Friday, July 22, 2016

Goulet Q&A Episode 130, 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.

In this episode, I talk about the best inks to intentionally stain your pen, getting rid of the sheen in your ink, and my secret plans for new limited edition pens coming out.

New/Upcoming Products - (1:02)

Pens/Writing - (7:25)

1) thisbeforks- Instagram - (7:26)
Is it safe to use a gold nib as a flex pen? I notice that you mention the flexibility of gold nibs in your pen reviews, but I've been cautious about whether I can use a gold nibbed pen, like a Visconti Homo Sapiens or Pilot Vanishing Point as a flex pen without damaging the expensive nib.

  • it really depends on the nib
  • generally speaking no, just because a nib is gold does not mean you should flex it, any more than you should flex a steel nib just because it's steel
  • Visconti aren't even gold, they're palladium (similar though), and they had issues when they first came out with those nibs because everyone was springing them!
  • and the VP definitely isn't flexible because it's so small
  • some gold nibs have added flex, or are advertised as "soft"
  • few modern gold nibs are truly flexible, and even if they are you can spring them
  • only flex it if it's advertised as such, and even then do so carefully and at your own risk!

2) Brandon D.- Facebook - (13:47)
I have a Franklin Christoph pen in the ice finish (it's a translucent demonstrator). I have given up on trying to get the ink stains out of the material and started to like them. My question is how would I go about intentionally staining my pen a color with full knowledge that there is no going back? I have thought about soaking the pen in baystate blue but wanted some advice first.

3) Jacob Drosdick- YouTube - (18:16)
What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of using a #6 nib vs a #5 nib vs a #4 nib etc?

  • it's just a matter of size
  • #6 is the biggest, and has a lot of available replacement nib options which is why it's ideal
  • #5 is generally easier to fit inside a cap, so the pen doesn't need to be as large
  • #4 isn't very popular generally

4) Andy P.- Email - (21:53)
When looking at different pens that use the same brand of nib, how does the nib to paper writing experience compare? I understand that there is more to the overall writing experience than just the nib. Pen weight, pen feel, etc all play in. But if I am comparing say, an Edison pen to a Noodler's pen with a Goulet nib, will they feel the same on the paper, or does the feed add to the nib to paper writing experience?

  • the exact same nib in different pens can definitely feel different because of the weight, size, etc
  • I think the biggest factor will be the feed, especially on a pen like the Noodler's because it has such a wet flow

5) Andy P.- Email - (26:28)
Also, do manufacturers that buy Bock or Jowo nibs also get their feeds from these companies, or do they design their own feeds?

  • it depends, a bit of both
  • typically companies that make their own nibs also make their own feeds
  • some companies, especially smaller ones, will but the nib/feed/housing all together because it's just easier that way and it's usually a pretty good fit
  • Edison, Bexley, Franklin-Christoph, Karas Kustoms, Tactile Turn, all use a nib housing bought from the nib maker
  • Other companies that are larger may mix it up, do some that way or have their own feeds
  • TWSBI does their own feed but uses Jowo nibs
  • it depends on the design of the pen and if the grip is made to accommodate the "stock" nib housing

Ink - (32:08)

6) Brandon L.- Facebook - (32:12)
Iroshizuku Asa-Gao is my favorite blue ink. But I hate the red sheen in blue ink. Is there any way I can somehow separate the sheen from the ink, so I have a "sheenless" Asa-Gao?

7) n550550- Instagram - (35:38)
The super saturated and punchy inks like Diamine red dragon and majestic blue are my favourites. Which Blueblack, Brown and Burgundy inks do you consider to be in the similar league??

Business - (39:35)

8) Dylon K.- Facebook - (39:40)
Are Mondays busier for the Goulet team with all of the orders that build up over the weekend? Or is it more or less a normal day? What day would you say is your busiest workday of the week?

  • Mondays are busier for most of our team, yes
  • we're completely closed on the weekends, our team works their tails off during the week and we really value family time
  • really, every day is busy, and a lot depends on new products and restocking of stuff we've been out of for a while
  • Mondays are busy catching up from the weekend: emails, voicemails, orders, doing handwritten notes on those orders, placing purchase orders for what's sold over the weekend, catching up on social media, you name it
  • newsletter days are busy for us too, because it brings traffic to our site and we coincide launches and major restocks for those newsletters
  • we recently went from just wed to now tues and thu for our newsletters partly for that

9) Bruce Sinn-Brown- YouTube - (47:07)
Do you have any plans for any new Limited Edition Pens that you will help design with some of your new additions to your catalog (Visconti, Karas, Namiki, etc.)? What goes into starting something like that? I'm sure I'm not the only one who is looking forward to what else you guys will help come up with!

