Friday, May 26, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 170, Dip Nibs in Fountain Pens, Grip Diameters, and Lamy Extra-Fine Nib Availability

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.

In this episode, I talk about dip nibs in fountain pens, grip diameter, and Lamy extra-fine nib availability.

This week / New Upcoming Products: - (1:02)

Pens/Writing - (6:49)

1) Ultimate Pixel- YouTube - (6:51)
There are a lot of fancy dip nibs that are super-flexible or have 5 lines and stuff like that. Are there any fountain pens that could hold such nibs without the need to always dip them? Or are these nibs just plainly incompatible with regular feeds?
  • Anytime you're putting a dip nib in a fountain pen, it's a hack
  • it can be done, though almost always with tradeoffs
  • Zebra G, Brause Rose nib I've heard used the most
  • flow issues are common
  • feeds often can't keep up with the ink demand
  • the curvature of the nibs is sometimes an issue, even if it's technically the same "size" nib
  • ornamental nibs really aren't compatible, there's just no design around ink flowing through them
  • it's fun to mess around with them, do some calligraphy at a desk, etc
  • they're not stainless steel, just regular steel, so they won't last that long
  • these nibs definitely aren't meant for carry around/daily use in a fountain pen

2) molindela- Instagram - (16:40)
How do you measure grip diameter for your site? Many (most?) grip sections are tapered, some flare out a bit at the end etc.
  • it's a judgement call, and not always easy to assess because few of them are straight
  • in general, we tend to measure the thinner part of anything concave or with a flare
  • tapered is a little more difficult, we try to measure it at about the point where most people would end up holding it
  • we do get a lot of questions about which pens will/won't fit into the Visconti Traveling Inkwell, and this is sometimes hard to gauge just by our grip diameter dimension, especially with a flare or taper
  • should we test every pen to see if it fits in the Inkwell? Maybe, that's a lot to keep up with though, thoughts?

3) pro_echo_12- Instagram - (21:37)
I have this really burning question. how many fountain pen deaths/accidents have occurred?
  • in general? No idea
  • I personally have never dropped or destroyed a nib
  • my team has though! and customers have, so it definitely happens
  • cheaper nibs are often unsalvageable, though could be a good opportunity for nib tuning practice
  • swappable nib pens shine here, like Lamy, Goulet, Noodler's
  • more expensive nibs might be worth repairing from a pro

4) Andrew W.- Facebook - (25:05)
Will the new Duo-Cart from Aurora be able to hold two cartridges inside the barrel like the original, hence the name Duo-Cart?
  • That is the origin of the name, true
  • the design is different though, so no, it will not hold two cartridges anymore
  • the cartridges now are "supersize", longer than the originals anyway
  • the name harkens back to its origin but doesn't have the same dual cartridge capability

Troubleshooting - (27:08)

5) Ginger O.- Facebook - (27:08)
Why does my fountain pen make such LOUD scratching noise when I write?
  • nib tines could be out of alignment, one is dragging/scratching
  • if it's that obvious, you may see indentations/scratches/paper fibers being torn up
  • it could be due to your writing angle/rotation/pressure
  • nibs when writing will have some audible to it, but it shouldn't be loud, something's up there

6) @dongzefei- Twitter - (35:34)
Any idea about how to solve a wobbling nib after a swap? Haven't decided to buy a Goulet Nib yet for many previous wobble experience...
  • there's a certain degree of wobble that might be considered normal, it depends on the pen/nib
  • if it's a little side-to-side, it's probably okay
  • wobbling up and down or in/out is more problematic, often accompanied by other signs of trouble (poor flow)
  • Lamy nibs can wobble sometimes
  • Goulet nibs can wobble, but often fit pretty well with most pens

Business - (40:41)

7) kittytoug- Instagram - (40:43)
I recently read on another distributor's blog that Lamy was doing away with EF nibs on Safari and Al-Star. What have you heard about this? Would it still be possible to purchase EF nibs separately or would they disappear from the FP landscape for good? Would love to hear your thoughts.
  • check out the blog post we put on the blog earlier this week
  • they aren't doing away with them, they're not able to meet demand and are limiting distribution to Germany and Asia
  • we're pretty bummed here in the US
  • we don't know if this is permanent, we have no news to prove otherwise at this point

QOTW: If you could go back in time to talk to yourself on the first day you discovered fountain pens, what advice would you give? - (47:41)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Things: Pitch Black

A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

Come to the dark side and admire all the stealthed out, pitch black items in this week's collection. Thursday Things: Pitch Black offers the perfect products for undercover writing and those late night brainstorming sessions. Whether you're looking for a tablet for the bedside table or a notebook to record your nighttime doodles, there is sure to be the perfect paper and maybe even a coordinating pen just for you! Have a look and see what you'll uncover!

Featured products from left to right:

A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen - Back to Black
A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Conklin Nighthawk Fountain Pen - Carbon Fiber
A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Faber-Castell WritINK Fountain Pen - Black
A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Field Notes Pitch Black Notebooks- 3-pack
A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Goulet Replacement Nibs - Black
A stealthy inspired flat lay of black and charcoal fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What's your favorite black fountain pen, ink, or paper?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lamy Extra-Fine Nib Availability & Z28 Converters

Hi pen friends,
Rachel here, with two bits of Lamy news for you.

Lamy Extra-Fine Steel Nibs

In the last six years since we've carried Lamy, we've watched the popularity of the extra-fine nib size grow. We've seen this particularly in the Safari and Al-Star models, and it's a trend we've seen across other brands, as well. The US market has become increasingly becoming finer in our nib preferences. Lamy has also been growing in popularity in the Asian market, which as a whole strongly leans toward fine nibs.  It's been putting a lot of pressure on Lamy to produce these EF nibs.

Unfortunately, Lamy has had an increasingly difficult time keeping up with production to meet the rising global demand. As a result, they recently made the decision to limit the markets in which the EF steel nibs are available. So effective immediately, Lamy will only be supplying EF steel nibs to Germany and Asia. The US market will no longer receive shipments of pens or nibs in this size.

Part of the reason for the shortage, as we understand it, is that there are additional steps involved in grinding the EF nibs. It appears to be a capacity issue in terms of Lamy's ability to manufacture these nibs and meet global demand, not an issue with poor sales or lack of interest in them.

This is definitely disappointing news for us, as EF is our most popular size. We have ordered as much of the remaining US stock as we reasonably could, but throughout the remainder of 2017 you will start to see these selling out on our site. Some particular colors are already sold through.

To clarify, this is just the extra-fine steel nibs that come on the Al-Star, LX, Safari, Studio, and Vista, in both black and silver colors as well as replacement nibs. The Lamy 2000 is not affected by this, nor are the gold nibs that come on the Dialog 3, Scala, and the Studio.

Here's a link to all of our remaining inventory of Lamy pens with EF steel nibs.

We're sorry to be the bearer of bad news, if you're a fan of Lamy EF.  We still don't have all the information from Lamy, but as best as we can tell, this appears to be a permanent decision. If the situation ever changes, you can bet we'll be restocking as soon as we can.

If your favorite pen in extra-fine is sold out, we encourage you to try out the fine - while it is slightly broader, it's the next best thing.

Lamy Z28 Converters

The second bit of news is regarding the Z28 cartridge converter. The Z24 has been discontinued and replaced by the Z28. They have the same functionality and fit the same pens (Al-Star, Joy, LX, Safari, Vista), but with some small aesthetic differences. Just wanted to give you a head's up!
Lamy Z24 converter
Lamy Z28 converter

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please share your questions or feedback in the comments below.

Write On,
Rachel Goulet

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