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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lamy Studio Royal Red Giveaway!



***This contest is officially closed! Any new comments posted will be purely for conversational purposes***

It's been a while since we've done a giveaway here at Ink Nouveau and GouletPens.com, so we're going to make up for some lost time. You may have heard about the new Lamy Royal Red Studio that's coming out in the next few weeks. And you may have thought about picking one up for yourself… well, wouldn't it be better to win one? That was our thinking, and rather than just give one away, we're going to give away TWO of them, along with eight other sweet prizes.

Here's a list of all of the prizes that we plan to give away:
That's a total of 10 prizes that will go to 10 individual winners, with one winner for each prize.



How to Enter

The contest will begin as soon as this post goes live on InkNouveau.com, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern US time on Sunday, October 28, 2012.
There are three ways to enter. You can enter once if you'd like, or in all three places to increase your chances of winning.
  • Ink Nouveau: Post a comment on this blog post (below) to answer the question "What is your favorite fountain pen and/or ink and why?" (max. 1,000 characters). Please be sure to use your name or an alias, NOT anonymous, so that we can track you down if you're a winner! 
  • YouTube: Post a comment on the YouTube post for this video answering the question, "What is your dream fountain pen?" (max. 450 characters)
  • Twitter: Retweet the announcement of this blog post from @GouletPens on Twitter
If you enter in the same format multiple times (i.e. multiple comments on the blog, multiple retweets, etc), we will only count your original entry. Any blog/YouTube comments that do not answer the question will not be counted. We encourage you to comment on each other's entries as we hope to spur some interesting conversation from these questions, just realize that you will only have one counted entry per site (YouTube, InkNouveau, Twitter). 


How to Win

All qualifying entries will be compiled from all three sites (Ink Nouveau comments, YouTube comments, Twitter retweets) into a master list and assigned a number. From this numbered list, we will randomly select 10 numbers using random.org and those will be our winners. The specific prizes will be randomly assigned to each winner. 
  
The winners will be announced during a special episode of our live broadcast Write Time at 9, on Friday, November 2nd (which is also the first-ever Fountain Pen Day!) at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -0400). We'll also post the winners the following day on Ink Nouveau.

You will only be eligible for one prize, and you may only qualify for one entry per site. If we find that you have posted using multiple aliases in order to increase your number of entries, you will immediately be disqualified from the entire giveaway. We want this to be a fair contest, so don't be all sneaky, that's all we ask.

If you have multiple legit entries and are chosen for more than one prize, we'll give you the option to choose which prize you want, and then choose an alternate winner for the other prize. Our goal is to make sure that 10 different people get to win something.

We will contact all winners after the announcement to coordinate getting prizes to them. If there is no way to reach them or if they don't respond to us within three days after we announce winners, we will consider the prize forfeited and offer it to an alternate winner. We will cover all shipping costs for the prizes if applicable, both within the US and internationally. Whoever our two Lamy Studio winners are will have to wait just a little bit because they aren't yet available, but we will mail them as soon as we have them (expected arrival we're told is mid-November).

We hope this contest will be a fun way to share our fountain pen passion with others, and it's a great way for us to say thanks for supporting us and what we do. Thanks everybody, and good luck!

***This contest is officially closed! Any new comments posted will be purely for conversational purposes***

Write On,
Brian and Rachel Goulet

696 comments:

  1. My favorite fountain pen and ink right now is the combination of Baoer Skywalker and Diamine Blue-black. The ink fits so well with the classiness-with-a-bit-of-flash pen, and the pen looks great being carried into a business meeting or just used at home.

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  2. What is your favorite fountain pen and/or ink and why?


    My favorite fountain pen, hands down is my Sailor Sapporo. I got it during a really difficult time in my life and it was an unexpected gift. It fits in my hand perfectly and the nib has the right amount of feedback in it to give it personality. It has been my go to pen for nearly 3 years now. While I have other pens I love in my collection, this is the one I would really mourn were I ever to lose it.


    My favorite ink at the moment is Rohrer & Klingner Salix which I purchased at GouletPens! It's a perfect shade of blue, wonderful shading and excellent flow (not to mention waterproof!). It's currently living in a LAMY 2000 and a Blue Demonstrator Pelikan M205.


    Alejandro

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  3. Hey! My favourite fountain pen is Lamy 2000 as it is very smooth and touching that pen is really outstanding! My favourite ink is Aniki Hadar which is a handmade ink bottled in Turkey. It is wet and smooth. Thank you! Emre CALISKAN from Turkey.

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  4. My favorite pen is my Pelikan M600 Green o' Green with a Binderized italic nib. I love this pen, first, because it is beautiful, and second, because the italic nib makes my handwriting look so much better.

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  5. What's my favourite fountain pen and why?

    Hm. That's actually a really hard question. I suppose it would be a toss up between two - my Parker Frontier in Twilight or my Lamy AlStar in Ruby Red. The Parker was a random present from my stepmother, and the Lamy was a two year anniversary present from my wonderful Other Half.

    Actually. My favourite fountain pen would be my Parker Frontier. Why? Because it got me back into fountain pens, handwriting and appreciating stationery that much more. Without it I wouldn't be as knee deep in this hobby as I am now. And, without it, I wouldn't have my Ruby AlStar.

    I can't tell you what my favourite ink is, because I don't know that yet! :)

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  6. Without question my favorite fountain pen ink is Iroshizuku - tsutsuji. I use it with my Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen - Bourgogne fountain pen. This ink / pen combination are magnificent! I rotate among several fountain pens and get to use this pen / ink combination once possibly twice per week. It ALWAYS writes, first time, every time. The pen / ink never feathers, streaks or smears... just a consistent, lovely experience. I write lots of cards and notes to folks and the ink has a pleasing color that quietly stands out. This combination of pen / ink offered a wonderful side benefit during this month of October - breast cancer awareness month!

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  7. My favorite fountain pen so far is an Esterbrook Relief with a Relief #2 that I picked up earlier this year. the nib is a very smooth medium and niether flows to wet or too dry, the pen is classic black which is different than most of my pens, so I make sure to fill it up with something shocking like Diamine Orange or Apple Glory. Diamine is my favorite ink, I have probably 15-20 bottles of it, and enjoy the array of colors as well as the bottle design, not to mention the flow, and shading charateristics found in a number of colors.

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  8. I already talked about pens on Youtube, so here come the inks! My favourite ink at the moment (I don't have very many in my possession) is Noodler's Apache Sunset (could anyone seriously not like this ink?), although I am quite fond of El Lawrence, and impressed by Criptid Zhulong...

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  9. My current favorite ink would have to be Noodler's El Lawrence. It's an absolutely beautiful green that's dark enough I don't mind using it in a professional setting.

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  10. My favorite ink is Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses. The shading is absolutely fantastic with a stub nib. I have yet to find my perfect fountain pen, but I am having fun trying!

