Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Flex Nib Comparison: Noodler's Ahab, Pilot Falcon SEF, Noodler's Neponset, Stipula Splash, Omas Ogiva Alba 14k EF

Everyone's going nuts over flex pens lately, and manufacturers are starting to take notice. There have been several flex pens to be released in the last couple of years, so I wanted to compare some of the most popular ones to see what really makes them different from each other. Rather than make an hour-long video going over every detail, I focus strictly on how these five pens actually write, using Noodler's Black ink on a Rhodia dot pad:

(1:20) Noodler's Ahab
(3:09) Pilot Falcon soft extra-fine
(5:00) Noodlers Neponset
(8:00) Stipula Splash (V-flex)
(10:24) Omas Ogiva Alba 14k extra-fine extra-flessibile

If you're doing a double-take there, I definitely wrote "Noadler's Ahob". These pens can make your handwriting look cool, but they don't help you spell any better.

In the video, the Neponset railroaded a bit and the Splash fussed at me when I flexed it all the way out, and both of these instances are not incredibly uncommon, though they were a bit on the extreme-end of what I normally see. This vid was a one-shot take so you're getting to see the good, the bad, and the ugly :)

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Write On, 
Brian Goulet

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Matchup #23: Pilot Prera with PR Orange Crush

It's beginning to look a lot like...pumpkin pie! Everyone's jumping the gun on Christmas this year, forgetting that one of the most magnificent feast days of the year is just around the corner. To celebrate Thanksgiving, our very own Caitlin drew up this delectable pie, and I can practically smell it. Madigan did a great job with this writing sample, and yeah, we must have pie.

The Pilot Prera here has a medium nib, which is slightly finer than most European medium nibs. The Prera is a demonstrator pen with a stainless steel nib, available with a fine or medium nib. One of the coolest things about the Prera is the clear grip, which allows you to see a wonderful ink and pen matchup like this. Its nib is actually interchangeable with the Pilot Plumix, too, if you wanted to do a little hack to get an italic on there. The pen writes with a  fair degree of smoothness, not buttery but not scratchy. It's light, seals well, and is well-balanced posted or unposted.

Private Reserve Orange Crush is an underrated ink, and we're glad to be able to feature it here. It's clearly orange, with some nice shading when you lay it down heavy.

We're glad to be able to feature this set for Monday Matchup, and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Of course, for me, it'd be better with a pumpkin cake ;)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, November 21, 2014

Goulet Q&A Episode 58, Open Forum

Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

I feel like I say this every week, but this week has been crazy! We just launched our website last Friday and have been handling a lot of feedback and trying to fix bugs as we can. We're really excited about it, thought we're really busy. Much like moving from a cozy, homey apartment to a large, unfurnished house, there are a lot of logistics to work through and we are still 'unpacking the boxes' so to speak! We're also running right into holiday season here, our busiest time of year, and there are so many new pens coming out! It's very busy and crazy exciting. 

This week I talk a lot about our new site, the resurgence of fountain pens in recent years, the future of flex nibs and why we never see permanent orange inks!

1) Sherah Epic Yap- Facebook - (17:53)
What do you think are the reasons for modern resurgence and the growing interest in fountain pens, and how can such a movement be sustained? 
  • the internet
  • YouTube, blogging, FPN
  • hard to say what the future is, but I’m an optimist 

2) Analise A.- Facebook - (22:07)
Any plans on making the wish list feature on the website shareable?

  • that is something that the new site will get us, just not yet
  • on the roadmap!

3) Mikey M.- Facebook - (23:15)

Why is the goulet pen company so awesome?
  • just look at our values
  • bottom line, we CARE.

4) Ben C.- Facebook - (26:35)
Hey Brian! First, thanks for the tips on starting a business. I am reading The E-Myth Revisited and find it very insightful! I do have a very quick question though. I want to get my doctoral advisor a gift for helping me earn my degree; he really likes the weight of my platinum preppy, but I wanted something with a more executive look. Any suggestions? Thanks again! 

