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6 Rarely Known Ballpoint Pen Facts | Ballpoint Pen DayFeatured

Pen of the month

It was in June 1943 that the two brothers, Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro, filed the patent for Ballpoint pens. And in the honour of this milestone, June 10th is celebrated as the Ballpoint Pen Day. Ballpoint pens had been one of the greatest inventions which reflected from the fact that these pens were quite in demand during their early years. These pens were considered expensive and rarely available to common people.

Bold Chrome Ballpoint Pen by HUGO BOSS

Bold Chrome Ballpoint Pen by HUGO BOSS

Chronicles of Ballpoint Pen

History says that Laszlo Biro, a Hungarian newspaper editor, was quite frustrated with the whole mechanism of filling ink in fountain pens and having ink smudged papers. He then noticed that the ink that was used in newspaper printing dried up at a comparatively faster rate. This lead Laszlo to think of using a type of ink similar to the one used for newspapers. He then along with his brother György, who was a chemist by profession came up with an ink formula that they used for their ballpoint pens.

The ink used in ballpoint pen is an oil-based ink that is thicker in nature. This ink usually contains up to 40 percent of dyes. The dyes are suspended in a solvent of oil. The most common oil solvents used here are benzyl alcohol or phenoxyethanol. [ 1]

While we can go deeper into the history of ballpoint pens, let us deviate and know some interesting facts about these amazing pens. But first of all, let’s know the different parts of a regular ballpoint pen.

 

Ballpoint Pen Anatomy

Ballpoint Pen Anatomy

Now that we know our ballpoint pens better, here are 6 interesting facts about ballpoint pens that you might not have known.

Astronaut Moon Landing Commemorative Chrome Ball Pen FISHER SPACE PEN

Astronaut Moon Landing Commemorative Chrome Ball Pen
FISHER SPACE PEN

  • In a ball pen, the ink is distributed over a metal ball at its point. That means over a “ball point”!
  • In Argentina, the ballpoint pens are known as ‘birami’, honoring the inventor Laszlo Biro.
  • The first batch of ballpoint pens for sale was in New York. Apparently, the queue for buyers was so long that people had to be controlled by police officers.
  •  Ballpoint pens were used in the World War II by the Air Force pilots. It was because the ink in these pens was less prone to leakage at high altitudes in comparison to fountain pens.
  • Apparently, ballpoint pens don’t work well for “lefties”. This is because while writing the left-handers push instead of pulling the ball across the paper. And this inhibits the ink flow.
  •  The largest ballpoint pen was made by Acharya Makunuri Srinivasa (India) and was presented and measured in Hyderabad, India. It measures 18 ft 0.53 in long.

 

Note: Paul C Fisher invented the Anti Gravity pen for use in space missions. 

  That’s a powerful pen indeed! There you go, now you know ballpoint pens better. So this ballpoint pen day, ditch the keypads for some time and take the pleasure of writing on paper with your favourite ballpoint pen. In case you are looking for one, check us out here. Let’s ink our words with the finest pens!

 

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5 Tips to Choose the Right Wallets for MenFeatured

You decide to go out for a fancy meal and at the end of it you take out your wallet to pay. While you may have made a smashing impression during the meal, your wallet can either make or break it. A classy leather wallet for men can be a great style statement. Obviously, a scuffed wallet does not bode well for your reputation. Similarly neither does an overfull one. So let’s know a little more about wallets for men and tips to have the perfect one for you!
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6 Things to Avoid While Handling a Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen Mistakes

Words just look better on paper with Fountain Pens, don’t they? However, it’s not very easy to handle these precious ones. So in order to save you from making your Fountain Pens messy, we are here with 6 of the most common things to avoid while dealing with these pens. 

1. Putting pressure on the pen

 

One common mistake while writing with Fountain Pens can be pressurizing them. This can be due to our everyday use of Ballpoint pens that leave us with the habit of being heavy-handed. This is, of course, a negligible point for the Fountain Pen enthusiasts but if you are a beginner, do keep this in mind. Fountain pens are intricately designed to have free-flowing of ink with its capillary action principle. So newbies, do not go all heavy on your pen, it might also lead to the damage of the nib. 

 

2. Using that low-quality ink

Mysterious Blue Ink Bottle by WATERMAN

Mysterious Blue Ink Bottle by WATERMAN

This is a very common mistake. We somehow tend to invest in good brands while choosing our Fountain Pen but we overlook the importance of the ink quality. We got to remember that if the pen is the car, the ink is its fuel. Your pen would not be able to give its hundred percent if you are using a cheap ink. So yes, take that extra step and pay attention to the ink you are getting for your deary pen. People might end up getting calligraphy ink for their Fountain Pens without even realizing the fact that it may harm the pen’s performance and even damage it. Ink for Fountain Pens should be dye based. A useful tip here would be to avoid pigment based inks such as India ink. It looks good on Comic Books not on writing your diary or signing cheques! Usually, most Fountain Pen manufacturers come up with their own brand ink like Sheaffer’s Skrip Ink, WATERMAN’s ink etc. You can check out our collection of Fountain Pen inks here

 

3. The paper conundrum

 

This will get better with your personal experience. Using the wrong paper can be a nightmare for Fountain Pen lovers. First, they can absorb the ink and second, they can make the ink bleed on the paper. So the first thing while sitting to write with Fountain Pens must be the selection of the apt paper. You can find notebooks, diaries, journals with Fountain Pen friendly paper. So, avoid choosing a low-quality paper and then blaming your pen.

