Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Most Influential Fountain Pen Products of 2014

It's hard to believe that 2014 is over; this year really flew by! Reflecting back on what 2014 brought us, I can't help but think of all of the incredible fountain pens, ink, and paper that came to be in 2014 that have helped shape the fountain pen world, and specifically for us at GouletPens.com. Being in a reflective mood, I wanted to put together my thoughts on the most significant products I've seen come through our doors. This is purely my opinion based on a variety of factors (popularity, value, unique features, influence in the fountain pen world, etc), so you may or may not agree and that's okay. It was actually really tough to narrow down a list of only 10, but here it is:

Brian Goulet's Top 10 Most Influential Fountain Pen Products of 2014 

10) De Atramentis Document Inks, $18.50

These waterproof inks have taken the art world by storm, and we've barely had them in stock ever since they were released this summer. They've been elusive for most of you, as it takes us 2-3 months to restock them from Dr. Jansen in Germany and we sell out almost as soon as we put them in stock. The hues are unique, they are lightfast and waterproof, and it's going to be our challenge to actually try to keep them in stock in 2015!

9) Pilot Vanishing Point Black Nibs (and Metallic VP's), $61-$144

When GouletPens.com was still in our detached garage 4 years ago, we remember Pilot only offering yellow-gold nibs on their pens, except for the yearly LE pen, which was rhodium-plated. Pilot then came out with regular rhodium-plated nibs that was great, and that's when the most popular VP came out, the Black Matte. It was super-stealthy, though what really would have made it perfect was a black nib. It took until 2014 for this to happen, but they're here now! Black VP nibs released on the 5 Metallic Vanishing Point pens with matte black trim, and then Pilot started putting the black nibs on other pens such as the Black Matte and Gun Metal with Matte Black Trim. Pilot has done a great job listening to what their fans want, and these nibs are proof of that. 

8) Pilot Custom 912, $224

This pen came late in the year, right in the middle of the holiday season when a lot of new pens were released. There was a lot of "noise" at the time so it didn't quite get the attention it deserved, and I'll be the first to admit I haven't had the time to show it off like I want. It's not a flashy pen; it's subtle like many of the Pilot pens. What's really significant about this pen is the nib offerings. Pilot asked for our feedback about what nibs should be brought in on this pen, and we were able to have some real influence on which ones came in. The five nibs available on the Custom 912 are unique to Pilot and most of them are unique in the United States even to the rest of Pilot's offering: extra-fine, soft-fine, FA (Falcon), Stub, and Music. There are even more nibs that could be brought into the country on this pen, and it's likely that if these nibs prove popular we could ask for even more options. This pen is still too new to be proven successful in the fountain pen community, but it made the list because it shows that even the larger pen companies are really starting to take notice of our preferences and engage with us about what we want. 

7) Delta Unica (in Orange Celluloid), $76

Early in the year Delta released the Unica, the most affordable Delta pen made to-date. We dragged our feet carrying it until we had the opportunity for an exclusive color, the Orange Celluloid. This is really a tease because it's a pen that was only available for about a week, and will likely never be made again. When we first talked with Delta about making the affordable Unica pen out of the same orange celluloid that's used in their flagship Dolce Vita pens, we couldn't believe they agreed to it! We thought it was too good to be true, and it turns out that it was. 

We received an initial shipment of 100 pens and thought it would be a regular offering of ours, until Delta told us they couldn't afford the celluloid materials to use on these pens any longer. It takes about two years to prepare this celluloid, and they couldn't afford to use it for the Unica when there are other pens that require it. It was an unbelievable bargain when it was available for only $85. I can pretty much assure you that this will never happen again, and it is probably the most affordable pen that will ever come in a true celluloid. It was an honor to be a little part of pen history here, and if you have one of these pens, don't let it go!

