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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Analog Gifts for the Tech Savvy

They see no problem in blowing their budget on the hottest new gadget. Their heroes are Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Perhaps their preferred method of communication hasn't been invented yet. If this fits the personality of someone you are struggling to find the perfect gift for, we've got you covered!

It might be seem counterintutive, but tech enthusiasts have an affinity for fountain pens. Their precision, delight in all things mechanical, and propensity to be a tad exacting lends itself to delight in these old school writing instruments. If they haven't discovered them yet, you'll be surprised by how quickly they take to the hobby. Like a duck to water. Or a coder to energy drinks.

For them, details matter. From the amount of memory and the size of the hard drive, to speed of the processor, and power of their graphics cards, they know that particular components have their advantages. With that in mind, when looking for their perfect fountain pen, evaluate the weight and balance, the grip section, and smoothness of the nib. We've put together a selection of fountain pens, ink, and paper that will surprise and delight the most determined technophile. 

Fountain Pens

1. Visconti Rembrandt
The entry level pen for Visconti, the Rembrandt is made in Italy with acute attention to detail and the beauty that goes along with it. Equipped with a smooth-writing steel nib, they are classically understated with an undeniable appeal. They are basic without being boring, classy without being ostentatious, and come with a warranty to boot! If your beloved technophile is into luxury brands, this could be the perfect place to start.

You can find the Visconti Rembrandt in 6 fantastic colors at GouletPens.com for $165.


2. Pilot Vanishing Point Black Matte
The clickable nib on the Pilot Vanishing Point will get you writing faster than the speed of a processor! Ok, that might be stretching it a little, but fast ideas require fast writing instruments. The exquisite engineering and smoothness of the 18kt gold nib will transform your screen-loving friend into an analog enthusiast in no time.

The Pilot Vanishing Point Black Matte is offered for $148 at GouletPens.com


3. Conklin Nighthawk
A Goulet exclusive, the Conklin Nighthawk was created with minimalism in mind. Made of woven carbon fiber, each pen is equipped with a black Goulet nib, and hand tested in house for a smooth writing experience every time. The subtlety of this pen goes hand in hand with its sublime writing.

The Conklin Nighthawk is offered in nib sizes Extra-fine to 1.1mm stub for $99.


4. Delta Unica Matte Black
The Delta Unica Matte Black will never get in the way of inspiration. Equipped with a Fine or Medium nib, each writing instrument is crafted from unique hand-made materials. Accented with gunmetal colored trim, this is a pen that will let them get their ideas out while not drawing attention to their writing.

Find the Delta Unica in Matte Black at GouletPens.com for $76. 


5. TWSBI Diamond 580
The engineer in your life will appreciate the inner workings of the TWSBI Diamond 580. A clear demonstrator, you can see the piston mechanism at work when filling your fountain pen. Each pen comes with a wrench and instructions on how to take it apart for easier cleaning. It's the tinkerer's dream pen!

The TWSBI Diamond 580 comes in multiple nib sizes and colors for $50-60 depending on the type.


6. Lamy LX Palladium
Released just this year, the Lamy LX Palladium is named for the precious metal. With a grip section designed for comfort and a smooth-writing black nib, this is a pen that was created for the serious writer in mind.

The Lamy LX Palladium comes in four sizes and is available for $56.

 
7. Lamy CP1
The thin cylindrical body of the Lamy CP1 is ideal for the understated. It comes with a sprung, axle mounted clip made of solid stainless steel, for easy clipping to your pocket or notebook. It is fitted with the German-made and swappable Lamy nib which is known throughout the fountain pen community for its smooth writing experience.

Pick up a Lamy CP1 in nib sizes Extra-fine to Medium at GouletPens.com for $56.

 
8.  Pilot Kakuno
If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, it's hard to beat the Pilot Kakuno fountain pen. These pens are lightweight and seem to float along in your hand while the nib glides across the page. The grip section has a subtle triangle to it, making them incredibly comfortable in hand and easy to control. The nib also smiles cheekily up at you as you write!

Get a Pilot Kakuno for $13.50 or in a package set of 3 for $36.


9. Daiso
One of our most affordable fountain pen offerings, Daiso fountain pens come in a two pack pairing including one Silver and one White. Small in stature and lightweight, they write well for a pen at this price point. Pick up a set and give a fountain pen to two friends!

Daiso fountain pens come in a two-pack for $10.


Paper
When choosing the right paper for your technophile, keep in mind what you are getting for your money. While every notebook we carry at Goulet Pens has fountain pen friendly paper, the size, shape, and binding are details that will matter.


1. Maruman Mnemosyne
Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ideal for planning out complex projects or taking simple notes. Because they all feature a spiral binding, they fold back flat for easy back page writing. The paper in all the notebooks is extremely fountain pen friendly and comes in a variety of rulings, including graph.

