Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Goulet Grip Tutorial

The Goulet Grip is the handiest 1"x3" slip of rubber that you'll ever come across, perfect for removing those tough-to-grip pen parts such as nibs and feeds. This simple tool helps you get every part of your pen disassembled for cleaning or repair. It's also great for you tinkerers who want to know your pens inside and out!

****DISCLAIMER: any time you take apart your pens you are doing so at your own risk. Any damage you cause to your pens taking them apart or reassembling is outside of just about all manufacturers' warranty policies, so make sure you're careful and well-studied before attempting to do any pen repair or disassembly yourself!****

So why would you want to remove your nib/feed anyway? You certainly don’t have to, but there may be some reasons you want to:
  • Swapping nibs like on the Lamy, Edison, or Monteverde pens where nibs are sold apart from the pens
  • Cleaning/restoration, especially if you have old caked-up ink that acts like glue in your feed and want to really clean it thoroughly
  • Repair/replacement, heaven forbid you damage your nib and need to put in a new one

I made this video to be an instruction on using the Goulet Grip on a variety of pens, and I wanted to include some of the ones that I personally have found the most helpful using the assistance of the Goulet Grip. this should be a great resource for you to remove the nib from the following pens, Grip or no Grip:

  • Why you would want to remove your nib (0:19)
  • Lamy Safari (2:25)
  • Noodler’s Ahab (2:34)
  • Monteverde Invincia Deluxe (3:01)
  • Jinhao X750 (3:36)
  • Pilot Falcon (3:54)
  • Sheaffer 300 (4:33)
  • Edison Nouveau Premiere (5:34)
  • Platinum Cool (Balance) (5:49)
  • TWSBI 580 (6:29)
  • Pilot Vanishing Point nib unit (6:53)

At $1.95, the Goulet Grip is a pretty nifty little tool that should make it easier for you to tinker around with your fountain pens. Pick one up by itself or in the Goulet Nib Tuning set. If you have any questions about how to use it, just let me know in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet


  1. Neat idea - I must ask - who came up with something so neat and simple!

  2. Is the grip latex free? I'm having a REALLY hard time finding a grippy thing like this that's not latex. I am allergic to the stuff.

  3. Similarly, I use the black rubber band that sometimes comes with my order of Field Notes. Nice skeleton watch BTW.

  4. Great timing for me, an ink I've wanted just came in today and this was just added to your stock. I added one of these to my order. Looks like a great item for my pen and ink tools! Thanks Brian for the great video and excellent coverage of how to remove nibs from a lot of different pens.

  5. Could someone please make an animated gif of the thing he does at about 0:14 on the words "gripping assistance"?

  6. I could see this artwork becoming prizes for something or better yet, items to auction for charity.

  7. An affordable and simple yet indispensable tool to have around when you need it. It is NOT my intent to harm sales of the Goulet Grip product with my suggestions below. In-fact I think it is a great product at an affordable price - and so easy to toss into your out basket when buying from the Goulet Pens site.

    For the TL;DR crowd: (1) If you need a fast solution, wrap your nib in
    scotch tape (i.e., sticky-tape), leaving a bit of tape that sticks back
    on itself to provide a gripping area. That will give you a better grip
    and control. (2) Otherwise, cut up a latex kitchen glove. (3) Cut up a bicycle inner-tube for tougher jobs.


    My "Grip" solution; using locally sourced materials (and a word or few about latex-free concerns)...

    What I did is cut up some cheap kitchen latex gloves (not thin latex medical gloves) - which provide enough material to last ages. Plus you can make nice finger sized grips by cutting the fingers off the gloves (and end up with less ink on your fingers - if that matters to you).

    For tougher jobs I cut up a dirt cheap bicycle inner-tube. The inner-tube material is thicker, useful when you are dealing with something that may cut you, and/or cut up the grip material. Again, one bicycle tube will last ages in a pen grip application like this.

    As for latex-free solutions, that's a bit more difficult (I don't have a problem with latex, but one commenter brought it up). Latex-free gloves seem to be made of vinyl and have a cotton (?) liner backing. I have a pair of non-latex lab cloves that are cotton lined that I use for caustic chemicals. They don't grip well enough compared to rubber/latex in my experience. Also, a glove material may say it is vinyl, but you may encounter a white powder in the gloves that help in putting them on - that powder may be latex-based. At least that's what I've heard.

    I'm fine with my latex kitchen glove and bicycle inner-tube material arsenal when it comes to a gripping solution. Maybe someone with more experience with latex-free issues can add more.

    Cheers, David

  8. Good info David. A lot of surgical type gloves now (and maybe the heavier kitchen gloves too) are made of nitrile. Not sure if they are latex free, but some probably are and probably say so on the package. The powder inside the gloves is for lubrication and is probably starch or talcum powder. Helps the gloves slide on and off more easily. I have worn nitrile gloves in the lab and they had no powder or lining. You hands did not sweat wearing them like they did with the latex gloves. They were tougher and did not tear as much.

  9. This is great. But I wish you had put it on the Coming Soon page a few days earlier. I just put in an order the day before you released this, and it really would have come in handy since I'm about to swap nibs in my sheaffer 100. Oh well, I'll just use some oversized rubber bands.

  10. Thanks TJ, I looked up Nitrile Rubber and learned something new about non-latex glove options. I will look for these nitrile rubber gloves since you say they may solve the sweaty hands problem seen with latex gloves. But I have read warnings about keeping nitrile (cyano-organic) rubber away from strong oxidizers - in case of spontaneous combustion (yikes!) But that's not really a concern when messing with fountain pens :-) David


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