6) Rhodia ICE Notebooks, $1.69-$9

To celebrate Rhodia's 80th anniversary, they released a white-cover notebook with light gray lines that were a huge hit this year. Pen companies release new colors and models all the time, but it's far less common for paper companies to release new products, especially for a line as established as Rhodia's top-staplebound pads. These notebooks were a wonderful commemoration to Rhodia's founding, and brought some excitement to the brand. 

5) Omas Ogiva Alba, $495

Not only is this one of the most affordable fountain pens Omas has right now, but it's a special commemoration of their 90th anniversary. This pen is layered with historical significance for the company, and part of that history has been their collaboration with us as exclusive dealers of the pen (until now). We had an exclusive on it through 2014, and now it will open up to other retailers. During the release though, Omas opened up their factory doors to us to give us insight into their history and manufacturing like we've never seen before. Not only has this pen been significant this year, the way that Omas opened themselves up as a company showed us what makes a pen worth $495. It was an honor for us to have this exclusive, and to align our company with Omas, which shares such similar values to our own. 

4) Pilot Metropolitan, Fine Nibs, $15

Looking back to the first blog post I did on the Pilot Metropolitan over two years ago (back when it was just three colors and medium nibs only), I made the prediction that it would become one of the most popular starter pens -- "as popular as the Preppy or Safari," I wrote. That's definitely proven to be true, though it was missing a fine nib. Almost as soon as it was released, we started asking Pilot for a fine nib. Please, please, please, please, please we kept asking them, and it took a year and a half but they made it happen! In the United States we have notoriously terrible and absorbent paper, so for most knockabout use it's good to have fine and extra-fine nibs to keep feathering and bleeding to a minimum. Pilot's fine nib on the Metropolitan did not disappoint, and it has surpassed the medium nib as the more popular choice. I've touted this pen so much already, so I'll just leave it where it is. For $15, you really can't do much better than the fine Metro.

3) Edison Nouveau Premiere Seasonal Editions (in Autumn Harvest), $149

Four years ago when we first came out with the Edison Nouveau Premiere as a collaborative pen design with Brian and Andrea Gray over at Edison Pens, we had no idea it would become as popular as it has. It was the first production Edison pen, and has really been a stepping stone for Edison to expand to other retailers and other pen models including the Collier, Herald, Pearlette, and Beaumont

Late last year, Rachel had the idea to come out with a seasonal Premiere, as part of the most fun we have is picking new colors for pens! This concept would allow us to be more adventurous in our color selection and keep things fresh and exciting for you. It's been a huge hit with each season's color gaining in popularity, but the Autumn Harvest from the Fall 2014 really stands out above the rest. It was incredibly popular, so much so that we used up all of the available material just as the season was coming to a close. We literally made as many pens as we could out of this material. We'll keep this going in future seasons, though Autumn Harvest sets a pretty high bar to reach.

2) Noodler's Neponset, $75

Like most Noodler's products, this pen is sure to bring out a lot of extreme feelings, most good, some not-so-good. Love them or hate them, you have to admit that Noodler's has a way of pushing the envelope in the fountain pen world. I would argue that Nathan Tardif, the man behind the Noodler's brand, has influenced the modern fountain pen world more than any other single individual. His inks pushed the boundaries of what people thought ink could do, and his politically charged themes generate more conversation online about his inks than any other brand, hands down. 

When he released his first flex pens years ago, they were completely revolutionary. We had massive outages and it would take four to six months for us to get restocked. As time went on, supply got much better, and newer models including the Ahab and Konrad came out. Now there are certain colors and materials that tend to be out for a while, but if you want a Noodler's Flex pen you can get one (that definitely was not always the case a couple of years ago).

The latest model to come out is the Neponset, the largest and most expensive Noodler's pen to date. I'd actually first heard about this pen in a phone conversation I had with Nathan nearly four years ago, yeah, four years ago! I kept my mouth shut all this time, and Nathan himself first talked about it in a 2013 Noodler's Art Contest video. Since then, everyone's been curious about it. The winner of that art contest (who received a prototype Neponset as a prize) then sent it to famous video pen blogger Stephen Brown, who got everyone all jazzed up about it :) At this point, I'd still never seen the pen in person!