4. Not servicing your pen

Explore the pleasure of writing with a Fountain Pen

Explore the pleasure of writing with a Fountain Pen

We all must know that Fountain Pens are like machines that need to be well serviced. If you want your pen to last for a longer time and give you the best performance, don’t ignore taking care of it. You might be glad to know that William Penn offers pen servicing too! After all, every superhero needs a little reviving process and for your Fountains Pens, a routine cleaning can do the thing!

5. Ignoring the Nib cruciality

The Nib is the heart of the Fountain Pen and can be quite tricky too. So do not make the mistake of not taking it seriously. Whenever not in use, keep your Fountain Pen in a safer place and never, I repeat, NEVER, leave the pen open. Also, the Nib type can totally change your writing experience with Fountain Pens. You should choose the type of nib in accordance with the type of handwriting you have. So go broad, fine or medium with respect to your handwriting.

Check out the types of Nib in a fountain pen in the video below

Are you a Fountain Pen Beginner? Here are a few hacks you might want to know!

6. Not open towards the Fountain Pen club

 

Well, the last thing here on the list is (well somewhere we made it up) but we believe is true. Fountain pens have the impression of being very sophisticated and not being youth-ish enough! That is so not true. Yes, Fountain Pens are classy and sometimes, serious looking, however, they can be your best friend for your handwriting. So even though they come with a few “handling” points, they are quite fun to explore. And once you get into the whole Fountain Pen game, you will find a new love for writing! And then you’d realize why pen lovers are so into these magical pens.

 

So there you are with 5 actual and 1 bonus issue that you may come up with while handling Fountain Pens. All we can say is that a little attention to the pens and you are all set to enjoy a world of precise designing and flawless writing experience. You can check out our entire collection of Fountain Pens here. We have global brands like Mont Blanc, Hugo Boss, LAMY and many more!

 

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Discovering forever writing with Pininfarina!

Pininfarina

The world is moving faster and getting smarter so why not take the advantage of technology and come up with something totally different? That must have been the thought behind creating a series of pens like never before by the brand Pininfarina.

 

If you google Pininfarina, you will see it’s an Italian car design brand from Cambiano, Italy. Pininfarina has been employed in designing some of the world-class cars. Its list of customers varies from Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati etc. So, what happens when innovation meets experience? Well, it brings out something that is beyond the ordinary. And that’s what happened here. Pininfarina came up with a series of writing tools that simply defies convenience. They teamed up together to build what we chose as our Pen of the month Pininfarina Cambiano. The design shows precision in the artistry of a pen that is so not common.

 

The advanced technology reflected in the look of the pen shows the unison of materials to give the pen a unique personality. The pen comes in both blue ink and red ink. Check out the Pen of the month here

 

 Napkin Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Ink Stelo Blue

Napkin Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Ink Stelo Blue   

 

However, we would also like to bring to your notice the pencil/writing instrument under the Cambiano collection. This writing tool is a hybrid of age-old creativity and advanced technology. The writing tool that comes under the Cambiano collection is like an enigma that cannot be classified as a pen or a pencil.

 

The most interesting part of this writing tool is the special alloy tip Ethergraf, protected by Napkin®. The conceptualization of this amazing writing tool has been inspired by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci who used to sketch his art with a special silver tip stylus. This tip stylus is believed to play a big part in the artist’s works of excellence. Many studies have shown that most of his work was created using this technically advanced silver tip.

Pininfarina Napkin Forever Cambiano Pale Gold

Pininfarina Napkin Forever Cambiano Pale Gold

 

This silverpoint technique went on to be the inspiration of the development of Ethergraf. The principle behind Ethergraf and Silverpoint is quite similar and the science behind this is based on the oxidation that occurs because of the friction between the metal tip and the paper. This very reaction is why we call these writing tools as timeless. The Ethergraf tip can go on writing forever without the need of any refill, ink or lead.

 

Some of the delightful features of the Ethergraf are

  1. After being processed, the metal alloy shows a specific hardness, strength and flexibility characteristics.
  2. Ethergraf shows non-corrosive properties too.
  3. It leaves no mark when it comes in contact with clothes.
  4. The alloy shows an extremely low thermal conductivity value.

