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  • Calligraphy Sets for Wedding Invitations

    Planning a wedding is notoriously hectic, with a million and one things to think about it can be a nightmare to keep track of everything.

    Making personalised wedding invitations yourself is a great way to avoid one of the stresses of planning weddings: worrying about whether the invites will be delivered in time and if they will be as you wanted.

    With our range of calligraphy sets and fine stationary you can stay in complete control and create a beautiful wedding invite that is designed exactly how you want with a unique personal touch.

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    We also have a stunning range of wax seals that could be used to seal the invitation by using a wax that matches your wedding colours for an even more personal approach, this works especially well if you are hand delivering your invites.

    By hand making your wedding invitations you can also personalise them further than you could if you bought them in bulk. You could add a personal message to your close family and friends, letting each of them know in your own way how much you want them to be at your big day.

    Our Original Crown Mill Paper is the ideal tool for writing on and there are plenty of haberdasheries around to buy ribbons, flowers and other accessories that you might need to achieve your desired design of wedding invitation.

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    Not only is this a great way to relieve stress, it is also a nice way for you and your partner to spend some time together and will give you time to discuss other important details that can so easily get overlooked.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

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  • New Paper Mate pens added to the site!

    Great news for any Paper Mate lovers, we have just added some new products to our Paper Mate range and we are sure that there will be something to suit everyone.

    Papermate bannerThe first product we have to introduce is a retractable ballpoint version of the Paper Mate Inkjoy 100, a little twist on an already popular product. A classic looking Paper Mate pen these new Inkjoys have a transparent colour-tinted body and are available in many colours in this stylish multi-pack.

    We think these pens are perfect for writing and drawing as the 1.0mm nib is small enough for the most precise details. Their triangular shape also makes them comfortable for longer periods of use making them a practical, great value product.

    InkjoyIf pencils are more suited to you then fear not, we have just added some of Paper Mate’s mechanical pencils to the site! With no need for sharpening, these pencils are great for children who love colouring and their strong lead makes them an excellent product for at school and at home. With the same shape as the Inkjoy pens, these pencils are built for comfort and are a great tool for children learning to hold and use a pencil.

    Mechanical pencilsAnother new addition for you to browse is the Paper Mate range of Gel Silkwriters. We have single pens available in black, blue and red or a multi-pack of 4 fun colours – blue, orange, purple and pink. These pens write very smoothly because of their pigmented gel ink making them ideal for all kinds of tasks, whether you use them at school or work, for doodling or journaling.

    SilkwriterYour main problem with these pens will be trying to keep other people’s hands off them!

    Lastly we have the Paper Mate Replay Erasable Gel pens which allow you to write and then erase what you have just written right before your very eyes. An excellent choice if you love crosswords or puzzles, your mistakes will be a thing of the past when you can erase and rewrite with ease.

    Available in four bright, bold colours – pink, turquoise, orange and purple, they are great for adding a bit of colour and erasable magic into your life.

    Replay ErasablesWe also have a special offer running until the 30th November where with any Parker pen set purchase you receive a pack of Paper Mate Replay pens for FREE. Find out more about this offer on our Facebook.

    To browse our complete Paper Mate collection, simply click here.

  • 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.

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    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.

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  • Write with a Classy Personalised Visconti Pen

    A pen that signed the agreements at the Nato-Russia Summit on May 28, 2002, marking the end of the Cold War carries a huge amount of weight and credibility. The venue was the Pratica di Mare Airforce base, near Rome, Italy and the pen was an iconic Visconti Fountain Pen.

    For over twenty five years the name ‘Visconti’ has defined extraordinarily beautiful and elegant writing instruments. They are crafted from only the finest materials using the highest standards and epitomise superior craftsmanship at the peak of its abilities.

    ViscontiIf you are about to become the proud owner of an iconic Visconti Pen, we are offering you the fabulous opportunity to have it personally branded with your initials. Perhaps you are buying one as gift? Let us use the initials of your loved one or the intended recipient.

    Every Visconti Pen features a metal, circular Visconti Logo on the top of the pen cap. It is held in place by a powerful magnetic force. Using a strong magnet, the logo can be removed and replaced with your personal initials creating a writing instrument to treasure for a life time.

    This unique process is known as Visconti MPS, representing the stylish patented My Pen System. We craft your initials into two half spheres, one initial on each sphere. They then join together perfectly to form a full circle that fits exactly onto the top of the pen cap in place of the logo.

    Imagine how magnificent it will be to write with a pen adorned with your initials in this impressive style! Or how equally charmed a friend will be to receive a gift with their initials on it.

