Monday, August 21, 2017

De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe with a Lamy Safari Petrol: Monday Matchup #153

Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.

Greetings, fountain pen friends, from the Customer Care department! My name is Susan, and I'm delighted to bring you my first ever Monday Matchup. I used the 2017 Special Edition Lamy Safari Petrol with De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink. Want to know what I thought of this pair and what inspired this piece? Keep reading on to check it out!

 I was inspired to create this piece because our big office move just happened! The excitement has been palpable around here the last few weeks and we were in the thick of it, during the week leading up to the move when I completed this matchup. We all moved together, as a group, as individuals, and as teams, to a new location that we all had input in designing and planning throughout the entire process. This is definitely a huge and exciting time for The Goulet Pen Company on all levels. But for any of you who have known us for a while now, have surely realized by now that this is not your average company and, naturally, this was not your average company move. We are so much like a family in this office. This was like a family move and we were all "movin' on up" together. I had a few people in mind that I have always enjoyed, read, respected, or found particularly interesting. But, I settled a quote I found from Albert Einstein that seemed especially fitting for this time in all of our lives. Plus, what more interesting of a character could you ask for? Albert (Albert, on a first name basis, like we're old friends) had that unfathomable genius mixed with a fabulous sense of humor and he was also a bit of a trickster. You gotta love that.

The Lamy Safari Petrol is such a fabulous color with a great matte finish, plus it's a Safari, which you can't beat no matter how many fountain pens you've used. The Safari is an all around great pen. I recommend it to customers several times a week. I believe you can have several high-end pens, but you should still have a Safari or two in your collection. It's a workhorse pen, it offers swappable nibs, it's smooth as silk, and it is under $30. I am not a fine nib kind of girl so this particular pen was a bit of a change for me. I use stubs and crisp italics exclusively. Ask anyone that knows me though, I've never been one to shy away from a challenge. I gave it my most valiant of efforts, but the Fine is simply not the writing style for me. De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe is nearly a perfect match for the color of the Petrol Safari. I love De Atramentis ink as well, so this was the perfect pairing. For my next matchup, I'd love to get back to using my beloved stubs and maybe try something with more color. I am not a monochromatic kind of girl. Maybe an ink sample package? Time will tell. Stay tuned!

Like I said, the Safari is a wonderful pen and works well for our beginners and seasoned pen family alike. With the fine nib and the right ink, this pen can be used for students. Students often times, by nature of being a student, use less fountain pen friendly paper and the Safari in fine has just the right ink flow to prevent bleedthrough and feathering issues in this case. If you are a fan of European Fine nibs, this is the pen for you. With the ability to swap on replacement nibs, you can also go from fine to 1.9mm stub in under a minute. This pen is truly perfect for all occasions.

Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.
Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.
Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.
Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.
Albert Einstein quote with a bike sketch, written with a Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe ink.

You can find the 2017 Special Edition Lamy Safari Petrol for $29.60 at GouletPens.com for a limited time. De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe is available in a 35ml bottle for $12.95 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.30.

Want to enter for your chance to win this perfect petrol pair? Check out the Monday Matchup Giveaway rules below!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Things: Back to School

Back to school season is here! It's time to stock up on your gear. Whether you're off to high school, college, grad school, or you're a teacher leading the class, we've got the supplies you need to be prepared for the exciting year ahead. Thursday Things: Back to School offers a collection of our favorite pens, inks, and paper for students and educators alike. If you want to set yourself up for success this school year, be sure to scope out these pieces.

Featured products from left to right:

Noodler’s Black (4.5oz bottle)
Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen Pack - Assorted
Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Fountain Pen - Purple
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen - Clear
Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pen - Azalea
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Blue/Grey
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Blue

What is your must-have back-to-school pen, ink, or notebook?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Video Roundup

It's been a busy 2017 for us here at GPC when it comes to videos! From Ink Tests to Quick Looks to Goulet Guests, we've delivered a variety of educational & interesting content each & every week. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you don't miss out! Here's a one-stop-shop for all the videos we've produced in 2017:

Ink Videos
Ink Test - Monteverde Napa Burgundy (January 31, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Purple Pazzazz (February 14, 2017)
Ink Test - Monteverde Emerald Green (February 28, 2017)
Ink Test - Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji (March 7, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Tropical Glow (March 30, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Pink Glitz (April 4, 2017)
Ink Test - Stipula Sapphron (May 4, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Meadow (May 9, 2017)
Ink Test - Monteverde Charoite (May 17, 2017)
Ink Test - Montegrappa Turquoise (June 5, 2017)
Ink Test - Noodler's Kiowa Pecan (July 20, 2017)
Ink Test - Lamy Turquoise (July 31, 2017)
INK OFF: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor vs. Robert Oster Peppermint (May 18, 2017)
Brian's Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks (July 18, 2017)

Quick Looks/Pen Videos
Quick Look: Nock Sinclair (January 25, 2017)
Quick Look: Nock Brasstown (March 17, 2017)
Quick Look: TWSBI Eco (May 16, 2017)
Quick Look: Edison Collier (May 30, 2017)
Quick Look: Aurora Duo Cart (June 20, 2017)
Quick Look: Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day Notebook (June 28, 2017)
Quick Look: Conklin Nighthawk SE Metals (July 24, 2017)
Lamy Al-Star Pacific - 2017 Special Edition (February 9, 2017)
Introducing Karas Kustoms Titanium Nibs (March 6, 2017)
Lamy Safari Petrol - 2017 Special Edition (May 24, 2017)

GPC Quick Tips
GPC Quick Tips - Anatomy of a Fountain Pen (February 23, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Jumpstarting a Fountain Pen (March 28, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Friction Fit Nib Removal (April 10, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Pen Cleaning (May 2, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - How to Use Caran d'Ache Waterbrush Pens (June 13, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Disassembling a Vac700/R (June 27, 2017)

Monday Matchup Time Lapses
Monday Matchup #127 Time Lapse: Karas Kustoms Ink & Diamine Blue Flame (January 30, 2017)
Monday Matchup #129 Time Lapse: Kaweco Liliput Fireblue & Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red (February 13, 2017)
Monday Matchup #130 Time Lapse: Nemosine Singularity Aqua & Robert Oster Bondi Blue (February 20, 2017)
Monday Matchup #131 Time Lapse: Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood & Aurora Black (February 27, 2017)
Monday Matchup #135 Time Lapse: Noodler's Nib Creaper & Robert Oster Tranquility (March 27, 2017)
Monday Matchup #140 Time Lapse: Pelikan M205 Blue Marbled & Diamine Regency Blue (May 1, 2017)
Monday Matchup #142 Time Lapse: Platinum Preppy Markers & Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao (May 15, 2017)
Monday Matchup #145 Time Lapse: Conklin Herringbone & Diamine Denim (June 12, 2017)
Monday Matchup #150 Time Lapse: Monteverde Giant Sequoia & Monteverde Erinite (July 24, 2017)

Top 7 Fountain Pen Wins (January 11, 2017)
Mixing Sealing Wax Colors (February 1, 2017)
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook Comparison (February 8, 2017)
How to Write with Shimmering Inks (March 22, 2017)
Wednesday Washout (May 3, 2017)
National Notebook Day (May 18, 2017)
Lamy Z28 Converter (May 31, 2017)
Fountain Pen Nib Size Overview (June 14, 2017)
Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Ryder Carroll, Creator of the Bullet Journal (July 11, 2017)

Now that you're all caught up, let us know in the comments what your favorite video of 2017 has been thus far!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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