and some serious deliberation, you should end up with a choice that suits both your needs and personality perfectly!

    To help you along, take a look at our selection of fountain pens here.

  • The Great National Stationery Week Giveaway!

    THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED.

    It is now less than two weeks to go until National Stationery Week and and as a participating retailer we have a special competition to celebrate.

    National Stationery Week

    It's pen related (of course) and everyone can get involved, all you have to do is tell us how many pens are in our enormous pen jar. Easy peasy right?

    You can enter here in the blog comments or over on our Facebook page. Entries must be in by the last day of National Stationery Week, May 1st and our winner will be announced the following week! It's one entry per person and you can check out the rest of the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.

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    As for the prize we suspect the fountain pen lovers out there will be very happy with what is on offer.

    This Diplomat Carisma Fountain Pen has a smooth, matte finish and is a stylish, modern product. It has a Medium-sized nib and is worth £59.99 (RRP), but it could be yours for free if you correctly guess the amount of pens in our jar.

    diplomatcarismaNow all that's left to do is get guessing! Simply leave your guess in the comment section below or over on our Facebook page.

    Terms and Conditions:
    One guess per person
    Competition ends May 1st
    Winner to be announced the following week
    If multiple people guess the correct answer, all of their names will put in to a hat and the winner will be drawn from there

  • The Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Collection is finally here!

    The rumours have been flying round since late last year and the long-awaited Lamy Safari Dark Lilac collection has finally arrived here at Executive Pens Direct!

    Lamy Dark LilacIn this Lamy Safari collection we have a Fountain Pen, Rollerball, Ballpoint and a matching Dark Lilac ink cartridge so your writing can be perfectly paired with the colour of your fountain pen. The pens are a beautiful deep purple shade with a matte finish and they have a black clip giving them a very different look from the traditional Safari.

    The fountain comes with a with a black nib that is available in four sizes: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad and you can buy additional nibs here if you like to chop and change between sizes.

    These Special Edition Lamy Safari's will be going live today so make sure you keep on checking back. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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  • New Brands and Products Added to the Shop

    Readers of the blog will know we recently added Parker's new range of Premiumised Jotters to the site, as well as this we have a new brand to introduce and some other exciting products added to our previous collections.

    Firstly, we now have Faber-Castell Design all set up and ready to buy in the shop. Faber-Castell has a very long and interesting history which can be fully explored here, but in short the company was founded in 1761 in Nuremburg, Germany and is renowned for being the World’s largest pencil manufacturer.

    Faber-Castell Design

    The Faber-Castell business has been in the Faber family for eight generations and produces everything from markers and pencils for professional artists to luxury pens for the demanding consumer.

    The Design collection from Faber-Castell is aimed at satisfying the needs of Faber-Castell's customers and also providing elegant looking writing instruments that are perfect for giving as gifts. The range contains everything you could possibly need in a stationery collection; Fountain Pens, Rollerballs, Ballpoints, Mechanical and Standard Pencils and even Organisers.

    A common theme running through the collection is the use of wood, symbolising Faber-Castell's world-wide core competence. The use of wood is complemented beautifully by lustruous chrome trims and finishes, and it ensures each product is unique because of the natural variation of the wood used.

    Our next new additions are some offerings from Lamy to add to our Safari, Logo and AL-Star ranges. We have this lovely, tidy Lamy Logo Multipen and Notebook set which is perfect for journaling and jotting on the go. The versatile Multipen also gives you the option to use a ballpoint or pencil, whichever suits your needs best.

    Lamy Logo Gift Set

    These are just a few of our favourite new editions and you can get a proper look at them by simply clicking the image. The Al-Star Bluegreen Rollerball, also available as a Fountain Pen, may look familiar to some as it was a Special Edition colour in 2014 but now it is back and here to stay as a regular edition.

    Lamy Al-Star Bluegreen Rollerball Lamy Safari Green Fountain PenLamy Al-Star Black Purple Fountain Pen Lamy Safari Neon Pink Fountain Pen

    To be in the know about all of our new additions make sure you follow the blog, add us on Facebook or join us on Twitter.

     

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