When I was in college, my roommates & I loved to end our long day of studies by watching Late Night with David Letterman, and our favorite part of the show……Dave’s Top Ten List.
With Graduation fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make Executive Essentials very own Top Ten List to help our many customers find the perfect graduation gift for their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Executive Essentials Top 10 Best Selling Graduation Gifts:
Don’t look now, but graduation is coming and mid-may will be here soon. The hats will fly and so will the scholar in your life, off to a fresh start, in a big world filled with possibilities. Here at Executive Essentials we know that a graduation gift is more than just a memento of a job well done. It’s an opportunity to commemorate an important moment in a graduate’s life and giving the gift of a fine writing instrument is a hugely popular choice. We also know that there are literally thousands of pens from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from and picking the right pen, with the right personality to fit your graduate can be difficult.
That is why over the next few weeks building up to graduation we are going to do a series on the types and styles of pens that exist to help you get a better idea of what pen is the right gift to give. We will talk a little about fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoint pens, pencils and multi-function pens. We’ll also talk about the brands that exist and let you in on a bit of the history to help you better understand the quality and versatility each has to offer. And, of course, we will talk about price, offering up examples that are exquisite pieces of art (with prices to match) as well as offerings from the mid-to-lower end of the spectrum that are as beautiful as they are durable and fun. All of this, plus a healthy dose of staff favorites that can’t be beat.
The key to choosing the right pen for your graduation gift is to find one that has the right personality to fit your graduate. It may sound a bit dramatic to talk about pen personalities, but I think that once you begin to look around at the various styles and learn the history of the pens, you’ll begin to understand why we talk about them this way. You’ll find that some pens are royalty, a bit stuffy, but majestic. Others are carefree and embody a youthful spirit. Some look to the future, while others turn to the past. Some are scientific, without being nerdy, while others are nerdy without being geeky. Sleek and smooth or fat and bumpy, all kinds exist.
So take a look around, but come back soon and we’ll guide you through the world of pens that is Executive Essentials. And as always, don’t be afraid to leave a comment with a question. We love to help.
Graduation is coming soon and that means finding the perfect gift for that scholar in our lives. Because fine writing instruments are a perennial favorite among graduation gift ideas we decided to write a short blog series outlining the types and styles of pens available. There are hundreds of pens to choose from with a wide range of price. We hope that this short series gives you a better understanding of the offerings that exist. Today we are going to talk a little bit about qualities and attributes of the ball point, rollerball and fountain pen.
Point of fact: According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, most ball point pens have the ability to draw a line 4,000 to 7,500 feet in length. Whether or not the line is straight is, of course, up to you. The earliest this little-known fact could have been tested was in 1888 when the first known patent for a ball point pen was issued to John Loud. Mr. Loud devised the pen as a means to write on the leather goods that he created as a tanner. Although the use would eventually spread from tanned leather to paper-like products, the original pens were much too rough for use on materials less durable than cured hide.
Today disposable ball point pens are found in every nook and cranny of our world. They are so cheap to produce that many organizations give them away free as advertising—with logos emblazoned on the side. It’s easy to consider the ball point as only a disposable item, but this is far from the truth. Many people prefer a quality ball point pen over any other type of pen because of their ease of use and design.
Ballpoint pens use an oil-based ink and a tight ballpoint that requires more pressure than other pen types. The oil-based ink lays down a nice tight line the size of the pen tip and resists bleeding. The tight ballpoint at the tip prevents the pen from leaking, making it a perfect candidate for the purse or pocket. Unfortunately, the oil-based ink in conjunction with the pen tip makes the pen unsuitable for all surfaces.
The ball point pen dominated the writing instrument market with little variation until 89 years after John Loud received his patent. It was 1977 that saw the invention of the rollerball pen. The concept behind the rollerball was to create a hybrid of the ball point and the fountain pen by introducing a water-based or gel-based ink. This gave the pen an ease of use associated with ball point pens as well as a nice wet, penetrating stroke like a fountain pen.
Rollerball pens have a number of unique characteristics that make them popular among pen enthusiasts. Because rollerball pens use a thicker ink the ball at the tip of the pen does not need to be sealed as tightly. This allows the user to exert less pressure when writing. The thickness and ‘wetness’ of the ink produces a more consistent stroke with less dry skips that sometimes appear with a ball point pen. Gel based inks also come in a wide variety of color, in contrast to their oil-based counterparts.
