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Friday, August 30, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 2



This is the second episode of Goulet Q&A, where I answer your fountain pen, ink, and paper questions. Every week I take your questions on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and InkNouveau.com, and answer them in this video. I took a lot of the feedback you gave after the first one and made some tweaks and improvements, which include:
  • Time stamps for the start of each question
  • Shorter video overall (36 minutes instead of 50)
  • Overlaid pictures of pens/inks I'm discussing in the video

The tradeoff with doing a little bit shorter video is that I'm not able to answer all of the questions that come in, and I'm sorry for those of you that are asking questions that I leave out. This is still an experiment, so I'm open to feedback about the Q&A video format. I'm liking the way it's shaping up though! Next week I'll still have an open forum, but I think I would like to try out some topical vids, so please let me know what topics you might want to see me focus on, such as ink mixing, paper, permanent inks, flex pens, nib smoothing, storing pens, pens for beginners, or anything along those lines. 

Here are this week's questions:


1) @NotMattOhmann- Twitter (1:42):
What/who introduced you to fountain pens, and how long ago was it?

2) Shan De Almeida-YouTube (3:06):

What is your favorite aspect of the fountain pen community? What makes us special to you, and makes you be an enthusiast with us? Why fountain pens?

3) @KwentinBusam- Twitter (7:15):
What is your favorite filling mechanism?

4) @MobyProf- Twitter, Miss Thundercat- Ink Nouveau (9:13):
I'd like to try mixing inks (esp. Noodler's WoW). What do I need to know NOT to mix (brands, properties)?

5) @fmfisdead- Twitter (14:25):
 Would you ever consider having an in house nibmeister? Probably a long shot and not worth it. But would be awesome

6) tendollarword- YouTube (18:01):Any chance of you doing a video on the Monteverde Jewelria?
Also, are you guys going to carry the TWSBI notebooks?

7) Brett Poole- YouTube (19:47):
Thank you so much for fielding my question so thoroughly! I was going to make a Visconti my first "big time" pen. I bought my first fountain pen from you, and (call me sentimental) I want to get a high quality pen in the 150-250 range from you. What's your recommendation for a juicy broad?

8) Christopher Hulsey- YouTube (21:34):
Is there a blue ink that closely matches the blue in your logo?

9) PeartFan76028- YouTube (22:53):Could you tell us about all the letters and things behind you on your letter wall?

10) Minibom26RS- YouTube (24:10):
What is your favorite brown ink? What's your thought on Diamine - Chocolate Brown?

11) Jen D- YouTube (25:06):Flex pens are my new obsession, i recently purchased an ahab and love it. can you recommend: a) a few inks that go nicely with flex pens (good shading, nice flow etc) other than the noodler's black swans & apache sunset? (already got em!) b) a flex/soft nib pen to graduate up to after the ahab? i really enjoy the line variation i get with the ahab. the price leap after the ahab makes me a little wary, any direction would be greatly appreciated.

12) monkehm- YouTube (27:34):Brian, I found an old Sheaffer fountain pen in my parents' basement. It's a lovely pen I'd like to use, but the nibs don't seem to ever come clean. I've rinsed one nib for over half an hour with a bulb syringe and the water still runs cloudy grey from the black ink. Is there anything I can do to speed it up, or are the nibs unusable?

13) Alec Johnson- YouTube (29:03):
What couple pens do you use on a regular basis?

14) VallivueLaxPlayer- YouTube (30:24):
Brian, could give us a list (written or off the top of your head) of pens that use a #6 nib? Or do you have a way of knowing what sized nib is on a pen?


Thanks so much for a great set of questions, everyone! Keep them coming, I'd love to hear what's on your mind. Just post here in the comments, and maybe I'll answer your question next week ;)

Write On,
Brian Goulet 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Swapping Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Nib and Rollerball Tip



Some of the Noodler's 4.5 ounce inks come with eyedropper converter Platinum Preppies that have both fountain pen nibs and rollerball tips. I've been asked more than a few times how you swap between the two, so I thought this video would be helpful! Spoiler alert, you just pull the nib out and stick the rollerball tip in it's place ;) But the video shows it much more fancy-like!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, August 26, 2013

Farewell, Encore



A year and a half after its introduction, it's time to say goodbye to the Edison Nouveau Encore, an exclusive pen we helped develop with the Edison Pen Company. We love this pen and it was a painful decision to make, but we really feel it's for the best.




