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Monday, December 30, 2013

Writing with Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Extra-Fine Fountain Pen



Because you can now get the Pilot Falcon pen in rhodium trim as well as a soft extra-fine nib, I wanted to show you how it writes and compare it to the soft fine Namiki Falcon as well as the soft extra-fine Pilot Metal Falcon. I ink them all up with the delicious Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink and take them for a test drive on Rhodia No. 16 dotpad 80g paper.

This is to follow up on the broader overview video I did on the Pilot Falcon and how it compares to the Namiki Falcon, as well as the luscious video I did showing off the Pilot Falcon soft extra-fine nib (where I don't talk, it's all pen, baby).

Clearly I'm gushing over this pen as I can't stop shooting videos on it! What are your thoughts? Hit me up in the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, December 27, 2013

Introduction to the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Rhodium Trim Fountain Pen



The Namiki Falcon (in yellow gold trim) has long been a staple in the fountain pen world for it's soft nib. Pilot has knocked one out of the park this time by introducing the same pen in a rhodium trim version, as well as expanding the nib offering to include a soft extra-fine!

Here are some time markers for the video:
  • Pilot/Namiki rebranding explanation (0:32)
  • Similarities between Namiki gold trim and Pilot rhodium trim (2:04)
  • Metal Falcon video reference (3:16)
  • Differences between Namiki gold trim and Pilot rhodium trim (3:40)
  • Box changes (5:22)
  • Filling the pen (5:58)
The new Pilot Falcon has a couple of slight cosmetic changes from the Namiki Falcon, namely the trim color (rhodium instead of gold), "Pilot" branding on the centerband instead of "Namiki", a metal finial inlay, and a slightly larger trim ring near the threads on the grip. The most important difference (in my mind) is that the Pilot Falcon is available with a soft extra-fine nib, something that you could previously get only by paying out $240 for a Pilot Metal Falcon, or by getting a custom grind on the $144 Namiki Falcon.

Now though, you can get that amazingly thin extra-fine nib from the factory on a $144 Pilot Falcon, and get an impressive amount of flex.

Pilot Falcon, 14k gold nib with rhodium plating, rhodium trim 
Pilot Falcon 14k gold nib is soft, which means you can flex it for line variation

Pilot Falcon is very similar to Namiki Falcon, with subtle design changes including the inlaid finial


I'll have a couple of other videos to come out over the next week on filling the Falcon and doing a writing comparison with it and a couple of other pens, so look out for those! Thanks for watching today and let me know any questions you have in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Playing Around with the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Extra-Fine



I think just about every fountain pen fan has seen what a custom-ground extra-fine Namiki Falcon can do, and if you haven't check it out here. That video has >3.5 million views, even people I know that aren't into fountain pens ask me about it! When I heard Pilot was coming out with a resin Falcon in a soft extra-fine nib, I was really, really excited to see how it stacked up.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 16, Correspondence




It's time for another Goulet Q&A, and Episode 16 is all about Correspondence. I got a lot of good questions about paper and ink on this one, specifically geared towards writing to other people. Here are this week's questions:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Re-opening Premiere LE Macassar Ebonite Buy Period




If you were following us around November of this year, you probably saw this post where we announced the launch of a limited edition Edison Nouveau Premiere in Macassar Ebonite. This is a pen that we made available for sale only for the month of November 2013, and that period has obviously passed and the pens are in production.

Last week Brian Gray reached out to us about a color variation he was seeing in the Macassar Ebonite stock for the pens. He saw that the material had a lot more beige than our artist's proof which we used to advertise the pen. After turning several pens out of the full shipment of ebonite, it became pretty clear that this material was turning out different than we expected. 


The first thing we did was reach out to the ebonite manufacturer, to see what happened. Here's what they had to say:
"The sample rod was dark one because it was beginning of extruding. The lighter BEIGE rods that I sent this time is ordinary pattern. In the future, BEIGE color will be lighter."
So it appears that we had a sample that wasn't as accurate to the intended color of the material as we would have liked. Since Brian had never ordered this material before, we had to assume that the darker rod was the intention of the manufacturer. It's impossible to see what the color will look like in raw form, it's not until it's turned to final dimension when we can tell what it'll turn out to be. Since the sample we had originally was apparently from the beginning of the batch and therefore different than the rest of the batch, replicating the darker color like what we had in our artist's proof would be near impossible. Trying to obtain a darker color would guarantee a 4-5 week delay or more, and based on the manufacturer's response, we doubt we'd get an end result much different than the beige we've just received.

After comparing the materials side-by-side, we decided that this material was different enough in appearance that we wanted to specifically contact everyone who purchased the pen with the original material and give them the option to back out if they do not like the new color. We've already contacted everyone individually, and if you haven't received your email and you bought the pen, let us know.


Close-up of the new "beige" ebonite

Realizing that many people would probably like the new color, we tried to put ourselves in your shoes: the new color is available to the original purchasers, and you may like it but didn't buy the pen originally because you didn't like the darker color! Trying to make the best of a tough situation, we thought it only fair to re-open the buy period for this pen to allow those of you who like the new color to have a chance to get one. 

We'd like to also give you the choice to switch the trim color to gold, with a two-tone steel nib. This beige really works well with either gold or rhodium trim, so we want you to select whichever trim you like best on your pen. The LE engraving will also be backfilled to match your trim color.


