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  • Desk Gifts - Perfect Christmas Gifts

    With so many people working in office jobs these days, the need to make your own desk individual and put your personal stamp on it is becoming more and more important.

    Desk gifts are the perfect way to do this. With a thoughtful desk gift you can make someone's working day so much brighter, giving them something to focus their attention on and breaking up their working day.

    There are a great selection of fun desk accessories available, from interactive puzzles to vintage looking hole punchers and cool paperweights, there's no excuse to have a boring desk any more.

    Many of our paperweights are designed to make your personal space a little bit more interesting, with unusual products like an aeroplane paperweight and magnetic desk tidy or a VW Camper Van pen pot and paperweight. All of these paperweights will make great desk gifts for anyone in an office job.

    Many of our paperweights are Troika products, the luxury pen designer creating some amazing office desk gift ideas that will be sure to entertain even the stubbornest of colleagues. We have a great selection of Troika accessories to compliment their range of Troika pens which will make an ideal addition to your gift.

    If you are buying gifts for an executive, then our pen sets are a great desk decoration and will make brilliant desk gifts for any executive. There are a range of styles available including our carbon fibre geometry desk set, which can be engraved to make it an extra special gift.

    Desk gifts don't need to be limited to paperweights though and desk sets though, we have a stunning range of El Casco products who provide high quality vintage-style staplers and hole punchers at a great price. One popular version is our El Casco luxury stapler in black/chrome which makes a wonderful desk gift for anyone who has use for a stapler, allowing them to staple in style with this unique product.

    If time is of the essence, then why not consider a clock as a desk gift? The clocks in our selection of desk gifts are all made to extremely high quality, and we have some unique products to offer. Our world timer clock is very popular and can also be engraved to add an extra special message.

    We also have a fantastic range of letter openers, some of which are also Troika accessories, which will make an excellent addition to any executive's office. Most of these letter openers, and many of our office desk gift ideas, can be engraved to add a message to the gift and make it unique.

  • Fountain Pens - The First Waterman Fountain Pen to Ballpoint Pens.

    The fountain pen is today associated with prestige. It is seen as a more sophisticated pen than the humble ballpoint or rollerball and is often given as a gift to mark a special occasion.

    Before the days of prestigious Lamy fountain pens and engraved fountain pens that are used on special occasions or as gifts, the fountain pen was the everyday writer across all classes.

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    The earliest historical reference to a fountain pen comes from the 10th Century, when Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah - 4th Caliphate of the Fatimid Dynasty that founded Cairo in 969 - demanded a pen that would not stain his hands or clothes. No examples or specifications have survived to this date so it cannot be confirmed if it existed in reality.

    The first example in Europe was in the 17th century, where German inventor Daniel Schwenter produced a design made from two quills. One quill held the ink inside the second quill, utilising cork to hold the ink in place which was squeezed through a small hole to the nib. This design was improved on and Samuel Pepys mentions in his diaries a 'metal pen to carry ink' in 1663.

    In 1828 a cheap, slip-on steel nib was invented by Josiah Mason in Birmingham, England. Mason and colleagues found a way to mass-produce them, causing a boom in the Birmingham pen trade, with over half of the world's pen nibs being made there by the 1850s.

    Progress in developing a reliable fountain pen was slow due to a lack of understanding of how pressure worked and that most inks were of poor quality, often containing sediment that would clog the nib or being highly corrosive which would degrade the cork or stopper.

    It took until the mid-19th century for more progress to be made, with the invention of hard rubber for a stopper, iridium-tipped gold nibs which were much more reliable than their steel counterparts; and free flowing ink which prevented blockages.

    Canadian Duncan MacKinnon created stylographic pens with a hollow nib and wire as a valve in 1875; causing the mass-production of fountain pens to begin and take off in the 1880s. The Waterman fountain pen was one of the first to be mass produced in the United States and they quickly became the market leader, out-performing their competitor Wirt with their higher quality Waterman fountain pen. Waterman remained the market leader until the 1920s.

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    The problem of ink-filling was addressed in the early 20th century, with many inventors and companies coming up with quicker, less-messy ways of refilling the fountain pen. These included Waterman's twist-filler and Parker fountain pens had a button-filler which was seen as more contemporary.

    Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Waterman fountain pens, Parker fountain pens and other popular brands of fountain pen continued to improve their design and quality. Such innovations as cellulite were involved, as this meant that the pens could be created in more colours. Ballpoint pens were in their infancy and were unreliable - just as the fountain pen was at first - but by the 1950s they were beginning to overtake the fountain pen as a casual, everyday pen.

