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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy World Friendship Day

Happy Friendship Day

Finally the moment has arrived, a perfect day to express our gratitude to our beloved friends. So, are you planning to rejoice all your memories with your friends by reliving all your cherished moments? If yes then there cannot be a better day than this to get enclosure with your past. Yes, I know that a simple hug is enough to convey our message of love to them but wouldn’t it be nice if we can present a special gift on behalf of the occasion.  This year rather than exchanging friendship bands lets embrace this day by gifting something special to our closest friends.

Here are some fascinating gift ideas from Pen Boutique.

Retro51 Disney Vintage Mickey Deluxe Whoopee Party Ballpoint Pen
This pen is clearly a perfect gift for the special friend with whom you have shared your best childhood days. This pen will definitely take you guys back to the nostalgic past when you used to watch Disney show together.

Sheaffer Prelude Signature Rollerball Pen
Sheaffer Prelude Signature Rollerball Pen is definitely an ideal gift for your friend. This pen flaunts a magnificent look comprising of a clean-cut classic design in a wide range of metal finishes.

PM Craftsman Elephant Bookends
Is your friend a book fanatic? Then the PM Craftsman Elephant Bookends will be a perfect gift. Each of these elephants is crafted perfectly portraying every single detail that seems to bring these elegant pieces to life.

Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Onyx Key Ring
Looking to raise your bars to a whole new level by gifting something amusing to your friend then go for the Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Onyx Key Ring. These key rings flaunt a dashing look comprising of style and class. Believe me your friend will just love it.

Note: For prices please visit our website www.penboutique.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

Perfect Writing Instruments for Kids

I was looking for a fun pen for my kids (6 and 9) to use and learn cursive with.  I decided to go with the Pelikan Pelikano and Pelikano Junior.  They really are perfect for kids, or anyone just starting with fountain pens.  They both are available in Right or Left Handed A (starter) nibs.  The Pelikano also offers a Fine or Medium version.  I like the ease of getting the pen ready to write - just a quick push and the ink cartridge popped right in.

Pelikan Pelikano

The colors are great as well - the Pelikano is available in Green, Yellow, Red or Blue and the Junior version is Turquoise, Violet and Red.

Pelikano Junior
The kids finally chose the Pelikano Junior since the ink cartridge was pirate-themed.  It's a shame that the ink cartridges are not available with different themes here in the US.  My daughter picked out the Turquoise, Violet and Pink ink cartridges and my son went for the Green, Red and Blue.

They also thought it was cool that they could put their names on the pen with an enclosed sticky white label.

I found the pens to be easy to hold and the grip section comfortable in my hands.  I was not expecting a smooth nib for the type of pen or price, but was pleasantly surprised.  The ink flow was perfect and did not clump or flow out excessively.

Now I can't wait to get home and help them learn a new way of writing.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Parent’s Day

Every year on 26th of July Parent’s Day is celebrated throughout the world to honor every single parent on behalf of their efforts to make their kids a better person. Parents are our roots who have nurtured us with everything as well as cherished our dreams by sacrificing their own. Let’s face the fact, parents are the most important people in our lives who act as a torch and light the path for us towards a better and secured future. Thus, Parents Day is part of the year when we get a chance to compliment our parents for all their sacrifice and moreover this is the day when we express our gratitude towards them.

How often do we gift a special gift to our parents? Probably twice a year but a fact that we should acknowledge is that a small effort from us can bring an immense amount of joy to them. So, on this year’s Parent’s Day present them something special I assure you it will bring out the lost smile on their faces that you’ve been longing to see for a long time. I know that no special gift can portray the picture of your parents that you pasted in your heart. But some gifts can actually convey the message that you’ve treasured in yourself.

Here are some gift ideas from Pen Boutique.

Cross Botanica Black Primrose Ballpoint Pen
The elegant look of this pen speaks it all. This pen comprises of a sophisticated design printed over an ivory lacquer base and a hefty body that ensures a smooth writing experience. Overall this pen would be a perfect gift to amuse your parents.

Monk Paper Charcoal Lokta Quotation Journal
This is an ideal gift for every occasion. Monk Paper Charcoal Lokta Quotation Journal comprises of a beautiful cover which homes 48 pages of Lokta paper. Believe me your parents will love it.

Hampton-Haddon Mini Gimbel Clock
        Hampton-Haddon Mini Gimbel Clock a perfect gift that will fit in your budget. This clock will be an ideal desk accessory and always remind your parents of you whenever they roll their eye on it.

Kalifano 4" Marine Blue World In Silver Hand
Are you looking for an ideal gift which will act as a token of love and express your gratitude towards your Parents? Then the Kalifano 4" Marine Blue World in Silver Hand will be a thoughtful and moreover a meaningful gift. This product features a striking look flaunting a sturdy design and vivid artistry which can convey the message that how they acted as a helping hand to build your world.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pencil Trivia

Pencil Trivia

Question: What are the favorite pens of doctors and nurses, Fountain, Ball point, Gel Ballpoint or Rollerballs?

