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Monday, December 6, 2010

What ink brands do you really want to see at GouletPens?

Monday: Ink Stuff

  

We carry a lot of ink at GouletPens.com, that's true. But we get asked all the time about carrying this brand or that brand. We're looking to get into more brands as our holiday rush settles down here in a few weeks.

We currently carry:
  • Caran d'Ache
  • Diamine
  • Everflo
  • J. Herbin
  • Noodler's
  • Pelikan
  • Platinum
  • Private Reserve
  • Sheaffer
We have a few inks in our crosshairs for 2011, but we won't say who (yet, hehe). We're going to have to pace ourselves, so knowing what you want will help us to make our decision about which ones to go after first! If you've been following us for long, you know that if there's one thing we do really well it's listen to your feedback and respond with carrying what you want.

Just post what you think in the comments!

70 comments:

  1. I keep hearing about this "Japan only" Pilot ink. It's expensive, but I'd be interested in trying it out.

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  2. I would love to see you carry Montblanc inks. I have heard good things about those inks.

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  3. Tim, I don't know if that's ever going to be able to happen. I know MB won't let you retail their pens unless you have a physical retail store, and I imagine that goes for the inks as well. :(

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  4. Pilot Iroshizuku would be nice, but so would the Rohrer & Klingner Ink.

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  5. I'd dearly love for you to carry the Sailor LE seasonal inks. They are some of the prettiest I've seen. Same goes for Iroshizuku. Next would be Rhorer & Klingner, De Atramentis, Roberson, & Waterman.

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  6. Lady Tortoise, it's too late for us to carry the Fall 2010 Sailor LE inks, the cutoff date was November 30th to order them :( But I'm sure there will be more ;)

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  7. Rohrer & Klinger and De Atramentis.

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  8. Iroshizuku
    Mont Blanc
    Rohrer & Klinger
    Just a wish list......

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  9. Let me just chime in for Iroshizuku -- I really want to try them out, but A) I need to get a sample before I drop that much on a bottle and B) I feel almost disloyal buying ink somewhere else. : )

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  10. I'm slowly making my way through the De Atramentus Historic Persons ink and have found a couple keepers...like the Sepia Brown Beethoven. Might be interesting to try a sample purchase of one of the De Atramentus subset groupings to see if there's sufficient interest at the price point to warrant expansion to include those unusual European inks.

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  11. I would also like to put my vote in for the Sailor Jentle Seasonal inks. This past Autumn 2010 LE inks were spectacular!

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  12. This may be the first time I don't answer this question starting the list with Noodler's!

    R&K inks are really nice quality and they have some very unique colors. The Iron Gall looks cool too.

    Waterman inks are some of the best behaved, gentlest inks and they are very wet flowing - which is a plus for me. Also, darn close to the perfect bottle.

    Aurora inks seems interesting and I don't know much about them other than folks seem to dig 'em.

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  13. If you add just one brand, please make it Waterman.

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  14. In order of preference:

    Pilot - both regular (bottle and carts) and Iroshizuku inks
    Sailor
    Visconti
    Montblanc

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  15. I would like:

    Aurora
    Visconti
    Waterman

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  16. Waterman.
    Plain ol' Sailor.
    Aurora Blue.

    But even if you don't I'll still shop w/you.

    Did I say Waterman? Waterman.

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  17. Forgot one:

    Aurora would be near the top of my list behind Pilot

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  18. I'm also interested in Waterman, I've never tried it but I've seen many positive comments about it, especially Florida Blue. Would love to try it.

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  19. My list would be the Sailor LEs, R & K inks, and Iroshizuku. I'm interested in Aurora just because people seem to be HUGE fans of Aurora Black. I don't own a black ink but if I did that would probably be the one I got.

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  20. I'll chime in for R&K as well... Especially their two ferro gallic inks. If you could get some of Noodler's Asia-only colors such as the Taiwan series (Mazu Red, for example), that would be very cool too

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  21. Rohrer & Klingner, De Atramentis

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  22. You definitely need to have Waterman ink on your virtual shelves. While the Waterman colours are nothing exciting, they are among the best behaved inks out there. Florida Blue is practically the benchmark to which other inks are rated.

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  23. Iroshizuku would be nice. Kon Peki and Yama Budo have become sort of my "go to" inks.

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  24. Iroshizuku, Omas, De Atramentis, and Sailor (normal and LE).

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  25. Doesn't Sailor make a "bullet proof" or irongall?

    I'll be honest, I like the idea of a Diamine irongal and I am buying a bottle here in a week. But, I really would like a solid black irongal

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  26. Iroshizuku - expensive, but must to try/have. I don't wish a Ferrari as much as I wish a full set of this ink. Both are only a dream...