It wasn't long after that before we got our first shipment of them, and we decided to do a timed release due to the incredibly high demand. We'd been through this exercise before with previous Noodler's pen releases, though it was about a year and a half since we'd done one (the first release of the Ebonite Noodler's Konrads in spring 2013 was the last one). We planned for it, did our release, and all of the pens were gone in 26 minutes. Two of the three colors sold out in the first 3-6 minutes. We packed them all up that day, and they were gone. Came and went, in one day! Since then we've received one other shipment of them in acrylic, though we haven't talked about them too much because supply hasn't yet kept up with demand. We're told that more are coming though, a lot more. And hopefully soon.

So why all the fuss? It's a solid ebonite (or acrylic) pen with a flexible music nib, ebonite feed, and piston or eyedropper-fill with an unbelievable ink capacity. It's a very wet, very broad pen so it's not for everyone, but for those who like to draw and do artsy stuff, it's a tool like no other. 

1) J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, $26

And here is #1, undisputed. When I was first told about this ink in development I got really excited, thought to myself "yeah yeah, okay, they say it'll have a gold sheen but I need to see this for myself". I had the honor of seeing it pre-release when I met up with a rep from Exaclair at the DC pen show in August, and WHOA, they were not joking about a gold sheen! This ink literally sparkles, like you'd written with a glitter pen! It's like no other ink I've seen. 

The 1670 line was originally just one ink, Rouge Hematite, that was released in 2010 for the 340th anniversary of J. Herbin. It was so unique and so popular, they continued to make it beyond 2010 (thank goodness) and it's been their most popular ink by far. In 2012 they released the next 1670 ink, Bleu Ocean, which is a nice ink...but has no sheen. It was kind of a letdown, as the sheen is what we all came to expect from the 1670 line. They definitely made up for that with Stormy Grey; this ink sheens like nothing you've ever seen, and people are going crazy over it. 

Certainly an ink like this raises a lot of questions, especially with how it performs in certain pens and if it will clog up feeds (the warning label on the box certainly catches your attention). It has visible gold flakes that settle in the bottle, and even in your pen, relatively quickly. You have to shake the dickens out of it, but it actually isn't as scary as their warning makes it sound. Be conscious of the pen you're putting it in, but the reports we're hearing about it's clogging isn't bad at all. It's actually a pretty friendly ink in most pens. I think this is part of the reason people are going so crazy over it. It's unique, performs well, comes in a beautiful bottle, and is truly captivating to see that gold sheen on paper. The less absorbent the paper and the wetter the pen, the more this beautiful sheen will come out. 

As with any immensely popular new release product, this one is running out of stock quickly, so snatch it up when you can. I imagine they'll eventually have a regular supply, but I wouldn't be surprised if it took 6-8 months for it to truly be regularly available. J. Herbin is on a pattern now of releasing a 1670 ink every two years, so will we see another one come in 2016? If I did know, I wouldn't be able to say :) But I'd be curious to know what you think we'll see...

Honorable Mentions

There are many products that I could easily have put in this top-10 list, so I wanted to recognize them with a quick thought on why they're significant:

  • Platinum Preppy Extra-fine: It's a smooth, extra-fine Japanese nib on a sub-$5 pen, what more can I say?
  • Goulet Grip: I'm a little biased here because I developed this product, but still, it's a handy tool that allows you to pull nibs and feeds out of your pen and it didn't really exist anywhere, which is why I wanted to offer it
  • Conklin Duragraph: A new brand to Goulet, this is the most affordable Conklin pen and preforms really well, though stock has been spotty so far so it will likely not really pick up steam until early 2015
  • Monteverde 36-pen case: Pen storage for just over $1 per pen, what's not to love about that!
  • Super5 inks: Similar to the De Atramentis Document inks, these lightfast and waterproof inks are likely to be popular among artists, though they're a brand-new company so they're unproven so far.