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  11. My dream fountain pen would be a Visconti Homo-sapiens. Mainly because I'm really interested in geology, and the idea of a pen made out of volcanic rock just blows my mind!
    My favourite ink is Private reserve sepia, I really love the colour, the shading and the fact that the ink is so wet. :)

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  12. My favorite fountain pen right now is the namiki falcon, I love the line variations that you can get with that pen. I could spend hours just writing with that pen, it's really fun. And the nib looks really cool.

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  13. I'll have to go with the Pelikan M400. It's the perfect size for my smallish hands and has a very responsive nib. My favorite ink is J. Herbin Pearle Noir. I know black ink isn't the most interesting, but I like that ink because it works perfectly in every pen I've ever used it in.

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  14. WritingImplement101October 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    My favourite fountain pen is so far is Parker Urban blue. It was my first expensive parker pen and i got it for my 13th birthsday, i wrote so many things with it, old good times.
    My favourite ink would be Diamene oxblood or MontBlanc toffee brown.

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  15. My favourite fountain pen is my Graf von Faber-Castell Anello in Ivory. It's not the pen I use the most, but it was a gift from my parents so it has sentimental value to me and regardless of how my collection transforms itself throughout the years, this is the one pen that will always stay in my collection. It's also an amazing writer -- so smooth and wonderful to write with. It doesn't hurt that it's a gorgeous pen, too.


    I don't know if I can pick my favourite ink because that seems to change all the time. The ink I use the most and always end up going back to is Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses, so I guess that would probably be my favourite. It's such a wonderful colour and can be used for a variety of purposes. That said, though, I'm currently in love with Diamine Kelly Green because it makes me feel happy on a typical rainy UK day.


    Thank you so much for this great contest! As if you don't already provide enough to the fountain pen community through all the tutorials and information you put out, this really is just the icing on the cake. I know that I greatly appreciate all I've learned!


    ~Alea

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  16. My favorite fountain pen is the Geha Schulfüller mit Reservetank. I got this pen for a good price off the German eBay, and after cleaning it up, it writes as wonderfully as the next fountain pen and even with a tiny amount of flex! Furthermore, it uses a piston filling system, which holds a tankful of ink, allowing one to write page after page with it.
    My favorite ink on the other hand, is just the humble Sheaffer Skrip BLACK! It is BORING, but adds a bold character to my writing. Furthermore, it is VERY well-behaved, even more so when compared to my dog. In many a pen, the Sheaffer Black also provides the lubrication for the pen, to allow for smoother use.

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  17. As a rhetorician, I'm used to saying "it depends" a lot--it depends on the situation, on the purpose, and on and on. Favorite pen and/or ink? Well...it depends! There are many favorites for different reasons--some sentimental (granddaddy's old tortoise Sheaffer that got me into this glorious pen world), some snobby (that hefty Pelikan 805). But for its writes-every-time consistency and tough-as-nails, knock-about materials, it would have to be the Platinum Plaisir. Reasonable, too! Fill up a basic black Plaisir with that delicious, petrol-y green-black Noodler's El Lawrence and I'm happy all day!

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  18. My current favourite fountain pen is a 1991 gold plated Parker Duofold Centennial. I got it new old stock and the thing just writes like a dream. It also has such classic lines and all that gold is just blingtastic. This pen always gets looks. My favourite ink would have to be Waterman Florida Blue. It's just such a great colour and it behaves sooooooo well in all my pens. I think people don't take Waterman seriously because it's a pen brand before it's an ink brand, but honestly--their inks are tops.

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  19. I am a fountain pen newbie - I only have one (Lamy Safari). My husband has three different Lamys, with a variety of nibs, and we do love them all. As for inks, my favorite one so far is Noodler's Turquoise. I love the deep green-blue color. The Sailor nano black is a great black, and I just love their bottles - beautiful.

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  20. Favourite pen is my Noodler's Ahab, it is thick enough to feel right in my hand, but not too heavy. Favourite ink is Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses, for the shading.

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  21. For me, its a Sheaffer 100 filled with Noodler's Bad Blue Heron. Smooth writing, excellent flow, dries quick!

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  22. My favorite fountain pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black. I like it because the design is subtle but very cool. The retractable nib is key. I think it really modernizes the fountain pen and can attract non fountain pen fans, who view them as antiquated and messy.

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  23. For a perfect pen and ink match up, my favorites are Pilot Iroshizuku Winter Persimmon (fuyu-gaki) in my transparent orange Sailor Pro Gear Slim (Sapporo) and Pilot Iroshizuku Cosmos (kosumosu) in my transparent pink Sailor Pro Gear Slim. Wonderful ink! Great pens!

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  24. My ink is Noodler's Apache Sunset because of the beautiful shading!

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  25. I'm going to have to say that my favorite fountain pen that I own is my Matte Black Lamy Safari. I love the everyday usability of it for taking class notes and what-not, and I enjoy the clip that makes for an easily carried pen.


    -Christopher Dabbs
    @romerawr
    Bamaboyrome (Youtube)

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  26. My favorite pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point, in Fine Gold nib. I love writing with the Noodler's Blue Eel lubricating ink the best, it's wet and wild. :-)

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  27. My favorite fountain pen is the Sensa Meridian and my favorite ink is Noodler's Widowmaker. The Meridian writes so smoothly and has a nice weight to it. Widowmaker is a nice red, but my favorite use for it is as a stain on my lips ;-)

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  28. My Edison Herald EF nib is perfect with J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. Smooth and such a perfect purple-blue! Love this match

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  29. My favorite fountain pen has to be the Lamy Vista, my first fountain pen (aka the gateway drug). Since this pen I've expanded my collection exponentially. I've bought other starter cheapo junior pens, beautiful vintage pens from the 40's and 50's, shiny new modern pens but it seems like I always go back to the Lamy Vista. Since I first bought it 2 years ago, it has always been filled up with some kind of ink. Though I rotate all my other pens, this is the work horse that's always inked and the one pen I always reach for.

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  30. My favorite pen and ink combo as of right now has been my Pelikan M605 filled with Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine. The pen writes beautifully, and what better way to take advantage of that than with a vibrant green ink with great shading properties.

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  31. My absolute favourite combination is my portable cigar Nakaya in Araishu filled with Levenger True teal... Now, THAT's a winner ;)

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  32. My favorite fountainpen is the Pelikan M800 Demonstrator because it's my favorite nib - an O3B.
    (But I really love my other fountainpens).
    My favorite ink is DeAtramentis RedOrange because of it's great shading.

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  33. My favorite fountain pen currently is my Hero 9075. While it's not perfect, it's my first c/c pen, and it gets the job done. Waiting on my Pilot 78G to get here in the next couple days, which should be awesome. My favorite ink currently is either Noodler's Blue or Baystate Blue. BSB is super vibrant, which I like, and NB is a bit more professional, but is still a fantastic shade of blue.