    If you already own a Visconti Pen, you don't need to miss out! Send us your initials and for a small fee, we will have them made and send them off to you. Using a magnet at home, you can easily replace the logo. If you don't feel comfortable with doing this process yourself, send us your pen and initials. Ensure that you use a reputable tracked service. We will then have the initials made, position them onto the pen and send it back to you.

    Not familiar with the Visconti range? Their collection includes something for all tastes and occasions so have a look at the magnificent designs they have to offer.

    From the gloriously brightly coloured Divina Desert Spring Pen

    Divina Desert SpringTo the simply elegant Divina Black Medium Rollerball Pen Divina Blackand the fabulously ornate Christian Bible Vermeil Fountain Pen Christian Bible Vermailyou are certain to find that something special!

    For more Visconti pens have a browse here.

  • 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

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    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.

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    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.

  • New Visconti pens have just arrived

    For all the Visconti pen lovers out there we have some new additions that we are sure you are going to love.

    Say hello to two new Visconti Limited Editions, the Speakeasy and the Rainbow and a new collection that has given 2003 Opera pens a modern, metallic look, the Opera Metals collection.

    If you long to own something truly unique then there is no greater feeling than purchasing your first Limited Edition Visconti pen, making both the Visconti Speakeasy and Rainbow fountain pens an investment that you can enjoy for many years.

    The Speakeasy fountain pen is a red and blue coloured pen that gives homage to a period of rebellion and indulgence in 1920's America and Canada.

    The SpeakeasyA speakeasy was a somewhat code word for a place that secretly sold alcohol during the prohibition period, so named because you were not to talk too quickly or act nervously in case you arose the suspicion of law officials or the government. Passwords were often needed for access into a speakeasy and alcohol was given code names such as 'horse liniment' and 'coffin varnish' to keep the activities going on inside a secret.

    To incorporate this period of history into a pen, Visconti have crafted an attractive and classic looking pen but it also hides a secret of its own as within the pen is a hidden sanitised compartment which perfectly fits a shot of your favourite alcohol. A small window in the pen can also be revealed which lets the user know which alcohol is kept within the pen, a perfect gift idea for someone who loves luxury crafted pens and the odd tipple.

    The Speakeasy pen comes in a Visconti gift box along with a red hip flask that compliments the pen and completes the gift set.

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    Our next Limited Edition is the Rainbow fountain pen, part of Visconti's "Millenium Arc" collection.

    This stunning, iridescent pen showcases seven bright colours of the rainbow that all glisten in the light and are accompanied by a slick palladium trim.

    This pen is equipped with Visconti's advanced crescent filling system, so to refill your ink level you simply press the crescent mechanism on the barrel and when it is released, ink will be sucked from the bottle into the inner sac of the pen and you are ready to write.

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    Both the crescent mechanism and the clip are arc shaped signifying the unity of the arc of history with the arc of time, this combined arc representing the continuity of time from the past to the future. A universal message that without our past there is no future as nothing can be created, nothing can be destroyed and what goes around comes back around.

    Finally we have Visconti's Opera Metals collection, a 2015 twist on a 2003 design.

    Opera MetalsThis new Opera design was created with the idea of combining the square and the circle which has resulted in a pen that is ergonomically shaped and perfect for comfortable writing. The unique squaring of the circle design of the pen is symbolic of the two laws which created and which preserve the universe: movement and stability.

    Made from anodized coloured avional, a strong aluminium alloy used in aeronautics for lightweight but highly stressed parts, this Opera Metal collection is available in four sleek finishes. Monza - a black design highlighted with cool red trim, Roadster - black with a yellow trim, Silver Shadow - silver with graphite trim and Speedboat - silver with vibrant blue trim.

    This new take on the iconic Opera collection is eye-catching, bold and perfect for the modern writer, available as both a Rollerball and a Fountain pen.

     To shop all of our Visconti pens including these new additions, simply click here.

  • Christmas gift guide

    The festive season is nearly upon us and we can't help but think of the nightmare of fighting through shopping centres in order to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Not an ideal picture is it?

    Here at Executive Pens Direct we want to make your life easier this December so we have some stunning gift sets that will make wonderful Christmas gifts for any pen lovers.

    Our first two gift sets are ideal for those who enjoy the luxurious Parker Sonnet and Ingenuity ranges, one of the most iconic and well-known pen manufacturers of the 21st century.

    The Ingenuity range is forward thinking with its flexible nib for smooth, fluid writing and a thing of beauty with intricate details and design incorporated into each pen. To compliment your Ingenuity we have this stunning note book gift set.

    Ingenuity setPerfectly petite this notebook is great for note-taking, drawing and journaling on the go meaning wherever you find yourself, if inspiration hits you'll be able to jot down all of those great ideas.

    Here are a few of our suggestions if you aren't sure which Ingenuity is the right colour match for this set. To shop the full Ingenuity collection simply click here.

