Encore Release Day Has Arrived!

After teasing you for an entire week, the day has finally arrived when we’ll release the Edison Nouveau Encore for sale. We’ll be doing it tonight during our Write Time broadcast, putting an end to our month-long hiatus with Brian Gray as our guest by phone. The pen has been a collaboration between the Gray’s and the Goulet’s more than 6 months in design. I’ve been using the opportunity to practice my photography skills with my new camera, and to tease you to have a little fun 😉

kicked off the teaser last Thursday with a really blurry photo of all three pens. You really couldn’t tell what was going on, and I wanted it to be that way! I had a whole plan laid out for teasing over the coming week 😉

You could see hints of the material colors, but hardly. On Friday, I decided to show extremely close macro images of the three materials (names to be revealed tonight during Write Time).

I’d mentioned that there were going to be three new features never seen on an Edison pen before, and I wanted to leak them out one at a time. Even from the blurry first image, a couple of you were able to guess that a centerband was one of them, sure enough you were right!

Brian Gray had told us a while ago that he was thinking of trying a pen with a centerband. We asked about it and if it was something that he was going to be able to make on a production basis, and when he said he could, we were all about it!

Saturday I posted about the centerband and showed some broader scope material shots. I’ve been taking just about all of the images with my macro lens at this point, trying to get as much detail as possible. Keep in mind, pens aren’t that big to begin with, but when you’re trying to fill the frame with 1/4″-1/2″ of surface area, it gets really small! Dust that you can’t even see with the naked eye becomes glaring!

Sunday came around,  and it was time to show the second new feature. Engraved #5 nibs! Edison has had engraved nibs since last year with the launch of the Edison Nouveau Premiere, but this is the first pen to have it with a #5 (smaller nib). We’re excited about it. 

These nibs are also removable and swappable, just like all the other Edison nibs. That’s a huge plus for the brand as a whole, and as an added convenience we are going to be stocking additional nib units and making them available for sale.

These nibs write just a bit wetter and broader than the Edison #6 nibs used on their other pens. For this reason, I wanted to devote a day just for the way these pens write. That was what Monday was for!

I included writing samples of all of the new Encore sizes (fine, medium, and broad steel nibs), as well as samples of all of the Edison #6 nibs. These samples are also available in our Nib Nook so you can compare it to any of the pens and nibs that we offer.

Finally, yesterday I did a size comparison with the Encore to some of the other Edison pens and listed full detailed dimensions.

And so, that brings us to today! The official day of the release, where I reveal the last and final (or should I say finial) component to the Encore, an inlaid medallion in the cap:

This is something else that Brian Gray had mentioned to us a while ago, and we were excited about having the opportunity to use it on our collaborative pen. It’s been a lot of fun doing this teaser over the last week, thanks to everyone for your interest and comments on the blog.

We’ll be sharing the whole story of the pen’s development during our Write Time broadcast at 9pm EDT where Brian Gray will be joining us by phone. We’re going to have the whole pens to show by video, as well as make the pens available for sale. If you have the time, join us tonight! I’ll be posting a recording of the video with full pictures of the pens tomorrow.

2017-10-11T14:06:08+00:00 April 18th, 2012|Pen News|21 Comments
  • anaximander

    Very exciting! I'll definitely tune in tonight.

  • Rocky Huang

    I'll definitely be tuning in tomorrow morning, at 11:00 AM. That's the perfect time for me. I love how convenient the timing for Write Time at 9 is for me. ^_^ Very excited about the release. You guys should try to get Brian Gray on cam. That'd be awesome. Thanks for all the hard work you've invested into preparing for this wonderful release, I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that the previews left us wanting more and it's all very exciting (especially for me =P) because I've been looking forward to this for so long. =D Cheers!

  • Jdbonds

    It looks like a winner and I can't wait to see the full details – tonight's broadcast will be a great return.
    But, Brian, how about a blog post showcasing  your photographic side. You've shared with us that you use a Nikon DSLR, and that you have a (not quite so new – given it's recent heavy use) macro lens, but I for one, would like to know something of your techniques/processes – do you use a light box or studio lighting? And how do you set up your pebble staging? And what software do you use and do you work/use the RAW (NEF) of JPEG? And, well, you get the idea, I'm sure. But as a serious photo hobbiest, I'd really like to know how you work into your busy day, with Goulet and Company, and Goulet and Family, the time it takes to turn out such consistently great photographs.

  • Jason Kilimantzos

    That medallion is so cool!!!!!!!!
    I am really tempted now

  • Awesome!