Edison Nouveau Premiere Macassar Ebonite LE in rhodium trim (top) and gold trim (bottom)



Polished steel nib to match the rhodium trim version


Two-tone steel nib to match the gold trim version

We will be opening the buy period for the lighter beige Macassar Ebonite Premiere LE starting today, December 19th 2013, and it will be available for purchase through Friday, January 3rd, 2014. We thought this would be able time to accommodate around the holidays.

There will not be a significant delay in the original timeline of mid-late January like we'd initially promised. Brian Gray has all the material on hand, and can make the pens as originally scheduled. Our primary focus will be on delivering pens to those who originally purchased them, but they will all be ready around essentially the same time.

We want to make it clear that our intention for re-opening the buy period is not to just try to get more money or sell more pens. We feel really bad about this mishap that is beyond our control, and we simply want to try to give as many people who want this pen the option to get it, with fair opportunity to do so.

So there you have it. Our sole intention here is to be as honest and up-front about the situation as possible. Ideally, we would have received a material exactly like what we were expecting based on the artist proof. But we're trying to make the most of the situation we're in, and offer the best selection of alternatives for everyone as we possibly can.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments. Or you can contact Goulet Pens or Edison Pens directly. Unexpected things happen to all companies, but we will always be transparent when these happen, and we want to make sure that all of our customers involved are satisfied in the end.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Goulet Pens Ink of the Year

This blog post was written by our own Andrea Goulet Ford - she is our content lead, social media/marketing strategist, and Brian's big sister!
 


Drum Roll Please...


The Goulet Pen Company 2013 Ink of the Year is…


Noodler's 54th Massachusetts!


Distinct. Historic. Bulletproof.

What more could you want in an ink? Not much, evidently. We looked back on our sales and reviews, and even though this ink has been out for just over a year — you bought it — a LOT of it.

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts, when units of full bottles and ink samples were combined, was our top-selling ink this year. We can’t say we’re surprised though. When Brian reviewed this ink about a month after we started selling it he predicted its success saying "It’s going to become a classic, staple blue-black in the fountain pen community. I’m just calling it now."

Speaking of Brian’s review, here it is:



So, what are some of the star qualities that make this ink worthy of our "Ink of the Year" title? We’re glad you asked!

Distinct Color

We compared Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts to all of the lines we carry, and the mid-toned bluish-greenish-grey stood out among the pack. It’s appropriate for the office, but asks for a subtle, second glance. When you write with Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, you’re making a statement, because there’s no way it will be confused with a disposable pen.

Our customers also raved about the color. Here are just a few of the things they had to say:
"I am currently conducting an experiment to find the perfect legal black/blue-black for me. Ladies and gents, this is the best I've found so far... The color is dark enough to be professional, but unique enough to make a statement." - Charles H.

"Color varies from paper and lighting from a blue/black to grayish to greenish or tealish... It's dark enough to use in the office, and colored enough to stand out from the printed black." – Matt L.

"It quickly became my second default drawing ink (together with platinum carbon black). It has a slight blue undertone but I don't mind for drawing, it adds a little softness to it." – Tanja O.

"I've received many compliments on the colour of this ink. It is a very dark blue bordering on black with a slight grey-green hue. Clearly distinguishable from any blue or black ink I've ever seen, while still being perfectly appropriate for work or legal documents." – Simon P.

"This is a great colour -- and I say that as someone who generally avoids blues and blue-blacks because I tend to think they are boring." – Alea M.
History

Noodler’s inks are made by Nathan Tardif, and he puts his full passion behind every ink he develops. Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts is no exception. If you’ve seen the movie Glory, you may be familiar with some of the history.

The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the first official African-American military units in the United States. After the Gettysburg Address, white abolitionists actively recruited free blacks to fight. They did. Bravely. Unfortunately, they didn’t get paid the same as their white counterparts. After the regiment protested, Congress passed a bill to get the men paid. This is an ink that is inspired by equality and American freedom.

There are also a number of interesting ties to the Society of Friends, to Frederick Douglass, the whaling industry, and more.

Be sure to check out Nathan’s video where he tells the full story.



Bulletproof

On their website, Noodler’s describes their "Bulletproof" designation as: "Any Noodler’s Ink that resists all the known tools of a forger, UV light, UV light wands, bleaches, alcohols, solvents, petrochemicals, oven cleaners, carpet cleaners, carpet stain lifters, and of course…they are also waterproof once permitted to dry upon cellulose paper."

It passed our water drip test with flying colors, and it did for a number of our customers, too. Here’s what they had to say about the durability of Noodler's 54th Massachusetts:
"My running water test shows that this ink DOES NOT BUDGE from paper when dry (about 60 seconds)." – Kai H.

"Also, it is totally waterproof, like 'put the paper in a bucket of water and nothing changes whatsoever' waterproof." – Benjamin D.

"THIS INK IS WATERPROOF...amazing for drawing and then going over with watercolour washes...if left to dry for a bit first." – Janis J.

"I wrote a few lines with 54th and immediately plunged the bagasse sheet into a warm water bath…54th did not respond to the bath. It stayed exactly as it was when I wrote it." – Phil
As Nathan Tardif puts it, "I hope American freedoms last at least as long as this ink."

Versatility

On top of all this, Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts is an incredible, all-purpose ink. It performs well on all types of paper, has good saturation while retaining some nice shading, and cleans up nicely (especially for a bulletproof ink). It’s a medium-flow ink, so it performs well in nibs of all sizes, too. It does have a longer dry time, especially on non-absorbent paper, but we think that’s a small price to pay for all the other positive attributes.