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  34. I absolutely love the combination of my Brown Pilot Metal Falcon (Soft Fine) with my Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-guri (Wild Chestnut) ink. It is a wonderful experience every time I put pen to paper.

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  35. Right now my favorite ink is Diamine Red Dragon.

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  36. My current favourite pen is my Pelikan M620 New York with EF nib — mainly because this pen and I have a lot of history together. If I could choose any pen it might be the Omas Bologna Burkina, just for its beauty.

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  37. I really love the Sailor Reglus Fountain Pen - Stainless Nib - Fine - Orange Body. A friend of mine has this and I love the way it writes.

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  38. I have dozens of fountain pens. Some of them are quite expensive and works of art. I like them all. But my absolute favorite in my old Pelikan M800 filled with South Seas Blue by Waterman. It is my daily "signature pen".

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  39. My favourite fountain pen and ink combination is currently my Lamy Safari in Apple Green filled with Diamine Apple Glory. It's the only ink I've bought so far just to match a pen and I love it!

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  40. Green? Really? Wow, colour perception really does vary between people! To me it seems more like a dark, warm grey, which is more obvious when you dilute it (as I do).

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  41. My favorite pen is my TWSBI Diamond 540 in the ROC colors. It writes so smoothly, even after sitting for a few days, and I just love the colorful look of it. My favorite ink, without a doubt, is Noodler's Air Corp Blue Black. It's dark enough to use in almost any situation, and the greenish-teal color is gorgeous. I also feel like the ink is alive sometimes, because it can look so different depending on the pen/paper I'm using.

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  42. I like the Sailor Reglus Fountain Pen - Stainless Nib - Fine - Orange Body. I love the way it writes.

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  43. My favorite ink is Noodler's Baystate Blue. I bought it before I knew anything about fountain pens, ink, and what a controversy it was. After hearing more about it, it only added to my fascination with the ink. Gotta love how blue it is!

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  44. My favourite ink at the moment is Diamine Marine. I got a sample of it from the May 2011 Ink Drop and loved it so much that I decided to purchase two bottles of it! I love that I can use it in any pen to show off the gorgeous colour and shading. It's best in an italic nib for calligraphy. :)

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  45. My favourite pen and ink right now are my Pelikan 140 with it's Medium 14K semi-flex nib, and Rohrer & Klingner Salix. There were a lot of things wrong with that pen when I got it: the clear plastic nib/feed collar was cracked, the tines were misaligned, the pen was a gusher, and I really prefer Fine nibs. But the seller treated me like an intelligent being and sent me a new hard rubber collar, and I aligned the tines and adjusted the flow. The pen was still a bit wet, so I bought a bottle of Salix (from Goulet Pens of course), which has greatly tamed it.


    After all that, why is it my favourite pen? Because it has the perfect amount of smoothness, with just enough feedback to retain control. Because of its history (how many words in how many languages has it written?). And because it's a Pelikan.

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  46. My current favorite is my lavender Waterman Ici et La with Noodler's Cactus Fruit Eel. Smooth pen and the color complements the pen beautifully.

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  47. I have used many fountain pens as a child maybe 25 years ago. It was mandatory in learning letters technique back then. Now i've turned to the roots if one can say so and i have Parker I.M. Gun Metal. It has M nib and writes very well. It's filled with Parker Quink blue, but I would prefer some lighter green ink. So these can be my only favorites so far.

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  48. My current favourite ink is JHerbin 160 rouge hematite. I like how my writing looks with a noodlers' flex nib, but my all-time favourite pen is an old italic I inherited from my husband's granny.

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  49. I'm still sort of new to the FP world but so far I'm enjoying the Noodler's Bulletproof Black as my favorite ink! :D Great for sketching and writing, a standard color. I only wish it could be darker in shade.

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  50. I agree with Ryan, my favorite ink has to be Noodler's Baystate Blue. It is such a strong blue. i have also been able to use it to color some of my clear preppy pens to a nice light blue shade.

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  51. I have one of those too. I love how durable it is - I just throw it in my schoolbag and I don't have to worry about it. I use a black F nib and I love the way it writes so smoothly. The black nib on black pen is also a nice look that I enjoy.

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  52. My favorite fountain pen is my Estebrook SJ with a 9556 masters
    nib, and I am currently using it with J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis. It's not my
    favorite ink, but it's my favorite ink with this pen as of today. I have a
    small hand, and this smaller pen fits very comfortably in my hands. I was
    worried that the slimness would cause cramping, but there is no problem with
    that (probably because I don't clench and press with a fountain pen like I do
    with other pens). The pen glides across the page. It's much smoother than my
    other fountain pens (Lamy Safari and Sailor Candy), and the fine point means I
    can write rather small if I need to. The pen is also very attractive. It's a
    pearl gray with a silver-colored clip. My favorite ink is a Watermans brown,
    but I prefer this pen with the blue ink because the blue contrasts nicely with
    the gray. I purchased it refurbished from applejm on eBay, and I plan to
    purchase another pen from him. Oh, the
    final reason I like this pen is the price. It is an inexpensive pen that writes
    beautifully. The smooth writing, the size, and the price make this an amazing
    everyday pen. It's a joy to write with.

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  53. My favorite pen is my Edison Huron in Blue/Black swirl ebonite with a medium steel nib. It is wet writing and smooth, perfectly weighted, and feels warm and inviting in my hand. It's the only pen that I have inked all the time. I'm still looking for the perfect dark blue/blue-black ink for it, although Diamine Denim looked really good.

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  54. If I am lucky enough to win one of the gift certificates, I think I'll put it towards the Apple Green Safari. It's a fun color and I just love the way my Charcoal Safari writes.

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  55. My favorite pen is the Red/Chrome Aurora Talentum my wife bought for my birthday a couple years ago. An absolutely fabulous writing pen and the large size makes it quite easy to use. Favorite ink to go in that and most other pens is R&K Salix.

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  56. My favorite pen so far is Noodler's Konrad - for the simple reason that it fits my hand perfectly, and is comfortable to write long journal entries with.

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  57. "What is your favorite fountain pen and/or ink and why?"
    Right now? TWSBI 540 with Noodler's Midway Blue.

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  58. My favorite FP is my Pelikan M215 but I do have a Pilot Custom 92 on the way so who knows in the future.
    My favorite ink currently is CdA Amazon which is a great dark green.

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  59. I was surprised by how much I liked Noodler's Apache Sunset. When I looked at it first I thought there was no way I'd use such a light color but with a wet writer the shading is just amazing.

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  60. It is hard to put my finger down on my favourite, but I really like my Visconti Homo Sapiens, with my De Atramentis Lavender Blue. This pens write a little wet, and is well-used, so it is quite flexible. Coupled with the very relaxing scent, this is one fantastic combo everytime my subordinate wants my signature on reports. =)

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  61. probably an old Montblanc 149 from the 1940's (i believe) - it's the perfect combination of width and flexibility. Priceless!