5) Matthew B.- Facebook - (29:53)
What do you think about the possible increase of flexible nibs in the fountain pen market, Noodlers seems to have started a revival and now it seems Stipula and Wahl-Eversharp and others are marketing nibs with some flex. Do you think this will be a growing trend?
  • I hope so!
  • this was Nathan’s goal, and it’s working

6) Aaron D.- Facebook - (36:47)
You asked a while ago what we thought if you started carrying more Waterman pens. Are you still looking into carrying Waterman.
  • I’m certainly open to it
  • lots of new products right now, plus the website, very ‘noisy’
  • what would you want me to carry?

7) Pamela H.- Facebook - (39:10)
Why aren't there any orange permanent inks? Chemically impossible? I'd love a water proof orange ink! 

8) Gordon English - Facebook - (40:53) 
Will you be doing a Conklin review soon now that you carry them? What is the eta for the Durograph?
  • I plan to, but we don’t have the green one yet and won’t for several weeks
  • I’ll wait until I have all 3 colors then review it
  • eta is right now, they’re available (though they do sometimes disappear from the site, bug)

9) Vincent Tang- Facebook - (42:52)
Kind of a specific question, but I recently got a Midori traveler's notebook and the leather seems to feel a little more.. plasticky than I anticipated. Is it normal for the leather to have very fine dimples on it? And will it loosen up with time? 
  • that’s because of the tanning, it’ll feel better over time
  • it’ll loosen up, get more character
  • not sure what dimples are

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it. Thanks so much for continuing to ask questions, and I'm sorry to all those whose questions I couldn't answer today. Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A's that you missed. Have a great rest of the week!

QOTW: Tell me about a recent major milestone (5 years or more) that you’ve hit in your life.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lamy Gift Set: Quick Look

The Lamy Gift Set is a great starter set for anyone getting into fountain pens. It comes with everything you need to get going: a Lamy Safari or Al-Star with a medium nib, a pack of black cartridges, a Z24 converter, and a 50ml bottle of black ink.

The Lamy fountain pens are known as true workhorses, and are a great introduction into the fountain pen world. Their no-nonense design is functional, reliable, and looks really cool with different color options available. Another huge plus about the Lamy pens is that you can expand your writing experience by getting separate Lamy nibs in anything ranging from an extra-fine all the way through 1.9mm italic, and the nibs easily swap with a piece of tape (video here) or a gripper like the Goulet Grip.

You get a little bit of a price break buying the set over the individual components which is nice, but the main benefit is the presentation of the gift set and the fact it’s all put there together for you in one nice setup. The Safari set is $44.95, which would normally cost you $49.55 (about a 9% savings from buying separately) and comes packaged nicely in the gift set. The Al-Star set is $54.95 and would normally cost $57.55 individually (about a 5% savings). This is all at GouletPens.com of course, the list prices are higher than what you see here. So you do get a price break, but it's really the convenience of the set and the presentation that's the main benefit. 

The Al-Star set is available with a Graphite, Ocean Blue, or Purple pen, and the Safari set comes with  Blue, Red, Shiny Black, White. All sets come with black ink.

For more info about the Lamy Al-Star, be sure to check out my Quick Look of it here
You can also check out my Quick Look of the Lamy Safari here
Curious what makes the Safari and Al-Star different? Here's your answer. 
And this is how you install a Lamy cartridge. 

