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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's Pilot!





We've kept it secret long enough! We now have the full line of Pilot Iroshizuku inks, and we're really excited about it. We'll be working on samples and swabs over the next several days.


We also have Namiki ink, Namiki Falcon flex nib pens, Pilot Vanishing Points, Pilot Plumix, Parallels, and Varsities. Weeeeee! Lots of fun and exciting stuff, as if I didn't already have enough to blog about!!

We just got it all in yesterday afternoon, and I took some pics last night. Enjoy!


50 comments:

  1. Yaaay!! Congratulations on the new brand.

    Kon-peki is an awesome blue. It's my go-to blue.

    And if Rachel likes Apache Sunset she's going to love Yu-yake! It's a much purer orange colour.

    Can't wait to see a Brian-review of the Falcons. I'm having trouble finding anything decent as a review on the Internet and they seem pretty unique.

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  2. Congratulations! Perhaps it would be easiest all around if I deposit my paychecks directly into Joseph's college fund. (Here's hoping he and Rachel are feeling much better.)

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  3. Congratulations. This fits very well into the existing catalog! I am also very curious about your review of the Falcon with flex nib.
    I haven't tried the ink, yet, although lots of people get dreamy eyes, when one mentions those inks.

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  4. [insert delighted squeeling!] This is great news! Of the ink brands that I use, Iroshizuku was the only one that, until now, I couldn't buy from you guys. You now have 100% of my ink business. Asa-gao is the best blue ever (well, ok, I haven't tried Kon-peki).

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  5. This is great news! My black Vanishing Point Carbonesque is well used, and easily my favorite pen. Would like to see your blog posts related not just to Iroshizuku, but also the nice Pilot inks -- which are quite water resistant. Also, I would love to know if there is a difference between the Namiki and Pilot inks.

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  6. I hope you guys have a lot of success with this new line!
    The Pilot Falcon is one of my favorite pens. I picked one up during the holidays and it's with me every day. The nib is great. I don't have another pen like it... and I have a lot! I get a smooth flexible line that can really get wide with pressure and narrow down with less. It gives your writing a really nice calligraphy feel if you so desire. I'm an artist by trade and I use my pens primarily for drawing and sketching; the falcon is AWESOME to draw with. I illustrated 3 book cover designs with it.
    I must admit, it was a little pricey; at the time I was not intending on dropping so much on a new pen, but I have zero buyer's regret. It was a great investment. I use Aurora black in mine, but these Pilot inks sound interesting.

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  7. Thanks Wayne, we're really excited to dive in and test out the Iro inks! I will definitely be doing a review of the Falcon, it is a unique pen, for sure! Well, the pen itself is a pretty classic design, it's the nib that is unique. I'll have to make some time to play with it ;)

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  8. Haha! I take it you're excited about the new line? ;) Rachel and Joseph are feeling much better, they seem to have been hit hard with a 24 bug, but they're bouncing back rather quickly.

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  9. I haven't inked up a Falcon yet, but I did play with it to see it flex. It's no wet noodle, but it does have noticeable flex. A review of it is definitely in order. And as far as the inks go, I think having samples of them will allow a lot more people to test them out. Buying a bottle on spec, especially of Iro ink, can be quite prohibitive!

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  10. That's great to hear Ron! I'm glad we can be there for you for everything you want, that's our goal!

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  11. The carbonesque VP is pretty sweet looking, I want to get into those a little down the road. I'll have to look into the inks you're asking about. We do have the Namiki inks, which are different from Iroshizuku.

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  12. Thanks for the feedback about your Falcon, Tom. The Falcon was pretty much one of the only commercially available flex-nib pens around (besides custom ones), before the Noodler's flex came out of course. But the Noodler's flex and the Falcon are really in two different leagues. I'll have to look into a head-to-head between the two.

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  13. I'm so excited... I had seen this ink before and thought the colours were one's I'd like to try, I'm pleased to see them added to your collection of products. I'm pleased to see your business continue growing so that you can offer us even more variety of products.
    Hope everyone is feeling better at your house.

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  14. Very nice, Brian! I've got a fair number of the Iroshizuku inks, and I can safely say that they're all pretty great. They are definitely colors that you can't find anywhere else, so this is a great addition to your inventory.

    I also love my Pilot Falcon - it doesn't flex to the same level that the Noodler's flex nibs do, but it is a great pen all around. I highly recommend it.

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  15. Thanks Nathalie! Everyone is feeling better, not 100% but maybe 80% better :) We're excited to have Pilot on our shelves, that's for sure.

