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  • Our Top 9 Most Expensive Pens

    We've rounded up nine of the most expensive pens we have at Executive Pens Direct - all of these pens have a price tag of £2000 and more... take a guess at the highest value pen and check if you're right!

    They may feature a hefty price tag, but these beautiful pens are the ultimate match of craftsmanship, premium materials and impeccable designs. Without further ado, here are our top nine:

    9. Visconti - Medina Silver Vermeil Rollerball Pen - £2,300

    Visconti - Medina Silver Vermeil Rollerball Pen Visconti - Medina Silver Vermeil Rollerball Pen

    8. Visconti - Mecca Silver Rollerball Pen - £2,300


    Visconti - Mecca Silver Rollerball Pen Visconti - Mecca Silver Rollerball Pen

    7. Limited Edition Montegrappa UEFA Champions League Football Pen - £2330

    Limited Edition Montegrappa UEFA Champions League Football Pen Limited Edition Montegrappa UEFA Champions League Football Pen

    6. Parker Duofold 2018 Limited Edition - The Craft of Travelling Fountain Pen - £2420

    Parker Duofold 2018 Limited Edition - The Craft of Travelling Fountain Pen Parker Duofold 2018 Limited Edition - The Craft of Travelling Fountain Pen

    5. Montegrappa Thoth Sterling Silver Fountain Pen - £2880

    Montegrappa Thoth Sterling Silver Fountain Pen Montegrappa Thoth Sterling Silver Fountain Pen

    4. Montegrappa Pirates Cult Limited Edition - £3250

    Montegrappa Pirates Cult Limited Edition - Fountain Pen or Rollerball Pen


    3. Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Limited Edition Sterling Silver Rollerball Pen - £4000

    Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Sterling Silver Pen - Limited Edition Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Sterling Silver Pen - Limited Edition
    Visconti Limited Edition The Falconier Fountain Pen Visconti Limited Edition The Falconier Fountain Pen


    Did you guess correctly for the final pen on the list....

    1. Limited Edition Montegrappa Gold Cigar Rollerball Pen - £14,850

    Limited Edition Montegrappa Gold Cigar Rollerball Pen Limited Edition Montegrappa Gold Cigar Rollerball Pen

    These are just based on what we have in stock currently too - did you expect to see these prices? Did you guess how much the most expensive pen we have cost? Let us know in the comments!

  • 18 Inspiring & Motivational Quotes for Your Bullet Journal

    We love a good motivational quote and think these 18 motivational quotes for bullet journals are perfect for your next layout


    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. ~ Zig Ziglar

    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

    Zig Ziglar


    Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. ~ William Durant

    Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it

    William Durant


    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


    The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~ Jimmy Johnson

    The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

    Jimmy Johnson


    Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford

    Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.

    Robert Collier


    Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford

    Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

    Henry Ford


    It always seems impossible until it’s done. –Nelson Mandela

    It always seems impossible until it’s done.

    Nelson Mandela


    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Lao Tzu


    Goals are dreams with deadlines. ― Diana Scharf

    Goals are dreams with deadlines.

    Diana Scharf


    Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.” — Dennis DeYoung

    Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.

    Dennis DeYoung


    One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” — Karen Casey

    One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.

    Karen Casey


    “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

    Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

    John Wooden


    Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

    Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

    Jim Rohn


    Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

    Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

    Theodore Roosevelt


    Success is a consequence and must not be a goal. ~ Gustave Flaubert

    Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.

    Gustave Flaubert


    who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today - tim fargo

    Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today

    Tim Fargo


    Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do - Brian Tracy

    Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do

    Brian Tracy


    nothing will work unless you do

    Nothing will work unless you do

    Maya Angelou


    We hope these examples have given you some inspiration for the next quote to add into your bullet journal to give you that extra little bit of motivation.

    Here at Executive Pens Direct, we have a wide range of leather journals perfect for bullet journalling - we also do custom leather journals engraved with a personal message or name to make your journal really unique. Take a look at our top Bullet Journal picks below;

    Purple Leather Wrap Journal


  • Say Hello To Robert Oster Signature Inks, All The Way From Australia

    We are always on the lookout for new products to add to our site and after looking to increase the range of inks we have on offer, we are thrilled to announce that we are now a stockist of Robert Oster Signature Inks.

    Robert Oster has a HUGE range of inks on offer and they are all produced and handmade in Australia by Rob and his team, with the contents and packaging both being nature friendly.

    In the standard Signature Ink range you can find over 72(!) different colours in our shop and they are all inspired by the idyllic Coonawarra region of Australia, an area mostly known for its wine production.

    We did a few swatches with a variety of colours and found the inks to be very vibrant and they flowed through the pen very easily. These standard colours are suitable for all fountain pens so great for those who worry about using new inks in their favourite or most treasured pens.

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    Some of Robert Oster's inks actually hide a little secret which can only be seen when used on particular types of paper. One of these inks is the very popular Fire & Ice which you can see below. This ink is a turquoise shade but shows with metallic maroon tints on certain paper types.

    Rober Oster Fire and Ice Ink

    For those with dip pens or broad, stub or flex nib fountain pens, Rob also has some shimmering inks in his Shake'N'Shimmy ink collection. He recommends NOT using this in any expensive, vintage or treasured fountain pens and we would suggest only using them in pens that can be easily flushed and have a broad or larger nib. These would be perfect for using with dip pens for some gorgeously, glittery calligraphy.

    Robert Oster Shimmer Ink

    Rose Gilt Tynte is the newest ink to the range and we are currently the only UK stockist so get it quick! This is also the only 'Rose Gold' inspired ink on the market at the moment and it looks like it would be wonderful to use with its highlights of gold, silver and pink.

    The Barossa 2 Pack contains two 15ml bottles with both colours inspired by the grapes used to make the wine in the famous Coonawarra region of Australia. Schwarz Rose is also a 15ml bottle and it is a greyish ink with pink glitter tints.

    You can shop the whole Robert Oster Signature Inks range here.

    Thanks for reading!


    The Executive Pens Direct Team

  • It's International Correspondence Writing Month

    February is International Correspondence Writing Month, also known as InCoWriMo - the concept is this “send a handwritten letter, card or note to someone every day for the month of February. It doesn’t have to be a novel or even news, it’s entirely up to you what you write.”