In Conclusion

2014 was a phenomenal year for fountain pen enthusiasts, no doubt. The number of new products that we're seeing come out is really exciting. The products that made this list weren't just new colors of existing pen models; I really wanted to feature ones that pushed the envelope. I already know of some things set to come out in 2015 that will also be influential, and this is a wonderful trend to see. 

Of course these products are all ones from my store because these are the ones I know best, so you will very likely have different views than me. What are the new fountain pen-related products that have been most influential for you in 2014? 

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Matchup #28: Lamy A.L. Joy in 1.5mm with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji

This week's Monday Matchup has brewed up some wonderful images with a teapot drawing done by Caitlin on our Customer Care team. She features the Lamy A.L. Joy in 1.5mm stub with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink.

The Joy uses the same swappable stainless steel nibs used on all other Lamy pens (except the 2000), though it comes with either the 1.1, 1.5, or 1.9mm stub nibs. These are nibs that are ground wide so that they give a fatter line on the downstroke, a thinner one on the cross-stroke. This is great for getting a calligraphy-like writing (without having to do much different than your normal writing!). The Joy takes Lamy proprietary cartridges (one blue one included) or a Lamy Z24 converter (sold separately for $4.95).

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink is a nice shader, with a hot pink tone to it that will surely make your writing stand out from just about anything else you're likely to see. It's smooth-flowing, fast drying, and all around a wonderful ink like you'd expect from Iroshizuku. Caitlin was even able to show a little bit of sheen in the heavy pooling parts of her drawing! It comes in an unmistakably beautiful bottle, distinctly Pilot.

The Lamy A.L. Joy is available for $36, and Pilot Iroshizuku comes in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml sample for $2.50 at GouletPens.com.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Stainless Steel

Monteverde has recently developed a new version of their flagship pen model pen, the Invincia Deluxe Stainless Steel. This is the most recent version of the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe line, which normally includes a carbon fiber body and cap. We had the opportunity to launch this as a Goulet exclusive, so we absolutely jumped on that.

The body of the pen is stainless steel with polished chrome trim, which makes the pen fairly heavy at 47g. It's almost identical in weight to the other Invincia Deluxe pens though, slightly heavier than the regular Invincia. Otherwise, it's the exact same dimensions as these pens. It's a fairly large, balanced pen that is generally preferred by those with slightly larger hands due to its heft.

The Invincia Deluxe Stainless Steel comes in a #6 size stainless steel nib in fine, medium, broad, and 1.1mm stub. These nibs are smooth with a hint of feedback, and write slightly on the wet side. Sometimes the tines are pinched together fairly tight so they start out dry, but with some moderate pressure (and usage over time) the tines will break in and the pen will flow nice and wet. It fills by standard international cartridge/converter, and comes with two cartridges and a threaded Monteverde (standard international) converter.

Something unique with this pen that we're trying out is releasing it with a matching rollerball. Technically, this twist-style pen is what Monteverde would normally release as a ballpoint, and the rollerball would be a screw-cap style similar to the fountain pen. We really wanted to get a twist pen though, so we had them make up the twist ballpoint version of the pen and include a broad gel rollerball refill.

Now you might be thinking "traitor!", but hang on there. The Goulet Pen Company originally began with rollerball pens. They were personally the the gateway into fountain pens for me, as it was the first experience I had in writing with something that enhanced my experience beyond they typical ballpoint. If you follow anything I do, you know I'm in love with fountain pens, and the reason I'd even consider selling a rollerball pen is because I know that it could be the first introduction for someone else to have an enhanced writing experience, like I had. Given the holiday season, I thought this pen (in a set with the fountain pen) would be a great gift option for someone who isn't quite ready to dive in deep into fountain pens. It's an experiment for us here, as we don't have plans to get into any other rollerballs anytime soon.