    Slim Taupe and Pink Gold Small Brown Rubber with Pink Gold Small Pink Gold with Chrome Trim

    An ever popular classic for Parker, the Sonnet collection was relaunched in 2008 with modern designs, new colours and stylish finishes. The Sonnet is the ideal business gift as well as an excellent everyday pen to own and most of this collection are engravable making them special, bespoke Christmas gifts that can be cherished for years to come.

    To showcase your Sonnet in style we are offering a Parker pen pouch gift set to house your new pen and prevent it getting scratched or damaged whilst in your bag. Click here to view our full range of Parker Sonnets.

    Sonnet Pen PouchBoth of these gift sets are embossed on the top giving them a high quality feel and the gold detailing gives an edge of luxury and splendour, the inside of the box is soft reflecting the care Parker take in producing their high-quality, elegant pens. Opening one of these gift boxes on Christmas day is sure to bring joy to any writer or Parker enthusiast.

    For the Fountain pen aficionados among us we have another gift set sure to thrill at Christmas. With every Waterman fountain pen purchased we have a pen pouch set that will compliment your purchase perfectly.

    In existence since 1884, Waterman pens are said to be the epitome of class and style and to showcase their stunning fountain pen collection is this Waterman Christmas gift set.

    Waterman gift setThe blue of the gift box is recognizable as Waterman's signature colour and the combination of gold and blue looks opulent and expensive. Waterman themselves say the box is full of French savoir faire and that the stylish accessories create a more emotional gifting experience that enhances the reveal moment.

    We think all of the classic and stylish Waterman fountain pens would look at home in this gift box, so shop our collection and find your favourite.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 sales@executivepensdirect.com 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Fountain Pen Day 2015

    Calling all Fountain pen lovers and aficionados, get ready to celebrate Fountain Pen Day 2015!

    The countdown to Fountain Pen Day on 6th November has long begun and people all over the world are gearing up to celebrate the well-loved fountain pen. If you aren't a fountain pen user you might not know the beauty of using such a pen, so we have gathered some facts and information so that everyone can embrace and enjoy Fountain Pen Day.

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    As well as being an elegant looking, fountain pens are perfect for beautifully smooth writing, cost effective, have the ability to add style and character to your handwriting, have variable nib sizes and cuts, allow for the use of a variety of inks in a spectrum of colours and if you write with a fountain pen you are embracing and ensuring a future for an item of history.

    Whether you buy vintage, modern, decorative or basic there is a fountain pen out there for everyone and it is never too late to begin a rewarding hobby of improving your handwriting and learning about this pillar of the writing world.

    To celebrate Fountain Pen Day we are offering 15% off our Fountain Pens from the 3rd-7th November, simply use the code: FOUNTAINPEN15.

    To see our Fountain pen range VIEW HERE. We have a great selection of Parker fountain pens and pens from other top brands.

    We also offer an engraving service for all of our pens. Engraved fountain pens are an excellent present idea for fountain pen enthusiasts.

    If you want to get involved, wherever you are, you can explore by visiting the Fountain Pen Day website where you can find celebrations near you, sponsors of FPD and ideas of how to celebrate.

    Simply click the logo below!

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  • Our 2015 Halloween Competition Winners and their Entries

    Thanks to everyone for getting involved in our competition, here are the entries of our four runners-up and our final winner.

    Here in the office we looked at the blog and Facebook comments, picked our favourite five captions and then put these five entries into a hat to get our overall winner. We loved reading your entries and couldn't believe all of the captions we had so thanks for your wonderful participation, we hope you enjoy the finalists entries as much as we did!

    Our runners up

    "This is not quite what the owner had in mind when asking the dogs to 'play dead'." – Lynne Norris on the Blog

    "You should see what they did to the cat!" – Leanne West on Facebook

    "Ok! I agree, its a good way to get treats, but anyone thought of how we knock on the door!" – John Russell on Facebook

    "Dog on the far left- Wait wait i can't see i've gone blind. Dog on the far right- SIGH- There's always one!!!" – Stewart Millar on Facebook

    The Winner of the Fisher Space Bullet pen...

    Fisher Space Bullet"Howl we doing lads? If you can lift your bucket you haven't got enough! we are going for dragging it on the floor heavy! Now make with the puppy dog eyes and get begging!" – Eve Trelfa on the Blog.

  • Halloween Caption Competition News

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

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    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!

  • Silver pens to ward off Werewolves

    With Halloween approaching now is this time to invest in a few silver pens to have around the house and on your person in the event of a Werewolf attack.

    With plenty of ghouls and monsters around on Halloween it is likely that you will stumble across a werewolf or two - maybe even a pack of them if you're unlucky - so arm yourself with some knowledge as well as a silver pen.