    Even if you don't think you'd be able to stick to writing a letter every day, we love the idea of putting more time into writing. Putting pen to paper and physically posting or sending a letter somewhere feels much more personal when you sit down and let the words flow out. We wanted to share some of our favourite posts on this writing challenge and letter writing in general.

    Jemma from wrote an ode to the lost art of letter writing and we felt it really hits the nail on the head - there's nothing quite so special than receiving a letter, especially in this digital age of social media, quick texts and short communication.

    Image of Calligraphy Dip Pen Set with Envelopes Photo by Jemma at

    Willow from The Gratitude Journal has written a post about InCoWriMo and we absolutely loved her focus on being thankful

    When I think about the kinds of things I'd go to such lengths to say, "thank you" is the first that comes to mind.

    We love the focus on saying Thank You. Remember back to the last time you genuinely thanked someone - it's longer than you'd like, right? Willow has a few words of wisdom for those thinking about picking up a pen for Correspondance Month.

    Keep in mind these letters don't have to be lengthy or grand. They can be short, cute, silly, or anything you want them to be. What matters is that you write, and give, and (hopefully) make someone's day in the process.

    Check out her post for some great ideas of who you can write to.

    Lady Writes on paper with a fountain pen Photo by Willow at TheGratitudeLog

    We also come up with some ideas and prompts for you;

    Our Top Ten Ideas for InCoWriMo;

    1. Write to an old friend and share your favourite memory of you both together
    2. Write a postcard to someone from - a worldwide postcard sharing site
    3. Write a quick appreciation note to your favourite person
    4. Buy a postcard from your city and send it to someone who moved away detailing exciting new things in the local area
    5. Send a 'positivity pack' with some stickers and pop uplifting handwritten quotes inside to a friend
    6. Pick up a fountain pen and send a pen pal letter to someone from the Fountain Pen Pals Reddit group
    7. Write a note to a co-worker to say thanks for something they did for you recently
    8. Send a birthday card to a friend and pop in a letter letting them know why they're awesome
    9. A letter of appreciation to the owner or assistant at your favourite shop
    10. Spread some love through More Love Letters and leave an anonymous letter for someone to find

    10 Letter Writing PromptsIf you're looking for some writing supplies to begin your letter writing journey, now is the time! Get 15% off with code CAL15 on all products within our Calligraphy range and it's subcategories

    Calligraphy Sets

  • The Parker Duofold 2018 Limited Edition 'The Craft Of Travelling' Fountain Pen - Designed In Homage To George S. Parker

    Since 1888 Parker have been creating writing instruments that demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship and innovation and for this 130th Anniversary in 2018, they have created a stunning, Parker limited edition fountain pen.

    Created in homage to founder George S. Parker, the eye-catching pen is limited to 1,300 pieces and encompasses the passion that Parker had to travel and explore the world.

    Frequently beginning his journey by crossing the Atlantic to Europe, Parker then moved continuously towards to the Far East where he often found inspiration in China and Japan. He commonly travelled to China where he purchased traditional iron paintings in Wuhu, in the Anhui province. In Japan in the 1920s his imagination and creativity took a vase he found and gave birth to the Mandarin Yellow Duofold colorway, a pen which was recreated in 2013 for Parker’s 125th anniversary.

    The influence of travel on Parker's designs are clear to see and so the aptly named Duofold The Craft of Travelling fountain pen is the perfect way to celebrate this special anniversary.

    Limited Edition Duofold, The Craft of Travelling

    Parker Pen Limited Edition, Parker Duofold Fountain Pen

    Every detail hints towards his passion for travelling, from the bi-colour nib that features an image of a compass to the pen box that replicates a vintage suitcase, complete with PU tag that shows Parker's initials based on his signature.

    The striking blue and gold pen has a brass body with a deep, sea-blue varnish and lasered gold-line detailed map, solid gold 18-karat nib, gold-plated details with a 3 µ minimum and to top it off a 2 ct Lapis Lazuli Jewel that represents the seas that George S. Parker so often travelled. The semi-precious Lapis Lazuli stone has been delicately selected by the pen maker and so each one will be unique in design meaning every pen is different from the next in one small way.

    Up on the pen cap we also find the engraving "Parker 130 Years Around The World", a small sentence in honour of Parker's pioneer vision to travel the world. The 22 components of this unique writing instrument are all manually assembled in Nantes, France.

    To house and display this new addition to Parkers limited edition fountain pens, we need an equally stunning box that captures the essence of the pen.

    Designed to look like a vintage suitcase, this royal blue box is accented by silver details and PU latches and luggage tag. The map found in the lid highlights all of the cities visited by Parker and the box comes complete with a holder to store the treasured item and an ink bottle with dedicated label. The top of the box also bears the linished Parker logo to finish off this Parker Duofold pen.

    Limited to only 1300 pieces, this pen has an RRP of £2600 and would be a wonderful addition to a special pen collection whether you have a love for Parker writing instruments or a passion for travelling, just like George S. Parker.

    Parker Limited Edition Fountain Pens

    To enquire about this item please give our friendly team an email at or call us on 0203 371 0226.



  • Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February

    Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February

    Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February

    Through laughs and smiles, tears and frowns, right through life’s ups and downs friends help make us the people we are.

    Each of us has different types of friends, some as close as family and some although more distant or fleeting still shape our lives each any every day. From the girlfriend you have grown up with since you were twirling like ballerinas and making daisy chains to the friendly guy down the pub you chat with whenever you meet.

    In this digital age we are more accustomed to sending a text to congratulate a friend’s engagement or dropping an email to your colleague to say well done for your promotion. 100, heck even 50 years ago a handwritten card was common place. From thank you cards to love letters from your betrothed everything was hand written and preserved in time creating precious memories for years to come. The only thing our generation are used to receiving through the mail is bills, adverts and if you’re lucky a birthday card once a year. This writing apocalypse does not have to continue! Image the joy on your best friends face upon opening a hand written card from you letting her know exactly how much they mean to you.

    Let’s put down the phone, ditch the iPads and let someone close to you know just how much they mean to you.

    Crafty Ideas

    You don't have to be the Mary Berry of the handy craft world to send your friend something they can treasure. Just head down to your local card shop and see what you can pick up. Or if you are feeling crafty why not create a card including a collage of your favourite photos of the two of you or get out a sharpie and just start doodling.