Answer: Gel pens that retract and do not have a cap. 

Napkin Forever Desk Set - Pininfarina Cambiano

When I heard that Napkin® had a pencil-like writing instrument that never needed to be sharpened, the first thing that popped into my head was “Napkin makes pens?”  The second thing that popped into my head was “That sounds like the Jac Zagoory Beta Pen…  Napkin makes pens?”  The ubiquitous name “Napkin” conjures associations the same way “Kleenex” does – or, in this case, the way “Pininfarina” associates with luxury car design.  Bring together designers from these two Italian companies to create a never-ending writing instrument, and the Napkin Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Desk Set emerges.

At first glance, you can see the Pininfarina influence in the sweeping design of the metal on the body of the instrument – I hesitate to call it a pencil or a pen, as neither description truly fits.  Napkin has incorporated the same writing tip as it has on its other Forever pieces - Ethergraf®.  Ethergraf® is a special metal alloy that creates a mark on paper via oxidation.  The line looks like a pencil mark, but because it is interacting with the paper rather than leaving material on the surface like a pencil does, it isn’t erasable.  I did notice that the darkness of the line varied depending on the type of paper, so that is something to consider if you prefer darker lines.  The rest of the body is made of aluminum and walnut, with the metal portion available in either a Matte Black (more of a grey on my example) or Copper color.  The piece feels a little rear heavy, though when actually writing the weight distribution doesn’t hinder the user.  What I really like is the pen holder/desk stand/protective case.  Made of walnut, like the body of the pen, it allows you to either have the pen standing at an angle, laying flat across the top, or protected inside (this is how the pen arrives).  This box is actually functional and won't be just taking up space in a drawer or closet, a nice variation from the norm.

As for the actual writing experience – this is an interesting piece.  On some types of paper, I noticed an almost “stickiness” when lifting it off of the page.  This only occurred after I had written something and was very deliberate in lifting the instrument off the page, but did not appear if I touched it to paper or wrote as I normally would.  Perhaps this is a side effect of the alloy’s interaction with the paper?  The weight felt good in the hand despite its relative unevenness, and the shape was very ergonomic.  The instrument was relatively smooth across the page, though not as smooth as an HB pencil I happened to have on my desk.  This set is a statement - automotive design meshing with innovative creativity - rather than something to replace your favorite pen or pencil.

Standing in its holder, the pen has a somewhat retro look due to the materials used, and the Pininfarina influenced lines make it look like it’s going 100 MPH.  The desk stand is a fantastic touch and something I think, other than never needing to purchase another pencil or sharpener (or eraser), really adds to the value.  If you're looking for a stylish writing instrument which melds Italian automobile flair with modern metallurgy, the Napkin Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Desk Set is a fine choice.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The New Monteverde Limonada

For that fun and stylish summer pen, Monteverde Limonada is a great choice that offers style, practically, and durability. The Limonada is one of the latest creations from by Monteverde and has an affordable price for one starting with fountain pens or looking for an everyday writer to carry on the go.

A flair of fun style, the pen comes in the following colors: Milano Black, Tivoli Yellow, Roma Gold, Torino Red, and Capri Blue. The Capri Blue has a good luster with shiny steel ascents that contrast well. The body and style are reminiscent of that fun Italian sports car one would love to ride. The contoured body offers a comfortable grip, which is thinner than the rest of the body. The body itself has a light weight and almost medium weight when posted. Don't let that fool you- the all brass body is durable and gives substance to the light pen.The cut-out stylish steel clip is firm and snug.

Writing with the pen is a pleasant surprise. The medium iridium steel nib is standard, yet is sufficient.When writing it is especially smooth on down strokes. Though a slightly firm steel nib, there is not as much feedback as one would expect. An added convenience is that a converter is also included and that the pen takes Standard International cartridges.
While it's still summer be sure to grab the refreshing Monteverde Limonada. A great pen for an affordable gift or a treat for oneself. With a variety of colors and an enduring body, the Limonada is this summer's special from Monteverde.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nelson Mandela Day

We live in a cruel and selfish world, where most tend to have everything for themselves. But there are few people who have initiated their steps towards humanity with a vision to make our world a better place to live. Amongst them Nelson Mandela is one of the reputed personality who fought against racism for more than six decades. On behalf of his contributions every year on 18th June Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated to honor his good deeds and sacrifices.  

This day was first celebrated by the United Nations in the year 2010 on the grand occasion of his birthday to inspire people through Mandela’s teachings. Nelson Mandela is considered as one of the most influential leaders of all time who inspired equality and change. For many Mandela is a symbol who lit the torch of justice against racism and inequality. Moreover Mandela Day not only celebrates his life and legacy, it also inspires everyone to embrace Mandela’s values and start initiating their steps towards humanity.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ink Trivia

Question: How long will the average ballpoint pen refill last?

