On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, a Virginia delegate, stood up in the Continental Congress and proposed to his peers a resolution that would contain three distinct ideas; to declare the colonies independent; to prepare a plan to join all the states under one law and to form alliances with foreign countries. After days of heated discussion, it was agreed that three committees would be created to take on each of the three points independently.
Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence, declaring the colonies independent from British rule. At the time, he was extremely busy working on the Virginia, but seeing the importance of a broader independent declaration, he cloistered himself away and created the first draft of the declaration. When the declaration was presented to the Continental Congress there were many changes that took place and Jefferson was disappointed that his work was being changed. However, being a man of compromise he acquiesced to the changes and presented it once again to the Congress who voted on it unanimously.
Here at Executive Essentials, we are a virtual pen center for American history pens with many to choose from. However, shining above them all is the Visconti Declaration Of Independence Fountain Pen. With this amazing pen, Visconti uses an intricate scrimshaw technique to engrave the full text of the Declaration of Independence into the barrel of the pen. The writing is just large enough to read and includes the signatures of the founding fathers. A special magnifying glass is included to enjoy the fine details of the pen up close. Like the Declaration of Independence, this pen has a one of a kind design done with attention to detail you can only find in a Visconti pen.
The Red, White, and Blue Custom Pen Set Challenge
Besides the wonderful Visconti Declaration pen, I thought I’d throw out a pen set idea that I think would be great for the 4th of July. Pen sets are wonderful gifts, but often times you can’t find the exact pens that you would like to have. So why not create your own. To get you started, I outlined a pen set I’m calling the Red, White, and Blue in honor of the 4th. My goal is to find 3 pens that are Red, White and Blue for under $100. This is what I found.
Waterford Claria Fountain Pen Red
For the fountain pen in my custom set, I’m choosing the Waterford Claria Fountain Pen in Red. It has smooth contours and a substantial feel that Waterford is known for providing. This pen has a solid brass body with rhodium and chrome plated accents and comes with a medium nib. EE Price: $43.99
Parker White Urban Rollerball
For the white, in my custom pen set, I chose the Parker Urban Chiselled Metallic White Rollerball. This well-priced pen features metallic highlights and a gloss varnish. The asymmetrical chiseled pattern assists with grip and has a modern look. A chrome trim surrounds the body of the pen and the nib is made out of stainless steel. EE Price: $36.80
Monteverde One-Touch Ballpoint Pen Cobalt Blue
For the blue, I’ve chosen a ball point from Monteverde Pens. This beautiful new Monteverde pen delivers the unexpected, beauty and convenience. No cap to pull off, no struggles with a one handed twist, just a fabulous, elegant writing instrument. Perfectly weighted between one’s fingers, the silky smooth One Touch™ barrel is a pleasure to hold, while the low viscosity ink and super broad 1.4mm point provide a smooth and distinct line as it flows across the paper. EE Price: $20
So there you have my choice for the custom red, white and blue pen set in honor of the 4th of July. And for those of you who are keeping track, the total price for all three pens actually came to $100.79. However, I’m willing to spend seventy-nine cents more to get these three great pens in one set. Think you can do better? Let us know what your red, white and blue pen set would look like for under $100. We’d love to know.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.