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Omas Skype Interview with Luca Baglione

I had the honor of having a Skype interview with Luca Baglione, the Omas Brand VP in Italy. GouletPens.com has a US-exclusive on the Omas Ogiva Alba, and Luca has been amazingly supportive to me to get me good information that I've put together into this overview video. He's also given me some footage inside the Omas factory to show how the Ogiva Alba is made (here). This Skype interview is more of a long-form conversation where we talk about Omas' history, how the pens are made, and how the Omas/Goulet relationship formed. Enjoy

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, November 17, 2014

GouletPens.com 5th Anniversary

On November 17th, 2009 Rachel and I received our very first shipment of Clairefontaine and Rhodia paper, with some J. Herbin ink. That small shipment of fountain pen supplies that we put on GouletPens.com at around 9pm that night was the beginning of what we consider our company in its current form. Though we began as a pen turning company, that Tuesday night is when our fountain pen journey began.

Last year we celebrated our 4th anniversary by telling the story of how we started (here), and you should check that out if you haven't already seen it. It's a neat story, and one we're proud of. For this year, what we really wanted to focus on was the things that have happened to us since we created last year's video. We've grown tremendously and really had some amazing experience, so we put together this video to highlight the 5 things that have been the most important things for our company in our 5th year.

A special thanks goes out to our amazing videographer Jenni, who put together this incredible video. She's been able to do some fantastic video projects for us recently like the Thanksgiveaway video, and we're so glad to have her on our team so we can do stuff like this 5th anniversary vid.

The 5 things that we're proud of in our 5th year are:

  1. Our new website, GouletPens.com
  2. Business Gets Personal event in NYC
  3. Core Values, Mission, Purpose, and Vision
  4. Growth
  5. Company Culture
Thank you so much for watching our video, and for supporting our company on this amazing journey. We're honored to be able to do what we do for you, and we're looking forward to the next 5 years!

Write On,
Brian Goulet (and the rest of the Goulet Team)

Monday Matchup #22: Faber-Castell Loom in Piano White and Diamine Sherwood Green

Happy Monday, Fountain Pen friends! We’ve got a Matchup ready to motivate you and brighten your day. Today, we’ve matched the Faber-Castell Loom in Piano White (with Broad nib) with Diamine Sherwood Green. It’s getting much colder here in Virginia, and this pair is helping us transition into winter and the holiday season. The Loom is a durable and smooth pen, perfect for a gift for Christmas or, you know, to add to your personal collection. Sherwood Green behaved perfectly with it, showing off some shading and sheen, reminding us of those pine trees that will be decorating our houses soon. We’re nostalgic over here thinking about holiday traditions and couldn’t be more excited to celebrate these next few months with you.

Sarah M. drew this week’s doodle and Alex R. wrote out a sample for you to see how the combo performs.

What fountain pen/ink combo is on your holiday wishlist? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Please share with us below!

Hope you have a pleasant Monday!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The New GouletPens.com is Here!

We announced a couple of weeks ago in this EPIC Goulet Announcement that we’d been working on a new GouletPens.com for the last year and a half, here. The day has finally arrived, just three days before our 5th anniversary! While we were down a little longer than we’d have hoped today, the new site is live and we’re thrilled to introduce it to you! We are excited about the features of our site and wanted to highlight them for you as you get to know the new GouletPens.com.

Faceted Search

How often are you thinking to yourself, “I’d love a blue pen with a fine nib that’s under $50”, and spent hours searching for all your options? Now you’ll be able to find them right away, because we’ve assigned attributes to every product on our site and given you the power to narrow down your search by specific criteria such as weight, price, size, nib type, nib color, body color, and more. You can find exactly what you’re looking for, much easier.

Comprehensive Review System
Product reviews are incredibly helpful when learning about how a product ‘really’ is, and you’ve already helped us with over 45,000 reviews so far. We wanted to build upon that, so we’ve installed an improved review system that allows you go beyond an overall star rating and give your opinion about much more detailed aspects of each product. What does this mean? You can rate an ink’s flow, dry time, and waterproofness. You can rate a nib’s smoothness, a pen’s balance, a paper’s dry time, you name it. We put thoughtful consideration into rating all of the most important aspects of the products we carry with your use of them in mind. You’ll even be able to upload your own pictures and videos to your reviews, so you can show off what you’re able to do with them.

