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  • Category: Uncategorized  (30)
    • Life Saver: Graduation Gift Guide For Her by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 10, 2015, 10:31

      Alright, now that we have the boys down, let’s move to the women. Choosing the right graduation gift for the girl in your life is just plain hard. You want…

    • Use Reviews to Help you Choose by: Jerry

      October 20, 2013, 10:05

      Turn on the television and tune into an old school channel and you'll find something called a commercial. An intermission from the main program you've tuned…

    • Balzac Pens by: Jerry

      September 9, 2013, 22:53

      Montblanc Honore De Balzac Fountain Pen What do Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner and…

    • Engraved Pens by: Jerry

      July 31, 2013, 11:17

      The Executive Essentials online catalog has many wonderful and inspiring pens. The variety of pens online makes for easy gift giving for any occasion. A…

    • Executive Pencils by: Jerry

      July 29, 2013, 14:33

      At Executive Essentials, we don’t tend to talk about pencils that much. We tend to focus much of our energy on talking about pens. Now, we love a good pen as…

    • Dali Dance of Time Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 16, 2013, 15:48

      In the surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, a bleak landscape is laid-out before the viewer, nearly fading into the background in a haze of…

    • Cross 2013 Year of the Snake by: Jerry

      April 29, 2013, 22:22

      Summer is approaching quickly. Cold afternoons are being pushed further back into the night and soon even the darkness will have a casual balmy feeling. As…

    • Showdown: Tools of the Boardroom by: Jerry

      October 15, 2012, 11:28

      Despite the inroads that touchscreens and smartphones are making into the workplace, the pen will always have its place in the serious professional’s hand.…

    • Montblanc Pen and Writing: What to do Without Electricity? by: renee

      September 28, 2012, 10:25

      Mont Blanc, a product of choice when technology just isn't enough.

    • How To Select A Comfortable Pen by: Jerry

      July 19, 2012, 10:40

      --Tracy McCusker is at it again. This time letting us in on what to look for in a comfortable pen! Twelve years ago, I visited my doctor with blinding pain…

    • Retro 51 Founding Fathers Pens by: Jerry

      July 11, 2012, 23:25

      This summer all across the nation, temperatures are extreme. Record breaking highs during the day drive people into their homes, shopping malls and grocery…

    • Have you considered a Summer Pen? by: Jerry

      June 20, 2012, 23:03

      It's nearly the start of the summer:  daylight stretches into the late hours, the afternoon breeze brings crisp air from the coast, and ripe lemons hang off…

    • Unique Mother's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 7, 2012, 22:00

      Hunting on the internet for a unique Mother's Day gift is the last minute pastime for a lot of folks right now. Spinning around the internet in search of good…

    • Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      March 14, 2012, 22:54

      “When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.” – Alfred Hitchcock…

    • Tis the Season -- A Penaholic’s Gift Guide to Luxury Pens  by: Jerry

      December 13, 2011, 22:59

      For the next several posts we will be featuring guest blogger Tracy McCusker.Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens…

    • Montblanc, Cross, Acme and Visconti Present: Costume Ideas by: Jerry

      October 31, 2011, 13:29

              It's Halloween and that means tricks, treats and getting dressed up as your favorite character. As the father of two small…

    • Rickenbacker and Cross Year of the Dragon Pens by: Jerry

      October 30, 2011, 13:26

      Every craftsman needs great tools to perform, create, design and produce. This is true of all professions from musicians to carpenters. And although high…

    • Acme Beatles Pen Collection by: Jerry

      October 29, 2011, 09:58

      Roughly two weeks before Christmas in 1963 the evening news reported on a musical phenomenon that was keeping the residents of the United Kingdom jumping and…

    • Namiki Pens by: Jerry

      September 24, 2011, 12:16

      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…

    • Montblanc Fountain Pens by: Jerry

      July 23, 2011, 10:18

      When you talk about fine writing instruments it’s hard to find any quality better than Montblanc Pens. These phenomenal pens come from a company that…

    • Red, White and Blue by: Jerry

      July 4, 2011, 11:32

      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…

    • Parker Pens: Trifecta of Excellence by: Jerry

      May 30, 2011, 22:03

      Memorial day is a great holiday. Not only is it a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America, but its also a…

    • College Graduation Gift Ideas : For Him, For Her. by: Jerry

      April 23, 2011, 20:01

      If you’re looking for gift ideas for your soon to be graduated college student then let me be the first to tell you that you have come to the right place.…

    • Executive Essentials Needs You! by: Jerry

      April 2, 2011, 16:17

      Today we are taking a short break from our series on how to find the perfect pen to give as a graduation gift in order to gather information -- from you! …

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens by: Jerry

      March 30, 2011, 10:42

      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…

    • Omas and the Supermoon by: Jerry

      March 19, 2011, 00:34

      Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through…

    • A Sarcophagi By Any Other Name by: Jerry

      March 16, 2011, 01:29

      The enchanting land of Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a great, sprawling transcontinental country reaching out from North Africa, across…

    • Our Own Blue Light Specials by: Jerry

      March 11, 2011, 17:13

      When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn't matter what…

    • Great Gift Idea A Unique Umbrella by: margaret

      October 6, 2010, 09:33

      Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down?...This no longer has to be the case, at least when it comes to rainy days! I have just the ticket to brighten up…

    • Fashion Benefits Gulf Oil Spill Animal Victims by: renee

      June 16, 2010, 15:11

      Hadaki is known for its fun, original and affordable bags. There are totes, shoulder bags, messenger bags, weekend travel bags and many more types. Each size…

  • Category: Gifts for Dads & Grads  (42)
    • The Montblanc Writer's Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen by: margaret

      October 12, 2015, 10:43

        Montblanc has once again designed a masterpiece: The Montblanc Writer’s Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen (available in the fountain, rollerball and…

    • The Art of Engraving  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Montblanc Unveils The Limited Edition Pavarotti - A Pen Worthy of Its Namesake  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 15, 2015, 08:11

      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…

    • Give a Ferrari (Pen) for Graduation by: Jerry

      May 5, 2015, 11:59

      Looking for the perfect gift? At Executive Essentials, we think that a fine pen makes the perfect graduation gift, especially when that pen is a Ferrari!

    • Back to School Pens by: Jerry

      August 19, 2013, 19:16

      Lamy Dialog Ballpoint Pen August is typically the hottest month of the year, making it the ultimate ambassador of summer. It's the month when the sun…

    • Last Minute Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      June 15, 2013, 19:18

      Father's Day, like Mother's Day is more about the entire weekend and not really just about one day. It starts on Friday and rolls through until the Sunday…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Unique Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 30, 2013, 10:07

      Think Bruce Lee Pen Pens are fun gifts for Father's Day. Let's just get that out of the way in case you had any doubt. Dad doesn't need another tie or a…

    • Father's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      May 21, 2013, 14:48

      I have a friend who has complained every Father’s Day since he has had children that, “if it’s father’s day, how come I can’t sit around in my…

    • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

      December 19, 2012, 16:05

      Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

    • John Wayne: Think Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      June 12, 2012, 16:15

      When people from all over the world think of John Wayne, they don't often think of pens. In fact, on screen, Wayne was more of fighter than a writer, more…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      June 1, 2012, 15:33

      Remember a few weeks ago when you were scrambling around trying to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Remember when you waited to the last minute to…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • The Graduate Guide To Losing Pens by: Jerry

      May 14, 2012, 23:10

      You can't believe it. The black robe chafes as you walk up to the podium. The dean doesn’t smile.  He shakes hands and gives you a placeholder diploma. A…

    • Montblanc Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      April 30, 2012, 22:10

      Last week I talked a bit about the great pens for Mother's Day in the Executive Essentials catalog. Well, I was looking through the catalog again and noticed…

    • Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Graduation Pen Guide  by: Jerry

      April 21, 2012, 08:01

      Hey folks! Guest blogger Tracy McCusker is back again. This time with some great suggestions for graduation gift pen ideas with a step by step outline of…

    • Create Your Own Pen Set 1930s Gangsters by: Jerry

      July 29, 2011, 22:59

      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 0. Actually, it ended up…

    • Pen Sets and a Unique Wedding Gift by: Jerry

      June 29, 2011, 21:17

      The only thing better than receiving one pen as a gift is receiving a pen set as a gift. Here at Executive Essentials we have 29 amazing pen sets available…

    • A Mont Blanc Pencil: Style and Forgiveness by: Jerry

      June 20, 2011, 23:47

      I've known for some time now that Montblanc is more than just a company that makes fine writing instruments and leather goods. They are more than a brand…

    • Movado Clock: Bold, Inspired by: Jerry

      June 18, 2011, 23:04

      Communication is a burden and a joy. Even in a comfortable environment, surrounded by those who speak our language, our meaning and our explanations can lose…

    • Executive Essentials Staff Picks by: Jerry

      May 16, 2011, 21:38

      Graduation time has come to Montana. I know this very well, because last weekend I gathered up my two children, dressed them up in the finest threads we have…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas 2011: The Other Majors by: Jerry

      May 8, 2011, 22:40

      College graduation presents are on everyone’s mind right now and for good reason. Graduation in most areas of the country is in a few weeks. As students…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas: Literature and Creative Writing by: Jerry

      April 30, 2011, 21:15

      Not to state the obvious, but today is the last day of April. That means that tomorrow is the 1st day of May. And May is graduation month all around the…

    • College Graduation Gifts 2011: Business School Majors by: Jerry

      April 26, 2011, 23:15

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: History Pens by: Jerry

      April 18, 2011, 16:53

      The graduation countdown continues at a fast pace as students work hard to finish their last papers and tests, all-the-while navigating the finalizing…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Science Pens by: Jerry

      April 8, 2011, 14:55

      Science is everywhere and yet a vast majority of folks tend to shy away from spending a great deal of time learning much about the laws of physics, the…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens by: Jerry

      March 30, 2011, 10:42

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: A Pen Guide by: Jerry

      March 24, 2011, 00:57

      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…

    • Omas and the Supermoon by: Jerry

      March 19, 2011, 00:34

      Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through…

    • Norman Lindsey: Artist, Writer, Sculpter, Boxer by: Jerry

      March 8, 2011, 01:06

      Perhaps not as well known around the world as he is in his homeland, Norman Lindsey is undoubtedly regarded as one of Austraila's greatest artists,…

    • Visconti Celebrates the Declaration of Independence by: margaret

      March 1, 2011, 11:24

      Turmoil, turmoil and more turmoil; the world is a very volatile place right now.  When you turn on the news or the radio and hear about all the difficultie…

    • Giving Back to Museums - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Pens by: margaret

      February 24, 2011, 13:11

      If you're a museum fan like me, you should check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pen Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art pens are beautiful pens that…

    • The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen by: margaret

      February 17, 2011, 12:25

      The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen…….who would have thought a plain old black pen would be such a hot seller!!!  Well, the reality of it is, the Parker…

    • The new Serenite dArt collection from Waterman Pens by: margaret

      November 11, 2010, 09:27

      Throughout its long history, established in 1884, Waterman has produced a wide selection of the highest quality pens in a broad range of prices. In…

    • Namiki Pens by: margaret

      October 26, 2010, 12:37

      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…

    • Great Gift Idea A Unique Umbrella by: margaret

      October 6, 2010, 09:33

      Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down?...This no longer has to be the case, at least when it comes to rainy days! I have just the ticket to brighten up…