The Invincia Deluxe Stainless Steel sells exclusively at GouletPens.com for $108 (fountain pen) and $76 (rollerball), you can check our more details and specs there. What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Matchup #27: Platinum Balance Green in Medium with J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite

This week's Monday Matchup is done by the talented Madigan, on our talented Customer Care team. She was in the Christmas spirit with this combination of red, green, and gold! As she was thinking about Christmas, she couldn't help but think about Rudolph and his big red nose, which is even brighter than normal with the gold sheen in the J. Herbin Rouge Hematite.

The ink is a mainstay, Rouge Hematite has been easily the most popular J. Herbin ink since it was released 4 years ago as the 340th anniversary ink for the company established in 1670 (hence the ink series name, 1670). The ink is a deep red that brings out an intense gold sheen as it's put down heavily on ink-resistant paper. It has a lot of shading and varies from bright to deep red depending on how much is put down.

The pen used here is a Platinum Balance with a medium nib, which is a relatively newer pen that's come into the US this year (see a Quick Look of it here). The green and gold really brings out the Christmas feel with the red and gold ink, and Madigan commented how solid the pen writes. It has good ink flow, and while she thought it was unassuming, it's now a pen that she has on her radar. She was inspired to do some stippling and other techniques from her doodling days back in school with this matchup.

You can find a 50ml bottle of Rouge Hematite for $26 and the Platinum Balance for $43.20 at GouletPens.com.

Merry Christmas and Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, December 19, 2014

Goulet Q&A Episode 60, 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.

This is the last Q&A of 2014, I'll be taking off next week to spend time with my family for Christmas. This week the video includes using J. Herbin Stormy Grey in your pens, storing pens in your backpack, and what is up with that soldier drawing on my desk. Enjoy!
1) Dane Miles- YouTube - (6:09)
Hey Brian, what pen carry/storage solutions do you recommend for students? Someone whom carries a backpack?

2) Andy P.- Facebook -(9:46)

Hi. I always carry a throw-away pen (decent writer but not as nice as the rollerball or fountain pen I also carry and rely on) for the knucklehead who forgets a pen at a meeting. Sometimes I get a persnickety and persistent knucklehead who notices the "oh so nice" pens sticking out of my pocket and can become insistent in using one of them. My guard is up, the adrenaline starts to flow (like Hulk going through his metamorphosis) and I start getting into fight, not flight, mode. It's particularly painful when the knucklehead is a superior. Do you have any FPN (Fountain Pen. ninja) tactics to employ?
  • I have no personal experience in this area! 
  • keep multiple pens, make up some flimsy excuse about the ‘good’ pen you have being one that only you can use
  • I loan everything to everyone, but I do it in a way that they understand what they’re about to hold
  • I’d really want to solicit feedback on this one in the comments

3) Chris W- Facebook - (13:06)

Do you plan on carrying more Kaweco pens in the future? Also, which pen you would prefer; the Kaweco Sport or the TWSBI Mini.
  • maybe...but only if Kaweco brings them in through US distributorship, they have several models that are by special order only for us here in the US, and that's really tough for us to stock. Mini, hands down.

4) @La_Lynne- Twitter - (15:57)

Do you have a cunning system for remembering what ink's in what pen? I always THINK I'll remember...
  • conceptually yes! 
  • index/business card in pen case
  • phone to-do list/notes
  • matching ink to pen color helps 
  • randomly guessing
  • forgetting/cleaning out pen ;) 

5) Carmen C- Facebook - (18:48)

I like the way I can find inks that are water or freeze resistant on the website, but I'm also interested in inks with sheen and inks that shade really well. Unfortunately, I don't see any tick boxes on the side of the website for those properties. Is there any chance you'll add those next year?
  • that’s a neat idea, not sure if we’d feel bold enough to officially claim “sheen” on an ink
  • varies color by color, paper and nib influences it too 

6) Heath B- Facebook - (22:49)