We’ll also have a Q&A section, where you’ll be able to ask us questions about specific products right there on the page you’re browsing. These questions will be displayed publicly with our answers, that way everyone can benefit from our conversation. We want to make our site the most comprehensive place in the world for fountain pen enthusiasts!

New Company Logo
When we announced that we were redesigning our site, you might have thought we’d be changing our beautiful blue ink splatter. No way! But we did update it, using the incredible artistic talents of our team. Our logo was designed and created in-house, and we’re proud that our team was able to incorporate the history of our logo (the splatter) with a cleaner and more timeless design.

Photography, Video, and Branding

Sarah, our photographer, has done an amazing job with all of the photography of our site, taking gorgeous environmental shots of all of our banners, category images, slideshow images, and of course the products themselves. She’s also been cleaning up old images for months, and is working to get clean images of all of our 3,000 products.  Jenni, our videographer, has worked hard to incorporate our new branding into all of our graphic and video animations that you’ll be seeing more as we produce more content. These gals do such phenomenal work that has been largely unseen, until now!

Integrated Blog
Nearly 5 years ago we started our blog, InkNouveau.com, as a separate brand from our GouletPens.com store. The original idea behind this thinking was to make InkNouveau Brian’s “personal” blog reviewing writing products. There was a slight lack of foresight doing this, as it quickly became evident that there would be little to distinguish Brian’s “personal” life from the GouletPens brand. The creation of our new website provided us with an opportunity to marry the two together, our blog and our store, once and for all. The blog will still be run by me (Brian)

Responsive Design
All the cool new websites these days are doing it! So what is it? Basically, it’s designing a website so that it looks good no matter which device you’re using, or what size your browser window. We’ve programmed in about a dozen different templates for our site that shift and move around elegantly as you change sizes, so you can browse as easily on a 27” monitor as you do on your laptop or iPad.

Mobile Site
Our mobile site previously was, well, non-existent. But now we have one! It’s been designed specifically for mobile devices, and we’re expecting that you’ll have an infinitely more enjoyable experience browsing our store on your phone than before. 

The Bugs, oh the Bugs
Now, as we'd expect with any new website, we’re going to have bugs. We know that, and we accept that. We’ve been working with our developers for a year and a half to create our new site, and even though we’ve tried to make everything display and function perfectly, we know that there are unexpected bugs and quirks that you’re going to find. There are a few that we’re already aware of, but we want to hear about what you find. Please, let us know about them! Direct all problems or strange things you see happening on our site to website@gouletpens.com, so we can work with our developers to “iron out the bugs”, as Rachel keeps on saying (even though that saying is nonsensical). Having information like which web browser and version you’re using, as detailed an explanation as you can give, and screenshots of the error you’re seeing, will help us to get it resolved quickly.

We’re very excited to present our new site to you, please head on over to the new GouletPens.com and check it out!

Write On,
Brian, Rachel, and the rest of Team Goulet

Friday, November 14, 2014

Goulet Q&A Episode 57, Open Forum

Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

It's been a dramatic week! We've been trying to launch our new site and while we kept it secret because we didn't want to end up being the boy who cried wolf, we find ourselves being just that because we keep hitting snags and having to push out the release. But hey, it's all good because we were just able to sneak in the new site release on Friday night 11/14/14! And here I'm just publishing Q&A now at 11:37pm. ;) 

This week I talk a lot about Noodler's Neponsets and other flex pens, the biggest Goulet flop product, and how I feel about giving an office tour:

1) @NoMercyNotices- Twitter - (8:43)
Is Platinum selling separate nib units? I'd like to have their music nib on my #3776 Century, but don't want to buy another pen.
  • we can special order them, but it’s the whole grip of the pen
  • costs more than half the pen, but you can do it 