    Fountain pens are still used in many countries today, including India, Germany, France and the UK. Usually they are used in schools or as a status symbol amongst executives, as opposed to a regular everyday writing pen. One of the most extravagant fountain pen manufacturers today are Visconti. Their pens are distinctive in their design and prestige, many of their pens are limited edition collectors pieces, and they continue to push the boundary of innovative design.

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  • Corporate Gifts: From a personalised keyring to letter openers

    As well as providing quality pens, we also have a fantastic selection of corporate gifts to choose from for all occasions.

    Giving a corporate gift is a perfect way to thank a company or person for their business or for whatever they have done to assist you. They are also good ways to curry favour amongst businesses to keep your company in the forefront of their minds.

    They are a useful way to ensure that business relations are good to allow you and your business to grow.

    The kind of corporate gift you give depends on the person you are giving it too. We have an excellent selection to choose from that will be perfect whatever gift you are looking for; whether you want leather journals or silver card cases.

    Corporate gifts can be engraved with either the recipient's name or the name of your company. Many choose to put the name of their company on the gifts to make sure that the recipient is reminded of the gesture whenever they use the gift.

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    It is always a good idea to make sure that the gift you give is going to be useful to the person you give it to, so they can remember who it was who gave it to them. There is no use giving a money clip to someone who does not use one, as this will just be forgotten and will be a wasted gift.

    If you are giving a corporate gift, making it personal to them is a good way of making sure it is remembered. If they have a particular hobby it is a good idea to make your corporate gift relevant to that. A person who loves their cars may appreciate a steering wheel personalised keyring with their initials on. Someone who is a keen explorer or enjoys outdoor pursuits may appreciate a gift that has weather information on it such as a barometer.

    These are all things that should be considered when choosing a corporate gift to maximise the effect it has on the recipient.

  • Leather Conference Folders: Great Business Tools and Gifts

    Looking the part for your business meeting is an important part of your working schedule, and it could be the difference between winning contracts or being promoted.

    Especially if meeting new clients or the bosses at your own workplace, appearances will be a factor in how you are viewed professionally. Leather conference folders are great ways to give a professional first impression.

    Leather conference folders will make you appear organised and will inspire confidence in whoever you are meeting with that you know what you are doing and have a professional conduct.

    Not only do leather conference folders look professional, they are about the most useful item a business person who has a lot of meetings can own. From a simple binder for making notes in to A4 conference folders with all the bells and whistles like card holders, filofax slots, pen holders, calculators and more, they are super versatile pieces of equipment.

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    Zipped conference folders are handy if you have a lot of paperwork to take to meeting, like presentations or business cards to hand out, as the zip will keep them secure. A zipped folder is also handy for transporting sensitive information, even if you accidentally drop the folder in a busy place it won't come open and scatter your information everywhere.

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    Why not add to your professional image with an A5 conference folder which can also double as a diary and personal organiser. This is a great idea for scheduling meetings and making sure you have a good grip on your availability.

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    Leather conference folders make exceptional gifts for the hard working business person in your life. They make brilliant gifts to give from family and friends if they have just got a new job or a promotion as a way of acknowledging their success. Why not pair them with one of our Parker Pen sets to give a stunning gift that will be well received. You could even have the pen engraved as part of a complete gift package!

    Leather conference folders also make exceptional business gifts. Whether it's from a boss to an employee by means of congratulating them on a new client or for an occasion such as Christmas or a landmark birthday, it is a means of making sure they know that their efforts are noticed and rewarding them accordingly.

  • Limited Edition Parker Jotters & New Pen Sets

    This month Executive Pens Direct have added a few new Parker pens to our website. We are pleased to have the new limited edition Parker Jotters to celebrate the Parker Jotter’s 60th Birthday. In the last 60 years, the Jotter has been one of the most popular selling and iconic refillable pens in the world, selling over 750 million units since 1954. What better way to celebrate this success than to introduce 4 new colours: White, Coral, Pink and Grey-Green.

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    The Parker Jotter has always had colour as a core value, and the 4 new pens are no exception. These attractive new colours symbolize different milestones in the Jotter’s rich history.

    Grey-Green and Coral Jotter
    In 1954, the first Parker ball pen writer is launched in 2 colours; green and red.

    Pink and Whiteness Jotter
    In September 1958, Parker introduced a complete range of feminine-styled pens called Princess and Debutante Jotters. They were designed in pastel pink and beige, giving inspiration to the 60th anniversary limited editions.  Our favorite is the Parker Pink Jotter.

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    Limited Edition Pen Sets
    We would also like to introduce 2 new premium Parker pen sets available for a limited time to celebrate Parker’s 125th anniversary. Each pen comes with in a beautiful oversize white and gold gift box with a FREE notebook included.