 

This Ethergraf is then molded and crafted by the excellent precision of expert jewelers to form the tips that are used in the Pininfarina Cambiano writing tools. There goes a meticulous casting process to manufacture these Ethergraf tips. The result is an invincible writing tip that reflects a world-class design and technique.

 

These writing tools are incepted with the concept of being timeless in this world of temporary amusements. Therefore, this time we are not bringing you just a writing instrument, we are bringing you a technology that very distinguishably defines the ladder between imagination and craftsmanship.

So, are you ready to experience the stillness of time while writing your words?  

                                                                                                                                                                                

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6 Cool Advantages of Buying Branded Pens!

Buy Pens Online

Having good writing equipment at your fingertips can be a key to your success and with the advent of many online specialty stores, you can buy pens online conveniently from the comfort of your home. Choosing a sophisticated branded pen for your employees, colleagues or loved ones is indeed one of the best gifts you can give them.

Here are some of the advantages of buying branded pens:

1. Aesthetically pleasing and high quality

Branded pens in India and around the world, are aesthetically pleasing and stand out as high quality. When you use them as promotional items, it is very likely that your clients will begin to associate your company accordingly and see your brand as reliable. Therefore, you must not ever overlook the importance of choosing the right pens. You can check out a wide range of pens from brands like Mont Blanc, LAMY, Sheaffer, HUGO BOSS etc.

Meisterstück UNICEF Resin Classique Fountain Pen by MONTBLANC

Meisterstück UNICEF Resin Classique Fountain Pen by MONTBLANC

2. A sturdy product with the promise of longevity

A sturdy branded pen can withstand the wear and tear of repeated use that makes it the best promotional product. Also, when you invest in a good branded pen, you won’t have to think about its longevity. So instead of going for a non-branded pen, you can go for brands that are known for good quality besides their promising looks.

3. Create a great first impression

It’s no question that a stylish branded pen will create a substantial impression on your potential customers and employees. After all, the aura of a brand is never negligible. You’d be glad to know that now you can select the pens of your choice from global brands like Mont Blanc, HUGO BOSSCARAN D’ ACHEWATERMAN etc.

4. An effective way to reflect your brand

 

If you are trying to promote your business, a branded pen can be a wonderful option. A customized branded pen with your company’s name and address printed on it will be a great way to get noticed. A promotional luxury pen, maybe Fountain or Ball pen, will not just convey your brand’s message in an effective way but also stick in people’s mind, making your marketing campaign a success.

 

5. An elegant gesture for your potential clients

Branded pens are a simple elegant gesture for the potential clients, showing them your passion about the products and services you provide. You must always ensure that the public perception about your brand is positive and a branded pen is one of the ways to do that, especially if you spice it up with customization. This will reflect how specific you are for the things you carry with you. So yes, elevate your class with a classy pen, next to your pocket.

 

Set With Meisterstuck Platinum Classique Ballpoint Pen And Meisterstuck Wallet 6CC

Set With Meisterstuck Platinum Classique Ballpoint Pen And Meisterstuck Wallet 6CC

6. The best gift for your loved ones

 

A personalized branded pen can be a memorable token of your affection for your loved ones. You can now buy pens online and choose from a wide collection for gifting purposes, after all, good brand pens can never go out of fashion!

 

Though the world is shifting to the web and preferring automatic processes, yet pens are a great way to reach out to potential customers and win the hearts of your loved ones forever.

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5 Tips For Doctors to Undo the Curse of Bad Handwriting

Handwriting Tips for Doctors

It’s been generations now that Doctors have been infamous for their handwriting. From photo clips of prescriptions to funny memes, Doctors have been time and again facing criticisms among others. And to some extent, it is true, handwriting isn’t really the strongest asset for a Doctor. But hey, we aren’t here to stretch this further, in fact, we are here to decipher this curse on our Docs and maybe help them a little.

 

Here are 5 amazing hacks that can help Doctors to come out of the bad handwriting reputation.

 

1. Pay attention

We know how doctors are flooded with paperwork for each of their patients and we also know that after a certain number, it becomes tedious to keep writing, however, you must pay attention that your prescription is very important for your patient’s health. Keeping this in mind can help you be a little more attentive while writing down the medicine’s names. So, in order to reduce the brainstorming activity of the poor chemist person, take time in writing down the prescriptions. This is the most basic and yet an important point here.

 

1911 Small Blue Gold Trims 14K Fountain Pen by SAILOR

1911 Small Blue Gold Trims 14K Fountain Pen by SAILOR

2. Choose your pen wisely

 

This can be the most pivotal point here. We might overlook the cruciality of choosing the right pen but it is very important. And don’t worry if you aren’t quite sure about which pen to choose. Being an expert in dealing with writing instruments, we bring you a few points that can guide you while a good pen. Although we can’t really generalize which type of pens are better; Fountain Pens do have certain advantages for improving handwriting.

 a) Fountain pens are easy going. These pens don’t require much pressure while writing. In fact, if you choose the brand wisely, you will notice how eloquently these pens are engineered to give effortless writing. You can also pay attention to the right nib size/type while trying to improve your handwriting.

