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Sunday, June 5, 2011

How to get your Noodler's Flex Pen from GouletPens


Noodler's Flex Nib Pens will be available for sale at GouletPens.com on Monday, June 6th at 1pm EDT (Eastern US Time)!

After nearly 5 months of waiting, the next batch of Noodler's flex pens are finally arriving, with 4 new colors! Here are the colors:
We'll also have a limited number of the clear demonstrators available. These are 4 new colors never used before in a Noodler's pen, except in some early prototypes last year and shown in one of Nathan's YouTube videos. Nathan's mentioned before as a guest on our Write Time broadcast that there are essentially an unlimited number of possibilities for colors for Noodler's pens, so expect that this batch of these colors will be the last of them you'll see for a while. The next batch will likely have different colors, just like we haven't seen December 25th pens or Ivory Darkness come back since they were first released.

Anticipation

Everyone, and I mean just about EVERYONE is dying for these pens to come in. Hundreds of them have been sold in previous releases with the Clear, December 25th, and Ivory Darkness colors. Bloggers have talked about them, people have posted reviews on the Fountain Pen Network, Pentrace, Fountain Pen Community, Ravelry, Wetcanvas, and tons of other forums. They've gotten quite the reputation as being the 'everyone's' flex pen. They aren't the fanciest, aren't the nicest, and aren't the most buttery smooth of all flex pens every made. But, they are most certainly the cheapest, making them the most accessible flex pens around today.

The reason they have been held for release for 5 months since the previous batch is because of the labor involved in setting the nibs. Nathan Tardif, the one-man-show behind all of the Noodler's inks and pens, has had to inspect every pen himself and heat set every ebonite feed to fit each flex nib. It's a specialized skill, and a time consuming process that has been dependent on his time to be able to complete. He has been working countless hours on these pens.

Logistics of Ordering from GouletPens.com

Now to the part that really matters to you, how can you get one (or more) of these pens in your hand? The good news is that Nathan has made far more of these pens available than ever before...the bad news is that there is also more awareness and demand for them than ever before, too. It's really hard to say how quickly they're going to go. What I do know is that once these colors are gone, it's likely they won't appear again for a very long time, if ever. So it you're in love with one of the colors, make sure to get it.

We are getting a pretty good stock of these pens at GouletPens.com, but we also have a record-breaking email notification list for them. We actually had so many people on the list when we tried to email everyone ahead of time to share with you a lot of the logistical information that's in this post, our online email server blocked us from sending the emails because of their anti-spam policy. We've exercised every possible option to notify you all ahead of time about getting these pens, putting up notices on the product pages for each pen, and posting on Ink Nouveau. Other than that, we literally can't do anything more!