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  62. Favorite pen: Pilot vanishing point - it's so conveneient, and so smooth!

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  63. I enjoy Noodler's Inks as a company and Nathan as a person and what he stands for. Liberty's Elysium is my favorite ink. I was always a black ink fan and never cared for blue ink. I purchased a bottle based off of Brian's video review and I couldn't be happier. I have so many people ask me what type of ink it is. It's a beautiful shade and I truly enjoy supporting a small American company. That's why this country became great; because individuals are free to express and pursue their great ideas.

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  64. My favorite pen right now is a vintage Parker "51". It is just about a perfect pen for me. As too ink, I'm a big blue fan and would have to pick Salix by Rohrer & Klingner.

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  65. My favourite fountain pen is easily the Sailor Sapporo Mini! It's the perfect size for me to carry and use, and the Sailor extra-fine nib is fine enough for me to write as small as I usually do with pencil. The anchor motif is also gorgeous, and the weight is just right.

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  66. I recently bought Noodler's Baystate Blue from your site and I love love love it! Still searching for that perfect fountain pen though.

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  67. I'm new to the world of pens, but I love my Lamy Safari. It's affordable and writes superbly

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  68. My favorite ink is Noodler's Manijiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia. It is a hardy ink, and since I tend to spill stuff all over my desk and am a parent to a toddler and a cat, I kind of need that ;) I love that it is a somewhat muted cool purpleish brown. It turns red when exposed to bleach, which I haven't tried myself, but I find the fact that it does that very interesting.

    So far, my favorite pens have actually been Lamy Safaris. I absolutely HATED my first one and gave it away, but I saw an Aquamarine and Apple Green and had to have them, even if I never used them. I discovered my favorite nib size is the EF, and all 5 of the ones I have purchased have been smooth, unlike my first, so I am now in love.

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  69. Favorite pen is a 1940's Eversharp Skyline. It's special because it belonged to my grandmother and is engraved with her maiden name initials. Favorite ink at the moment is Pelikan Edelstein Topaz.

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  70. My favorite fountain pen is my Sailor 1911 from nibs.com Why? It just works. It's flows amazing, its super smooth, and it just works.

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  71. I like my Lamy Vista, love the clear demonstrator body, but mostly how easy it is to change nibs, even italic ones!

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  72. My favorite fountain pen of the ones I've used so far would have to be the Namiki Falcon. That nib is fantastic for both writing and sketching.

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  73. My favourite pen is my Lamy Dialog 3 loaded with Waterman Serenity blue (Florida Blue) Just because it's a classic ink!

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  74. My favorite pen is my Pelikan Polar lights with F nib although I also really love my Namiki Falcon. Favorite ink is Noodler's Air Corps blue, with Pilot Blue-Black a close second.

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  75. My favorite ink has got to be the J. Herbin Orange Indien that my girlfriend got me for valentines day this year. I just love the way it shades from a pumpkin orange to an orangey brown. It's too bad that it looks horrible in my favorite pen: my Monteverde Invincia Black Tie that my parents got me for Christmas!

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  76. My favorite fountain pen is definitely my Lamy 2000 with Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink. The Lamy 2000 is such an iconic pen to me. One of my art major friends at the university actually recognized it. The styling is so simple, so minimal, and yet so striking. The Lamy 2000 is, to me, a defining piece of modern design.

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  77. I guess my favorite would be my Sheaffer VFM, because it's the one I seem to reach for the most... it's so smooth!

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  78. Noodler's Fox, I enjoy the nice rust red look

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  79. My favorite ink is De Atramentis Steel Blue because of the serious color and good shading.

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  80. I would have to go with a Pelikan 400NN with a semiflex EF ( tuned beautifully by Richard Binder) with Organics Studio Manganate V.

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  81. My favorite pen would be a tiny flex Wahl Eversharp that got me into fountain pens in the first place and my favorite ink would be Noodler's Kiowa Pecan - it holds my super extra fine lines and has a vintage look I can't get enough of.

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  82. Favorite pen is Pilot Penmanship EF. I love that fine nibs.
    Ink - Diamine Imperial Purple. Awesome color, not too bright, not too dark.

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  83. My (current) favorite pen is my TWSBI 540 with a 1.1 italic. But if I win a LAMY Studio here, I'm pretty sure my favorites can be flexible.....

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  84. The first ink I bought was Noodler's X-Feather and it's by far my fave. I've tried others, but I like a viscous ink and it fits the bill; other inks I've tried tend to be too wet!

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  85. My favorite pen and ink combination is TWSBI 540 F with pharmacist's turkish night ink, filled from an Akkerman bottle. However, IF I had a nice flex nib, that would likely be my favorite.

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  86. I would have to say my favorite pen is my Lamy 2000. It's so smooth and is great for taking notes in college!

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  87. This is going to sound like a suck-up, but I'm a huge fan of Liberty's Elysium. According to my list, I have it in three pens right now. The only other ink I have in multiple pens at the moment is Noodler's Air Corps Blue Black.

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  88. My ink is Noodler's Bullet Proof Black, though I keep it in a PW Ackerman bottle. My favorite pen is my current Lamy Studio. Both of these work well for my work and the Lamy is at that sweet spot of a wonderful write while also taking some of the abuse that goes with my job which can see me sitting and writing one minute, running down a hallway the next and involved in hard physical labor the next. My studio looks great on my home office desk but it doesn't need to stay there. I've had the studio for over a year and it has taken everything time and circumstance could throw at it.

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  89. I like that one too, but it keeps drying out in my Lamy's fine nib. What're you using it in?

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  90. My current favorite pen/ink at home is my TWSBI Diamond 540 (fine nib) filled with Diamine Grey. The pen writes beautifully and the ink color is great for both casual and formal correspondence yet is easy on the eyes.

    My favorite carry pen is my Kaweco Classic Sport (fine nib) currently filled with a J. Herbin Orange Indien cartridge.

    Both pens are demonstrators.

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  91. My favorite ink is the one which fixes my dreams on the paper, despite of any trouble or fear, and makes them fairly visible. The ink which crosses the lines on the sheet without caring for barriers, without being washed away by the first overflow. Then I may look at those dreams and contemplate a true realization.

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  92. Charles BarilleauxOctober 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Too many to pick just one! Right now, it'd be my Lamy 2000. I love the Bauhaus look, and it's an incredible writer. Also, it's hard not to love bottle-only fillers. I've been pairing it with Diamine Sapphire ('cause I miss Penman Sapphire).