    The tale of the werewolf being vulnerable to silver bullets is one of the oldest pieces of folklore around and stems from the mid 18th Century story of the Beast of Gévaudan.  The Beast was a man-eating wolf that terrorised the Gévaudan region of Southern/Central France.

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    According to 'eyewitnesses' the Beast (or Beasts) was associated with kills within a circumference of 50miles around the region and took its victims lives by ripping out their throats.

    The reign of terror was ended when a hunter by the name of Jean Chastel, who struck the Beast dead with a silver gun loaded with silver bullets of his own making; starting to tale that werewolves can be killed with a silver bullet.

    In reality, it is likely that these 'Beasts of Gévaudan' were nothing more than regular wolves that were acting in isolation. Wolves were a problem for humans throughout the 18th Century with many people being killed, leading to legends being born such as this one.

    Still, this Halloween it's better to be safe than sorry. At Executive Pens Direct we have a brilliant range of silver pens for sale from top brands such as Laban, Waterman and Otto.

    Or even better why not give yourself a better chance of survival with our Fisher Space Pens? We have just the thing for protecting yourself against werewolves with the Fisher Space Bullet pen.

    Fisher Space BulletThis pen will not only protect you should you be attacked by a werewolf, but you will also be able to use it afterwards to write to the Mayor of the town to declare the beast dead and the town safe!

    Fisher Space pens are designed to work in all kinds of environment: upside down, underwater, even in zero gravity, so you can be sure that it can take care of a mere werewolf.

  • 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.

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    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.

     

  • Fountain Pens for Handwriting

    With the digital age in full swing, the practice of handwriting is on it's way to becoming something of an art form.

    With computers now part of everyday life and with even the NHS moving to digital notes, handwriting is becoming less of an everyday feature of working life.

    Fountain pens are a fantastic way to improve your handwriting and teach you how to write cursive, they are used in schools around the world to help children learn to write by teaching controlled motor movements.

    Fountain pen and paperThere are a whole range of pens that are designed for improving handwriting, some are thin with fast-flowing ink and some are chunkier to help with grip and positioning problems, choosing the correct pen is vital if you want to improve your writing.

    A fountain pen will help you maintain controlled movements, which you need to perform to keep the ink running smoothly across the page and to avoid blotting the paper. A common issue that affects writing is that we try to write at the speed we type, but carefully forming the letters takes time. By simply slowing down your writing speed you are likely to see your handwriting improve significantly.

    Doodling is another technique you can use to increase your pen control and as a result better your writing. Doodling - even absent-mindedly - will improve your dexterity and will allow you to become attuned to the pen's writing style, giving you better technique and control over the way the pen moves across the page.

    Practice makes perfect! Your handwriting has probably suffered because you rarely use it, but by writing more you will begin to recover the skills you learned as a child and your writing will improve. You don't have to write hundreds of words every day, but try to incorporate handwriting into daily life.

    Make notes at work by hand instead of in a word document, or write down your shopping list to take with you rather than adding it as a note on your smartphone. If you really get into the swing of it then you can keep a journal, or even start sending hand-written correspondence to friends and family instead of email.

    We have a range of leather journals to choose from that would be perfect places to practice your handwriting in.

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    Once you have rediscovered your love of handwriting, you can choose from our range of quality pens including a great choice of fountain pens. Our Lamy fountain pens provide a great quality pen to write with, whilst our Parker fountain pens will give you a great pen for unbelievable value.

     

  • Spotlight on: Lamy Pens

    Lamy pens have a reputation today as fine writing instruments, from their popular Lamy fountain pen range to the lesser known rollerball and ballpoint pens.

    lamybannerLamy was founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy, who had worked for an American writing instruments manufacturer. The company was formed in Heidelberg, Germany and was initially called Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik.

    During the was the company had to take on armaments work for the war effort, but still managed to produce 200,000 ORTHOS and ARTUS fountain pens. After the war Josef Lamy changed the name of the company to C. Josef Lamy GmbH to appeal to a wider audience as the German economy suffered post-war.

    Lamy's breakthrough came in 1952 with the Lamy 27, which boasted a 'tintomatik' system that ensured a smooth ink flow. This Lamy fountain pen was what put the company on the map and made the industry take note of their achievements.

    As well as achieving recognition for their fountain pen, Lamy also produced the Lamyexact ballpoint pen, which was Germany's first ballpoint pen with a stainless steel cap and large capacity ink refill. The Lamyexact's success became a major player in the success and marketability of the company.

    In 1966 a partnership with a former B-Braun designer created the Lamy 2000 which challenged the conventional idea of a ballpoint pen. The 2000 incorporated more stainless steel into the design and with technical innovations like the spring clip it was the foundation of the distinctive Lamy Design that their pens are known for today.