The actual origin of the fountain pen on the world stage is a little hazy. This is because a pen designed with an ink reservoir has been documented as early as the 10th century. It is because fountain pens have such a long, rich history in nearly every nation of the world that so many people are drawn to them, but at the same time shy away from using one themselves. Many people feel that a fountain pen requires a great deal of effort to learn to use, that they are hard to take care of and that they are fragile. The fact is that modern fountain pens are extremely user-friendly, easy to take care of and more durable than earlier iterations.
Modern fountain pens are the product of science and art. The old problem of spilled ink and leaking pens has been solved with pre-filled cartridges, although it is still possible to purchase fountain pens you fill manually. The design of the nibs – the tip of the pen that transfers the ink to the paper — now come in a variety and quality that accommodate all writing styles. Advances made in the construction of modern fountain pens have made them as durable as they are beautiful. The greatest advancement in the fountain pen, however, is the price. No longer is the fountain pen a writing instrument for the wealthy and royal. Affordable fountain pens exist erasing the only real reason not to try one out –or to give one as a gift.
That is our quick trip through the types of pens you can expect to see at Executive Essentials. All three have their own unique style and history and all three have their own character. Take the time to browse through our online catalog to get a sense of what is available. Next post we will talk a little about a few of the companies out there that are producing high-quality pens that are fun, inventive and unique. Until then, feel free to leave a comment and ask a question. We’d love to hear from you.
In memory of the late opera star, Montblanc has unveiled a Limited Edition Fountain Pen in his honor. Every detail on this magnificent writing instrument reminds us of Pavarotti’s legacy and talent. As per opera tradition, before each show Pavarotti would search for a bent nail to keep in his pocket as a good luck charm. This is externalized on the 750 solid gold nib in a delicate engraving. The black and white lacquer of the pen is a nod to his distinctive black tuxedo and white bow-tie. The cone is lacquered in red with intricate turquoise cabochon flowers reminding us of the Hawaiian floral shirts the iconic singer loved wearing off stage. As the last tribute to Pavarotti’s signature ensemble, the gold-plated clip wraps effortlessly around the cap just like how he draped his trademark scarf.
Why did Montblanc find Pavarotti worthy of a commemorative fine writing instrument? In 1935, in a small farming village in Northern Italy, a son named Luciano was born to a baker and a cigar factory worker. Like most other boys at the time, he fell in love with what we call soccer, known worldwide as football. Little Luciano saw a promising future ahead of himself as a goalkeeper and was ready to pursue that dream. Upon graduation, his mother convinced him to leave behind his foolish wishes to become a goalkeeper in pursuit of a career in teaching. For two years, Luciano taught school lessons but lacked passion and interest in the field. In 1954, at the young age of 19, Luciano began his formal studies in music. Little did he know he would grow up to become the most commercially successful tenor of all time.
Pavarotti enjoyed a long, prosperous and satisfying career. Like Pavarotti’s style, his career and ability were unparalleled. The five gold-plated rings on the cap symbolize the five operas which propelled Pavarotti into international stardom: “Turandot,” “La Bohème,” “Rigoletto,” “Un ballo in maschera,” and “L ʾelisir dʾamore.” The fine engravings on the cap’s ring transport us back to Italy’s “Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti.” Similar to Pavarotti’s unique and incredible sound and lifestyle, this pen is a remarkable achievement from a standout brand.
We’ve all been waiting for it, and here is it; June has finally arrived. It’s the end of school, the start of summer, and full blown graduation season. It’s time for vacations, a day at the lake, and nights outside by the grill. It sounds easy and carefree, but we all know better- at least when it comes to graduation. There are constant variables that worry our minds. Will the rain hold off for that outdoor party? What do I wear for the ceremony? What do I get my daughter’s boyfriend for college graduation?
While the weather may be unpredictable and that blouse might still be at the cleaners, we can at least take the pressure off of gifting this season. We’ve sorted through the new tech and old classics to present this foolproof gift guide for the guy in your life. Whether your son is moving onto college or starting his first job, we have the perfect addition for the new chapter in his life. Just take a deep breath, and keep on reading for an instant stress reliever.