Long story short, there were several factors that contributed to our decision to discontinue this pen from production:
  • The center band and medallion in the cap are pretty, but too 'blingy' for many Edison fans
  • The medallion especially drove up the production costs of the pen, making it more expensive than other Edison production pens
  • The pen uses a smaller #5 nib, which is not sharable with other Edison production pens that use #6 nibs
  • The Edison Beaumont was released about 4 months after the release of the Encore, and it's too similar and uses a #6 nib for a lower price



Ultimately, what it boils down to is the Encores just haven't sold that well, especially since the Beuamont came out. We have been continuing to offer this pen longer than we probably would have if we were less personally affiliated with it, as it's been a hard decision to make letting this pen go. It was after we met with Brian and Andrea Gray of Edison Pens at the 2013 DC Pen Show that we all finally admitted to ourselves that this pen was meant for a season, and that season has passed.



Our introductory Edison-exclusive (the Premiere) is still going strong though, so don't worry about that one. We will be doing a Premiere LE this fall and we'll be freshening up the line with some new colors this coming spring. We will continue to carry all of the other Edison production-line pens (Beaumont, CollierHerald, Hudson, Pearlette, and Premiere).

We still have a moderate stock of Encores, but no more will be made from this point. We have discontinued them and lowered the price from the normal $165 down to $145, so if you have had one of these pens on your wish list, you may want to bump it to the top. I don't know how long we'll have them hanging around, my guess would be a few weeks.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, August 23, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 1



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: 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Delta Fusion 82 First Impression



Here are some key parts of the video:
  • Fusion 82 unboxing (1:23)
  • Pen overview (4:00)
  • Pen closeup, must see! (9:03)
  • Writing with fine nib (11:51)
  • Writing with 1.3mm stub nib (15:22)

Every since I heard about the release of the Delta Fusion 82, I wanted one. It's an interesting concept: a steel and gold combination fountain pen that's meant to react together to help the ink flow smoother. At least that's how Delta implies it works…the science behind it escapes me a bit, but really I don't care as much as how it works as much as if it just actually works like they say.

It wasn't just the function of the fused nib that drew me to this pen, it's really the whole presentation. The box is awesome, with more design and intention than I have seen in just about any other pen presentation in this price range. The pen itself is very, very attractive, a very comfortable size, a great weight (22g/0.8oz), the materials are stunning and the two-tone nib looks great. All-in-all, this is just a gorgeous pen, at least I think it is.

Delta Fusion 82 in blue, the pictures just don't do justice!

Delta Fusion 82 nib, stainless steel and 18k gold in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, and 1.3mm italic.

Delta Fusion 82 centerband, showing the sweet retro font.

Delta Fusion 82 in black

Delta Fusion 82 clip design is simple and classy.


It has a list price of $295 (our price is $236), so it's more expensive than most of the pens I'm typically drawn to. I wanted to get one of these for myself, for sure, but I also had a good hunch that this is a pen that others would want, as well. I wanted to see if it would be worth seriously considering carrying on Gouletpens.com. But at this price, with 4 pen colors and 5 nib sizes, it's a huge investment for me to decide to carry these just on speculation. I decided that I wanted to buy one, use it myself, and then put out a video sharing my thoughts and initial impressions on the pen so that I could get your feedback about how the pen looks to you. And that's just what I've done here today.

