Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Things: Seaside Springtime

Spring is in bloom at Goulet Pens with the release of our latest seasonal edition of the Edison Nouveau Premiere, Seaglass. Since we simply can't shake this pen from our minds, it seemed totally fitting for this week's Thursday Things to center around this gorgeous pen. We dove into the sea of coordinating pastel products and brought you some treasures that we think accentuate this striking writing tool nicely. Grab your sunglasses and join us in a trip to the shores of writing greatness with the products featured in this week's Thursday Things: Seaside Springtime.

Featured products from left to right:
The Thursday Things: Seaside Springtime shopping guide has all these great products, all in one place!
Lamy LX Fountain Pen - Rose Gold
Platinum 3776 Fountain Pen - Nice Lilas
Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo Fountain Pen - Light Blue
Edison Nouveau Premiere Fountain Pen - Seaglass
Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pen - Aqua Demonstrator

Which pen and ink combo stirs up your seas of inspiration?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Aurora Blue/Black: Ink Review

Hi ink enthusiasts! Margaret here, reviewing the latest ink from Aurora. Aurora hasn't introduced a new ink in quite some time, so the news of Aurora Blue/Black ink has been well received in the fountain pen community. They took over 6 months to develop the most accurate blend of blue and black, and have taken great care and consideration in making sure this ink is safe for all fountain pens. Spoiler alert - I love this ink. Read on to find out why!

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):
  • 30+ - If you're looking to take quick notes, be aware of the slightly longer dry time. For taking notes at your desk, or signing paperwork, I don't see it being a problem.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):
  • Low - This ink gets messy when it comes in contact with water. I'd be careful if using it on your desk with drinks nearby.

  • Medium - You can see a slight difference between swabs 1 and 2, but between 2 and 3 there's really no difference. As you can see, it's a really great blend of blue and black.

Ease of Cleaning:
  • Medium - Darker inks take a bit more work to clean out of your pen, but it didn't require a lot of extra effort.

  • Medium - You could see shading with the medium nib, and the red sheen is beautiful especially when using this ink on Tomoe River paper!

  • Medium - This ink flowed really nicely, and I especially liked it in the Lamy broad nib. It would be fantastic for everyday use.

Packaging and Aesthetics:
  • Comes in a 45ml glass bottle
  • Tall, slender bottle which should be easy to fill from. It could, however, be difficult when ink is running low.

Inks Similar in Color:

I really enjoyed using this new ink from Aurora! It would be the perfect ink to use in a professional work setting, or when needing to sign formal documents. It's nice to have something a bit different from your traditional blue or black ink. I love that this ink will pop off the page in contrast to black text in a book or alongside black text in a printed document. You can rest assured that this ink won't damage your pens, so that offers a lot of peace of mind. Plus, if you're using the right paper, you can get some beautiful red sheen!

You can find a 45ml bottle of Aurora Blue/Black at GouletPens.com for $18.00. A 2ml sample is also available for $1.70. Aurora Blue/Black is also available in cartridges for $6.50.

What ink do you prefer to use in a professional setting?

Write on,

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass Spring 2017 SE Fountain Pen

Happening upon the perfect piece of seaglass is a rare occasion. These gorgeous, colorful beach finds are the result of decades of weathering.  A joy to stumble upon, seaglass is tossed upon the shore by the ever-lapping waves, waiting in the sand for a lucky soul to unearth its beauty. Much like these treasures, the latest Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass will dazzle and delight the lucky few who are able to bring one home. A cool turquoise bodied pen with swirls of black and white and waves of pastel pink and blue throughout, Seaglass instantly transports you to warm sandy beaches every time you pick up the pen to write. The pen fits right in among the gorgeous sights of Key West, Florida where our product photographer Sarah was able to snap a few pictures while on vacation!

This pen is the 14th seasonal edition of our Edison Nouveau Premiere collection and carries on the wave of gorgeous, cheery pastel designs started by previous editions (like last spring's Water Lily or last summer's Neptune's Pearl). Supplies are limited and it will be available for the next several months or until supplies run out. The body is engraved with the name of the pen and the season in which it was produced. It arrives in a lovely box, complete with a standard international converter so you'll be ready to write immediately.

Just wait until you write with this Edison nib! It's smooth-writing and flows nicely, offering just a hint of feedback. It is available in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm stainless steel nib sizes. These nibs are replaceable and swappable, available for $25 each. You can also upgrade to one of the 18kt gold nibs for $125. Not sure how to go about swapping? Check out this handy video on swapping Edison nibs!

Looking for a matching ink to capture your waves of writing with this new pen? Check out our recommendations below:

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass is available at GouletPens.com for $149 for a limited time only. You can find more details and all the technical specs about this pen on our website. 

Are you captivated by this gorgeous pastel pen?

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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