2) MLSxEazoon- YouTube - (10:10)
I can't carry my Noodler's Ahab around much without ink getting all over the inside of the cap and the grip section.  Do more expensive pens, specifically the Pilot Metal Falcon and the Pilot e95s have this same problem?
  • not really
  • it does happen though, my Custom 74 has drips of ink all the time
  • worse with the Ahab though, the wide open ebonite feed is just saturated with ink 

3) Jackie M. - Facebook - (13:24)
Is the new Noodler’s Neponset as “temperamental” as the other Noodler’s Flex Pens? I have an Ahab, and I have to give it a major overhaul every time I want to write with it. Is there a reasonable priced modern flex pen out there that doesn’t require excessive “tweaking?”
  • I would expect it to be tempermental, yes
  • I don't know what major overhaul means, but thats not really normal
  • heat setting?
  • Reasonably priced is subjective, but alternatives are Pilot Falcon ($144) and up from there

4) Vanessa S. - Facebook - (28:40)
What other flex pen would you recumbent if Noodler’s is taken out of the context?
  • for the price? nothing
  • I remember before Noodler's pens were around
  • Falcon was the cheapest, unless you got a vintage 'deal' somehow
  • restored vintage pens were way expensive
  • today, there's the Pilot Falcon, Omas Ogiva Alba
    • not advertised as flex, Platinum Cool, Platinum Modern Maki-e

5) @BikeSC- Twitter - (32:54) 
At some point, I would like to get a Neponset. Are there going to be repl nibs and feeds available? Will other nibs fit?
  •  I seriously doubt repl nibs will be available, could be wrong though
  • other nibs???

6) @ctrymaus- Twitter - (34:33)
What pens need to be pre-washed/flushed before filling to avoid skipping?
  • good practice for all new pens, and anything already inked
  • you can wing it like I do sometimes, and just clean if there’s a ‘problem'

7) @paul_joynes- Twitter - (36:31)
I have bottles of discontinued ink that I don’t plan on opening for years. Should these be stored in the refrigerator?
  • you want it in a cool, dry place
  • refrigerator shouldn’t hurt it if it’s closed securely
  • If it isn’t secure, lower humidity in the fridge could cause it to dry out sooner

8) Eddie R.- Facebook - (39:26)
Have there been any products you thought were going to do well at Goulet that just flopped or failed to meet the demand you thought they would bring?
  • sketchbooks, Clairefontaine GraFit, Stillman&Birn
  • Pelikan m200’s
  • Pilot Raden Water Surface and Stripe, started strong, then dropped off hard
  • Sailor 1911S

9) Michael K.- Facebook - (49:41)
Does the Pilot Custom 74 and Pilot Heritage 92 have the same nib?
  • yup!! 

10) Chad C.- Facebook - (50:31)
In a recent video, many Goulet fans had gotten a small look behind the curtain with the glimpse of what the rest of your office looks like. I can't speak for others, but that small reveal left me wanting to see more of the Goulet offices. Are there any plans to make a video giving a tour of Goulet Headquarters? P.S. When Santa asks me what I want for Christmas this year, I'll be wishing for a tour video.
  • this will definitely happen at some point, yes

11) @gozes- Twitter - (55:26)
Will you consider offering the goulet nib in soft?
  • I would consider it, but Jowo doesn’t do one, so I’d be shopping
  • not something i think is realistic right now

12) @LucyHoneychurch- Twitter - (56:28)
Have Clairefontaine paper with seyes ruling, but the lines are very dominant, are there other companies that sell seyes ruling?
  • somewhere, probably, but I can’t name one

13) Mary B.- Facebook - (58:20)
You have such a luscious cornucopia of inks, but since I'm a writer who doesnt traffic in shading or art, what inks should I steer clear of, or doesnt it matter? 
  • mostly what I do is write, too
  • I like shading just in my writing, not for art reasons like you see in our Monday Matchups

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it. Thanks so much for continuing to ask questions, and I'm sorry to all those whose questions I couldn't answer today. Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A's that you missed. Have a great rest of the week!