  • Haha, you'll be watching from the future! Wait, won't the pen have already been released by then? 😉 

    Thanks so much for all of your compliments. I've been spending a lot of the last week cooped up like a hermit in my studio, with the only gauge on my work being the comments posted here and on Facebook/Twitter. You don't know how much your feedback here validates the (probably WAY too many) hours I've spent on this teasing 😉

  • Actually, I need to update my photo stuff on the blog anyway! I actually switched from Nikon to Canon a few months ago. I can definitely share more about how I do some of the stuff I do. In the beginning it was hard for me to want to share how I do it because (let's be real) I don't get paid to take pictures, I get paid to run GPC. I have a lot of competitors that I know keep a close eye on what I do and would love to steal some of the proprietary aspects of what I do. But when it comes to photography, honestly, I could probably share everything that I use and do down to the finest detail and most retailers wouldn't want to do it because there's such a steep learning curve and it takes such a HUGE amount of time! I would estimate that I've probably spent anywhere between 600-700 hours doing photography for GPC since I started taking all the pictures for our site back in early 2011. It's been just an absolutely enormous commitment of time, but I really do enjoy it otherwise I would never make the time. I see it as a huge advantage for our website and for the blog, so it's of benefit to everyone. Nothing I do is magical, in fact my lighting setup is almost a joke! I have a homemade light box I built out of PVC and muslin, I take my pics on a couple of 24" travertine tiles I got at Home Depot, the rocks and stuff I keep in baking sheets and pull them out as I need them….not rocket science! Now I have dropped a TON of cash on equipment, but that's been an evolution. Most of the pics I did in the first year of shooting I did with nothing more than a Nikon d3100 with the kit lens. Now though, I'm rocking the Canon 5D Mark 3, many premium lenses, a rockin' iMac and several different programs for my editing. It's quite a setup I have now, but that's because I have taken probably somewhere around 20,000 images so far. 

    As for the time, I don't know how I do it. Rachel and I just work until we drop, every day. We commute to our shop with our kids and chase them around all day as we work. I don't even have my own 'office' anymore, I merged it into my studio when we moved to our new location, so I'm taking pictures for a least a few hours every day. We're here from 8am to 6-7pm, we eat dinner, put the kids to bed, then jump on the laptops and work on our sofas until we can't stay awake any longer, usually around midnight or 1am. There's no way we'd be able to work as hard as we do if we didn't absolutely love it, that's for sure!

  • Glad you like it! It turned out really well, and looks really nice on the pen as whole with all of the other accents. 

  • Tamara

    You have surely tempted me. I looked on the website first thing this morning to see if there was more info 🙂 Can't wait for tonight's broadcast!

  • rbonnett

    I've really been enjoying the tease – checking every day for the latest glimpses. Looks like beautiful pens! I think the hardest part is going to be picking one. Not to mention the growth in my wish list in the meantime.

    Looking forward to Write Time tonight.

    This sort of sums up how I'm feeling right now…

  • Yeah, we haven't been updating the website every day, but don't worry, we'll have all the info up there tonight 🙂 

  • Haha! Sorry I'm making your life harder (though in a good way, hopefully?) with this tease 😉 Really, all of the colors are great, but that blue is really the one that cranks my tractor!

  • Jdbonds

    Thanks for the insights. I greatly appreciate your efforts and the time you take to do a most amazing job. Some would call what you and your 'partner' do a business plan but i've seen more than my share of winners and none have had the investment on personality that Goulet Pen has. You have my business and with your bringing in some sketchbooks, it will be more frequent.

  • Earthdawn

    I thought for sure we would have a video release with this… See you at write time..

  • Writetomeoften

    I am in love with Turquoise, please be mine little pen. I swear I will treat you right 🙂

  • Well, I would have done a video but I didn't want to give away the pen before the actual release. I have the Write Time video with the pen release posted, and I'll be doing another (HD) video on this pen soon.

  • Haha!

  • Just beautiful. With the centerband and medallion, this pen really steps things up with the Edison production line.  I can't be the only old fogey around here who is impressed with the evolution of both the Goulet's and the Gray's enterprises. And Brian, how cool that you're able to showcase your products with great photography. I don't know what the heck you're talking about 99% of the time, but the pictures sure are purdy! 😀

  • Congrats on these, they look great! The turquoise one is my favorite. It's not just the color, it's also the marble pattern that does it for me.

  • Thank you! I'm proud to be able to introduce several milestones for Edison in one of our pens, it really is an honor. Both Edison and us Goulet's really have come a long way since our collaboration started a couple of years ago! Haha, I know a lot of my photography lingo is like Greek to most people, but then most photographers have no clue what 'feathering' or 'flow' is! 😉 I'm afraid I'm falling down two rabbit holes at the same time!

  • Definitely! Turquoise is the kind of color that I always like but seldom LOVE, but this one coupled with the rhodium trim definitely does it for me.