    • Top 10 Gifts for Executives and Professionals in 2010 by: margaret

      September 28, 2010, 15:03

      Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen Black & Gold  Bey Berk Lady Justice Sculpture Movado Rotating Aluminum Desk Cube Bosca Old Leather…

    • Montblanc Leather by: margaret

      August 31, 2010, 13:58

      Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen.   Made from Southern German full grain…

    • Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas by: renee

      June 16, 2010, 15:11

      Still stuck on what to get dad for Father’s day? I’ve got an idea for you. Try a Grand Band money clip. They come in your choice of stainless steel or…

    • Happy Father's Day- The Best Gifts for Dad by: renee

      June 7, 2010, 13:44

      It comes every year, and every time we scramble to find something he’ll love. So, what to do this year? For sure no more knit sweaters from Grandma or…

    • Top 10 Graduation Gifts by: margaret

      May 26, 2010, 17:03

      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…

  • Category: Pens  (160)

    Find out about the latest fine pens, fountain pens and engraved pens. See new pen brands, and old favorites like Cross and Waterman, with new collections. See…

    • The Montblanc Writer's Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen by: margaret

      October 12, 2015, 10:43

        Montblanc has once again designed a masterpiece: The Montblanc Writer’s Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen (available in the fountain, rollerball and…

    • What Makes a Limited Edition Pen so Special by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      August 18, 2015, 13:40

      There’s something about a fine writing instrument. It makes you feel important. It makes your words special. It adds a touch of elegance and class to your…

    • The Wonderful World of Waterman by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 13, 2015, 12:48

      If you know fine pens, you know Waterman. Poetry, movement, and design define the Waterman brand, and those concepts are evident in each piece produced from…

    • The Art of Engraving  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Urban Speed Pens Mark Latest Innovation in Montblanc’s Starwalker Collection  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 15, 2015, 08:16

      The Starwalker pen Collection exhibits some of the most classic and iconic designs from Montblanc. To add to the prestigious family, Montblanc has released the…

    • Montblanc Unveils The Limited Edition Pavarotti - A Pen Worthy of Its Namesake  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 15, 2015, 08:11

      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…

    • Give a Ferrari (Pen) for Graduation by: Jerry

      May 5, 2015, 11:59

      Looking for the perfect gift? At Executive Essentials, we think that a fine pen makes the perfect graduation gift, especially when that pen is a Ferrari!

    • Omas Pens and New Years Resolutions by: Jerry

      December 27, 2013, 11:00

      If you’re looking for a new years resolution you can keep, consider promising to travel a certain amount. Too many people believe that a resolution has to be…

    • Cross Tech Pens by: Jerry

      December 2, 2013, 17:00

      Cross is a known innovator in the pen arena. As a brand name, it is well respected and admired for creating pens that are both attractive and durable. With…

    • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 13:06

      Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

    • Leonardo Da Vinci Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 12:32

      Montblanc Leonardo Da Vinci Fountain Pen A polymath, or Renaissance Man, is an individual with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They believe that…

    • Cassini, Curiosity, Sheaffer by: Jerry

      November 25, 2013, 11:20

      Many people agree that space is the final frontier (although some argue the ocean is a more valuable location to explore). By searching through the cosmos, we…

    • Luxury Pens by: Jerry

      November 1, 2013, 10:10

      Living a life of luxury, often includes surrounding yourself with items that a majority of the worlds population would consider superfluous and extravagant.…

    • Pen Inspired Costumes by: Jerry

      October 30, 2013, 10:19

      Montegrappa Elvis Halloween is a fun, low-stress holiday for most folks, but choosing a costume doesn’t always happen without a little contemplation,…

    • Use Reviews to Help you Choose by: Jerry

      October 20, 2013, 10:05

      Turn on the television and tune into an old school channel and you'll find something called a commercial. An intermission from the main program you've tuned…

    • Affordable Pens by: Jerry

      October 14, 2013, 15:44

      The federal government is at the end of its second week of being shutdown, with over 800,000 federal employees out of work. These folks include a portion of…

    • Think Andre The Giant Rollerball Pen by: Jerry

      October 1, 2013, 16:17

      "I just want you to feel you're doing well" Acromegaly is a syndrome that results when the pituitary gland in a body produces more growth hormone than is…

    • Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      September 30, 2013, 14:39

      At first glance, the Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen seems trimmed in simplicity and radiates a dullness that could put even the most voracious…

    • Montegrappa Elvis Presley Limited Edition by: Jerry

      September 29, 2013, 12:06

      Tupelo Mississippi, by all comparisons, is a small town. As of 2010 it had a population of just over 35,000 people. Even so, it is the 7th largest town in…

    • Balzac Pens by: Jerry

      September 9, 2013, 22:53

      Montblanc Honore De Balzac Fountain Pen What do Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner and…

    • Back In School Supplies by: Jerry

      September 4, 2013, 23:05

      Well, it finally happened. After spending all of August ignoring the commercials and radio spots, after failing to read the color inserts of the Wednesday and…

    • Back to School Pens by: Jerry

      August 19, 2013, 19:16

      Lamy Dialog Ballpoint Pen August is typically the hottest month of the year, making it the ultimate ambassador of summer. It's the month when the sun…

    • Krone Pens by: Jerry

      August 12, 2013, 14:35

      Krone T-Rex Pen When you think of collecting, pens are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, you, like most people are more prone to…

    • Pen Quotes That Last by: Jerry

      August 1, 2013, 23:41

      In the 1989 movie, Say Anything, the nerdy, but lovable Lloyd Dobler gets dumped by the apple of his eye, Diane Court, after a slow yet passionate courtship.…

    • Engraved Pens by: Jerry

      July 31, 2013, 11:17

      The Executive Essentials online catalog has many wonderful and inspiring pens. The variety of pens online makes for easy gift giving for any occasion. A…

    • AT Cross: The Past and the Future by: Jerry

      July 22, 2013, 15:33

      Cross Apogee Rollerball Long time company A.T. Cross, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island announced that it sold its pen division to Clarion Capital Partners…

    • Cross 2013 Year of the Snake by: Jerry

      July 1, 2013, 12:14

      Chinese Zodiac It's a creature with a body of rough scales, long and rope-like. It has no legs to move and instead writhes in a rhythmic fashion to propel…

    • Fun for Fifty by: Jerry

      June 27, 2013, 15:36

      Waterford Claria Ballpoint Pen Some folks think that pen collecting is expensive. They believe that good pens cost good money and that nothing worth having…

    • Montblanc Patron of the Arts by: Jerry

      June 21, 2013, 12:55

        Art and religion have walked hand in hand for centuries and the depiction of saints and religious events are common place during the birth of…

    • Last Minute Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      June 15, 2013, 19:18

      Father's Day, like Mother's Day is more about the entire weekend and not really just about one day. It starts on Friday and rolls through until the Sunday…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Unique Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 30, 2013, 10:07

      Think Bruce Lee Pen Pens are fun gifts for Father's Day. Let's just get that out of the way in case you had any doubt. Dad doesn't need another tie or a…

    • Father's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      May 21, 2013, 14:48

      I have a friend who has complained every Father’s Day since he has had children that, “if it’s father’s day, how come I can’t sit around in my…

    • Dali Dance of Time Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 16, 2013, 15:48

      In the surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, a bleak landscape is laid-out before the viewer, nearly fading into the background in a haze of…

    • Red Pens by: Jerry

      April 30, 2013, 22:15

      Red is the color of rubies, strawberries and blood. It is a color that is at times associated with anger and other times associated with love. It conjures up…

    • Cross 2013 Year of the Snake by: Jerry

      April 29, 2013, 22:22

      Summer is approaching quickly. Cold afternoons are being pushed further back into the night and soon even the darkness will have a casual balmy feeling. As…

    • Montblanc, Unicef -- Signature For Good by: Jerry

      April 18, 2013, 10:09

      The world can sometimes seem a crazy place. An environment filled with random and not so random acts of violence and bouts of havoc creating natural events. …

    • The Montblanc Heater Pen by: Jerry

      April 1, 2013, 23:48

      Nobody innovates like the good folks at Montblanc. Known for their incredible line of pen products and other executive essentials, the company is always…

    • Montegrappa Silver Brain Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      March 25, 2013, 18:15

      There is an assumption that we all carry with us in our daily lives. It is the belief that what we see with our eyes are the objects that govern our world.…

    • Montblanc Albert Einstein - Great Characters Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      March 21, 2013, 22:34

      Pens are for writers or so we are told. At the very least, we are lead to believe that pens are for people who have something to write about, regardless of…

    • Montegrappa Batman Pen by: Jerry

      March 18, 2013, 20:27

      In the late 1930s, comics were just beginning to rise out of the hands of young children and into the hands of young adults or those adults young at heart.…

    • Vintage Toasters and Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      March 4, 2013, 17:01

      Pens and other writing instruments are something that we often take for granted. Primarily, because there isn’t anyone alive today that remembers a time…

    • Montblanc Excellence by: Jerry

      March 1, 2013, 15:01

      Masterpiece is a word that comes to mind when you mention Montblanc. Theirs is a legacy that has far exceeded any expectations the founders could have ever…

    • The 2013 Oscars...for Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      February 24, 2013, 22:39

      The Oscars represent that time of year when we look back on the artistic contributions of those who make movies to determine which one's have touched us the…

    • Pens For Dog Lovers by: Jerry

      February 18, 2013, 13:23

      The Westminster Dog Show was earlier this month and as with most years it was quite the show. Hundreds of different dogs all came together to compete for group…

    • A Montblanc Inauguration by: Jerry

      February 4, 2013, 20:59

        The best part of a presidential inauguration is when the presidential campaigns are over and the media goes silent. Although selecting the leader of…

    • A Penaholic's Pen Resolutions by: Jerry

      January 31, 2013, 14:41

      Last year, guest blogger Tracy McCusker wrote about how to use longhand to keep on top of yearly resolutions. This year, she offers up advice on how general…

    • Fountain Pen Basics: Barrel Materials by: Jerry

      January 22, 2013, 21:21

      Fountain Pen Basics are posts for new fountain pen users who are learning the ropes. The series will introduce you to fountain pen terminology by looking at…

    • Diplomat Excellence Pens by: Jerry

      January 11, 2013, 11:26

      When nations are born, a great deal of time is spent working on domestic matters. The population and people expound on the virtues of their chosen form of…

    • A Writing Instrument Resolution by: Jerry

      December 31, 2012, 12:24

      The start of a new year brings with it a slew of heady contemplation. Tradition fills us with the need to look back over the last 364 days with a microscope.…

    • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

      December 19, 2012, 16:05

      Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

    • Montblanc Christmas Gifts by: Jerry

      December 12, 2012, 11:32

      Mont Blanc Pens make the perfect Christmas, Chanukah or birthday gift. From Montblanc Meisterstuck to the Starwalker, Mont Blanc Pens are simply the best.

