Friday, October 24, 2014

Goulet Q&A Episode 54, 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.

This week I talk about inks, nibs, and the effects of cold weather on pens! I really ramble on a bit today, only covering 8 questions, but I go in-depth about some of the behind-the-scenes logistics of how we do our ink sampling. Enjoy!

1) Nguyen T.- Facebook  (8:57) 

What are your top 5 favorite shading inks within the Noodler family? Let’s leave out Noodler's apache sunset since it's sadly out of stock for the time being. 

2) Jay K.- Facebook  (15:03) 
Is there a gold nib available for the Lamy Safari? I know this sounds like putting a Ferrari engine in an Accord, but I have a three-point grip and the Safari section is perfect for that. All I've used up to now are stainless steel nibs, and I want to see what all the fuss is about.
  • there is a 14k nib that’ll fit a Safari
  • sells only on certain Studios
  • used to be available from Lamy USA, isn’t anymore
    • heard rumors they might consider carrying them, but that’s not confirmed
  • 14k Lamy nib is pretty awesome! worth the price though? 

3) Elizabeth S.- Facebook (17:53) 
New to fountain pens, have a Lamy Safari fine nib and an Ahab Flex pen; I really like the way both feel and write, but appreciate the look of the Flex too (such a beautiful pen). I use my pens primarily for note writing. What would you suggest for my next purchase, a well-priced pen that is beautiful and feels good in the hand, and would broaden my experience with fountain pens.

4) Nigel L.- Facebook (24:23) 
When will we be able to sign-up for the new style Ink Drop
  • very soon, you’ll get an email if you were a previous member
  • we’ll blog about it, too
  • bear with us! 

5) Eric O.- Facebook (27:08) 
Now that the cold weather is upon us, what are the risks associated with fountain pens and cold weather? Ever hear of someone's pen exploding from freezing? Here in South Dakota -10 is common in January and February.
  • some inks don’t do so great in transit in the cold, esp. Diamine
  • haven’t heard of a pen exploding, no
  • carrying the pen, keep it insulated, or in a shirt or pants pocket that’s close to your body (shirt is best)
  • check out Noodler’s Polar inks 

6) Beth T.- Facebook (31:30) 
Talk to us about the Omas pens and if you've ordered enough for all of us!

7) Dionne C.- Facebook (38:54) 
I bought a Pilot Custom 74 (your love child) per your raving about it from Goulet pens. I love the pen but have one issue. Ink gets trapped in the nib section that I can't get out when I pull the nib to clean. In between the nib and collar I guess. What can I do to get it out. This is the only draw back of this pen. Totally unrelated, cake with out a doubt.
  • yup, I have the same dang thing on my pen
  • I just live with it, but it’s the pimple on this otherwise flawless beauty 

8) Alexandre J.- Facebook (42:08) 
I like to ink drop myself every couple of months with your random ink sample package, and I was wondering what the process is for picking random inks, and also if it's possible to add a comment in the order to restrict the pool of random inks, perhaps exclude a color category or two. Although of course I realize that can easily be abused, for example by asking for 8 random samples among Kaweco's 8 ink colors
  • it’s pretty dang random!
  • all our samples are pre made
  • we have to watch out for low-inventoried colors
  • we really try to mix it up and vary it by price, too, even though they’re only $1.25 each
  • it is the most popular ink sample color we sell

Make sure to ask me any questions what you want in the comments below and I'll try to add it in. Be sure to check out old Q&A's you've missed here, and have a great week!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fountain Pen Puns

I recently reconnected with a buddy of mine from college that I haven't spoken to in over 10 years. Completely on his own he discovered this blog about 6 months ago, and because he lives overseas and has a slow internet connection he was never able to see my videos. It wasn't until he was visiting the US that he watched one, and finally realized that he knew me! He reached out to me through Facebook and we reconnected, and were even able to meet up and see each other. It was wild! I never would have thought that an old friend would get into fountain pens on his own and then stumble upon my store. Very small world!

So that sets the stage for what happened next. Because we'd reconnected, we started texting back and forth a little bit. Well, last night conversation ended up turning into a battle of wits creating fountain pen puns, and it went on for hours! It ended up being such a hilarious conversation I saved it and wanted to share it with you here. In case you're wondering, I'm the bald eagle. Enjoy!

What funny pen puns can you think of? I'd love to hear it in the comments :)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pilot Vanishing Point 2014 Limited Edition Copper

Every year Pilot releases a numbered Limited Edition Pilot Vanishing Point, and this year it is the color Copper. This video shows a quick look at the pen and what makes it unique.

As Pilot releases their annual VP LE, they engrave a number on each pen, out of a total of whatever that year is. So this year there will be 2014 pens made worldwide, last year there were 2013, you get it. There's a sticker on the outer sleeve of the box that matches that engraving on the pen. These are sent randomly to retailers, so special requests for numbers are nearly impossible to fulfill.

The Copper LE is $192 at ($240 list). Pilot is only shipping the pens with medium rhodium-plated 14k gold nibs, though you can swap it out with another Vanishing Point nib unit if you have one. These pens write like a dream, especially the medium nibs which run just a little smaller than most other brands' medium nibs.

The box is special with the Copper LE, as well. Normally Pilot does a leatherette box with a belt buckle kind of clasp on it, but they've changed up the box this year. It is white and copper to match the pen, and really looks like a small jewelry box, especially with a slide-out-drawer that holds the cartridge and instruction booklet.

One question I've been asked a surprising amount of times is whether the pen will tarnish or patina, like copper is known to do. The answer I'd have to say is no, in fact I highly doubt there's any actual copper in the pen at all. I believe it's just a copper colored lacquer that covers the pen body.

What do you think of this year's Vanishing Point LE?

Write On,
Brian Goulet