The vanishing point. Nope, not as in the movie or part of a painting. I’m talking Namiki. The vanishing point is one of the brand’s most famous pens, and they’ve vamped it up to go with modern times.
The collection is now bigger and better and available in a fountain pen or ballpoint pen. The fountain pen is larger, but the durable metal body and attractive appointments still keep the pen looking unique. You have the choice of an 18 carat gold fine, medium or broad nib, along with a vast array of deep and rich color finishes. All combinations are completed with rhodium accents to make the look sleek and contemporary.
While all the colors that the pens come in are beautiful, one in particular stands out as particularly new and eye-catching; it’s black, but the middle of the pen looks almost splatter painted in all sorts of fun colors. There are little tiny spurts of blue, pink, yellow and green paint that looks like either spin art or a picture of a starry and clear night sky. I would definitely go with this one if you’re looking for something new and different.
Namiki’s new design also comes in a retractable ballpoint pen that boasts many similar features to the fountain pen. However, the body of the ballpoint is slimmer than the fountain pen, and can be yours in either blue or gun-metal. As with the fountain pen, the ballpoints are finished with rhodium accents to ensure the same modern, clean and classy look you’d expect from these Japanese artists.
What first comes to mind when thinking about Japan? For me it used to be Japanese food of course, because I love to eat! However, now that I am immersed in the world of pens, it would have to be Namiki Pens, manufacturer of the most beautiful pens in the world.
The Namiki Pens celebrate Japanese art! Japanese art has a long diverse history just like the Japanese people themselves. Over many centuries…… religions, wars, invasions and emperors have all contributed to the development of the vast collection of Japanese art that we are privileged to enjoy today and Namiki continues that tradition!
Namiki Pens are unique, beautifully designed, luxurious writing instruments, works of art in their own right.
When I look at the Namiki Golden Pheasant I think of beautiful Japanese paintings, furniture and sculpture. Not only are you getting a flawless writing instrument you are getting a thousand years of Japanese culture wrapped into one exquisite pen!
While there are many fine Japanese restaurants to choose from when you’re craving Sushi, Fried Rice or Tempura ……there is only one choice when purchasing a fine Japanese writing instrument….and that is Namiki!
Ah…..falling in love, there is no feeling like it! Racing heart, sweaty palms, the sensation that you are just going to burst at the seams with excitement. You cannot get enough of him or her, all day, every day. They occupy your every thought and boy does it feel great!!!
Come on you remember, don’t you? It has not been that long since you’ve experienced the high?…..Even if you are deeply committed and truly love the one you’re with; whether you have been together one year or fifty, it is time to recapture that giddy feeling, reignite that flame and fall in love all over, with that special person in your life!
Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and what better time to start the ball rolling! Come on life is too short, let’s give it all we got!!! You cynics out there who say Valentine Day is a Hallmark holiday, so what, who cares; why not take advantage of it anyways, take the opportunity to get back that gosh darn fantastic feeling when you first fell in love!Below are some great Valentine gifts she will just love and they won’t be gone in a week: the Andrew Philips Leather Heart Shaped Paperweights; luxurious red and pink pens from Faber-Castell, Waterford, Aurora, Cross, Waterman & more; exquisite red and pink leather wallets, agendas, totes and briefcases from Lodis, Knomo, McKlein and Clark & Mayfield; or even a fun red or pink umbrella from Shed Rain and Knirps Umbrellas.
What about incredible, how about amazing, maybe ingenious? These are the words that come to mind when trying to describe the number one selling pen from Namiki, the Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen. The amazing technology behind these extraordinary pens has put it light years ahead of other fountain pens and it is now available in a beautiful shade of white.
“The patented Vanishing Point design allows the nib to retract completely into the pen body after use. More than just an advancement in design technology, these are superior writing instruments which stand up to the rigors of daily use. Featuring a larger size, durable metal body and rhodium accents, this pen from the Namiki Vanishing Point Collection is sure to attract attention whenever it is used.”
Not only will the technology blow you away, the smooth writing capability and flawless movement of these pens as they glide across your paper with their precision nibs and superior ink will have you hooked. The sleek clean appearance of the new white fountain pen makes it the perfect addition to this already sharp cutting edge collection. Try a Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen today! Now available at Executive Essentials!