Answer: 2 miles worth of writing

The Writer's Corner -The Healing Power of Writing

Putting pen to paper can be a cathartic experience, especially for authors.

While going through a particularly difficult time in her life with a recent divorce and a new child,author J. K. Rowling suffered a debilitating depression.I just thought I want to write, so I wrote the book. What was the worst that could happen? It could get turned down by every publisher in Britain. Big deal.”

Political journalist and psychotherapist Laurie Nadel, PhD suffered from the burden of anxiety. Nadel found a way to ease her mind in volatile surroundings. She focused by writing for herself. "I thought that if I could write everything down, I could stay safe."

In the highly acclaimed book “The Artist’s Way” writer Julia Cameron states “Writing is medicine. It is an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult situation.”

Even the most inexperienced writer can benefit by putting pen to paper. As long as your intention is to communicate with others or simply open up yourself, the form your musings take will be rewarding.So start that journal, write a letter, craft a poem, share an observation or start the next great American novel. The act of writing will take you on a journey that will enrich your life and quite possibly the lives of others.

Writer Quotes on Ink

“Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory.” - Harvey Mackay

“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” - Mark Twain

“The pen is very quick in getting stuff from your brain to the page.” - Graham Swift

“I am probably exaggerating a little, but I owe my equilibrium to ink and paper.” - Julien Green

“Writing ink is the magic that allows nothing to become something. It catches the fleeting idea and seeks out the glances of those who wish to see. Even a random ink splat will mean something to someone.” -Fennel Hudson

Featured Story - Wedgewood

Wedgwood and Sons, commonly known as Wedgwood, is a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories company that has been around for over 250 years. In 1759 Josiah Wedgewood founded his namesake company.Wedgwood's name has always been synonymous with fine quality and excellent craftsmanship.

The style of Wedgewood Jasper is a beautiful writing instrument. It has a sophisticated classical contemporary design. Jasperware is a fine grained unglazed stoneware introduced by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood in 1770s.Common items made with Jasperware including neoclassical vases, plates and heavily stylized collectable cameos.

As is the custom with the brand, it is decorated in the neoclassical style in light blue along with white accents and a leaf motif on the central band and laurel wreath design on cap, or in chocolate brown with chrome trim and the iconic Greek Key design on the cap. These collectables are available in fountain pen, ballpoint and roller ball.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lokta Paper and Pen Matchups

Summertime is the time for Graduations, Father’s Day and Weddings. If you are looking for that perfect gift, consider the Monk Papers Stationery which can be paired up with numerous pens that we have in stock. Consider the following suggestions to get you started:

1. The Monk Paper Veg Dyed Fern Leaf Fuschia Travel Journal which pairs nicely with the Monteverde One-Touch Stylus Ballpoint Pink, One-Touch Skin Ballpoint Wild Pink or the One-Touch Pink Ballpoint.

2. The Lokta Hemp Fiber Stationery Box Set goes great with the Metropolitan Museum of Art Ball Point Pen, fashioned from the Magnolias and Irises leaded-glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This would make a perfect gift for a graduate who is going off to college or for a bride to write personalized thank you notes.

3. A great gift for anyone who keeps a journal is the Monk Paper Tangerine Quotation Journal which pairs up nicely with the Limited Edition Copper Orange Fountain Pen, Rollerball or Ballpoint pens.

4. Feel free to pair the Monk Paper Veg Dyed Fern Leaf Teal Boxed Lokta Notelet Set with either the Metropolitan Museum of Art Van Gogh Irises Ballpoint or the Louis Comfort Tiffany Peacock Feather Favrile glass vase. These notelets can be used with silver, white or gold ink or as a cover for your own personal paper.

5. The Monk Paper Marigold Petal Stationery Set goes well with Metropolitan Museum of Art Lotus Sutra Ballpoint. A dainty set for a dainty lady celebrating a birthday, anniversary or graduation!

6. The bright and colorful Monk paper Batik Multicolor Patchwork Stationery Box Set is shown here with an array of Kaweco Sport ballpoints and pencils. These combinations should truly make writing fun for the young graduates!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monteverde Jewelria fountian pen and the Ballpoint set.

For sometime the Monteverde Jewelria fountain pen has fascinated me.  The design is beautiful but the name Jewelria always threw me off thinking that it is a pen for the women. But recently I had a chance to take a second look at the pen and especially at a bargain.   The fountain pen was perfect size and had a good length.  The pen is not so large and is light.  The pen can post but thought that due to design the top might be heavy.  But that does not bother me as I usually write without posting the cap.  The pen which was picked up here is the green swirl as green is my favorite color!  I used the converter and filled up the Pelikan Adventurine Edelstein green ink and started to write on my meeting book from Rhodia ( yeah those notes!).

The nib is smooth and does write nicely.  I wrote a page in Rhodia and was ready to write even more.   I will be using this for the week and more until I guess I will find another pen which will raise interest ( should not be long).