    In 1980 the first Lamy Safari fountain pen was created, targeting schoolchildren aged between 10-15. The Lamy Safari was made from olive green ABS plastic and was extremely popular amongst the students, creating the foundation for the huge success of the Lamy Safari range.

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    In 1987 Lamy continued to innovate for school aged children, creating the Lamyabc which was designed to meet the needs of children learning to write. This Lamy pen was a collaboration with teachers and professors to help make the process of learning to write more enjoyable.

    In 1994 Lamy's profits reached the 100million German Marks goal for the first time, proving to the world that use of ecological materials can be the foundation for a successful business. In 1996 Lamy launched a protracted, targeted marketing campaign across Europe to establish themselves in key markets and secure their future.

    2001 saw the introduction of the Lamy Pico, which was created with flexibility in mind and to be carried around in your pocket. Measuring just 9cm, it used a refined lift mechanism to transform into a full sized writing instrument and was innovative enough to bag Lamy the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany - the highest design accolade in the country.

    2005 brought the introduction of the Lamy Studio, a full range of pens that was born from the success of the Lamy Scribble in 2000 amongst designers and creative workers. The Lamy Studio quickly became popular with designers again with it's full range offering a Lamy pen for all industries.

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    Lamy pens continue to be a driving force in the creative industry, regularly winning design awards and being commended on their commitment to economically viable products. When you buy one of their pens you can be sure that all of Lamy's experience and design knowledge will come along with it.

    See our range of Lamy pens in our online store including the Safari and Studio ranges.

  • Should I write a Journal?

    In today’s busy life the idea of writing a journal may sound like something your great grandmother did. Tapping on a mobile device is the way we do things!

    But stop and consider, there are numerous reasons why keeping a journal is a fabulous idea. Your journal can be a few sheets of paper stapled together or a beautifully bound leather journals that you will keep for years. Choose something that appeals to you and make sure it is always close by.

    You can write in your journal at a set time or as the mood takes you. Joy, pain, hope, ideas, poetry, notes, feelings, future plans, complaints and to-do lists can all be recorded in this special place.

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    Get yourself a classy and stylish pen, it makes the experience far more valuable and meaningful. Choose a slim and sleek designer ballpoint, a fabulous smooth rollerball, a thick and chunky fountain pen. Each offers a unique touch. Select the one of our quality pens that suits your style.

    Don't be shy, no one else will see your journal unless you choose to allow it. It is your personal and private story.

    If you are still sceptical, consider some of the benefits a journal has to offer.

    -Get clarity of mind, stop all those conflicts from running around in your head. Put down the pros and cons and then work your way through them in a logical manner.

    -You will find that making a list of everything you need to do gives you focus. Divide your list into immediate, short term and long term projects. Add some wonderful 'wish list' projects too, so that they are not forgotten in the day to day rush.

    -Convert your To-Do Lists into Done Lists. Nothing gives more satisfaction than looking back and seeing how far you have come.

    -Take out your stress on your journal, it won't yell back or walk out the door in a huff never to return. You will become a calmer and more relaxed person.

    -Save away interesting clips that you read about or hear. Something on the radio, the internet, a class you took or a book you want to read. Keep a note so you can follow up on these things on a rainy day.

    -Write about your mistakes and achievements. Remind yourself when you read your journal about what you did that got you to where you are today, it wasn't by chance!

    -Be creative. Doodle and draw, write poetry, create delicious recipes, write down inspiring quotes, do maths, create crossword puzzles. Whatever keeps your mind active can be done in your journal.

    -Write down what you enjoy and don't enjoy about the people in your life. Sometimes a 'friend' is a negative influence, only dragging you down and offering nothing positive. Make decisions to move forward based on these clear thoughts.

    -Keep a record of your children's progress and milestones in their lives. They will appreciate reading this when they are grown up.

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    Some of these ideas may appeal to you and others not. There are many more that will come to mind once you start. A journal is a personal journey of discovery and growth. It is never too late to start!

    For a stunning range of pens to use for writing in your leather journals, take a peek here

  • Monteverde Pen Case for 36 Pens - A collectors dream

    Store your pen collection in a stunning Monteverde 36 Slot Pen Case!

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    Do you have an exclusive collection of pens? You love different sizes, bright colours, dark colours. You have a range of nib thicknesses and designs ranging from traditional to way out and funky. So Yes, you have a fabulous array!

    Are these quality pens all scattered at random around your desk, propped up in horrid old plastic containers or dumped into drawers? Some could be in your briefcase, others in your laptop case and a few in your gym bag. And don't forget the fountain pen that you cleaned last night is still lying in the kitchen sink.

    Now is the time to take stock and give your exclusive pens the TLC that they deserve.

