Friday, July 29, 2011

Nathan Tardif Video On Blue Nose Bear

Nathan Tardif is the man behind Noodler's inks. He's the Willy Wonka of the fountain pen world, and his latest concoction is Noodler's Blue Nose Bear, which I reviewed in my own style in this post. This is a really interesting ink, and I didn't even realize at first that it flouresces under blacklight (works best on off-white paper, btw).

It's a 33-minute video, but I think you'll find it very interesting. Not only does the creator of the ink divulge his motivation behind making this very interesting ink, but he also introduces his brush pen and a new flex pen color. Check it out!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Write Time 7/27/11

Watch live video from Write Time at 9 on Justin.tv

Tonight we talked about:
Thanks to everyone who joined us live, it was a lot of fun this week! Make sure to join us next Wednesday at 9pm EDT.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Noodler's Blue Nose Bear Review

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

Nathan Tardif is at it again, creating his third ink in the Black Swan series. He has his own video on the ink here, it's a worthy watch! Though Blue Nose Bear doesn't have a Black Swan in its name (thank goodness, it's confusing enough just with Australian Roses and English Roses!), it certainly has the characteristics that make in a Black Swan. This ink is a teal blue color, with a halo of sky blue. Nathan designed this ink to have an increased amount of halo compared to the other inks, and he has most certainly achieved it.

The ship on the bottle is the Bluenose schooner, which is on the Canadian dime (and some stamps) and was the fastest racing ship in the world in its hayday. You can read more about here. Winnipeg the bear, pictured on both sides of the bottle, was the bear that Winnie the Pooh was created after as well as the mascot for a Canadian Cavalry Regiment. The bear was owned by Lt. Harry Colebourn and it became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh because A.A. Milne’s son (Christopher Robin) loved visiting the bear in the Zoo in London.

I decided to use a flex pen for this review, it just seemed appropriate. Forget all about dry time with a flex pen though, you're going to have to just set it aside and come back after a good 10 minutes or more to have everything dry. Flex pens put down a lot of ink, and it just takes time to dry. I was most impressed with the ease of cleaning for this ink, that's not something I expected.

Another interesting thing I found was that the color washed away in the Drip Test, but a gray/black line remained after the drips were gone. I suspect this means this ink is partially bulletproof (or at least waterproof), much like the two Black Swans. If you're wondering why the Drip Test grid looks so funky, it's because I was trying a little flexing on the lines to create a pattern of sorts. It kinda didn't work out like I hoped :P

Since a flex pen is such an uncommon pen in the writing world, I decided to compare it to some Lamy nibs to see how the ink looked different.

The inks is definitely darker in the flex pen, and the shading is quite muted in 'normal' nibs. You can really see the hardcore halo effect in the word 'out' too, I made sure to try to exaggerate it. In normal use, the ink has a very nice blue-green color. It doesn't have a lot of comparable colors, but here are a few I found:

Iroshizuku Syo-ro is the only ink that really comes close to the same color, and even that's not exact. Blue Nose Bear is a color all it's own, certainly with properties unlike any other ink!

I'm eager to see this ink get into everyone's hands. It's such an interesting ink, unlike any other I've tried before. I suspect it will end up finding its place more in the drawing/art work than the writing/business world, but who knows? With such an unconventional ink it's hard to say where it will be most useful. I'm eager to find out!

Write Time Topics 7/27/11

This will be another good Write Time, packed with new stuff that we've gotten in (or have coming) such as:
  • Noodler's Blue Nose Bear
  • Sheaffer 300's
  • Sheaffer Preludes
  • The return of J. Herbin Glass Pens at GPC
  • New Noodler's Rollerball pens
  • Pink Pilot Vanishing Point pens (limited)
  • Update on Kaweco EF, F, and B nibs
  • Update on Taccia models coming and going
If you have some time, stop by at 9pm EDT to hang out with us and talk pen stuff at this Week's Write Time. :) 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Noodler's Black Ink Review

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

Noodler's Black Fountain Pen Ink

This ink is more commonly referred to as Noodler's Bulletproof Black, but the official name is simply Noodler's Black. It's a well-performing ink, behaves great on cheap paper, it's cheap, it's very dark, and it's permanent. You really just can't go wrong.

The ink is very highly saturated, and as a result it does take a little long to dry on an ink resistant paper like the Rhodia I used here. It'll dry much faster on the cheap copy paper you're most likely using at work. There's very honestly little not to like about this ink, except maybe that it does take a bit longer to clean than others out of your pen. But hey, it's a permanent ink, and they are all a little more work to clean out of the pen. Taking that aspect into account, it could be much worse.

