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National Ballpoint Pen Day is “Write” Around the Corner!

June 10th marks a special day for ballpoint pen aficionados, as it has come to represent one of America’s more obscure holidays – National Ballpoint Pen Day!

National Ballpoint Pen Day

The Original Ballpoint Pen

Who would have guessed that European Patent #2390636 would end up protecting the world’s most popular modern writing instrument? Certainly, the inventors of the ballpoint pen knew they were on to something, but the fact that these pens have been produced by the billions shows just how right they were. Today, we honor them with National Ballpoint Pen Day.

History of National Ballpoint Pen Day

On June 10th of 1943, Hungarian brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro walked into a European patent office to declare ownership of their new writing pen design. From this day on, countless ballpoint pens have been enjoyed by writers around the world, and this date has grown into the holiday National Ballpoint Pen Day to celebrate the achievements of these ingenious brothers.

While the British government quickly swooped in and bought the rights to the newly-patented pens, today’s ballpoint pens are used the world over and continue to represent an affordable and reliable means for writing on any standard surface.

Fun Facts about Ballpoint Pens

In honor of the Biro brothers and National Ballpoint Pen Day, we’d like to share some interesting facts about this incredibly popular pen type:

  • * Each second of every day, more than 125 ballpoint pens are sold
  • * An average ballpoint pen will write approximately 50,000 words – or about 100 pages of text
  • * 4.3 pens are used, on average, by each person in the United States each year
  • * Ballpoint pens range from about 7-cents each, to over $730,000 for the Mont Blanc ballpoint
  • * Before acquiring the rights to the ballpoint pen, RAF flyers used feather pens in the cockpit
  • * The first ballpoint pens sold in New York (1945) cost $12 each – or about a day’s wages
  • * 3.4 billion ballpoint pens are imported into the USA each year
  • * 56% of individuals own a logoed or customized ballpoint pen
  • * 95% of the time, when a person receives a new pen, the first word they write is their name

National Ballpoint Pen Day will arrive on June 10th of this year, and represents a fun and whimsical way to pay our collective respects to the ingenuity and creativity of the Biro brothers.

This simple and practical product can be found in homes, offices, classrooms and more, and it’s easy to see why this invention has not only survived, but thrived, over the last 73 years. From business to pleasure, the ballpoint pen holds a special place in our hearts.

Ballpoint Pens for Business

Bring ballpoint pens into the office, and appreciate the versatility and ingenuity of the Biro invention even further. If you’re looking for a way to grow your business or spotlight the benefits of your organization, consider providing your clients or prospects with a batch of high-quality, affordable, and fully customizable ballpoint pens.

A popular option is the BIC Clic Stic pen, available in your choice of custom colors and sized to handle about 150 characters of personalized text. Or, consider the RiteLine Frisco Ballpoint Pen with a colored barrel. This affordable option comes in several unique and vibrant base colors and can also accommodate your choice of several lines of custom text.

Regardless of which pen you choose to help celebrate National Ballpoint Pen day, or which option you elect to grow and promote your business, you’ll find that the trusty ballpoint pen will soldier on as one of the most effective promotional gifts you can employ.

One thing is certain – using a ballpoint pen delivers a more personal experience than simply typing on a keyboard. The power of the written word is undeniable. To learn more, click here for a glimpse at an exciting new infographic entitled, The Benefits of Handwriting vs. Typing.

Grab a pen this June 10th, find some paper, and pay homage to the Biro brothers by celebrating National Ballpoint Pen Day!

Choosing the “Write” Pen Types

Handwriting Tools of the Trade - National Pen

Handwriting Tools of the Trade – National Pen

With so many different pen types and labels, choosing the right pen is actually a lot harder than it seems. It’s more than just randomly choosing something to write with. In addition to the pen itself, you also have to decide on the point size, type of ink, and color options. These characteristics can help enhance your overall writing experience with a particular pen. If you’re looking for a new go-to pen that fits your personal writing style and needs, here are a couple pen types to consider.

Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens are one of the most common and well-known pen types. The ink used in ballpoint pens is oil based and dries faster than other types of ink. This means less smudging when you’re writing. Since the ink is thick, ballpoint pens use less ink as you write, lasting longer than other pen types. Another point to consider: thick ink is more prone to clumping, so you have to apply more writing pressure. As a result, these pens aren’t the best choice for long writing. But, if you’re just looking for a simple pen for everyday use, ballpoint pens are an easy and reliable option.