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  16. Oh boy, samples of Iroshizuku inks! I've been learning that tons of terrific reviews and universal love for an ink doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for what I need, so I'm really glad I'll be able to try these with various pens and papers before splurging on bottles. I'm not minding the learning process at all.

    Yu-yake looks awfully nice. And the Falcon is starting to look very tempting (I'm thinking you can't bottle up a small sample of that, so I'll have to mull that one over a while longer).

    I hope the family bounce all the way back from that bug soon.

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  17. Yes David, I've seen some of your reviews of the Iro inks, awesome just as all your reviews are. You sure showcase the Pilot Parallels nicely too! You just make it look too easy, that's the only problem, haha ;)

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  18. Yes, we're very excited about doing samples of Iroshizuku. We're in the process of making them up as I type here, it'll probably be tomorrow before we have them listed for sale, we're just a *tad* busy at the moment!!

    I'm thinking I'm going to have to get some more Falcons! They are some cool pens, and very unique in the pen world.

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  19. Oh! I forgot about the Parallel pens. They are indispensable for doing the large-scale calligraphy that I do. They are fantastic pens - I use them so much, they've just blended into my life!

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  20. I had no idea Namiki made flex nibs. Definetly worth a comparison video. Also, do these pens take the universal converters or do need a proprietary converter.

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  21. They sure do...they call them 'soft' nibs, I suppose they're equivalent to somewhere between a semi-flex and full-flex pen, depending on who you ask.

    The converters are proprietary, yes. But the Falcons already come with converters, so you only need to worry about it if you're replacing it. They take the same converters as the Pilot VP's: http://www.gouletpens.com/Pilot_Vanishing_Point_Twist_Converter_p/pn69899.htm

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  22. Yes! I'm stoked about the Iroshizuku inks! I can't wait for the samples to try some of the other colors, but man. Kon-Peki + Goulet? I'm totally there! Wait, I'm already here. Even better!

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  23. Awesome!!!!! Not that you need another endorsement, but I also have the Falcon and it is absolutely awesome for drawing. True - it does not flex as much as vintage nibs, but it is much more durable and reliable. A workhorse (work bird?) so to speak. Really great pen for artists.

    And I have been wanting to try the Iroshizuku inks...so glad there will be samples available soon! Hooray all around!!

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  24. How does the Falcon nib compare to the Pilot demonstrator?, I think it's called a 94.. testdrove this pen, wonderful semi-flex nib.

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  25. The new inks look great - can't wait to try them. I am lukewarm about my Vanishing Point and wish I could sell it (finicky to fill and it's too fine for someone who prefers a true medium/broad nib), but I love my Pilot Knight, one I hope you'll get a chance to carry at some point.

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  26. I think you mean the Custom 74...I actually bought one just for myself to play with :) We're considering carrying that one too. I haven't had time to ink it yet, darn! Just from looking at both the Custom 74 and Falcon, they're completely different pens altogether.

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  27. Haha, thanks Matt! We just got the samples up :)

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  28. Thanks Karen, it never hurts to have another endorsement! We clearly made the right choice by carrying the Falcons, we've just ordered more to keep well-stocked. I ordered one for myself, so I think some Kon-Peki might being going in my medium soft Falcon...

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  29. Glad that you're finally carrying Pilot! One thing that I was hoping for, and I'm a little bit disappointed by, is that you don't seem to have the 78G fountain pens. The Iroshizuku inks are fantastic (I hear) but a bit expensive for my budget. Hope you'll be selling samples. Also, the Falcon is drool-worthy but again, a bit over my budget for now.

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  30. Why couldn't you have announced this last week? Just stocked up on fuyu-syogun on the 16th. Buying a bottle on speculation (like the tsuki-yo I bought) is pricy though. Time for another order of samples. Got a direct deposit account set up yet?

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  31. Iroshizuku! Cool!

    Joe gave up buying new pens and ink for Lent.

    But I didn't.

    Heh heh.

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  32. We asked Pilot USA about the 78g's, and apparently they aren't imported into the US anymore, at least not through them. I don't know where everyone is getting them from, but it ain't from Pilot USA. We'll have to do a little investigation. If anyone knows anything we don't we're all ears! We'll carry the 78g's if we can find them!!

