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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Everflo ink available now at GouletPens.com!

There has been a lot of talk about Everflo ink in the writing community. Why not? It's a new line of ink coming from a new company: Gate City Pens. Where did this ink come from?

Richard Binder and Jim Baer have come together to create Gate City Pen and Ink Company. They're two well-known figures in the fountain pen world with their focus on vintage pens and ink, which is what birthed Everflo. They wanted to create replicas of vintage inks, like Sheaffer's Washable Black and Waterman Violet. Rumors have been flying around that the Everflos were intended to be Parker Penman replicas, but that was not their intention.

I had been keeping my ear to the ground about this ink and knew that it was selling exclusive through Richard Binder, so I figured there was no hope of my being able to sell it. But as soon as I saw Richard post in this thread on Fountain Pen Network that they might be looking for other retailers, I jumped at the opportunity.

There are 5 Everflo colors, Basic Black, Blue-Black, True Blue, Jade Green, and Orchid:


These swabs are taken directly from the Gate City website, they are not Goulet swabs. I'll be working on doing my own swabs and getting them up on the Swab Shop for you to be able to compare them with all of the 280+ other ink colors we have there.

On Gate City's site, they tout the inks have:
  • smooth flow
  • great lubrication
  • quick drying
  • good water resistance
  • easy cleanup
I haven't yet played with all of these inks, and I'm incredibly eager to do so. I have tried out True Blue in my Pelikan Script 1.5mm, and it flows quite nicely, very wet. I know a lot of you have been eager to see what this ink is all about, and I'm going to show you when I have a chance. You better believe these inks will move right up near the top of my ink review list! From the folks that have been using them so far, I have heard generally good things.

Supposedly there are going to be more colors to come as well, there is talk of a brown coming soon. There has even been mention of seasonal colors being offered. We'll have to wait and see what comes down the pike. The inks currently list for $17.50 for a 3-ounce bottle. We're selling them at an introductory price of $14.75 at GouletPens.com.

18 comments:

  1. orchid looks beautiful! that's my kind of color :)

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  2. This is interesting from what sounds like one of the creators of the ink.


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    Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:10 PM
    The inks will sell in the range of $12 for 3 oz. bottle.

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  3. And the pricing from Richard's site

    Price: $17.50 $12.75 per 3-oz bottle.
    (Click on a color swab below for a 5X zoomed view.)

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  4. Yes, the actual list price is $17.50. Richard is choosing to sell the ink at his price to keep it competitive with Noodler's, but his shipping costs more. It's $7 shipping for 1 bottle of ink. If you're buying any more than 1 bottle or want to get any other ink and paper, we come out cheaper in the end. We were aware of this when setting our price ;)

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  5. I guess it was more interesting that this ink cost more than Noodler's. Which makes me think that Richard rather than doing something for the pen community by bringing back a washable range is not.

    I intended no harm to your sales when posting the pricing since it makes it more apparent that we are seeing another Noodlers advert/ rollout. If you recall when Nathan first started selling inks they were touted as the best/ cheapest inks out there. Unfortunately that didn't last for long.

    With the data you have about people's choices and desires of ink I bet that you could come up with a nice selection of Goulet inks made by Noodlers that would provide a healthy benefit to the pen community as a whole.

    It is interesting that Richard is keeping mum about who is making the ink although I guess it would have been more difficult to keep secret that Bexley was making his pens.

    It is also harder to judge whether the ink is being heavily marked up if you don't know what standard line to compare it to.

    All in all the colors don't excite me and after 120 different inks it would take something very special to make me want to purchase another.

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  6. But I don't want any of my comments to dissuade anyone from purchasing the ink from Brian. I'm just a guy who's opinion means less than most people.

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  7. Many of the exclusive lines from Noodler's are in the $17 range. Swishmix and the Pendimoniums are closer to the $17 price point. The only other place to get this ink isdirect from the exclusive distributer, it lists for $17.50. Brian has it well below list and has good shipping. Just sayin'.

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  8. no hard feelings here cayce04, and I do like your idea of custom Goulet inks. I'm sure we'll get into that someday, though not yet.