Rollerball Pens

Rollerball pens use the same design as ballpoint pens but with water-based ink. Water-based ink flows faster and soaks into the paper more than ballpoint pen ink. The ease of flow requires less pressure and creates a smooth, comfortable writing experience. And, because the ink flows so smoothly, rollerball pens are ideal for writing text with dark and fine lines. They also come in a wider range of colors because they use water-soluble dyes. If you need to write for a long period of time, use a rollerball, but make sure to refill the ink often since they use more ink than other pen types.

Gel Pens

Gel pens combine characteristics from ballpoint and rollerball pens. They use water-based gel ink that has a consistency between both types of ink. This makes the ink less likely to smudge but still flows freely enough for smooth writing. As a result, gel pens offer the comfort of rollerball pens, with the performance of ballpoint pens. And, since they use pigments instead of regular dyes, gel pens are also available in a variety of colors. If you want to make a bold statement but still expect reliability, gel pens are a great choice.

Marker Pens

Marker pens come in four types of ink: pigment, water, oil and alcohol-based. Pigment and water-based inks are for traditional paper. On the other hand, oil and alcohol-based inks are for non-paper media (e.g. plastic, metal, or glass). These pens include permanent markers, non-permanent markers (e.g. dry erase markers), highlighters, and porous point (or felt tip) pens. With such a wide variety of point sizes, colors, and types, marker pens work great for both writers and artists alike. If you’re looking to add a splash of color to any of your projects, marker pens are the right choice for you.

5 Best-Selling Colorama Pens

Colorama PensPromotional marketing gifts run the gamut from drinking tumblers to desk organizers, home and kitchen accessories to automotive gadgets and tools. There are countless options available today. But those who have spent a significant amount of time working or managing a tradeshow, conference, business networking event, or large scale marketing campaign, know that the classic writing pen is an undeniably effective promotional tool. At National Pen, we feel the same way, and we’d like to highlight our five best-selling colorama pens that have proven to be relentlessly effective at winning new business, reinforcing existing relationships, and highlighting virtually any business or organization.

Our five best sellers are:

THE CLASSIC: While some promotional marketing gifts rely on gadgets and flair to attract attention, the classic colorama pens rely on rugged simplicity, long-term durability, and a value-oriented price point to create real value. These pens feature a click-action mechanism for total reliability, a plastic barrel that is sized to accept up to five lines of custom text, and a background design that can be sourced from our extensive catalog of design choices. Classic is cool, classic is reliable, and in the case of the colorama series, classic is effective.

THE COLOR GRIP: This incredible pen comes with the legendary SmoothWrite ink cartridge that guarantees a fantastic writing experience. The colorama deluxe pen is upgraded with a colorful gripping surface that is attractive and comfortable to hold, while the pocket clip and rugged click-action mechanism combine to instill this pen with a real sense of purpose. Chrome accents add a nice, subtle touch, while the low price point makes these colorama deluxe pens with color grip ideally suited for high-volume marketing activities.

NEON ACCENTS: This best-selling pen is also one of the newest to be released in the colorama line, and it has made an immediate and lasting impact with clients across all industries. This neon colorama pen delivers stunning good looks and a unique neon color theme that adds a touch of intrigue to these click-action writing pens. Neon trim and pocket clip and plenty of room for up to five lines of customized text create an unbeatable value for a tradeshow handout or mailing gift.

STYLUS TIP: The colorama series of pens are incredible effective as promotional marketing gifts, but add a stylus tip and they become even more potent! A stylus tip makes interfacing with a smartphone, touchscreen, or tablet super easy, while keeping fingerprints and smudges off of the screen for a neater, cleaner operation. Add a soft rubber gripping surface and reliable click-action mechanism and you’re bound to make friends when you distribute these colorama deluxe pens with color grip and stylus.

HOLOGRAPHIC COLORS: The basic colorama pen is made that much more appealing when we add a holographic color scheme to the pen barrel. SmoothWrite ink delivers incredible writing performance, while a generously-sized barrel permits plenty of space for your choice of custom imprint. Six holographic colors are available for our colorama sparkler pen with subtle black trim accents to draw serious attention to your brand.

These best-selling colorama pens from National Pen represent tremendous value in a promotional marketing pen. Order a batch of each and get ready to make serious gains with your clients and prospects.

