Waterford and Waterman on Sale Now!

I didn’t always understand the demand for nice pens. Throughout my entire school career, I used whatever I bought at Walgreens or office depot, and they worked just fine. It wasn’t until I started seeing these other types of pens that it hit me. Pens can truly be beautiful accessories to any desk, and there is a monumental difference between the Walgreens Bic and a Waterman or Waterford fine writing instrument.

Waterman and Waterford Pens have elegantly and intricately designed pens, and they are now on sale at Executive Essentials. If there was ever a time to invest in this type of product, it’s now. Whether you need a gift for Father’s Day, a graduation present, or just think it’s time to add some class to your desk, Waterman and Waterford have the pens and prices for you.Image result for Waterford Rainbow Arista Prism Rollerball Pen

Just to highlight a few, the Waterford Rainbow Arista Prism Rollerball Pen is a good pick. Its contemporary colors and shape come in your choice of multicolored mocha or rainbow, and marbled caramel or purple. Polished chrome appointments accompany each pen to make them stand out from any other design.

Another good choice would be the Waterman Expert II Ballpoint Pen in Dune Blue. The vibrant gold trims, deep blue lacquer, and mesmerizing reflective effect ensure a distinct elegance and originality.

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Of course, you should browse the selection for yourself because there are more than 20 designs on sale. With colors ranging from fire engine red to deep sea blue, there is sure to be a pen for you.

2010 Holiday Sales Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, check out the great deals and unbelievable pricing at Executive Essentials this holiday season: sales, sales and more sales; coupons; clearance items; free monogramming; and many free gifts with purchase!!

Hundreds of gifts at unbeatable prices including:

Fine Pens! Laptop Totes and Briefcases! Leather Duffels! Agendas, Writing Pads, Wallets, Desk Accessories and more…..all on sale at Executive Essentials! Executive Essentials the holiday gift center for all your favorite professionals.

Happy Holidays from Executive Essentials!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women and Men

13" Laptop Bellagio Sleeve - Red;
Bellagio Laptop Sleeve

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!

Audrey Leather Vicky Convertible Crossbody Clutch - Red;
Lodis Leather Crossbody Clutch

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-CastellWaterfordAuroraCrossWaterman & more; exquisite red and pink leather wallets, agendas, totes and briefcases from LodisKnomo, McKlein and Clark & Mayfield;  or even a fun red or pink umbrella from Shed Rain and Knirps Umbrellas.

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Aurora Ipsilon Ballpoint Pen

For that special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day:  Piel Leather Golf Accessories;  Bey Berk Bull & Bear Bookends;  Clava Leather Wine Carriers; extraordinary fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens from MontblancNamiki, Cross or Waterman; or top quality leather briefcasesmessenger bags, wallets, portfolios and more.

Falling in love….ooooh what a feeling! Happy Valentine’s Day from Executive Essentials!

Red, White and Blue

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.

Image result for signing of declaration of independenceThomas 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

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Parker White Urban Rollerball

parker-im-white-rollerball-pen.jpgFor 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

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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.

Create Your Own Pen Set 1930s Gangsters

About a month ago I set out into the Executive Essentials catalog and worked out a trio of pens and pencils that came out under $100. Actually, it ended up being slightly more than a $100. But, the end result still stuck with me and I decided to give it another go. In fact, I enjoyed putting together the pen set so much that I intend to do this quite a bit – or at least as long as they let me. Just to be clear, these are not sanctioned pen sets by Executive Essentials or any particular pen brand. This is just a fun experiment at trying to find three writing instruments that fit into a theme at a certain price. So what’s the theme?

The gangsters of the 1930’s.

Waterford Claria Pencil Gun Metal

 

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Waterford Claria Pencil

The mid-1930’s were a time of legendary gangsters and criminals, with the likes of Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger roaming the country side in search of the next easy bank heist. These larger than life crooks seemed unstoppable to an America thrust deep into the pits of an economic depression. Hailed more as everyday hero’s than true criminals, these infamous crooks continued their stream of raids until J Edgar Hoover’s United States Bureau of Investigation captured or shot them all. But, regardless of the abrupt end to their reign, their memory lives on in movies and the minds of our imagination. And what better way to commemorate their fascinating lives than with a trio of pens culled from the Executive Essentials catalog.

 

The Thompson Sub Machine Gun was a favored weapon by anyone interested or in need of a gun in the 1930’s prohibition era. The Thompson or ‘Tommy Gun’ was invented by General John T. Thompson who was looking for a way to give a more reliable and faster-firing weapon to American soldiers. These guns are often associated the famous criminals of the 1930’s who favored them for the same reasons that law enforcement did. Because the ‘Tommy Gun’ is such a prominent part of 1930’s gangster lore, I’m choosing the Waterford Claria Pencil in Gun Metal gray as one of the three in our gangster series.