Here is a summary of my impressions, a biased and unfiltered personal view of this pen as I've handled it and used it:

Pros:
  • It's beautiful, one of the most attractive pens I have in my whole collection…perhaps the most attractive with that stunning blue!! I'm a sucker for blue.
  • The size is great, very well-balanced and solid-feeling. 
  • The grip is great, the threading is subtle and the step is not obtrusive at all, even though my thumb rests directly on it when I write.
  • The nib was more feedback than I had expected. It's not glassy-smooth, but rather feels kind of like a soft lead pencil's resistance on the paper. I usually like really smooth nibs, but this one actually feels really good to me, and is a nice change from most of the other pens I have. It's not scratchy at all.
  • The flow is generous, but not out-of-control gushing. It's just about perfect in my mind.
  • The nib, though having a foundation of stainless steel, actually has a small amount of flex, so I was actually able to make my fine nib write out to at least a medium, maybe even a broad. It takes intention and pressure to do so, but you can flex it. I won't use it for this purpose, but it's there.
Cons:
  • The cap doesn't post as securely as I'd like. Because I have larger hands and the way I hold my pen, it puts a lot of side pressure on a posted cap, and it tends to wiggle loose a bit as I write. I find it more comfortable to write unposted, which is not a big deal because the body is long enough where it's very comfortable even without posting. 
  • The clip is a bit tight, not that I care because as you've seen from my videos, I wear t-shirts every day. But still. I don't even know if this is truly a 'con', I am honestly just not an expert on putting pens in shirt pockets given my personal choice of clothing!



These are just kind of my raw thoughts and impressions on the Fusion 82. It's a pen that I am looking into selling on my site for $236, but I really wanted to get your feedback on it first. It comes in 4 awesome resin colors: black, blue, purple and brown, and in 5 nib sizes: extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, and 1.3mm italic. I'd be interested in stocking the full line. If you have any experience with this pen, I'd love to hear what you have to say. I've always had a very user-driven, grassroots method for deciding which pens to carry in my store, and I want to hear if it's something you would be interested in me carrying before I just start going for it. What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Goulet Q&A Introduction



I'm starting a new weekly series called Goulet Q&A, where I'll be answering any questions you have for me in video form. You just have to post your question either here in the comments, in the YouTube comments for this video, or on Twitter or Facebook, asking anything you want (preferably fountain pen related). I'll read through all the questions and pick a bunch to answer every week. The first one will be this Friday, August 23rd 2013, so post any questions you have here. The whole idea behind this is that I want to converse with you and give you more direct access into my brain. See you Friday, it should be fun!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Pilot Con-50 Converter Disassembly



If you wanted to know how to take apart a Pilot Con-50 converter for cleaning and maintenance, or to remove the metal agitator, then watch this video. I got asked about how to do this after posting my video on the ink capacities of the different Pilot converters, so this video is a response to that one.

Why would you want to take apart your converter? There are several reasons:

  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Removing the agitator to increase ink capacity by about 0.1mL
  • Removing the agitator so it doesn't rattle in the pen

Taking the converter apart isn't that hard, but it does require you to break the glue that's used on the threading to unscrew the metal shroud. It'll pretty much feel like you're breaking the converter, and you kind of are, so be careful. If you do end up doing any permanent damage, it'll be on you. This is a hack and not something that Pilot officially promotes doing, so do it at your own risk. 

I hope this helps you out! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. 

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, August 16, 2013

FP101: Fountain Pens for Students



It's about time to gear up for back-to-school, and I thought it might be helpful to share with you some of the best pens for students in the $50 and under price range. Keeping in mind that value, reliability, and durability are some of the key factors for student pens, here are some that I will gladly recommend.

This is the first Fountain Pen 101 video I've made in about a year, so if you haven't seen my others already, definitely check them out here.

Pilot Metropolitan, ~$15+

Pros:
  • Great value
  • Attractive
  • Durable
  • Very reliable writer
  • Good ink capacity
Cons:
  • Limited to black, gold, and silver, pretty conservative colors
  • Only available in medium nib (though it's a Japanese medium, so it's pretty fine)
  • Cartridges and converters are proprietary to the Pilot/Namiki brand

Lamy Safari/Vista/Nexx, ~$26+

Pros:
  • Workhorses, they just write
  • Lots of fun colors to choose from
  • Durable despite the worst of abuses
  • Many nibs to choose from, including stubs
  • Nibs are swappable, so you can buy one pen and a variety of nibs to vary things up
  • Ink window shows you when you need to refill ink
  • Triangular grip makes it easy to hold for beginners
Cons:
  • Converter doesn't come with the pens, you have to buy separately
  • Grip is bothersome to some, especially with larger hands
  • Cartridges and converters are proprietary to Lamy