    • Buying a Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      November 30, 2012, 14:04

      This year has seen some gorgeous limited edition pens in release. Not only did Mont Blanc release a new Writers Edition pen, the Jonathan Swift, Delta has…

    • The 2012 Penaholic Gift Guide: Part Two by: Jerry

      November 26, 2012, 21:49

      Part One of 2012’s gift guide can be read here. Last week, I gave the inexpensive pens picks for my 2012 gift guide. In this second half of my pen gift…

    • The 2012 Penaholic Gift Guide: Part One by: Jerry

      November 17, 2012, 14:06

      Last year's gift guide was so massive that it was split into three posts. If you'd like to read last year recommendations, visit part one for pens up to 50…

    • Brand Spotlight: Monteverde by: Jerry

      November 12, 2012, 11:16

      Of all of the young pen companies on the market today, Monteverde has been making a name for itself in the world of fine writing instruments. The hallmark…

    • The New Montblanc Johnathon Swift Pens - Writer's Edition by: Jerry

      October 31, 2012, 08:51

          Johnathan Swift Pens by Mont Blanc When it comes to writers, Mont Blanc has spent a fair amount of it’s legacy commemorating the best. As…

    • Fountain Pen Basics: Skipping by: Jerry

      October 22, 2012, 10:46

      When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I plunged into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

    • Showdown: Tools of the Boardroom by: Jerry

      October 15, 2012, 11:28

      Despite the inroads that touchscreens and smartphones are making into the workplace, the pen will always have its place in the serious professional’s hand.…

    • Montblanc Johannes Brahms Pen by: Jerry

      October 7, 2012, 20:26

      Counterpoint, in music, is the relationship between two melodies that are interdependent harmonically, but independent with their rhythm and contour. Harmony…

    • Why Ballpoint Pens are Serious Writing Tool by: Jerry

      September 30, 2012, 11:03

      This surprisingly simple feeling is a rare sentiment in the pen collecting world. Yet I am sure most of you will agree with me. If ballpoint pens and fountain…

    • Montblanc Pen and Writing: What to do Without Electricity? by: renee

      September 28, 2012, 10:25

      Mont Blanc, a product of choice when technology just isn't enough.

    • Ink Spotlight: Private Reserve by: Jerry

      September 26, 2012, 10:23

      Last week, I wrote about one of the most vexing problems for new fountain pen users--feathering. Feathering is an indistinct or fuzzy line caused by ink…

    • Fountain Pen Basics: Feathering by: Jerry

      September 16, 2012, 22:18

      When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I was plunging into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

    • On Lost Pens and Pen Clips by: Jerry

      August 27, 2012, 14:59

      It took two weeks to receive the most expected package of the month. I kept my eye on the tracker to watch in non-real time as the package traversed the…

    • Three Pens by: Jerry

      August 20, 2012, 16:11

      Sometimes when you go to the movies, you expect an epic journey of love, danger and deceit. You want the limits of your imagination stretched and your…

    • Firma Qube Pens by: Jerry

      August 15, 2012, 15:44

      The Olympics are over. All that is left are the stories of triumph and defeat. Over the last few weeks, the world was able to step into the shoes of…

    • Lime Lamy Safari by: Jerry

      August 9, 2012, 23:12

      It's August all around us. You can mostly tell because of the sweltering heat. At this point in the summer it starts getting hot early and it doesn't cool…

    • Think Camo Fountain Pen and Other Oddities by: Jerry

      July 30, 2012, 23:32

      Oddities attract our attention. The sight of something ordinary, but with a twist that challenges our ideas of how that object should appear gives us pause…

    • Tokens and Icons: Stadium Seating by: Jerry

      July 26, 2012, 10:28

      There’s nothing like being in the stands of a major league ball game. The hum of excitement on a balmy night is emphasized with the yells of “PEANUTS”,…

    • How To Select A Comfortable Pen by: Jerry

      July 19, 2012, 10:40

      --Tracy McCusker is at it again. This time letting us in on what to look for in a comfortable pen! Twelve years ago, I visited my doctor with blinding pain…

    • Retro 51 Founding Fathers Pens by: Jerry

      July 11, 2012, 23:25

      This summer all across the nation, temperatures are extreme. Record breaking highs during the day drive people into their homes, shopping malls and grocery…

    • Waterford Emerald Isle Kilbarry Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      July 2, 2012, 13:44

      On a wayward trip this last week, across the great open space of Montana, I managed to find the time to steer into one of my favorite towns in America…

    • Montblanc Starwalker Red and Gold by: Jerry

      June 26, 2012, 23:05

      From 1916 to 1991 a man named Irwin Allen earned the nickname the , “master of disaster” for his work creating disaster films that brought both ingenuity…

    • Have you considered a Summer Pen? by: Jerry

      June 20, 2012, 23:03

      It's nearly the start of the summer:  daylight stretches into the late hours, the afternoon breeze brings crisp air from the coast, and ripe lemons hang off…

    • John Wayne: Think Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      June 12, 2012, 16:15

      When people from all over the world think of John Wayne, they don't often think of pens. In fact, on screen, Wayne was more of fighter than a writer, more…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      June 1, 2012, 15:33

      Remember a few weeks ago when you were scrambling around trying to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Remember when you waited to the last minute to…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • The Graduate Guide To Losing Pens by: Jerry

      May 14, 2012, 23:10

      You can't believe it. The black robe chafes as you walk up to the podium. The dean doesn’t smile.  He shakes hands and gives you a placeholder diploma. A…

    • Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      April 25, 2012, 23:53

      Spring is here and the Easter Bunny has hopped off into the wild blue yonder making way for the months when we celebrate those that gave life to us – our…

    • Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Graduation Pen Guide  by: Jerry

      April 21, 2012, 08:01

      Hey folks! Guest blogger Tracy McCusker is back again. This time with some great suggestions for graduation gift pen ideas with a step by step outline of…

    • Hidden Treasures: Vintage Pens by: Jerry

      April 7, 2012, 10:26

      Spring is here and she's gearing up to kick old man winter in the shorts. And, as he exits the scene everything will begin to bounce back to life and the…

    • Princesse Grace de Monaco Pen by: Jerry

      March 31, 2012, 10:57

      Monaco, located in the beautiful and serene French Riviera is the world's second smallest country and also it's most densely populated. With Mediterranean…

    • Cool pens: More Pen, Less Concept by: Jerry

      March 27, 2012, 22:47

      I am a bloodhound for pen lists. I can't get my fill of innovative pen concepts. Yet it's always a bit of a let-down to find out that these pen concepts are…

    • Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      March 14, 2012, 22:54

      “When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.” – Alfred Hitchcock…

    • Styling a Modern Nib by: Jerry

      March 9, 2012, 16:05

      This post is third in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker I have spoken at length about the anatomy of fountain…

    • The Waterford Pen Clearance Leap Day Event by: Jerry

      February 29, 2012, 17:32

      It turns out that calendars are fairly complicated instruments when used to track the days of our lives. For the most part, it's pretty straight forward. All…

    • Montblanc Starwalker: A Pen for Carl Sagan by: Jerry

      February 27, 2012, 23:11

      The vast emptiness of space, sleeping above our tiny globe of water, dirt, air and fire, can seem a harsh mistress. A cold, dispelling, environment void of…

    • Understanding Fountain Pen Nibs by: Jerry

      February 15, 2012, 11:46

      This post will be the first in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. -- by Tracy McCusker   If you have never owned a fountain pen…

    • Visconti Van Gogh Collection by: Jerry

      January 31, 2012, 22:23

      Vincent Van Gogh was one of the greatest Dutch post impressionist painters of his time with an influence that reached far into the 20th century. Born into a…

    • Waterman Clearance Pens by: Jerry

      January 27, 2012, 20:12

        All brands of pens have ranges within their own hierarchy. It's part of the marketing game to make sure that you have products in your lines that…

    • A Penaholic’s Gift Guide To Luxury Pens by: Jerry

      December 19, 2011, 21:05

      This is part two in our three part series by Tracy McCusker.Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens from a young age,…

    • Gift Pens by: Jerry

      November 29, 2011, 00:56

      Thanksgiving is over ladies and gentlemen. And as the last leftover turkey sandwich settles in for digestion we must all turn our heads towards the on-coming…

    • Montegrappa Muhammad Ali Limited Edition Pens by: Jerry

      November 19, 2011, 14:04

      He was born Cassius Clay, but the world over would come to know him as the greatest heavy-weight boxer of all time – Muhammad Ali. He was born in Louisville…

    • Lamy Safari and Lamy Studio by: Jerry

      November 12, 2011, 17:39

      In the world of collectible pens there is a common misunderstanding that price equals quality. True enthusiasts know, however, that when it comes to pens,…

    • Company Logo Pens for Christmas by: Jerry

      November 5, 2011, 23:38

      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…

    • Montblanc, Cross, Acme and Visconti Present: Costume Ideas by: Jerry

      October 31, 2011, 13:29

              It's Halloween and that means tricks, treats and getting dressed up as your favorite character. As the father of two small…

    • Rickenbacker and Cross Year of the Dragon Pens by: Jerry

      October 30, 2011, 13:26

      Every craftsman needs great tools to perform, create, design and produce. This is true of all professions from musicians to carpenters. And although high…

    • Acme Beatles Pen Collection by: Jerry

      October 29, 2011, 09:58

      Roughly two weeks before Christmas in 1963 the evening news reported on a musical phenomenon that was keeping the residents of the United Kingdom jumping and…

    • Montblanc and the Beatles by: Jerry

      October 19, 2011, 23:28

      On this date in 1963, 'Please Please Me', the debut album by legendary rock band The Beatles, had already enjoyed 24 weeks at number 1 on the UK Record…

    • Namiki Pens by: Jerry

      September 24, 2011, 12:16

      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…

    • Acme Pens: Brand X by: Jerry

      September 20, 2011, 22:10

      If you know anything about the Acme pen company then you know that they are a highly successful company that creates fun and innovative products of high…

    • Porsche Design: Timeless Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      September 13, 2011, 06:58

      Timeless good design is not just a matter of superficial styling. It is a process that takes place from within, as part of the formal implementation of a…

    • Back To School Sale: School Pens by: Jerry

      August 31, 2011, 23:16

      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…

    • Back To School: Ballpoint Pens by: Jerry

      August 14, 2011, 23:54

      It’s mid August and at least in the United States, summer seem to be slowing down. The rushing spring thaw has run its course and the rivers are returning…

    • Create Your Own Pen Set 1930s Gangsters by: Jerry

      July 29, 2011, 22:59

      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 0. Actually, it ended up…

    • Diamonds: Baseball and Montblanc by: Jerry

      July 26, 2011, 19:42

      The 2011 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB) doesn’t start until October 19th and for the many fans that means there are still hundreds of games…

    • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by: Jerry

      July 25, 2011, 13:40

      It was 1972, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when KOB Radio station manager Dick McKee came up with the idea of using a hot air balloon to help celebrate the…

    • Parker Pen Products by: Jerry

      July 18, 2011, 12:38

      Janesville, Wisconsin is located in the southern part of a state known mostly for beer, cheese and football – not necessarily in that order. It’s…

    • Zebra Pens and Zebra Prints by: Jerry

      July 9, 2011, 18:28

      The zebra is one of those highly distinctive and well-loved animals. And, even though they live in only one country, Africa, they are known world-wide. They…

    • Pen Sets and a Unique Wedding Gift by: Jerry

      June 29, 2011, 21:17

      The only thing better than receiving one pen as a gift is receiving a pen set as a gift. Here at Executive Essentials we have 29 amazing pen sets available…