    We do have samples of the Iroshizukus up and ready to go: http://www.gouletpens.com/Ink_Samples_s/851.htm

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  33. We barely knew we'd even have Pilot on the 16th! Things moved pretty fast, and we wanted to keep it a surprise. Plus we just got Lamy in last week and didn't want to steal its thunder ;)

    Haha, no direct deposit yet...that would be so dangerous for so many people.... :P

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  34. I have already ordered my first bottle of asa-gao. I am so excited. Now I will start saving money for a vp. It is great that you carry pilot products, you make our lives easier :)

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  35. The VP's are really cool. I see lots of video ideas for the VP's in the future. I'm glad to have Pilot too!

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  36. No complaints about the new brand. But I am disappointed that the new pens are in the $150 range. Would have much preferred something inbetween the Lamys and the Edison Nouveau, like 80-100 dollar area.

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  37. Do you plan on carrying the Prera range? That one's pretty popular.

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  38. There's really nothing to choose from in that range from Pilot/Namiki. We are going to carry the Pilot Knights, we've already ordered them. They're in the $40 range. Did you have anything specific you were looking for? A specific model?

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  39. We were hoping to get Preras and 78gs, but they aren't available through Pilot USA. I don't know where other retailers are getting them! Maybe old stock...or another source? We'll have to do some investigation.

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  40. I'm on the fence about these Iroshizuku inks myself. Their Kon-Peki is my favorite blue EVER but the more I use my inks day to day, the more I find myself agreeing with Nathan of Noodler's: Ink DOES need last forever. And from what I've seen so far these Iroshizuku inks, while incredible in color and depth, are likely to wash away from anything more than a wet sneeze.

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  41. Not only does Nathan believe the ink should last forever, but he believes it should do so at a low price. Noodler's is about 1/5 of the price of Iroshizuku per ml (that's at list price...it's 1/4 of the price that many online retailers have). Is it worth the price? For some, yes, others no. That's why there are so many inks out there, everyone has different taste!

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  42. I was hoping that this was the surprise news you guys were hinting at. Hubby and I saw the Iroshizuku inks featured in a Japanbiz cast episode fall of last year and that was what brought back this prodigal daughter back to the fine writing instrument fold. Last year's Christmas cards were written with Momiji, and I have happily added Kon-peki and Yama-budo since, although I have yet to ink a pen with the latter. As my husband successfully deterred me from purchasing all the inks at the same time as I had initially planned, I am happy that Brian and Rachel will be able to assist me in amassing the lot within the year if I'm lucky ;-).

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  43. Indeed! An ink for each person I say.

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  44. Thanks for sharing this Chris! What was it about the inks that inspired you to get back into writing?

    Of course, we're happy to help you amass your collection from here on out ;)

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  45. Will you be stocking the Decimo?

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  46. The program that had me intrigued showcased the inks' palette and the fact that Pilot was releasing the clear demonstrators to highlight the beautiful colors. I will be honest and admit that I ordered my first bottle before I did any research on how the ink behaved, etc. Who researches love at first sight? hehe

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  47. The nice thing about the Vanishing Point is that the F-nib is really an XXF nib right out of the box. So if you don’t want to go through the trouble / cost of custom grinding it is a good option. Replacement nibs are available and super easy to install, I do wish they had a lower cost, harder steel nib. The reservoir has the option of cartage/piston converter/ rubber bladder squeeze bar converter so you’re really spoiled for choice. If you don’t want somebody to know your using an FP this is a good choice I took my Blue Carbonesque VP to a meeting and no one gave it a second look. It saves you the spectacle of untwisting the cap. The downsides for me are the weight, thickness, and the little bit of thick ink residue that builds up on the underside of the door. I’m giving series thought to the Capless Decimo, the upsides far outweigh the downsides and it’s one of my favorite pens next to the Lamy Vista.

    There is still a lot of resentment of Pilot USA on FPN (“Iroshizuku Price Increase” thread in Inky Thoughts) after they forced all US sellers to increase their Iroshizuku ink prices, perhaps they just when about it badly. As a pure impulse buy I picked up a bottle at the Long Island pen show, (when around buying ink like crazy, and ended up with a shopping bag so heavy I had to take it back to the car) well I guess I can’t stay mad forever and I really like the bottle, I haven’t tried the ink yet. I do wish the reservoir collector at the bottom of the bottle went deeper into the glass. They could probably save some money by putting it in a less fancy box the bottle is important to users but not the box.

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  48. I'm not sure it's something readily available anymore, at least not through our distributor. I'll have to instigate further to see if it is or not, but it's not readily presented as an option to us.

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  49. Thanks so much for your input here. The VP is a pretty cool pen, I must admit. It's hard to get across what it's like online, it's just such a different pen than most.

    I'm aware of the general feelings of Pilot on FPN, but it is what it is. Iroshizuku is just expensive!

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