Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Matchup #44: Conklin Duragraph Amber in Stub with Private Reserve Shoreline Gold

The King of the Jungle. The Mane Man. Big Cat. Call them what you like, but no matter the name, lions dominate the food chain and the literature landscape, from antelope to zebras and Narnia to Oz.

This week the Cowardly Lion sits atop the Monday Matchup throne, with some help from Madigan on our Media Team, a Conklin Duragraph Amber in Stub and Private Reserve Shoreline Gold. The Duragraph is as timeless as the tale of Dorothy, Toto, the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow. And if you don't have a Triple Cross medal or Wizard available to provide a needed dose of courage, the big and bold Duragraph will most certainly get the job done.  Meanwhile, the Shoreline Gold ink provides just the right amount of ferocity.

If you find yourself getting lost in a Monday Matchup daydream as you gaze upon the lion's lush mane and wise words, just tap your nib to paper three times and repeat after us, "There's no place like Goulet..."

The Conklin Duragraph Amber in Stub  is available on GouletPens.com for $44. Private Reserve Shoreline Gold is available in a 66ml bottle for $11 and as a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Friday, April 17, 2015

Grab a Slice of Goulet Q&A!

Even with the whole Goulet family out sick this week, we didn't want to leave you without a bit of Goulet Q&A. We've lined up some sweet slices for you in place of our normal Q&A. Hopefully, these will tide you over until Brian is up and running at full steam! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions this week. We'll answer a selection of them in our next Open Forum. Now sit back, relax and enjoy...

Goulet Q&A Slice: What Notebook or Loose Leaf Paper is Good for High School and College Students?

What notebook / loose leaf paper is good for High School / College Students?
  • Clairefontaine
Check out the Full Version of Episode 9

Goulet Q&A Slice: What are some Fountain Pen Inks for Students?

What are some fountain pen inks for students, with the criteria being that the ink behaves well on cheaper paper, is not too expensive, and is at least somewhat conservative in color (wouldn't want to be handing in apache sunset to a professor). So far the only ink I have found that fits these criteria is Noodler's Black, but I would like to find others.

Check out the Full Version of Episode 1

Goulet Q&A Slice: What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Baystate Blue Stains?

What is the best way to get rid of Baystate Blue stains--on/in a pen, on hands, on clothes, on the kitchen counter?

Check out the Full Version of Episode 25

Goulet Q&A Slice: Which Noodler's Models do not have the Smell?

About Noodler's, which models do not have the smell, so I may buy some. How do you get rid of the smell if they do? 

Check out the Full Version of Episode 25

Goulet Q&A Slice:
What is your Recommendation on Cleaning a Con-70 Converter?

What is your recommendation on cleaning a Con-70 converter?

Check out the Full Version of Episode 28

Goulet Q&A Slice: What are Your Thoughts on Ink Mixing/Dilution in General?

What are your thoughts on ink mixing/dilution in general? What are brands/techniques to avoid?
  • Mixing within brands is usually cool
  • Some inks have vastly different properties like Noodler's need to be careful (Baystate)
  • Good to mix:
    • Platinum Mix-Free
    • Private Reserve
    • conventional Noodler's inks
    • Waterman
    • Sheaffer
  • Always mix in small quantities
  • Let set for few hours to see reaction
Check out the Full Version of Episode 22

Goulet Q&A Slice: Do Certain Nib Manufacturers Consistently Run Larger or Smaller?

Are there any rules if thumb about relative nib sizes? Like, do certain manufacturers consistently run larger or smaller? Do nibs from, say, Germany or Japan tend to be wider or narrower than the same size nibs from elsewhere?

  • Japanese are typically ground finer in the EF and F nibs than European (German)
  • M and B nibs are usually fairly comparable
  • varies by pen, check Nib Nook for comparison of specific pens
Check out the Full Version of Episode 42

Goulet Q&A Slice:
What is the Dollar Threshold For Pens and Writing Performance?

What do you think is the dollar threshold where a fountain pen's writing performance does not get any better if you spend more money. For example does a $100 pen write as good as you're likely to get regardless of what you spend.

Check out the Full Version of Episode 1

Goulet Q&A Slice: Could You Give Us a List of Pens that Use a #6 Nib?

Brian, could give us a list (written or off the top of your head) of pens that use a #6 nib? Or do you have a way of knowing what sized nib is on a pen?

Check out the Full Version of Episode 2

Goulet Q&A Slice: What's a Good Ratio of Water Dilution to Reduce the Feathering?

What's a good ratio of water dilution to ink to reduce the feathering of Baystate Blue and other inks?

  • using distilled water, start at about 10% dilution, won’t change the color noticeably
  • the higher the dilution, the more watery the color (duh)
  • go to about 25% and see how you feel
  • mix in SMALL batches, 3-5ml at a time if you can
Check out the Full Version of Episode 64

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monteverde Regatta Sport Rose Gold Limited Edition Overview

There is nothing subdued or quiet about the Monteverde Regatta Sport Rose Gold. In fact, this limited edition fountain pen borders on the ridiculous with the sheer size and bling it brings to the table. And we happen to like that.

Weighing in at 50g, this is not a pen built for extended journaling sessions or small-handed writers. It's built to make a statement, or two, before taking a brief rest. There are a number of unique features that complement the Regatta Sport Rose Gold's flashy first impression. The first of these is a pair of carbon fiber bands on the pen's barrel and cap, making for an eye-catching accent. There there is the magnetic cap, which clicks when posted or capped so easily that you'll likely find yourself playing with the pen and showing off this neat feature.

The Regatta Sport Rose Gold comes with a black nib, available in fine, medium, broad, and as a 1.1 mm stub nib. It writes a bit dry and with medium smoothness. Sometimes we hear about Monteverde's nibs writing a little dry, and if that's the case with yours then the tines may be a bit tight so feel free to press down on them a little to open up the flow.

The pen accepts a standard international converter as well as short and long standard international cartridges. The Regatta Sport Rose Gold comes with a threaded Monteverde converter, as well as one short black and one short blue cartridge.

Being a limited edition pen, it's engraved with a number between 1 and 999. The Regatta Sport Rose Gold Limited Edition may not be the most practical pen for every occasion, but it's built to be a VIP in the boardroom, the back of a limousine, or wherever there is someone to impress. (That's why it's one of our Top 7 Power Pens.)

The Regatta Sport Rose Gold Limited Edition is available at GouletPens.com for $100.

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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