    We offer this stunning Monteverde 36 Slot Pen Case as a perfect solution to your pen woes. It is designed to hold 36 pens in perfect comfort. Keep it on your writing desk and have all your pens in one place sorted and ordered to perfection.

    The Monteverde Pen Case is also lightweight and portable so your collection can accompany you where ever you go. Business or pleasure trips, you always need your pens close at hand.

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    One of our premium pen cases, the case features a smooth and elegant black outer cover crafted from a nylon fabric. The spine is padded with a leather look-alike trim in a lovely soft tan colour. A matching trim adorns the centre front offering a soft hand hold where you will open the case. Stylish neat rows of stitching add a classy finishing touch around the edges of the case and in a matching design around the trims.

    Open up the case and feel the soft luxurious black velour interior. When open, the case lies flat and reveals two sides compartments. Each one  offers two rows of single loop elastic bands waiting to hold your pens. Each row offers nine loops, giving you place for 36 pens in total.

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    The loops will hold slim pens like our stylish Monteverde Intima Neon Pink Fountain Pen and really thick chunky pens like our Monteverde Invincia Carbon Fibre & Rose Gold Ballpoint Pen

    The pens slip neatly into the bands and lie nestled on the soft interior. They won't touch, move around or scratch against one another. To add even more protection to your collection, a sturdy centre partition separates the two sides. The case closes securely and easily with a zipper that runs across the bottom, up the side and over the top. You can now feel perfectly content that all your special writing instruments are ready and waiting for you in one safe place.

     

    Unrivalled style and quality make this Monteverde 36 Pen Case a great gift for someone special or for yourself!

     

     

     

     

  • DC Comic Montegrappa Pens

    Montegrappa pens are known for their high quality as well as providing limited edition products, and their DC Comic range is the latest addition to their list of quality pens.

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    Everyone knows the DC characters that have been chosen to be a part of this selection of Montegrappa pens, including Batman and Superman as well as other favourites.

    Guiseppe Aquila, Montegrappa CEO, is a big fan of DC comics and wanted to create a limited edition range of pens commemorating the most popular characters in pen-form.

    The heroes on these Montegrappa pens are Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Cat Woman and Wonder Women. There are also three Batman villains in the range: the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler.

    Each pen has it's own unique design and a colour scheme that fits in with the image of the hero or villain. The Batman pen has a black lacquer barrel with an image of the Dark Knight on the pocket clip, along with the golden logo on the top of the cap.

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    Wonder Woman has a red lacquer barrel whilst the cap is white starred on a blue background to match the colours of the American flag. It also has an impression of the heroine on the pocket clip.

    The villain's pens are where some of the best design is featured, with the Penguin's pen black lacquer with white pinstripes, sporting an impression of the Penguin brandishing his umbrella on the pocket clip.

    The Riddler's pen is green lacquer with black question mark detail all over the barrel and cap, featuring a golden question mark as a pocket clip with an impression of the riddle-man himself.

    With Montegrappa pens you can be sure that you will be receiving a high quality product that is made to the high specifications that Montegrappa as a brand has become well known for.

    These pens would make a great gift for a special occasion for any comic fan or a fan of the superhero genre.

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  • Montegrappa Pens and Their History

    Founded in the prosperous North-Eastern area of Italy in 1912, Montegrappa was Italy's first pen manufacturer.

    Their factory sits on the banks of the river Brenta in the town of Bassano del Grappa, where the company first began trading under the name of ELMO: a 'Manifattura pennini d’oro e penne stilografiche' - a manufacturer of gold nibs and fountain pens.

    In the First World War Bassano was a key position of the Southern Front, as a result seeing much fighting and conflict. One benefit of this was that there were many war correspondents and writers in the area who would use ELMO pens to write home or write reports. Ernest Hemingway was working as a volunteer ambulance driver on the front and sent many of his communiqués with writing equipment produced by ELMO in Bassano.

    Throughout the next few years Montegrappa pens came to be recognised as leaders in fountain pen design and style. They were the first company to use celluloid and galaith in their pens and their craftsmen were able to produce original and technical solutions to the manufacturing designs, elevating Montegrappa pens to the prestigious level they still maintain today.

    Montegrappa's pens have their own place in history, with many world leaders and figures known to use them. Benito Mussolini is just one famous Italian known for his use of pens from Montegrappa, along with Russian President Boris Yeltsin who symbolically passed his Dragon pen to current President Vladimir Putin to transfer power to him. In more modern times there have been many celebrities who use Montegrappa pens, from Royalty such as Pope John Paul II to Al Pacino and Bill Cosby, putting you in a very special club if you use one too. Sylvester Stallone likes the brand so much that he is now a shareholder and a Director of the company!

    To celebrate it's first century, Montegrappa released a range of pens to celebrate events and iconic figures that were present during these times. Montegrappa pens ion this range include tributes to Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee to name but a few.