    To celebrate this happy day we are offering a 15% discount on all of our calligraphy and correspondence sets. Simply head over to this section of our website and use the discount code CAL15 at the checkout for 15% off any item in this category.

    Struggling with the sentiment, here are some of our favourite quotes about friendship.


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    Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February Send a Card to a Friend Day 2018 | 7th February
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  • 19 Inspiring Quotes About Pens & Writing

    We love a good quote, especially if it's related to pens - we've put together a list of nineteen inspiring quotes about pens and writing to hopefully give you a little bit of pen-spiriation.

    1. "The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs it's swiftness"

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    2. "The pen is the tongue of the mind"

    3. "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write"

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    4. "Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted"

    5. "How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream"

    6. "Writing is the painting of the voice"

    7. "One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world"

    8. "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers"

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    9. "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way"

    10. "The power of the pen is not in the colour of ink it spills; but the power of the word it spells"

    11. "A pen transmits the voice of the soul"

    12. "Never let anyone use your toothbrush or your pen"

    13. "The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with"

    14. "The pen and the written word hold a great deal of power"

    15. "If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking"

    16. "I'm not happy unless I have a pen in my hand, it's really that simple"

    17. "The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp"

    18. "None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try"

    19. "I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my inkpot"

    I dip my pen in the blackest ink

    If you've felt inspired by these quotes, you could pair one of our personalised pens with one of these quotes on the gift to really please that pen lover in your life.

    We have a selection of Parker IM pens available to engrave, which are one of our most popular personalised Parker pen ranges which make a fantastic gift, with Parker being such a ubiquitous brand.

    Engraved Parker Pens

    Or how about our putting a quote on this personalised silver pen, which is great value at just £7.49

    Personalised Silver Pen

    View our full range of personalised pens

  • A Guide To Monteverde Pens

    What Are Monteverde Pens?

    A division of the YAFA pen company, Monteverde pens were established 36 years ago in America, where they quickly became an established name due to their high quality and elegance.

    YAFA logo

    An industry leader in creative and innovative writing implements, YAFA is well known for being one of the world’s leading sources for fine writing instruments and launched Monteverde as a platform for innovative new ways of getting peoples’ ideas from pen to paper.

    Monteverde USA Logo

    They offer a wide range of colours, and target their price points to embrace a broad spectrum of consumers, as well as more selective aficionados of fine writing implements.

    Where Are Monteverde Pens Made?

    Materials that go into the creation of the pens come from suppliers located throughout Europe to ensure that the finest resins, celluloids and carbon fibres are sourced, before the construction takes place. The pens are hand crafted, meaning that individuality is ensured, and their instantly recognisable barrel designs have achieved worldwide recognition.

    What Types Of Pen Do Monteverde Make?

    Ballpoint, fountain, rollerball and pencil types are all covered within the Monteverde brand, with various shapes and styles across all versions. Different materials are also used, which include wood, carbon fibre and shell.

    Monteverde Pen Refills

    Refills are available for ballpoint and rollerball variations of the pen, as well as an array of ink and cartridges to cover fountain pens. Monteverde utilize ITF Ink Treatment, a European formula which improves ink flow quality while lubricating and protecting ink feeding systems.

    This results in the pen being less susceptible to corrosion and clogging, as well as improving ink drying time on paper, and maximising cap-off time. Inks are available in a vast array of colours, spread across the spectrum.

    Converters are also available, which allow use of bottled ink in pens designed to take cartridges, offering more choice to the consumer.

    Why Choose Monteverde?

    As hand written communication increasingly becomes a rarity, use of a luxury pen can help to cultivate and enhance a love of the written world. Monteverde pens offer this, providing their users with true comfort and style, alongside a smooth writing experience. Their range is diverse and varied, and offers styles, colours and patterns to suit all tastes.

  • How Does A Fountain Pen Work?

    When writing with a fountain pen, ink is pulled down the nib’s centre, which is split in two, by what is known as capillary action. Natural gravity also plays a part, as does air entering the pen via the slit in the nib, which fills the ink storage as it empties. Alongside the technical aspects of course, there are many other things worth knowing before purchasing a fountain pen.

    How do you hold a fountain pen?

    Taking the upper end of the pen between the thumb and index finger, then moving it down towards the end of the finger to where it feels comfortable may require a small amount of trial and error, but it should be obvious when it feels satisfactory. When this has been done, the hand should be used to lightly press against the paper, to a level and pressure that again feels natural. The barrel of the pen should rest somewhere on the middle finger, to give a solid base. Whereabouts on the finger varies from person to person, but it is important to remember that the thumb and index finger should be the guide, with the middle finger simply a base support. Keeping the pen at an angle of somewhere between 40 and 55 degrees should provide the best results and help ink flow.

    How do you put ink in a fountain pen?

    There are various methods of filling a fountain pen, with the simplest being cartridge insertion, which involves little more than pushing the suitable refill into place firmly. Inserting a converter works in a similar manner, but then requires the user to place the nib into the ink bottle. Twisting the converter counter-clockwise removes the air, while clockwise should suck the ink in.

    For pens not using a converter the process is the same, but with a metal bar or crescent on the main shaft pressed and released to draw the ink from the bottle. It is always useful to keep a cloth or piece of blotting paper to hand during the process to remove any excess ink that may be generated.

    How do you get the ink to flow in a fountain pen?

    Depending on the pen being used, issues around ink flow can vary. Most pens will experience little problem in bringing the ink straight to the nib, however struggles can sometimes arise in new equipment.

    Things to check for include making sure the cartridge is fully and correctly inserted, and that there are no faults with the nib itself. Keeping the pen vertical while tapping it can often help the ink flow, as will pushing the nib down firmly onto paper a number of times or running it under gently running warm water.

    Fountain pen vs. ballpoint pen​

    There is much debate over whether a fountain or ballpoint pen is superior, with a large amount of personal opinion forming the basis of many arguments on both sides. Ballpoints are often praised for their convenience and ease of use, as well as their reliability. Fountain pens offer the writer a higher level of penmanship, and are viewed highly for the style and classicism in which they present the users handwriting.