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  93. My current favorite pen is a TWSBI 540 with EF nib in red, blue, and clear. It is incredibly smooth and writes well with every ink I have tried.
    Gary Ryman

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  94. Thanks guys for the wonderful giveaway. My favorite pen is probably the Pilot Capless Decimo, though there are several other wonderful pens that I'd love to mention as well. I love the smoothness and feel of the nibs on the best ones, the finish is gorgeous and much more interesting than most of the other Capless models, and the size is just right. I don't really care much about the click mechanism, but I am happy it is well-made and feels good to use. If I could choose a second pen, it'd be the Custom 74 with a fine nib, as it offers exactly the kind of springiness I like for writing and looks great with the CON-70 inside.

    My favorite ink is also a hard question because there are inks for every occasion. My daily workhorse ink is probably Sailor Seiboku, but it needs very good, slightly repellent paper to truly shine with intense shading and sheen. It is also very permanent and works very well in most of pens. If I have mediocre paper, I go with a black ink like Noodler's or Kiwaguro, but since I often have good paper with me, Seiboku gets the nod above all my non-waterproof inks.

    Thanks again!

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  95. The Lamy Safari Charcoal. I have never liked writing until this last spring/summer. Upon finding that it is a good tool to get a different perspective in my life I then realized how valuable it is and how much I like it. I'm doing a two year unpaid internship so money is tight so I through together a list of stuff to have and asked my parents for a gift. I'm grateful that they obliged and and now happily writing with my fountain pen. It is such a simple and utilitarian pen it just does what it has to do, and I like it for that.

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  96. Right now, my favorite pen/ink combo is Lamy Safari Broad Nib with Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin ink. This changes weekly though!

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  97. My favorite pen right now is my TWSBI Vac 700, because it is the most fun to watch fill.

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  98. Same here, I use it in my Konrad from a sample I bought from Goulet. I'm asking for a full bottle for Christmas.

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  99. So hard to pick a favorite pen! My old Vanishing Point is up near the top of the list. Such a smooth writer and the pen's mechanism is wonderful, I think.

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  100. My favorite pen is my Pelikan Picadilly Circus. I love the M60x size, never fails to start. Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher or Manhattan Blue are dark, but don't have that blue/black dullness.

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  101. My current favorite inks DeA Steel Blue and Plum. My current favorite pen is TWSBI Micarta.

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  102. My favorite ink is the Noodler's Tiananmen Red that I got from Gouletpens.com. It is my favorite because I purchased it with the hopes that it would match the burgundy of my beloved Washington Redskins and the match is perfect. As long as the Redskins are in season, you can find me writing with the burgundy & gold!

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  103. I love the J. Herbin's 1670 Anniversary Ink. The gold and green undertones in the blood red ink get me every time. I like to use the ink in my Ahab flex pen.

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  104. I like using fountain pens because I like all the exciting colored inks, but I have to admit that I'm using Noodler's Black more often than any of the exciting colors. I use it for writing labels for jars in the kitchen because of the bulletproof feature, and I find it works better than anything else I've tried for not bleeding through on the cheap paper in my current music practicing notebook. (I have a Clairefontaine notebook that I'll be using next, so then I'll be able to color-code my notes.

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  105. My favorite ink is Lamy blue/black in cartridge. It's a nice business color, behaves well, and best of all I can use it on any paper without see-through or bleed-through.

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  106. I haven't used many fountain pens yet - small budget! :) But, for the price, the Preppy is pretty good. I have a Noodler's rollerball that is more fussy. But the Noodler's Black is just faboo. :)

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  107. My favourite pen-ink combination is Pelikan M200 filled with Liberty's Elysium. Pure blue magic.

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  108. My favorite fountain pen, thus far, is my Lamy Safari, for how comfortable it is to write with. My boyfriend has a Cross that's black resin and gold (with a gold-tipped nib) which writes very smoothly, but the body of the pen is too smooth for me.
    As for our favorite ink, we really like J. Herbin's Rouge Hematite, though we don't use it very often (since the hematite flecks tend to clog the Cross). For day-to-day use, we like J. Herbin's Poussiere de Lune, as the perfect compromise between color and formality.

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  109. My favorite pen is my TWSBI 540. Granted, I reground the stock Broad nib to a cursive italic/stub, but the pen itself is superb. The overall quality, combined with the ease of maintenance make it a winner. Combined with Noodler's Black, it's my standard work carry pen.

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  110. Pilot Vanishing Point is my fav! I love the weight and the feel - it's the gun metal black. It is a talker too. You can start some serious fountain pen conversations with that vanishing point fountain! My favorite ink is Noodler's Baystate Blue, but I have it in a dedicated Pelikan pen ;)

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  111. I really love all my pens, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be my Pelikan 400, brown tortoise, from the 1950's It has a wonderful fine nib, with some flex and lays down a very wet line for a fine nib. I have it loaded with Diamine ochre, a lovely medium, earthy brown with great shading.

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  112. My favorite pen would be the Waterman 52 or the Namiki Falcon.

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  113. My favorite pen right now is my Lamy 2000, because I really love the design. My favorite ink has been Montblanc Toffee Brown for some time now. But I am still looking for a really awesome blue ink.

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  114. Great call, Christopher! That is my favorite and only red I own at the moment.

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  115. Let me start with the
    easy part of the question; the ink. My favourite ink is a tie between P.W.
    Akkerman #11 Trêves-Turquoise and Diamine Havasu Turquoise. (Is it that much
    obvious that I love turquoise? :) ).





    As for the favourite
    pen, that’s really difficult to answer. I like all my pens (that’s why I chose
    to get them in the first place) and I’d be happy using any one of them exclusively
    for the rest of my life. Nevertheless, if I were condemned to use only one pen
    it would have to be something; middle-sized (not too long nor too short and not
    too heavy), preferably made up of silver or some kind of precious wood,
    piston-filler (for ease of use), having buttery smooth nib and elegant in design.
    The pen in my current pen box that can meet all these requirements seem to be
    Pelikan M625 Blue (M). So this would be my choice for ‘one and only’ pen.

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  116. Right now my favorite ink is Noodler's Violet Vote. Purple and eternal permanent, so great for long-term journaling.

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  117. My favourite fountain pen would be my Visconti Joon Anniversary. Not only is it gorgeous, its nib is super smooth and so soft! It's usually inked with my favourite ink, Akkerman Shocking Blue. It took me a while to find the perfect shade of blue, and I found it in this one. I find that my notes look awesome when I use this ink with the Visconti.

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  118. My ink is Noodler's Gruene Cactus because it is my absolute favorite color. I also love the shading, and that it's Noodlers!

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  119. Of all the pens I have owned I would have to say that my most reliable and favorite pen is my Sailor 1911 in EF. Loaded with any kind of ink the pen always performs flawlessly and is suitable for note taking and drawing. The nib is exquisite. My favorite ink is a close call between Noodler's Elysium Blue and Midway Blue. I like the way both of these inks look on the page and they both dry relatively fast, which is nice when I am in court or in a deposition taking notes. One other pen that I enjoy is my Edison Collier. Very smooth in F and has a nice weight and balance. Beautiful nib too.