    • A Mont Blanc Pencil: Style and Forgiveness by: Jerry

      June 20, 2011, 23:47

      I've known for some time now that Montblanc is more than just a company that makes fine writing instruments and leather goods. They are more than a brand…

    • The Stylus: A Second Chance for An Ancient Tool by: Jerry

      June 13, 2011, 22:37

      In ancient times, the Mesopotamians used pieces of dried reeds, bone, bits of wood and pieces of metal to write cuniform – one of the earliest forms of…

    • Best Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 31, 2011, 23:37

      It's a dangerous notion anytime you hear someone talking about something that is the best. Mostly, because 'the best' comes with a truckload of opinion and a…

    • Parker Pens: Trifecta of Excellence by: Jerry

      May 30, 2011, 22:03

      Memorial day is a great holiday. Not only is it a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America, but its also a…

    • The Cross Townsend: President Obama's Choice by: Jerry

      May 22, 2011, 21:41

      In 1846, in Providence Rhode Island, a family with a history as jewelers turned their attention to the creation of gold and silver casings for pencils. This…

    • Parker Pen Products by: Jerry

      May 20, 2011, 23:05

      Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. --Pretty Boy Floyd by…

    • Executive Essentials Staff Picks by: Jerry

      May 16, 2011, 21:38

      Graduation time has come to Montana. I know this very well, because last weekend I gathered up my two children, dressed them up in the finest threads we have…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas 2011: The Other Majors by: Jerry

      May 8, 2011, 22:40

      College graduation presents are on everyone’s mind right now and for good reason. Graduation in most areas of the country is in a few weeks. As students…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas: Literature and Creative Writing by: Jerry

      April 30, 2011, 21:15

      Not to state the obvious, but today is the last day of April. That means that tomorrow is the 1st day of May. And May is graduation month all around the…

    • College Graduation Gifts 2011: Business School Majors by: Jerry

      April 26, 2011, 23:15

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: History Pens by: Jerry

      April 18, 2011, 16:53

      The graduation countdown continues at a fast pace as students work hard to finish their last papers and tests, all-the-while navigating the finalizing…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Science Pens by: Jerry

      April 8, 2011, 14:55

      Science is everywhere and yet a vast majority of folks tend to shy away from spending a great deal of time learning much about the laws of physics, the…

    • Executive Essentials Needs You! by: Jerry

      April 2, 2011, 16:17

      Today we are taking a short break from our series on how to find the perfect pen to give as a graduation gift in order to gather information -- from you! …

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens by: Jerry

      March 30, 2011, 10:42

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: A Pen Guide by: Jerry

      March 24, 2011, 00:57

      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…

    • Omas and the Supermoon by: Jerry

      March 19, 2011, 00:34

      Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through…

    • A Sarcophagi By Any Other Name by: Jerry

      March 16, 2011, 01:29

      The enchanting land of Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a great, sprawling transcontinental country reaching out from North Africa, across…

    • Our Own Blue Light Specials by: Jerry

      March 11, 2011, 17:13

      When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn't matter what…

    • Norman Lindsey: Artist, Writer, Sculpter, Boxer by: Jerry

      March 8, 2011, 01:06

      Perhaps not as well known around the world as he is in his homeland, Norman Lindsey is undoubtedly regarded as one of Austraila's greatest artists,…

    • Elvis Is Leaving The Building by: Jerry

      March 5, 2011, 13:04

      On January 8th, 2011 Elvis Aaron Presley would have turned 76 years old. His untimely death in 1977 seemed a premature bookend to a life and career that…

    • War, Taxes and Writing Home by: Jerry

      March 2, 2011, 11:11

      It's tax season all around the United States. For those who overpaid it's a time of joy, an occasion to expectantly check the mail or log into our bank…

    • Visconti Celebrates the Declaration of Independence by: margaret

      March 1, 2011, 11:24

      Turmoil, turmoil and more turmoil; the world is a very volatile place right now.  When you turn on the news or the radio and hear about all the difficultie…

    • Giving Back to Museums - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Pens by: margaret

      February 24, 2011, 13:11

      If you're a museum fan like me, you should check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pen Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art pens are beautiful pens that…

    • The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen by: margaret

      February 17, 2011, 12:25

      The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen…….who would have thought a plain old black pen would be such a hot seller!!!  Well, the reality of it is, the Parker…

    • New from Namiki the Vanishing Point Fountain Pen in White. by: margaret

      February 10, 2011, 09:26

      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…

    • How Montblanc is Giving Back by: margaret

      January 26, 2011, 15:11

      Montblanc, considered the “cultural brand”, is continually striving to not only be the finest pen manufacturer in the world; Montblanc is continually…

    • 2011 Upcoming Pen Shows by: margaret

      January 13, 2011, 16:02

      For all you diehard pen fans out there, who love to visit pen shows, I thought it would be helpful to list some of the upcoming shows in 2011: January 21 –…

    • The Montblanc Etoile is a great gift for a female executive by: margaret

      January 6, 2011, 12:19

      Montblanc is renowned worldwide for their ‘fine writing instruments’. Names like Meisterstuck, Classique, LeGrand and Starwalker are well known throughout…

    • There are pens and there is the Montblanc Meisterstuck Pen by: margaret

      December 2, 2010, 13:37

      Today two billion pens are manufactured each year in the United States alone. Pen manufacturers span the globe from Namiki in Japan to Aurora in Italy to…

    • The Muhammad Ali Pen by: margaret

      November 18, 2010, 10:35

      Muhammad Ali, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion with 56 wins and only 5 losses in his career, is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.  His…

    • The new Serenite dArt collection from Waterman Pens by: margaret

      November 11, 2010, 09:27

      Throughout its long history, established in 1884, Waterman has produced a wide selection of the highest quality pens in a broad range of prices. In…

    • Pen Collectors  by: margaret

      November 3, 2010, 13:12

      Pens, Pen Collecting, Pen Clubs & Organizations, Pens Shows……The World of Pens. Who collects these wide assortment of writing instruments and how do…

    • Namiki Pens by: margaret

      October 26, 2010, 12:37

      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 Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Pen by: margaret

      October 21, 2010, 10:12

      John Lennon, a man who lived large, influenced and entertained millions and a man who was taken away far too soon, is being honored by Montblanc with the…

    • The New Montblanc Meisterstuck Diamond Collection with Patented Diamond Shape  by: renee

      August 26, 2010, 14:00

      Montblanc makes news with the introduction of the Meisterstuck Diamond Collection. Featuring the patented logo-inspired diamond floating in the cap, Montblanc…

    • The Best Pen for School Children by: margaret

      August 20, 2010, 09:51

      Now that the school year is upon us, it is once again time to purchase writing instruments for our children as they head into another year of academia. Instead…

    • Great College Pens by: margaret

      August 20, 2010, 09:17

      What does Elvis, bullets, safaris, and grips all have in common. They are all popular collections of “college friendly” pens. Each of these collections are…

    • Namiki's Vanishing Point: Newer, Sleeker and Better Than Ever by: renee

      July 15, 2010, 11:18

      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…

    • The New Cross C-Series: Pen or Sports Car? by: renee

      July 13, 2010, 13:39

      Car enthusiasts, get ready. Cross released a new collection, the C-Series, modeled after sports cars. The collection features fountain and rollerball pens in…

    • Montblanc Pays Homage to Queen Elizabeth I with New Pen by: renee

      July 13, 2010, 13:34

      Strong. Defined. Powerful. Innovative. These words describe the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and what’s more impressive is that they also apply to Montblanc’…

    • Diamonds are a Pen’s Best Friend by: renee

      June 24, 2010, 11:10

      Yes, you read that title correctly. Diamonds. No, I don’t mean the pens have a shiny gloss finish, or some sort of crystal design. I don’t mean there is a…

    • Waterford and Waterman on Sale Now! by: renee

      June 16, 2010, 15:11

      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…

    • Visconti Captures Famous Painter’s Iconic Style with New Collection  by: renee

      June 15, 2010, 13:57

      They already have Van Gogh, so why not add another monumentally important painter such as Rembrandt to the brand’s pen collections. While the Van Gogh pens…

    • Retro 51’s New Harley Davidson Pens Will Get Your Engines Running by: renee

      June 15, 2010, 13:57

      Harley Davidson, Disney and Tornados. What do all three have in common? They’re all Retro 51 pen collections, of course. Established in 1991, Retro 51 is…

    • Fountain Pens and all Their Glory by: margaret

      June 8, 2010, 10:06

      Fountain pens have an interesting history, and are still widely used today.What is it about these pens, though? Maybe it’s the history behind the fountain…

    • Parker Limited Edition Fountain Pen Epitomizes Art Deco Style by: margaret

      June 8, 2010, 09:56

      Examples of the Art Deco movement, an artistic style born in the early 20th Century which saw a resurgence in the 1980’s, are noticeable in architecture,…

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      • Affordable Pens by: Jerry

        October 14, 2013, 15:44

        The federal government is at the end of its second week of being shutdown, with over 800,000 federal employees out of work. These folks include a portion of…

      • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

        December 19, 2012, 16:05

        Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

      • Brand Spotlight: Monteverde by: Jerry

        November 12, 2012, 11:16

        Of all of the young pen companies on the market today, Monteverde has been making a name for itself in the world of fine writing instruments. The hallmark…

      • Have you considered a Summer Pen? by: Jerry

        June 20, 2012, 23:03

        It's nearly the start of the summer:  daylight stretches into the late hours, the afternoon breeze brings crisp air from the coast, and ripe lemons hang off…

      • Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

        April 25, 2012, 23:53

        Spring is here and the Easter Bunny has hopped off into the wild blue yonder making way for the months when we celebrate those that gave life to us – our…

      • Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Graduation Pen Guide  by: Jerry

        April 21, 2012, 08:01

        Hey folks! Guest blogger Tracy McCusker is back again. This time with some great suggestions for graduation gift pen ideas with a step by step outline of…

      • Hidden Treasures: Vintage Pens by: Jerry

        April 7, 2012, 10:26

        Spring is here and she's gearing up to kick old man winter in the shorts. And, as he exits the scene everything will begin to bounce back to life and the…

      • The Waterford Pen Clearance Leap Day Event by: Jerry

        February 29, 2012, 17:32

        It turns out that calendars are fairly complicated instruments when used to track the days of our lives. For the most part, it's pretty straight forward. All…

      • Waterman Clearance Pens by: Jerry

        January 27, 2012, 20:12

          All brands of pens have ranges within their own hierarchy. It's part of the marketing game to make sure that you have products in your lines that…

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      • The Montblanc Writer's Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen by: margaret

        October 12, 2015, 10:43

          Montblanc has once again designed a masterpiece: The Montblanc Writer’s Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen (available in the fountain, rollerball and…

      • The Wonderful World of Waterman by: Lindsay Seidenberg

        July 13, 2015, 12:48

        If you know fine pens, you know Waterman. Poetry, movement, and design define the Waterman brand, and those concepts are evident in each piece produced from…

      • Montblanc Unveils The Limited Edition Pavarotti - A Pen Worthy of Its Namesake  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

        May 15, 2015, 08:11

        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…

      • Give a Ferrari (Pen) for Graduation by: Jerry

        May 5, 2015, 11:59

        Looking for the perfect gift? At Executive Essentials, we think that a fine pen makes the perfect graduation gift, especially when that pen is a Ferrari!