So, what do you think? Are you one of the many raving fans of Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts? Or would you pick a different color as your favorite for this year? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Parker IM Premium Special Edition Fountain Pens



This year is Parker's 125th anniversary, which is pretty remarkable for a US company these days. In honor of this milestone, they have released several special edition pens that harken back to key points in their history. Last week I reviewed the Parker Urban Premium Special Edition in Penman Blue and talked more about that.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 15, Open Forum



It's time for another Goulet Q&A, and Episode 15 is an Open Forum where I have a variety of questions about fountain pens, ink, and paper. Be sure to check out any past Q&A videos here if you like the format. Next week's topic will be "Correspondence", so please ask me whatever stationery, ink, and pen questions you have geared around writing letters to other people.

Here are this week's questions:

1) Jay P.- email (1:04):
How do I open a stuck ink bottle? I have a large bottle of PR Tanzanite that I can't unscrew. I imagine that ink around the rim has looked into the threads. How can I get this open without creating a disaster?

2) Theodore L.- email (3:07):
I work a pretty conservative desk job so I can't get too wild with my daily ink choices.  I've got a full compliment of blues, blacks, and blue-black and was hoping you could recommend some Professional Purples, Business Browns, Respectable Reds or another color/ink to mix things up while still being office-appropriate.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parker Urban Premium Penman Blue Fountain Pen



I haven't talked about Parker pens a lot in the past, despite the company's rich history with fountain pens. Well, Parker got my attention with this special edition Parker Urban Premium in Penman Blue. I'm a total sucker for blue pens, but I also have a great appreciation for Parker Penman Sapphire, which this pen is made to emulate. Penman Sapphire is a decades-old ink that has near legendary status in the fountain pen world, despite a relatively brief production period. You can sell your first-born child and get a bottle or two on ebay ;)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4 Great Gift Ideas For Anyone New to the Fountain Pen Hobby

The third post in our four-part Personal Shopper series by our own Katy Campbell! Join us over the next few weeks as she shares her favorite gift ideas.

When I started working at The Goulet Pen Company, most of my friends and family were a little perplexed about what a fountain pen really was, and to be honest so was I. On my first day of working here, I was totally new to fountain pens, but I came to love them quickly because I had the opportunity to interact with so many amazing products and the community that surrounds them. (Seriously, y’all are awesome.)

This year, a number of people on my Christmas list are where I used to be, a newbie. They’re interested in fountain pens, but overwhelmed by all the choices. These are my most favorite gifts for someone who is new to the fountain pen hobby. Give them the gift of writing and welcome them into this fun and somewhat quirky group of fountain pen enthusiasts.

Pilot Metropolitan

Sometimes I feel like a broken record recommending this pen but I just love it! The Pilot Metropolitan is a non-intimidating way to write with something a little special. There are the classic black, silver and gold models that Dad will love taking to work. Plus, now there are the fun animal print models that your crazy aunt will pinch your cheeks thanking you for. The medium nib is great for everyday writing and it already comes with a cartridge converter, which means they can start using fancy bottled ink on day one.



Lamy Safari

This is the first pen I ever used, so it kind of holds a special place in my heart.

The Lamy Safari will get people hooked. There are so many fun colors available that you can really personalize your gift. You’ve got a girlie pink option and a serious black one too. If you have a teenager, why not surprise them with the hot Neon Safari that is totally in style.

When you buy the pen, I recommend going ahead and upgrading to the Z-24 cartridge converter. That will open up the door to bottled inks and SO many colors. And a medium or fine nib is the perfect size for any newbie to start. There is even a left-handed nib option for southpaws like me.



Pen Cleaning Package Set

Mom always said, “Remember to clean behind your ears.” Now I say, “Remember to clean your pens.” I think this makes the perfect gift because it is easy to bypass when you are new to the hobby. I know you want to invest in pens not pen flush, but this package set includes some crucial tools that really makes cleaning and filling your pens much simpler.

The ink syringe is one of my favorite things from the set to have at my desk because I don’t finish my day with inky fingers (or maybe they are just a little less inky). If you have some questions about it definitely check out our video review with some tips and tricks.



Notebook Sampler Set

A key to falling in love with fountain pens is also falling in love with the paper. When I first started writing with fountain pens, I didn’t really understand picky-paper-people. Now I totally get it. Quality paper really does make a difference, especially when using fountain pens. The Notebook Sampler Set is hands down the best way to let someone have a taste of each brand we carry. Some people love Leuchtturm1917 and some people love Rhodia. So, why not give them both? And these little notebooks are awesome for short to-do lists or grocery lists or of course doodling.



I hope that this list is helpful and that you can finish up some of your shopping, while helping to share the joy of fountain pens with your friends and family.

So, how will you be spreading the fountain pen love this year? What got you “hooked” on fountain pens? And what advice would you give to the folks who are just getting started? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments below.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic Flex Fountain Pens: 7 New Colors



Noodler's has released another batch of Konrad Acrylic Flex Fountain Pens, only the second batch of them that we've ever seen. The first batch was in April of 2013, you can see a video of my release here.

These $40 pens are made of acrylic acetate, the same gorgeous material you see typically in much more expensive pens. There are 7 new colors to show, and since there is so much depth and pearlescense to them, I thought it would be best to show them off in a video (even though they won't be around long, probably). While we have them though, you can pick them up at GouletPens.com. We have been told there are more colors to be released soon, though soon is a relatively loose term when it comes to Noodler's pen releases!