    Criticism is sometimes levelled at them however for what is deemed as ‘high maintenance’ levels of cleaning and refilling. The propensity for them to leak is also larger than their ballpoint counterparts. Ballpoint pens are usually heavier, so are more suited to writing brief notes and small amounts, with fountain pens praised for their light and comfortable nature. As both pens can be said to perform their own functions, and come into their own in different areas of use, to many people they complement each other perfectly rather than being rivals.

  • Win With Get Crafty Tuesday | National Stationery Week

    Day 2 of our NSW celebrations and we have a super bundle ready to be won, chock full of goodies to help you get crafty.

    In this bundle you will find:

    1x 5.6mm Mechanical Clutch Pencil in Navy
    1x Set of 6 Mechanical Diamond Drawing Pencils with Coloured Leads
    1x Soft Eraser
    1x Pack of Gioconda 5.6mm leads in 4B
    1x Pack of 13 Magic Pencils

    All of these products are from Koh-I-Noor and to win them all you have to do is answer a very simple question!


    All we want to know is, Where is Koh-I-Noor based?

    Leave your answers below for a chance to win!

    Competition ends Midnight 25/04/2017

  • How To Clean And Care For Your Fountain Pen

    When purchasing and using a fountain pen it is important to consider the time and care that need to be put into your pen so it maintains its condition and writing ability.

    As standard a fountain pen used regularly should be thoroughly cleaned or "flushed" at least 4 times a year and more frequently than this if used less often to prevent the ink drying and clogging up the pens inner-mechanisms.

    In this blog we will outline how to do a basic clean and how to fully flush your fountain pen. A basic clean is ideal for those who are planning on using the same ink in their fountain pen and find that their pen is writing well with no skipping or clogging.

    The Basic Clean

    1. Disassemble your pen by removing the cap and screwing apart the nib or grip section from the pen body.


    If using an ink cartridge or converter, remove this also. A piece of tape can be used to cover the opening to either if you want to save the remaining ink.

    2. Turn your tap on to run cold or cool water and hold the nib section under the flowing water to remove any excess ink.

    Make sure not to use hot or warm water as the heat could warp or damage parts of the pen.

    3. Fill a glass with some cool water and place the nib section in to soak; the water should be replaced every time it becomes saturated with ink. Keep repeating this step until the water remains clear for an hour.

    Fountain pens that haven't been cleaned for a prolonged period of time or have been filled with stubborn ink may take longer to become clean during this step.

    4. Remove the water and place some kitchen roll or soft cloth at the bottom of the glass before placing the bottom part of the pen into the cup with the nib pointing downwards. The tissue will draw out any remaining ink or moisture.

    Ideally the pen should be left to dry overnight or for 24 hours.

    5. Once dry simply reassemble your pen and replace your ink cartridge or converter and you are ready to write again!

    Full Fountain Pen Flush

    We recommend flushing your fountain pen for a more thorough clean and when changing inks or having any issues when writing with your pen e.g. skipping or clogging.

    The steps below are for flushing a fountain pen that has a built-in filling system or is using converter.

    1.  Disassemble the pen and follow steps 1 and 2 of the basic clean method.

    2. Fill a glass with water and submerge the open end of the barrel or converter, then fill and empty the ink chamber until clean replacing the water when it becomes saturated with ink.

    3. Reattach the converter or barrel section to the nib and place in a glass of clean water.

    4. Use the filling system to draw and flush water in and out of your pen, repeating until the water coming out is clean. Change the water in the glass when it becomes saturated.

    5. Leave the pen to soak in clean water for a few hours in order to remove any stubborn ink stains.

    6. Follow steps 4 and 5 of the basic cleaning method and your pen is then fully cleaned and ready to go until next time.

    Tips & Tricks

    • When first receiving your fountain pen if it seems to skip or jump then a quick flush through with some water should resolve the issue. It is often the case that manufacturers will factory test a pen and some ink residue may have been left behind. Lamy is a common example but it is often more expensive, luxury brands that may do this.
    • For stubborn ink stains and residue that won't budge you could invest in some fountain pen flush to help shift them. We stock Monteverde's 8 oz. bottle of flush.

    Monteverde Fountain Pen Flush

    Useful links:

    Advice from Parker on cleaning, care and other fountain pen FAQ'S

    This JetPen post explores advanced cleaning techniques for those wanting to find out how to completely disassemble their pen.

  • Results of Our Father's Day Competition - My Dad is Great Because...

    Thanks to everyone for getting involved in our Father's Day competition, we had some great entries from humerous ones to heart felt ones. We were definitely feeling the love for our Dads here in the Executive Pens Direct office.

    Since we had so many worthy winners to choose from we have added our top ten to a hat and  we have decided to pick one runner-up as well as an overall winner. Here are the entries of our runner-up and our final winner.

    Our runner-up is Deborah Swain with her entry below

    Dad's a natural 'ruler', strong, reliable, certainly 'measures' up for the best dad in the world!..A 'write' character too! Always in high 'spirits', 'levels' us all, keeping all our feet on the ground! Sometimes 'pen'sive, always 'constructing' positivity wherever he goes!!.. Love you Dad!! xxxxx

    The Winner of the Troika Yellow Construction Pen...

    Lydia Frew with her entry below

    He makes me laugh
    When I want to cry
    He explains the world
    When I don’t know why
    Always there with sage advice
    Patient when I need telling twice
    He’s a football crazy, golfing Dad
    But the best one I could ever have.


    Troika construction pen Thanks again for all our your entries, we loved reading them and we hope you enjoy the finalists entries as much as we did. Keep your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about our offers and competitions.


  • Papermate Pens – Revolutionary and Professional

    Over the years, Papermate has become known as one of the most recognisable brands in the stationary industry. Their inventive designs and often revolutionary developments have made them a true industry leader. Given their latest range of Papermate pens, it seems likely that they will continue to lead the way and grow from strength to strength over the coming years.

    Papermate Pens At Executive Pens Direct

    Papermate Pens

    Papermate has been revolutionising the pen industry on a regular basis for nearly 70 years. It all started in 1949 when Papermate introduced instant-drying ink to the world. Considering that this was a completely new invention, it inevitably took the world by storm. While many companies would have settled for this single piece innovation, Papermate did not give up. They continue to experiment with designs and push boundaries to try and make writing a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why every new release from Papermate feels fresh and original.