I have the picture below and I think it is a gorgeous looking pen.  The ballpoint version which fits the  capless rollerball refill will make a good set to use it when you are on the road or need it for other purposes where you don't want to use your fountain pens.

PEN : Monteverde Jewelria Fountain pen

INK: Pelikan Edelstein Adventurine ink

Paper: Rhodia Meeting Book.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monteverde Limonada Review

Monteverde Limonada
Monteverde Limonada


          For that fun and stylish summer pen, Monteverde Limonada is a great choice that offers style, practically, and durability. The Limonada is one of the latest creations from by Monteverde and has an affordable price for one starting with fountain pens or looking for an everyday writer to carry on the go.

          A flair of fun style, the pen comes in the following colors: Milano Black, Tivoli Yellow, Roma Gold, Torino Red, and Capri Blue. The Capri Blue has a good luster with shiny steel ascents that contrast well. The body and style are reminiscent of that fun Italian sports car one would love to ride. The contoured body offers a comfortable grip, which is thinner than the rest of the body. The body itself has a light weight and almost medium weight when posted. Don't let that fool you- the all brass body is durable and gives substance to the light pen.The cut-out stylish steel clip is firm and snug.

Monteverde Limonada
Writing with the pen is a pleasant surprise. The medium iridium steel nib is standard, yet is sufficient. When writing it is especially smooth on down strokes. Though a slightly firm steel nib, there is not as much feedback as one would expect. An added convenience is that a converter is also included and that the pen takes Standard International cartridges.
  While it's still summer be sure to grab the refreshing Monteverde Limonada.  A great pen for an affordable gift or a treat for oneself. With a variety of colors and an enduring body, the Limonada is this summer's special from Monteverde.

By: Montgomery Mall Store employee: Babak

Friday, July 10, 2015

In Celebration of Penmanship

Did you know that there is a national and international competition devoted to handwriting?

The AAHC, Annual American Handwriting Competition and WHAC, World Handwriting Achievement Contest brings focus to the fine art of penmanship.

You can enter in one of two different categories. Functional:  this stresses legibility and Artistic: which spotlights calligraphy using decorative stokes. The winners vary based on age groupings. Anyone 8 years or older can participate. You must enter your writings by hard-copy mail. The cut-off time for this year’s submissions has just passed. But you have time to practice for next year!

What a wonderful way to the art of fine writing alive!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ink Trivia Government Ink

Question: What ink formula is the standard for use in the United States Post Office?

Answer: 11.7 grams of tannic acid, 3.8 grams of gallic acid crystals, 15 grams of ferrous sulphate crystals, 12.5 grams of a diluted hydrochloric acid, 12.5 grams of phenol acid, 1 gram of black dye and 1 liter of distilled water.

At the turn of the century, the United States government devised a standard for ink for use in post offices. With much wear and tear on pens used in United States Post Offices, this formula was written originally to provide ink for use in its lobbies.

Pen Trivia

What is the difference between Cursive and Manuscript writing?

Cursive writing - joins more than 50% of its letters
Manuscript (print-writing) - joins fewer than 50% of its letters.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Writer Quotes

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” - Eugene Ionesco

“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” - Anne Tyler

“Forget about all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.” - Melinda Haynes

“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” - Louis L’Amour

“The writer is by nature a dreamer – a conscious dreamer.” – Carson McCullers

Featured Story

One of the premiere museums in the world is New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Founded in 1870, the museum houses over 2 million works of art. Being the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, it is one of the most visited destinations in a city known for its destinations. To highlight some of the museum’s treasured artists’ works, a collection of fine writing instruments was created based on the style of these artists. These pens afford a surprisingly great value for both the discriminating fine writing instrument collector and art connoisseur.

At such attractive prices you can purchase more than one of these keep sake pens!

Here are the best sellers from the series:

Louis Tiffany: The famed lamps and stain glass innovator generated many vases using his peacock feather designs.

William Morris: This British designer produced captivating wallpaper spotlighting flowers, leaves and fruit.

Vincent Van Gogh: The artist’s vivid treatment of colors and form is highlighted in this memorable depiction of floral brilliance.

Claude Monet:  Details from Monet’s beloved Vetheuil garden grace the contours of this beautiful pen.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Featured Story Take Note

We may not want to admit it, but the start of the new school semester will come upon us fast. Lamy pens and Letts of London notebooks want you to be prepared. For a limited time Pen Boutique is offering a fountain pen/notebook combination that will have the most dedicated scholastic note taker set and ready to go. We have four different black and red combinations to choose from. Each set comes with a medium point fountain pen and a ruled notebook.

A recent study by Princeton University concluded that you will retain information longer if you take the notes by hand. Taking notes by long-hand forces one to engage with the material a little more in order to pick out the most important and relevant information. By engaging with the content in this way your future studying should go more quickly. It was found that while taking laptop study notes many students were prone to distraction, multitasking on other sites and not being on task. All these elements led to decreased performance.