    Montegrappa continue to release limited edition Montegrappa pens and new ranges of all kinds of pens including fountain pens and rollerball pens. They even have a range celebrating DC comic characters including Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman.

  • Van Gogh's Birthday - A look back at the Visconti Van Gogh range

    In the run up to the anniversary of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh's birthday, the 30th March 1853, we thought we would take a look at some of his best known works and how these have inspired the master craftsmen and Visconti Pens to create a beautiful collection of writing tools. Visconti have singled out some of Van Gogh's Masterpieces and created some stunning pen collection to match the cacophony of colours and shades seen in the painters own work.

    One of the most iconic pieces has to be Van Gogh's Sunflowers. He has created many versions of the beautiful flowers but the one that stands out is the yellow hued version depicted below which was painted in 1888 and now hangs in the National Gallery in London. This painting was considered to be cutting edge at the time as experimentation with the yellow spectrum had only be made possible by recently invented pigments.

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    Just like the painting, Visconti Italy have created the Van Gogh Sun Flowers Pen collection available in a fountain, ballpoint, rollerball pen and pencil each combing the rich shades and colours of the painting in a delicious natural resin.
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    We also have the glorious Van Gogh Starry Night Pen collection which uses the deep blue tones seen in the painting mixed with flecks of greens and reds. Take a look at the Visconti Starry Night Ballpoint Pen, a kaleidoscope of rich colours and sleek chrome trims makes this perfect for writing and art lovers alike.

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    Van Gogh's Self Portraits are other well recognised pieces of his work. The one used for the inspiration for the Visconti Van Gogh Self Portrait collection is a painting which was created in Saint-Rémy in 1889, the last of Vincent's self portraits before his death in 1890. It depicts the left hand side of the artist in order to hide the mutilated right ear and combines the most beautiful light blue, green and orange tones. A colour pattern which is mirrored in Visconti's Van Gogh creations.

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    You can view all of the stunning Van Gogh Pen range from Visconti at Executive Pens Direct - Here.

  • What is the difference between rollerball pens and ballpoint pens?

    Pens are seen as a classy gift to give to an executive, corporate colleague or just to a pen enthusiast. There are a large selection of personalised parker pens available at Executive Pens Direct but there are several differences between the particular types to consider before purchasing one.

    The ink in a ballpoint parker pen is a thick oil-based ink that dries rather quicker than the rollerballs water based liquid ink, similar to a fountain pen. The rollerball is not recommended if using to write on thin paper such as in a journal or notepad as it has the tendency to bleed.

    The rollerballs liquid ink leads to a smoother feel than the ballpoint meaning that there is less pressure that needs to be applied when writing. Due to their ease to write with, rollerball pens are a good gift to consider if the giftee has carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritic hands and is considered one of the most comfortable pens to write with.

    Aesthetics and function is another aspect that differs between ballpoint and rollerball pens. It is usually the case that a ballpoint has a click or twist action, whereas a rollerball requires a removable cap to prevent the wet ink of the rollerball to dry out. This tends to give the rollerball a more sophisticated look.

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    As can be seen above, the ballpoint ink is oil based and therefore less likely to dry out meaning it can have the modern click and push button mechanisms, in comparison to the rollerball which always has a lid to avoid drying. A ballpoint is seen as a good “everyday” pen yet can still hold the same prestige that all parker pens hold. Indeed the iconic parker jotter comes in many different designs, all with the ballpoint pen.

    Both styles of pens come with their pros and cons, like all things in the world. Deciding which out of the two is more superior would be difficult to say the least. When it comes to pens you want reliable, hard working, efficient and elegant. Both styles of pens come with all of these qualities and so the decision is ever harder. The parker ballpoint pen is famous in this industry, with it’s parker refills being used across many different brands due to it’s high quality. Whereas the rollerball tries and succeeds to outperform other pens. Without question, both these pens live up to the luxury of the brands that make them.

     

  • When to Buy Corporate Gifts

    Deciding when to buy corporate gifts can be difficult, and even when you have decided on the occasion, thinking of corporate gift ideas is another headache entirely.

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    As well as Christmas, when corporate gifts are common, there is also potential for Easter to be a gifting occasion if you have a client who celebrates Easter. Then there is Eid Mubarak and all the other religious holidays that you can give gifts on if you have a client or employee who celebrates them.

    Having a good rapport with your clients is one way to ensure that you know what they celebrate and what their values are, making it easier to figure out when a corporate gift is appropriate.