    What makes Papermate such a successful brand is their ability to design pens for anyone. For every range of pens designed for use in schools, they have a selection for crafters, designers, and professionals. Regardless of what kind of pens you are looking for, Papermate leads the way in almost every aspect of the pen industry.

    Continued Innovation

    Papermate has continued to release an impressive range of pens, all of which have provided some level of innovation for the industry. Even the Papermate Inkjoy, which is their most recent release, has an innovative design based around the use of low viscosity ink. This means that you are able to remain comfortable for longer while completing smooth and neat writing.

    Want to see what else Papermate have on offer? We are proud to stock some of the most impressive models Papermate have ever produced. So take a look at the Papermate pens selection we have on offer to find the perfect pen for you!

  • 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.


    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 Executive Pens Direct Easter Egg Hunt

    We are getting ready for Easter here at Executive Pens Direct HQ and to treat all of our lovely customers we are running an Easter competition full of great discounts!


    Every order placed from today until the 28th March will receive an Easter egg with their parcel which entitles them to either 5%, 10% or 15% off. As well as this, three lucky folk will receive a GOLDEN egg that gives them 25% on the site!

    As they say you've go to be in it to win it.

    If you need a little Easter Gift-spiration why not check out the categories below.


    Terms and Conditions:
    One use per customer
    No minimum order
    Up to a max of £1000
    Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers
    Discount code must be used before May 21st 2016
    For more info see our full terms and conditions

  • The Art of Colouring In: A review of Berol pens

    A household name in the stationary world, Berol pens are the ones we remember using at school and wishing we had at home, but when tested against each other which of the Berol colouring pens comes up trumps?

    We got together four different types of Berol pens and did a little colouring in to find out.

    The competitors were Berol Colourbrush, Colourfine, Hand Huggers and Colourbroad and first up to the test were the Colourbrush pens.

    These pens are designed with a brush style fibre tip, similar to that of an artists' paint brush so that fine lines can be achieved when using the tip but when used at an acute angle a much broader line is produced. The line width on the Colourbrush pens is 1.5mm making it bigger than the Colourfine pens but smaller than the Hand Huggers and Colourbroads.

    Berol ColourbrushWhen using these pens we found you have to be gentle when wanting detailed lines and slightly firmer for a thicker block of colour where more colouring in is required. This makes the Colourbrush quite versatile and economic as you can achieve both detail and general colouring with just one pen.

    Berol ColourfineFor more detailed colouring and writing the Berol weapon of choice would often be the Colourfine pens. These were great for controlled colouring such as trying to stay within the lines but also effective for larger areas of colouring despite some initial doubts. Colouring more substantial areas does take longer with the Colourfine pens but it does generally look very neat and there aren't many white gaps showing through the ink.

    Next up in our test were the Hand Huggers which are designed with young children learning to colour and write in mind. These are also available as pencils and have an ergonomic shape to encourage the correct grip when writing and drawing as well as reducing any hand strain. The Hand Huggers have a line width of 1.7mm just like the Colourbroad pens so the colouring experience with both was quite similar, the only difference being less hand strain when using the Hand Huggers.

    Berol Hand HuggersMoving on to the Colourbroads, these quickly coloured in larger areas on the page but it was quite difficult trying to fill in smaller, more detailed parts of the picture and trying not to go out of the lines often resulted in white gaps on the page. One thing we did find interesting about the Colourbroads was that the ink can be worked with a wet brush in order to create a subtle wash of colour.

    Berol ColourbroadOverall, the Berol pens we found best value for money and easiest to use are the Colourbrush and Colourfine pens. The Colourbrushes as they allow variety in creating thin and thick lines and the Colourfines as they allow for detailed colouring and provide a more opaque ink coverage on the page. Next would be the Hand Huggers which only exceed the Colourbroads because of how comfortable they are to hold, making them ideal for longer colouring sessions. Finally are the Colourbroads which are great for colouring, but we would recommend them for large colouring tasks or poster making as their thick line width is great for making words stand out. A larger colouring area would also allow you to fully embrace the technique of using them with a wet brush to create more subtle areas of colour.

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    All of these Berol pens contain washable ink which will wash out of most fabrics and the Colourbroads, Colourfines and Colourbrushes can all be left uncapped for up to 14 days without drying out, making them perfect for at school and at home.

  • Perfect Mother's Day Pens

    When your mother has all the stunning accessories for her designer outfits, she needs only one more item. A fabulous designer pen this Mother's Day!

    Tapping away on your mobile or laptop is fine, but nothing beats a real classic writing instrument. Serious business reports, your personal journal, doodling around on a cold day in front of the fire, a special invitation, all get taken to the next level with a high-class designer pen.

    Forget those images of school days with grubby and leaky ink pens staining your fingers and clothes. Our exclusive range of pens offers writing instruments of exceptional quality with precision engineering, fabulous designs and eye-catching colours.

     Choose your style of writing tip, we offer rollerball, fountain pen or ballpoint. Do you enjoy the feeling of a click on a ballpoint before you sign that huge deal? Perhaps a vintage ink pot and fountain nib is your unique characteristic. The luxurious smooth flow of a rollerball may enthral! Mix and match to suit your mood.

     Our range includes a selection of beautiful ladies pens, crafted slimmer for a smaller hand and perfect for slipping into a gorgeous handbag or purse.

     Be bright and fun during the day with an iconic Parker Jotter Pen. Offering a combination of hot pink and stainless steel, it is sure to uplift your mood. We can engrave this pen with your personal initials, name or nickname in a stylish font of your choice.Parker Pink JotterFor a night on the town, nothing less than Swarovski Crystals will do. Our Laban Swarovski Slim Line Crystal Ballpoint is elegant and exquisitely designed. Crafted from 925 sterling silver, it features a clip smothered with inlaid crystals. It is thoughtfully designed too, for beautifully balanced handwriting.

    Laban Swarovski For something to go with your little black number, take a peek at our ultra slim and ultra attractive, Ohto Ceramic Fine Slim Black Rollerball Pen. Ohto is a world renowned brand name, exuding class and charisma due to the Japanese culture of perfection and attention to the smallest detail. This model features fabulous sleek cap/barrel joints and offers a ceramic ball for impossibly smooth writing. Take it out of your purse during dinner to note down a scrumptious dessert recipe, you are sure to raise a few eyebrows.