  • wouldn't you like to know! ;) 
  • I'm sworn to secrecy with LE pens until they're made public, but honestly, just about everything gets leaked before I'm given the go-ahead to talk about it publicly
  • LE pens can be in development for two years ahead of when you hear about it
  • we do get some influence with certain pens, it depends on how involved it is
  • a pen like the Delta Matte Black Unica wasn't a long lead time because it was a model they already had, and they'd experimented with the technique so they new how to do it
  • creating a whole new pen model takes a lot more time, like Visconti often does
  • we have a couple of things in the works that I'm really excited about, that will be set to come out around Oct/Nov, so be on the lookout

QOTW: What is a pen that you absolutely couldn't stand at first, but have grown to love over time? - (59:34)

Thanks so much for joining me this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Things: Piet Mondrian

A Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.

You may not know his name but we'll bet you'd recognize his paintings. Piet Mondrian was a Dutch abstract artist, known for his use of basic shapes and primary colors. This week's Thursday Things features products that evoke this simple but stunning creativity.  From the mixture of the simple primary colors, red, blue, and yellow, a world of colorful opportunity is possible. However, as this collection shows, these hues are still gorgeous in their own right.

Featured products from left to right:
Shop all these primary colored products in the Thursday Things: Piet Mondrian shopping guide!
A Jinhao 159 Blue in a Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.
Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen - Blue
De Atramentis Document Inks in a Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.
De Atramentis Document Inks in Red, Yellow, and Blue
A Jinhao 159 Yellow in a Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.
Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen in Yellow
A Lamy Safari Red in a Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in Red
A Lamy Safari Red and Blue in a Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in Red and Blue
A Piet Mondrian inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink, with primary colors.

Which pen or ink is your favorite for its simplistic beauty?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre: Ink Review

Hi inky friends! Madigan here, reviewing the newest J. Herbin 1670 ink, Caroube de Chypre.  Like most of the fountain pen world, I fell in love with last year's J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, so I was excited to see what their newest shimmering ink would be like. I'm a huge fan of these fountain pen inks that add a little something extra. If you've seen any of my Monday Matchup picks or my ink reviews, you know that that is the case.

I don't know what it is about brown inks, but they are so unexpectedly pretty. I avoided brown in the crayon box like it was a monster as a child, but as an adult, brown fountain pen inks hold a special allure. Usually, they have a bit of shading and, while they stand out against the paper, the contrast isn't as stark as with black or dark blue ink. J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre was no exception to the brown ink rule! It's a deep, rich brown, with lovely shading. The gold glimmer and green sheen make it an exceptionally stunning ink. Read on to discover more!

J.Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre Brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre brown fountain pen ink with gold shimmer

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):
  • Medium- When writing, it was dry in a little over 20 seconds. That's pretty good! If you want to see more of that sweet shimmer, I suggest laying it on thickly which will extend your dry time, so keep that in mind. If you are using a fine or extra-fine nib though, it should be fine to use for quick notes or journal writing.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):
  • Medium- I thought this one would just dissipate, but I was pleasantly surprised! While it wouldn't be good for rain storm or shower writing (that goes for any fountain pen ink, really), if you spilled a little water on it, it might still be legible. You can certainly still see the lines with the drip test.

  • High- With the swab test, you can see virtually no difference between the first and third swab. That being said, you will see a lot more gold glitter the more ink you put down. You might even see that pretty green sheen!

Ease of Cleaning:
  • Difficult- From experience, I can tell you that cleaning the feed of a fountain pen filled with shimmering ink can be difficult. You'll want to take special care with this one. I recommend removing the nib and feed, cleaning between the two and taking a tooth brush to the fins. Certain fountain pens are especially finicky with these types of inks- I've heard from a few customers that TWSBI pens in particular are not fans. That being said, it worked great in the Lamy and the Ahab I had it inked up in.

  • Medium- I'm being conservative here with this rating, since it really depends on the paper you are using. On Rhodia, it is more of a medium, but on Tomoé River, you can really see the stunning shading. It's spectacular!

  • Medium- It has good flow, without being overly juicy. Emerald of Chivor can be a bit wet, but this one was pretty standard, in a good way! You can use it in day to day writing without being worried about smearing.

Packaging and Aesthetics:
  • Gorgeous box with writing that matches the ink.
  • Beautiful square bottle with a wax seal to match!
  • The bottle has a small round opening, which could make it difficult to fill a fountain pen once you get to the very bottom 
Inks Similar in Color 

This is a truly exceptional ink! I put the "inks similar in color" section above, but I feel like it is misleading. There is nothing else like this on the fountain pen market at this time. While there are plenty of brown inks, and plenty of shimmering inks, there are no other brown shimmering inks. In addition to its uniqueness, it is really pleasant to write with. This particular shade of brown looks especially stunning on cream paper. I can see it being great for journal writing or correspondence.

You can find a 50ml bottle of J.Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre available for $26.00. You can try it out in a 2ml sample for $1.85. We also have the entire J.Herbin 1670 line available in sample sets and bottle package sets at GouletPens.com.

What do you think of Caroube de Chypre? Do you have any other shimmering inks?

Write on,

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