Tibaldi Mulsanne Silver Fountain Pen Burr Oak

The getaway car, careening down the country roads with the police in hot pursuit is a staple of any movie about the legendary 1930 gangsters and criminals. And for good reason. It seems that many of the prohibition era bank robbers were good with the wheel. Clyde Burrow of Bonnie and Clyde was one of the best and insisted in taking the time to get a new car whenever possible in order to be ready to out run the law.

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The Mulsanne from Tibaldi Pens is named after the famous straightaway and corner at the Le Mans circuit and represents this spirit well. The Le Mans is a race of endurance and skill, one that Clyde would have done well at. The pen itself has a unique chromed barrel and wooden cap that is reminiscent of the old V8 Fords so popular back in the day.

Dunhill Sentryman Rollerball Pen Black With Gold Trim

Image result for Dunhill Sentryman Rollerball Pen Black With Gold TrimLet’s face it, who cares what kind of crime you’re committing if you’re not dressed right. Back in the prohibition era it seemed that every occasion required a suit, including robbing banks. And for those famous bank robbers a well fitted suit (or dress) made constantly having to run from the law bearable. Many espoused the virtue of being well dressed at all times especially since it helped them fit in with the ordinary citizens going about their daily lives. There are a great many pens that have a wonderful 1930’s suit like quality, but for this pen set in black from Dunhill Pens seems a nice fit. This particular Dunhill has a broad cap that accurately mimics the broad shoulders of the 1930’s suits. The gold trim on the cap accentuate the top of the pen and gives it a suit jacket like quality. The entire pen is finished in a deep black lacquer that is cool, calm and nearly criminal.

So there you have it. That’s my 1930’s gangster collection. But, these are not the only pens that would fit that theme. In fact, I passed on a number of others that I saw that would work wonderfully. I’d love to hear from any of you about what your pen set in this theme would look like. Let us know.

 

Back To School Sale: School Pens

This last installment of Back to School supplies brings to a close the Executive Essentials foray into the world of education at the close of this great 2011 summer. So far we have taken a look at backpacks, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, pens, pencils, alarm clocks, and agendas. Not only that, but we’ve taken a hard look at the sales that make going back to school affordable while not skimping on style.

Our last installment takes a look at 5 pens that remind us of the classes that we all love or all hate. Regardless, the following pens most exemplify the feelings and character of a day in the life of a school schedule. Because learning is more than memorizing facts and dates, school becomes more than just academic. It’s a time for young students to explore themselves in a semi-controlled environment. It’s a time to find yourself and define your character. So take the time to find accouterments to your life that let the world know ahead of time what to expect when they ask to borrow a pencil. Our list goes a little something like this:

Math

Math is one of those school subjects that you either love or you hate. If you love it, it’s because you get it and you’re your good at crunching numbers. If you don’t, you suffer for 8 years learning how to multiply and subtract imaginary numbers to come up with the gravity of planet that no one’s ever seen. I may be projecting here. Regardless, the one section of math that I personally loved was geometry. Perhaps that is why this Waterford Kilbarry Rhombus Ballpoint Pen in Titanium caught my eye (a rhombus is a quadrilateral where all four sides are the same length).  This pen features a metallic titanium color with a guilloche pattern. The designed clip, nib, and top of the pen are all shinier than the barrel to provide contrast and give a modern look. The guilloche pattern provides a good sensation to touch.

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Waterford Kilbarry Rhombus Ballpoint

Science

 

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Acme Science Pen

In 1982, Thomas Dolby gave the world, “She Blinded Me With Science”, a song that played off a British expression that meant to purposefully confuse someone with an overdose of facts and 5 dollar words.  The song itself was a thin piece of fun that peaked at number five on the Billboard charts in the United States.  And although much more series, real science can be just as much fun and intriguing as Dolby’s single hit. Nothing shows that more than the Acme Science Rollerball Pen emblazoned with Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on the outside. This entertaining pen from Acme Studio is made up of a high gloss peach colored resin and is a high-quality writing instrument. SCIENCE!

 

Art

When it comes to the world of master painters and expressive paintings, Vincent Willem van Gogh stands out amongst the pack. Obviously, a name that rings familiar with those around the world, Van Gogh’s expressive paintings have inspired all who have come after him.  This Visconti Van Gogh Maxi Rollerball in Tortoise is a tribute to his talents and techniques. The Van Gogh Collection is the result of a special manufacturing process called “Press Mould”, developed by Visconti, which offers a fabulous array of exciting color combinations through a mixture of natural resin and vegetal components. The vibrant colors of the swirled resins still retain the look of fresh paint awaiting their turn on an artist’s pallet. The color patterns each vary from pen to pen, recalling the beautiful impressionist paintings of Van Gogh himself.