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  120. I'd say my favorite fountain pen is a disposable Pilot Varsity that I bought back in 1992 and brought cross-country with me after I graduated. I'm fortunate enough to have several nicer pens, but this pen has certainly been with me the longest, by far. Loyalty counts for something.

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  121. My favorite ink is Noodler's Bad Blue Heron. I love the classy, grayish/darker blue.

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  122. My current favorite pen is my Monteverde Invicia Stylus. I have both fine and an a stub nib and they both write beautifully. Currently inked with Noodler's Black. I call it the Darth Vader pen :-)

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  123. i have too many favorites, but if i have to narrow it down... it would be my modified namiki falcon and j. herbin rouge hematite.

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  124. I am still very new to this awesome world of inks and pens - but so far my favorite ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo (moonlight). It just seems to flow better, shade better and look more interesting when dry than the other's I have tried. I have only tried a sample from Goulet, but I definitely plan on picking up a bottle.

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  125. My favourite pen is the Lamy Safari with an extra fine nib. I use it to sketch with and enjoy the steady flow of ink, its relative inexpensive cost and the sharp nib. My favourite ink is Platinum Carbon black because it is very waterproof (and allows me to splash watercolour paint over my sketch), dries quickly, and is very dark.

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  126. My favorite ink is Aurora Blue. I have a lot of different inks, but somehow the Aurora Blue ends up in a lot of my pens.

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  127. Right now my favorite combo is Platinum Century Bourgogne with Iroshizuku Momiji.

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  128. My favorite ink is Iroshizuku Yama-guri. It's understated yet distinctive--I'm not a bright colors kind of guy. It looks great on white paper and even better on cream/off-white. In dim light, at a distance or at a glance it might even pass for black (with fine nibs), but the color when you look at it is wonderful.

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  129. At this point I have a few nice pens, and even more nice inks (your sample program ROCKS!!! :) but I have to say the one I love the most is a Sailor Sapporo hard medium inked up with Kiowa Pecan. It's not the one that gets used the most -- I like it way too much to let it leave the desk -- but it is definitely my favorite. Happy Halloween, y'all!

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  130. My favorite fountain pen is Lamy Vista, "she" looks like a glass, and speaks for herself on paper, as an adorable thing so full of life!
    And my favourite ink is Diamine Oxblood, because it's run trough my Lamy Vista as blood, giving to "her" a soul. :)

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  131. My favorite ink is Ku-jaku. As for pens, I seem to have about 80 favorites.

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  132. My favourite fountain pen is Lamy 2000: it' s cool as a classic and modern pen can be. Rohrer & Klingner inks are my first choice!

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  133. Favorite fountain pen is Lamy Safari because its cheap and has lots of and quickly changeable great nibs, lots of body colors for all tastes;
    Favorite ink is J.Herbin 1670 Anniversary Edition Rouge Hematite;
    Favorite paper Original Crown Mill Laid paper

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  134. My favourite fp is my turquoise Lamy Safari and ink is Iroshizuku Kon Peki. They match up beautifully and the ink is so well behaved.

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  135. My favorite fountain pen is my Waterman Carène Contemporary. I love the inlaid nib and it writes so smooooooothly. Still a bottle ink novice--I actually just signed up for Ink Drop so I can start experimenting with different colors and brands. PS Go Hokies!

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  136. Right now it's the one I'm using - a Lamy 2000 with Diamine Deep Magenta ink in it... wicked!

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  137. My favorite ink at the moment is Diamine Red Dragon. I know it'll become a frequently used ink at my desk even if it doesn't stay my favorite. It's the perfect shade of red and it looks great on all of the papers I use. Whether I'm editing things or just plain writing-- I love it.

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  138. My favorite ink right now is Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia. It is the perfect, eternal, deep shoe-polish brown that I associate with Sepia. The color change when bleached has awesome symbolism as well.

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  139. Else-Maria TennessenOctober 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    My current favorite pen right now is a Lamy Safari apple green fine-nib fountain pen. I love the grip and how it's perfect for my small handwriting. I also like the little window that allows me to see how far down the ink has come in the cartridge. All in all, a great pen for everyday use!

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  140. Man oh man -- SO difficult to choose just one. I'll have to go with my Pelikan M600 White Tortoise. Not only is it beautiful, but it's comfortable and lightweight, easy to clean, and easy to swap nibs.

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  141. My favorite pen and ink at the moment are a cheap Bulow X450 (Medium nib) and Diamine Pumpkin. They're smooth, smooth, smooth, the ink has gorgeous, eyepopping shading, and the color is extremely vibrant and totally legible. The combo is perfect for copy-editing, which is what I do, showing up as contrast without the harshness and elementary-school flashbacks of red ink.

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  142. A favorite pen and ink? As easy to answer as which is your favorite child?! Seriously though, it really depends on my mood. My "go-to" pen is my Lamy Charcoal with a fine nib - it is SO smooth. My favorite work ink is Noodler's Heart of Darkness - bulletproof, great flow & saturation. For play? A toss-up between Noodler's Black Swans in Australian Roses (rich, sophisticated, interesting) and Noodler's Nikita (brilliant, saturated true red).

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  143. TO: Contest, GoulePens.comMt favorite ink is PR Sherwood Green, and the pen is a Delta Europa with a medium nib!
    Lee Rappeport

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  144. I see it as a dark, warm grey, too. It's great as a color wash with ink sketches.

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  145. My favorite fountain pen is my Platinum Preppy, Fine, with Blue/Black ink, because it's my first and, so far, only fountain pen. Hey, you have to start somewhere! And I'm looking forward to branching out.

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  146. Beautiful, Bill. I have a 400NN brown tortoise from 1959. Even though it's a hard M nib, the cut gives it a bit of line variation. Loaded with a beautiful brown ink (I like MB Toffee Brown), it's heaven.

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  147. My favorite pen/ink combination is a Sailor 1911m with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo. The pen is classic and distinguished, and the ink is a nice blue-black with just enough character to set it apart.

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  148. Hi Daniel,

    Do you use a Stainless Steel Studio? I've been using Blue and Imperial Blue Studios for over a month and I wonder how durable these would be. You seem to be having a thorough field test of your pen.

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  149. My favorite ink is Private Reserve Blue Suede... it's such a beautiful sea green, almost two toned. And my favorite pen is the Sheaffer Targa...

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  150. My favorite pen is a Parker Urban Matte Black combined with J. Herbin Bleu Nuit. Its fluid and writing looks really great on Rhodia notebooks.

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  151. Like. Although I can't claim absolute loyalty to any pen brand, there's really something special about Pelikans.

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  152. My current favorite pen is a LE Stipula for Mercury. Gorgious blue celluloid, and a perfect match to may favorite ink Libertys Elyseum.

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  153. My favorite pen is a Pelikan M800 with Kon-peki ink.

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  154. Fav Pen: Lamy Dialog 3 Black; Fav Ink: Noodler's Fox Red.