  • Extra Fine: Best suited for the one who writes small and neatly.
  • Fine: This is a common nib size/type and is also best suited for writers with small and neat handwriting.
  • Medium: This nib size does well on good quality papers for general writing purposes. This can do good for signing papers.
  • Broad: This type of nib produces more ink on the paper so needs a greater writing speed. It gives smooth writing.

There are also other kinds of nib sizes like calligraphy nibs, flex nibs etc.

b) Fountain pens come with a comfortable grip which enhances the writing experience.

If you are just starting off, don’t miss on these Tips about Fountain Pens for Beginners!

 

President 18K Gold Nib Fountain Pen by PLATINUM

President 18K Gold Nib Fountain Pen by
PLATINUM

3. Know what works for you

It is quintessential to know what suits you. For this, maybe you will have to try out different pens. But once you know your grip, you will be able to improve your handwriting. We’d suggest you to check out a few branded pens to write, almost like a test drive. This will also require time and patience. A pen can be like your wardrobe. It has to go with your style and hence, don’t get disappointed if you can’t spot your “soul-pen” type instantly. William Penn offers a diverse range of the finest Fountain Pens from well-known brands like Lamy, Sailor, CARAN D’ACHE, HUGO BOSS. You can visit our website to have a look at your favorite brands and decide what can be the most suitable one for you!

 

 

The Advance Fabric Dark Grey Fountain Pen by HUGO BOSS

The Advance Fabric Dark Grey Fountain Pen by HUGO BOSS

4. Improve your posture

Much like a physician’s prescription to improve posture for back pain issues, improving handwriting requires the right posture too. Some of the basics for the apt posture for good handwriting are sitting in a relaxed and straight position, avoiding slouching back in your chair or leaning forward to the paper, tilting the paper up to the right or left as per which hand you right with etc.

 

5. Practice is the key

You won’t just improve your handwriting magically. For a Doctor, more than the postures and angles, good handwriting will come with some practice. Make it a habit to not write prescriptions in a rush or in a hasty flow. Practice to slow down and maybe explain each medicine to the patient while writing it down. This will give you some pauses in between which will allow you to slow it down. Practice this with every patient and you will see that you are developing a grip over your handwriting flow. If you need motivation, maybe include improving handwriting as an addition to your Hippocratic Oath!

Remember that we all have been through the basics of handwriting while we were in school and we weren’t that bad. This is because we weren’t leading a hectic life back then and writing neatly was an important task. So all we need now is a little polishing on our handwriting skill and we all can do better.

In the pictures, we have named some of the finest Fountain Pens that you can totally count on! For more information on these pens, you can always get back to us in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out our Fountain Pens collection here

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6 Handy Tips for the perfect “Leather” Forecasting!

Tips to choose the right leather bag

You need a leather bag! Face it. Those nylon backpacks that are complimentary with one’s laptop, or given out on company annual days with the name of said company emblazoned on every panel, are so yesterday. And briefcases? Day-before-yesterday.

The real thing? A leather bag. It’s smooth. It’s sophisticated. It’s stylish. And it sends out pretty much the same message about the one carrying it. And all the while adding to your style quotient.

But buying one isn’t as easy as one may think. It isn’t just a question of how much money one is willing to spend, or what brand it sports.

Here are a few things you need to keep an eye on while choosing your next leather bag

 

1. How’s the leather?

Two words: Full-grain. Have you seen a leather jacket that has seen a couple of decades, yet looks better than it did new at the store? That’s because it was made from full-grain leather. If it’s full-grain, it’s leather.

Full-grain leather is leather the way leather was meant to be. It is top quality, robust, and ages well, acquiring a patina that is totally unique. No chemicals, no plastics, but yes to that rich leather smell. So, the next time you see something you like and it says ‘Genuine Leather’, ask if it’s full-grain. You won’t be sorry. Or, explore and choose a brand that is committed to using only full-grain leather, like Lapis Bard.

 

Ducorium Dorchester 14" Laptop Bag LAPIS BARD

Ducorium Dorchester 14″ Laptop Bag
LAPIS BARD

2. Is this bag vegetarian?

No, really. You need to ask this question, and I promise you won’t be laughed at. Every piece of leather is tanned, and it can be tanned in two ways: with chromium and other such chemicals, or with vegetable dyes, which takes more time (weeks more, to be precise), but is way more eco-friendly. And even if you’re not in this to save the planet, remember that vegetable-tanned leather lasts longer, looks better, and – you guessed it – also smells better.