So, here is what you need to do to have the best chance to get the pen(s) you desire from GouletPens.com:
  1. Sign up on the email notification list RIGHT NOW for the pens you want, which you do by clicking on the 'email me when back in stock' link right below the 'Add to Cart' button on the product page, then typing in your email. As soon as we make them available for purchase, you'll be notified by email. This isn't required for you to buy the pens, but is just an extra reminder to let you know as soon as the pens are live and available for sale.
  2. Get to GouletPens.com as close to 1pm Eastern US time as you possibly can, because that's when we're releasing the pens for sale. We chose this time to accommodate the most number of people around the world as possible. It sucks that it's 3am for our customers in Australia, and we're really sorry for that. 
  3. Load other items into your shopping cart ahead of time. Get to GouletPens.com early, and load up whatever else you want before 1pm EDT. Once we make the flex pens live, all you have to do is add them to your cart and checkout with everything. The first ones to checkout get the goods, just having them in your shopping cart doesn't reserve them for you!
  4. Arrange for someone else to purchase them if you're not able to at 1pm. If you have an important meeting or appointment at the time of the release, arrange for a family member or friend to help you purchase it. Though we feel we have a good stock of pens and won't run out immediately, it's impossible for us to predict how fast things will move. We may have a run not only on the pens, but on other products we regularly stock. It's likely we'll be out of stock on a number of products once the release happens.
  5. Make sure your credit card or PayPal is working properly. There's nothing worse than going through all of the excitement of getting your goods only to find out your card expired or you forgot to update something on your PayPal account. Get it all straight ahead of time so you know you're good to go when you checkout. 
  6. You have to order through GouletPens.com. If you email us or call us at 1:07pm, we're going to refer you to our website, if we're even able to answer right away. There will be such a mad rush of people flocking to our site, shooting us emails, and calling us, that we can't guarantee you anything unless it goes through our website. We're sorry if this inconveniences you at all, but it's the only way we can manage everything with just a husband and wife team like we are. If you are having technical issues with our website at that time email Rachel and she will help you as soon as possible.
Here are some other pointers about this event:
  • Purchasing your pens only matters if you checkout. Holding them on your waitlist or shopping cart doesn't actually reserve your pens, it all depends on who checks out first.
  • You can call us, but we may not be able to answer. Email is preferable, and will give you the greatest likelihood of a quick response.
  • We have decided not to impose a limit on the pens purchased because we trust everyone will be reasonable. Get what you want, but we will contact you after the fact if you're obviously hoarding them. This hasn't been an issue in the past so I almost hesitate to even bring it up. If you're purchasing 25 pens and you really only need 3, you're likely preventing others from getting pens. These aren't the last pens that will ever be made, more are already in the works. Remember, they're just pens! ;)
  • Shipment of orders to Canada may be delayed due to the ongoing Canada Post strike. We'll give you the option to either take the risk of having us ship your package now, or we can hold it until the strike is resolved and package delivery resumes. We'll follow up with you after receiving your order.
  • If you wanted to buy other items that are out of stock, please put a note in your order comments to have us hold your order and combine it when the items are available if you'd like to save on shipping.
Why doesn't GouletPens.com take pre-orders or do waitlists?

There are several reasons why we don't take firm reservations, or worse, take your money in advance:
  • Limited supply. There's nothing worse than thinking you've got a product reserved for you, only to find out it was oversold. Then you're stuck scrambling at the last minute trying to find it anywhere you can, and it's very stressful!
  • Delays!!! They happen ALL the time, across all brands. If we had started to take pre-orders for these flex pens in January (when the last batch was sold out), we would have been holding your money for 5 months. That would be insane.
  • Damage in shipping. It happens! Sometimes we're anticipating a big order of new product and we get things in and 1/4 of the product is crunched, wet, or defective in some manner. Then what? If we already sold it, we have to explain it to a group of disappointed (and likely angry) customers. Nope, we like to get things in hand, make sure we know exactly how many we have, then sell them.
  • We just can't manage preorders. If we had been taking reservations or pre-orders for these flex pens over the last five months, we would have to contact everyone individually and collect payment for the pens right now. People change their minds about wanting them, people want more, or less, they move, they change emails, it just gets way too complicated to handle. We're a husband and wife team here, and Rachel is the one who ends up handling all of the order/logistics correspondence...that is while she's watching our 16 month old son. We simply can't manage a backlog of everyone waiting for one product, so we have to do a landrush just to be able to manage it all in a way that maintains our sanity.
Many retailers do preorders, and it is tempting to do because it snatches the attention of the eager buyer. But, for all of the reasons above, we feel that the longer term strategy of doing things the way we do it is a better way. It's better for us, and better for you. You know if we sell you something, you're going to get it as soon as it's available, and you won't be oversold.

We did a waitlist....once. It was the very first batch of J. Herbin 1670 ink that we received last year, and we received 20 bottles of ink. We had at least 24 people on our waitlist (I can't remember exactly now). Thankfully, we hadn't taken anyone's money, but even the act of essentially promising those customers bottles of ink that weren't going to be able to get it was something that made those people pretty upset. Not only that, it just made it so that the people that got the inks first were the ones that just so happened to contact us about it, not the people who really wanted it the most. Plus, because we had sold the bottles before they even came in, they were never even listed on our website, which was confusing for all of our customers. We knew there had to be a better way.