    Parker Urban Pen Gift Set

    One set includes the beautiful Parker Urban Premium Pearlised Ballpoint Pen, and the other includes the more masculine Parker Sonnet Black Ballpoint pen. Each set would make a superb gift for loved ones or friends.

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    If you like any of these new limited edition pens, check them out. They won’t be around forever.

  • The History of the Platignum Pen

    The Platignum Pen Company have been revolutionising writing since the early 1900's, here is brief history of the Platignum Pen and their long standing rise to success.


    1919 The Platignum Pen Company revolutionises the world of pens with the self-filling, gold plated nib fountain pen, the first of it's kind.
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    1925 The Platignum Pen Company creates the worlds first replacement nibs.

    1939-1945 Platignum goes a way to supporting the war effort after being commissioned by the MOD to create spy pens which could be use to conceal compasses and maps.
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    1950 With another inspirational breakthrough in pen history the Platignum Pen Company invents the first retractable ballpoint pen.

    1965-1998 Platignum Pens introduce ink cartridges to the UK and for over 30 years they becomes synonymous with education.
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    1992-2005 Platignum produces a collection of calligraphy sets to add to it's extensive pen range.


    2007 The Platignum Pen Company new signature style is released.
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    2013 Out with the old and in with Platignum's newest designs. More colour and a fresh new look. Check out the Platignum Studio Ballpoint Pens and the Platignum Voyager Pens
  • The new Troika range - more quality pens!

    We are delighted to announce that we are now stocking the stunning Troika range of quality pens in a variety of styles.

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    Troika was a company that started in 1972, creating gear shifter levers for sports cars and silver cufflinks as gifts for men. It continued in this vein until 1992, when it was moved to Germany after being purchased by Liudger Böll.

    Liudger changed the direction of the company and turned it into a mens gift company that prides itself on it's innovative ideas in the sector. They are now the market leaders in creating innovative and high quality keyrings, with over 10,000 displays worldwide and exporting their products, including their high quality pens, to over 70 different countries.

    Since 2010, Troika has been the sole provider for creating merchandise - such as pens, business card holders and keyrings - for German Airline Lufthansa, who share their passion for quality and innovation and is the biggest airline in Germany.

    The unique and individual design of Troika's quality pens makes them ideal gifts for any event. If you know someone who is a bit of a DIY expert or hobbyist, then try the construction ballpoint pen which is designed with a ruler-style. This pen makes a great gift for the Dad who is impossible to buy for..

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    Or if you want to buy a gift for a newspaper reporter who someone who enjoys writing, then the 'what's new' pen is perfect, designed in a newspaper print style that will bring a smile to any writer's face.

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    Troika's quality pens have many more styles - from music notes to colour splashes, to suit any taste and make a great gift; making them one of the most diversely designed pens on the market.

    We also have a a supply of Troika Fountain Pens. These are available in many different styles or just plain colours to create an elegant product perfect for a gift to others or to yourself.

    Fountain pens are a great status symbol, and writing with a fountain pen gives a completely different writing experience to a ballpoint or rollerball pen. A quality fountain pen is a pleasure to write with, and our range of quality pens from Troika will be the perfect writing tool to provide this experience.

     

  • Calligraphy - Dust off your calligraphy sets!

    Calligraphy is an art form that has been practised for thousands of years and dates back to Ancient Greece, but is this beautiful form of scribing in danger of becoming extinct in this digital age?

    Calligraphy comes from the Ancient Greek 'Kallos' meaning 'beauty' and 'graphẽ' meaning 'writing', and is the design or structure of lettering in one stroke, usually using a broad-tipped pen or a brush.

    It is a broad art form that can include anything from functional letters written with store-bought calligraphy sets, to works of art that use specialised tools to create beautiful images and works where the letters may not even be legible.

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    Western calligraphy appeared in the form of Latin text in the Roman Empire, around 600BC and was widespread throughout the Empire's dominion. When the Empire fell, the writing style remained with each region developing it's own format according to the Monarch that ruled that area at the time.

    This was before the standardisation of language and was a time when two neighbouring regions of the same country could speak completely different and unique languages. This means that many of these preserved written works are illegible, but can be appreciated for their beauty nonetheless. In fact, many of the most popular calligraphy works in the world come from the hands of ancient Monarchs.

    Today, calligraphy is practised by many and is kept alive in the form of wedding invites, other formal invitations and official letters. Calligraphy even appears on birth certificates and death certificates, making it's mark in modern history.

    In the digital era calligraphy sets have been replaced with fonts and typefaces, but calligraphy still maintains a presence here. This can be found in fonts such as Edwardian Script and Kunstler Script.