The History of Writing Valentine’s Day Cards

valentines dayThe idea of celebrating love on the 14th of February spawned from a popular account concerning St. Valentine of Rome. It was reported that he performed weddings for Roman soldiers who were, at the time, forbidden to marry. Valentine was later imprisoned for these actions, but made a connection with his jailer by allegedly healing his ailing daughter. Before Valentine’s scheduled execution he wrote the jailer’s daughter a letter and signed the paper “your Valentine” – hence, the first Valentine’s Day card and early history of Valentine’s Day.

From the History of Valentine’s Day to Modern Day

In our modern era, Valentine’s Day is characterized by red-tinged gift boxes, bouquets of roses, shiny gifts, romantic dinners, and other gestures of love. Jewelry stores look at the month of February as their big “holiday season,” while florists work around the clock – prepping for what is certainly the busiest sales week of the year.

Millions of festive individuals, spanning ages from three to a hundred and three, put pen to paper and scribe Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones and lovers alike. It is this last activity that encapsulates the modern spirit of Valentine’s Day – the profession of love and admiration through the written word.

But how and when exactly did the action of writing Valentine’s Day cards and exchanging gifts become commonplace?

From Chaucer to Chocolates – In mid-eighteenth century England, it became quite common for admiring individuals to exchange flowers, confectioneries, and send greeting cards on Valentine’s Day. During this time, individuals may have also sent “Saint Valentine’s keys” to one another, with the message being – “unlock your loving heart.” These keys were also used to ward off epilepsy, which was then known as Saint Valentine’s malady. Modern jewelry stores frequently offer similar trinkets – though few recipients today are likely to don a Saint Valentine’s key to minimize medical concerns.

Today, the act of giving gifts is wide-reaching, but few individuals know that the first connection of Valentine’s Day with romantic love was in the work entitled Parlement of Foules (1382), by Geoffrey Chaucer. This poem was written to recognize the first anniversary of the engagement of Anne of Bohemia to King Richard II of England.

Valentine’s Day Cards by the Millions – The phenomenon of mechanical automation ushered in a new era of Valentine’s card creation in the 18th century. The book entitled, The Young Man’s Valentine Writer (1797), gave ideas to young men who were unable to come up with creative messages for Valentine’s Day. But early 19th-century England saw high-volume production of preformatted Valentine’s Day cards that were available with a variety of romantic messages.

More than 60,000 Valentine’s Day cards were sent in 1835 in Britain, while today more than 150 million cards are sent each Valentine’s Day – just in America! Today, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards after the Christmas holiday.

Options are virtually limitless – Hallmark alone offers more than 1,400 varieties of Valentine’s Day greeting cards each year, and many of these are left blank on the inside to allow the love-struck writer to create a moving and personal verse. While according to CNN.com, 29% of individuals today will send a romantic text message on Valentine’s Day, the majority will put pen to paper.

Now that you know the history of Valentine’s Day, embrace the power of the handwritten word and create a touching and heartfelt message for your beloved!

National Handwriting Day is “Write” Around the Corner!

As keyboards and touchscreens continue to dominate our daily lives, the handwritten word has become something of an artform

handwriting penFor almost forty years now, National Handwriting Day has been observed on the 23rd of every January – and it was originally created to firmly emphasize the importance of the handwritten word.

Imagine how the world changed in the 1970s, as the introduction of the microprocessor led to the adoption of early compact business computers in the workplace. Computers became a viable office tool in 1977, when the first purpose-built microcomputers came to market. Interestingly enough, this was the first year that we celebrated National Handwriting Day. Every year since 1977, individuals from around the nation have recognized this day as a celebration of all things handwritten.

Why January 23rd?

Ask someone for their “John Hancock” and they’ll likely know that you’re asking for their signature. Hancock is remembered for many achievements, but his stylish and oversized signature on the Declaration of Independence is probably his most famous mark on history. Since his signature is such a memorable mark on this historical document, the founders of National Handwriting Day decided that January 23rd – Hancock’s birthday, would be the ideal day to celebrate all things handwritten.

What’s so important about handwriting?

Though electronic means of communication have improved the speed and accuracy with which we communicate, there is no replacement for the written word when it comes to conveying emotion. You’d never see a husband typing up a Valentine’s card for his lovely spouse, as the care taken in crafting the words on the card is a part of the emotional message. And, there’s a reason why emoticons and other graphic icons have become so popular in electronic communications today – there is a real need to delineate emotion that cannot be extracted from an electronic message. Simply put, handwriting conveys emotion and character in ways that a typed message never could.

