Friday, April 19, 2013

Safely Replacing A Lamy Feed

While the feeds of Lamy fountain pens aren't made to be removed as a regular part of their operation, it is possible to accidentally pull one out when swapping your nib. If you put the feed back in incorrectly, you can jam it in and make it nearly impossible to remove without damaging it. I made this video to help you safely replace your feed in your pen in case you should find yourself in this situation. I hope it helps!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pens

Noodler's is legendary for its inks, and has become a major force in the pen world the last couple of years. They're stepping up their game once again with the release of Acrylic Konrad Flex Pens. This acrylic acetate is the same shiny, sparkly material that you see many higher-end pen companies use because of it's visual appeal, durability, and stain resistance. The dimensions, fit and finish are nearly identical to the Ripple Ebonite Konrads you saw come out in December 2012 (the overall pen is just a tad shorter), which is a good thing in my view. In this video I showcase the four colors being released with the introduction of these pens, which include John Mung, Himalayan Ruby, Baikal, and Rattlesnake & Adrenaline. There will be more colors to come, you know that Noodler's likes varying colors in their pens! Many of you will also appreciate that this material does not have that distinct "Noodler's pen smell".

Top to bottom: Noodler's resin Konrad, Noodler's Acrylic Konrad, Noodler's Ebonite Konrad

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pen, in Baikal

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pen, in Himalayan Ruby

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pen, in John Mung

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pen, in Rattlesnake & Adrenaline

I did a post yesterday about the release of these pens tomorrow, see that here. They are more expensive than the resin Konrads, because the acrylic is a more expensive material. But still, $40 is not too bad for what you're getting! And it's a #6 nib, so you can put a Goulet nib or any other #6 size nib you have in it (see how here) to increase its versatility. I'm glad to see these pens come available, and I think it's a step forward for Noodler's pens.

What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, April 15, 2013

Release Day 4/17/13 at 1pm EDT

Mark your calendars for 1pm EDT on this Wednesday, April 17. It's release day at Goulet! It's been since September of 2012 since we did a timed release, we only reserve this for very important products that we anticipate will be in extremely high demand. We have kind of a perfect storm this Wednesday. There's a lot of great stuff coming in, and most of it is going to go fast. This blog post is really just a heads up, so you can arrange your schedule so that you can get these limited pens if you've had your eye on them.

Here's what we're getting in:

Noodler's Ripple Ebonite Konrad Flex Pens, in Rebellion Red, Sahara Gray, and a limited edition Dixie #10 (see Nathan's video here). The Sahara will be plentiful, but the other two colors are going to be extremely limited in quantity and will likely sell out very quickly, particularly the Rebellion Red.

Noodler's Ripple Ebonite Konrads

Noodler's Acrylic Konrad Flex Pens
, in four colors. These are brand new pens, featuring the same Noodler's Konrad flex nib but with a glossy acrylic acetate body (the same kind of material you see with many high-end pen companies - one might say they have a lot of chatoyance!). They will be the first resin Noodler's pens without the distinctive "Noodler's pen smell". They're seriously impressive. This is part of a new line, with more colors to come in the future.

Noodler's Acrylic Konrads

Edison Beaumont Stealth. This is a limited edition pen, with an all-black glossy resin body and special smoky grey ruthenium-plated hardware and nib. Only 100 have been made worldwide. We are only receiving one shipment, so once they're gone, that's it! They'll be available in extra-fine, fine, medium, and broad stainless steel nibs.

Edison Beaumont Stealth

We are also receiving a shipment of Pilot Metropolitans and fine-nibbed resin Namiki Falcons. We aren't sure as of this newsletter whether they will make it in time for the Wednesday release, but we're optimistic. Worst case, they'll come on Thursday (just make a note in your order comments if you order on Wednesday that you'd like your order to be held to be combined with a second order).

Here's how it's going to work:

Because of the limited nature of many of these items, you're going to have to be diligent in purchasing as close to the release time as possible. Here's everything you need to know to give yourself the best chance:
  1. Sign up on the email notification list for any item you're interested in, which you do by clicking on the 'email me when back in stock' link below the 'Add to Cart' button on the product page, then typing in your email. As soon as we make it available for purchase, you'll be notified by email. This isn't required for you to buy it, but is just an extra reminder to let you know as soon as it is live and available for sale.
  2. Get to GouletPens.com as close to 1pm Eastern US time as you possibly can, because that's when we're releasing these products for sale. We chose this time to accommodate the most number of people around the world as possible. We know that it's not an ideal time for everyone, and we're really sorry if it isn't for you.
  3. Load other items into your shopping cart ahead of time. Get to GouletPens.com early, and load up whatever else you want before 1pm EDT. Once we make the new products live, all you have to do is add it to your cart and checkout with everything else you already have. The first people to checkout get it, just having it in your shopping cart doesn't reserve it for you!
  4. Arrange for someone else to purchase it if you're not able to at 1pm. If you have an important meeting or appointment at the time of the release, arrange for a family member or friend to help you purchase it. It's impossible for us to predict how fast the we'll sell out, we'll honestly be pretty surprised if some of these items last to the end of the day.
  5. Make sure your login and credit card/PayPal is working properly. There's nothing worse than going through all of the excitement of getting your order in your cart only to find out you can't login, your card expired, or you forgot to update something on your PayPal account. Same goes with your billing/shipping address on our site. Get it all straight ahead of time so you know you're good to go when you checkout.
  6. You have to order through GouletPens.com. There will be such a mad rush of people flocking to our site, shooting us emails, and calling us, that we can't guarantee you anything unless it goes through our website. Our inventory is real-time through our site, and it's the only way for us to ensure that we don't oversell. We'll do our best to take your order over the phone if you need us to after 1:00pm, but we only have one phone line and may not be able to pick up right away. We're sorry if this inconveniences you at all, but it's the only way we can manage everything during a release like this. If you are having technical issues with our website at that time email us and we will help you as soon as possible.
  7. Our site will go down just before 1pm. As we've learned from past experience, our site can get flooded with traffic around the time of the release. Everyone then refreshes the page in their browser, which jams the traffic even more. The slower it gets, the more everyone refreshes, to the point where the site either crashes or jams up so bad that it takes 10 minutes or more to refresh! To avoid all that drama, we'll be shutting the site down completely a few minutes before 1pm so that there will be no logjam. Then, we can bring the site back up right at 1pm, and everyone will be happy :) So don't completely freak out if the site's down for 5-10 minutes before 1pm, that's intentional.
One other note: our Goulet nibs are running low on stock, and will likely get cleared out pretty well with this release (some sizes even before the release). Don't let that hold up an order for any of these pens. We will have more nibs, but many of these pens will be a one-shot deal. More nibs are expected around the first week of June. We know that seems like an eternity, but it's the fastest we are able to get more! The good news is that we're increasing our quantities of nibs dramatically, and we will be expanding into the two-tone finish, as well.

We'll "see" you at 1pm EDT on Wednesday, April 17. Feel free to email us with any questions!

Write On,
Brian & Rachel Goulet

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Edison Beaumont Stealth LE Coming Soon!

Brian Gray just announced that an Edison Beaumont is coming in a sleek stealth design! It's a limited edition, to be released next week with a total of 100 pens worldwide, and each pen will be individually numbered. We're fortunate to be one of the retailers carrying them at GouletPens.com. They are a black resin with ruthenim colored clip and centerband and ruthenium-plated stainless steel nib engraved with the Edison logo. Ruthenium is a plating that is a gun-metal color, and is something that Edison has rarely done in the past. No production Edison pen has been available with ruthenium trim before.

The Beaumont Stealth LE is going to be released next week, we're not yet sure what day but we'll update when we know. You will be able to pick one up for yourself in an extra-fine, fine, medium, or broad nib for $159. This is a cartridge/converter pen (converter included). The Beaumont is not recommended for eyedropper conversion because of the way the blind cap is assembled on the pen. To be notified as soon as we have these pens available, sign up for our "email me when back in stock" notification here.

Edison Beaumont Stealth LE, cartridge/converter pen
Pens will be individually numbered XXX of 100 with a subtle engraving on the pen body

Ruthenium nib and trim is something never offered on a production Edison before

To see how the size of the Beaumont compares to other pens, check out the Pen Plaza, and to see how the Edison nibs write, check out the Nib Nook on GouletPens.com.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Sunday, April 7, 2013

One Million Views (and counting)

Back when I first started doing videos in January of 2010, I had no idea how long I would do them or if anyone would even care to watch them. I had no video making experience, and I really didn't have a plan for how I was going to do them or in what frequency. I just knew I needed to make them, and I credit Gary Vaynerchuck and his book Crush It! for giving me the ideas and inspiration to make it happen.

I started my first video back on January 15th, 2010, just 10 days before my son was born. The Goulet Pen Company at that time was little more than a dream, we'd only been selling fountain pen ink and paper (no pens!) for a couple of months. It was just by wife and me, and she was working a full-time job. When her maternity leave ran out, she couldn't bear the thought of going back to work and leaving our son, so we had to make the decision to try to make our little fountain pen supply business something we could live on, without any guarantees whatsoever. We had a little money saved up, but not much, and with a newborn and a mortgage we had anything but financial security. It was truly a leap of faith for us to decide to dedicate everything we had to making GPC a viable business, and producing videos and blog content on Ink Nouveau was an integral part in doing that.

After years of hard work, big risks, and many sleepless nights, we now have what many would consider to be a dream job. I can't deny that we are incredibly blessed to be doing what we love and working with our two kids every day. Even though we no longer work out of our house, we commute with our kids to our shop each day, and we balance out managing our staff of 14 with the needs of our kids, changing diapers and reading books on Thomas the Tank Engine and Dr. Seuss. We work very long hours, and we've given up essentially everything besides faith, family, and work to be able to make it happen, but it has been well worth it. We are incredibly thankful for the love and support we have in the fountain pen community, and we will continue to educate and entertain with future videos for as long as we're able, because we're so thankful for your allowing us to do what we love every day.