Whether you are looking for college graduation gifts for her or college graduation gifts for him, you’ve come to the ‘write’ place. Over the last few weeks, Executive Essentials has put together a great little series on pen types and styles to fit the various types of graduating students and personalities. We know from years of experience that pens are highly popular graduation presents. We know that the many varieties and style’s of pens are the reason so many people feel excited giving them as gifts to graduating students. There is nothing like the thrill of writing with a fine instrument and a refillable pen, well crafted and honed, is a gift that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Today I’m going to show you the best graduation gifts for business school graduates. Or at least, the best pens to give to that business school major that is about to make their way into the big, brave world. My choices look a little something like this.
Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 Fountain Pen Gold & Black
In the world of fountain pens, Montblanc is renowned. In the world of Montblanc, the Meisterstuck 149 is legendary. The 149 is the flagship pen of a company that oozes with prestige and pride and for good reason. Montblanc has the delightful habit of producing artistic pens of high quality. A fresh to the world business graduate will make a big statement when they produce this simple, yet stylish writing instrument when they go to sign their first big deal.
As a side note, I’d like to mention something about Montblanc. In order to find out the price of this pen, you will have to request the price be sent to you via email. I’ve noticed that this has bothered or scared a few people away from purchasing pens from Montblanc. The truth of the matter is, is that Montblanc works hard to protect their brand. Because of this, they certify the companies that sell their pens. One of the rules is that the seller must only offer prices upon request. This doesn’t mean that the pens are so pricey that you can’t afford them. Be brave! If you are interested in a Montblanc pen, take the extra time to request a price. At Executive Essentials, your email will be treated with care (no spam) and you will be pleasantly surprised at the response you receive.
Visconti Wall S.T. Rollerball Pen Platinum
Visconti is quickly becoming one of my favorite pen companies. Unlike many pen companies, Visconti understands that pens should not only be durable and attractive but they should have character as well. Visconti makes sure that their pets have plenty of character to spare. A perfect example is the Wall Street. Created from a green, red or platinum celluloid and finished with silver accents, these pens are very similar to vintage celluloid pens of the past. This pen has a feel and spirit of the fast paced life on Wall Street and features a unique four sided barrel that allows it to be highly ergonomic and assures a comfortable feel. If you have a future stock trader entering the world of high finance, this is the perfect graduation gift.
In the world of big business, presentation is everything. In that vein, the Waterman Carene Rollerball is a prime example of how to present yourself right. The Waterman Carene Contemporary Black and Gunmetal Rollerball Pen is inspired by the streamlined symmetry of the world’s finest yachts. The pen features a modern crisscross decor on the cap in line with Waterman history and a deep black lacquered barrel. A branded ring and glossy finish on the cap help distinguish this pen. It’s a powerful piece that exudes confidence and control, important traits for any aspiring business person.
There are plenty of pens that demand your attention by their looks. But more often than not, you don’t know a pen’s true qualities until you interact with it. This holds true in the world of business as well. Fast talking and hard selling is the mantra of mainstream business in the modern world, but I think I speak for a lot of consumers when I say it’s nice to run a business that has a slow pitch but delivers in spades. The Omas 360 Mezzo is a great, simple looking pen, dressed in black, but it’s usability far outshines its modest attire. The 360`s triangular body is based on ergonomic principles and combines a perfect grip and nib angle to permit fluid, uniform calligraphy with uninterrupted ink flow. This pen is perfect for those soft spoken, hard working graduates in your life.
In every graduating class, regardless of the field, there is one student that decides they are going to remake their profession in their own mind. They are going to do things just a little bit different. And usually, they end up changing the world. If you have a graduate that reads the text books and goes right when the rest of their class goes left, this Namiki Fountain Pen is for you.
The Vanishing Point retractable (yes retractable!) fountain pen has experienced an amazing evolution since its inception. Its brilliant design and ingenious technology make it a pen for the new age. A larger size, durable metal body, and attractive appointments make the Vanishing Point unmistakably unique. This white model has a sleek, clean look that invokes the purity of mind necessary to break all the rules and come out on top.
These are my suggestions for that business school graduate in your life, but don’t take my suggestions as the end all. Take some time to look at the Executive Essential catalog and have some fun finding the pen that will fit your special graduate perfectly.
