Friday, April 4, 2014
Goulet Q&A Episode 26, Nathan Tardif Interview
In my last Goulet Q&A, I did my best to answer the slew of Noodler's questions I received. There were a few that I thought would best be answered by the man himself, Nathan Tardif! He's the founder of Noodler's Ink, and the one-man-show who designs and coordinates the manufacture of all Noodler's pens and hand-mixes all of the Noodler's ink in the world. He's an incredibly, incredibly busy man, and I am honored to have been able to spend an hour with him!
These questions were all originated from fans, but I have edited them to broaden or narrow the scope:
Q1) Kevin L.- Facebook (5:36):
Why do some pen experts seem to have a problem with Noodler's Ink or its maker? There are some pretty bold statements made out there about the safety of Noodler’s that doesn't seem to match up with the experience that the vast majority of pen users are having.
Q2) David- InkNouveau (20:13):
You (Nathan) encourage tinkering with the flex pen nibs and feeds, yet the nibs and feeds themselves are not available for purchase apart from the pens. I know some people are frustrated because they’ll do some adjustments to their feeds and if they mess up at all they’ve essentially ruined the pen because they can’t get any replacement parts. do you have any plans, or would you be open to considering offering those parts available separate from the pens?
Q3) Tom J.- email (30:41):
When you develop an ink like Black Swan in Australian Roses or 54th Massachusetts that has a special story around the ink and it’s properties. Do you come up with the story first and then develop the ink, or do you develop the ink and find a story to match it?
Q4) Wesley S.- Facebook (37:43):
I’ve read various posts comparing Noodler’s blacks, but I would love a definitive comparison. What are the differences and why are there so many different black inks?
Q5) Scott B.- Facebook (45:42):
At this point you’ve crated 2 higher-end Konrads, the Ebonite and the Acrylic, have you considered doing that for the Ahab? Is that even anything feasible?
Thank you everyone for asking such good questions, and a special thanks to Nathan for your time! Next week's Q&A will be going back to an Open Forum, so any questions can just go right in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this interview, we'll have to do it again!