      • Omas Pens and New Years Resolutions by: Jerry

        December 27, 2013, 11:00

        If you’re looking for a new years resolution you can keep, consider promising to travel a certain amount. Too many people believe that a resolution has to be…

      • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

        November 28, 2013, 13:06

        Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

      • Leonardo Da Vinci Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

        November 28, 2013, 12:32

        Montblanc Leonardo Da Vinci Fountain Pen A polymath, or Renaissance Man, is an individual with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They believe that…

      • Cassini, Curiosity, Sheaffer by: Jerry

        November 25, 2013, 11:20

        Many people agree that space is the final frontier (although some argue the ocean is a more valuable location to explore). By searching through the cosmos, we…

      • Affordable Pens by: Jerry

        October 14, 2013, 15:44

        The federal government is at the end of its second week of being shutdown, with over 800,000 federal employees out of work. These folks include a portion of…

      • Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen by: Jerry

        September 30, 2013, 14:39

        At first glance, the Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen seems trimmed in simplicity and radiates a dullness that could put even the most voracious…

      • Montegrappa Elvis Presley Limited Edition by: Jerry

        September 29, 2013, 12:06

        Tupelo Mississippi, by all comparisons, is a small town. As of 2010 it had a population of just over 35,000 people. Even so, it is the 7th largest town in…

      • Balzac Pens by: Jerry

        September 9, 2013, 22:53

        Montblanc Honore De Balzac Fountain Pen What do Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner and…

      • Krone Pens by: Jerry

        August 12, 2013, 14:35

        Krone T-Rex Pen When you think of collecting, pens are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, you, like most people are more prone to…

      • AT Cross: The Past and the Future by: Jerry

        July 22, 2013, 15:33

        Cross Apogee Rollerball Long time company A.T. Cross, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island announced that it sold its pen division to Clarion Capital Partners…

      • Cross 2013 Year of the Snake by: Jerry

        July 1, 2013, 12:14

        Chinese Zodiac It's a creature with a body of rough scales, long and rope-like. It has no legs to move and instead writhes in a rhythmic fashion to propel…

      • Last Minute Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

        June 15, 2013, 19:18

        Father's Day, like Mother's Day is more about the entire weekend and not really just about one day. It starts on Friday and rolls through until the Sunday…

      • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

        May 31, 2013, 11:05

        Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

      • Unique Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

        May 30, 2013, 10:07

        Think Bruce Lee Pen Pens are fun gifts for Father's Day. Let's just get that out of the way in case you had any doubt. Dad doesn't need another tie or a…

      • Dali Dance of Time Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

        May 16, 2013, 15:48

        In the surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, a bleak landscape is laid-out before the viewer, nearly fading into the background in a haze of…

      • Red Pens by: Jerry

        April 30, 2013, 22:15

        Red is the color of rubies, strawberries and blood. It is a color that is at times associated with anger and other times associated with love. It conjures up…

      • Montblanc, Unicef -- Signature For Good by: Jerry

        April 18, 2013, 10:09

        The world can sometimes seem a crazy place. An environment filled with random and not so random acts of violence and bouts of havoc creating natural events. …

      • Montegrappa Silver Brain Fountain Pen by: Jerry

        March 25, 2013, 18:15

        There is an assumption that we all carry with us in our daily lives. It is the belief that what we see with our eyes are the objects that govern our world.…

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        March 4, 2013, 17:01

        Pens and other writing instruments are something that we often take for granted. Primarily, because there isn’t anyone alive today that remembers a time…

      • Diplomat Excellence Pens by: Jerry

        January 11, 2013, 11:26

        When nations are born, a great deal of time is spent working on domestic matters. The population and people expound on the virtues of their chosen form of…

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        December 31, 2012, 12:24

        The start of a new year brings with it a slew of heady contemplation. Tradition fills us with the need to look back over the last 364 days with a microscope.…

      • Fountain Pen Basics: When a New Pen Clogs by: Jerry

        December 24, 2012, 18:16

        When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I plunged into a new world of writing. Because I’d only used ballpoint pens before, I encountered…

      • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

        December 19, 2012, 16:05

        Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

      • Montblanc Christmas Gifts by: Jerry

        December 12, 2012, 11:32

        Mont Blanc Pens make the perfect Christmas, Chanukah or birthday gift. From Montblanc Meisterstuck to the Starwalker, Mont Blanc Pens are simply the best.

      • The 2012 Penaholic Gift Guide: Part Two by: Jerry

        November 26, 2012, 21:49

        Part One of 2012’s gift guide can be read here. Last week, I gave the inexpensive pens picks for my 2012 gift guide. In this second half of my pen gift…

      • Fountain Pen Basics: Skipping by: Jerry

        October 22, 2012, 10:46

        When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I plunged into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

      • Showdown: Tools of the Boardroom by: Jerry

        October 15, 2012, 11:28

        Despite the inroads that touchscreens and smartphones are making into the workplace, the pen will always have its place in the serious professional’s hand.…

      • Montblanc Johannes Brahms Pen by: Jerry

        October 7, 2012, 20:26

        Counterpoint, in music, is the relationship between two melodies that are interdependent harmonically, but independent with their rhythm and contour. Harmony…

      • Montblanc Pen and Writing: What to do Without Electricity? by: renee

        September 28, 2012, 10:25

        Mont Blanc, a product of choice when technology just isn't enough.

      • Ink Spotlight: Private Reserve by: Jerry

        September 26, 2012, 10:23

        Last week, I wrote about one of the most vexing problems for new fountain pen users--feathering. Feathering is an indistinct or fuzzy line caused by ink…

      • Fountain Pen Basics: Feathering by: Jerry

        September 16, 2012, 22:18

        When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I was plunging into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

      • Three Pens by: Jerry

        August 20, 2012, 16:11

        Sometimes when you go to the movies, you expect an epic journey of love, danger and deceit. You want the limits of your imagination stretched and your…

      • The Graduate Guide To Losing Pens by: Jerry

        May 14, 2012, 23:10

        You can't believe it. The black robe chafes as you walk up to the podium. The dean doesn’t smile.  He shakes hands and gives you a placeholder diploma. A…

      • Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

        April 25, 2012, 23:53

        Spring is here and the Easter Bunny has hopped off into the wild blue yonder making way for the months when we celebrate those that gave life to us – our…

      • Princesse Grace de Monaco Pen by: Jerry

        March 31, 2012, 10:57

        Monaco, located in the beautiful and serene French Riviera is the world's second smallest country and also it's most densely populated. With Mediterranean…

      • Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

        March 14, 2012, 22:54

        “When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.” – Alfred Hitchcock…

      • Styling a Modern Nib by: Jerry

        March 9, 2012, 16:05

        This post is third in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker I have spoken at length about the anatomy of fountain…

      • An Examination of Fountain Pen Ink and Feeds by: Jerry

        February 19, 2012, 18:14

        This post is second in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker   In an effort to educate readers about fountain…

      • Understanding Fountain Pen Nibs by: Jerry

        February 15, 2012, 11:46

        This post will be the first in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. -- by Tracy McCusker   If you have never owned a fountain pen…

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        July 13, 2015, 12:48

        If you know fine pens, you know Waterman. Poetry, movement, and design define the Waterman brand, and those concepts are evident in each piece produced from…

      • Fountain Pen Basics: Skipping by: Jerry

        October 22, 2012, 10:46

        When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I plunged into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

      • Ink Spotlight: Private Reserve by: Jerry

        September 26, 2012, 10:23

        Last week, I wrote about one of the most vexing problems for new fountain pen users--feathering. Feathering is an indistinct or fuzzy line caused by ink…

      • An Examination of Fountain Pen Ink and Feeds by: Jerry

        February 19, 2012, 18:14

        This post is second in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker   In an effort to educate readers about fountain…

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    See the latest Montblanc pens and Montblanc leather bags, wallets and accessories.

    • What Makes a Limited Edition Pen so Special by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      August 18, 2015, 13:40

      There’s something about a fine writing instrument. It makes you feel important. It makes your words special. It adds a touch of elegance and class to your…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Urban Speed Pens Mark Latest Innovation in Montblanc’s Starwalker Collection  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 15, 2015, 08:16

      The Starwalker pen Collection exhibits some of the most classic and iconic designs from Montblanc. To add to the prestigious family, Montblanc has released the…

    • Montblanc Unveils The Limited Edition Pavarotti - A Pen Worthy of Its Namesake  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 15, 2015, 08:11

      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…

    • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 13:06

      Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

    • Leonardo Da Vinci Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 12:32

      Montblanc Leonardo Da Vinci Fountain Pen A polymath, or Renaissance Man, is an individual with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They believe that…

    • Luxury Pens by: Jerry

      November 1, 2013, 10:10

      Living a life of luxury, often includes surrounding yourself with items that a majority of the worlds population would consider superfluous and extravagant.…

    • Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      September 30, 2013, 14:39

      At first glance, the Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen seems trimmed in simplicity and radiates a dullness that could put even the most voracious…

    • Balzac Pens by: Jerry

      September 9, 2013, 22:53

      Montblanc Honore De Balzac Fountain Pen What do Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner and…

    • Montblanc Patron of the Arts by: Jerry

      June 21, 2013, 12:55

        Art and religion have walked hand in hand for centuries and the depiction of saints and religious events are common place during the birth of…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Montblanc, Unicef -- Signature For Good by: Jerry

      April 18, 2013, 10:09

      The world can sometimes seem a crazy place. An environment filled with random and not so random acts of violence and bouts of havoc creating natural events. …

    • The Montblanc Heater Pen by: Jerry

      April 1, 2013, 23:48

      Nobody innovates like the good folks at Montblanc. Known for their incredible line of pen products and other executive essentials, the company is always…

    • Montblanc Albert Einstein - Great Characters Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      March 21, 2013, 22:34

      Pens are for writers or so we are told. At the very least, we are lead to believe that pens are for people who have something to write about, regardless of…

    • Vintage Toasters and Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      March 4, 2013, 17:01

      Pens and other writing instruments are something that we often take for granted. Primarily, because there isn’t anyone alive today that remembers a time…

    • Montblanc Excellence by: Jerry

      March 1, 2013, 15:01

      Masterpiece is a word that comes to mind when you mention Montblanc. Theirs is a legacy that has far exceeded any expectations the founders could have ever…

    • Pens For Dog Lovers by: Jerry

      February 18, 2013, 13:23

      The Westminster Dog Show was earlier this month and as with most years it was quite the show. Hundreds of different dogs all came together to compete for group…

    • A Montblanc Inauguration by: Jerry

      February 4, 2013, 20:59

        The best part of a presidential inauguration is when the presidential campaigns are over and the media goes silent. Although selecting the leader of…

    • A Writing Instrument Resolution by: Jerry

      December 31, 2012, 12:24

      The start of a new year brings with it a slew of heady contemplation. Tradition fills us with the need to look back over the last 364 days with a microscope.…

    • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

      December 19, 2012, 16:05

      Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

    • Montblanc Christmas Gifts by: Jerry

      December 12, 2012, 11:32

      Mont Blanc Pens make the perfect Christmas, Chanukah or birthday gift. From Montblanc Meisterstuck to the Starwalker, Mont Blanc Pens are simply the best.