At GouletPens.com, Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks range from $2 up to $13.

 
2. Leuchtturm1917 2017 Weekly Planner
Benjamin Franklin said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Set them up for success with a Leuchtturm1917 Planner! It comes in A5 size, ideal for throwing in a bag when you're on the go. Offered in eleven colors, including basic black, each planner contains 144 pages of fountain pen friendly paper. With seven days to a page on the left, a section for notes on the right and a project planning section, these planners will keep them on track and organized for the next year.

Pick up a Leuchtturm1917 2017 Weekly Planner, currently on sale for $18.85.


3. Rhodia Webnotebook
Offered in both A5 and pocket sizes, Rhodia Webnotebooks come with some of the best paper around. The A5 size comes in lined, dot grid, and graph, giving your techy a few choices. With 90g Clairefontaine paper, a bookmark, and an elastic band closure, these cult notebooks are sure to please the pickiest writer.

Pick up your Rhodia Webnotebook in A5 for $19.95 or in Pocket for $13.95.


4. Traveler's Notebook Black
What do Mark Twain, George Lucas, and Charles Darwin all have in common? They all carried pocket notebooks! If you are full of big ideas, try a Traveler's Notebook. It pairs a durable leather cover with removable notebooks, great for on-the-go writing. Whether on the trail, in the grocery store, or at the airport, give them a space to write down those spur of the moment great ideas.

The Traveler's Notebook in Black is offered in A5 size for $57.40 or in Passport size for $50.20. 

Ink

1. Noodler's Black
Noodler's Black is our best-selling ink, and with good reason! Well behaved and waterproof, it's a no nonsense type of ink that will work well in a plethora of fountain pens. Offered in several sizes, this might be the only ink you'll ever need.

Noodler's Black is available in 4.5oz bottle for $19, a 3oz bottle for $12.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.


2. Noodler's Heart of Darkness
If you don't have a say in the quality of paper you are using, Noodler's Heart of Darkness is a great ink option. It is a true black with no shading whatsoever.

You can pick up a 4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Heart of Darkness for $19 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.


3. Random Ink Sample Set
Overwhelmed by ink choices? Let us do the choosing for you! Our Random Ink Sample Set has eight different ink samples, picked at random by our trusty fulfillment team. Who knows? You could discover a new favorite ink.

Pick up a Random Ink Sample Set for $9.


4. Waterproof Black Ink Sample Set
Let them fill their fountain pens with a collection of our most popular waterproof black inks! If black ink is all they need, this ink sample package will let them explore their options before committing to a whole bottle.

The Ink Sample Package- Waterproof Black set is available at GouletPens.com for $10.74.


Package Sets

1. Bullet Journaling "Official" Package Set Black
Give them the gift of organization! Whether they are working on a big project or just keeping their day to day life together, this set will help them keep it all on track and organized. With an Official Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, a Lamy Al-Star in Black, and a set of Lamy Black cartridges, this is the perfect set to get them started!

Find the Bullet Journaling "Official" Package Set for $59.95 at GouletPens.com. 


2. Fountain Pen Newbie Package Set
The Fountain Pen Newbie set has an understated appeal that will make any technophile happy. It combines a Pilot Metropolitan in Plain Black, a Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad, and a bottle of Noodler's Black ink. At a great price point, this set will get them ready to write!

The Fountain Pen Newbie Package Set is available at GouletPens.com for $29.90.


3. Black Package Set
Some might find black basic, but this set is anything but! Pairing a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook of your choice, with a Lamy Al-Star in Black, and a pack of Lamy Black cartridges.

Pick up your Black Package Set for $59.95 at GouletPens.com.

Whatever their technology of choice, an expertly engineered fountain pen will make a wonderful and helpful accessory. If you liked anything you've seen here, be sure to peruse our Shopping Guide!

Do you love tech gadgets and fountain pens? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, December 5, 2016

Noodler's Blue with the Edison Nouveau Premiere Arctic Currents: Monday Matchup #121

Hey there, fountain pen friends! Jenni here, bringing you my matchup of the new Edison Winter Premiere Arctic Currents and Noodler's Blue. I was so excited to work with this pen because it is our newest edition of the seasonal exclusives and I love the way Edison pens write. Their nibs are perfection to me. Read on to hear more about my experiences.


My inspiration for this piece was the name of the pen, Arctic Currents. I wanted something lighthearted and fun, but with good detail that would look cool in a video. I decided glaciers would be awesome because they have tons of shadows and highlights, which would give the ink a chance to show off its shading potential. I wrote out the text and drew the outlines of the glaciers with the pen. Then I set to work with a brush pen to fill in the highlights and shadows. I gradually built up the colors darker and darker until I had pure ink to darken the shadows. I then went in a blended between the light and dark shadows with a water brush pen.