The new colors are:

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Appalachian Pearl

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Coral Sea

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Emeralds of the Sun

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Ghostly Lapis

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Marbled Marianas

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Olde Salem

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic, in Victory Garden

What do you think of the new colors? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear about your favorite.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 2013 Ink Drop Reveal: Tribute to Private Reserve

This month's Ink Drop was extra special. When we learned a few months ago that Terry Johnson, the creator of Private Reserve inks, had passed away, we wanted to do something special to honor his memory. He was one of the first to develop a line of boutique fountain pen inks in the US, and created many beautiful saturated ink colors inspired by his love for gemstones. Many of his colors were named after Fender guitar finishes, also another love of his. We're big fans of many of these inks and wanted you to experience them too.

Normally we do 5 colors for Ink Drop, but we felt this theme deserved more. So we chose our 8 of our favorite Private Reserve ink colors to include: Avacado, Black Cherry, DC Supershow Blue, Ebony Blue, Orange Crush, Spearmint, Tanzanite, and Velvet Black. Some of these are in our daily rotation, and others are extremely popular among our customers. We hope you enjoy these!

There's still time if you'd like to sign up to receive this month's Ink Drop - just sign up anytime before the 14th to receive this special selection. Members get 10% off the full bottles of these colors, plus other great deals. We also offer prepaid subscriptions, which make great gifts!

So tell us... what are your favorite colors from this month's Ink Drop? What are your favorite Private Reserve colors from the full line?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 14, Traveling With Your Fountain Pens



I'm really sorry I didn't end up doing a Q&A the last couple of weeks. I'd originally intended to publish this one on November 22, but sickness in my family ended up requiring a lot of my attention and I wasn't able to record it before I left to be with Rachel's family for Thanksgiving (which is why I didn't do a Q&A last week). But I'm back now and will be putting them out every week again, as scheduled. 

I wasn't really sure how many questions I'd get when I solicited questions for this week's Q&A, especially because I already have a Fountain Pen 101 video on both Flying With Fountain Pens and Pen Storage, but you all came through for me! I got a lot of great questions. Be sure to also check out previous week's Q&A's if you've missed any.


Here are this week's questions:

1) Graham T.- Facebook (4:04):
What is the best nib size/ ink combo to travel with!? When you are not using your own nice paper, and are instead writing on others peoples documents (usually copier paper,) What is the best combo to have that is both legible and won't feather? I love using FP but I always have to carry a ballpoint to avoid this. 

2) @mscollis- Twitter/Christina P- Facebook (5:26):
Can pens in a pen case cause problems at airport security? Traveling regulations on ink or nibs?

3) David H.- Facebook/@MissGretchenX- Twitter/Jacqueline C.- Facebook (7:06):
What type of small travel bottle is best that will not break, be easily portable, etc. something that I can fill up before the trip. I see people speaking about a Nalgene bottle, but cannot figure out which one. (Nalgene has a travel kit as well)
4) Kelly S.- Facebook (8:47):
Is the Visconti power filler system "all that"? i'd like to see some pros & cons…  

5) Nate L.- Facebook (10:12):
Best travel pen/ink/paper combo? Rugged, durable pen, paper that can be almost waterproof, and a quick dry ink? 

6) Maya G.- Facebook (12:05):
What should you look for in a case to carry multiple pens for months at a time.  

7) Cws Y.- Facebook (14:00):
What precautions should be taken when carrying around an eyedropper pen? My platinum preppy ED is a well behaved thing, but my ED-converted pilot pet1t seems to like leaking its ink. 

8) Sabina T.- Facebook (16:03):
What carrying system do you suggest for EDCs of 2-4 fountain pens as well as pencils, erasers, tape and other on-the-fly writing and drawing accessories? I want to protect my FPs, but I also want to carry other stuff for drawing, etc., preferably all together, without having to use a million cases and a million backpack pockets. Thank you for doing these Q&As, they rock!  

9) William S.- Facebook (18:36):
Can't wait for another Q&A video. I don't travel much, but one question comes to mind regarding travelling with a fountain pen. If you travel by car, would the pen's reaction as far as pressure changes be as severe as an airplane trip? 

10) Katie P.- Facebook/Tim- Ink Nouveau (21:19):
Are there any rules to keep in mind for traveling to very cold regions or high altitudes? 

11) @Slugnutty- Twitter (23:44):
Just curious as to what are the best pocket travelers? Do cartridge travel better then non or converters? Is one style worse?

12) @WeThePPIL- Twitter (25:41):
If you are carrying several quite expensive pens is there any extra insurance protection needed if they get lost or damaged?

13) Facebook (27:17):
I've found that if fountain pens get shaken around a lot, they can get ink shaken out all over the section and cap. This seems to happen more for some pens than others. Has anyone over at Goulet noticed this with their pens? And if they did, what's the best way to prevent this, given that it would be unavoidable that my backpack/bag gets tossed around a lot?

14) Alec B./Michael G.- Facebook (29:23):
Is there a "best" fountain pen that is designed for flying and pressure changes? 

15) Kathie M.- Facebook (31:17):
Is it better to carry your pen nib up or nib down? 

16) Sue B.- Facebook (31:39):
Great topic! I've never taken my FPs out of the house but I've been reading recommendations for good EDC brands, such as Safari, Metropolitan, and TWSBI Mini. I'd like my next FP (from Goulet, of course!) to be purse-friendly as well as travel-friendly, so would appreciate advice about brands and models there. I've also read that FPs should always be carried empty on flights. Is that still true?

