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Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Matchup #20: Stipula Splash in Slate Grey and J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

This week's Monday Matchup is what we like to call a "match made in heaven." The Stipula Splash is one of the newest editions to Goulet Pens and the slate grey version has been begging to be inked up with J. Herbin’s 1670 Stormy Grey. So we obliged and this pair did not disappoint. They really are a perfect match and worked well together — plus they're just really, really good looking.

The Splash is a little different than the other flex pens we carry, as it offers a broader natural stroke and requires a little more pressure to get variation. It was fun to play around with and it showed off the ink beautifully in more than one way. Besides laying down gorgeous black and gold lines on paper, the ink sparkled and shined in the barrel of the pen as well — you've got to love a demonstrator pen when it comes to inks like this one. We couldn't keep our eyes off it.


This week's drawing was created by Madigan and Caitlin (team work makes the dream work!), using the matchup and a Noodler's brush pen. Alex whipped up a writing sample to demonstrate how the two perform in everyday use.


Note: we are out of the 1670 Stormy Grey bottles right now, with a new shipment expected to arrive in December. But fortunately we do have a good amount of samples available if you'd like to try this color for yourself.

So, what do you think? What’s your "perfect match"? Leave us a comment below, and have a fantastic Monday!

23 comments:

  1. That's awesome, I was playing with this same combo yesterday! I'm loving the Splash. It's a nice little flex pen that lays down a pretty wet line. Small and light, too. Should be good for travel.

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  2. I didn't think I wanted this grey ... that is, until i saw the gold bits. And the grey is strong--not the more common washed-out black. Off to the Goulet Store....

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  3. Every new Monday Matchup strikes me as being the best one yet, and this does too. Wonderful. I love my Rough Hematite, I need to try it in one of my flex pens. I would have thought the brush in the brush pen might have filtered out the gold flakes, but it didn't! Wonderful Artwork, Madigan and Caitlin, I just love this. Alex, you really made that Stipula sing out with the beautiful flex writing.

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  4. I told my husband that I wanted this pen for my birthday! I am still not sure of I want the Bordeaux or the Slate Gray (but hopefully I will be happily surprised no matter the color!).

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  5. I meant J. Herbin's Rouge Hematite, of course! Rough hematite would clog your pen ;) and look ugly.

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  6. This ink is beautiful! Before I read this post I placed an order for a sample of it...and I am now regretting not buying two. And as always, the writing sample and artwork are amazing!

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  7. Wonderful match-up and great drawing/lettering! Just ordered some Stormy Gray samples, and off to look at the Stipulas. Thanks Madigan and Caitlin, and the rest of the Goulet team. :)

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  8. Does the Splash feed keep up with the nib when Really flexing???

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  9. That's great Suzy! And I know you know your way around some pens too.

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  10. Yeah I'm with ya, normally I'm not that into grays. but this ink really is something special. It's the real deal.

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  11. I ended up keeping a Slate Gray for myself, if that matters :) The bordeaux is nice though, I just don't really have any gray pens so that's what I chose.

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  12. Oh no! That's okay, we have more samples now. I'm glad you like what my team did with this one!

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  13. Not gonna lie here, it struggled a bit with the Stormy Grey. The gold specs in this ink present a bit of a challenge with normal ink flow, so it took some doing. It was better with the writing than with the drawing, oddly. I was having much better luck with Noodler's Black, so I think the type of ink used in this pen will be an important consideration.

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  14. Thanks Otter! Glad you like it :) I'm thankful to have some more artistic members on the Goulet team, goodness knows I can draw/write stuff like this :)

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  15. Alex at Goulet PensNovember 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I actually have been using this matchup (the splash with the stormy grey) for the last few days, and I haven't had any issues with it. Flow has been great, no different from a Noodler's really, and I've loved using it.

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  16. I didn't have any problems with this combo, either. Some railroading when I really pushed it, but that's kind of expected. When I tried it with other inks (Stipula Sepia and Iroshizuku Yama-budo), it was perfect.

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  17. Hi Brian, I 100% sure that J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey is the ink of my dreams. It´s amazing. When get back in stock I will buy at least 3 bottles of it. On a side note, I am seeing that you are having some problem with your super close up macros photos. It is most noticeable in the pictures 7 to 10. My advice to help to improve your pictures is to learn to stack your photos. Take a look at http://photographylife.com/how-to-focus-stack-images. Thank you for your amazing job.

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  18. I would appreciate seeing a video review of the pen by Brian as he has done with other new pens to the Goulet inventory.

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  19. I suppose if I had other grays in my collection it would matter. I have mostly brown and fall colored pens (since I Love the brown swirls and mocha looks). Come to think of it, I have neither any red or gray in my collection! lol.

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  20. Alex at Goulet PensNovember 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Thanks for the idea. Something to consider!

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