Platinum Preppy, ~$4

Pros:
  • Great value
  • Clear, easy to see ink level
  • Eyedropper convertible, able to hold huge volume of ink
  • Versatile, accepts cartridge, converter, or eyedropper
  • Not the end of the world if lost, broken, or stolen
  • Many different colors to choose from
Cons:
  • Doesn't come with converter, costs about twice what the pen does
  • Plastic is somewhat brittle, and can fracture if handled too rough (dropped on concrete, crushed in backpack, etc)
  • Cartridges and converter are proprietary to Platinum (though can be used with adapter to accept standard international cartridges)


Pilot Varsity, ~$3

Pros:
  • Great value
  • Writes surprisingly well for the price
  • Durable
  • Refillable by hack, though marketed as disposable
  • Good ink capacity
  • Not the end of the world if lost, broken, or stolen
Cons:
  • Only one nib size
  • Come preloaded with ink, so limited color selection unless hacked and refilled

Noodler's Flex Pens (Nib Creaper, Ahab, Konrad), $14-20

Pros:
  • Great value
  • HUGE color selection
  • Durable, can drop or crush and won't crack
  • Flex nib, incredibly rare in this price range
  • Good ink capacity with piston mechanisms, no cartridges or converter needed
  • Nibs can be swapped with any #6 nib, such as the Goulet nibs for great variety
  • Easily disassembled for cleaning and maintenance
Cons:
  • Challenging to use for a newbie
  • Writes very wet, can be troublesome on cheap, absorbent paper
  • Can be finicky, requires patience on the part of the user 

Sheaffer VFM, ~$16.50

Pros:
  • Great value
  • Writes well
  • Durable
  • Lots of very fun and vibrant colors
Cons:
  • Only one nib size, medium
  • Only takes standard international cartridges, won't fit any converter 

Sheaffer 100, ~$40

Pros:
  • Classy design
  • Writes well
  • Durable
  • Comes with a converter
Cons:
  • Metal grip can be hard to hold for long writing sessions
  • Only accepts proprietary Sheaffer cartridges and converter
  • Might be a target for stealing, keep a close eye on it!

Platinum Cool, ~$42

Pros:
  • Nice fit and finish
  • Writes well
  • Insert in cap keeps nib wet very well
  • Very fine nibs, great for cheap paper
  • Flexible nibs, can make writing fun if you choose to flex it
  • Clear pens, easy to see ink level
  • Comes with a converter
Cons:
  • Only accepts proprietary Platinum cartridges and converter
  • Might be a target for stealing, keep a close eye on it!
  • Converter doesn't match the trim, but can be hacked to be made silver

TWSBI 580/Mini, ~$50-55

Pros:
  • Nice fit and finish
  • Writes well
  • Great value, for what they are
  • Insert in cap keeps nib wet very well
  • Wide variety of nibs to choose from, including stubs
  • Piston fillers, with large ink capacity
  • Clear pens, easy to see ink level
  • Easily disassembled for cleaning and maintenance
Cons:
  • Most expensive pens in this group
  • Might be a target for stealing, keep a close eye on it!


These are my recommendations, and take them for what they're worth. These are pens that I feel are worth consideration for students, though which pen is best for you will ultimately be your own decision. These are only pens I have experience with, and it's most certain there are others worth considering that I don't talk about here. But hopefully this will at least give you something to consider if you're a student and looking for a workhorse to help you make the most of your studies! If you have any other suggestions or questions, just let me know if the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pilot Converter Ink Capacities



I get asked pretty often about which Pilot converter to choose for a given pen, with ink capacity usually as the motivator for making the choice. So I decided to dedicate a whole video to the 5 different options available today from Pilot. I broke it into two parts: Part 1 is an overview that will provide you with the takeaways from my testing, and Part 2 is the nitty-gritty showing how I actually did my measurements. I compiled them into a playlist so you can easily skip from one vid to another.