    • Buying a Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      November 30, 2012, 14:04

      This year has seen some gorgeous limited edition pens in release. Not only did Mont Blanc release a new Writers Edition pen, the Jonathan Swift, Delta has…

    • The New Montblanc Johnathon Swift Pens - Writer's Edition by: Jerry

      October 31, 2012, 08:51

          Johnathan Swift Pens by Mont Blanc When it comes to writers, Mont Blanc has spent a fair amount of it’s legacy commemorating the best. As…

    • Showdown: Tools of the Boardroom by: Jerry

      October 15, 2012, 11:28

      Despite the inroads that touchscreens and smartphones are making into the workplace, the pen will always have its place in the serious professional’s hand.…

    • Montblanc Johannes Brahms Pen by: Jerry

      October 7, 2012, 20:26

      Counterpoint, in music, is the relationship between two melodies that are interdependent harmonically, but independent with their rhythm and contour. Harmony…

    • Montblanc Pen and Writing: What to do Without Electricity? by: renee

      September 28, 2012, 10:25

      Mont Blanc, a product of choice when technology just isn't enough.

    • Montblanc Starwalker Red and Gold by: Jerry

      June 26, 2012, 23:05

      From 1916 to 1991 a man named Irwin Allen earned the nickname the , “master of disaster” for his work creating disaster films that brought both ingenuity…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • Princesse Grace de Monaco Pen by: Jerry

      March 31, 2012, 10:57

      Monaco, located in the beautiful and serene French Riviera is the world's second smallest country and also it's most densely populated. With Mediterranean…

    • Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Pen by: Jerry

      March 14, 2012, 22:54

      “When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.” – Alfred Hitchcock…

    • Montblanc Starwalker: A Pen for Carl Sagan by: Jerry

      February 27, 2012, 23:11

      The vast emptiness of space, sleeping above our tiny globe of water, dirt, air and fire, can seem a harsh mistress. A cold, dispelling, environment void of…

    • A Gift for a New Year by: Jerry

      December 28, 2011, 14:25

      I can’t let the year slip away without mentioning one of the most unique pens I’ve seen in a long time at Executive Essentials; the Carlo Collodi Limited…

    • Gift Pens by: Jerry

      November 29, 2011, 00:56

      Thanksgiving is over ladies and gentlemen. And as the last leftover turkey sandwich settles in for digestion we must all turn our heads towards the on-coming…

    • Montblanc, Cross, Acme and Visconti Present: Costume Ideas by: Jerry

      October 31, 2011, 13:29

              It's Halloween and that means tricks, treats and getting dressed up as your favorite character. As the father of two small…

    • Montblanc and the Beatles by: Jerry

      October 19, 2011, 23:28

      On this date in 1963, 'Please Please Me', the debut album by legendary rock band The Beatles, had already enjoyed 24 weeks at number 1 on the UK Record…

    • Diamonds: Baseball and Montblanc by: Jerry

      July 26, 2011, 19:42

      The 2011 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB) doesn’t start until October 19th and for the many fans that means there are still hundreds of games…

    • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by: Jerry

      July 25, 2011, 13:40

      It was 1972, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when KOB Radio station manager Dick McKee came up with the idea of using a hot air balloon to help celebrate the…

    • Pen Sets and a Unique Wedding Gift by: Jerry

      June 29, 2011, 21:17

      The only thing better than receiving one pen as a gift is receiving a pen set as a gift. Here at Executive Essentials we have 29 amazing pen sets available…

    • A Mont Blanc Pencil: Style and Forgiveness by: Jerry

      June 20, 2011, 23:47

      I've known for some time now that Montblanc is more than just a company that makes fine writing instruments and leather goods. They are more than a brand…

    • Mont Blanc Wallet: Anatomy of Perfection by: Jerry

      June 6, 2011, 19:31

      Southern German fullgrain calfskin with Montblanc unique deep shine, mixed chrome vegetable tanning, semi-aniline dyed through. Jacquard lining with Montblanc…

    • Best Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 31, 2011, 23:37

      It's a dangerous notion anytime you hear someone talking about something that is the best. Mostly, because 'the best' comes with a truckload of opinion and a…

    • College Graduation Gifts 2011: Business School Majors by: Jerry

      April 26, 2011, 23:15

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens by: Jerry

      March 30, 2011, 10:42

      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…

    • A Sarcophagi By Any Other Name by: Jerry

      March 16, 2011, 01:29

      The enchanting land of Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a great, sprawling transcontinental country reaching out from North Africa, across…

    • Norman Lindsey: Artist, Writer, Sculpter, Boxer by: Jerry

      March 8, 2011, 01:06

      Perhaps not as well known around the world as he is in his homeland, Norman Lindsey is undoubtedly regarded as one of Austraila's greatest artists,…

    • How Montblanc is Giving Back by: margaret

      January 26, 2011, 15:11

      Montblanc, considered the “cultural brand”, is continually striving to not only be the finest pen manufacturer in the world; Montblanc is continually…

    • The Montblanc Etoile is a great gift for a female executive by: margaret

      January 6, 2011, 12:19

      Montblanc is renowned worldwide for their ‘fine writing instruments’. Names like Meisterstuck, Classique, LeGrand and Starwalker are well known throughout…

    • There are pens and there is the Montblanc Meisterstuck Pen by: margaret

      December 2, 2010, 13:37

      Today two billion pens are manufactured each year in the United States alone. Pen manufacturers span the globe from Namiki in Japan to Aurora in Italy to…

    • The Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Pen by: margaret

      October 21, 2010, 10:12

      John Lennon, a man who lived large, influenced and entertained millions and a man who was taken away far too soon, is being honored by Montblanc with the…

    • The Montblanc Limited Edition Mahatma Gandhi Pen by: margaret

      October 13, 2010, 11:15

      The Montblanc Limited Edition Mahatma Gandhi Pen is now available at Executive Essentials. While there has been some controversy over the release of this pen,…

    • Top 10 Gifts for Executives and Professionals in 2010 by: margaret

      September 28, 2010, 15:03

      Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen Black & Gold  Bey Berk Lady Justice Sculpture Movado Rotating Aluminum Desk Cube Bosca Old Leather…

    • The Montblanc Mark Twain Pen by: margaret

      September 16, 2010, 09:22

      What comes to mind when spying a young child painting a fence or when a Saturday chore involves painting your own?  Many of us return to Mississippi, to the…

    • Montblanc Leather by: margaret

      August 31, 2010, 13:58

      Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen.   Made from Southern German full grain…

    • The New Montblanc Meisterstuck Diamond Collection with Patented Diamond Shape  by: renee

      August 26, 2010, 14:00

      Montblanc makes news with the introduction of the Meisterstuck Diamond Collection. Featuring the patented logo-inspired diamond floating in the cap, Montblanc…

    • Montblanc Pays Homage to Queen Elizabeth I with New Pen by: renee

      July 13, 2010, 13:34

      Strong. Defined. Powerful. Innovative. These words describe the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and what’s more impressive is that they also apply to Montblanc’…

    • The Montblanc Masterpiece by: margaret

      June 30, 2010, 13:49

      Meisterstuck, German for masterpiece.  “Masterpiece in modern usage refers to a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is…

    • Montblanc Generation Pens by: margaret

      June 30, 2010, 13:32

      "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good…

    • The Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Special Edition Pens by: margaret

      June 30, 2010, 13:04

      Ingrid Bergman, one of Hollywood’s finest,  with three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award,  is being honored by Montblanc with three…

    • Diamonds are a Pen’s Best Friend by: renee

      June 24, 2010, 11:10

      Yes, you read that title correctly. Diamonds. No, I don’t mean the pens have a shiny gloss finish, or some sort of crystal design. I don’t mean there is a…

    • Do Not Mess with Perfection - The Montblanc Meisterstuck Pen by: margaret

      June 1, 2010, 10:50

      85 years……. I sure hope I reach that age!  85 years…..you gotta be doing something right to make that milestone! 85 years….that is how long the…

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      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 13:06

      Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

    • Back In School Supplies by: Jerry

      September 4, 2013, 23:05

      Well, it finally happened. After spending all of August ignoring the commercials and radio spots, after failing to read the color inserts of the Wednesday and…

    • Back-to-School Laptop Bags, Backpacks and Briefcases by: Jerry

      August 24, 2013, 22:55

      Piel Leather Ladies Laptop Tote Anyone still in school for one reason or another is dreadfully aware that it starts again soon. The end of August means the…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • Back to School: Laptop and iPad Sleeves by: Jerry

      August 24, 2011, 21:12

      Getting your school supplies ready for the new school year used to be a fairly simple endevour. If you were in K-8, you went to your local department store…

    • Back To School: Messenger Bags and Backpacks by: Jerry

      August 6, 2011, 15:27

      Even though it’s only early August, it’s time to start thinking about that special time of year that parents love and kids tend to forget about – back…

    • Our Own Blue Light Specials by: Jerry

      March 11, 2011, 17:13

      When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn't matter what…

    • Timbuk2 Messenger Bags Invite Environment and Customer Approval  by: margaret

      June 8, 2010, 10:30

      Timbuk2, a city in the Tombouctou Region of the West African nation of Mali...no that is Timbuktu; Timbuk2, a San Francisco based messenger bag company started…

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    Leather wallets for men and women by top brands like Bosca, Lodis, Dooney & Bourke, Johnston & Murphy and more. Monogramming available on many small…

    • The Art of Engraving  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Still looking for Gift Ideas? by: Jerry

      December 10, 2012, 14:40

      It's December. Are you still shopping? I am. There are always last-minute gifts, and the people for whom it's always exceeding hard to find the right item. If…

    • Unique Mother's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 7, 2012, 22:00

      Hunting on the internet for a unique Mother's Day gift is the last minute pastime for a lot of folks right now. Spinning around the internet in search of good…

    • Zebra Pens and Zebra Prints by: Jerry

      July 9, 2011, 18:28

      The zebra is one of those highly distinctive and well-loved animals. And, even though they live in only one country, Africa, they are known world-wide. They…

    • Mont Blanc Wallet: Anatomy of Perfection by: Jerry

      June 6, 2011, 19:31

      Southern German fullgrain calfskin with Montblanc unique deep shine, mixed chrome vegetable tanning, semi-aniline dyed through. Jacquard lining with Montblanc…

    • Stress Relief in 2011  by: margaret

      December 9, 2010, 10:23

      As 2010 begins to wrap up I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2011, I know I am!  A fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning…..right now 2011 has…

    • Great Gift Idea A Unique Umbrella by: margaret

      October 6, 2010, 09:33

      Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down?...This no longer has to be the case, at least when it comes to rainy days! I have just the ticket to brighten up…

    • Montblanc Leather by: margaret

      August 31, 2010, 13:58

      Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen.   Made from Southern German full grain…

    • Make your Desk Stand Out by: renee

      July 26, 2010, 12:53

      Have you ever thought about what makes a desk a desk? You know what I mean? I know you’ve walked into an office, and have had your eyes pop open because the…

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    • Back In School Supplies by: Jerry

      September 4, 2013, 23:05

      Well, it finally happened. After spending all of August ignoring the commercials and radio spots, after failing to read the color inserts of the Wednesday and…

    • Zebra Pens and Zebra Prints by: Jerry

      July 9, 2011, 18:28

      The zebra is one of those highly distinctive and well-loved animals. And, even though they live in only one country, Africa, they are known world-wide. They…

