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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Matchup #18: Metallic Pilot Vanishing Point in Desert Orange, Medium nib and Diamine Pumpkin

It's getting spooky at Goulet Pens on this week’s Monday Matchup. We've paired the Metallic Pilot Vanishing in Desert Orange with Diamine Pumpkin ink. You could call it the October match or Halloween combo if you want, because that's exactly what it makes us think of! The Pilot Vanishing Point has a buttery smooth nib that will allow you to fly across your paper while Diamine Pumpkin ink matches perfectly with not only this pen, but also the season. We promise it won't disappoint with its bright color and unique shading. You'll love your writing experience with this duo.

Our very own Madigan M. did this week's sketch. Alex R. provided the writing sample.

Here's to broomsticks, pumpkins, and Octobers! Have a fall-tastic Monday.