It’s become pretty apparent to me that we’re going to have to add a day for ‘Pen Stuff’ to our daily Ink Nouveau blogging schedule. Here’s our current schedule if you’re not familiar already:

Sunday: Tips and Tricks (Ink Blots, tips and advice for making your writing experience better)
Monday: Ink Stuff (reviews, details, features, comparisons, etc)
Tuesday: Write Time Itinerary (topics to discuss, taking questions, etc)
Wednesday: Write Time recorded video
Thursday: Paper Stuff (overviews, comparisons, etc)
Friday: Random cool stuff (writing related)
Saturday: GouletPens/Product Announcements

This schedule has been working out pretty well for us so far, the only thing is there’s no dedicated day for pen stuff! We end up blogging it on Tuesdays, Fridays, or Saturday (if it’s related to products we’ll be carrying), but a dedicated day to pens is overdue, I think.

Of course ultimately it’s going to depend on what’s best for us, but do you have a preference? I’m thinking Friday would be good, so let’s try it out! Here’s what we’ll do from now on:

Sunday: Tips and Tricks (Ink Blots, tips and advice for making your writing experience better)
Monday: Ink Stuff (reviews, details, features, comparisons, etc)
Tuesday: Write Time Itinerary (topics to discuss, taking questions, etc)
Wednesday: Write Time recorded video
Thursday: Paper Stuff (overviews, comparisons, etc)
Friday: Pen Stuff (reviews, features, comparisons, etc)
Saturday: GouletPens/Product Announcements

Friday: Pen Stuff

As many of you know (or at least will now), all of the Noodler’s 4.5 ounce ink bottles come with eyedropper caps, and many of them come with free pens. These pens have typically been unmarked Platinum Preppy’s that have been converted to eyedropper fill pens (that don’t require a converter). However, I found a neat little surprise when I pulled aside a bottle of Noodler’s Nikita today for doing ink samples:

A new type of pen!! I hadn’t heard anything about it, or even seen a pen like it! It’s what appears to be a Noodler’s Nib Creaper eyedropper fill pen, but with a clear body and a swirly red acrylic section, finial, and cap. Where in the world did this thing come from?

I immediately called my distributor to figure out what is going on with these pens! Apparently, Nathan likes to experiment with different stuff (if you hadn’t noticed!), and has these pens going out in all the Nikita 4.5 ounce bottles now. The pens aren’t available individually, just with the inks. Soooo….basically if you want to buy the pen, you could view it as you’re getting a free HUGE bottle of ink, or if you want the ink, you’re getting a pretty snazzy pen to boot.

I’ve also been told there are some of these pens with a blue swirl acrylic instead of the red. Perhaps they’ll be coming in 4.5 ounce Polar Blue? Looks like I’d better go check my Polar Blue….okay nope, still Preppys.

Another thing I heard about was a rollerball tip for the Preppy to be included with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness 4.5 ounce bottles. Sure enough…yup! The Preppys now have both a fountain pen (.3mm) tip and a rollerball tip. Check the vid below.

This is all new stuff, and all of the ‘old’ bottles of Nikita and HOD are going to have just the .3 Preppys. So if you definitely want the new pens, ask your retailer of choice about which ones they have first. If GouletPens.com is your retailer of choice, know that all of the Nikita and HOD that we have on hand now has these new pens (we checked). Not to say they will forever, things sometimes change suddenly with Noodler’s!