What does your handwriting say about you?

On National Handwriting Day, take a moment to analyze your own handwriting. After all, there is a lot that you can learn about yourself by investigating the way you swoop your “e’s,” how large you write your “I’s,” and whether you leave much space between words.

For an in-depth and intriguing look at some of the psychological factors that correlate to an individual’s handwriting sample, view this infographic from National Pen, entitled What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Support the handwritten word – and your business!

To effectively promote your business and drive greater awareness of your brand, consider promotional marketing gifts that combine real world utility with an affordable price point. Writing pens make incredibly effective gifts, as they will see frequent use, can be used by virtually anyone, and cost pennies on the dollar for each unit.

On National Handwriting Day, add a batch of customizable writing pens to your marketing toolkit and you’ll shine a spotlight on your brand and drive sales to your organization. To make it even easier, take advantage of National Pen’s promotional offer – 15% on all pens when you use coupon code 15OFFPENS. This National Handwriting Day, take your business to the next level by delivering high quality writing pens at discounted prices – only from National Pen.

Is Your Desk in Need of a Makeover? Try These Seven Personalized Office Items

NTAYou likely spend a lot of time at your desk, so consider today whether your workspace is in need of a serious makeover – if so, take a look at these personalized office items.

Think about the last time that somebody walked by your desk and said “wow that is a really neat…anything!” Chances are that your personal workspace is a utilitarian zone that is in need of a serious makeover – maybe it needs a touch of color or a host of new office items to increase the fun factor and make your life easier. Either way, consider the following seven personalized office items to add a touch of class, color, and usefulness to your workspace:

Custom desk calendar: if your old, marked up, and uninspiring desk calendar takes center stage on your work desk, you might want to consider replacing it with a new, full-color design. Custom calendars are available today with beautiful natural scenes, automotive themes, or virtually any type of graphics or images you are looking for.

Personalized notepad: take notes in style, increase your ability to stay organized, and maybe even add a touch of color to your desk by including a stack of custom notepads in your personal work area. You’ll find that taking notes or jotting down memos is made easier and more enjoyable when you have a top-quality notepad to work with.

Colorful magnets: you can use personalized magnets to help increase your organizational effectiveness, while at the same time adding a touch of color and style to your desk. From simple magnets with one or two word messages to full-color magnets that sport a custom image or relaxing design, personalized magnets are ideally suited for file cabinets, hutches, and other magnetic areas within your workstation.

Customized planners: keep organized and stay on top of your business by using a customized planner today. You are much more likely to actually complete calendar entries, take notes, and stay organized by having a personalized planner at your disposal. And, a top-quality planner will look right at home in a business meeting or a client get together – not just sitting on your desk.

Custom candy: add some fun to your desktop by including a bowl of customized candies that will provide a sweet retreat from the stresses of the day. Add a variety of custom candies and reward yourself for a job well done with a quick bite throughout the day.

Personalized phone speakers: since most of us have a smartphone sitting on our desk on any given day, take advantage of your built-in MP3 player by including a top-quality phone speaker to your workstation. Many of these are quite compact and will fit in seamlessly with your other desktop equipment.

Custom pens: one way to add a sense of uniformity and neatness to your desk is to include a batch of customized pens to your desk organizer. You will have something to write with that will bring a smile to your face with each stroke of the pen, and you’ll have the option of adding a splash of color to your desktop.

Dress-up your work area and organize your desktop today by including any of these personalized office items above. For more ideas visit http://www.pens.com/office.

The Art of Writing Love Letters This Valentine.s Day 2015

pink CTRPeople have been writing love letters for centuries. The time and effort needed to express your feelings and emotions poetically through words is almost more romantic than the words themselves. But in a new world of texting, have we lost the art of writing love letters? Limited by character count and time, we are in a time where .I <3 u. and .ILY. need to convey the same message of love. It seems as though something as real and complex as passion has been reduced to a few simple letters.

If you are looking for a simple and thoughtful Valentine.s Day gift, put down your phone and close your laptop. Take out a pen, and write a love letter. Start by jotting down some adjectives that come to mind when you think about your loved one. You can talk about your feelings, the goals you share in life and the great things that contributed to where you are today. Form these ideas into sentences. You may need to re-write it a few times until you get the flow just right. Don.t try to be perfect or anyone other than yourself. Having if sound like you and reflect who you are as a person is part of the charm.