    • Our Own Blue Light Specials by: Jerry

      March 11, 2011, 17:13

      When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn't matter what…

    • Montblanc Leather by: margaret

      August 31, 2010, 13:58

      Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen.   Made from Southern German full grain…

    • Backpack Deals by: margaret

      August 20, 2010, 11:47

      Most schools are back in session on Monday and the time to purchase a backpack for your child is now and Executive Essentials has a broad selection of…

    • The North Face Backpacks- Best for Consumer Satisfaction by: margaret

      June 8, 2010, 10:23

      The North Face Company, “named for the coldest most unforgiving side of the mountain,” is more than just an outdoor goods manufacturer; The North Face…

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    • Executive Essentials Launches New Website – April 2015 by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      May 7, 2015, 15:03

      Press Release   Executive Essentials is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, www.ExecutiveEssentials.com. We specialize in fine…

    • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 13:06

      Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

    • Back-to-School Laptop Bags, Backpacks and Briefcases by: Jerry

      August 24, 2013, 22:55

      Piel Leather Ladies Laptop Tote Anyone still in school for one reason or another is dreadfully aware that it starts again soon. The end of August means the…

    • Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Graduation Pen Guide  by: Jerry

      April 21, 2012, 08:01

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      February 29, 2012, 17:32

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    • Montblanc and the Beatles by: Jerry

      October 19, 2011, 23:28

      On this date in 1963, 'Please Please Me', the debut album by legendary rock band The Beatles, had already enjoyed 24 weeks at number 1 on the UK Record…

    • Acme Pens: Brand X by: Jerry

      September 20, 2011, 22:10

      If you know anything about the Acme pen company then you know that they are a highly successful company that creates fun and innovative products of high…

    • Back to School: Alarm Clocks and Planners by: Jerry

      August 29, 2011, 23:07

      Summer vacation is over and it’s back to college for millions of students. Gone are the care-free days and nights with little to do but sit by the beach or…

    • Back to School: Laptop and iPad Sleeves by: Jerry

      August 24, 2011, 21:12

      Getting your school supplies ready for the new school year used to be a fairly simple endevour. If you were in K-8, you went to your local department store…

    • Back to School: Reusable Lunch Bags by: Jerry

      August 21, 2011, 10:26

      School is starting at the end of August and the rush is onto find cool school supplies for your back to school needs. Regardless of what grade you or your…

    • Back To School: Ballpoint Pens by: Jerry

      August 14, 2011, 23:54

      It’s mid August and at least in the United States, summer seem to be slowing down. The rushing spring thaw has run its course and the rivers are returning…

    • 2010 Holiday Sales Black Friday & Cyber Monday by: margaret

      November 24, 2010, 11:51

      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…

    • Waterford and Waterman on Sale Now! by: renee

      June 16, 2010, 15:11

      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…

    • Executive Essentials Opens New Location at 2200 S. Busse Mount Prospect, IL by: margaret

      June 8, 2010, 10:17

      For all of you who were sad to see the closing of Executive Essentials in the Woodfield Shopping Center, have no fear because Executive Essentials can now be…

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      January 10, 2012, 08:08

        In case you haven't noticed, it's 2012. Time to say good bye to the fun and fortunes of 2011 and welcome in the year the Mayans predicted would be our…

    • Make your Desk Stand Out by: renee

      July 26, 2010, 12:53

      Have you ever thought about what makes a desk a desk? You know what I mean? I know you’ve walked into an office, and have had your eyes pop open because the…

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    • What Makes a Limited Edition Pen so Special by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      August 18, 2015, 13:40

      There’s something about a fine writing instrument. It makes you feel important. It makes your words special. It adds a touch of elegance and class to your…

    • The Art of Engraving  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

      December 19, 2012, 16:05

      Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • Company Logo Pens for Christmas by: Jerry

      November 5, 2011, 23:38

      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…

    • Acme Pens: Brand X by: Jerry

      September 20, 2011, 22:10

      If you know anything about the Acme pen company then you know that they are a highly successful company that creates fun and innovative products of high…

    • Porsche Design: Timeless Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      September 13, 2011, 06:58

      Timeless good design is not just a matter of superficial styling. It is a process that takes place from within, as part of the formal implementation of a…

    • Diamonds: Baseball and Montblanc by: Jerry

      July 26, 2011, 19:42

      The 2011 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB) doesn’t start until October 19th and for the many fans that means there are still hundreds of games…

    • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by: Jerry

      July 25, 2011, 13:40

      It was 1972, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when KOB Radio station manager Dick McKee came up with the idea of using a hot air balloon to help celebrate the…

    • A Mont Blanc Pencil: Style and Forgiveness by: Jerry

      June 20, 2011, 23:47

      I've known for some time now that Montblanc is more than just a company that makes fine writing instruments and leather goods. They are more than a brand…

    • Movado Clock: Bold, Inspired by: Jerry

      June 18, 2011, 23:04

      Communication is a burden and a joy. Even in a comfortable environment, surrounded by those who speak our language, our meaning and our explanations can lose…

    • The Stylus: A Second Chance for An Ancient Tool by: Jerry

      June 13, 2011, 22:37

      In ancient times, the Mesopotamians used pieces of dried reeds, bone, bits of wood and pieces of metal to write cuniform – one of the earliest forms of…

    • Parker Pen Products by: Jerry

      May 20, 2011, 23:05

      Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. --Pretty Boy Floyd by…

    • Omas and the Supermoon by: Jerry

      March 19, 2011, 00:34

      Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through…

    • Norman Lindsey: Artist, Writer, Sculpter, Boxer by: Jerry

      March 8, 2011, 01:06

      Perhaps not as well known around the world as he is in his homeland, Norman Lindsey is undoubtedly regarded as one of Austraila's greatest artists,…

    • 2010 Holiday Sales Black Friday & Cyber Monday by: margaret

      November 24, 2010, 11:51

      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…

    • Namiki Pens by: margaret

      October 26, 2010, 12:37

      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…

    • Great Gift Idea A Unique Umbrella by: margaret

      October 6, 2010, 09:33

      Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down?...This no longer has to be the case, at least when it comes to rainy days! I have just the ticket to brighten up…

    • Top 10 Gifts for Executives and Professionals in 2010 by: margaret

      September 28, 2010, 15:03

      Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Ballpoint Pen Black & Gold  Bey Berk Lady Justice Sculpture Movado Rotating Aluminum Desk Cube Bosca Old Leather…

    • Top Ten Corporate Gifts Under 0 by: margaret

      September 22, 2010, 11:58

      The 2010 holiday season will soon be upon us and many companies are searching for the perfect gifts to thank their hardworking employees, while still keeping…

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    • The Montblanc Writer's Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen by: margaret

      October 12, 2015, 10:43

        Montblanc has once again designed a masterpiece: The Montblanc Writer’s Edition Leo Tolstoy Pen (available in the fountain, rollerball and…

    • What Makes a Limited Edition Pen so Special by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      August 18, 2015, 13:40

      There’s something about a fine writing instrument. It makes you feel important. It makes your words special. It adds a touch of elegance and class to your…

    • The Wonderful World of Waterman by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 13, 2015, 12:48

      If you know fine pens, you know Waterman. Poetry, movement, and design define the Waterman brand, and those concepts are evident in each piece produced from…

    • The Art of Engraving  by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      July 7, 2015, 13:12

      Have you ever gone to buy a pen, wallet or briefcase for someone and panicked because it’s not personal enough? You know they’d love the actual item, but…

    • Foolproof Gift Guide For Him by: Lindsay Seidenberg

      June 3, 2015, 14:52

      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.…

    • Cross Tech Pens by: Jerry

      December 2, 2013, 17:00

      Cross is a known innovator in the pen arena. As a brand name, it is well respected and admired for creating pens that are both attractive and durable. With…

    • Black Friday Deals by: Jerry

      November 28, 2013, 13:06

      Black Friday is the sales event of the year. It is on the Friday following Thanksgiving and used by many retailers as the official start of the Christmas…

    • Best Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 31, 2013, 11:05

      Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style…

    • Unique Father's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 30, 2013, 10:07

      Think Bruce Lee Pen Pens are fun gifts for Father's Day. Let's just get that out of the way in case you had any doubt. Dad doesn't need another tie or a…

    • Father's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      May 21, 2013, 14:48

      I have a friend who has complained every Father’s Day since he has had children that, “if it’s father’s day, how come I can’t sit around in my…

    • Dali Dance of Time Limited Edition Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 16, 2013, 15:48

      In the surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, a bleak landscape is laid-out before the viewer, nearly fading into the background in a haze of…

    • Pen Chests by: Jerry

      April 22, 2013, 11:22

      Everything needs a home. People, animals, even our stuff. Most everything has a place or at the very least a room. The kitchen is for our food, the bedroom is…

    • Last Minute Gift Ideas! We can Help! by: renee

      December 19, 2012, 16:05

      Looking for that one last present? Let us help! Check out our Gift Center for that last-minute perfect gift.

    • Montblanc Christmas Gifts by: Jerry

      December 12, 2012, 11:32

      Mont Blanc Pens make the perfect Christmas, Chanukah or birthday gift. From Montblanc Meisterstuck to the Starwalker, Mont Blanc Pens are simply the best.

    • Still looking for Gift Ideas? by: Jerry

      December 10, 2012, 14:40

      It's December. Are you still shopping? I am. There are always last-minute gifts, and the people for whom it's always exceeding hard to find the right item. If…

    • The 2012 Penaholic Gift Guide: Part Two by: Jerry

      November 26, 2012, 21:49

      Part One of 2012’s gift guide can be read here. Last week, I gave the inexpensive pens picks for my 2012 gift guide. In this second half of my pen gift…

    • The 2012 Penaholic Gift Guide: Part One by: Jerry

      November 17, 2012, 14:06

      Last year's gift guide was so massive that it was split into three posts. If you'd like to read last year recommendations, visit part one for pens up to 50…

    • Why Ballpoint Pens are Serious Writing Tool by: Jerry

      September 30, 2012, 11:03

      This surprisingly simple feeling is a rare sentiment in the pen collecting world. Yet I am sure most of you will agree with me. If ballpoint pens and fountain…

    • Caran d'Ache Artists Sets by: Jerry

      September 28, 2012, 13:03

      Caran d'Ache may be known in the pen world (and on this blog) as a manufacturer of finely-balanced pens, but its reputation is far different for fine artists.…

    • Fountain Pen Basics: Feathering by: Jerry

      September 16, 2012, 22:18

      When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I was plunging into a completely new world of writing. Because I'd only used ballpoint pens before, I…

    • Think Camo Fountain Pen and Other Oddities by: Jerry

      July 30, 2012, 23:32

      Oddities attract our attention. The sight of something ordinary, but with a twist that challenges our ideas of how that object should appear gives us pause…

    • Tokens and Icons: Stadium Seating by: Jerry

      July 26, 2012, 10:28

      There’s nothing like being in the stands of a major league ball game. The hum of excitement on a balmy night is emphasized with the yells of “PEANUTS”,…

    • Waterford Emerald Isle Kilbarry Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      July 2, 2012, 13:44

      On a wayward trip this last week, across the great open space of Montana, I managed to find the time to steer into one of my favorite towns in America…