    Calligraphy as a practical method of communication may be on the decline, but it stands firm as an art form in all areas of the world, being used often in China and the Far East and is still used in works of Islam in the form of Arabic calligraphy.

    So dust of your calligraphy sets and try your hand at this ancient, beautiful art form with Executive Pens Direct's stunning calligraphy sets range; we have everything from ink pots and blotters to wooden and pewter pen sets. For a more authentic letter writing experience, you could also buy a wax seal set to ensure your correspondence arrives unread!

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  • Ballpoint Pens - Humble beginnings to the Parker Ballpoint

    The ballpoint pen is the most commonly used pen in the world, but what is the story behind it?

    It was originally patented by John J. Loud, a leather tanner who wanted an instrument that would be able to write on his leather products in the way fountain and quill pens simply couldn't. This first ballpoint proved to be perfect for leather, but much too coarse for writing on paper with, and the patent soon lapsed.

    The ballpoint pen as we know it today was patented by a Hungarian newspaper editor, László Bíró (sound familiar?), who was fed up of cleaning ink spills and wasting paper from quills and fountain pens. Biro saw that newspaper ink dried much faster than normal ink, and enlisted his chemist brother to come up with an ink formula suitable for a ballpoint.

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    A patent was filed in Britain in 1938, and Bíró's pens were produced for the RAF throughout World War Two as they were more reliable and less prone to leakage at high altitude.

    In 1941 Bíró, his Brother and a business partner fled Germany to Argentina, where they formed a new company and started selling their Birome pens. In Argentina, pens are still known as Birome to this day, in the same way British people refer to Biros.

    After the war, mechanical pencil maker Eversharp Co licensed the rights from Bíró to sell their pens in America, but at the same time entrepreneur Milton Reynolds brought back some of Bíró's pens, altered the design enough to file for an American patent as a different product and beating Eversharp to the US market.

    The 'Reynolds Rocket' ballpoint pen début was at Grimble's department store in New York City on 29 October 1945. It was a huge success with thousands of pens being sold in the first week and beyond, but due to market saturation and lack of consumer interest, Reynold's company folded in 1950.

    In 1954 Parker Pens released their first Parker ballpoint - 'The Jotter', which has now become a classic, modern pen. The Jotter could boast technological and mechanical advancements on other ballpoint pens - including the tungsten-carbide ball bearings that were used for the first time in any pen. In it's first year the Parker ballpoint Jotter sold millions to become the iconic ballpoint pen.

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    In the 1950s, a man called Marcel Bich introduced a ballpoint pen from America that was licensed from Bíró and based on his original Argentine designs. Bich shortened his name to Bic in 1953, the name synonymous with pens that we know today, and originally struggled until launching their famous 'Writes the first time, every time!' campaign in the 60s, when it was finally able to compete against competitors like the Parker ballpoint.

     

  • We are pleased to introduce our new look website

    It's been a while since our last entry as we have been busy beavering away but at last we are ready to reveal our brand new image and new look website at executivepensdirect.com.

    We hope you'll find the new website easier to use and shop for your favourite stationery. We have a host of new features including product filters and price sliders.

    We're so pleased with it we are giving you 10% off your next order of absolutely everything with this discount code - DISCOUNT10

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    With so many new products to choose from why not use your discount to get one of the new limited edition 125th anniversary Parker Pens or a stylish addition to your desk with one of our new desk accessories

  • Valentines Day - Give a Personalised Pen

    Valentines Day is a time to celebrate your significant other, whether you are a hopeless romantic who writes poem after poem for your muse, or a hard-headed cynic who doesn't even buy a card.

    It's a time to do something special with the man or women in your life, even if it's just getting a takeaway and watching a film.

    But what to buy for your other half? Traditionally the bouquet of red roses and a box of heart-shaped chocolates was the way to go, but with the huge range of gift ideas available there's really no reason not to think outside the box.

    A personalised pen would be an excellent gift for your special Gent or the wonderful Lady. Everybody uses pens, even if it's just to keep in a bag to make notes when required, so an engraved pen is a thoughtful, elegant gift that will certainly be unique.

    You can choose what to put on the personalised pen, you could add both of your names, the place you first met, a special date or time, the choice is yours and the possibilities are endless.

    We have an excellent range of pen sets that are perfect for the job of pleasing your lover on Valentines Day.

    If your man is a gadget whiz then a Fisher Space pen is a great personalised pen to give. With the ability to write upside down, underwater and on any surface, it's a pen that is a joy to write with. It also gives him no excuse not to use it to write you a love letter!