The Namiki Pen Company is the original name of the company that would eventually become Pilot. However, the company re-emerged under the name Namiki to produce a different line of high-quality pens. The company is named after the founder Ryosuke Namiki. Namiki designs and pen products are made out of the Pilot factory in central Japan. However, the division that creates the Namiki pen designs is different from that of Pilot. Although the difference in style is clear, the quality and durability of the Namiki pens are as exemplary as that of Pilot. Not a surprise from this pen company that has been devoted to customer satisfaction for so many years.
Being from Japan, it’s no surprise that Ryosuke Namiki would turn to his countries thousand years plus history of writing to pull inspiration from in the design of the pens bearing his name. Indeed, many of the collections that come out of Namiki, like the Emperor, Yukari, Nippon and Knight collection, are derived from the rich history of the Japanese people and the history of the magnificent east. In all of these collections, highly trained Japanese artists craft the finest raw materials into works of art using ancient techniques passed down from generation to generation.
One of the most inspiring techniques is Maki-e lacquering. This is a painstaking process of inscribing patterns onto the pen using multiple layers. Instead of pure ink, the inscription is done with urushi, the sap from lacquer trees that grow in Japan. This laborious technique produces a rich, lush texture that produces stunning images with a warm hue and unique presence. With the rest of the pen adorned with 18 karat gold, silver and rhodium these pens are sure to please the most discerning collector and pen connoisseur.
At Executive Essentials, we carry a huge selection of the Namiki brand including pens from their best collections. Take a peek below to see some of our favorites.
The Emperor Collection from Namiki is created with the Togidashi-maki-technique involving multiple layers of. The Emperor Collection represents the finest pens that Namiki has to offer. Emblazoned on these fine writing instruments are exquisite interpretations of traditional Japanese designs. In this collection, you will find the Autumn Flower, Carp on Waterfall, Rabbit in Moonlight and Treasure. Each is designed with an 18 karat gold and rhodium accented fine, medium or broad nib and presented in a traditional wood gift box from the Orient.
The Yukari Collection:
The Namiki Yukari Collection transforms traditional scenes from nature into fantastical scenes ripped from the pages of a story-book. The Flower Fence, the Flag and Moon, the Kingfisher, Fall Flowers and Hydrangea all have a defined atmosphere within the barrel of the pen that extends up and over the cap. Each pen is a miniature work of art that also seems to tell a short story. Like other collection from Namiki, these pens are handcrafted by artisans with renowned talents. Each pen comes with 18 karat gold nibs and clips available in fine, medium or broad.
The most affordable of the high-end Namiki pens, the Nippon Art Collection is no less beautiful or majestic. The Nippon Art collection portrays classic Japanese ideas and beliefs using the beauty of the Hira-Maki-E technique against rich black lacquer backgrounds. Metallic and colored powders are sprinkled onto a design of wet lacquer and then polished with more lacquer. These pens have scenes such as Crane and Turtle, Dragon with Cumulus, Golden Pheasant and Chinese Phoenix. The Namaki Nippon Art Collection comes with 14 karat gold nib available in fine or medium. Each pen comes in a traditional oriental wooden box. A great pen at a great price.
So take the time to look over the Executive Essentials catalog and marvel at the wide variety of Namiki pens that are on sale right now. This is a great pen company that has a lot to offer in both style and utility.
This is part three in our three part series by Tracy McCusker. Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens from a young age, she converted to fountain pens in 2000 after being introduced to the Parker Frontier and Parker Vector. Today her pen collection numbers in the hundreds. Tracy is a staunch advocate of “going analog” for writing & creative brainstorming. When she’s not hanging out at her local fountain pen shop, her digital presence can be found guest posting at the Surly Muse.
We’ve come to the part of the guide where the gifts are a little more expensive as we explore pens in the $100 to $200 range. So sit back and enjoy as Tracy reveals some of her favorite pens in this range.