17) Artemis G.- Facebook (35:51):
1) should they be shoved in my pants pocket nib up or nib down 2) everything to do with taking them in an airplane--can you put in luggage or do they need to go in the carry on, etc.

18) Chris P.- Facebook (37:15):
Since I've gotten into FPs, I haven't found a pen yet that won't leak/spit/whatever from body heat & general motion in a pants pocket (I've found Pilots are some of my worst offenders—78Gs, Petit1s, etc.). Are there any tips you can offer for making pens pants-pocket-worthy, or any brands that are known to take these kinds of conditions well? 

19) Steven S.- Ink Nouveau (39:52):
How do you suggest carrying your pens? You don't necessarily need to be traveling very far, or even at all, but some people go places without carrying anything with them other than what they have in their pockets. I'm fine with just keeping my cheaper pens clipped to my pants pocket, but I'm concerned about some of my more expensive ones that I would love to take with me all the time. I don't want to just clip those to my pocket for fear that they could fall out or get damaged somehow. Any suggestions on what to do? I understand there are some options like keeping a single pen sleeve and just keeping that in your pocket without clipping them to anything at all. Just curious on what you would have to say about that.

20) Brian HC- Facebook (41:47):
Does the Nighthawk travel well in an airplane? I'm taking mine to an interview this week.

Be sure to come back next week on Friday, Dec. 13 for Goulet Q&A 15, which will be an Open Forum. Ask me whatever fountain pen, ink, or paper questions you have here in the comments, on Twitter with #GouletQA, Facebook at TheGouletPenCompany, or email GouletQA@gouletpens.com. Thanks for watching today and have a great week!

Write On,

Brian Goulet 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

How to Create a Shareable Wish List Using Pinterest

Our own Alex Ross shows you how to use Pinterest to save and share your favorite items. Great for creating gift wishlists that you can share with others!

I’m a fountain pen fanatic. I love all the options of pens and colors of ink and how writing with an italic nib instantly makes my handwriting look amazing.

My family and friends want to feed my passion and give me gifts that I’ll love, but because they’re new to the fountain pen world, they aren’t sure where to start and want me to be super specific about what to get. But, I also love being surprised — which is why I started using Pinterest to keep track of and share my wish list.*

I love, love, love Pinterest. It is an incredibly fun and easy tool to use. I firmly believe that once you learn how to make these shareable wish lists, Pinterest will become your best friend too.

Collect and Organize the Things You Love

Pinterest is a popular tool for collecting and organizing things that you love. It’s easy as pie to get set up and even easier to share. But in case you’re not familiar with it, let’s quickly go over some of the basics. Here are some of the reasons Pinterest works so well as a wish list:
  • It’s visual. When looking at the page, a dozen images will catch your eye at once. It’ll take you no time at all to find the items and images that will just make you fall head over heels in love.
  • It’s familiar. Pinterest is a well-known and popular platform. A lot of folks use it, and, even if they don’t, they’ve at least heard of it. 
  • You can add content from any website. Talk about making it easy. You can be anywhere on the web and still be able to store something you find on Pinterest. As long as it has an image, it’s Pinnable.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty about how to set up your wish list.

Step 1: Create a Pinterest Account

If you don’t already have an account, get signed up! Go to Pinterest.com. You can sign-up by entering your email address and creating a password or by using Facebook. Basic, simple, easy. It will take you a less than a minute. Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to participate in the dazzling world of Pinterest.


Step 2: Create a Board

Pinterest uses some specific terms: “boards” and “pins”. An easy way to think of how these work is to imagine Pinterest as a filing cabinet. A “board” is like the folder you put specific items, or “pins” in. It helps you keep things specifically organized and allows easy navigation within your Pinterest account.

So, how do you create a board? It’s easy! In the right-hand corner of your Pinterest page, click on your name. A drop down will appear and choose “Your Boards”. Once you get there, it will show all the boards you’ve created. To add a new one, click on the “Create a new board” icon.


Make up a title for your new board like “My Fountain Pen Wish List” or whatever you’d like so that your friends and family can find it easily. And if you want, you can also add a description so folks know what it's for.


Step 3: “Pin” Your Heart Out

This is where things get fun and you get to add all the items you want to your wish list. There are a bunch of different ways to do this. Here are three ways to “Pin” your favorite items:

Pin directly from GouletPens.com.

On our site, GouletPens.com, we make it insanely easy to Pin and save your favorite products. First, find one of the many products that you have on your wish list. Once you are on that particular products page, right below the picture, you’ll see the Pinterest icon. Simply click on that little button. Now you can select what board you’d like to pin to as well as add a description. The description area would be a good place to write anything your gift giver might need to know about getting you this item. For example, include the nib size or if you need a converter or what inks you’d love to go with a pen. This way there is no questioning or second-guessing. Easy. As. Pie.


Repin from another Pinterest board

Did you know that The Goulet Pen Company has a Pinterest account that you can follow? Well you do now! Follow us on Pinterest (and any other fountain pen lover you know), and you will get to see all the cool stuff that we are putting on our boards. See an item you love? Simply hover over the picture and you’ll see a red “Pin It” button. Click on that, choose a board, and enter a description. Or, if it’s easier, just click on the Pin you love and a window will pop up with a mega size view of the Pin. Click on the red “Pin It” button, choose a board and then enter a description. Thanks for making life easy, Pinterest.