For a short time we are offering, at a reduced price, this unique combination set that will help steer you on the best path to retain, study and learn.


Pen Trivia

Question: How long is the longest hand written antique scroll?

Answer: According to Guinness Book of World Records, the longest hand written scroll in over 85 feet long. The paper scroll is from 1835 and is archived in India.

Ink Trivia

Question: What is the oldest ink-written postcard?

Answer: The oldest ink-written postcard is dated 1840 and was discovered in 2002. It was penned by an English gentleman who sent it to himself.  Prior to this discovery, postcards in the late 1960s from Germany, Austria and the USA were thought to be the oldest ones of record.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Writer Corner

There are many ways we find to express ourselves. In this fast paced technology world there is an abundance of ways to do so. Many well-known authors from the past and present prefer the feel of a fine writing instrument in their hand while composing.

Starting with his 1994 novel “Stardust” fantasy author Neil Gaiiman first used a Waterman pen with a large notepad. He enjoyed creating with a fountain pen. He now utilizes over 60 different pens which include, Visconti, Pilot Custom 823 Amber and DeltaDylan Thomas preferred the popular Parker 51 fountain pen with its fast-drying ink. A comparable Parker pen today is the Parker 100 series. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind sleuth Sherlock Holmes, composed many of his works with a Parker Duofold pen. According to husband Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath constructed her writings using a Sheaffer pen.

Writer Quotes

“I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of an imperfect education.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Writing letters… is such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.” - Ernest Hemingway

 “A man’s penmanship is an unfailing index of his character, moral and mental, and a criterion by which to judge his peculiarities of taste and sentiment.” Lord Chesterfield

“The post office has a great charm at one point of our lives.  When you have lived to my age, you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for.” - Jane Austen

 “Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. “-  Lord Byron

Monday, June 29, 2015

Independence Day – 4th July

               The importance of Independence Day cannot be conveyed in words, the declaration of democracy was a glorious moment for each and every American. Till this date the glorious event that took place in 4th July 1776 carries a promising faith of what became a new independent America. This day reflects a great significance to all fellow Americans as it’s the day when United Stated claimed its independence from the palms of England by signing the declaration of independence.

              Every year Independence Day is celebrated with immense joy by setting aside the hustle and bustle of regular life and reliving this day with pride and glory. As per the occasion a number of events take place all across the country to express the joy of freedom. Most tend to celebrate this federal holiday outdoors attending various carnivals and picnic with family and friends while others aim to hear the speech conveyed by the politicians who are very less likely to introduce themselves in public on a normal day. At the end of the day fireworks all across the country glitters up the sky with the sparks of freedom.  This year Pen Boutique is glad to wish each and every fellow Americans a very happy Independence Day.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Though UN has implemented various actions to repel the trafficking of illicit drugs, more and more amount of drugs is still spilling over the border.

- Around 200 million people around the world still use illicit drugs
- The production farm of opium increased by 36% in 2014
- The death toll due to abuse of illicit drug has risen to 183000 in the previous year

Despite the consequences, people still don’t back off from the illicit abuse and trafficking of drugs. Over the years the death tolls due to drug abuse has been significantly increasing. Not only has illicit drug been a major reason for premature death but also it has wasted the productive years of many who have fallen under its trap. Though United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime have taken various steps to minimize the abuse of illicit drugs, still  rough report states  that 0.6 percent of the total population falls under the criteria of drug abuse. Despite of government bodies around the world taking necessary steps to minimize drug trafficking and abuse, the issue seems to remain constant. One of its main reasons is the globalization of chemical trade which consequently has diverted the use of chemicals from legal to illegal.

This year, on 26th of June, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking let’s work towards making our world a drug abuse-free planet. Let’s create a better world.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Father’s Day

While Moms are usually responsible for maintaining order in the family, it is Dads who come as a much needed respite in hours of rescue. He is our big friend, our protector, most daughters’ first love and a son’s mentor. In a nutshell, he is more than the man who pays the bills. He is the man who stays strong for us in the worst of times. This Father’s Day don’t miss out on the opportunity to thank the big man. And rather than just expressing your gratitude with words (not that it isn’t recommended), pair it with a valuable gift. Pen Boutique presents to you an assortment of item that could be your Father’s Day gift.

1. Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Pen Black Carbon Fiber/Rhodium Fountain Pen: The revolutionary push button fountain pen is one of a kind, just like your father. The black carbon fiber finish gives it a rough, sturdy appearance that has a nib of gold. In fact, this could even be a family heirloom.

2. Dalvey Grand Voyager Compass: For the outdoor-man that your father is or wants to be, the Dalvery Grand Voyager Compass is the perfect father’s day gift. With the glazed window and dramatic deep-engraved detailing the compass makes for a powerful yet classic impression.