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  27. Japanese inks, especially Pilot and Sailor -- everything they offer! I'd much rather send money to you than pay for shipping from Japan.

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  28. The Iroshizuku inks are good inks but i still find it hard to justify paying $28 min for a single bottle (when it's only $16 in Japan!). you'll find it impossible to price it lower because of price fixation from Pilot. i understand the demand for Iroshizuku but since there are many sources for them, perhaps you might want to look at ink brands that are not readily available elsewhere? some of these are Rohrer and Klingner ( i have most of their inks which i bought in singapore and they're awesome inks) and de Atramentis inks.

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  29. Brian.. I know Montblanc will be a challenge, but we're not asking for the pens, just the inks. See what they say, and add my vote for Montblanc inks.

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  30. Got my first ever ink order—not just with Goulet Pens, but *ever*—and it sure is fun dreaming about the next one! Inks I want to try next include:

    Waterman, Pilot Iroshizuku, and Montblanc.

    I'm sure Montblanc will require some pleading, but please don't give up if you get a no the first few times. I don't anticipate getting my current two bottles quickly, so I can wait. :)

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  31. Those Pilot Iroshizuku inks are expensive, but I have a friend who "gave me a shot" of it and man, oh man, it really glides. It's a nice ink, period. I was very skeptical and she said, "Wait until you use it!" She was right.

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  32. Iroshizuku glides and they are getting a premium for it. Maybe Pilot or sailor inks won't be as expensive but still be smooth?
    I would like to try Aurora, or one of the German inks - R&K or DeA.

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  33. If I may add some commentary regarding the Pilot (Namiki) inks (non-Iroshizuku), they are reasonably priced, very well-behaved, not highly saturated, resist feathering and are very water resistant inks. I have used and do use the blue and the blue-black. The biggest negative is that they are available only in blue, black and in some places blue-black in the bottle. Blue-black in a bottle being pretty difficult to find but probably my favorite. The blue ink actually darkens when exposed to water - very unusual. There are a few more colors in the cartridges but that would mean use only in a Pilot pen.

    Sorry if this seems like a commercial. I suspect most people aren't as familiar with the regular Pilot line as they are the Iroshizuku line. Brian, if this seems inappropriate, please delete this post.

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  34. Like some others have said - R&K would be a nice addition to your lineup. It's hard to get in the US.

    I seem to recall hearing that in order to sell any of the MontBlanc line, you need to offer their other products as well (e.g. watches, leather goods, cufflinks, etc.).

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  35. In order:

    Mont Blanc
    Iroshizuku
    Waterman

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  36. An exclusive ink for Goulet Pens, by Noodler's.

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  37. Another vote for the Sailor Seasonal LE inks.

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  38. For a real challenge, I will say Campo Marzio Roma ink. They apparently sell it only in their boutiques, but they might alter that rule to get back into the American market in some manner.

    I agree that it's high time for a Goulet exclusive Noodler's. I'd suggest a cool brown exclusive along the lines of Herbin Cacao du Bresil, mostly because there seems to be few options in that idiom. It also appears you have good relations with the Private Reserve crew. I'd love to see what an exclusive PR ink might look like.

    Inks by Jansen scare me a bit due to the work of a FPN member about contamination, but that may just be me. As much as Herbin has impressed me

    Sailor, both for the regular line and the LE ink. I don't know that you can pull off limited time (perhaps pre order) special packs of Sailor LE samplers, but that would be a killer product.

    I suspect that Jet Pens only gets past the Pilot physical presence rule because they were in the grey market before Iroshizuku came stateside. Work on it for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if it fails. I will tell you that there is a little family owned jewelry store that sells Private Reserve inks on Hull Street Road in Chesterfield County who might be willing to explore some sort of arrangement to get you past any physical presence barriers. I don't know the owners, but I respect anybody willing to cater to our market. I got my first bottle of ink there.

    Any of the Italian ink (Visconti, Omas, Stipula, even Aurora) would also be a good choice.

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  39. Just adding my vote to Iroshizuku, Sailor LE, and Aurora Black / Blue

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  40. Another vote for Iroshizuku. I handed a few inked pens to my brother of different types and the one he liked the best was Syo-ro. Great glide and shading. Sucks about the Pilot "minimum price". Isn't that illegal?

    Maybe it just a minimum advertised price where you have to hide the dollar amount until you put it in the cart?

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  41. Illegal? No, I don't think so. Pilot USA imports the ink into the US, and they can enforce whatever minimum price they want to the retailers that sell their goods. That's just how it goes!