There are 5 different options for getting ink into your Pilot/Namiki fountain pens. It should be noted that older versions of today's available pens may be limited in converter selection, though I'm not knowledgeable enough of all vintage pens to say for sure what those are. I do know that all of the modern Pilot and Namiki pens available in the US as of this posting will accept all 5 of these filling mechanisms, with the exception of the Con-70, which only fits in the Pilot Custom 74 and Pilot Metal Falcon (perhaps others, but I'm not aware of any more).

Here are the 5 different filling mechanisms, with the ink capacities that I measured in my test. It should be noted that I didn't fill them to the absolute brim, as that would not be practical since it would gush out when you go to put the filling mechanism on the pen. I filled them all to an equal level to give adequate space for placement onto the pen. That's just how I decided to do it.

Pilot/Namiki Cartridges, proprietary to these brands of pens, hold about 0.9mL of ink

Pilot "Cleaning" Converter, not sold separately, but comes with the Pilot Parallel and Metropolitan pens. Holds about 0.9mL of ink, and essentially a stripped-down version of the Con-20 squeeze converter.

Pilot Con-20, squeeze converter that fits all Pilot/Namiki pens that I'm aware, and holds about 0.9ml of ink.

Pilot Con-50, the most common and recognized of the group, it's a twist/piston converter with an agitator. The agitator can be removed with proper skill and determination! As is, with the agitator, you'll see about 0.6mL ink capacity, and without it about 0.7mL. 

Pilot Con-70, the big daddy. This monster button-filler is only accommodated by the larger Custom 74 and Pilot Metal Falcon, and comes in silver on the pens, yet replacement converters sold are black, as pictured here. This one will yield about 1.0mL of ink.

What does all this mean?

When it comes time to actually make a decision about which converter will be suit your needs for your Pilot/Namiki pen, there are a variety of factors involved such as compatibility with your pen model, price, functionality, ink capacity, price, and ease of cleaning.

I decided to focus mainly on ink capacity for this blog post to keep myself focused, so with that in mind, unless you're fortunate enough to have a pen that accommodates the Con-70, the Con-20 or refilling ink cartridges will get you the greatest ink capacity. They both have their drawbacks though, to fill cartridges you'll need something like an ink syringe to be able to do it, and it's an extra cleaning step involved there. I have a video showing how to refill cartridges here. The Con-20 doesn't show you the ink capacity, which something I miss from the Con-50. Removing the agitator will gain you about 0.1mL of ink capacity, but it will also be more likely to have flow issues if the ink hangs up in the back of the converter (which is exactly why Pilot puts that agitator in there, to prevent that).

Like most things in life, it all comes down to compromise. There are some slight tradeoffs going from one converter to another, and none of them are ideal for everyone, which is likely why you see the broadest range of converters in this brand than any other modern pen brand. But at least now you are a little better educated about how ink capacity factors in to your converter choice. If you have any questions or need clarification, just ask in the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DC Pen Show 2013 Vintage Pen Haul



I published this blog post last week before I went to the 2013 DC Pen Show asking for advice on vintage pens to pick up, and I got a lot of great advice! Admittedly there were far more pens I wanted to buy than I actually walked away with, partly because of time constraints at the show, and partly because of budgetary constraints. Thankfully, Rachel was there with me to keep me in line ;)

Here are the pens I ended up walking away with:
  • Parker 21 (gift, from Harvey, thank you!), fine steel burgundy with metal cap
  • Parker 51 vac-fill medium gold nib, black with metal cap
  • Esterbrook J, green lever-fill with medium 9556 steel nib
  • Esterbrook SJ, amber lever-fill with fine 9556 steel nib
  • Sheaffer Snorkel, medium gold nib, burgundy 

There were a lot of other great suggestions and pens that I wanted to walk away with…Parker 45, Parker 75, Parker Vacumatic, Parker Duofold, Sheaffer Targa, Sheaffer PFM, Sheaffer Imperial, Sheaffer Balance, Wahl/Eversharp Skyline, Waterman Ideal….but they were all either not within my sight or my budget. C'est la vie.