3. Montblanc Cuff Links Round PVD finish Stainless Steel and Black Onyx: This pair of cuff links is a style statement; the black onyx is bold and the stainless steel frame is elegant. For the stylish pop who can always dress a notch above you, the cuff links from Montblanc is perfect.

4. Dalvey Desk Globe and Stand: The crystal globe can have emotional value if you don’t live very close to your father or work keeps you two away from each other around the year. The globe could easily be the centerpiece of your Dad’s work desk – a reminder that despite the distance he is close to your heart.

5. Dalvey Grand Odyssey Clock: Well the watch is the definition of classic and everyone should have one of their own. You father will love it, despite his preferences or taste.

These are the top five gift suggestion we have for you, but these aren’t the only ones available. We have prepared an entire segment stacked with possible Father’s Day gifts. Pick as you please for your old man.

Note: To learn about the price, go to the link.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ink Trivia

Using a twist converter with Ink Bottle

One of the many joys of using a fine fountain pen is availability in the wide assortment of bottled ink to choose from. Whether conservative or flamboyant, there is an ink to fit every personality and your every mood. You can always dip a pen for inking, but using a pen converter provides a longer lasting ink reserve and allows your ideas to flow.  Some may be a little leery of exploring using a fountain pen converter. Here are some detailed easy instructions to take out the mystery of converters.

1.) Unscrew the neck from the pen barrel and insert the open end of the converter.
2.) Dip the pen in ink up to the hole in the nib. Be careful not to jam the nib point into the bottom of the bottle.
3.) Twist the black converter screw top clockwise three or four times to fill the ink reservoir.
4.) Ink remaining on the neck or nib should be wiped off with a clean tissue or cloth before use.

You are now ready to write!

Question: When was the first pen reservoir invented?

Answer:  As an answer to 10th century ruler Fatomid Caliph of Egypt demand for a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes, a pen which held ink in a reservoir and delivered it to the nib in was created in 953.

Pen Trivia

Question: A pen by Thomas Edison is still used today. What is its purpose?

Answer:  The first safe electric motor driven office appliance produced and sold in the United States was an electric pen, part of a complete outfit for duplicating handwritten documents and drawings. Thomas Edison filed a patent for his “Stencil-Pen” in 1876. The Stencil-pen was a commercial failure in its intended use of print duplication.

The invention received a reincarnation in 1891. Edison’s Stencil-Pen became a launching point for a newly defined industry. With Samuel O’Reilly’s modification to the inventions’ original design, the art of tattoos received a new boost in availability. O’Reilly expanded on Edison’s design, to allow the Stencil-pen to serve as a tool–injecting ink under skin instead of into paper.

Writer Corner

William Faulkner had some specific ideas about becoming a writer. You become a writer simply by reading and writing.

“Read, read, read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it is not, throw it out the window!”

“Don’t be a writer, be writing.”

“You don’t need writing classes or seminars any more than you need this or any other book on writing.” Faulkner learned his trade while working in the Oxford, Mississippi post office. Other writers have learned the basics while serving in the Navy, working in steel mills or doing time in America’s finer hotels.

Faulkner’s strong commitment to writing still lives on.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is an outgrowth of William Faulkner’s generosity in using his 1949 Nobel Prize winnings to create the William Faulkner Foundation among the charitable goals of the foundation was "to establish a fund to support and encourage new fiction writers."

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to the authors of the year's best works of fiction by living American citizens.

Write everywhere and often.

Writer Quotes

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.” –
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I never did calligraphy... But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It's part of the syndrome of modernism... It's part of that asceticism.” - Paul Rand

“I was filling entire school notebooks with stories by Grade 3. Of course, they were double-spaced, and the handwriting was huge.’ - Linwood Barclay

“You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription, but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.” - Earl Wilson

Recording Family History

Family bibles uses expand beyond being just religious scripture document. Many have also served the purpose of providing a home for records of important events that happened such as deaths, births, graduations and weddings for centuries. Many family bibles even include traditions, recipes and family anecdotes.

Recording electronic family history may now be the norm, but hi-tech solutions are not essential. The preference for keeping detailed paper records, including handwritten biographical outlines for each ancestor, family group records and pedigree charts, in a family bible or beautifully adorned journal is once again gaining momentum.

Even though most people are completely comfortable working with a computer, there is something to be said for keeping a fine penmanship record of your ancestors’ past. You not only keep your family history alive you also contribute to preserving the keeping of private and public records using the fine art of handwriting.

It may be time to treat yourself, and future generations, to a fine heirloom pen that can not only record your family’s current activities; it can be used by your great-great-grandchildren in many years to come.

