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  • The Low Down on National Stationery Week

    In a world where many of us now rely on our computer and typing skills more than our handwriting, National Stationery Week is here to remind us all about the importance of handwriting and keeping it alive for ourselves and for our younger generations.

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    A study commissioned by National Stationery Week and carried out by YouGov revealed 92% of adults think that writing by hand is important and 97% think it is important to teach our children to write.

    That's why in this special week dedicated to stationery we celebrate the pens, pencils, notebooks and other tools that allow us to write, draw and create in our professions and hobbies. We agree with the NSW team that you can never have too much stationery!

    This is our first year as a participating retailer for the campaign and we have a very exciting competition planned for all of our stationery loving readers.

    More news about that to come in the next few weeks so keep an eye on our Facebook and blog.

    With a whole week to celebrate National Stationery Week there are plenty of ways that you can get involved at home.

    Join in online by using these hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and embrace the 7 Days of Stationery by writing thank you notes on Thursday 28th, and telling us all about your favourite items of stationery on World Stationery Day in the blog comment section or over on our Facebook page.

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    Whatever you do this National Stationery Week make sure to spread the word to everyone you know, that Writing Matters!

     

  • 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!

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    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.

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    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

  • Brand New Parkers for 2016 - The Premiumisation of the Jotter

    We have BIG news for all of you Parker lovers out there, the Jotter has been redesigned and given a luxurious, premium look for 2016.

    parker_jotter_bannerAfter having undergone what Parker is referring to as a Premiumisation, the new Parker Jotter is made completely from metal unlike the previous part-plastic counterparts and it has coloured barrels in a range of to-die-for colours. We have two new Jotter collections, the Core and the Premium with a total of 10 new Jotters to tempt and tease you.

    In the Premium collection we have West End Gold, Bond Street Black and Diagonal Stainless Steel. The main design features for this range were taken from the history of the Jotter and previous crafted cap and barrel patterns that have been used on the Jotters since they first arrived on the scene in 1954.

    The Core collection we have chosen to showcase comprises seven Jotters, all inspired by London and its many Tube stations. In the image you can see (left to right): Kensington Red, Chelsea Orange, Portobello Purple, Waterloo Blue, Royal Blue, Bond Street Black and Victoria Violet.

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    These new for 2016 collections have given a new life to the Jotter, reinventing it as a more luxurious looking pen that is still perfect for everyday writing as well as for giving as a gift on those special occasions.

    Despite these exciting changes the Jotter's signature click that we hear when extending the nib is still embedded in the design and Parker's Quickflow® technology is still present ensuring we can still enjoy that smooth, consistent writing performance that we are accustomed to with Parker products.

    A perfect blend of an iconic style and a contemporary design, the new Parker Jotters are up to date and would fit perfectly in the palm of the young professionals and fashion-conscious writers who seek a classy looking pen that is reliable and ideal for on the go, day-to-day writing.

    With the collection set to drop in April, we are fortunate to already have a few in stock: the Premium Bond Street Black and the Core Chelsea Orange, Kensington Red and Bond Street Black.

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    Simply follow the links above or check out our New Parker Jotter category, to shop these products and keep your eyes peeled for more announcements regarding the other new colours.

  • Platinum Modern Maki-e Collection

    We have some new, beautifully crafted additions to the site in the form of Platinum's Modern Maki-e fountain and rollerball pens. All decorated with intricate details by using a traditional Japanese technique called Maki-e, these pens are truly unique creations.

    To celebrate their arrival we decided to find out a little bit more about Maki-e and what the designs on the pens mean and symbolize in Japanese culture.

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    The literal translation of Maki-e is 'sprinkled picture' as the process involves Japanese lacquer being sprinkled with gold or silver powder to create the decorative design. With Platinum's Modern Maki-e range, the intricate art is created by combining screen printing and the use of real gold powder by the Maki-e craftsmen.

    To find out more and see the process and secrets of Maki-e check out this video.

    In the Platinum Modern Maki-e Collection there are six pens available, three fountain pens and three rollerballs with three different designs available for the pens.

    Modern Maki-eThe designs showcase two Cranes with Mt. Fuji, a Phoenix and a Bush Warbler in a plum tree, three very traditional and symbolic images in Japanese culture. The Crane or 'bird of happiness' is said to represent longevity, good fortune and the wings of the crane were said to carry souls up to paradise.

    The phoenix is seen as a messenger of good will and is a very positive symbol of high virtue and grace, it is also said to represent the unity of yin and yang and is a symbol of the imperial house.

    A favourite motif in Japanese poetry, the bush warbler is often associated with ume or 'plum' blossom. It is also a symbol of spring and in Japanese tradition the ume is often seen as a protective charm against evil.

    The dedication that goes in to the Maki-e art form is simply amazing and it shows that this traditional, historic craft still has a place in creating awe in the modern world. To shop the Modern Maki-e collection just click here.

  • 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.

  • Troika Pens – Innovative, Functional Design for the Digital Age

    Troika pens are taking the world by storm through a dedicated desire to create writing implements that embody equal measures of functionality and streamlined elegance. Troika pens appeal to a broad spectrum of users including everyone from artisans and tradesmen to executives and everyday people needing a reliable, well-constructed pen that still reflects their individual sense of style, personality and purpose.