     If gold mesmerises you, consider another option in our Ohto collection. The Ohto Slimline Gold Ballpoint Pen is resplendent in old gold, lightweight at only 8.8g and easy to use with an extra fine tip.

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     If you are looking for a gift for a special lady, most of our classy pens come packaged in equally classy gift boxes. They can also be engraved adding that extra special touch!

     Browse through our selection of pens and you are certain to find that special one waiting for you.

  • Get ready to draw and donate this National Doodle Day

    Something we do while on the phone or in a meeting, doodling is often overlooked as a childish action rather than something productive that can harness our creativity and focus.


    The truth according to Sunni Brown however is that doodling "opens us up to greater insights, better information retention and higher levels of concentration, getting us closer to those coveted “a-ha” moments". Doodling helps us unclutter our minds leaving plenty of room for all of the important information we need to take in at that particular moment.

    As well as all of these benefits, we can doodle to raise awareness and help people suffering from epilepsy with National Doodle Day on Friday 5th February.doodle-day_logoOrganised by Epilepsy Action, the aim of National Doodle Day is to get everyone doodling and donating to help the people and families who are affected. The Doodle Day website says that by doing so, your support will ensure that the 600,000 people living with epilepsy have access to specialist advice, quality healthcare and can live free of stigma, prejudice and discrimination.

    To help you get doodling we've put together some of our doodle essentials, simply click the image the see the products in full.

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    Plenty of celebrities also get involved with the event and there is even an auction between 5-7th February to buy your favourite celebrities doodle. You can check out all of the celebrity doodles here.

    To find out and more about National Doodle Day and to to donate check out this page.



  • Get Writing With InCoWriMo

    If you are a keen writer or pen enthusiast then you may have heard of National Journal Writing Month and even National Novel Writing Month but, have you come across InCoWriMo?

    International Correspondence Writing Month is basically what it says on the tin, a whole month of corresponding with people via letters, postcards, notes or cards and of course everything must be handwritten.

    Whether you send a note to a friend, grandparent or even a stranger, the aim is to send out some form of correspondence every day in February and since this year is a Leap Year that means 29 hand-written items of post should have been sent out by you at the end of February.


    Think you can take on the challenge?

    The people at InCoWriMo have compiled a lovely list of correspondents that they are sure would love to receive your letters and you can check that out here. If you are struggling to think of enough people to fill up all 29 days then why not try browsing the comment sections on the InCoWriMo site? There are scores of people looking for people to send letters to and to receive letters from.

    You don't even have to post your letter, you can deliver it by hand or if it's for a stranger simply leave it at a cafe or on the bus as a pleasant surprise for whoever picks it up. Why not take inspiration from More Love Letters? The story behind this movement is refreshing as it recognises that everyone needs a little TLC sometimes and there are plenty of strangers in the world with plenty of love to share.


    Last January there were 631 known participants of InCoWriMo so who knows what the number is now a year on, but let's hope it has grown and more people around the world are corresponding with each other. You can see where all of these participants are from on this selection of interactive maps.

    To recap, this month is all about getting back to the tradition of writing by hand and what a rewarding way to do so. Your letters could make someones day and you could even end up with a pen pal for life. The opportunities are endless and the InCoWriMo cause is definitely something everyone should get behind if they have a little time to spare each day. If you miss a day simply write an extra letter for that missed day and don't forget to plan your letter recipients so you aren't scrabbling about looking for addresses each day.

    So dig out your favourite pen and your best stationery and get writing this InCoWriMo!


  • National Handwriting Day and the Importance of Writing

    This January 23rd writing enthusiasts worldwide will be celebrating National Handwriting Day and appreciating the noble tool that is the pen.

    The decline of handwriting in the modern world of computers, phones and keyboards has not gone unnoticed with the average person not having written by hand for the past 41 days.

    An essential part of our daily lives whether it be scribbling down a shopping list, taking notes at a meeting or filling in a diary, our handwriting is as unique to us as our fingerprints whereas typing on a keyboard is a generic action that differs neither here nor there.


    Although significantly less physical effort, a typed love letter or postcard can't emote the same feelings as a handwritten one as handwriting requires us to think more because we can't simply delete what we have written. The characteristics of handwriting can also differ greatly from one person to another meaning every letter is different, unique and special.

    Our handwriting can be divided into these varying characteristics:

    • Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
    • Regular or irregular spacing between letters
    • The slope of the letters
    • The rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
    • The pressure to the paper
    • The average size of letters
    • The thickness of letters

    Handwriting also allows us to connect creatively and let our feelings and thoughts flow onto the page in our own special and individual fashion.

    National Handwriting Day encourages everyone to get out their pen and paper and spend a little time practicing their handwriting, this practice however doesn't have to be limited to just this one day. To inspire you we have gathered a few ideas to get you writing on National Handwriting Day and beyond.

    Find the perfect tool

    If you often find writing uncomfortable or laborious then you could simply be using the wrong pen. Start with the basics of choosing a ballpoint, rollerball or fountain pen and then try different barrel sizes to find a pen that fits perfectly in your grip and feels comfortable when you write.

    Cherrell Avery, who was calligrapher-in-residence at the V&A has some sound advice on choosing a pen and says “you need one with the right barrel thickness, the right speed of ink flow, and the right nib resistance on the paper. It’s a personal choice.”

    In Cherrell Avery's writing lesson with Jake Wallis Simons from The Telegraph, he finds that LAMY's Safari Fountain Pen is the perfect tool for him. You can shop LAMY Safari Pens on our site, just click here.

    Lamy SafariConsult a book

    Simply searching 'handwriting books' online brings up thousands of books and exercises to aid you in your handwriting practicing quest. This book by Rosemary Sassoon is an affordable £6.99 and has many positive reviews from people trying to improve their messy or illegible handwriting as it allows you to find the problem with your writing before correcting and improving it.

    handwritingWrite a letter to a friend or loved one

    Valentine's Day is soon approaching so for those celebrating with a partner this year, show your appreciation by writing them a letter listing all the things you love about them. If that isn't your style then try writing a letter to a distant friend or relative that you haven't spoken to in a while. A handwritten letter shows you are giving time and effort to find out how a person is so it is sure to be appreciated by the lucky recipient.

    Whatever you do this January 23rd, make sure to take a little time to focus on your handwriting because a lot of joy can come from the simple action of putting a pen to paper.




