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Friday, January 30, 2015

Goulet Q&A Episode 64, Open Forum



Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.



I'm back from Nashville at Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Performance Series conference, and ready to talk about some pens! This week I cover what the Goulet team's been up to (which is a lot), where to place a wax seal, what's up with the dots on the new Rhodia top-wirebound dot pads, and what in the world is up with De Atramentis Document Inks! 



1) Neville Smith- Blog - (10:34)

Hey Brian, love your work! I've scoured the internet and cannot find a definitive answer; where is the best place for a wax seal? At the bottom of the letter, fold the letter and seal on the fold, or seal the back of the envelope? What is the protocol? Love to hear your opinion on Q & A. Cheers! 
  • there’s no way to do a wax seal!
  • originally, were done on the outside to physically seal up the letter, as a security measure
  • brittle wax cracked if you tried to open it, showed it had been tampered with
  • today, supple wax is the norm for mailing reasons
  • you can really seal it anywhere, it’s all kosher as far as I’m concerned!


2) loriwood01- YouTube - (15:22)
Hey Brian, I recently bought a Rhodia #16 top wirebound dotpad from you, and noticed the dots are actually purple.  For some reason, I want thinking the dots were gray in color...was I mistaken, or is it different for the non-wirebound dotpads?
  • yes, that’s a mistake! 
  • dots are supposed to be small gray ones, not fat purple ones
  • purple dye matches what you’d see on the graph notebooks
  • I pointed this out to them over 2 years ago when it came out, they discontinued them to ‘fix’ it
  • a couple of months ago they said they were coming back
  • lo and behold, they arrive and haven’t changed at all from 2 years ago 
  • they’re definitely aware of the issue, but we’re still selling them anyway because we’ve been missing them for 2 years so far, we’d rather have purple dots than nothing!
  • we’ve tried to photograph them as clearly as we could, perhaps we should update the product description?

3) Louis I.- Facebook - (20:50)

What's a good ratio of water dilution to ink to reduce the feathering of Baystate Blue?
  • using distilled water, start at about 10% dilution, won’t change the color noticeably
  • the higher the dilution, the more watery the color (duh)
  • go to about 25% and see how you feel
  • mix in SMALL batches, 3-5ml at a time if you can

4) David- Blog - (25:32)
Q&A question... I have a few piston filler pens (Lamy 2000) and I like changing inks often, does it hurt my pen to fill a little bit of ink, then just finish the process by sucking air?
  • doesn’t hurt a thing, suck away!
  • I’ve been doing this for years, especially with my piston fillers
  • my personal preference is to keep the same color inks in my piston pens, change inks more in my cartridge/converters and flush with a bulb syringe

5) Stephanie P.- Facebook - (30:40)

Husband and I each got a Monteverde Pen for Christmas this year. He got an Invincia and I got an Intima. We have both had a lot of issues with skipping, starting, and even some railroading while using the pens with Monteverde inks. Slowly, we have tried some other inks as well, but seem to be having similar problems. Is this a common problem with the Monteverde nibs (or inks)? Could it be that we missed something when cleaning the pen? Tuning issue? We really want to love these pens...help! #GouletQA
  • bummer! Sorry to hear this
  • kind of a rare occurrence, but MV nibs do tend to be pinched together a bit, restricts flow sometimes
  • Donna on FB mentioned removing the nib and reinstalling it, that can help
  • Also, adding a little pressure to the nib to spread the tines can open them up, just be careful because you can overdo it
  • worst case, if you got it from us, let us know and we can inspect/exchange it for you, we want you to be happy with it 

6) Jeff M.- Facebook - (35:02)

I have been watching many of your old videos and many of Nathan t's as well, can you tell me about pens that come with the 4.5 oz bottles? I don't want anymore preppys, but I saw some others in Baystate blue, Nakita (red) and a very current vid that shows one he called "Charlie" included with his Heart of Darkness. I am putting together an order and might be including these inks along with an Ahab and maybe a Konrad, with a Pilot metropolitan and a Lamy safari
  • Baystate used to come with Preppy, rollerball tip for Preppy, and Kuretake brush pen
  • Brush pen no longer included
  • No, just Preppy with FP and rollerball tip
  • Charlie pen is experimental, coming with a few Heart of Darkness bottles
  • Not sure if Charlie pen will be ongoing, but likely that it will

7) Kenneth M.- Facebook - (40:23)

Is there an easy way to clean the feeder tube in my Noodlers Ahab fountain pen, it suffers from staining from my black / blueblack inks. Just now I am using some fine copper wire to basically scour the inside of it clean but is there and easier way? Great QnA shows you have, I watch them every Friday night as I clean out my pens from that week. Keep up the good work.
  • I wouldn’t sweat it too hard, the next ink you put in there will stain it right back up
  • piece of string/yarn would work well, thread it through with needle
  • breather tube isn’t even critical to pen’s function
  • that’s a cool pen cleaning ritual!