Pens From 100 to 200 dollars
Fountain Pens: Cross C-Series ($185.00) or the Pelikan M205 ($109.00 – $115.00)
The Cross C-Series is a pen which does not get nearly enough love. It is my favorite pen under two hundred dollars. The aggressive chrome stylings on the C-Series have been called a masculine, an ode to chrome obsession. There is a mechanicalness to its design, but the C-Series strikes me more as “modern design” than “masculine.” The cap screws on in one of the more innovative systems I’ve seen. If you or your intended recipient can get their hands on the pen at a showroom or store, I’d recommend giving the pen a test-drive. The Cross C-Series is a very heavy pen. It is one of the heaviest I own, rivaled only by two very heavy Waterman pens (the L’Etalon and the Carene). I was sold after writing with the Monaco Blue C-Series and comparing it against every other pen in its price range. None of the others felt as smooth on the page. The C-Series rubberized grip is also a novelty at this price-point, but it keeps long writing sessions comfortable despite the pen’s weight. As a word of caution, Cross steel nibs can start off a little scratchy (toothy we call it), but a good nib will become smooth with use.
The Pelikan M205 is the smallest of its numbered series (which spans from 200 to 1000). It fits perfectly in my hand (which is diminutive). The larger numbered series (for example, the 600 @ $304.00) may be a more comfortable fit for larger-handed folks; however, the price increases as the pen size does, so it’s always important to ask, can this smaller pen work for me? While the grip area (delineated by the notches where the cap screws into the body of the pen) is the smallest I’ve seen on a pen when the cap is posted it feels like an average-sized pen. The M205 has a steel nib that has a bit of tooth that gives the nib character. The M200 sometimes can be found with a smoother gold-plated steel nib; however, the nibs in the 205 should be interchangeable—and can be ordered separately from the pen if it doesn’t suit the user’s taste.
The Cross C-Series is recommended to everyone, even though its appearance may put off giftees (and givers) at first. This pen may need to be tried in-store before the giftee appreciates the workmanship of the pen. The C-Series is especially recommended for persons who love aggressively-styled pens.
The M205 is recommended as a good value pen, as it is made with the same precision as its more expensive brethren. As an added bonus, the M205 can be found as either a demonstrator or a highlighter pen (which uses its own special highlighter ink). If your giftee likes luxury pens for a purpose other than just taking notes (who doesn’t love a good highlighter?), the Pelikan M205 might be the right choice.
Rollerball: Visconti Rembrandt Rollergraphic ($145.00) or Parker Ingenuity ($160 – $190.00)
The Visconti Rollergraphic, or Eco-Roller as it is known in other circles, and the Parker Ingenuity are both unconventional rollerballs. The Visconti is filled with a cartridge or converter like a fountain pen, thus able to use your favorite inks (or to allow you to enjoy/try a much wider range of colors or inks that would normally be available to you). The Visconti Rollergraphic is inside the resin body of the Rembrandt line. Like the Van Gogh line, the Rembrandt has a light resin body that has a rich depth of color when held up to the light. No picture will fully capture the play of subtle colors in the resin, so if you can see a Visconti in person, do so! The “Eco-Roller” is thusly titled because if you are using the pen with a converter, you are wasting less plastic/metal/ink by not buying and disposing of refill cartridges.
The Parker Ingenuity, on the other hand, is not a rollerball at all. It uses its own unique refills that are like a combination of the rollerball, porous point, and fountain pen. The pen has a metal nib (that really serves like a hood). If I had to peg what this pen was closest to, it would be a rollerball since it is trying to have “the best of all worlds,” as the rollerball was between the ballpoint and the fountain pen. I have no experience with the Parker Ingenuity, aside from my favorable experiences with Parkers in the past. What the Parker Ingenuity is, is exciting. It’s a new piece of pen technology. The conversations that it might start when someone asks to borrow it might be worth the price alone.
The Visconti Rollergraphic is recommended for eco-conscious giftees who don’t want to make the leap to fountain pens. The Parker Ingenuity is recommended for early-adopters willing to take the leap without long-term feedback on how the “5th technology” of this new pen works.