  • The Waterman Pens Brand: Fountain Pens to Pen Jewellery

    The Waterman brand has more then 130 years of history which all started in 1883 when LE Waterman, then a salesman, lost a big sale due to a leaky fountain pen.

    This led him to patent to 'three-fissure feed' system which ensured that the amount of ink lost when using the fountain pen was significantly reduced. A year later, Waterman founded the company that would go on to dominate the quality pen industry


    In 1913, after almost two decades producing fountain pens in Paris, Waterman produced the first lever supply system which was to be used as a reference for the next thirty years in the industry as well as in Waterman pens.

    In 1939, Waterman launched it's 100 year pen which has a warranty of 100 years - the first of any pen in the industry to offer such guarantee of quality and service.

    The trademark pocket clip that has become synonymous with Waterman's style first made it's appearance in 1953 with the Waterman CF which was designed with a ballistic missile in mind with smooth, sleek shapes. The CF also introduced the plastic pen cartridge which would become common use in all Waterman pens and other pen brands.

    In 1983, Waterman pens celebrated their 100th anniversary with the Man 100, which was such high quality it became the benchmark in luxury writing amongst pen enthusiasts and the model which pen manufacturers aspired to.


    In the 1990s three key Waterman pens were created and would become some of their most popular models. The Waterman Expert in 1992, the Waterman Hemisphere in 1994 and the Waterman Carene in 1997.

    In 2001 Waterman joined with the Newell Rubbermaid group, who own brands including Parker, Sharpie and Paper Mate amongst other brands in different sectors. Since then Waterman have continued to create quality products such as the Waterman Exception in 2004 which challenged the way pens are made with it's quadrangular shape.

  • The Q1 by Montegrappa - A Pen for the 21st Century

    Launched in 2015 after two years of research and the patenting of its innovative design, the Montegrappa Q1 is a pen for the 21st Century combining practicality and toughness with luxury and high-quality construction.

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    Part of Montegrappa's Cult Collection and the first pen of its kind, the Q1 has the ability to hold four ink cartridges at once for the freedom of being able to change colours whenever you want. A clever syringe device designed to clean the feeder with water makes sure that ink colours don't blend but many people who have already used the pen say it is quite enjoyable to watch one colour slowly turn into the other going from, for example, blue to purple and then into red.


    The mechanism that changes the ink colour is not dissimilar from a bullet cylinder in a gun and it is that technology that is the subject of a registered industrial patent.

    With only 100 pieces available, the Q1 is a truly limited edition writing instrument with a price tag that matches. Retailing at £6,620 this is a pen for a true fountain pen aficionado or someone who admires the Montegrappa name and legacy. The Q1's box is as decadent and limited addition as the pen itself being made from wood and lined with soft material to protect its contents. The set comes with several accessories including auxiliary hardware for its continued maintenance: a pair of gloves, a set of tissues and spare ink cartridges.

    The Q1 is an instrument that defines fusion, with its barrel made from strong titanium and its cap made from titanium and Montegrappa's fine Italian leather. The internal part of the pen is filled with stainless steel yet the pens tip remains traditional with an 18k nib and filigree Montegrappa logo.


    The video below shows the Q1 in detail as well as explaining how to clean the pen between changing colours.

    As well as the Q1 we have a range of Montegrappa pens from a variety of ranges, including their extremely popular DC range of comic book characters.

    If you are interested in purchasing the Q1 and want to find out more simply get in touch with us by sending an email to or giving us a call at 0203 371 0226.

  • The World of Koh-I-Noor

    Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth may be a new addition to our shop but they are one of the world leaders in the production of stationery for home, office and school.


    Named after one of the crown jewels and the largest diamond in the world in its time, Koh-I-Noor was founded in Vienna in 1790 by Josef Hardtmuth. Predominantly a producer of graphite leads and pencils, the company received many awards at world exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Vienna and Milan.

    Their extensive catalogue contains more than 4,500 products including things such as paints, crayons, pencils, pens and other stationary items including this quirky hedgehog pencil holder which is available to buy here.

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    In our selection of Koh-I-Noor products there is something for everyone whether you enjoy colouring in, love drawing or need a specific grade lead for your work.

    If you draw at work or at home and are looking to add a little colour then why not try a Koh-I-Noor pencil set?

    The Mechanical Versatil Soft Pencil set comes with one Versatil Soft 5.6mm clutch pencil and five bright coloured leads in Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Orange. The packaging is a tidy plastic case, perfect for putting in your bag and taking with you wherever you go.  Despite being a larger clutch pencil this product is not heavy and has a matte soft-grip body giving it a tidy finish.


    We even offer various 5.6mm leads to fit this pencil, you can find these in our refill section.

    If you would like more than one pencil, this Mechanical Diamond 2mm pencil set would be more suitable for your needs. The pencil casings match the lead colour making it easy to find the colour you want to use, the pencils also come in a distinctive metal case with an eraser for any mistakes.


    Both of these products, like the majority of our Koh-I-Noor pencils, come with integrated sharpeners so you never need to worry about having a blunt lead tip.

    For a little magic and excitement we also stock a range of Koh-I-Noor's Magic products which have colour changing lead! The magic comes from different coloured strips of lead being combined to create one unique, multi-coloured lead.

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    These are just a few of our picks from our Koh-I-Noor products, to view the whole collection simply click here!


  • Which pen is for me? The lowdown on fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens

    When it comes to choosing that upmarket and high end pen, the right tip does require a bit of thought.

    Over the years, pen manufacturers have introduced a variety of pens into the market, hoping to capture the imagination of the buying public with the next big trend in style, shape and colour. Pen designers appeal to the emotional aesthetics of the user, offering options that range from gold and platinum, to sterling silver, animal horn and exotic woods.

    Aesthetics such as these are great for style, look and feel, but what does matter most is the business end of the pen, the part of the pen that transfers the ideas in your mind onto the paper before you.

    Essentially there are three pen types, the fountain, the ballpoint and the rollerball but, which is best for you and how does one go about choosing?

