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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday Things: Orange Zest

An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

As we all know, you can easily squeeze a drop of joy into every writing session with the "write" tools. This week's Thursday Things will give you a renewed zest for writing once you see the gorgeous products we've featured in this assortment. Just like a sweet and juicy orange can be a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, Thursday Things: Orange Zest has the treasures you need to savor every chance you have to put a pen to paper. Feast your eyes on this orange collection and you may find yourself wanting to devour the pages with a new pen, ink, or journal.

Featured products from left to right:
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Retro Pop Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen - Metallic Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Conklin All American Fountain Pen - Sunburst Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines a Day 5 Year Memory Book - Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.


What is your favorite summertime treat?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monteverde Erinite with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green: Monday Matchup #150

An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.

Hey there, darling fountain pen friends, it's Lydia, back again with another Monday Matchup for you. This week, I had the pleasure of playing around with some lovely Monteverde Erinite ink and a Monteverde Giant Sequoia fountain pen in Green. Keep reading to hear about what inspired this piece, how I created it, and what I thought of this pen & ink combo.



Upon seeing this ink for the first time, I was inspired to do an Irish theme. Ever since I was little, I could remember my grandparents singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and it always makes me smile so I decided to pay homage to that. I started by tracing the shamrock pattern onto the paper. Then I filled a Caran d'Ache Brush pen with water and dipped it in the ink to lay down an ink wash for the background. It almost feels like painting, it's so therapeutic. I let it dry for 20 minutes, after which I started working on the shamrock. I traced the outline, then sketched inside between the lines. I wanted to blend it in a little bit, so I grabbed the brush pen again and went over the shape. To finish, I wrote out the quote.

I enjoyed using this pen. I have an affinity for larger pens and this fit very nicely in that range. I would probably recommend using it unposted if you don't have large hands, as it can get a bit long and heavy when posted. If I were to do this again, I'd use it unposted to see if it minimized my hand fatigue when going over the lines to darken them. The ink is gorgeous. I love the color and it flowed beautifully.

This pen would be great for any task. It is a smooth writer and looks reserved enough to use in an office or keep out on a desk, but the fun green coloration makes it a real eye catcher. This is a great pen for journaling or letter writing too because it is very comfortable in the hand. The ink is probably better saved for letter writing or journaling because it is a bit loud for a professional setting. It may also be a good choice for note taking if you need a different color to shake things up.

An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.

You can find the Monteverde Giant Sequoia for $76 (currently on sale for $68.40 for a limited time) at GouletPens.com. Monteverde Erinite is available in a 90ml bottle for $12 (on sale for $10.80 for a limited time) or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

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What is your favorite green ink?

Write on,
Lydia

Conklin Nighthawk Special Edition Metals: Quick Look



Timestamps:
(0:28) - Material Options
(0:51) - Brass Features/Price
(1:13) - Copper Features/Price
(1:30) - Titanium Features/Price
(1:54) - Material Maintenance
(2:37) - Summary/Availability

Late in 2016, we worked with Conklin to design an exclusive pen called the Nighthawk, which is a stealthy matte carbon fiber pen with a German-made Goulet nib. Check out the Quick Look video I did there to see the details.

We had the opportunity to update the material used for the Nighthawk for a special edition run, and that's what I want to share with you today. Literally the same nib, trim parts, each individually numbered with a separate numbering system for each material, just different body materials.


The Nighthawk Metals are available in three different materials: Copper, Brass, and Titanium. Each version features a sandblasted finish which gives it a matte look, something I haven't seen in too many other pen models. It does have a slight texture to it, similar to the Lamy Safaris with matte finishes.

It is important to note that both the Brass & Copper are raw metals, so they will patina a lot. It'll oxidize with the surrounding environment, and a polishing cloth won't work because of the matte finish.

The trick I've found that works great in polishing these pens is to combine 1 tsp of lemon juice with a pinch of salt. Mix that for 5-10 seconds and spread on the pen with a toothbrush or q-tip. Rinse the pen with water, and it should look as good as new. That said, it will patina relatively quickly (depending on how much you're handling it), so cleaning it once a week to keep that new look, or let it go and see where the patina takes you!

All versions feature with black stainless steel Goulet nibs in a variety of nib sizes (EF, F, M, 1.1). These nibs write smooth with a hint of feedback. The Nighthawk also comes with a standard international converter, while accepting both long & short cartridges.


These pens are special edition & won't be around forever, so be sure to grab one while you can! The brass version is the most affordable at $100 (same price as the carbon fiber). The copper is $110, and the Titanium is available for $120, which makes it one of the most affordable titanium fountain pens around. Be sure to check out all the details & technical specs on GouletPens.com!

What do you think? Which material is your favorite?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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