Being new to the fountain pen world, I like to read as much as I can. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

7) Mikey M- Facebook - (26:49)

Where did your get that drawing of the military doc treating his guy in the field? Being a former Marine I'm drawn to that pic every time I see it.
  • Ced Nocon, legit comic book artist in LA
  • both our grandfathers fought in WWII 

8) Dionne C- Facebook - (30:30)

I was wondering how you clean out a Pilot con 70 converter. It seems to be hard to get ink out of that little tube that's in the converter, kind off a pain.
  • it is a pain! I keep my Custom 74 inked with blue only, basically, kinda for that reason
  • turn upside down under running water, move rod up and down to flush it out 

9) Leonore P- Facebook - (36:50)

I purchased some "Eternal Brown" ink from Noodlers several years ago. I love it because once it dries it is virtually "eternal" no smearing or running from water sprinkles. Does Noodlers or any other company make an "eternal" type ink any more? in any color?
  • water resistant filter on our site “bottled ink”, then filter down on the left, scroll down near the bottom
  • used to have Noodler’s-specific terms like bulletproof and eternal in our search filters, took them out b/c it would then only show Noodler’s, but we’ve gotten a lot of feedback about bringing that back
  • we’re still debating what to do, seeing what our options are, technically 

10) Keith R- Facebook - (39:53)

I know it's not ideal, but would an extra fine nib work on a newspaper crossword puzzle?

11) Bob H- Facebook - (40:34) 

Is there a reason why you don't sell Waterman pens? Just curious. Excellent website, excellent company, excellent products, excellent people. Thank you!
  • need to see a big demand
  • it’s definitely on my radar, waiting to get through holidays 2014 

12) Jon B- Facebook - (43:19)

Would you ever consider a new or second design for the Edison/Goulet exclusive pen? I love the seasonal colors, but I just can't fall in love with the shape of the Nouveau Premiere.
  • we did that with the Encore, fizzled out and discontinued
  • have talked to Brian Gray about that
  • it’s a possibility, but Brian would need the time to design it
  • takes 40-50 hours of programming time for him on his lathe
  • just does’t have that time right now
  • we’d need to pay him for that time, would need to be a popular pen to pay that back
  • it’s a possibility for sure, just not anything planned in the immediate future 

13) Stephen S- Facebook - (47:00)

I've got a good one! I recently got a bottle of the 1670 Stormy Grey. I've been fiddling around trying to find the pen that works best with it. What would you recommend that meets these requirements: Can disassemble nib and feed, to clean the gold gunk out. Wet writerStub/italic nibRelatively inexpensive (in case the first requirement ends up being more trouble than it's worth)
I'm leaning towards an Ahab with a Goulet 1.1mm in it; I've tried it with the normal flex nib and it kind of looks like a glitter pen when flexed hence the desire for an italic. If you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them!

14) Mark Z- Facebook - (49:41)

Would the preppy x-fine work well with the ink Stormy Gray or would the gold flecks likely clog such a fine nib?
  • it will work okay, but won’t really show off the gold much in a nib that fine
  • might have to clean a little more often, but won’t be as bad as you might be envisioning

15) Tristan N- Facebook - (52:48)

Do you have pens or inks or paper you love to hate? Like an pen that's ugly as heck but has a super sweet nib or ink that almost needs a steel brush to get cleaned out of a pen but that has the best sheen or paper thats almost glass like but with a smell bad enough to clean out the room?
  • Noodler’s pen smell, don’t hate it but it’s not the best
  • don’t like fast-dry inks, hate inks that feather a lot (flat color inks) like eternals and document inks (sorry!)
  • don’t like thin pens, Lamy CP1, things like that
  • not a big fan of slick metal grips, though will use them for quick notes
  • don’t like most little pens (Kaweco, Poquito

16) MK B- Facebook - (58:05)