 

3. Where’s your passport?

If your bag’s leather doesn’t come from France, Italy, or England and the US, it’s probably not of great pedigree. There, I said it. Not to say that there aren’t good leathers from other countries, but these four, especially Italy, have a long legacy of making great leather. So good, in fact, that some unscrupulous manufacturers even tack on a ‘Made in XXXX’ tag when all that’s been done in that country is probably fixing the tags and the zippers. So, look out for the provenance of the leather.

 

4. Money to burn

Everything that’s of good quality is expensive. But remember that not everything that’s expensive is of good quality. A good thing to remember when you’re out shopping for your leather bag. If you think the price tag shocks you, the quality of the leather may actually shock you further in a couple of years. Most brands charge for their name on the bag, and the perceived country of provenance, and not the actual quality of the leather. So, be mindful of why a bag is charging what it does.

Ducorium Brackley 13" Laptop Backpack by LAPIS BARD

Ducorium Brackley 13″ Laptop Backpack by LAPIS BARD

5. The other bits

There’s more to a bag than just the leather. There are all the buckles, which help with fastening and finishing, and the zippers, which keep things together. And the handle, which is that part of the bag that you will end up holding the most. And let’s not forget the shoulder strap, which is the most practical way to travel with the bag, as you go about the day’s work. Every little bit makes a good bag great. So be sure to cast a long look at these parts, too.

 

6. You can have any colour, as long as it’s brown

Henry Ford would have found kindred souls in most of today’s bag-makers. Brown seems to be de rigueur as far as men’s professional leather bags are concerned. Three different hues of brown leather are common; dark-brown, tan, and light-brown. Thumb rule: the more formal the occasion, the darker should be the colour of the bag (and the suit and shoes, for that matter). Black is a ubiquitous choice for bankers and lawyers, but brown ages better. Some of the more daring brands have some blues and dark greens too, so it really comes down to your preference. Just remember that dual colours, or different coloured stitching, are a strict no-no as they will look a little over-the-top, and not age as well.

It’s easy to succumb to paralysis by analysis on your journey to the perfect leather bag. The points outlined above are just to help you along. You should check out William Penn’s collection of bags here

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5 Must-Have Men’s Accessories

Men's accessories online

Wikipedia defines accessories as an item to contribute to the wearer’s outfit. In other words, they are the embellishments to an otherwise simple or plain look.

Accessories are an integral part of fashion. Be it for women or men, a few accessories can make your entire look. And similarly, overdoing them can kill your look. Therefore it is quintessential to know, what I usually call as, to bling or not to bling! 

But before we jump on the to-do list for men’s accessories online, let’s throwback to some of the famous stars of all time who have made style statements with their accessory choices.

 

  • White Socks and gloves by MJ– The moonwalker has made legendary style statements. And his white socks and gloves were his thing!
  •  Fur shawl by Marilyn Monroe– From a model to an actress to a singer, this lady had won millions of hearts. And so did her style statements. And her furry shawl is definitely one legendary accessory.
  • Specs by John Lennon- We all know John Lennon’s gold-framed granny spectacles and we all know how that became his style statement.
  • Silver bracelet by Salman Khan– Among many famous India movie stars, Salman Khan’s bracelet with the turquoise stone is one accessory that is a part of his look. And this has been adopted by thousands of followers of the star.

 

There you go, see how so many accessories made history? So now what should be the ultimate guide for you guys?! Well, accessorizing a look depends on what clothes you are wearing as well as the occasion. So, to keep it safe, here’s a list of 5 accessories that every man should have.

 

1. Belts

Ducorium Leather Belt LAPIS BARD

Ducorium Leather Belt LAPIS BARD

Owning a couple of branded belts for men is the very first rule. And the best part, there are amazing belts found in our men’s accessories online section.  Choose the colours wisely, generally, brown and black are never out of fashion. You can find either a keeper loop or an end tip blet, choose the one that works for you. Belt strap widths can vary from 1.25 inches to 1.75 inches. The former ones are usually for casual dressing.

Tip: Don’t wear belts with pants that have no belt loops.

Click here to buy belts online. From Lapis Bard to Montblanc belts, we have covered them all.

 

2. Wallets

You might think that a wallet doesn’t have much importance in styling but you are wrong. Carrying the right wallet is like carrying the right id card to a special occasion! So go for slimmer wallets of good quality. And do not hesitate to invest in a good branded wallet, it ensures the look as well as longevity. If you are tired of the limited designs for men’s wallets, our men’s accessories online collection has got the best wallet brands for men with a wide diversity in design and look. 

And by the way, did you check out our blog on how to choose the right men’s wallet online? Here’s the link.

 

3. Eyewear

Striped Sunglasses ZIPPO

Striped Sunglasses ZIPPO

You won’t believe how a pair of glasses can affect your entire look. The best thing is, eyewear come in a wide variety. But the crucial part lies in choosing one that fits with your face well. Luckily, we have a collection of both reading glasses as well as sunglasses.