We tried doing our first 'landrush' for the next shipment of 1670 ink, and it worked out great. We did it just like we're doing here, letting everyone know in advance when we're listing it, and it gave everyone the fairest opportunity to get it if they wanted it the most. Plus, all of the excitement of everyone arriving to get it at the same time made it into a whole event, which is exciting for everyone. And this is how we've continued to do it since.



The New Colors

Lapis Inferno


The Lapis Inferno pens are a dark blue with white striations through the pen body. The pattern (not the color) is very similar to Ivory Darkness, if you're at all familiar with those pens. The pattern is unique on every pen. The size and design of the pen is identical to the Noodler's Piston Fill pens, but it's the nib that really makes the difference.


The flex nib on the Noodler's Flex Nib Pens are a pretty unique design. Unlike many vintage gold flex nibs, the slit on these nibs go all the way up into the body of the pen. This allows the stainless steel nib (which would normally be quite stiff) to flex and spread its tines, allowing a varying line to be drawn depending on the pressure you put on it while you write.


Here is the nib 'flexed', where you can see the tines spreading.


Poltergeist Pumpkin


The Poltergeist Pumpkin is pretty obviously a Halloween-themed pen. Much like the December 25th pen was red and green with a Christmas design, this one is orange and black for Halloween. Why Halloween in June? I have no idea, but it does look kind of cool. The pattern on every pen is unique.




Cardinal Darkness
Cardinal Darkness is modeled after 1890's British ebonite pens, which were known for the flame type pattern of red and black in the material. The pattern is unique on every pen.



Vulcan's Coral


Even though I'm a TOTAL sucker for blue, I think the Vulcan's Coral pen is actually my favorite of the four new colors. The red is kind of a raspberry red, with white/pink striations. The striations on this pen seem to be more pronounced than the other 3 pen colors. The pattern is unique on every pen.





If you have any other questions about the Noodler's flex pen release, just ask in the comments below!

11 comments:

  1. Do I have to sign up for Email notification to purchase them if I know that I they will be available at 1pm EST? 

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  2. Can we get a video of it in action? 

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  3. Good question, I'd like an answer to that too. Also, I assume I'd have to sign up for each of the colors I'm interested in, correct?

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  4. Yeah I was confused by that too, although I figure if you already know then you dont need an email. 

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  5.  There's a wonderful YouTube video by Leigh Reyes writing and drawing with the flex pen, it's called 'Noodler's Creaper Flex Pen' -- and she's a wonderful artist.  I'm sure the Goulets will have more to recommend, too. 

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  6. No, you don't have to sign up for e-mail notification to purchase the pens. It just serves as a reminder.

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  7. Yeah, you don't NEED to sign up for the email notification list. We're listing them all at 1pm EDT, so that's all you need to know. The email is helpful if you forget what time it is, but no, you don't have to! Sorry that was so confusing. :)

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  8. I definitely plan to do a video of it in action, as well as how to adjust the nib. Leigh's video is great, my artistic abilities are not as good as hers. My video will be a much more basic 'how-to' style...

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  9. Yeah, sorry for confusing everyone. You don't need to sign up for the email notification, it's just a reminder for you. I updated that in the post.

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  10. Those look cool! I might have to try one someday. A modern flex pen...

    Love the red color. Second is probably blue, then orange...

    Glad you guys are going to be stocking these Brian! They look like they'll be a ton of fun!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  11. Thanks for this post Brian. I agree that they're not the best pens out there but they are the most accessible flex pens and the unique colour options are a huge draw card. They are a good pen that is easy to use.

    Personally, I've got my eye on Vulcan's Coral. That one is just to my taste so I really hope I can get my hands on one.

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