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Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Ink Drop Reveal: International Sampling


The summer is almost over, which means it's time for any last minute travels! To help you out, this month we’re traveling around the world with Ink Drop. We’ve selected inks named after different countries and places in Europe and Asia:
Most of these picks haven’t received a ton of attention, but they’ve definitely taken us surprise. This mixture of soft and cooler hues is bound to take you to new places before the summer is gone.

Don’t forget: Ink Drop members can snag up the bottles of these colors at discounts of 10-20% off, along with other products on the Ink Drop members page. There's still time to sign up to grab these colors and take advantage of the other savings going on.

What was your favorite color this month?

24 comments:

  1. I love that Naples Blue! Been enjoying that one all year—just enough gray, with great turquoise shading. Nice selections!

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  2. This is my first month as an Ink Drop member and I'm super excited. Looking forward to the shading on the Naples Blue, and I suspect Burma Road Brown is going to look really interesting in person.

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  3. Burma Road Brown has been nice. Next: Naples Blue to load! I so love Ink Drops. Even if I do not use all the inks, I get to be picky. I also take some of my unused inks and give them to students who are getting involved with fountain pens (three of my students have jumped to said pens just in the last four months).

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  4. I've never tried the Fine-nibbed Metro, but the Medium nib is one of the very first pens I bought from Goulet. From the very start, it wrote like a dream. Never any problems, regardless of the ink. What's more, after owning a Pelikan, Visconti, Platinum music nib, Faber Castell and many others, the Pilot Metro is as smooth or smoother than any of them. It's an amazing pen for the price.

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  5. I just love China Blue. One of my staples... It's a soft, comfortable blue that sits so gently on the paper. It reminds me of the old Quink Washable Blue, with better characteristics. Great stuff.

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  6. I have not tried Naples Blue yet, but so far Noodler's Burma Road Brown is amazing and my favorite so far. Very close to Private Reserve Chocolat. China Blue is quite pretty but Mandalay Maroon and Montegrappa Burgundy are not very exciting choices.

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  7. Different strokes -- I think the Varsity & Preppy are both great to find out if you even enjoy the FP experience before you sink $$ into a pen. Not everyone likes the feeling of writing with a FP, or the joy of inky fingers ...

    The Safari is the one I always recommend, but it's a lot of money for a pen if you're used to the disposables.

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  8. Sounds like a fun pen, will look forward to it officially coming to the States. :)

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  9. IMO, flex nibs & newbies aren't a great mix. Unless the person has a passion to learn and tinker, in which case Noodler's would be the right place to start.

    The other option would be to try and find a vintage flex on eBay, but there's an even greater learning curve there.

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  10. The Metro was not an awesome pen for me, possibly my dry climate (I'm in Colorado) makes it more prone to skip? Or I might just have a non-awesome one.

    The Safari, OTOH, is dead reliable. I have a whole cup of them for bright inks. I have a few really nice pens (apparently I have a little Nakaya problem) that I use every day, but I still use my Safaris every day as well.

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  11. I'm in the minority. I tried someone's Safari and did not like the grip. That should have been mentioned in the video as one of the downsides to them. I know some people really like the triangular grip, but I don't think I could get used to it.

    My favorite pen to suggest to new fountain pen users is the Parker Vector. Not sure that they're still being made, but they're pretty cheap on Ebay (under $20 in many cases). I know that some people look down on them as "school pens" -- but I've also heard that said about Safaris! Mine are, for the most part, little workhorses. They come in a bunch of different colors (mine happen to be all UK made, but the French-made ones have some really cool colors). I have six (mostly fines and mediums, but also one that someone turned into a stub italic nibbed pen). Plus, I got a FP/BP "set" [well, they were the same *color*, anyway... :-( ] for my husband's niece as a graduation present last year, since she was valedictorian of her class.

    Downside is that they are slim pens if you have big hands, and that they take proprietary Parker cartridges or converters.

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  12. I'll also throw my hat in the ring for Naples Blue. I was really surprised - I'm not a particular fan of turquoise, but it won me over with that gorgeous shading. I also like the Bordeaux - reminds me a bit of Black Swan in English Roses. Would look great on off-white paper. I have to say though, I can't stand the Burma Road Brown! That gray-brown color just reminds me of muddy sludge.

    This is my second month in Ink Drop, and I do love that it's getting me to try colors I never would have ordered on my own. Can't wait for September!

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  13. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The Naples Blue does have some pretty breath taking shading! A gorgeous hue :) I'm glad you are enjoying Ink Drop so far!

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  14. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I LOVED the Burma Road Brown too, Karl! Such a great color and really wet — aka fun to use!

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  15. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    That's a perfect way to describe it, Erik. It's definitely a new favorite for me :)

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  16. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    That's great that you give some of your samples to students :) What an awesome way to get them into fountain pens even more.

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  17. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    That's interesting about your Metro! Have you tried a bunch of different inks with it? If not, maybe try giving it a good cleaning and trying out a different brand of ink to see how it behaves. If still poorly, email us and let us know! We'll get you squared away.

    Glad you love the Safari :) It is a super reliable pen and great for day in and day out!

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  18. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Great idea, Henry! I'll definitely pass that along to him. I like the idea of doing top 5 for every level of FP user.

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  19. Alex at Goulet PensAugust 11, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    No plans as of right now, but definitely something we can check out, Ann! Thanks for pointing it out — it is a lovely pen.

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  20. I have all of these except the Lamy Safari, they are all great pens, it's funny but my favorite is the preppy. I also have some others including a Lamy 2000 - which are also very nice. I love having a selection and enjoy changing them up - but I always have a preppy with me.

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  21. Im torn between the Montegrappa Bordeaux and the China Blue. I have an affinity for the warm colors, more of an apache sunset kinda gal, but the China Blue really grabs me. If I had to choose one, I guess I'd have to go with the Bordeaux...

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  22. This was my first month as an Ink Drop member, and after having the whole month to reflect my favorite, and by a huge margin, was the Naples Blue, followed by the Mandalay Maroon. I like that these were some less well-known colors; not ones that would have been on my radar otherwise (and already bought a whole bottle of the Naples). Can't wait to see September's!

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  23. lol! I just got into fountains like 2 weeks ago, and without ever having seen this post til just now, I have over the past 2 weeks procured every one of these pens. (except the Pilot Metro and it is in my cart over there right now) (points to cart) :D

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  24. Now, see here one minute! I've been into fountain pens for a few years now and I have to say: these are fantastic pens for FP veterans too! Wonderful coincidence is I own one or more of each of these on the list!


    My wife and I have both come to rely on the Metro as our everyday pens, and I'm quite a big fan of the Safari (EF, if you'd please). You don't need to be new to this game to realize almost nothing beats these pens, both in price and quality. I've never used a $100+ pen that had any real advantages over the Safari or Metro.



    But maybe that's me. Just wanted to say a word or two in defense of us *experienced* folks who prefer these pens. :-)

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