Use the “Pin it” button with your browser.

When you first sign-up for Pinterest, they give you a chance to download the “Pin it” button to your browser. It will end up looking something like this:


On a page and see an item that you just have to have and you want the world to know? Click on that button and you can now select a picture, choose a board, and add a description, then pin that page. This is super nifty, especially if you are on a site that doesn’t have the “Pin it” button under their pictures. Pinterest has really covered all their bases here.


Step 4: Share with the Gift Givers

Send board! This is the easiest part y’all! While on your wish list board, right below the title and description, you’ll see a button that says “Send Board”. Click on it and simply enter a friend’s or family member’s email address. Even if they don’t have Pinterest account they can still see your board, no problem. You can even write a little note to them. At the bottom of the pop-up just click the “Email to” option. Board sent! Yippee!



With Pinterest, the sky is the limit, people, and knowledge is power! Which, naturally, leads to you getting the perfect gift. So, do yourself a favor and get on Pinterest today and Pin your heart out! You’ll probably fall in love with this tool just like I have.

So tell me, are you already using Pinterest to share your wish list? What will be your first Pin on your wish list this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!


*If you’re a current Goulet Pen Company customer, you may already be familiar with the wish list feature we have on our website. While it’s awesome, one of the limitations is that it’s not shareable. We’re working on finding a solution, but Pinterest is a good workaround in the meantime.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jinhao X450/X750 Fountain Pen Nib Swapping



If you have a Jinhao X450 or X750, you can greatly increase the versatility of the pen by swapping out the nib with a variety of available #6 size nibs. In fact, it was because of this feature that Jinhao really got on my radar in the first place. It all stemmed from conversations going on about which pens would fit a Goulet nib.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jinhao X750 Fountain Pen Review



Here are some timestamps for the Jinhao X750 video to help you jump right to what you want to know:
  • Overview (2:09)
  • Details (5:06)
  • Posting the pen (9:45)
  • Comparisons to other pens (10:49)
  • Filling it up (13:27)
  • Writing with it (15:02)

Monday, December 2, 2013

4 Fountain Pen Gifts That Are Sure to Please the Fountain Pen Lover in Your Life

The second post in our four-part Personal Shopper series by our own Katy Campbell! Join us over the next few weeks as she shares her favorite gift ideas.

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! Now that you have all your stocking stuffers coordinated, it’s time to move onto the good stuff. The rip-apart-the-wrapping-paper-and-pry-open-the-box kind of stuff. These, my friends, are my picks for the best bets that are sure to please any fountain pen fan.

Sometimes when I am wrapping a gift I think to myself, “Is he really going to like this?” “Does my brother honestly need another pair of khaki pants to wear to work?” This year you can say no to that question, because we’ve put together pens and inks where you simply can’t go wrong. Ready? Here we go.

Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi

If you know someone who already loves fountain pens, why not give them the gift of ink? The Pilot Iroshizuku line of ink is elevated in quality and comes in a stunning glass bottle. The Take-Sumi name translates to “bamboo-charcoal” and is a gorgeous black that’s perfect for journaling or short hand note taking in the office. Even if they just use the bottle for a paperweight, it will surely impress come holiday time.



Jinhao X750

WOW! Let’s just talk about this pen for a minute. For under $10, you get a pen that feels like it’s ten times the price. This model is classically designed and has a hearty weight that makes it feel and look expensive. Surely, someone in your life needs to have one of these in his or her collection. It is the best bet for fountain pen lovers and the best bet for your budget.



Lamy Studio

I love, love, love this pen! Lamy is an excellent brand for anyone who likes fountain pens (or who you think might have the slightest interest in fountain pens). I like the time-honored design of the pen that is extremely utilitarian, and is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. The Studio is simply an uncomplicated crowd pleaser.



Edison Beaumont

The Edison Beaumont has what I like to call “gift-ability” because it looks so lovely in the faux alligator pen case. The unique acrylic design makes for a memorable statement piece. Each time your loved one picks up this pen, they are sure to think about the special holiday season when they got just what they wanted from you.



So tell us, are any of these on your wish list this year? Or are there any best bests that you are always happy to get? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Team Goulet Thank You



We just hit our company's official 4-year anniversary on November 17th, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We've been in a really thankful and grateful mood this month, which is why Rachel and I posted a reflection video on our journey in this business, as well as our Thanksgiveaway contest. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to put together a video of many of our team saying a genuine thanks for allowing us to serve you every day.

Thank you!!

Write On,
Brian Gouletblog.gouletpens.com

Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Budget-Friendly Fountain Gifts Perfect for Stocking Stuffers

Introducing a new Personal Shopper series by our own Katy Campbell! Join us over the next few weeks as she shares her favorite gift ideas.


It is that time of year again and the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping has taken off! Shopping lists are getting drafted all the while lines are getting longer. Lucky for you, I’m here to guide you through the fantastic world of fountain pens this holiday season. Think of me as your personal shopper.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be putting together my top picks for shopping for the fountain pen lover (or soon to be lover) in your life. These recommendations come from talking to thousands of our amazing customers and of course, my own personal preferences. I hope you find this series useful and fun…so let’s get shopping!

Fountain Pen Stocking Stuffers

The fountain pen hobby doesn’t always have to be expensive. In fact, there are some amazing value-priced items that work perfectly as stocking stuffers. I know for me, it seems inevitable that each year my stocking ends up with a dentist-approved toothbrush and sugar-less gum. While oral hygiene is very important to consider (especially as you ring in the New Year), I prefer gifting things that are a little unexpected and out of the ordinary, which makes these items my go-to picks for smaller gifts that won’t break my budget.