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    Great ideas and humble beginnings

    Troika GmbH, like so many innovative companies, began life in 1992 in a residential house in Hattert, Germany with just five employees. Liudger Bӧll, the founder of Troika, had a vision to create a line of high-quality executive gifts and accessories for professional clientèle and corporate identities, with an additional focus on functional gifts such as pens and desk accessories.

    A focus on exclusive writing instruments

    Troika extended their design philosophy to a product that had already existed for hundreds of years and challenged themselves to come up with new and innovative writing instruments that would re-ignite the imagination of the user. True to their name, Troika pens are available in three variants: traditional and elegant fountain pens, utilitarian ballpoint pens and the modern compromise of the rollerball pen.

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    Unlike other pen brands where the pen is, well, just a pen, Troika have incorporated multiple-functionality into a single design, making their brand of pens the envy of other, simpler designs.

    Consider, for instance, the clever functionality of Troika’s “Construction” ball point pen, designed expressly for men who need to measure or fix things at a moment’s notice. The clever design features a ruler etched along the pen barrel, not just for decorative purposes mind you, the ruler is accurate and can be used in a pinch when nothing else is at hand. The pen is constructed from brass and steel and has the weight of a tool. The pen also features a spirit level and a built-in screwdriver, cleverly hidden beneath a capacitive stylus that can be used with tablets and other touchscreen devices. The hexagonal barrel is also available in a range of colour options.

    Troika Construction PenThe “Hanging Pen” is a great example of Troika’s ability to move with the times with a combination ballpoint and stylus in one. The perfect solution for executives who need to be able to utilise digital media just as quickly as signing a contract in real ink, this model is available in elegant carbon and steel complete with a silver chain. Of course, it’s not always about functionality and design economy, sometimes it really is all about looks. Troika understands the importance of individual style and have created a range of pens that epitomise this ethos.

    Troika customers enjoy a choice of finishes, timeless colours and clever art-pop designs such as the “Cassette Tape” pen or “Goethes Signature”. Other trendy and whimsical designs, guaranteed to capture the heart of anyone looking for a pen that resonates with their personality, are also available here.

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  • Gift Ideas for the Frequent Traveller

    Know someone who is always on an adventure or jetting off to somewhere exotic? We have picked our favourite travel related products that we think would make the best gifts for the person in your life with a strong sense of wanderlust.

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    If they love to travel and write then this collection of gifts are sure to make them smile and keep them writing throughout their travels.

    Everyone needs somewhere to write and this Large World Map Journal combines the love of travel and journalling making it the perfect travelling companion. Made from stunning soft Italian leather, this quality piece is made for holding all of the stories of your adventures and travelling tales. Available with lined or unlined paper it is a wonderful gift for writers and even those who love to draw and doodle.wmlppWhy not pair the journal with one of these practical and attractive pens?

    Firstly we have the classic Fisher Space Bullet pen which has been modified to be attached to a lanyard. Matte black in colour and small in size, this petite pen is an excellent travelling pen as it can write over greasy or wet paper, underwater, upside down, in high and low temperatures and of course in zero gravity space conditions.

    The Fisher Lanyard also means you'll always have this pen handy, ready to jot down your diary entries or important travel details. This pen is engravable so why not get the recipients name engraved for something truly bespoke and personal.

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    If you're looking for something a little bigger then this Troika World in Your Hand Rollerball with world map motif could be the one for you. This pen features a robust brushed metal barrel and the contour of the pen with it's handy metal pocket clip ensures it will lie perfectly balanced in the writers hand. With this pen you really can take the world into your own hands.

    For The Jet-Setting Business Buff

    If your friend or loved one is always on the go making business deals and trying to make the best impression, why not help them along the way with a personalised engraved business card holder. This Giorgio card holder is sleek and simple yet looks more than professional when engraved with a name or business logo. With this product they will always have business cards at hand for important meetings or events and everyone is bound to be impressed by their classy, personalised card holder.

    giorgioTo match their business card holder why not treat them to a high-class pen to match. Renown for their stunning Sterling Silver writing instruments, Waldmann pens are easy to carry around in a jacket pocket or bag and are the height of class.cosmorbWe think this Cosmo Rollerball collection matches the Giorgio card case perfectly and can also be engraved to create a chic and smart matching set.

    Travel gifts for all

    If you know someone whose organisation skills when travelling leave you worried, then why not make sure they have everything where they need it with this Leather Travel Wallet.

    With handy slots for their passport, money and any tickets they need, they'll always know where to find their holiday essentials without rummaging through their pockets and bag.

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    We would also suggest this Metro Luggage Tag, simplistic but essential in the airport when trying to find your suitcase on the conveyor belt. It only shows your name but when the strap is removed all of your details will be revealed should your suitcase ever become lost on your travels. The tag is also engravable and could be personalised with a message from a loved one back at home.

    This last gift is an excellent choice for those who spend a lot of time away from home or simply want to keep their loved ones close wherever they are. The Medallion Photo Keyring is perfect for keeping photos of your family and friends with you wherever you go but in a subtle and clever way.

    photokeyTwo photographs can be inserted into the case and the high shine polished finished means this keyring is also perfect for engraving to add your own unique touch to a special gift.

  • 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.

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    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.

     

     

  • 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.

                 Brushed Steel    Lamy Platinum    Lamy Black

    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.

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