It’s the first episode of Goulet Q&A! I announced in my Q&A introduction earlier this week that I would be shooting a video where I answer your fountain pen questions. This is something I’m going to do weekly. It turned out going a little longer than I thought, but I answer a ton of different questions for you. I don’t know that I’m going to answer this many every week, I was really shooting for more of a half-hour length. It’ll take me a few weeks to really get a rhythm down, but I’d love to know what you think. Here are all the questions that I answered in the video: 


***Updated with timestamps!!!***

1) John- email (2:08):

Hello! As a student, I really enjoyed your recent video on suggested fountain pens for students. I was wondering if you would consider doing a video on suggested fountain pen inks for students, with the criteria being that the ink behaves well on cheaper paper, is not too expensive, and is at least somewhat conservative in color (wouldn’t want to be handing in apache sunset to a professor). So far the only ink I have found that fits these criteria is Noodler’s Black, but I would like to find others. Your videos are very educational and I enjoy watching them, thank you!
2) Doug- email (3:39):
If you had to pick 3 … only 3 RED inks, which ones would they be?  You are interested in 1) a true deep red color (not dark red),  and 2) performance/value.  I have already puchased a LAMY bottle of red which is anything but … I will be using this ink to markup papers/editing etc.  and would like it to say “READ ME – PAY ATTENTION TO THIS” …

3) Charles- email (4:41):

I have a pen that is only eyedropper fill, it wasn’t expensive but it is ebonite and I think it’s attractive, and it writes nicely too.  However, it burps every time I use it, without warning, and I don’t want blobs on what I’m writing so it’s in the case. I wondered whether eyedropper-fill pens in general are like that, or just this one?4) Steven- Facebook (6:49):
Ok…from this moment forward you can only use one pen for the rest of your life…what pen do you choose in the following price ranges: $50 or less, 125 or less, 250 or less, and finally…the sky is the limit…price is not an option. (be thankful I’m not asking you to choose only one ink…although I have a feeling it would be some shade of blue)
 
5) Irving Poh- YouTube (9:02):
Will you consider having a selection of dip pens in the near future?6) ThePsphakr- YouTube (9:50):
What’s the best type of ink to use with extra fine nibs? What brands of pens have the finest nibs?

7) skateboardjaw- YouTube (11:39):

Will you do a Goulet inside look video? You could show us around the office and the steps you take to send your products etc.8) Alec Johnson- YouTube (12:22):

What is your favorite ink/pen combo that is not Liberty’s Elysium and the Pilot Custom 74?
9) Wallace Grover- YouTube (13:26):
Noodlers looks to be the most popular fountain pen ink brand, but I’ve read it’s not well behaved and high maintanence which shied me away. Have you found it to be any more problematic than other brands?10) Christopher Hulsey- YouTube (15:50): 
Is there a way to stop nib creep other than changing pens/ink? I seem to have it happen with the Noodler’s inks I try. Are there any permanent black inks that are less prone to it?11) Brandon Crisostomo- YouTube (18:41):
What is the most well behaved blue ink besides Florida blue (preferably something more vibrant)? and what paper would you recommend to buy in bulk for fountain pen use? [since I’m heading off to college in a short time] Thank You Brian

12) Ken Quenzer- YouTube (20:24): 
I would like to know more about cleaning pens. I am never sure how “clean” the water needs to be before I stop flushing the pen and then how long it needs to sit and dry before I can reload it with ink. What are your thoughts?

13) Brett Poole- YouTube (22:38):
Why do you only sell your current selection? Do you have plans on branching out into different brands? (Read: Visconti, Mont Blanc). Also would you consider a pen refurbishing / trade-in model?

14) berkebiletim- YouTube (24:33)
What are your opinions on left handed nibs?

15) Jael Thompson- YouTube (26:51):
Will you consider making a set of Goulet pen nibs for the Pilot pens, specifically nibs that fit the Pilot Metropolitan, Plumix, Penmanship, Cocoon, and the Prera? I detest the fact that Pilot does not make their nibs available to buy separate from their pens.

16) Gordon Hudson- YouTube (28:06):
How to fill a converter to maximum while not ending up with an over saturated feed that drips into the cap. This is only really a problem when I need to refill without writing immediately, but its still annoying.

17) Kevin Elliott- YouTube (29:11):
Do the twsbi mini’s now come with jowo nibs, or are the nibs maker still unknown?

18) Walter- InkNouveau (29:29):
Question on nibs – you’ve mentioned in the past that Pilot nibs are finer (smaller) than German nibs – so a Pilot medium nib might be more like a German fine nib. So can you tell me how the TWISBI nibs fit in here and the Goulet nibs. If I have say, a Lamy medium, what would I order in TWISBI and in Goulet nib size to be equivalent?

19) pjh- InkNouveau (31:25):

I’d love to turn the Platinum Cool into an eyedropper fill. You said you didn’t recommend doing it long term because of the potential for corrosion of the metal parts in contact with ink. Is there anything I could coat the metal parts with (silicone grease, perhaps? or paint?) to keep them from corroding? Are there some inks that would be less corrosive than others?
Also, the nib shield in the Cool ruins the appearance an otherwise beautiful pen. Have you discovered a way to remove it without damaging the pen?
If you pass these comments along to Platinum, will they take customer thoughts into consideration for a redesign?20) Jim- InkNouveau (33:47):
Any info at all on the Pilot Vanishing point le for 2013?21) Anonymous- InkNouveau (34:38):
Where did El Lawrence go? I came to your site to restock on it, and it’s gone 🙁

22) Kelly- InkNouveau (35:36):
You have Goulet nibs and joint venture pens such as the Nighthawk and Edison Nouveau. Will there be a 100% Goulet Pen in the future? And if yes, will you consider adding a flex nib to the nib family?

One more question: the 30 ml Diamine inks, is this still on your radar? Thanks.

23) Bob- InkNouveau (37:55):

What do you think is the dollar threshold where a
fountain pen’s writing performance does not get any better if you spend
more money. For example does a $100 pen write as good as you’re likely
to get regardless of what you spend. Thanks!24) Joshua Sasmor- InkNouveau (41:32):
Is there an easy way to disassemble the Lamy Vista cap? I somehow got ink between the silver inner cap liner and the clear plastic of the cap itself. I know a new cap is only $20, but still…25) Jerry- InkNouveau (42:25):

Here are a few things that I wouldn’t mind you covering in you Q&A:
1) How do you lubricate the piston on a piston fill?
2) How do you remove the nib/feed on a Platinum 3776?
3) Does a Standard International Cartridge Converter come apart like a Platinum 3776 Cartridge Converter? If so can you show how to take one a part?26) Stephenie Owen-Tillotson- InkNouveau (44:50):
Goulet Q&A is an awesome idea 🙂 I am thinking about getting into wax seals and I noticed you seem to carry J. Herbin’s letters but not their symbols – FYI I was looking for their Star of David. My wife and I hyphenated our last names, so one letter wouldn’t really work for both of us. Is there a reason you only carry the letters?27) Sam- InkNouveau (45:41):
What’s your favorite ink, and why? Any color that you consider “yours”?

28) Arnim Sommer- YouTube (46:50):
Which ink does the world still lack?
I really had a lot of fun doing this video, I hope you enjoyed it, too! Let me know your thoughts as well as any additional questions you have in the comments below. Have a great week, see you on 8/30!Write On,
Brian Goulet