You can't even tell I did a drip test, but I did! The water resistance is great, even after just a minute. The ink very quickly becomes water resistant, and it only increases in permanence from there. The ink is cellulose reactive, which means that it permanently bonds to the cellulose in the paper (wood pulp, in this case). It may take a few days, even up to a week for this permanent bond to reach it's full potential (the paper is the variable), but once it does, not even bleach will remove it. Many inks with this kind of permanence are high maintenance and a real pain to clean and use, but this ink is hardly different in use than most other inks. That's why it's so great.

There are a ton of black inks out there, so for my comparison, I'll stick to the permanent ones:

Noodler's Heart of Darkness is the closest to Noodler's Black, the two are often compared. The other inks all have their unique properties, the only ones that are fundamentally different are the Platinum and Sailor inks, because they are pigmented inks, not dye inks. They will be a lot of work to clean and maintain in your pens, much more than Noodler's Black.

Bottom line, this is my favorite black ink. It's actually one of a VERY elite few inks that I have a full bottle in my personal collection. I'm a serial ink sampler (a dealer hooked on his own product, for sure!!), but this is a staple ink that keeps its home in my fine nib Lamy Vista 24/7. This ink is so popular for a reason, it freaking rocks.

What is your favorite black ink?

Write on, 
Brian Goulet

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lamy Dialog 3 First Impression

I've always had my eye on the Lamy Dialog 3, it's a very intriguing pen! It's one of the few fountain pens out there with a retractable nib, which makes it quite practical for business use. We haven't had them available through our store and I hadn't held one in my hands yet. So when a customer of ours wanted to order one, I got really excited! He was kind enough to let me play with it and shoot some pictures and video for the blog here. Thank you!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Goulet Ink Review Format

With over 350 inks at my disposal, I plan to do a lot of ink reviews! Here is a sample review of Lamy Turquoise with an explanation of each of the components of my format:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Write Time 7/20/11

Watch live video from Write Time at 9 on Justin.tv

This week Rachel was feeling ill, so I went solo on this broadcast! I talked a good deal about Taccia pens, and compared all of the models to other pens in my case (like the Lamy Al-Star, Pelikan m800, and Sailor 1911).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Write Time Topics 7/20/11

Rachel's been feeling a bit sick lately, so I don't know if she'll be able to join us tonight for the broadcast. I hope she can, but if not we'll just have a little bit shorter broadcast. Here's what I plan to discuss tonight:
  • Taccia pens, building on the post I did yesterday
  • Ink reviews, I'm nailing down a format and getting ready to start pumping them out!
  • Q&A
I have to admit, the blogging was a little light since the last Write Time because we had family in town this weekend. I'll be back up to speed here soon. If you have nothing to do around 9pm EDT tonight, I'd love to hang out with you. See you there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Taccia Introduction

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

Since we announced we'd be carrying Taccia a few weeks back, we've been receiving a lot of questions about the pens. How do they write? What are the nibs like? What's the balance, weight, size, etc....

I put together this basic overview of the 5 different models of Taccia pens we've gotten in: Overture, Merit, Nightlife, Premier, and Palatial Pearl. I'll go over my impressions of each, for more detailed pictures and measurements, you can visit our website where we have them all listed.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Meet Drew

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Drew is a childhood friend of mine, we met in 1st grade. We used to play Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers together in the playground at our elementary school! We recently reconnected when we were looking for some help in the GPC shop a couple of months ago. Drew has been following what we do on Facebook and was eager to jump at the opportunity to be involved in GPC. He's been doing great, learning the 'ways of Goulet' very quickly, and now we're ready to officially introduce him as a member on our staff since he'll be more involved in our operations.

Drew is our shipping manager, he is responsible for making sure all of the great products you love come in and go out like they should. He's my right-hand man, working by my side. He'll be sending all of the outgoing shipping emails from now on, so I wanted to let you know that he's not just 'some guy', but a valued part of our team.

Drew also likes to draw, he's been a doodler ever since I can remember. So the adoption of the life of a fountain pen lover has been very natural and exciting for him! I asked him to do a couple of drawings for the blog here, so he did some using his Lamy Al-Star Ocean Blue (the pen in his pocket!) with a 1.1mm italic nib and Iroshizuku Kon-Peki on a Rhodia 80g dotpad.

Hopefully you can all embrace Drew as a part of our team. I've been working hard with him since he started to make sure he is doing everything to my standards. He's going to work by my side for a long time, to make sure he knows his stuff inside and out.