Click here to check out the latest pastel coloured reading glasses by Zippo with rich patterned styling. You can also find amazing sunglasses here.

 

4. Bracelet

Looking for something to wear in your hands other than a watch? Look no further! Bracelets can be tricky for men, hence go for the subtle and classy ones. Do not flash people with heavy gold bracelets! That’s a total NO NO! Still unsure? Click here to explore the finest men’s bracelets online from brands like DEVOTIE.

 

5. Men’s bags

Gone are the days when only women had the liberty to choose bags, these days, fashion in men has evolved and so as their choices of bags. From sexy briefcases to cool backpacks, you can accessorize your look with the suitable bag. Because, not just the ladies, you need a perfect bag to carry all your important stuff too!

Oxford 15" RFID Laptop Brief by JEKYLL & HIDE

Oxford 15″ RFID Laptop Brief by JEKYLL & HIDE

To help you out here’s the link to our latest arrivals in men’s bags. And the ‘leather’ forecasting says you are about to find the most stylish bags ever. We have brands like JEKYLL & HYDE, QUICK BROWN FOX, ELAN, Lapis Bard and many more.

 

Voila! These are the accessories that every man must totally invest in. They won’t just charm up your look, they will add to your style statement too. So it’s a wrap for this one, see you with another stylish blog again. Don’t forget to add your comments below.e 

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William Penn’s Journey to Mysore

William Penn store in Mysore

Over a decade of being a one-stop haven for writing instruments, William Penn is gradually making its presence stronger, all over the country. In the year 2002, it commenced its operations from Bangalore and later expanded its wings throughout India. But it is interesting to see that while it has been spreading its presence from Bangalore to all the major cities, it is only now that William Penn has come to Mysore. So yes, the journey of mere 150 Kms took almost 14 years to complete. But then, as we all know everything has its time and this is the time for Mysore.

The new William Penn store is now open at the Forum Centre City Mall, in Mysore. The city is now open to the globally renowned brands, such as Mont Blanc, Caran d’ache, Sheaffer, Moleskine, Lapis Bard, Pennline, Zippo etc.

The City of Palaces, Mysore aka Mysuru, is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka. Mysore is also the second largest urban agglomeration in the state. It’d be amazing to see how a destination for the finest writing instruments in India will blend in a place of some of the finest architectures of the country. [1]

While William Penn started off in Bangalore, the MD, Mr. Nikhil Ranjan, has a close connection with Mysore.

“I have always been passionate about high-quality writing instruments and the effort that goes into its making”. And when I was working in Mysore, I had a dream of setting up a retail store that made available world-class writing instruments to everyone. That’s the reason why the new store in Mysore is so close to my heart because this is where it all began.”

There you go, 14 years later, William Penn is finally now where parts of its inception began. Go visit the store and have the feel of world’s latest and finest writing instruments. You can also explore our website here.

 

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Nikhil Ranjan in Conversation with The Telegraph

William Penn

It was in the year 2002 when William Penn started off its journey. From one retail store for premium stationery to now a nation-wide chain of 31 stores, the company has come a long way. In this long journey of over a decade, the company has very beautifully molded itself with the changing times while keeping its crust intact. And that’s why the feel of William Penn stayed the same. Now, of course, it is becoming bigger with contemporary ideas and new brand collaborations. When Mr. Nikhil Ranjan, MD of William Penn, was caught in a conversation with The Telegraph last month, he reflected on the newer facets that his company is exploring.

The most important thing was that, even in these times of advanced technology of smartphones and touchscreens, Nikhil is firm and confident that nothing can replace the joy and contentment of writing on paper with a fine pen. And that can be proved by the fact that this world has seen inventions of legendary writing instruments and new ideas are being endorsed every day.

On further discussion, Nikhil reflected on how the company has been exploring newness to redefine William Penn to be more relatable to youth.

Nikhil's interview with The Telegraph

Nikhil’s interview with The Telegraph

“I see our growth coming from the younger audience. We underwent a rebranding exercise last year and changed the look and feel of our stores to make it a lot younger, more contemporary while retaining our core business, which is writing instruments.

Driving the resurgence of the use of writing instruments are the millennials, who, have not grown up writing as much as the older generation; so there’s a big desire to touch, feel and use paper and pen among them”, Nikhil said.

“So William Penn stores are not geared towards the collector now. They are largely targeted at a younger audience who is coming in to try out a new pen or upgrade from their existing pen. Naturally, the products are fairly affordable too.”, he added.

The renewing of the company is also apparent as it has opened its doors to Men’s Lifestyle Accessories too. Yes, William Penn is now not just a destination of premium writing instruments but also a place to find all the latest Men’s lifestyle accessories.

