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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The 'Goulet' way to find that perfect ink

Here are the steps I have set up to help you find your perfect fountain pen ink:
  1. Swab Shop- compare color-adjusted swabs of all the inks I have. I have groups set up for basic guidelines, and you can swap out individual swabs across brands to see what colors interest you.
  2. Ink Samples- once you narrow down the general colors you like, you can get samples of all of them for a small investment to try a whole variety of inks. This way you can see how the ink performs in your favorite pen(s), on your favorite paper. If you hate it, no biggie, it's just a sample. You can also join Ink Drop, my monthly sample club to get 5 colors sent to you automatically every month.
  3. Full Bottle- Once you've done (1) and (2), you can be confident you're purchasing a full bottle of an ink you're going to love. 
There's no worse feeling (in terms of writing, anyway) than purchasing a full bottle of ink on speculation, only to find it looks different than you thought or that you just flat out don't like it. I have several 'ghost bottles' of inks I know I'll never use, but I feel too guilty to get rid of them. I have a whole ink 'graveyard', and it's sad to see (and it's expensive too). I hope to help eliminate this problem for you and make it so you only get the inks you're really going to love.

8 comments:

  1. This system works! I've bought a couple of ink bottles from GouletPens using this system. It simply isn't enough to see samples and ink reviews online. They're a good start. The crucial step is getting the sample. A sample of 1670 convinced me to buy the bottle. And that's not the only one!

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  2. Great Article about Fountain Pen Ink
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  3. Great Article about Fountain Pen Ink
    I like it most...

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  4. This system works! I've bought a couple of ink bottles from GouletPens using this system. It simply isn't enough to see samples and ink reviews online. They're a good start. The crucial step is getting the sample. A sample of 1670 convinced me to buy the bottle. And that's not the only one!

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  5. Excellent! I have been following your blog for over a year now and: The Pen Goulet Company (and the Fountain Pen Network) are the best resources (either in information or product) at present for all those who are interested and crazy about fountain pens. Thank you so much for for doing what you do!!

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  6. Wow, thank you so much for your compliments! We'll keep doing what we do :)

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  7. Breck BreckenridgeAugust 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I am not much into reading "blogs" (I even hate the word!), so it has taken me until now, some 2 months later, since first visiting the main site, to come here. Now I am glad I did! There is so much good info here. The Amazon story for one. And how you got started (on the balcony) for another.

    Heck! I didn't even notice the ink samples service until after buying my first bottle of ink from you all (J. Herbin's Violette Pensee). Fortunately I like it! Ha ha ha!!! But since then I have found out about the samples and have even ordered some. About half of the samples I ordered I would not have used afterall. So it is a great idea indeed. You and Rachel have so many 'great ideas'! (oh no another exclamation point)

    Anyway, many thanks Goulets. You philosophy of business is correct Brian and whenever I can I buy from you. It's like my personal statement of opposition to Bigness in what passes for Business these days.

    Write on!

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  8. Thank you so much! Your support means a lot, and it validates a lot of the effort that we put into what we do. Rather that put our effort into pay-per-click ads and mass-marketing efforts, we focus all of our time and money on developing innovative tools for our site and educating the fountain pen community. It's certainly a hard way to go about it, but it's part of who we are as a company. No matter how big we get (and we're really still pretty small), we'll always look to stay small in our spirit.

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