 

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Visconti Van Gogh Maxi Rollerball

 

Physical Education

 

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Yafa Poquito Ballpoint Pen

Shirts versus skins is the common way competitors in impromptu bouts of competition are segregated in gym class. In most sports, the larger the person, the more desirable they are to have on your team. Football, basketball, baseball, soccer all rely on strength first, skill second and speed last. But, there is one team sport where tiny wins out against pure, brute strength and that is dodge ball. In this ridiculously fun game, the tiny amongst us reign supreme. Harder to hit, typically faster, dodge petites time to shine. In that theme, there is no other pen that can out small the Yafa Poquito Ballpoint Pen. This little dynamo even has a twist action to release the ballpoint for writing. And, we all know that a good twist at the right time can mean the difference between being missed or being beamed by a hard rubber ball.

 

Recess

Recess is perhaps the all time favorite hour of nearly every student who has ever attended class in grades K-8. Lunch takes a close second. But, recess is all about cutting loose and hanging with friends. It’s about talking, running, flirting and generally trying to make your friends laugh until they can’t stand it anymore. The Monteverde Riviera Rollerball in Yellow is perfect example of fun writ large. This specific pen comes with two refill choices. There is a fineliner that features a built-in spring-mounted fiber tip and also a smooth-writing rollerball with liquid ink. Its vibrant color and red, blue and silver trim can brighten any day. That is until you’re called back in for history in 5th period.

 

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Monteverde Riviera Rollerball

 

Go ahead and take the time to bring your education to another level by looking at all of the great back to school pen ideas that Executive Essentials has in their catalog. It’s a cornucopia of writing instruments that can turn your back to school season into a year of education and fun.

Company Logo Pens for Christmas

The ovens are far from heating up for this 2011 Thanksgiving dinner, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas is content to wait on the sidelines until we are all done digesting. In fact, ho-ho-ho tinged commercials have already infiltrated the airwaves and local shops are already trimming their newly frosted windows in red and green. It is clearly time to start thinking about the gifts we choose to say ‘thank you’ to those around us in our daily lives. And there is no better way for a business to say thank you to its employees and customers than with a high-quality pen that is stylish and affordable.

Executive Essentials makes gift giving easy by offering a wide selection of personalized pens from top name brand companies like Cross, Waterman, Waterford, Parker, and Dunhill. The pens in the EE catalog come in a wide variety of styles and prices to fit the needs of just about any company’s budget. At Executive Essentials, we have the ability to offer substantial discounts for high volume orders and with a little extra time, we can let you see a finished sample of your logo pen prior to your order. We know that you want the very best when you give gifts and we have the pens you need and the service to make it come true. And, unlike cheap custom pens, our pens come from name brand, well-respected companies that offer quality, style and satisfaction guaranteed.

Take a look at a few of the amazing pens in the Executive Essentials catalog that come with the option of being engraved.

Parker Sonnet Ballpoint Pen in Stainless Steel

This streamlined pen from Parker has a stainless steel body that is brushed to give it a textured effect before it is buffed to smooth gloss finish. Although the shape is simple, the pen itself is designed for a comfort and feel that is appreciated by both men and women. The gold accents give it a flair that is striking without being gaudy or garish. Listed at $65 with another $14 for engraving, the Parker Sonnet is a gift worth giving and worth receiving.

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Parker Sonnet Ballpoint Pen in Stainless Steel

Waterman Carene Ballpoint Pen

One look at the elliptical shape of the Waterman Carene Ballpoint brings to mind an object of speed and grace. The almost bullet like design has a simplicity that is understated and mired in a long standing tradition of craftsmanship. It all makes sense though when you find out that the Carene is modeled after the world’s finest Yachts. The barrel is a high-gloss lacquer and is trimmed in gold for a dynamic look with a weight that feels good in all hands. This executive pen carries a $150 price tag and costs $16 to personalize, but it’s not a gift soon forgotten.

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Waterman Carene Ballpoint Pen

Waterford Claria Chrome Ballpoint

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Waterford Claria Chrome Ballpoint Pen

At the lower end of the price spectrum is the Claria in chrome from Waterford Pens. But, don’t be fooled by the $31.99 price tag. This inexpensive pen is far from cheap. The chrome barrel of the pen gives it a substantial feel and the shape lend it a fit for any hand. The rhodium plated finish give it a look that shines bright with sophistication and prestige. This is a great pen for everyday use. One that can be put to work and offer style all at the same time. Engraving this pen costs $14, with two choices of font and 22 characters of engraving text. The right price. The right pen. The right gift.

Don’t settle for cheap engraved pens this Christmas season. Come and take a look at Executive Essentials and see what quality company logo pens can look like when done right.