Ink Samples

Not sure which ink colors your friends might already have or if they would even want a fluorescent hot pink ink? No problem at all! Ink samples are the ideal solution. It is the best way to treat someone to a buffet of the many ink colors available. Go blue. Go orange. Go crazy because it is a sweet piece of fountain pen love. You could even keep the joy coming all year long by giving a subscription to our monthly Ink Drop program.


Pilot Varsity

Simple. Petite. Ready to use. The Pilot Varsity really is a tremendous stocking stuffer. You simply pop off the cap and write away. At just $3.00 this wee little pen is available in several vibrant colors and gives a taste of what writing with a fountain pen can be like. Kids practicing their cursive for the first time will love it. Mom and dad will use it everyday. Grandma might even rewrite all of her recipes with it. You can even get a 7-color variety pack. Varsitys for the whole family!


Platinum Preppy

If you decide on ink samples, why not include a Platinum Preppy to have nestled right next to them. Like the Varsitys, these pens are simple, reasonably priced, and come ready to write. Plus, for just a $2.00 upgrade, we will convert it to an eye-dropper so that you can fill it with any ink color of the rainbow. It is hard to go wrong with something as easy as holiday pie.

Whether your friends and family are fountain pen lovers or not, they are sure to enjoy the small little tokens of inky goodness from you.


So how about you? Any other items you’d suggest? What has been your favorite stocking stuffer over the years?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Edison Nouveau Limited Edition History



Launching the 2013 Edison Nouveau Premiere LE Macassar Ebonite made be a bit nostalgic, so I thought it would be neat to show you all of the previous years' Edison Nouveau LE pens. I show you all 4 LE pens, as well as some others that have special meaning to me. I did another video on the Macassar Ebonite already, which I shot in a bit of a different style than normal. I was going for a more story telling style, with more of an emotional/nostalgic feel to it. I wanted to follow it up with a video that was more focused on the pen itself, and that's what I've done here.

Most of these pens are no longer available, so I know it's a big tease! The buy period for the Macassar Ebonite is still open though, closing after Nov. 30th 2013. Enjoy the trip down memory lane as I talk about all these pens and the motivation for their development.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, November 18, 2013

Brian and Rachel Goulet: Reflection After 4 Years



After just hitting our 4th anniversary of GouletPens.com, we're finding ourselves particularly reminiscent about our journey so far. We've taken our company from a mom and pop website, a laptop, and a couple of bookcases in our dining room, to a 12,000sf office/warehouse with a team of 18 people in 4 years. So much has changed about our company, yet at the same time, so much is exactly the same as what we originally set out for the Goulet vision. We sit down and share our thoughts and feelings with you in the most in-depth and personally reflective interview we've ever given.

We are so grateful to be able to serve you with our blog, videos, and store. Without you we wouldn't be doing what we do every day. We'd love to hear how our company has impacted you and your writing experience over the last 4 years! Please leave us some love in the comments, your stories are incredibly inspiring to us and give us the fuel to keep learning and growing.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, November 15, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 13, Open Forum



This week, I went back to an Open Forum, taking any questions that came along through Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Ink Nouveau, YouTube, and email. I ended up with more questions than I had time to answer, but I was able to squeeze in 19 before I had to run. I had at least 10 other good questions that I'll save for a future Q&A.

The questions this week are a bit all over the place, asking me about flex pens, my faith, inks for artists, smoothing nibs, freezing inks, and product lines at GouletPens.com. Be sure to also check out any previous Goulet Q&A videos to see if there are other questions I've answered already. Here are this week's questions:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Delta Serena Overview



The Delta Serena is a new pen that I've been very excited to review ever since I first laid eyes on it back in August of 2013 at the DC Fountain Pen Show. It's taken until now for Delta to begin distributing them to retailers like myself, so I wanted to share them with you.

The Serena is the most affordable pen available from Delta today at $135 list ($108 at my site, the price you'll find at most online stores). It's available in three colors, black, red, and blue. Guess which is my favorite? ;) The pen comes with a stainless steel #6 size nib in fine, medium, or broad, and is coated with a brushed titanium finish that matches the trim of the pen. I'm digging it.

Delta Serena in blue
The thing I like the most about this pen is the way it writes, it just gushes. Those of you who like tiny little Japanese nibs with tight lines that eek out ink, stay away from these. These suckers are like little firehoses and gush ink gloriously from the nib. You'll have to check out the Nib Nook to see how it compares to other pens, I find that the Serena nibs write about a full size broader than other nibs. In the video I compare it to a Lamy Al-Star. The nibs are smooth, not glassy but smooth. They give me just a touch of feedback as I write with them on my favorite Rhodia paper, but don't slip and slide all over the place. Unfortunately, the broad nibs are backordered for me, so I wasn't able to review them. But I don't know that I'll honestly even want to carry them since the fine and mediums are so broad as they are. I can't imagine that there will be that many people that will even want the broad nib on this pen, so if you do want it, let me know in the comments and I'll pick it up if enough people clamor for it.
Delta Serena with a medium nib
I also like the design of this pen, it's sleek and classy, but fairly subtle with the gun metal colored trim. The resin used on these pens is a cast resin, rather than an injection-molded plastic. The blue and red pens have a bit of translucence to them, giving a pearlescent sheen that catches the light as you spin the pen. The black one is just a deep, glossy black with no sparkly stuff in it like the other two. A few nice Delta logos and accents jazz up the pen around the center band and finial.