8) Leslie H.- Facbeook - (43:22)

I'm curious about the Edison gold nib (M)...is it hard like Platinum or softer like Custom 74 ? Demo??? (if you ever have a spare moment :D) thanks
  • It’s definitely not stiff, it’s quite soft
  • very wet, too, very broad (look at Nib Nook)
  • sorry I can’t do a sample right now

9) Whitney B.- Facebook - (46:26)

Should my Noodler's Dragon's Napalm have metallic-looking chunks in it? Will they hurt my pen?
  • that’s normal, I’ve asked Nathan about it
  • won’t hurt the pen, it’s chemical sedimentation from the reaction of dyes in the ink
  • Dragon’s Napalm takes about 6 months to make!
  • Just let the flakes settle to the bottom, fill as normal

10) Cathy F.- Facebook - (49:37)

De Atramentis has a new color in the Document Line--Fog Gray. Will you be stocking it any time soon?
  • we’ve had stocking issues with all the DA Document inks, in case you hadn’t noticed :) 
  • we won’t be able to get any for months
  • DA is made by one man, Dr. Jansen in Germany
  • he makes it all on-demand, so when we order it takes 2-3 months to come in, longer if it’s a large order
  • We’ve gotten a lot of flak for our being out of stock with the document inks, but demand is far exceeding supply and we’re doing our best to get it

11) Elijah S.- Facebook - (54:24)

Any plans for Goulet nibs in a smaller size than #6? I love the Goulet nibs but I also have a lot of pens that won't take a #6.
  • ehhh…we technically could to #5 nibs from Jowo, but minimums are high and I don’t like their #5 nibs nearly as much as the #6
  • eventually we might do it, but not yet. Can use Edison #5 in the meantime (also made by Jowo 

12) William S.- Facebook - (57:34)

Do fountain pens work for multi-part non-carbon copy forms? I'd love to use a fountain pen at work but from what I recall they don't do so well in the multi-part form field .
  • They can, but this is where the line gets blurry on the effectiveness of the FP
  • I personally use rollerballs in this situation, but you can use a stiff-nib FP like a Lamy or Pilot Metro 

QOTW: What’s your Q&A-watching ritual? 


Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it! Be sure to check here if there are any old Q&A's that you missed.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Parker IM Premium Fountain Pen: Quick Look



That pile of paperwork sitting on your desk just got a bit more interesting. That's because there is a new set of three colors in the Parker IM Premium pen line -- great workplace fountain pens -- called Brown Shadow, Emerald Pearl, and Pink Pearl. The pens feature a striped pattern that's a throwback to the vintage Parker Vacumatics.





The pen writes smoothly, very smoothly in fact, though it has a bit of a sweet spot so it can take just a little getting used to. It's nothing as extreme as the Lamy 2000, if you've heard about that pen. It's only available in a stainless steel medium nib, though. The flow is wet and it gives a consistent line that's similar to most other European medium nibs.



I really like the balance of this pen. It's quite light at 13g, and it feels comfortable posted or not. The snap-cap is super convenient for jotting down quick notes, and it has a very positive 'click' when I snap it on. It's all aluminum, which is why it's so light, and while I'm not normally wild about metal grips on my pens, this one is brushed so that it won't slip around in my fingers.



The Parker IM is a solid medium-range pen at $51.20, though you might as well go ahead and factor in an additional $10 for a proprietary Parker converter if you want to use bottled ink. It's a very respectable pen that I think is worth considering as a not-so-boring work pen.

Write On,
Brian Goulet


Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Matchup #32: TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm Italic with De Atramentis Mint Turquoise

Not all of us studied abroad in Paris or churn through Rosetta Stone lessons. Some of us get lost in translation. This Monday Matchup is plucked from the screenplay for the French film “Amèlie” (2001) and means, “Times are hard for dreamers.”

Jenni from our Media Team brought this deep thought thought to life with a TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm Italic and De Atramentis Mint Turquoise. And if you don’t speak the language of soulful introspection, then her metaphor might help: a doomed dandelion-powered balloon that the wind both raises up and breaks apart.

The TWSBI Mini Classic features the manufacturer's benchmark piston ink-filling mechanism and detachable parts. Housed in a black and clear resin body, the screw cap reveals a steel nib. The De Atramentis Mint Turquoise ink offers a cool and refreshing complement to the fountain pen. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.

The TWSBI Mini Classic is available at GouletPens.com for $50 and the De Atramentis Mint Turquoise ink is available in a 35ml bottle ($12.95) and as an 2ml ink sample ($1.25)

Update: Some eagle-eye readers noticed that it was actually a TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm (and not 1.1mm) that we used -- and photographed. Thanks so much for the feedback. We've updated the blog, but the "1.1mm" in the photographs remains inaccurate. Thanks and apologies for the confusion.












Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company team











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