    The fountain pen is the elder statesman and is the very epitome of elegance and refinement. Those who choose to write with one find their writing to be clean and measured. Almost no pressure is required to get the ink onto paper so it is ideal for those suffering from carpel tunnel or arthritis. A variety of ink colors can be used and they are perfect for any circumstance where penmanship counts! The fountain pen does however, require a bit more consideration in its use. Filling the pen with fresh ink and keeping the nib clean and serviceable takes time, effort and practice. It can however, be a totally pleasurable and alluring experience and part of the overall ambiance of these fabulous writing instruments.

    View our range of Parker fountain pens and other top brands such as Montegrappa, Diplomat and Watermen in our shop.

    Waterman fountain penThe first successful ballpoint pen was patented in 1938 by Lazlo Biro and today many still refer to any ballpoint pen as a ‘biro’. There are many advantages to ballpoint pens. The ink lasts for an incredibly long time (even years), dries quickly on the paper and does not bleed through the paper. They are practical and in most cases, disposable. Ballpoints are however limited in their application, they cannot write on wet or greasy surfaces, cannot be used upside down, sometimes take a while to get started, are limited in colour range and require greater applied pressure.

    We have a great range of ballpoints to choose from at Executive Pens Direct including popular Parker and Waterman ballpoint pen products.

    Parker Ballpoint Finally we come to the rollerball pen, the compromise. Rollerball pens were first introduced in the 1960’s and were quite revolutionary in that they offered the convenience of a ballpoint with the delivery in smoothness and clarity of a fountain pen. Ink is available in liquid or gel form allowing for a greater variety of colors. The downside is that they do not last as long as ballpoints and can leak if left uncapped, which won't do that designer shirt any good! Rollerball ink soaks quickly into the paper so there is a chance that it may bleed and soak through to the underlying page.

    Rollerballs are great gifts for if you want to give a special gift but don't want the hassle of a fountain pen. Browse our rollerball pens in our pen store today.

     Lamy Rollerball There you have it, the essential differences, pros and cons between the three. Choose wisely! Producing magic on paper requires your personal touch and style and the right writing instrument becomes a partner for life.

  • Halloween Caption Competition News

    It's the 2nd of November, Halloween is over and so is our Halloween Caption Competition!


    We are thrilled with all of your entries so thank you to all of our readers for getting involved and making us laugh with all of your captions.

    Our top 5 entries have been chosen and all of these names will go into a hat to find the winner of the Fisher Space Bullet pen. We also have some prizes planned for our four runners up as we enjoyed reading their entries so much!

    We hope you all enjoyed your Halloween weekend and thanks again for all of your witty, Halloween themed captions on our photo.

    Stay tuned to find out if you were one of the lucky people in our top 5!

  • Halloween competition now live!

    halloween_competition_soonThe time has come for the unveiling of our Halloween Spooktacular!

    In order to win the Fisher Silver Bullet Space Pen we want you to think of the best caption you can for our Halloween themed photo below. We will pick the top five comments from the blog and Facebook page and the prize winner will then be drawn from a hat.

    Here is your Halloween picture, now give us a caption! You can leave your name, email address and caption below or to enter on Facebook simply click here.

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    The closing date for this exciting competition is the 31st October and our winner will be announced on the 2nd November, make sure you get your thinking caps on and enter for a chance to win one of our Fisher Space Pens.

  • Halloween competition coming soon!

    Halloween is on its way and we have a spook-tastic Halloween competition for all of our blog readers and Facebook fans.

    You could be in with the chance to win a Bullet pen from our range of Fisher Space pens which has the ability to write over greasy or wet paper, underwater, upside down, in high and low temperatures and even in zero gravity conditions should you ever find yourself in such a situation!

    All will be revealed at the beginning of next week so make sure to keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page!

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  • Why Bother with a Personalised Pen?

    Pens make excellent gifts for any occasion, whether it's somebody who writes everyday at work or someone who enjoys writing in their spare time.

    They are also great gifts for special occasions and can be displayed, especially if they are given in a pen box or display case.

    If you do want to give a special pen for display, then make sure that the pen itself is a high quality gift that will look stunning in their home or office - like our Montegrappa pens or Visconti pens which are known for their high quality and amazing designs.

    Personalised pens make the gift much more personable and unique to each individual, giving them a writing tool that will remind them of the gifting occasion whenever they use it or whenever they see it on display.

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    A personalised pen can also be useful for personalised use, especially if you work in an environment where you write often and are surrounded by stationary. A personalised pen will make it clear to your colleagues that this is your pen which will prevent it being stolen or being used by colleagues.

    This is especially important if the pen was given to you as a gift for a special occasion and has sentimental value.

    If you want to personalise your pen then why not do something a little different than just a name? The personalisation can be related to the occasion, such as a wedding anniversary or birthday, and engraving a special date can be a unique way to remind them of the occasion.

    Personalised ParkersMany of our pens can be upgraded to personalised pens to add the extra special touch to any gift, browse our range of personalised pens at Executive Pens Direct to get some great deals on quality pens from brands such as Parker, Montegrappa and Waterman.

  • Parker Urban range of Parker pens

    Parker pens have a great reputation for providing high quality writing instruments at great prices.

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    The wide range of Parker pens available on the market covers everything from executive level pens such as the Diplomat range to entry level pens such as the Parker Jotter.

    The Urban range is a relatively recent addition to the Parker pen family and boasts ergonomic design that is suitable for both left and right handed writers. The curves on the Parker Urban are designed to fit comfortably in the hand and each model has a distinctive bullet shaped barrel to accentuate the curves.


    Available in a wide selection of colour combinations from popular black and gold to blue and gold and silver variations, the Parker Urban has fast become one of Parker's most popular brands.

    There are a range of finishes from Parker for the Urban range, from a luxurious lacquer finish with chrome trim to the stunning lacquer upper barrel with electroplated lower barrel to achieve a breathtaking metallic effect.

    Each model has a stainless steel nib which allows them to have a flawless writing style. The rollerball manifestations of the pen use Parker's Rollerball Freeink Technology which gives the action a smooth feel and will enhance the writing experience.

    Parker Urban pens are excellent choices for executive gifts. Their sleek, professional looks make them ideal for giving out to clients or as a gift to your boss, whether it's a special occasion or if the recipient has achieved a target,

    If you are choosing the Parker Urban as your gift, then you should browse our range of pen cases to supply with them. A high quality pen case can really make a gift extra special and it will give the recipient a place to store the pen when it is not being used.


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