Delta Serena in black
The only thing that might be hit-or-miss on this pen for you might be the grip section. It's a relatively short grip, so it's almost hard not to have your fingers on the threads that hold the cap. However, the threads are rounded over nicely, so even though I have my thumb resting right on them, I don't find them bothersome in the least. But if you are hypersensitive to touching threads, you might just want to take that into consideration.

Nib and grip section of the Delta Serena
All-in-all, I'm thrilled to see a reputable pen company like Delta release a more affordable pen. Over the last several years I've seen a trend of established pen companies raising their prices and discontinuing entry-level pens, which saddens me because it discourages newer fountain pen users from getting into a brand. Typically I see the more affordable pens being introduced by newer companies like Noodler's and TWSBI, so it's refreshing to see a company that typically sells pens in the $500-$1,000 range offering pens that someone starting out can reasonably aspire to buy. $108 isn't 'cheap' by any means, but for a nicely designed and smooth, wet writing pen like this, I think is quite fair.

I'd love to hear what you think of the Delta Serena, please leave me a comment below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kaweco is back, baby!



It's been about two years since you've heard me talk about the German pen brand Kaweco here on Ink Nouveau. It's a line that we used to carry at GouletPens.com but dropped because of inventory complications and supply issues with our distributor, even though we were always fond of the pens themselves. I made several videos that showed the pens and how to use them, and they're kind of amusing looking back now because you can see piled up dirty laundry in the background as I'm shooting in my bedroom! My how times have changed…well, at least now my laundry piles aren't being shown on camera…

Friday, November 8, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 12: Troubleshooting Your Fountain Pens



This week's Q&A was actually a topic that I broke out from last week's (Using Your Fountain Pens). I ended up getting so many troubleshooting questions that I split it into a separate video, which is what I made for today. I can easily see troubleshooting as a periodically recurring topic, so it'll be interesting for me to see how you like today's video.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November 2013 Ink Drop Reveal: Christmas Dreams

November 2013's Ink Drop theme is Christmas Dreams. We've chosen some delightful red and green colors for you. Perhaps you'll find a new favorite for all of your holiday cards this year!

This month's colors are:

Which one do you like best?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Introducing: Edison Nouveau Premiere Macassar Ebonite LE 2013



We're announcing something pretty special today, the release of the 2013 Limited Edition collaborative pen between the Goulet Pen Company and Edison Pen Company. In 2011, we introduced the Edison Nouveau Premiere to the world, and it has been a very popular pen for a lot of reasons. It was Edison's first foray into production (non-custom) pens, and it was Goulet's first design collaboration with a pen manufacturer.


Though the Premiere is a pen that is available regularly on our site, about once a year we like to do something special and offer a limited edition pen out of a special material. In summer 2011 is was a stunning blue and black ebonite in the Premiere, and in late 2011 it was a red and black ebonite Premiere we called Cherry Cordial. Last year we did an LE for our Encore pen model out of the phenomenal Flecked Tortoise resin.

This year, we've given it a lot of thought and wanted to go back to an ebonite Premiere, for a couple of reasons. For one, there isn't any production Edison pen available in ebonite, and making them in a large batch like this makes what would normally be a $250 pen in Edison's custom Signature line, and allows us to offer it for $200.




What's exciting to us is the material that we chose for the pen. This is an ebonite that Edison has never used before as it is being purchased through a new supplier. We considered a lot of different colors of ebonite, but this particular one really grabbed us. The Macassar Ebonite has the deep tone and subtle coloring that the original blue and black ebonite had from our first LE. But what really strikes me personally about it is the shade of very dark brown/ black and beige in a wood grain patter reminds me of the exotic wood Macassar Ebony that both I and Brian Gray worked with back in our wood pen turning days. This wood was one of my personal favorites, and this ebonite looks and feels almost exactly like a highly polished lacquer-coated Macassar Ebony. This has all of the beauty of that wood but with the durability, feel, and strangely delicious smell of ebonite.

The Premiere takes a #6 Edison nib made by reputable nib maker Jowo in Germany, and is available in stainless steel extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm stub, and 1.5mm stub. A rhodium-plated 18k gold nib upgrade is available as well, for $125. It is a standard international cartridge/converter fill pen (like most other Edisons), and it can be converted to an eyedropper if you want to increase the ink capacity. The trim of the pen is rhodium to match the nib. There will also be an engraved accent that shows the pen's name, along with an individual number for that pen out of the total of all that are made, that will be backfilled in a silver color to match the trim.






We are accepting pre-orders through November 30, 2013, this will be the open buy period for this pen. Once the buy period ends, Brian will finalize all of his materials and begin production on the pens. The target delivery date right now is January 2014. The ebonite is going through a new supplier, so there is a remote possibility there could be a delay if the deliver takes an unusual amount of time. If this happens, we will give updates to everyone who places an order. We aren't going to impose a limit on the number of pens produced, but they will not be available after November 30th. Each pen will be individually numbered and will accompany a certificate of authenticity signed by both Brians.

We're happy to be able to offer the Edison Nouveau Macassar Ebonite LE Premiere to you today. If you're so inclined, head over here and pre-order one for yourself for $200, or at least leave me a comment below to let me know what you think of the pen.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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