Write it on nice paper, sign your name with love, and seal it in an envelope. Clip it in our Heart Shaped Clip and hang it on the fridge for your loved one to find on Valentine.s Day. You will have given one of the most thoughtful and romantic gifts of all time.

Also, consider that Valentine.s Day doesn.t stop with your loved one. If you.re in business marketing, you can help your customers and employees enjoy the Valentine.s Day spirit with pens and other giveaway items in red or pink. Everyone loves a gift from the heart!

Is Handwriting Good for the Brain? Why Pens are Like the New Keyboard

Penmanship lessons have been replaced by typing classes. High schools and colleges now permit laptops in almost all classrooms. Those attending business meetings are hidden by the backs of their screens. While typing may appear to be more efficient and useful, studies show that traditional pen and paper writing is well worth the extra effort.

Writing by hand in children

People invest in baby Einstein and other programs to help their children.s learning process begin at such an early age. People care about the success of their children. But a simple pen and paper could be doing more than all of these computerized learning programs. Children who write by hand have better letter recognition which is the strongest predictor of reading ability.

Writing by hand in adolescence

As children reach the email, instant messaging, and social media age, they become much more comfortable with typing as opposed to writing. But studies show that students who actually wrote out their notes were able to better answer conceptual questions on the material than those who typed their notes.

Writing by hand in adults

As individuals progress out of college and into the full-time work life, desk jobs and meetings are full of computers. But have you ever found that you struggle with your ability to craft sentences or write really compelling work? Research shows adults are better at writing prose (both typing and hand written) when they are faster at handwriting.

All in all, it.s in your children.s best interest to encourage handwritten notes once in a while as they are also learning to type. As adults, stretch your brain a little and try hand-written notes or journaling. To give yourself or your child an extra push to reach for that writing instrument, try a personalized pencil or pen!

Also, did you know your handwriting can possibly tell you a little bit about yourself? Check out our infographic, What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Promote in Style with Custom Stylus Pens

Stylus Paragon PenThe days of keys and buttons are diminishing as non-smartphones become a thing of the past. However, even the newest technology does not come without challenges. One struggle with smartphones can be the touchscreen. Large fingers, clumsy fingers, acrylic nails, and even poor eyesight all contribute to words with jumbled letters that leave the recipient playing decoder.

Most people have attempted to use the tip of a pen or pencil only to find that the sensors of the smartphone screens know better. Getting that perfect precision to accurately hit all the correct letters is near impossible, unless you use a stylus!

Traditional stylus. tend to be small, thin and are easily lost. What is the point of having a stylus if you never have it on you when you need it? That is why you need to entice your prospective or current clients with a stylus pen combo.

The Colorama Deluxe Pen and Stylus and the Stylus Paragon Pen are optimal for their dual functionality: a stylus and a pen. This truly is a writing instrument that serves the most functional purposes, and therefore makes an excellent promotional product.

When giving your clients or employees a stylus pen, you aren.t just giving them a nifty product; you are relieving them of the headaches that come with smartphone typing. Sleek in design and branded with your logo, message, or contact information, the recipients will know who to thank!

It.s a Catch! Personalized NFL Products are Perfect for Team Pride

NFL LED Flashlight KeychainsAs the air begins to get a bit crisp in the mornings, and the leaves tint towards the warmer colors, we know that this annual climate change means one thing: football season! Pre-season has already kicked off, and football fans all over the country are already predicting Super Bowl probabilities of their most beloved teams. Weak players, strong players, new players and head coaching strategies are all components that fans analyze and use to build up anticipation for their favorite teams performance. The passion that America shares for professional and college level athletics is unsurpassed.

That is why at National Pen, we have decided that our wide range collection of customizable promotional items wouldn.t be complete without some NFL products. Whether you want to show your team pride with an NFL LED Flashlight Keychain or simply bring some NFL essence to your everyday writing tasks with the NFL Squiggle Pen , National Pen has the NFL products you need to show team spirit this season. All of our NFL products can be found on our new sports products page!

And while these fan favorite pens can.t be branded with your business name or logo, they can be personalized with first and last names so you can show your loyal dedication to your team. Many of our NFL team products come in pink as well for our female fans!