Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TWSBI Product Updates

TWSBI is sadly discontinuing two pens from its Diamond 580 line. Say goodbye to the TWSBI Diamond 580AL Purple and TWSBI Diamond 580 USA fountain pens! We still have the 580AL Purple available in nib sizes Extra-Fine to Broad, and the 580 USA in nib sizes Medium and Broad. If you've ever wanted one of these gorgeous pens, now is the time to act! Once they are gone, they are gone for good.

We're sorry to see these beauties go, but they are making way for the TWSBI Diamond 580AL Blue! It is the third release of these special aluminum 580 fountain pens. It should be available around the holidays. Just in time to give the gift of writing!

So that's what we've got for you! Are you a fan of TWSBI Diamond 580s? Which is your favorite?

Write on,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Platinum 3776 Century: Quick Look

The Platinum 3776 Century is a fantastic, yet often overlooked, mid-size fountain pen. Today I’m going to be showing you a quick look at this delightful pen so you know a little more what it's all about. The 3776 Century is  a somewhat recent update to the Platinum 3776, which is Platinum’s most popular pen model. 

It's a pen that's mid-size perhaps leaning slightly large, but it is very light and incredibly well-balanced. The nibs are going to feel a bit different than most other Japanese nibs (especially Pilot), they are relatively stiff and slightly toothy. It's really going to be a preference thing if you'll like them or not. 

Colors/finishes available:

(gold and rhodium trim)

Black Diamond:
(translucent black with rhodium trim)


Chartres Blue:
(rhodium and gold trim)

(demonstrator with rose gold trim)

Nice Pur:
(demonstrator with rhodium trim)

Limited Editions:
(Yamanaka, currently the 4th of a set of 5 LE pens)

In hand: 
  • Mid-large pen
  • Very comfortable, very well-rounded
  • Grip is comfortable, noticeable step if you hold far back
  • Nice details and appointments

  • posted- very well-balanced, really sits in the hand
  • unposted- also very well-balanced! 
Nib Options (options vary based on color):
  • 14k gold, relatively stiff nibs with a noticeable amount of feedback
  • Ultra-extra fine
  • Extra-fine
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Broad
  • Soft-fine
  • Soft-medium
  • Music (1.1mm)
  • Nibs are now friction fit (on Century) for ease of cleaning/swapping instead of requiring a tool like the older versions of the 3776

  • Screw-cap, push to post
  • Posts very securely
  • Slip-n-seal technology, Platinum touts will keep nib wet for up to 2 years
Filling Mechanism:
  • Proprietary cartridge/converter (included)
  • Available in gold or rhodium color separately
  • $176-216 depending on finish/nib choice

For more details and up-to-date specs on the Platinum 3776, be sure to check it out on GouletPens.com. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Matchup #63: Platinum Carbon Desk Pen with Noodler's Rome Burning

Jenni, our videographer, was the artist behind this week's Monday Matchup. She chose to match a Platinum Carbon Desk Pen EF with Noodler's Rome Burning. Rome Burning is a unique ink- it changes from a yellowish brown to purple when water is added. It proved a challenging project, as her initial inspiration for the piece didn't work with the vellum sketch paper, pen and ink combination.

Inspired by the art work of Giulia Bernardelli, she started off the work trying to recreate a drawing from spilled ink. To create a textured background, she put down a base layer of ink using a paint brush and then ran it under water to change the ink color.  She then added another layer, spilling ink and spreading it out with the pen. The paper was water logged and unfortunately, the ink feathered terribly. She did not like the results and decided to start again.

In the final version (seen here), Jenni used the same method of applying the base layer. This time, she allowed more dry time, leaving the paper overnight. She then added water drops and flicked the ink from a paintbrush to create the impression of stars. To create the trees and writing, she filled an ink syringe and made long lines of thick ink. Using the pen and syringe, she spread out the ink and created the tree branches.

Jenni advises that if she redid this project, she would definitely use a different type of paper. The vellum sketch paper was purchased by a big box art supply store and didn't work for the techniques she was experimenting with. A more ink resistant paper may have been a better choice, like Rhodia or Clairefontaine. She enjoyed the springy nib on the Platinum Desk Pen and enjoyed the challenge presented by such an unique ink!

You can find the Platinum Desk Pen at Gouletpens.com for $12. Noodler's Rome Burning is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Write on,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

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