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  42. Rohrer & Klingner without a doubt.

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  43. Visconti
    Aurora

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  44. Visconti
    Aurora

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  45. Another vote for the Sailor Seasonal LE inks.

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  46. Another vote for Iroshizuku. I handed a few inked pens to my brother of different types and the one he liked the best was Syo-ro. Great glide and shading. Sucks about the Pilot "minimum price". Isn't that illegal?

    Maybe it just a minimum advertised price where you have to hide the dollar amount until you put it in the cart?

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  47. For a real challenge, I will say Campo Marzio Roma ink. They apparently sell it only in their boutiques, but they might alter that rule to get back into the American market in some manner.

    I agree that it's high time for a Goulet exclusive Noodler's. I'd suggest a cool brown exclusive along the lines of Herbin Cacao du Bresil, mostly because there seems to be few options in that idiom. It also appears you have good relations with the Private Reserve crew. I'd love to see what an exclusive PR ink might look like.

    Inks by Jansen scare me a bit due to the work of a FPN member about contamination, but that may just be me. As much as Herbin has impressed me

    Sailor, both for the regular line and the LE ink. I don't know that you can pull off limited time (perhaps pre order) special packs of Sailor LE samplers, but that would be a killer product.

    I suspect that Jet Pens only gets past the Pilot physical presence rule because they were in the grey market before Iroshizuku came stateside. Work on it for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if it fails. I will tell you that there is a little family owned jewelry store that sells Private Reserve inks on Hull Street Road in Chesterfield County who might be willing to explore some sort of arrangement to get you past any physical presence barriers. I don't know the owners, but I respect anybody willing to cater to our market. I got my first bottle of ink there.

    Any of the Italian ink (Visconti, Omas, Stipula, even Aurora) would also be a good choice.

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  48. Got my first ever ink order—not just with Goulet Pens, but *ever*—and it sure is fun dreaming about the next one! Inks I want to try next include:

    Waterman, Pilot Iroshizuku, and Montblanc.

    I'm sure Montblanc will require some pleading, but please don't give up if you get a no the first few times. I don't anticipate getting my current two bottles quickly, so I can wait. :)

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  49. Brian.. I know Montblanc will be a challenge, but we're not asking for the pens, just the inks. See what they say, and add my vote for Montblanc inks.

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  50. Japanese inks, especially Pilot and Sailor -- everything they offer! I'd much rather send money to you than pay for shipping from Japan.

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  51. Doesn't Sailor make a "bullet proof" or irongall?

    I'll be honest, I like the idea of a Diamine irongal and I am buying a bottle here in a week. But, I really would like a solid black irongal

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  52. Iroshizuku would be nice. Kon Peki and Yama Budo have become sort of my "go to" inks.

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  53. Rohrer & Klingner, De Atramentis

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  54. Forgot one:

    Aurora would be near the top of my list behind Pilot

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  55. I would like:

    Aurora
    Visconti
    Waterman

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  56. This may be the first time I don't answer this question starting the list with Noodler's!

    R&K inks are really nice quality and they have some very unique colors. The Iron Gall looks cool too.

    Waterman inks are some of the best behaved, gentlest inks and they are very wet flowing - which is a plus for me. Also, darn close to the perfect bottle.

    Aurora inks seems interesting and I don't know much about them other than folks seem to dig 'em.

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  57. Let me just chime in for Iroshizuku -- I really want to try them out, but A) I need to get a sample before I drop that much on a bottle and B) I feel almost disloyal buying ink somewhere else. : )

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  58. I'd dearly love for you to carry the Sailor LE seasonal inks. They are some of the prettiest I've seen. Same goes for Iroshizuku. Next would be Rhorer & Klingner, De Atramentis, Roberson, & Waterman.

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  59. Tim, I don't know if that's ever going to be able to happen. I know MB won't let you retail their pens unless you have a physical retail store, and I imagine that goes for the inks as well. :(

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  60. I would love to see you carry Montblanc inks. I have heard good things about those inks.

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  61. I keep hearing about this "Japan only" Pilot ink. It's expensive, but I'd be interested in trying it out.

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  62. Waterman inks, please!! Thanks for asking!!

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  63. They're in our crosshairs, maybe later this summer ;)

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  64. I've looked into both of them, I'm not sure if we can get them as an online-only retailer. We'll see...

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  65. R & K
    Pilot (esp. blue-black in bottles)

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  66. I have an old bottle of Cross in Black that seems quite nice but it may not be up to your standards. Please evaluate. Phil

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