I loved this pen. The nib was amazing and wrote so well. More importantly for me, it sketches like a dream, which I didn't expect. I used it to make some edges on the mountains and clean up a few shadows and the quick movement of sketching really worked out well with this pen and nib. It didn't catch the paper, didn't have trouble putting down ink, and it was totally reliable whether I was drawing slowly or quickly sketching.

I probably would have chosen a different ink to go with this pen, something more teal. The Noodler's Blue is a bit bright for the colors in this pen but it was a fun ink to work with and worked well with the glaciers theme. The huge variation in shades were quite fun to play with. Because it is a wetter ink, it worked very well with the Edison nib, but also moved nicely with the water in the brush pen. This ink is undoubtedly great for art and ink washes. It's fairly bright, so I wouldn't use it as an every day ink in a conservative work environment, but it is a definitely good for journaling or writing letters.

If I were to do this piece again, I'd probably make it a little lighter. There are some spots that I see where I feel like I made the shadows too dark. I would try and leave more white and highlights on the ridge tops and be more selective about my dark shadows. I love that I started with the lettering first. I always start with the picture first and I feel like I end up messing up the piece at the end when I do the text. Starting with the text lets me get the technical hard stuff out of the way and then I can relax and create. 
The Edison Nouveau Premiere Arctic Currents Winter 2016/2017 edition is available for a limited time at GouletPens.com for $175 in nib sizes EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm and 1.5mm. You can find Noodler's Blue in a 3oz. bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12pm 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,
Jenni

Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Great Gifts for Unique Writing Styles

Fountain pen enthusiasts are always on the hunt for a new writing experiences. Even those with an affection for fine or medium nibs can sometimes reach outside their comfort zone and try an italic or broad nib. While there are hundreds of fountain pen options out there, finding a unique but still pleasurable writing experience can be a challenge.

Luckily, at Goulet Pens, we offer a world of different fountain pen options. If you are looking to get out of your old writing zone and experience something new, try changing your writing instrument! We've put together a collection of 10 options, sure to spice up your writing experience. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite!

Extra-Fine: Pilot Vanishing Point (EF)
Unique Writing Styles - Pilot Vanishing Point Extra-Fine
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku
If you're looking for an extra-fine nib, the ever-popular Pilot Vanishing Point is a great affordable and unique option to try. This nib is a Japanese-ground, so the extra-fine will be much finer than other pens, especially those with European nibs. Because of the nib size and the amount of ink it puts out, this is an excellent pen to use on more absorbent paper or cheaper paper.

The retractable nib on the VP lends itself perfectly for everyday writing, especially short, quick notes or memos. Additionally, it comes in a variety of color choices and even has swappable nib units if you want to try a broader nib eventually. You can find the Pilot Vanishing Point in a variety of colors at GouletPens.com starting at $148.

Broad: TWSBI Eco (Broad)
Unique Writing Styles - TWSBI Eco Broad
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo
While broad nibs aren't the most popular, the TWSBI Eco broad offers the chance to try this unique writing style at an affordable price. One of the best benefits of writing with a broad nib is that they almost always offer a smooth writing experience due to the increased surface area on the tip of the nib. That's certainly the case with the TWSBI Eco as the broad nib features a stiff stainless steel nib that writes wet.

With the benefits also comes a few drawbacks. Combining a wet nib with absorbent paper can result bleed through or feathering, but if you're using a paper that can handle the ink, you'll get some great color variation (especially with shimmering inks). At GouletPens.com, you can grab a TWSBI Eco for just under $29.

Dip Pens: J. Herbin Glass Dip Pens
Unique Writing Styles - J. Herbin glass dip pen
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai
Now for something completely different! J. Herbin glass dip pens offer fountain pen ink fun without the hassle of an ink reservoir. They are completely handmade, so there can be some variation. There is no standard 'fine' or 'medium' tip or nib designation for them, but they do tend to be pretty wet writers.

The glass dip pens work because they are fluted, meaning they have grooves in the tip that holds the ink when you dip the pen into the ink. When putting the tip to paper, capillary action draws the ink down the grooves and onto the paper, leaving a mark. Because of this, you may need to turn the pen in your hand as you're writing to get a groove to touch the paper.

Glass dip pens are great for ink sampling! Additionally, if you are in a hurry and don't want to ink up an entire pen, you can still write a message. All in all, they give you a pretty stiff writing experience that might have some tooth to it. You can pick one up at GouletPens.com for around $25.