    • John Wayne: Think Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      June 12, 2012, 16:15

      When people from all over the world think of John Wayne, they don't often think of pens. In fact, on screen, Wayne was more of fighter than a writer, more…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      June 1, 2012, 15:33

      Remember a few weeks ago when you were scrambling around trying to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Remember when you waited to the last minute to…

    • Father's Day Gift Ideas by: Jerry

      May 25, 2012, 16:04

      Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need…

    • The Graduate Guide To Losing Pens by: Jerry

      May 14, 2012, 23:10

      You can't believe it. The black robe chafes as you walk up to the podium. The dean doesn’t smile.  He shakes hands and gives you a placeholder diploma. A…

    • Unique Mother's Day Gifts by: Jerry

      May 7, 2012, 22:00

      Hunting on the internet for a unique Mother's Day gift is the last minute pastime for a lot of folks right now. Spinning around the internet in search of good…

    • Montblanc Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      April 30, 2012, 22:10

      Last week I talked a bit about the great pens for Mother's Day in the Executive Essentials catalog. Well, I was looking through the catalog again and noticed…

    • Mother's Day Gift Pens by: Jerry

      April 25, 2012, 23:53

      Spring is here and the Easter Bunny has hopped off into the wild blue yonder making way for the months when we celebrate those that gave life to us – our…

    • Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Graduation Pen Guide  by: Jerry

      April 21, 2012, 08:01

      Hey folks! Guest blogger Tracy McCusker is back again. This time with some great suggestions for graduation gift pen ideas with a step by step outline of…

    • Hidden Treasures: Vintage Pens by: Jerry

      April 7, 2012, 10:26

      Spring is here and she's gearing up to kick old man winter in the shorts. And, as he exits the scene everything will begin to bounce back to life and the…

    • Styling a Modern Nib by: Jerry

      March 9, 2012, 16:05

      This post is third in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker I have spoken at length about the anatomy of fountain…

    • The Waterford Pen Clearance Leap Day Event by: Jerry

      February 29, 2012, 17:32

      It turns out that calendars are fairly complicated instruments when used to track the days of our lives. For the most part, it's pretty straight forward. All…

    • Goals and Goal Journals, The Longhand Edition by: Jerry

      January 22, 2012, 13:48

      Hey folks! Guest blogger Tracy McCusker is back with a few suggestions for your New Years' Resolutions and suggestions on how to keep them going strong well…

    • Get Organized with Pen Stands by: Jerry

      January 10, 2012, 08:08

        In case you haven't noticed, it's 2012. Time to say good bye to the fun and fortunes of 2011 and welcome in the year the Mayans predicted would be our…

    • A Gift for a New Year by: Jerry

      December 28, 2011, 14:25

      I can’t let the year slip away without mentioning one of the most unique pens I’ve seen in a long time at Executive Essentials; the Carlo Collodi Limited…

    • A Penaholic’s Gift Guide To Luxury Pens by: Jerry

      December 19, 2011, 21:05

      This is part two in our three part series by Tracy McCusker.Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens from a young age,…

    • A Penaholic's Gift Guide To Luxury Pens by: Jerry

      December 17, 2011, 16:35

        This is part two in our three part series by Tracy McCusker.Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens from a…

    • Tis the Season -- A Penaholic’s Gift Guide to Luxury Pens  by: Jerry

      December 13, 2011, 22:59

      For the next several posts we will be featuring guest blogger Tracy McCusker.Tracy is an avid pen buff & unrepentant word-slinger. Fascinated with pens…

    • Gift Pens and Ornaments by: Jerry

      December 7, 2011, 23:56

      Quick gift ideas. That's what this month is all about at Executive Essentials. And, just like Santa himself we are going to sneak into your house (your going…

    • Holiday Gift Pens by: Jerry

      December 6, 2011, 00:58

      Here's the story. You want to find the best holiday gift you can for those special someones in your life, so the first place you head is the internet to take…

    • Gift Pens by: Jerry

      November 29, 2011, 00:56

      Thanksgiving is over ladies and gentlemen. And as the last leftover turkey sandwich settles in for digestion we must all turn our heads towards the on-coming…

    • Montegrappa Muhammad Ali Limited Edition Pens by: Jerry

      November 19, 2011, 14:04

      He was born Cassius Clay, but the world over would come to know him as the greatest heavy-weight boxer of all time – Muhammad Ali. He was born in Louisville…

    • Lamy Safari and Lamy Studio by: Jerry

      November 12, 2011, 17:39

      In the world of collectible pens there is a common misunderstanding that price equals quality. True enthusiasts know, however, that when it comes to pens,…

    • Company Logo Pens for Christmas by: Jerry

      November 5, 2011, 23:38

      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…

    • Rickenbacker and Cross Year of the Dragon Pens by: Jerry

      October 30, 2011, 13:26

      Every craftsman needs great tools to perform, create, design and produce. This is true of all professions from musicians to carpenters. And although high…

    • Acme Beatles Pen Collection by: Jerry

      October 29, 2011, 09:58

      Roughly two weeks before Christmas in 1963 the evening news reported on a musical phenomenon that was keeping the residents of the United Kingdom jumping and…

    • Montblanc and the Beatles by: Jerry

      October 19, 2011, 23:28

      On this date in 1963, 'Please Please Me', the debut album by legendary rock band The Beatles, had already enjoyed 24 weeks at number 1 on the UK Record…

    • Yard-O-Led: Pencils with Heritage by: Jerry

      September 29, 2011, 23:16

      In 1791, the HMS Pandora ran aground and became wrecked on the outer great barrier reef. The Porcupine-class ship of the Royal Navy and her crew of 134 men,…

    • Namiki Pens by: Jerry

      September 24, 2011, 12:16

      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…

    • Acme Pens: Brand X by: Jerry

      September 20, 2011, 22:10

      If you know anything about the Acme pen company then you know that they are a highly successful company that creates fun and innovative products of high…

    • Porsche Design: Timeless Writing Instruments by: Jerry

      September 13, 2011, 06:58

      Timeless good design is not just a matter of superficial styling. It is a process that takes place from within, as part of the formal implementation of a…

    • Back To School: Ballpoint Pens by: Jerry

      August 14, 2011, 23:54

      It’s mid August and at least in the United States, summer seem to be slowing down. The rushing spring thaw has run its course and the rivers are returning…

    • Create Your Own Pen Set 1930s Gangsters by: Jerry

      July 29, 2011, 22:59

      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 0. Actually, it ended up…

    • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by: Jerry

      July 25, 2011, 13:40

      It was 1972, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when KOB Radio station manager Dick McKee came up with the idea of using a hot air balloon to help celebrate the…

    • Parker Pen Products by: Jerry

      July 18, 2011, 12:38

      Janesville, Wisconsin is located in the southern part of a state known mostly for beer, cheese and football – not necessarily in that order. It’s…

    • Zebra Pens and Zebra Prints by: Jerry

      July 9, 2011, 18:28

      The zebra is one of those highly distinctive and well-loved animals. And, even though they live in only one country, Africa, they are known world-wide. They…

    • Pen Sets and a Unique Wedding Gift by: Jerry

      June 29, 2011, 21:17

      The only thing better than receiving one pen as a gift is receiving a pen set as a gift. Here at Executive Essentials we have 29 amazing pen sets available…

    • The Stylus: A Second Chance for An Ancient Tool by: Jerry

      June 13, 2011, 22:37

      In ancient times, the Mesopotamians used pieces of dried reeds, bone, bits of wood and pieces of metal to write cuniform – one of the earliest forms of…

    • Best Fountain Pen by: Jerry

      May 31, 2011, 23:37

      It's a dangerous notion anytime you hear someone talking about something that is the best. Mostly, because 'the best' comes with a truckload of opinion and a…

    • Parker Pens: Trifecta of Excellence by: Jerry

      May 30, 2011, 22:03

      Memorial day is a great holiday. Not only is it a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America, but its also a…

    • The Cross Townsend: President Obama's Choice by: Jerry

      May 22, 2011, 21:41

      In 1846, in Providence Rhode Island, a family with a history as jewelers turned their attention to the creation of gold and silver casings for pencils. This…

    • Parker Pen Products by: Jerry

      May 20, 2011, 23:05

      Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. --Pretty Boy Floyd by…

    • Executive Essentials Staff Picks by: Jerry

      May 16, 2011, 21:38

      Graduation time has come to Montana. I know this very well, because last weekend I gathered up my two children, dressed them up in the finest threads we have…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas 2011: The Other Majors by: Jerry

      May 8, 2011, 22:40

      College graduation presents are on everyone’s mind right now and for good reason. Graduation in most areas of the country is in a few weeks. As students…

    • Graduation Gift Ideas: Literature and Creative Writing by: Jerry

      April 30, 2011, 21:15

      Not to state the obvious, but today is the last day of April. That means that tomorrow is the 1st day of May. And May is graduation month all around the…

    • College Graduation Gifts 2011: Business School Majors by: Jerry

      April 26, 2011, 23:15

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: History Pens by: Jerry

      April 18, 2011, 16:53

      The graduation countdown continues at a fast pace as students work hard to finish their last papers and tests, all-the-while navigating the finalizing…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Science Pens by: Jerry

      April 8, 2011, 14:55

      Science is everywhere and yet a vast majority of folks tend to shy away from spending a great deal of time learning much about the laws of physics, the…

    • Executive Essentials Needs You! by: Jerry

      April 2, 2011, 16:17

      Today we are taking a short break from our series on how to find the perfect pen to give as a graduation gift in order to gather information -- from you! …

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: Types of Pens by: Jerry

      March 30, 2011, 10:42

      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…

    • Graduation Gifts 2011: A Pen Guide by: Jerry

      March 24, 2011, 00:57

      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…

    • Omas and the Supermoon by: Jerry

      March 19, 2011, 00:34

      Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through…

    • A Sarcophagi By Any Other Name by: Jerry

      March 16, 2011, 01:29

      The enchanting land of Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a great, sprawling transcontinental country reaching out from North Africa, across…

    • Our Own Blue Light Specials by: Jerry

      March 11, 2011, 17:13

      When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn't matter what…

    • Norman Lindsey: Artist, Writer, Sculpter, Boxer by: Jerry

      March 8, 2011, 01:06

      Perhaps not as well known around the world as he is in his homeland, Norman Lindsey is undoubtedly regarded as one of Austraila's greatest artists,…

    • Elvis Is Leaving The Building by: Jerry

      March 5, 2011, 13:04

      On January 8th, 2011 Elvis Aaron Presley would have turned 76 years old. His untimely death in 1977 seemed a premature bookend to a life and career that…

    • Visconti Celebrates the Declaration of Independence by: margaret

      March 1, 2011, 11:24

      Turmoil, turmoil and more turmoil; the world is a very volatile place right now.  When you turn on the news or the radio and hear about all the difficultie…

    • Giving Back to Museums - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Pens by: margaret

      February 24, 2011, 13:11

      If you're a museum fan like me, you should check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pen Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art pens are beautiful pens that…

    • The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen by: margaret

      February 17, 2011, 12:25

      The Parker Premier Black Edition Pen…….who would have thought a plain old black pen would be such a hot seller!!!  Well, the reality of it is, the Parker…

    • Valentine's Day Gifts for Women and Men by: margaret

      January 20, 2011, 14:49

      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.…

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