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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Goulet Nib Tuning Supplies

You've been asking us for this for some time now, and we've finally delivered. We've been working diligently for months now to source out and develop the most useful nib tuning supplies that we could for the fountain pen enthusiast. These are tools that you can use to smooth and clean your nib to get it operating to your liking.

DISCLAIMER: Of course, I have to have a disclaimer here...doing anything to modify/smooth your nib will pretty much void all pen manufacturer's warranties, so make sure you understand what you are doing and you must be willing to accept responsibility for any wrongdoing during your smoothing process. You're basically going 'rogue' for most pen companies here, so make sure that you're only smoothing nibs on pens that are either out of warranty or that you feel confident enough that you'll never need to use the warranty. Don't blame me if you screw up your nib :) 

Okay, all that said, the stuff we have here isn't really all that scary, if you are cautious and study up the correct way to use them. I will be posting videos showing how to use each one of these over the next week or so, to help you understand just that. But I wanted to make this post for those of you who already know how to use these, to let you know you can now get them all at Gouletpens.com.

So here are the new nib tuning supplies we have available:

Goulet Loupe, $12.50

This little guy is quite handy, and essential for checking the alignment of your nib tines and inspecting it more closely than you can with your naked eye. We sifted through gobs of different loupes out there and found that the ease of use and affordability of this little LED-powered 15x loupe give just about any level of fountain pen enthusiast the ability to see what's going on with their nib.

Goulet Loupe, 15x power with built-in LED's

Goulet Loupe, allows you to inspect your nib for proper tine alignment easily


Goulet MicroMesh, $4.95

This 12,000 grit abrasive is the most aggressive approach you should take towards smoothing your nib, and you'll want to be really careful when you use it. It's used for smoothing out a scratchy nib. Basically, don't use it unless you know what you're doing. I'll definitely put out a video on this one.

Goulet Micromesh, an abrasive sheet to smooth scratchy nibs


Goulet Mylar Paper, $4.95

This is a less aggressive approach to nib smoothing than Micromesh. There are two grits, 1-micron and 0.3 Micron, and they're used to take a nib from pretty smooth to super-smooth, if you're so inclined.

Goulet Mylar Paper, used to take a pretty smooth nib and make it glassy smooth


Goulet Brass Sheets, $3.95

These are really more of a cleaning/maintenance tool, used to floss your nib to keep it clear and flowing smoothly.

Goulet Brass Sheet, used to floss the tines of your nib to keep ink flowing smoothly

These products have been a huge effort of mine in recent months, and I really feel that they are great tools for the avid fountain pen enthusiast to keep their pens at optimal performance. I will be posting in-depth video tutorials on how to use each of these products. They are also all available as a nib tuning package set for $21.95.

I'd love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below and we'll chat.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

6 comments:

  1. Really excited about this! There are a couple nibs I've been wanting to tinker with, but haven't had the tools or information to do so. Looking forward to the videos! (Don't worry. I take full responsibility for any mistakes I might make. ;) Thanks for making these tools available!

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  2. This is awesome Brian! Very excited about this! I can't believe the price either, you made this super affordable! I have priced these items out other places in the last few months and there is no way I could get all of this for $22 anywhere else!

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  3. Stefan VorkoetterJune 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Just a note on grit sizes: The grit numbering system used for Micromesh is not the same as the one used for sandpaper, but it does seem to correspond to the one used for waterstones (used for tool sharpening). I've accumulated some information over time about the grit sizes of different abrasives, and the Micromesh 12000 has a particle size of about 2 microns, making it about twice as coarse as your 1 micron mylar film.

    And just a reminder to anyone wanting to smooth nibs. ALWAYS check the nib tine alignment first. 95% of scratchy nibs are caused by misaligned tines, and trying to smooth it when it's misaligned will just ruin it. So if you're going to smooth nibs, by the loupe, the Micromesh, and the smoothing films!



    No, I don't work for Goulet Pens. :-) Just a happy customer of theirs!

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  4. You're welcome! It's fun to tinker around, and once you get the hang of it you'll find that you can make a lot of your pens perform more to your liking with these tools. I'm working on videos this week, trying to crank them out!

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  5. Hey, Goulet has always been about empowering anyone interested in fountain pens to get the most out of them. We searched high and low to find all this stuff, I've personally invested easily 150 hours in research and development for these four products alone. I think that they're a great value, and not just the price for what the products themselves are, but for what they can do for your pens. You'll be able to pay back $22 easily just in saving one pen that you once thought was a lost cause!

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  6. Stefan, thanks for that tidbit about the grit size! 2 microns is pretty dang small, but in terms of nib smoothing is pretty aggressive. The Micromesh is the tool that should be used with the most caution, as it's easy to overdo it, and like you mentioned, to hurt your nib if your alignment is off. This is all stuff I plan to cover in the video, and I do have in the text description on the Micromesh on my website.


    "It's always best to first check your nib for proper alignment before trying any nib smoothing remedies. Often a scratchy nib is simply a matter of one tine bent lower than another, and you can see this symptom with the aid of a loupe or other magnifying glass. If the tines are aligned and the nib still writes scratchy, then Micro-Mesh is often a good measure for more severe scratchiness. "

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