The collection of these accessories are, however, chosen very wisely to go parallel with what William Penn stands for, Classy and Chic. The lifestyle wing under William Penn includes Wallets, Key Rings, Belts, Bags and many more from brands like Sheaffer, HUGO BOSS, Quick Brown Fox, Lapis Bard, JEKYLL & HIDE, DEVOTIE and many more.

“There is a big growth in demand, so there is a large collection of accessories that we have included in our stores. These include writing accessories (premium and/or smart notebooks and pens), small leather items (like wallets and belts), travel-related products (like an organizer with an integrated power bank and a USB drive, or a traveler’s journal) and desktop accessories,” said Nikhil.

The Front view of a William Penn store

The Front view of a William Penn store

Going forward, the MD also listed a few tips for the beginners in the world of pen collection

Where to start?

Like any other collection, such as stamp or coin, you start with a little bit of homework. First, you need to get a feel of the pens themselves. So you can visit our stores or look at pen collector websites to see what they are saying. Then you will get an idea of what kind of pen you want and why. And then you start building your collection.

Penmakers to check out

You can’t go wrong with a Lamy, a Waterman or a Sheaffer. At a slightly higher price point, you can go for Sailor. The Fisher Space Pen appeals to the tech-inclined.

How do you decide that a pen is worth collecting?

It needs to appeal to you at the end of the day. There are special editions that companies bring out from time to time. There may be products that are unique in that you may want to buy.

On his own collection

I have about 50-60 pens. And each of them for me has a story. Either I have got them as gifts or bought something because I found it interesting. It could also be something that has now gone out of production or one with a nib that has been personalized by an expert like Nobuyoshi Nagahara (the resident nib expert at Japan’s Sailor Pen). It might also be a pen that has sentimental value because I have signed some contract with it. So these are in my collection, though not necessarily expensive ones.

Nikhil’s Favourite picks

One is a limited edition Sheaffer known as King’s Gold that was probably made 25 years ago. It is one of the inlaid, V-nib pens that Sheaffer was known for.

Then I have a Sailor limited edition called Sri Ganesha which was made specifically for India. There were only 36 pens made; I have No.1 of 36. There’s a limited edition from Aurora, which is an Italian brand. They used to make a pen called Asia in their Continents collection.

Nikhil shows that to build an empire on something, one has to be passionate about it. That’s why no matter how big an enterprise he is running, in his heart, he’s still an admirer of fine writing instruments who has never stopped looking for perfection.  

Click here to read the interview.

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Gifting

Best Father’s day gift ideas – To honour the selfless love of your father

Father’s day gifts ideas

Perfect gifts for the man who gave you everything

Are you trying to find the most interesting gift ideas for your dad on this father’s day? Our blog will help you choose just the right gift for him. It may seem daunting to find the perfect father’s day gifts ideas, especially when you know that he already has everything. The best solution is to choose a unique and memorable gift for your dad. He has always been there for you so on this father’s day, express your appreciation and make him feel special.

Here are some gifts ideas that he will love for sure:

  • Gift combos- For the dad who deserves more than just one

You can explore special father’s day combos online to surprise your dad. Here’s a collection of unique gift combos available at best rates. These combos contain any two or more items like necktie, cufflinks, ball point pen, compass, table clock and a lot more.  They will certainly impress your dad and bring a smile on his face.

  • Men’s accessories- For the dad who likes to keep it stylish

A stylish dad knows that style is all about the finer details and by choosing sophisticated men’s accessories for your dad; you will indeed make him happy. You can explore our wide range of men’s accessories like wallets, money clips, bracelets, eye wears, cufflinks, key rings, swiss knives, etc. and buy the one that suits his personality.

  • Writing instruments- For the dad who appreciates both form and function

While your dad may love the newest tech gadgets and gizmos, he will surely appreciate the simple pleasures of putting classy writing instrument to paper. After all, there is no better way to leave your mark than with a premium branded pen. You can check out our father’s day collection of premium pens from brands like Sheaffer, Cross, Lapis Bard, Mont Blanc, Lamy, Parker, Caran D’ Ache, Troika and many more.

  • Personalized father’s day gifts- For the dad who likes those little details which make him feel special

You can buy personalized father’s day gifts for your dad that include his photo or a special message to show how much you care for him. Personalized gifts are memorable and show your thoughtfulness. They are just perfect for the dad who has everything.

  • Exclusive gifts – For the dad who indulges in all kinds of luxuries

You can treat your dad like a King with our exclusive father’s day gift ideas. You can buy luxury fountain pens for your dad from Rollerball, Barrel, Carene, Professional Gear, Varius Peter Marino, StarWalker, etc. With this unexpected treat, he will surely feel both appreciated and spoilt.

  • Gift cards- For the dad who likes to choose his own gifts

You can give the gift of luxury shopping to your dad by opting for our gift cards. These e-gift cards can be used at our online store and also across our more than 30 stores which are located in the major metro cities of India. It is a great way to give your dad exactly what he wants.