    This knowledge will also help you determine if there are any milestones that your client or the company has hit that would be an opportunity for corporate gifts. Perhaps the company has recorded it's highest ever sales figures over the last quarter, or they might have won a particularly big contract. Although giving corporate gifts on these occasions may not benefit your business directly, it will help your business relationship and will ensure you are at the forefront of the client's mind when they may require your services. A good idea for this kind of scenario may be some of the corporate gift ideas in our bar and drink section.

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    As well as buying corporate gifts for your external clients and business relationships, you must also remember the staff who are working for you. Giving gifts to your staff, even corporate gifts, will improve morale and make them feel like they are valued, making them more likely to work harder and retain loyalty. Personalised Keyrings, pens with an employee's name on or even a Personalised Paperweight are great ideas for small staff gifts.

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    If you have a small team, then you can provide luxury corporate gifts on important occasions like their wedding or if they are expecting a child, you can even mark the standard occasions like birthdays and Christmas. Larger teams may mean that you cannot afford expensive corporate gifts for occasions other than Christmas and perhaps birthdays, but this will still be well received and will show you care.

    As well as occasions in the lives of your employees you can also use corporate gifts to celebrate business achievements with them. If a particular team have performed exceptionally well and surpassed their targets, reward them! By encouraging your employees to do well and creating healthy competition you will drive your business forward and make everyone strive to go above and beyond their targets. Something as simple as an engraved pen with their name on can make a big difference to staff morale and ultimately performance.

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    Use luxury corporate gifts to offer rewards that will encourage your employees to work their hardest, poor quality gifts will encourage poor morale as the employees will become disinterested in working for a mediocre prize.

  • Original Crown Mill Paper - For Quality Pens

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    Executive Pens Direct are thrilled to announce that we now stock Original Crown Mill paper, one of the most distinguished papers in the world and suppliers or stationary to the Belgian Royal Family.

    The rich history of this paper begins in 1478 when Emperor Maximilian permitted Monks of the La Hulpe Monastery in Belgium to build a mill on the banks of the river Argentine.

    Two Centuries later this humble water mill became Royal Mill for the production of writing paper on the orders of King Charles II. He called the mill the 'Royal Paper Manufactory' and the mill continued to provide quality paper to the King and the Royal courts for many more years.

    In 1870 the founder of Crown Mill - Frederic Pelletier - opened a factory in Brussels for the manufacture of stationary such as envelopes and other writing implements. He began ordering the unique ribbed paper that had the appearance and texture of genuine hand made paper that the monks would have made and called it 'Original Crown Mill' paper.

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    The successor of Frederic Pelletier still enjoys being the supplier of stationary to the Royal Court in Belgium and continues to provide the exceptional quality that has led to their title of the most distinguished paper in the world.

    Original Crown Mill paper are so proud of their heritage that all their products are stamped with a unique watermark so you can be confident that you have a genuine product.

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    Writing paper of this calibre require quality pens to write upon them, perhaps one of our Lamy fountain pens or even one of our personalised Parker pens. Original Crown Mill paper would make an exceptional gift to go with one of our calligraphy sets, although whoever you are giving it to should be reminded of the paper's history and encouraged to practice calligraphy before putting their pen to this paper!

  • There's Still Time to Get Your Christmas Desk Gift Ideas!

    With Christmas only 8 days away, time is running out to buy the ideal Christmas gift for a colleague or a family member.

    Our selection of desk gift ideas are perfect for the Secret Santa that you have forgotten about, or the family member who you have been stuck for ideas for for a while.

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    Desk gifts are perfect to give to both men and women who work in an office, to entertain them whilst at work and make their working day that bit brighter. They allow a worker to create their personal stamp on their environment to make it a more pleasant place to work. Something like a desk clock or desk puzzle to brighten up their work place.

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    You can also engrave many of them so they are ideal for giving to family members who will be able to fondly think about you and the gift whilst they slave away at their desk.

    Our range of executive desk accessories are perfect for sending to clients or management to make them feel special and to let them know that you appreciate the work they have done or the partnership you have created.

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    At Executive Pens Direct we are able to offer quick delivery on our products to try and get them to you before the big day. We offer first class postage or special delivery to get it to you the quickly - just in the nick of time to pass them on to the clients or members of staff before Christmas.

    For desk gifts that have been engraved you may have to wait between 1 and 3 days before the product is dispatched so we can make sure that the quality of your gift is the best possible.

    Depending on your delivery choices, you will have your item between 1 and 3 days after ordering (3 and 6 days if engraved) excluding weekends and public holidays. This means that if you order one of our desk gadgets or accessories today you can still have it by the weekend if you don't want it engraved! That gives you plenty of time to think on the next problem: wrapping.

    Many people work Christmas Eve and the start of next week will be when many offices do their Secret Santa's or exchange gifts before finishing for the Christmas holiday. There's still time to get the perfect fun desk accessories or executive desk gifts from our amazing selection of desk gift ideas online.

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