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  155. My favorite FP (M nib) is my Waterman Carene (either the Green Shimmer with Private Reserve Avacodo Green or Charcoal Grey with Private Reserve American Blue). I love the shape of the pen and how smoothly it writes with the PR inks. I prefer to use the combination of the PR inks with the Rhodia DotPad paper, purchased from Goulet Pens. It makes for a fun writing experience.

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  156. My favourite ink is Noodler's Baystate Blue as in my opinion it is the strongest blue!

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  157. Currently my fave pen it the TWSBI Diamond 540 that I got from Goulet Pens. It's not a flashy pen but it's a good writer that holds a lot of ink and has a utilitarian look about it. My favourite ink all time is Skrip blue/black. If it's not broke ...

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  158. My pen top 3 consists of a Lamy 2000 EF, a Lamy 99e B(?) and a Pelikan M150 M made in W-Germany. The inks I am most pleased with so far are Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue and Habanero as well as Rohrer & Klinger's Scabiosa and Salix.
    I suspect more will be added in the future :D

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  159. My current favorite pen would be my pink Lamy Safari. And my current favorite ink is Diamine Sherwood Green. They are very special together because those were my college colors.

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  160. My favorite ink so far is Diamine Ancient Copper because of its color. To me it's in-between orange and brown. I like the shading also.

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  161. I love my Namiki Bamboo for its hefty size and weight, perfectly balanced in my hand, so that writing with it exerts no strain on my tendinitis-prone hand and arm.

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  162. My favorite fountain pen has to be Noodler's Ahab Flex (gray fox). I love the way it writes, how it looks, and the way it seems to compliment my favorite ink. Noodler's Dragon's Napalm ink is my all time favorite. Great color. Great name.

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  163. My favorite pen, and who does not rotate, always seems to come back to my Noodler's piston filled flex pen, with a medium Kaweco nib. It is just so smooth and holds a good weeks worth of ink...currently inked up with Waterman Mysterious blue. My favorite ink; Private Reserve Spearmint Green, It just has a nice bright green color and has a permanent place in a eye dropper converted Pilot 78G.

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  164. My favorite pen/ink has to be my Lamy 2000 EF with Noodlers Black Eel. I work as a photographer/graphic designer/illustrator. This combination is ideal for my drawings and practical for my notes. I also carry a TWSBI Micarta 803 and a Pelikan M215 for fun. I'm hoping to get one of those jumbo bottles of Noodlers for work. I tend to go through ink quickly. :-)

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  165. My favorite ink is Noodler's Lexington Grey. It is great for watercolor sketching as it doesn't bleed when washed over and doesn't overwhelm the drawing like black ink does. I use it in a yellow Lamy Safari EF which is also my favorite pen. I wish it came in orange!

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  166. Since I have a couple Lamy Safaris, a Lamy Joy, and a ton of Preppy pens you can tell my budget decides what my favorite pens are. I spend a lot more on inks. I LOVE variety! I was also shocked at how often I go back to Noodler's Apache Sunset. I would never have guessed in a million years how much I love the shading and color. Normally I go for turquoise inks as a favorite.

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  167. I'm just now getting into the variety of inks, but so far my favorite has been Noodler's Burgundy with a 1.1 italic nib on my TWSBI 540. My first ink that shades nicely, and I love the color. I'm hoping that one of the Noodler's "Black swan in..." inks, with their special properties will equal or even exceed it, since I do like the greater permanence that they feature.

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  168. With my very limited collection, my favorite pen is the Lamy Studio (blue) with 1.1 nib, loaded with Montegrappa Bordeaux.

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  169. My current favorite pen is Pilot 78G (Black body and fine nib), it's light-weight, comfortable to hold, super affordable and it writes and draws fine lines consistently (something I don't get from the Lamy EF nib). I would upgrade to their higher-end ones later (hopefully by the end of this year!) but for now it fits my daily writing need. As for ink, I like my Noodler's bulletproof black...since I have a tendency to spill drink of my notes ....

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  170. That's so hard! SO many pens! I think my favorites of course are my custom pieces. My current favorite would be my custom Edison Pearl. I think it's really timeless and classic looking, and I have a HUGE affinity for tortoise. It was also a reward to myself for a goal met. :)

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  171. My Lamy Vista is my favorite everyday pen. Love that thing!

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  172. Current favorite fountain pen... TWSBI Diamond 540 (smoke color) filled with Noodler's Blue/Black ink. The 1.1 stub nib is just the right amount of ink flow and a very smooth writer!


    Thanks so much for the chance to win some very desirable prizes!

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  173. My favorite ink seems to change with every Goulet newsletter, but right now it's DeAtramentis Myrrh. This blue is so lush (and luscious), a wet, loud and proud blue that can't be ignored. There really isn't another ink to compare it to and I'm using it in my favorite pen, my Edison Beaumont. What a combination of beautiful pen and gorgeous ink.

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  174. My favorite ink is Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue. The color is beautiful, the behavior is top notch, and the art work on the bottle is beautiful. It is always inked in my favorite pen which is my blue Esterbrook J with a 9556 nib.

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  175. My favorite pen right now is an amber TWSBI Diamond 540, EF nib. It's smooth, reliable and has a substantial but not overly heavy feel. As for ink, my current favorite is Diamine China Blue, which reminds me of the sky on a summer day and is very well behaved in all my pens.

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  176. My current favourite fountain pen is the Namiki Falcon with a Soft Extra Fine nib. All the convenience and reliability of a modern cartridge/converter pen with the closest flex to vintage. It writes almost like my Waterman 52! Currently using J. Herbin's Lie de The which actually reminds me of Indonesian batik wax.

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  177. Favourite pen: Lamy Safari Vista.

    Firstly I really like demonstrator pens, haha. Secondly is the price for such a low price, you get a smooth writer and good built quality. Next is the look of the pen, I really like the look, it is very modern-looking but not too tacky. Lastly is Lamy's interchangable nibs, very versatile and affordable, you can buy a lot of lamy's nibs at a very good price, you don't have to worry about spending a lot of money to get different style of nibs.

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  178. Current favorite pen is the Pelikan M640 Polar Lights with Sailor's Epinard Green! Why? Because the pen size is a bit longer than an M600 but is heavier than the M800. Just holding it gives the impression that it should be more expensive than what I paid for. Feels great-- excellent value for money. Design's nice too. The ink? Well, it perfectly matches the pen!

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  179. Uhmmm it is really hard to decide a favorite fountain pen but I guess it is Namiki Falcon because I like the flex nib on it and very humble. My favorite ink is Iroshizuku Ina-Ho because I think it is a unique color.

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  180. So can't decide one favorite from each category, but I'd say the original Noodler's Flex paired with R&K Salix is one of my go-to combos.