    A perfect, elegant handbag gift for your Lady is a personalised parker pen. A timeless classic which shows style and class, she will love being able to write with this pen whenever she needs to write a note, and she'll be thinking about you while she does it.

    With a wonderful range of pens for all occasions and all people to suit all budgets, you'll be able to find a brilliant personalised pen for your sweetheart and give them a unique, stylish gift they will be able to treasure.

  • The Modern Pen - Changing what makes quality pens

    The hand-written word is suffering something of a steady decline in recent years. In the digital era it's difficult to find a cause to write anything of any importance down with a good old pen and paper any more.

    Little more than two decades ago, writing a letter to someone involved dedicating time and effort to writing with pen and paper. It wasn't possible to erase words or correct mistakes as easily as it is today with word processing.

    Communication in the 21st Century is very impersonal, to contact someone we now use text messaging as a preferred medium, most of the time using contracted words or slang to save as much time as possible as we go about our business. When we do write letters, they are all formed on digital paper with a range of fonts to choose from, sometimes they may be signed in person but this is a rarity.

    The pen too, is used less and less as a medium of communication, whether it's amongst businesses or personal relationships. The pen has had to adapt to find a place in the world of technology, one example of this is it's evolution into a 'stylus' for smartphones, which keeps the handwriting element of communication alive to a certain extent, but isn't the same as using ink and paper.

    Another example is the digital pen used in many Maternity units of the NHS. This pen keeps a record of what you have written in a patient's notes and stores it on an online database; thus streamlining the note-taking and note-storing process. If rolled out across the NHS as a whole, it could save thousands of staff hours replicating notes and free up more time for patient care.

    It's simply a ball-point pen with a small camera included, which recognises points on the letters and stores a digital version of the note. It is connected to a smartphone via bluetooth which then stores the digital note to be added to the patient's digital file. A perfect example of the pen adapting to the digital age.

    The pen is not done yet, there are many quality pens on the market that serve as multi-purpose tools, for example by adding a USB stick to the end of a pen to make it more practical for this day and age.

    For all the advances in technology and the way we work, there is still a place for the traditional luxury pen. The image of the banking executive with his fancy Mont Blanc pen, the calligrapher scratching away making place names for weddings, even the image of a journalist furiously scribbling shorthand on a pad at a news conference.

    All of these are timeless and are images that will endure along with quality pens, because for all the digital versions of the written word, there is something more organic, personal and romantic about the hand-written word.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pen Engraving

    An engraved pen is a classic, stylish and personal gift perfect for any occasion. Pens with engraved messages or names make meaningful and lasting gestures for family members, business associates and friends. A high quality pen with a bespoke pen engraving is an extremely special keepsake to commemorate any important occasion. Engraved pens can be customised in a variety of different ways making them ideal for any event; with huge choices in the style and design of pens, many assorted fonts and completely personalised messages.

     When choosing any gift quality is key. The Parker Pen Company is the most eminent and distinguished pen brand in the world. With a reputation for extremely high quality and stunning, practical design, Parker is the natural choice when looking for a tasteful and special gift. When a pen is engraved the personal message or logo chosen stays with the pen indefinitely, with no fading or wearing off. Added inscription to Parker Pens boosts the value of the item as well and increasing sentimental significance, as the item instantly becomes unique.

    Engraving a Parker Pen with a name or meaningful message instantly creates a personal and thoughtful gift for any wedding, birthday or graduation. It can sometimes be difficult to give a gift that is both thoughtful and classic, which is why a pen is an excellent choice for a timeless and practical gift. With a personal inscription, engraved pens represent important personal milestones and serve as a timeless reminder of the happy occasion they were gifted.

     Pens engraved with a company logo leave a strong and positive impression for corporate associates, while promotionally engraved Parker pens can be impressive commercial gifts and keepsakes. Engraved pens can be bought as promotional items to boost brand exposure or to thank clients or high-profile associates. Promotionally inscribed pens speak volumes for class and professionalism.

    Personalised pens vary from everyday Parker Fountain Pens to Ballpoint Pens and Parker Rollerball Pens, making them a versatile and useful gift for both adults and children. Class, durability and style make engraved pens a stylish and thoughtful gift for every important occasion.

     

  • Welcome to Executive Pens Direct - The Blog

    Welcome! Executive Pens Direct – the Blog has finally arrived. After many requests from our customers we now have a place to share our knowledge and interest together.

    Our aim is to keep you up to date with the latest pen and stationery news and shopping advice for all you pen aficionados out there.

    We will bring you all the latest info from the top pen brands, along with advice, such as how to use a fountain converter plus special offer and giveaways. So if there is anything you would like us to share please let us know via Email

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