Here’s a good starting point of suggested pens to get your search going:


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Faber Castell E-Motion Fountain Pen Review

Faber-Castell E-Motion Pure Black Fountain Pen
Faber-Castell E-Motion Pure Black Fountain Pen
The e-motion has long been one of the most popular Faber-Castell lines available.  It has mainly been built with a wood or precious resin body and metal front section, cap and rear section.  Faber-Castell’s latest iteration is a whole metal affair – the Pure Black edition.  This is a modern looking, minimalist designed writing instrument. The body is made of an anodized aluminum with a guilloche pattern engraved on it, which offers a tactile feel and grip without being too rough.  The front section, cap and end piece are chrome plated and then finished in matte black.  The fountain pen’s nib is stainless steel coated in PVD, and is available in Fine, Medium or Broad. Faber-Castell also offers this line in Rollerball, Ballpoint or Mechanical Pencil.  The fountain pen uses international size cartridges and a converter is included.
 While a bit shorter than most other pens, the tapered cylindrical shape allows the e-motion to fill the hand.  The all metal construction leads to a weighty pen – 1.9 oz as measured on our postal scale.  The cap is .7 oz and the body is 1.2 oz.  While somewhat shorter in stature than most pens, the Pure Black does not feel inconsequential. Posted, the length is just right and I found the shorter body and heavy cap to create an overall well balanced writing experience – the combination of the smoothness of the nib and the weight of the pen made writing with the e-motion very enjoyable.  I like the feel of the guilloche pattern on the body, and the front section is of a good diameter as well.  The nib is removable, making cleaning a breeze.  If I had to choose one issue, it would be that the guilloche pattern traps dust and lint very easily, and the black color makes this easy to see.  However, a quick wipe with a cloth and it goes back to looking brand new.  Something that I really like about the finish on this piece is that it will not readily show fingerprints, unlike chrome plated pens.
 The Faber-Castell e-motion Pure Black fountain pen is by far one of my favorites – It is understated, yet catches your eye; it is shorter, yet has a surprisingly nice weight; it is easy to clean, easy to write with, and should be on everyone’s must-try list.
- Joe (Pen Boutique Limited, 5560 Sterrett Place, Columbia, MD 21044)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ink Trivia


Question: What is the difference between a Ballpoint pens/refills and Rollerball pens/refills?

Answer: Ballpoint pen refills use a thick oil based ink where the ball in the pen nib pushes the ink on to the paper. Ballpoint pens have a thick ink that does not evaporate easily. A cap is not necessary. Ballpoint ink is less likely to bleed through the paper.

A Rollerball pen is more related to the fountain pen as it uses a water based ink. The Rollerball pen and refill was first introduced to fit the demands of loyalists of fountain pens that missed the use of a wetter ink. Rollerball ink spreads on paper widely and goes inside the paper a little deeper than oil-based ink of a ballpoint pen.

Since the water based ink of a Rollerball pen has a higher rate of drying out, having a cap is absolutely necessary for this pen to cover the pen nib when not in use.

Most Ballpoint and Rollerball refills are offered in fine and medium size, some brands offer broad.

Pen Trivia

Pens have been used as props in motion pictures for years.

Director Stanley Kubrick was indeed ahead of his time, and no film shows that more than 1968’s “2001”. The effects for the time are rather remarkable. The film opens up with a simple pen floating in zero gravity. Today, you would be able to computerize it in. But in 1968 it was an impressive scene.

In the 1998 movie "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman there was a scene where Smith's character takes apart his Parker 51 looking for a tracking device.

The character Veronica, played by Winona Ryder, used a Montblanc pen to write in her diary in the teen favorite movie teen “Heathers”.

In “A Beautiful Mind” a young prodigy named John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes. Towards the end of the film he is being interviewed by a member of the Nobel Committee, when his Princeton colleagues present him with their pens. In others words, the pens are symbolic of the respect they have for the mathematical genius.

Question: What pen brand is predominantly featured in the “Breakfast Club”?

Answer: It was a Lamy Safari Ballpoint that Brian was putting up his nose in the movie “The Breakfast Club”.

Writing Corner

“The perfect pen and the perfect paper and me working on work that pleases me and has no note for the critics.” - John Steinbeck

Edgar Allan Poe believed that handwriting is an indication of character revealing our “mental qualities.” Indeed, the marks we leave on the paper are our most intimate of thoughts. Few exercises offer the not always seamless collaboration between brain and body like that direct line of the brain and the tip of the pen reaching paper creating copy.

John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) captures this curious role of the pen as a negotiator between brain and body in a series of disarming observations in Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath. This remarkable volume that gives us a glimpse of how the great writer used the diary as a tool of discipline and a hedge against self-doubt when he embarked on the most intense writing experience of his life, the masterwork that earned him the Pulitzer Prize and his Nobel Prize.

Writer Quotes

“In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.” - Sydney Smith

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” - James Michener

“If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea.” - David Belasco

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. “- Sylvia Plath

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” - Norbet Platt

Engraved Pen Gifts

As early as 60,000 BC, humans engraved ostrich eggshells used as water containers. These eggs are the first sign of humans engraving patterns. More advanced engraving developed over time and by the reign of the Egyptian and Greek empires engraving as a form of documentation and communication had developed. Again, to this date documentation from ancient Egyptians remain in museums around the world, leaving an engraved insight into an ancient world.