The Waterman Carene is one the most elegant pens that I’ve laid eyes on in the past fifteen years. Compared to any pen on this list, or in a high-end pen catalog, the Carene has a stand-out design. Its barrel is a heavy brass overlaid with lacquer that tapers into a rounded end. The characteristic Carene black button isn’t featured on the ballpoint; nevertheless, it retains the curvy, graceful profile distinctive to the line. The Carene ballpoint is heavy, but it has gotten lighter with successive generations. My chrome-trimmed Carene from 2007 is noticeably lighter than my gold-trimmed Carene from 2002. The pen comes in two different kinds of lacquers, the glossy lacquer featured on the Amber Shimmer and the matte lacquer featured on the solid-colored chrome trim pens. These lacquers create two different kinds of pens. The glossy lacquer pens are a bit slicker to hold. The glossy lacquer has some self-healing properties that hide small scratches. My ten-year-old glossy Carenes show remarkably little wear. The matte lacquer pens, on the other hand, feel more comfortable when writing at length because there’s a bit more “grip” to the surface. The downside is that the matte surface shows nicks and scratches very easily. Two of my matte-lacquered pens have started chipping badly due to poor care. If you decide to invest in a matte lacquer Carene, please do yourself a favor and purchase a pen case for it! Unlike some of the other workhorses on this list, the Carene needs to be given the care that a luxury item deserves.
The Carene is recommended for pen lovers, avid writers, and those that can give appropriate care for their writing instruments. This is a pen that needs to be taken care of!
For a First-Time Fountain Pen User: Pelikano JR ($10.40), Parker Vector ($24.00) or Namiki Vanishing Point ($140.00)
Gifts are sometimes the best way to introduce an avid writer (or someone who could become one) to fountain pens. There is a great joy in putting a nib to paper. But we don’t all rocket from the ballpoint world right into the 18K top-of-the-line fountain pens. For a young writer (or someone who just likes big bright colors), the Pelikano JR is a good introduction to pens that aren’t the standard mass-produced disposables. The Pelikano JR has a smooth Pelikan steel nib (reportedly the same nib on the slightly-more-expensive P58). At such a low price-point, it’s not a big deal if the Pelikano nib suffers some wear & tear… actually, maybe you should consider buying two.
For a teenager/student looking to get into pens, the Parker Vector is a good jumping-off point into one of the major pen manufacturers. The Vector has a nice black & chrome modern styling in its latest offering, a steel nib that can take the punishment of a heavy hand. Starting fountain pen users often write more heavily (or too lightly) than the pen requires. The Vector is very forgiving as the writer experiments with their writing. The Vector isn’t perfect—make sure to flush the nib before filling it (look up how to do it before putting the nib under running water). The Vector will be scratchier than most good pens. If the Vector isn’t visually appealing, the Lamy Safari always can make a good entry pen too.
The Namiki Vanishing Point is expensive for a starting pen. It is over a hundred dollars. However, the Vanishing Point is aimed at those who might already be comfortable with fine pens. Specifically, with click-push ball pens that are a staple of the office since the arrow clipped Parker Jotter was introduced in the 50s. The click-mechanism of the Vanishing Point makes the fountain pen much more familiar to the average writer. The VP’s nib is semi-hooded—it writes uniformly and doesn’t dry out quickly. Namiki-Pilot sells replacement nib for these pens, so mishaps from dropped pen are minimized (as a side note: be sure to make friends with your local fountain pen repair shop!). It’s a good place to get a ballpoint enthusiast on the fountain pen wagon or to at least dip a toe into the world of nibs, converts, and ink bottles.
For Someone Looking To Impress: Visconti Impressionist Collection ($199.00 – $279.00), Visconti Opera Elements Ballpoint ($265.00), or the Waterman Carene collection ($150.00 for ballpoint, $275.00 for fountain pen)
The Visconti Impressionist Collection and the Visconti Opera are stunning pens. Visconti’s resins are, in a word, amazing. When you hold the Impressionist under the light, the layers of resin create a depth of color with a touch of translucence. The Visconti Opera’s swirls are equally striking. Unlike other pen companies that use plastic resins, Visconti uses vegetable resins as their color base, creating unmatched beauty. I know. I’ve held them. My Visconti Van Gogh constantly surprises me with its richness in color compared to the lacquers and resins of other brands. Impressionists are pieces of art to display on a desk, in the hand, in a pen stand. The resins of the Visconti barrel are by no means delicate, but they’re not as up to the rough-and-tumble as metal-bodied pens are. If you insist on using them at the local coffee shop / on the slopes of Mount Lassen, be sure to protect them adequately from loose change or other small objects that could scuff their surfaces.