Your Daddy is the best so he deserves nothing less than the best! Let him know how much he means to you by choosing the best gift for him on this father’s day.

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Fountain Pens, Handwriting

7 Tips About Fountain Pens for Beginners

Tips to use fountain pens

Most of us grew up writing with the ubiquitous Hero or the Parker fountain pen. The fountain pen held much mystique and sentiment but somewhere between growing up and adulthood, the world changed and so did we and slowly the magic faded away.

While the tradition of the fountain pen remains the same, the technology has changed. Now as we reacquaint ourselves with a fountain pen, here are a few tips that will help you choose the right pen. There’s a whole lot of glossary and terms used in the fountain pen world that we could give you but that’s not the goal here.  We just want you to have basic information when you buy your first fountain pen online or from any physical store.

The nib size

Fountain pen nibs are one of the first decisions you’ll have to make when buying a fountain pen. The size of the nib has to be chosen very crucially. There are 3 standard nib tips that one can go with. That is the fine, medium and broad. The tip of the nib will determine just how much ink is released, and the thickness of the lines that you will put down.  A person with an emphatic handwriting may want to buy a broad tip while someone with a small and close spaced writing may want to stick to a fine or a medium tip.  A professionally trained consultant at a specialist pen store will help you find a size suitable for your writing style.

 

Fountain pen material

Ideally, a beginner should stick to a pen that is light in weight, for example, pens made of resin, lightweight aluminium or ABS plastic.  This will ensure that your hands don’t cramp or tire as you get used to writing with the fountain pen. As you become an expert and start to enjoy the pure pleasure of writing with a fountain pen, you can move on to pens made with brass or precious metals.

Fountain pen ink

When you buy your first fountain pen, make sure the ink is preferably from the same maker as the pen or from any other reputed international brands.  People hardly give this a thought but it’s true that the pen will only write as well as a good quality ink.  Inks are usually made of water, dyes, and solvents. Colours within the same brand can give you a different output depending on the colour you use.  For example, if you are using a standard royal blue from a particular brand and want to change to a red from the same brand, the flow of the ink could differ. Therefore, when you buy a good pen make sure you tell the consultant your usage, as in, do you intend to write pages with it or just use it for a few scribbles. Check out our range of fountain pen ink.

Cartridges 

Cartridges are a result of a modern man’s prayer for a convenient ink filling method.  A cartridge is the reservoir of ink that you can swap out of your pen and replace in its entirety, similar to how you would refill a ballpoint or a gel pen. The advantage of cartridges is that they are convenient. When you’re out of ink, you simply pop in a new cartridge, and you’re good to go.  Though, in our opinion, a true fountain pen experience only begins once you’ve started using bottled inks and refilling your pens. But if you are someone who prefers the quick and easy, then you could ask the consultant about ink cartridges.

 

 

Paper

As you start using your new pen, you will notice something that you had never really had taken stock of while using your old ballpoints or gel pens and that is the paper quality. You will soon find that some papers worked great with your pen, while others make it feel scratchy, or cause the ink to bleed, blot and feather.

 

You can read exhaustive articles on which paper is the best to try with what ink and pen combination. However, our best advice is to try a bunch of different things. Write on whatever plain piece of paper you have lying around the office. Write on post-it notes or write in your favourite notebook. You’ll soon get a feel for the difference that paper can make and stick to the one that your fountain pen likes!

Maintenance of fountain pens

This is a critical part of your writing experience and the life of your pen. You must ensure you absorb and retain the after sales maintenance advice that is given by the pen consultant.

The fountain pen investment

We would recommend that as a beginner, you invest in a pen that is not expensive and one that will give you a true pleasure of writing.  We recommend brands such as Lamy which makes some of the best fountain pens for beginners.  Collections such as a Safari, the Al-star or the CP1 are pens that lay down perfect strokes. Then there is the Pilot Metropolitan or the  849 fountain pens from CARAN D’ACHE, Pens from Faber Castell, Platinum and Kaweco to name a few.

At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, this all seems like a lot of trouble just to buy a pen. And you’re right. It is. If you just want a pen that just works, then we suggest grabbing a rollerball or a ball pen. If you’re looking for a utilitarian tool, that’s the way to go.

However, if you’re approaching fountain pens as a piece of art, a hobby, or worse, a potential addiction! – Oh, what a wonderful addiction it is!!  If you are approaching it as a passion you wish to pursue or to live vicariously through your writing then we think it’s worth taking the time to understand the basics with these brands before diving head first into the vast selection of supremely opulent, sumptuous, extravagantly elegant fine writing instruments that exist. It is difficult to express in words the feelings one experience while writing with a fountain pen; a fountain pen gives you pause for thought, giving you a wider perspective of the world that surrounds you. Invest in one today and as the days go by, you will understand what we mean.

Get the best collection of Fountains Pens India on our website. Click here and be a part of the world’s finest pens.

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