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Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Matchup #17: Jinhao X750 with 1.5mm Goulet Nib and De Atramentis Charles Dickens

Mondays are all about making lists, scheduling for the week, and getting stuff done. For that, you need a workhorse of a pen and ink combo. The Jinhao X750 (with additional 1.5mm Goulet nib) paired with De Atramentis Charles Dickens ink is exactly the workhorse you need. This pair is bold, consistent, and sturdy — an "I'm a bulletproof vest" kind of pair. Nothing will stop you this Monday as long as you have this week's match in your pocket.

The grey Charles Dickens ink will keep you on the edge and motivated this week with its subtle shading and consistency as you’re crossing off the to-dos. Plus, you’ll have a ton of flexibility with the Jinhao X750 with our Goulet nibs. You can use the standard medium Jinhao nib for quick notes and fixes or add some depth and variation by swapping on the 1.5mm Goulet nib. Either way, with this duo you’ll be sharp and on point for whatever Monday throws your way.


Drew B. donated his skills this week to sketch the drawing. Alex R. provided the writing sample. Both used the Goulet 1.5 italic nib.


Have a fantastic Monday!

13 comments:

  1. Great to see some of Drew's artwork! I regret that I did not discover Goulet Pens earlier when Drew made drawings on customers' invoices. Gray ink is one I've come to appreciate recently for its understated elegance (to my eye at least). Another great Monday Matchup! Thanks Drew and Alex.

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  2. Hi Brian,

    I have 2 questions for Q&A:

    1) Is there a simple (not potentially damaging) way of making a pen write drier? I have a Pilot Custom 74 in soft fine (lovely pen), but it writes so wet that it feathers on any paper that is not Rhodia, even when I just use regular writing pressure. It happens with all the inks I own (not that many, a few 'regular' Diamine, Waterman and permanent Noodler's) and I do not get such issues with my other wetter pens (Noodler's Ahab and a vintage full flex). I would really like to use it regularly in the office, with copy paper. Please help!

    2) Just curious since you use YouTube a lot, do you regularly watch other YouTube channels and if so what are some of your favourites, pen related or otherwise.

    Thank you and congratulations to Katie and Randall!

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  3. Oh and I keep all of my pens inked up all the time except for my pilot parallels, which I only use for calligraphy. I only have 7 pens, so its not difficult to rotate them.

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  4. Q&A: Does your website track individual browsing patterns on your site and tailor recommendations accordingly, or do we all see the same recommendations? And do we all see the same closeout/Sale?Bottom shelf listings?

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  5. Liam, from one or two of Brian's videos several years ago, you can hold a paper towel against the nib and feed to wick the water out. Or you can let it air dry. Its also fine to ink up the pen before it totally dries out as the ink is 99+% water, a tiny bit more inside the pen won't hurt. I have used canned air (used to dust computers and camera lenses) to blast loose water out of the cleaned pen's feed and through the grip. Maybe Brian has something else to add. Thanks for the link on the case.

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  6. My Pilot Parallel pens do not dry out when inked up for several months. They start up quickly. Pilot must have designed them that way.

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  7. You know, some of these Monday photos would make awesome desktop wallpapers. Going forward you should post them extra big (in 2560x1440 just for me...lol). At least some of the coolest ones. And if you posted them to flickr with the proper license selected you maybe wouldn't have to worry about throwing that .com on there.

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  8. Yes, some of these photos are particularly appealing to me.

    But I don't care about the .com in the corner. It's unobtrusive.

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  9. They should at least use the much more attractive logo in place of the .com in font form.

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  10. I have never bought a grey ink. I mean, why write with something less intense than a deep black like Noodler's many fine blacks or Pelikan's 4001 Brillant Schwarz? But this Monday's offering shows a lot of shading - and I do love inks with color variation. Nice work indeed, Drew! So you can expect an order soon. (P.S. I have 5-6 Jinhao 750s, each equipt with a Goulet bi-color 1.1mm nib, and the writing ease and effects are impressive.)

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  11. Mike, my Noodler's Black and Bad Black Moccasin are my "go to" inks, love them, great performers and so black. But recently I bought Lexington Gray and love it very much. Shades very well, behaves very well, and is bulletproof! I find I'm using it more and more. Great with stub nibs.

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  12. Q&A: What are the best shading inks other than Black Swan in Australian/English Roses and Apache Sunset?

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  13. I carry 14 pens every day, two (slender ones) in my shirt pocket and 12 more in my Aston pen case originally designed for 10. In my pocket I carry a bright blue (Pelikan Edelstein Topaz) and a solid black (Pelikan 4001 Brillant Schwarz). My case carries changes weekly. Today: 2 Noodler's Gruene Cactus (F & stub), Noodler's Nikita (stub), Noodler's Dragon's Napalm (F, for marking papers that smoke!), Noodler's X-Feather Black (Fine), Noodler's Liberty's Elysium (M), 2 Private Reserve Midnight Blues (F and stub), Private Reserve Chocolat (stub), Waterman Havane (stub), Pelikan Pelikan 4001 Brillant Schwarz (musical nib for great black gobs of ink!), and J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite if taken by a romantic mood.

    Some days, 14 just doesn't seem enough....

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