The Carenes, on the other hand, beg to be displayed everywhere. Take them wherever you go; write with them wherever you write. I’ve already gone on at length about the ballpoint so I will keep my comments short. The Carene fountain pen is a pen for the ages. Unlike stiff Visconti nibs, Carene nibs are impossibly buttery. The inlaid nib on the pen body means that the nib is protected from drying out quickly. I have owned three Carene fountain pens, and each one was of fantastic quality. Carene gold nibs don’t need to be broken in. They write like champions out-of-the-box. The word of caution is for the weight of the Carene. The fountain pen is heavy and is meant to be used unposted. Nevertheless, I am confident that if the look of the pen entices you, the Carene will likely become your favorite pen.
If you have your sights on a Waterman rollerball, may I politely suggest otherwise? Waterman rollerball refills are notoriously erratic. While you may be able to find alternative refills that fit the pen, I would just as soon recommend Visconti rollerballs over Waterman.
For Someone Looking for the Out-Of-The-Ordinary: Fjader Ballpoint ($15.99), Monteverde One-Touch & Stylus ($30.00) Lamy Dialog Ballpoint ($99.99)
The giftee who loves pens (or more generally) out of the ordinary, there are pens that may fit their personality. This list is by no means extensive; I encourage you to shop around to find something that fits their personality (do they like beads? Crazy colors? Strange patterns?). I’ve selected three pens which fit three different types of giftees. These pens throw traditional pen wisdom to the side.
The Fjader Ballpoint looks like a feather. I’ve never seen a pen quite like it—bulging to one side and tapering to a point; it certainly stands out from the crowds of tube-pens or fish-eye cigar-shapes. Being a ballpoint, the Fjader is a giftable pen to any and all who write. The Fjader low-price makes it tantalizing as a stocking stuffer, or as a gift to those who already collect pens and might appreciate how this harkens back to crow quills.
The Monteverde One-Touch & Stylus reminds me of the bright colors of the Tombow Object and the stylings of Retro 51. What earns it a spot on this guide is that until other traditional pens, it acts as a stylus for modern touch screens and it provides handy ink-based writing when the stylus won’t suffice. Even though I don’t have any touch screens, the small knob on the end of the pen actually seems to make the pen look better than the One-Touch without the stylus. For the tech-heads who need a stylus, or the design-heads who just think a pen might look funny without one.
The Lamy Dialog Ballpoint had to be included because the pen looks like the future. Twenty-five years in the future, pens probably will continue to be modern, retro; doughty and elegant; restrained and loud as they do now. However, with the Lamy Dialog, your giftee can pretend to live in a different future twenty-five years from now. One that’s boxy, white-on-gray and more than bit retro-futuristic–much like 60s architecture in LA. Check out the other Lamy Dialog pens. There is a different design for the ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. The ballpoint is my favorite, but perhaps another might strike a chord with you!
For Someone Who Has Pain When They Write
It’s probable that there is someone on your gift list that has pain in their hands. Sometimes after a long day typing, the most relaxing thing to do is to unplug from the computer. Maybe catalog the day in a journal. But it’s hard to do this if you have carpel tunnel, arthritic joints, or other pronounced hand pains. My go-to pen of choice after long days of typing is Sensa’s Cloud 9 ballpoint. The gel grip on this pen feels angelic; it is a comfort after hours of hitting hard plastic keys. The cushioned grip is also quite thick, forcing a looser grip to be used when writing. For giftees who have deeper problems than stiff joints, the Yoropen may be an appropriate tool for them. The Yoropen has a unique (and kind of crazy-looking) design that relieves pressure on the hand by changing how your grip transmits pressure to the tip of the pen. If someone you know is suffering carpal tunnel or other joint-related problems, the Yoropen may be the best choice of pen for them. I can think of no greater gift than giving the gift of pain-free writing to a benighted writing enthusiast.
Phew. And that’s it for this holiday pen gift guide. We hope you’ve enjoyed Tracy’s in-depth gift guide as much as she enjoyed writing it. Don’t be shy about asking questions or leaving comments. Both are appreciated. And good luck out there finding the perfect pen gift for that special someone in your life this holiday season.