Vintage pens are a slippery slope, and I can definitely see the appeal because there's well over 100 years of history behind most of these companies. If you love pens and love history, then you're basically hopeless if you ever start to fall down this rabbit hole…for me though, I am not diving in deep. I really wanted these pens just to have some of the most iconic and classic vintage pens just for my own education, enjoyment, and appreciation for what pens have stood the test of time. I'm pleased to add these to my already existing collection of a Waterman 52 and Mabie Todd Swan.

Thanks to all of you who helped point me in the right direction!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Help Me Out, Vintage Pen Fans



I'm going to the 2013 DC pen show this weekend, and I'm thinking of picking up some popular/iconic vintage pens that might be good comparisons for the moderns pens I normally handle, and for tools on my site like the Pen Plaza.

I'm not that knowledgeable about vintage pens, so I need your help...which pens would be the best ones for me to pick up while I'm at the show?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August Ink Drop Reveal: Grab Your Sunglasses

For the August 2013 Ink Drop, we chose the theme "Grab Your Sunglasses". We selected a variety of brightly-colored cheerful inks, which remind us of the fun and the heat of summer. Here are the colors:

Let us know what you think of the colors (once you've had a chance to try them) in the comments below! Remember, Ink Drop members save 10% off the full bottle price of these colors.

Next month, we'll start to cool down...

Monday, August 5, 2013

Platinum Cool Review



I'm trying something different with this pen, the Platinum Cool. I shot the video and there was so much I wanted to talk about that it ended up being over 20 minutes long. Not that I'm afraid to post videos that long, but the footage ended up being in such clearly defined segments, I wanted to experiment with splicing it up and making it into a multi-part video. This allows you as the viewer to just watch the individual segment you want, and you can more easily reference it in the future if you want.

This is all a grand experiment, so I'd really love to hear what you think in the comments. If it's dumb, then tell me. If you love it, please tell me. As I'm a busy father-of-two running a retail company with a lot of things demanding my time each day, I'm ever-searching for the most time-efficient and impactful way I can get my knowledge from my brain to yours.

This video ended up being in 6 parts total, and I embeded the video playlist (so if you click play, it'll just string them all together). The 6 parts are:



The Cool is, forgive my unavoidable pun, a very cool pen. It's in a great price range (list $53, $42.40 on Gouletpens.com) with a converter (normally $7.50 on its own). It is an attractive pen, is well-balanced, light, and seals reliably. It has a snap-cap which has an insert inside it to keep the nib from drying out, and can accept either Platinum cartridges or converters (no eye dropper conversion though, sorry). But best of all, the nib has a lot of spring to it, with a very noticeable line variation going up at least two nib sizes with intentional pressure. It's no vintage Waterman, definitely has some spring if you want it to. It's a great alternative to the Noodler's flex pens for those of you who just can't get the hang of those, and is much cheaper than the alternative modern flex nib pens like the Pilot Falcon and Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e, though those are both great pens.

All-in-all, this is one of the more exciting pens I've seen come out lately, especially because of its versatility and affordability. Thank you so much Platinum for adding this pen to your line-up, it's refreshing to see pen companies that are coming out with pens that are both affordable and high-quality.
Platinum Cool Crystal Blue 2
Platinum Cool Crystal Blue 3
Platinum Cool Crystal Clear 1

Platinum Cool Crystal Clear 2

Platinum Cool Crystal Clear 3
Platinum Cool Crystal Rose 1

Platinum Cool Crystal Rose 2

Platinum Cool Crystal Rose 3


You can check out how this pen compares to other pens in size in the Pen Plaza, as well as how it writes compared to others in the Nib Nook. Thanks for reading my post! If you have experience with the Cool or just thoughts about the multi-part video format I did, please share it with me in the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, August 2, 2013

Feeling the Love from Bryan, TX

So I got this email from a customer yesterday:

I just got my first package from y'all in the mail, and it had a little note on it. I thought y'all might like to see the Goulet love in Bryan, TX. 


How cool is that? The Bryan, TX postal carrier saw that the box came from us at GouletPens.com and felt compelled to share the love with the recipient by writing on the box before it was delivered. This is exactly the kind of passion and love that inspires and motivates us as a part of the fountain pen community. We are all connected by a shared appreciation for our beloved pens. Though we may be geographically scattered, we may be a little closer than we think ;)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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