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  181. My favorite pen is a Parker Sonnet with a custom-ground italic nib. It was a birthday gift, which makes it extra special, but oh I love how it writes (my handwriting changes depending on what pen I'm using, so maybe I should say I love how *I* write when I'm using it...).

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  182. Twsbi is my favorite pen(540). It has smooth ink flow and good weight in my hand for drawing.

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  183. I love the Iroshizuku kon-peki! A beautiful blue. Not too dark or light. Love the color!

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  184. Thank you for offering this giveaway! It's so hard to choose but in relation to the giveaway items, I decided on the Lamy 2000 and J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune. The Lamy 2000 nib is really smooth and I love the pen design. Poussiere de Lune, like all Herbin inks, exhibits beautiful shading and the dark purple is a very versatile colour.

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  185. My current favorite pen and ink combination is my Lamy Vista with Noodler's Mata Hari's Cordial. It works well for me. Granted next week this would have a different answer. :)

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  186. This is such a difficult question for me as ink's where i'm from is basically impossible to come by (excl blue and black by pilot and pelikan) without shipping costing a fortune... But I would have to say that my absolute dream ink based on all the reviews and the stunning bottle would have to be J.Herbin Rouge Hematite 1670 Anniversary Ink - and the fact that it is slightly metallic and with wider nibs seems to change colour.

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  187. Honestly don't have very many inks or pens, but my favourite ink of those I've tried would be Noodler's American Eel Black. Never had any problems with it whatever.


    Pen goes to my charcoal Lamy Safari. I like the matte finish, and it of course writes well.

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  188. My current favorite ink is Iroshizuku Kiri-Same. I love the way it looks like storm clouds, but is a warmer grey. Delicious!

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  189. My favorite fountain pen is Pilot 78G. Because it's available, light and cheap but give me a good performance.

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  190. My favorite fountain pen without
    a doubt is my Montblanc 146. I purchased that pen over 25 years ago
    as a birthday as a present to myself when I turned 21. I can
    honestly say that I have put over a gallon of ink thought my 146 without a hint
    of trouble, it still writes great, and looks almost as good as the day I bought
    it.





    When it comes to favorite ink
    I break them up in two categories one that no longer made or available and inks
    currently in production. My favorite ink no longer made will forever
    be Parker Penman Emerald it was my signature and personal note ink for years
    but alas, my supple of this ink is nearly gone so I know use this ink now very sparely. My
    current favorite in production ink now teeters between Liberty’s
    Elysium and Burma Road Brown but if forced to choose would lean towards Liberty’s Elysium.

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  191. My favorite ink is definitely Noodler's Baystate Blue. Unmatched brightness by any other ink.

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  192. My favorite pen is the first I bought, a burgundy colored Waterman. I obtained it as a closeout when a local stationary store was closing. I enjoy using it with Mont Blanc blue black ink. I enjoy the smooth writing quality and especially the fact that one of my friends really wants it.


    My favorite color other than what I use every day is Noodler's Ink, Apache. I love the color because it reminds me of the color of old parchment and when used with the right paper gives an antique feel to the letter.

    Almost all of my other pens are family heirlooms that I have had repaired, including one that was my wife's father's. It is a green Esterbrook, in which he used green ink. Being the principal of a grammar school in the fifties kept his pen busy and so I had to replace the nib.

    As a side point, once, on a construction job, I found two old love letters hidden inside a wall. They were written on the stationary of a still operating Utah hotel, and dated in the 1930s. Of course written with a fountain pen. They were sent by Fritzi to her beau who apparently was a cad. They are not at the hotel, and will go on display in they history room.

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  193. Claude Paquette
    My favorite ink is Diamine Sarah, it's kind of mysterious burgundy, with shades evoking a secret brotherhood from medieval age... to me that is !

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  194. My favorite fountain pen is the Safari by Lamy with an EF nib. I am really not totally satisfied with any of the inks I have tried which include Noodler's Bulletproof, Noodler's Lexington Gray, and Platinum Carbon because not one of them is totally waterproof or smear-proof when used with watercolors. Out of that list Platinum Carbon is probably the best.

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  195. I'm not sure of my favorite pen seeing as I have two, but I am enamored with anything Edison related. My favorite ink has been the LIberty Elysium. I filled my 540 with a sample and I'm in love.

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  196. Trevor Avichènnya ZénaïdeOctober 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    My favorite fountain pen is Omas' Perrier-Jouët 2011 that celebrates the 200-year anniversary of the founding of the famous champagne maison. It is in transparent green and gold, which is one of my favorite color combinations, and has an Art Nouveau design engraved on the gold section that evokes the Art Nouveau design of the Belle Epoque Champagne bottles with the swirling flowers, leaves, and vines. I adore luxury champagne (especially tete-de-cuvée rosé), and I would drink it every day if I could, and Art Nouveau is my favorite style of painting. When I write with this pen, I dream of drinking fine champagne and dream of my favorite Art Nouveau works and that gives me a special, personal pleasure while I'm writing on any of my fine stationeries. And, naturally, the pen writes beautifully.

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  197. My favorite pen is easily my TWSBI VAC700 in smoke color. This pen is sturdy enough for my day to day at work and looks classy enough for use at leisure events. Not to mention the medium nib is just stiff enough to scratch if you like but the feed holds enough ink to be wet enough to glide.

    Favorite ink right now is the Noodler's Heart of Darkness. Bulletproof and eternal. Essential ink for my use in medical records.

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  198. My favorite pen is, amazingly enough, also my least expensive: the Pilot 78G F. It's not for the body, which does have an unsurprisingly cheap feel to it, but for the nib. It writes like a XEF/EF nib (not surprising) and doesn't let me down. It's my daily workhorse. (Also, I have spares, so if it walks off I'm still covered.)


    There were a lot of ink choices as well, but again I'm going with my workhorse: Noodler's Black -- which gets not only FP but also dip pen use. A staid, boring choice, but a reliable one. I *always* have it available regardless of whatever inks are also in play.

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  199. My favorite ink is Noodlers Black. That stuff is awesome. It flows nicely, and is a deep, dark black. It's a stately color. However, its not for everyone. It has a slowish dry time, so lefties might smear all over the place. And the bottle can simply not compare with the ingenuity of the Lamy bottle. I love the resevoir at the bottom of the Lamy ink bottle, it simplifies that whole process of getting each last drop of in from the bottle. So, often I just fill up an empty Lamy bottle (after washing it out of course, don't want to mix the inks) with Noodler's Black

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  200. My favorite fountain pen has currently my favorite ink inside :) The "power combination" is a bold Faber-Castell eMotion brown wood (M) inked up with Noodler's Eel Blue. Kind of a wet combination but very smooth to write with! The wooden barrel is nice to grab and the size of the pen fits perfectly for my hands. The ink is not too vibrant and therefore "business compatible" but has enough character to be recognized.
    Sorry - can't watch you live (would be 3am here) but will go for the recording tomorrow!

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