Brush Pens: Platinum Brush Pens
Unique Writing Styles - Platinum brush pen
Ink: Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin
For those who want a huge variety in line width, check out the Platinum brush pens! Synthetic or natural hair fibers will act as the 'nib' and wick the ink down from the reservoir to the tip. By using just the very tip of the fibers, you can achieve an incredibly fine line, but if you press down (or hold it at an angle) you can get a juicy broad line and wet swath of ink.

Clearly not meant for signing documents, the Platinum brush pens excels in creative ventures like drawing or calligraphy. Ranging from $40-$65, these are must try for any creative types out there.

Italic Nib: Aurora Ipsilon (1.2mm Italic)
Unique Writing Styles - Aurora Ipsilon Crisp Italic
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri
The Aurora Ipsilon is offered with a crisp italic nib that is ground to be square on the edges. Because of the grind, it offers a unique and toothy writing experience. It's also very sensitive to the angle and rotation by your hand as you hold the pen. Some people love the feeling of feedback when using this pen, but it certainly isn't for everyone. If you are looking for a super smooth writing experience, you may want to pass on this one. 

The benefits of using this italic nib is you can get very crisp line variation. The cross stroke will be thin while the down stroke will be wide, creating clear line variation in your writing. We offer this pen at GouletPens.com for just under $100.

 
Soft Nib: Pilot Falcon
Unique Writing Styles - Pilot Falcon
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao
While not quite a flex pen, the Pilot Falcon gives beautiful line variation with its soft nib. The amount of pressure you apply controls the width of the line, giving you good control in your writing. You may be tempted to emulate other flex nibs you see online, but be cautious as you can spring the tines on this pen if you're applying too much pressure.

Featured in a classic design and backed by fantastic quality control by Pilot Pens, the Falcon is a great pen if you're looking for a bit of line variation. Find it at GouletPens.com for $140.


Flex Nib: Noodler's Konrad/Nib Creaper
Unique Writing Styles - Noodler's Konrad Nib Creaper
Ink: Diamine Meadow
Noodler's changed the fountain pen game with the introduction of the Nib Creaper and, subsequently, the Konrad, offering an affordable modern flex pen in a world where only expensive vintage fountain pens offered true flex nibs. The stainless steel flex nib on these pens offers a substantial amount of line variation. Because of the nib material, you do have to be pretty intentional when flexing the nib to get the line width, but using a lower pen angle can help get you the line variation you are looking for.

As with most Noodler's pens, it may require some tinkering, like heat-setting the ebonite feed. Offered in the ballpark range of $20, these flex pens are worth giving a try!


Stub Nib: Pilot Metropolitan (1.0mm Stub)
Unique Writing Styles - Pilot Metropolitan stub nib
Ink: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 Anniversary Ink
Brand new to the scene, the ever dependable, highly favored Pilot Metropolitan is now available in a 1.0mm stub nib option. This stub is a bit more rounded than the crisp italic nib on the Aurora Ipsilon, but still offers some line variation on the cross and down strokes.

Because it's more forgiving on the pen rotation, this is a more reasonable everyday carry. If you're familiar with the stub nib on the Pilot Plumix or Prera, it writes very similarly to that. Offered at GouletPens.com for $15, this is an affordable option to spice up your writing.


Thin Stub: Nemosine Singularity (0.6mm Stub)
Unique Writing Styles - Nemosine Singularity 0.6mm stub
Ink: Noodler's Army Green
The Nemosine Singularity with a 0.6mm stub nib is a pen that sits in the 'best of both worlds' category. With the thinner stub offering, you can have a daily writer that resembles a medium nib, but can also produce some line variation when needed.

With this nib, you can even produce some 'faux-calligraphy'. You don't really have to change your writing style, but the nib will produce line variation that gives off that impression. The Goldilocks of nibs, the Nemosine Singularity can be found at GouletPens.com and is yours for under $25.


Thick 'Stub': Pilot Parallel
Unique Writing Styles - Pilot Parallel
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
While not as functional as an everyday writer, the Pilot Parallel fountain pens offer something completely unique. These pens lack a conventional nib but have 2 (parallel!) plates that can produce sharper hand-lettering. The Parallel fountain pens come in a variety of thicknesses: 1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm, 6.0mm. Especially with the thicker plates, these are very fun to use when trying out calligraphy.

For another trick, check out this GPC video that shows you can blend 2 ink colors by touching the tips of 2 Parallel pens. Grab these pens that offer a unique writing experience at an affordable price. Purchase them individually for $10 or get the whole set for $32 GouletPens.com.


Unique Writing Styles - Group
From the extra-fine on the Pilot Vanishing Point to the thick stub on the Pilot Parallel, each of these options will add a little something new to your normal fountain pen line up.

What pen offers your favorite unique writing experience? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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