ESKESEN was founded by Peder Eskesen back in 1946 in a small basement. Peder Eskesen worked in the company until his death 1988 and in 1990 the Eskesen family sold the company to the Director and a member of the board, Mr. Jens Dromph and Mr. Per Staal. In 1997 Per Staal retired and Jens Dromph took up full ownership of the company.
ESKESEN exports about 90% of it’s production to more than 60 countries world-wide and continues to be a valued partner for thousands of companies working in the promotional-, souvenir- and retail sector.



ESKESEN employs about twenty persons. All production is made at Eskesen’s own factory in Denmark about 1 hour’s drive from Copenhagen, a location which also houses the Headquarters of the company.


Acrylic products
ESKESEN was one of the first companies to develop acrylic keytags with embedded designs. With the new production technique developed by ESKESEN it became possible to make keytags with high quality silk screen imprint. With the embedding, the designs were protected and sealed by the acrylic. This made keytags durable products, which could be used for decades without imminent signs of wear and tear, as the imprint would not rub off.


No doubt, that Eskesen has been one of the driving forces to make keytags one of the world’s best selling items.


ESSO and the first pens
ESSO was the first floating action pen ever made by ESKESEN in the 1950’s. When Esso approached ESKESEN to take on production of a ballpoint pen with a small oil drum floating up and down in clear oil, the challenge was taken up and ESKESEN developed the product.


The Esso pen was the introduction for the “floating action pen” widely referred to as floaty pen.


More pens were made in this period, all with small floating objects such as bottles and small figures. Ballpoint pens with small hand-painted figures continued to be manufactured in the 1960’s and 70’s. In 1955 Eskesen obtained the patent for manufacturing pens with the film designs still known today. We have some examples of pens with moving film from the early period, e.g. a pen from “World’s Fair” in Seattle in 1962″. These pens are easy to recognise from the metal tip.


In 1996 ESKESEN was awarded a license to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA and produced a large range of designs for this event. In recent years pens with floating objects have resurfaced, e.g. in the form of mini-rocks or crushed seashells and ESKESEN has launched several new pen designs with more trendy barrels and clips, but the classic 534 pen is still among the company’s bestsellers.


Millions of people across the world are familiar with Eskesen’s pens and have at some point in their life had a “floaty experience”.


We call this branding at its best and owe it all to the dedicated employees who have worked for decades to make the ESKESEN name internationally recognised.




Peder Eskesen 1985
Eskesen factory 1948
Company picnic 1948
Aerial photo of Eskesen’s factory

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