In addition to being a form of communication and documentation, engraving was used to reproduce printed artwork, documentation and in printing. Engraving has been used to create printing templates out of metal to reproduce newspapers, books, currency and art. To this day, engravings are used to produce unique moulds to create intricate currency the world over.

An engraved pen is a personalized gift that lasts forever. Graduations are the ideal time to give a gift that shows you know the former student has accomplished much and you congratulate the efforts.
Pen Boutique specializes in fine writing instrument engravings. We take great pride in personalizing with precision.

Here are some suggestions for the accomplished graduate on your shopping list:


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mother’s Day Moment Winner

***************************WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT *************************

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Heather Laishley.

Sharing her Mother’s Day Moment on our Facebook timeline, Heather Laishley wrote, “One of my many favorite Mother's Day moments with my mom is when I bought her a ring that she really wanted. Also bought her the matching charm for my little brother to give to her. The smiles on our faces and the tears that filled her eyes I will never forget.” The gesture she made to her mother on Mother’s Day didn’t only win her our hearts but also earned her the most likes in the contest. And so as per the rules of the contest, Ms. Laishley has won “Waterman Elegance Ivory GT Fountain Pen” worth $555.00.

Pen Boutique hopes she enjoys using the Waterman fountain pen, as much as she has enjoyed winning it. Congratulations once again!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

World No Tobacco Day

Did you know? 

- Every second one person dies from a tobacco-related disease.
- In the United States, over 20% of all deaths are from tobacco.
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemical.
- In the 20th century 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco. In the 21st century tobacco-related death has reached an estimated 1 billion.

Despite all the death by tobacco consumption, the tobacco industry is flourishing every single day. In 2010 alone the revenue earned by the tobacco industry was $664 billion. This is more than the GDP of all but 18 nations in the world. But what is worst that trade of tobacco products is the illicit trading that doesn’t only raise concern on health, but also economy, legislations, governance and corruption. According to various studies, the illicit tobacco trade market accounts for around one in every 10 cigarettes consumed globally. And it is not just the economic threat such trade possess that should concern us. The reason why we should be fighting illicit trade of tobacco product has to do with the fact that such products hook young people into tobacco use because they are cheaper. The illegal tobacco trade robs the government from the tax revenue that could have been used in public service and education. So, while there is a lot of wrong in consumption and production of tobacco itself, we should also be worried about the harms that illegal trade of tobacco causes.

Hence, this World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2015 WHO (World Health Organization) and partners are “calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products.” Join in the fight and make a difference.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ink Trivia

You have more choices than you think. Blue writing ink is the most popular color used for pens. To simply say you want to use blue ink does not narrow it down as to your choice. As with many colors, blue ink is available in many shades such as Sapphire, Regency, Blue Velvet, Royal, Midnight, Imperial, Cobalt, Cerulean, Electric, Blue Suede and Mediterranean. Pen Boutique also carries many brands that offer blue including Waterman, Parker, Noodler’s Ink, Pilot-Namiki, Cross, Lamy, Diamine, Faber-Castell, Sheaffer, Montblanc and Sailor.

Question: What color helps you to remember?

Answer: You are more likely to remember something if you write it down in blue ink.

Pen Trivia

Translations can be a tricky thing. One needs to be mindful of all the idiosyncrasies of the language. Jolly Green Giant translated into Arabic, for example, means "Intimidating Green Ogre."

When the Parker Pen Company marketed a ballpoint pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to say "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." However, the company mistakenly thought the Spanish word "embarazar" meant embarrass. Instead the ad said that "It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant."

Question: What pen company was retained by the British Royal household as the sole proprietor of inks and pens?

Answer: The Parker Pen Company was awarded the Royal warrant as sole supplier of pens and inks to the British Royal Household in 1962. This is an honor to which it retains to this day.

Writing Corner

Far Eastern calligraphy is an art within art, a way of life, and a path to immortality. Just like love fills the heart, calligraphy fills our souls, nourishing a new sense of life born out of selflessness, absence of pride in the fertile soil of a pure mind. It can intrigue you by stimulating the deepest layers of sensitivity accessible to a human being. Life experience adds a lot of flavor to one’s work. In this capacity, it cannot be learned, and it ought to be experienced, it cannot be rushed, but it must be earned.

The importance of choosing the ink, whether using a calligraphy brush, calligraphy pen or an everyday fine instrument, is also held in high regard as a critical element in Far Eastern calligraphy and writing. Two of the most popular ink bottle brands that are mainstays in today’s eastern and western cultures are Sailor and Pilot Namiki Iroshizuku, both originating from Japan.
You too can embrace the Eastern way of mindful thoughtfulness is by choosing these captivating inks.