Re-posting from a comment under the last Q&A: #1 I have a Super 5 (given me by a friend who got hers at the Urban Sketchers International Symposium) Is this pen fussy about ink? The converter is really hard to remove but finally got it off and cleaned. Refilled with Platinum Carbon Black (my fav). I now can't get it to flow.... just little bits of ink scratches. 
  • if it's not flowing well from the ink-up it could be a matter of the pen needing to be cleaned out first. This can definitely help sometimes. Another possibility might be the rotation of the pen in your hand, this is a fine stub but still a stub, so it's going to be sensitive to pen rotation, so just make sure you're keeping both tines in contact with the paper. Just a thought

17) MK B- Facebook - (1:02:43)

Just received my bottle of J Herbin 1670 storm grey. I noticed gold on the bottom of the bottle. Does it need to be shaken up? 
  • SHAKE! yes
QOTW: What is a holiday tradition you do every year? 

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it! Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A's that you missed. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Goulet (The Musical)

About a year and a half ago, Rachel and I had an idea to put together a 12 Days of Christmas-style video with fountain pen stuff in the lyrics. It was a fleeting idea, we never really hashed it out, and nothing happened with it. Since then we've been hiring more and more people on our team with musical talent, and being that we are musicians ourselves, we have always talked about wanting to put something musical together as a company.

Who really brought this video to fruition this year was Jenni, our amazing videographer, who took this somewhat fragmented concept of music and fountain pens and put it together into this video you see here today. Greg is on our Fulfillment Team and really did a great job pulling together the audio! We had just about our whole company pitch in here (check out the credits at 4:42), with all instruments, recording, mixing, video, singing (and lip synching), twirling, leaping, cheesy posing, and "costume design" done in-house by our team. We've been working on it for the last month and a half, during what has ended up being the busiest time that our company has ever seen with a new website launch and a bustling holiday season!

The Goulet Pen Company's purpose is to "Prove that business can be personal". This video brought together our personal talents in a way that allowed us to showcase some of what we're about here as a company. It was really great to take some time to do this as a unifying team-building activity, and have a video we think will be really amusing for you.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we hope that you enjoy watching this video as much as we did making it (though I doubt that is possible!).

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ink Drop is Back! The December 2014 Double Reveal.

After a brief hiatus with our monthly Ink Drop shipment to transition to our new website, we were able to resume the program on December 1. We're accepting new memberships all month long, so you have until December 31st to sign up to get the palette(s) we're about to show you.

Because of the break and the inconvenience of asking everyone to re-join Ink Drop, we decided to do something extra special for this December.... a double Drop! We included what we would have done for November, along with what we planned out for December, all in one shipment at the same normal price. Seriously, you can't get a better deal than this!

For this reveal, we're featuring some of your submitted writing samples and artwork along with our swabs so you can really get a feel for the inks in use.

November's theme was Autumn Leaves V (yes, the 5th year in a row we've done this theme!) and the colors were:

December's theme was "Write On", with inks generally featuring the names of authors or their works. We included:

Here are some of your creations!
Writing samples of all 10 Ink Drop inks by @PiruU on Twitter
Waterman Inspired Blue plus watercolor paints on 300lb watercolor paper, by Sharon Searles.
Waterman Inspired Blue by ivory_ocean on Instagram
November Ink Drops limerick by @MShades01 on Twitter
December Ink Drop limerick by @MShades01 on Twitter
November Ink Drop artwork by @PiraU on Twitter
December Ink Drop artwork by @PiraU on Twitter
Writing samples by @inked_botanicals on Instagram
We hope you enjoyed this double Ink Drop reveal! As a reminder, you have until the end of the month to join the club to receive this shipment.

Members get 10% off the bottles of all of these colors, plus other deals, on the Ink Drop Members Page. As long as you're logged in as a current member, you can place these items in your cart and see the discounted prices as you proceed through checkout.

If you have any questions about Ink Drop at all, feel free to post in the comments below or shoot us an email at info@gouletpens.com and we'd be happy to help you out.

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