Question of the Week: What do you think of the new GouletPens.com? (when it launches!)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Omas Ogiva Alba, Behind the Scenes

  • (0:00) Intro
  • (0:29) Cotton resin seeds in raw form
  • (2:08) Piston/Clip installation
  • (3:52) Ebonite feed cutting and shaping
  • (6:00) Conclusion
Omas is an established pen company that does a great deal of hand work and craftsmanship to manufacture their pens. Luca Baglione, the Brand VP from Omas in Italy, was kind enough to shoot some footage of a few of the manufacturing processes for the new Omas Ogiva Alba and share it with me.

Check out here for my full introduction of the Ogiva Alba, and check it out on GouletPens.com here.

What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Matchup #21: Noodler’s Ebonite Konrad Dixie #10 Methuselah's Pine Cone Ripple Flex Pen and Waterman Absolute Brown

We’re back to that Monday grind, fountain pen lovers. This week's Monday Matchup will hopefully inspire you this week, or at the very least, warm your heart. We’ve matched the Noodler’s Konrad Ebonite Dixie #10 Methuselah's Pine Cone Ripple flex pen (wow, that’s a mouthful!) with Waterman Absolute Brown ink. The flex pen proved to be a great match for this ink, showing off its chocolate coloring and light shading. Although this pair is a darker combination, it makes us feel warm and cozy... maybe because it feels like a piece of Thanksgiving Day. It's the perfect pair to finish up the fall with.

Jenni contributed this week’s artwork, inspiring the "Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose" quote. Alex showed off the pair by providing the writing sample.

What ink/pen combos are making you feel cozy this November? What would be your Thanksgiving Day match? Tell us all about them below! Hope you have a Happy (and quick!) Monday :

Friday, November 7, 2014

Goulet Q&A Episode 56, Open Forum

Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

The last week has been really crazy. I announced that the new GouletPens.com is coming, we have a slew of pen pens coming in like the Delta Unicas, Omas Ogiva Albas, Noodler's Neponsets and Stipula Splashes. We're also launching Thanksgiveaway and a Monteverde ink deal. It's a lot! And while I shot the Q&A before the Noodler's Neponset release, it's since passed and I can say we sold out in 25 minutes. Yowza!

So here are this week's questions:
1) Dane Miles- YouTube - (10:19)
Question on the Delta Unica: what's the big deal about celluloid? Is there something "better" about it?
  • made from cell walls of wood fibers
  • used before modern plastics were developed
  • very expensive, dangerous, time consuming to make
  • takes 1-2 years to cure
  • Pros:
    • not as brittle as acrylic
    • warm to the touch
    • absorbs oils in your hand
    • better grip
    • less hand fatigue
    • resists scratches and cracks
    • looks nice
  • Cons:
    • expensive
    • flammable/toxic to manufacture
    • more prone to staining (don’t eyedropper convert)

2) Mitchell C.- Facebook - (
I just started getting into fountain pens and I was wondering if it is possible to fill a standard international converter by just dipping the converter in the ink bottle instead of dipping the entire tip of the pen in the ink bottle?
  • absolutely!  

3) Matthew M.- Facebook - (23:38)
I am choosing between a Lamy 2000 and a 14 kt Lamy Studio Wild Rubin. I know they have different fill mechanisms, but as far as writing will they be similar?
  • check out Nib Nook
  • nibs are pretty similar, studio broad nib is noticeably wetter
  • line width is similar, but the feel of the pens is very different
  • Lamy 2000 nibs are stiffer, have finer sweet spot, less forgiving on rotation in hand
  • 14k Studio nibs are springy