Thank you for supporting us on Ink Nouveau, on YouTube, our podcast, and of course, GouletPens.com. For more than three years since we started our company, we've grown from an unknown mom-and-pop store to a company that's able to do some pretty neat things, and we want to continue to be able to do more. We still don't do any paid advertising, we rely solely on your word-of-mouth to spread the word about us. Hitting 1 million views on YouTube is both exciting and humbling. I feel very appreciated and valued with every video that I post, like I'm really helping you to enhance your own fountain pen experience. Thank you so much for all of your love and support, and here's to the next 1 million views!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ink Drop: April Reveal and March Contest Winners

April Ink Drop Reveal: Under the Sea

For April's Ink Drop, we selected a range of blues, from green/turquoise to dark blue. We hope you enjoyed them!

Due to low participation, we have decided we won't be doing an Ink Drop contest this month, though we'd still love to see and share what you do with your colors! Feel free to sound off on what you thought of this month's inks in the comments below.

March Ink Drop Contest Results

As for the March 2013 "Fade to Black" Ink Drop Contest, thank you to everyone who entered, and to everyone who voted. This was a tough month, as all the colors were in the gray/black range. But you still did some amazing things with these colors!

Art Winners: 

The first-prize ($25) winner was Michael F.:

The $10 Art runner-up was Danielle C.:

Writing Winners: 

The first-prize ($25) winner was Gary L.: 

The $10 Writing runner-up was Ted A.:

Congrats to all four winners, and to everyone else who participated!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Goulet Nibs

I'm very pleased to announce the introduction of the Goulet #6 Stainless Steel nibs! Made by Jowo in Germany, these $15 stainless steel nibs are available in EF, F, M, B, 1.1, and 1.5 sizes, and have a sweet GP ink splatter logo on them. These nibs are ideal for converting your Noodler's Ahab (and any other pen that holds a #6 nib) to a non-flexible pen with a good range of nib sizes.

Here's a quick reference for you to jump to just the part of the video you want to see, since I know I made it really, really long!
  • Backstory of why offering our own nibs is significant to GouletPens.com (0:20)
  • Showing the nibs (8:55)
  • How the nibs write (10:35)
  • Placing a Goulet nib on a Noodler's Ahab (14:22)
  • Writing with a Goulet nib in an Ahab (19:38)
  • Replacing the nib with an inked-up Ahab (20:10)

These are German nibs, so they're going to write a little broader than their Japanese friends. They will be similar to other nibs made by Jowo. They are smooth with a hint of feedback, so not quite like writing with a hot stick of butter on a sheet of ice, but smooth enough so that I think most folks will find them quite favorable. You can compare the thickness of each of the writing samples with any of the other pens we stock in our Nib Nook.
  • The extra-fine is fairly thin, not hairline, but thin enough to get the job done. It'll be ideal for those who want to write as fine as possible. It'll be about comparable to Lamy, Edison, and other German nibs. 
  • The fine is not a world of difference from the extra-fine, it is a little broader but about the same wetness. The fine will be a solid all-around nib. 
  • The medium is pretty a pretty drastic change from the fine, though. It's broader, and significantly wetter. If you're b looking to get the most color out of your ink and want to start seeing some real shading, that's where you'll want the medium. 
  • The broad, well, that thing is just a firehose. Use it when your paper is on fire and needs to be doused! 
  • The 1.1mm is going to be better for an 'everyday' stub, adding a snazzy bit of calligraphy styling to your writing without having to drastically change the way you write. The 1.1mm and 1.5mm are stubs, so you'll get line variation between the cross- and down-strokes, but the corners are rounded so they will be relatively smooth, much smoother than a 'crisp' italic. Click here to see the difference.  Stubs are a bit less forgiving than conventional nib in terms of how you rotate your pen in your hand when you write, but once you write with them for a little bit, it's easy to get used to them. They'll let you know how they like to be held ;) 
  • The 1.5mm is a bit wider on the down-stroke, and something that will be a little bit harder to use with everyday writing, unless you have the room to write larger than normal. 

Each of these nibs is $15, and come as just the metal nib (no feed or housing of any kind). We're also going to offer them in a set of all 6 sizes for $80, a bit of a discount there for ya ;) Though they are standard #6 nibs and will fit a variety of different pen models, just be aware that pretty much all pen companies will only warrantee the performance of their pen with their own nibs in them. You are more than welcome to tinker around and swap these nibs on whatever pens you want, but be conscious of your particular brand's warranty policy before you do so. I have been using these nibs on the Noodler's Ahab with good results, so that's my primary motivation for offering them.

I'd love to hear what you think! These are something I've been working on for some time, and I'm very eager to see how the fountain pen world responds.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, April 1, 2013

Edison $28.95 Bulb Filling Pen

Coveted as one of the pens with the largest ink capacity and unique filling systems, Edison's bulb filling pens have long been at the upper price range for most pen enthusiasts. Until now!

Okay, so this pen may not be for everyone. But Brian Gray was a good sport for letting me put this video together, so I want to plug his Edison Morgan LE group buy going on right now. It's no 2-ounce bulb filler, but it's still pretty nice :)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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