    Truppi, thanks for telling me this. I haven't scoped out any of the other specialty inks at other retailers, but it's good to know the list price is right in line.

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  9. It makes sense that specialty inks from Noodler's would cost more than Noodler's normal range since Nathan is making a smaller quantity. As a comparsion, 5ml of Noodler's singapore exclusive ink cost $1.30 while 5ml of Noodler's normal inks cost $0.80.

    Lastly i disagree with cayce04's comment that Nathan's ink are no longer the cheapest ink around. out of all my inks, Noodler's ink are the cheapest on a per ml basis. the only ink that is comparable in price is diamine ink. it is almost impossible to find another brand of ink that has Noodler's reputations and ink range at it's price.

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  10. Interesting about price per oz of ink as there isn't a readily available chart ( well I did collect 32 different inks)


    Looks like Nathan isn't the cheapest available but is in the top 4. Everflo is in the top 20

    ( I will not say who is the most expensive )


    ink $/ml
    Quink 0.07
    Cross 0.11
    Sheaffer 0.13
    Noodlers ( standard) 0.14
    N antifreeze 0.14
    Lamy 0.15
    N eternal 0.15
    Pelikan 0.16
    diamine 0.16
    Everflo 0.17
    Private Reserve 0.17
    Private Reserve 0.17

    And this doesn't include the three brands of Chinese ink that I bought in Shanghai which were tenths of a cent per ml.

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  11. I do agree that the Evenflo is about the same as the specialty Noodler's ink. But looking at the two ones you cite, Swishmix it is being clearanced and Pendemonium only has one of the three available.

    I seem to remember that the FPN special ink was a lower price but in the end it just comes down to buying what you like and are comfortable paying.

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  12. I don't care who makes the cheapest ink anymore than I care about the cheapest bottle of wine.

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  13. I received the Blue-Black and I absolutely love it. A nice shade of dark blue with similar flow and lube qualities to Waterman but with a little more water resistance. Mr. Binder has a winner in my book!

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  14. I do agree that the Evenflo is about the same as the specialty Noodler's ink. But looking at the two ones you cite, Swishmix it is being clearanced and Pendemonium only has one of the three available.

    I seem to remember that the FPN special ink was a lower price but in the end it just comes down to buying what you like and are comfortable paying.

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  15. Interesting about price per oz of ink as there isn't a readily available chart ( well I did collect 32 different inks)


    Looks like Nathan isn't the cheapest available but is in the top 4. Everflo is in the top 20

    ( I will not say who is the most expensive )


    ink $/ml
    Quink 0.07
    Cross 0.11
    Sheaffer 0.13
    Noodlers ( standard) 0.14
    N antifreeze 0.14
    Lamy 0.15
    N eternal 0.15
    Pelikan 0.16
    diamine 0.16
    Everflo 0.17
    Private Reserve 0.17
    Private Reserve 0.17

    And this doesn't include the three brands of Chinese ink that I bought in Shanghai which were tenths of a cent per ml.

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  16. I guess it was more interesting that this ink cost more than Noodler's. Which makes me think that Richard rather than doing something for the pen community by bringing back a washable range is not.

    I intended no harm to your sales when posting the pricing since it makes it more apparent that we are seeing another Noodlers advert/ rollout. If you recall when Nathan first started selling inks they were touted as the best/ cheapest inks out there. Unfortunately that didn't last for long.

    With the data you have about people's choices and desires of ink I bet that you could come up with a nice selection of Goulet inks made by Noodlers that would provide a healthy benefit to the pen community as a whole.

    It is interesting that Richard is keeping mum about who is making the ink although I guess it would have been more difficult to keep secret that Bexley was making his pens.

    It is also harder to judge whether the ink is being heavily marked up if you don't know what standard line to compare it to.

    All in all the colors don't excite me and after 120 different inks it would take something very special to make me want to purchase another.

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  17. And the pricing from Richard's site

    Price: $17.50 $12.75 per 3-oz bottle.
    (Click on a color swab below for a 5X zoomed view.)

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  18. orchid looks beautiful! that's my kind of color :)

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