4) Marcus P.- Facebook - (27:20)
I have no idea how it happened, but there is a tiny amount of ink trapped above the piston in my converter (Lamy Z24)... Is this a common occurrence, and how does someone deal with this issue when it happens? I can't find an easy way to disassemble this particular converter, but maybe I'm not using enough force…
  • it just happens, with all kinds of converters
  • some you can take apart easily, some are tougher
  • The Lamy converters are tougher but it can be done
  • I have yet to do a video on this! But sbrebrown has here 

5) Dwelyn D.- Facebook - (29:24)
Holy Moly! I got your pen tuning kit in the mail today and worked with the mylar paper on the nibs. I don't know if its a placebo effect but, the nib writes so smoooooooooothly! I wanted to ask another question, is it normal to experience minor feedback after nib smoothing (particularly with the mylar paper). Also, how would you define a glass smooth nib? I mean, i need your insight and depending on what you you guys say i might continue smoothing this nib or just stop at this sweet spot!
  • it’s important to check alignment before smoothing
  • mylar is more for fine polishing, micromesh is more abrasive
  • you can psych yourself out when nib smoothing
  • it’s definitely possible to ‘overdo it’ trying to get it unrealistically smooth
  • paper is a big factor, so is ink
  • smooth it, but realize there will be a point where it won’t improve any more

6) Ben C.- Facebook – (34:05)
I'm really curious to find out when you'll start carrying the Nock Co. products. I realize that I could buy them direct right now, but I'd rather support 2 businesses with my money rather than just 1. So, any tentative dates? Can't wait to see the Q&A! Write on!
  • we’ve been in touch with Brad Dowdy about Nock
  • they’ve been really successful with it, which is good to see!
  • he’s been working on building up inventory and setting up his own supply chain
  • he hasn’t given me a firm date for when he’ll be ready, it’s unclear at this point if he’ll be selling through retailers in 2014
  • I appreciate your loyalty! But in your own best interest, I’d buy direct from him if I were you unless you’re really not in a rush 

7) Pastor Chuck S.- Facebook – (37:08)
I would love to hear your thoughts on business calendars/planners that are fountain pen friendly. I can live with ghosting, but the bleed through is a real problem
  • not my area of expertise, honestly
  • most experience with Rhodia weekly planner
  • Midori also has one that’s decent
  • Quo Vadis has a HUGE range, their site is here 
  • Filofax has a lot, too
  • paper used in planners is usually thinner, less coating
  • the emphasis is on quick dry-time, to keep from imprinting on other page
  • stick to finest nibs possible, and less absorbent inks (X-feather, HOD)

8) Linda T.- Facebook – (40:27)
Christmas card season approaches! Inks that contain a metallic fleck, irridescence, shimmer, or shine! Silver (not just grey), gold (not just yellow), red, and green!

9) Eric O.- Facebook - (44:46)
J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670. The hard part is finding some! Brian, when's the next shipment??????
  • tell me about it!!!!
  • we’re doing everything we can to get more, but we are well-stocked on samples 

10) Patrick D.- Facebook - (48:35)
Do you know of any pens that come from the factory with oblique nibs? ...does Goulet offer (or custom order) any?
  • Very few, mostly high-end pens
  • Pelikan SoĆ¼vrans
  • Omas has a couple
  • Lamy 2000 in Europe (not available in US) 

11) Noah L.- Facebook - (52:29)
After a year of Edison Nouveau Premiere special editions, how is it going? Which ENP SE of 2014 was the best seller? What can we expect for 2015? Any hints or teasers for the future?
  • 3 models so far, each has outsold the previous versions
  • Autumn Harvest will be tough to beat, impossible actually!
  • We’re getting to the point where we’re buying out all of the stock of a given color, we will run out of Autumn Harvest prematurely
  • We know we’re not going to be able to make as many of the Winter 2014 as we did Autumn Harvest
  • No hints, it’s a surprise! 

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it. Thanks so much for continuing to ask questions, and I'm sorry to all those whose questions I couldn't answer today. Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A's that you missed. Have a great rest of the week!

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