Rachel and I have been working like crazy over the last couple of years, and it's great to have some help. It's helping us to have a much better work-life balance, and also to focus on things like taking better product pictures, making more videos, and learning the use of our products better. It's also critical to have Drew help us more as Rachel gets closer to her due date for little Goulet #2 in December! It's an exciting time for us at GPC, and we plan to share the excitement with you as it unfolds (at least the good parts, haha!).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Write Time 7/13/11

Watch live video from Write Time at 9 on Justin.tv

Fun broadcast this one was. We covered my thoughts on the Taccia pens after writing with them, the Platinum Mix-Free inks, Online Vision's writing, the informal introduction of Drew (our shipping manager), Kaweco pens, and other random tangents. Thanks to everyone who joined us live! See you next week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to Convert a Kaweco to an Eyedropper Fill Pen

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

In my post yesterday, I introduced you to the Kaweco Sport pens. In that post I mentioned that these pens are ideal for eyedropper conversion. I can go on and on about it all, but I cover it pretty well in the video. I did mention in the video that you can refill your standard international cartridges (as an alternative to doing this eyedropper conversion), and I show you how to do that in this other video (at around 3 minutes in).

One thing I have been told since making this video is that there is a converter out there (made by Monteverde) that can fit the Kaweco Sport. I don't know how readily available they are. They're not 'Kaweco' official converters (there is no such thing), they just happen to fit the pens, so I'm told. I'm working on getting one of these Monteverde converters in my hands for use in a future video. Once you see how easy the eyedropper conversion is, though, I doubt you'll feel you need a converter for these pens.

Pretty cool, huh?

Write Time Topics 7/13/11

In case you forgot, Write Time has been moved to Wednesdays now! Join us tonight at 9pm EDT to talk about:
  • Platinum Mix-Free inks
  • Kaweco pens
  • Taccia nibs and how they write
  • Rhodia 2012 Webplanners, exploring the format
We'll see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kaweco at GouletPens.com

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

We announced last week that we were getting in Kaweco pens and ink (cartridges) to GouletPens.com, and they arrived yesterday. I shot a quick video for you to introduce you to the line.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Goulet Mix-Free Super Sampler

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

The long-awaited Platinum Mix-Free inks have arrived, and I'm tickled to begin playing with them, as I'm sure you are, too! I have purposely avoided mixing inks up until this point because I knew I would be falling down a rabbit hole, never to be seen again! It's a tangent hobby from fountain pens that can be equally consuming as the pens themselves :) But, now that these inks are here, it's time to give in and just have some fun sloshing some ink around!

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 2011 Ink Drop Reveal!

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We decided to take a risk and really go out on a limb with July's Ink Drop theme, Flashlight Tag. Choosing colors like we did can go either way, either you will love them or hate them! We've heard some of both, but overall, we've been hearing a lot of enthusiasm about this month's Drop.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Write Time 7/6/11

Watch live video from Write Time at 9 on Justin.tv

We moved to Wednesday, and it's worked well for us, though honestly, it still feels like a Tuesday because of the July 4th holiday on Monday! We're all thrown off ;)

This week we talked about:
  • Platinum Mix-Free! It's finally in!
  • Platinum 3776 Clear Demonstrator LE pen
  • Flashlight Tag Ink Drop
  • Kaweco pens on the way (early next week)
Thanks to everyone there with us live, we're always happy to find we aren't the only ones crazy enough to get together and talk pen stuff! ;) 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lamy/Platinum Converter Swap...?

Link to YouTube for the vid.

For anyone who wants to use their fountain pen with bottled ink, a cartridge converter (commonly called just a 'converter') is as essential accessory to your pen. I've been asked a few times before about whether Lamy and Platinum converters are swappable, and I hadn't really thought about it before. Most fountain pen converters (with the exception of Standard International size) are brand specific, and can only be used on that brand's pens.

Write Time Moving to Wednesdays...?

Rachel and I are coming off of a 4-day family holiday weekend and we have a lot of catching up to do. We're finding that most weeks, like this one, we just don't have the time to adequately prepare for Write Time broadcasts by Tuesday night, so we're thinking of switching to Wednesday nights. We're going to try it for this week and see how it goes, and possibly look to make it permanent, depending on how it works in our schedule and yours.

What this means is that we won't be broadcasting tonight (7/5/11), but tomorrow instead (7/6/11). Let us know what you think, good or bad, and that'll help us make our decision to either keep it on Tuesdays or change it to Wednesdays.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Changing Edison Nibs

Link to YouTube for more viewing options.

One of the appealing aspects of Edison pens is the fact you can get nibs in fine, medium, and broad, and change them out in your one pen. It's crazy easy to do, and only requires your fingers.

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