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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Matchup #30: Kaweco Classic Sport Clear in fine with Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown


It takes an especially bright mind to not only intimately understand our universe -- and beyond -- but to be able to find the words to connect mankind with with these deep, compelling insights.

Author, astronomer, astrophysicist and all-around genius Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) possessed such a mind. In this week's Monday Matchup, our Customer Care Manager Drew pays tribute to the late Sagan by highlighting some of his most poignant deep thoughts on space, humanity, and the search for extraterrestrial life. With the help of his Kaweco Classic Sport - Clear fountain pen and Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown ink, he captures Sagan's evocative response to a famous photo depicting a minuscule planet earth from six billion miles away, taken from the book "Little Blue Dot." Additionally, Drew includes a quote that perhaps most perfectly conveys Sagan's insatiable curiosity, "Somewhere, something is waiting to be known."

The Kaweco Classic Sport Clear, here used with a fine nib, is a great pen for those looking to explore beyond the known world. The pen's clear design uniquely reveals the included ink cartridge. Plus, the pocket-sized fountain pen is easy to carry around with other assorted gadgets and gizmos, and then at the right time, post the cap to transform the pen into a full-sized writing instrument.

Meanwhile, the Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown fountain pen ink is lightfast, meaning that its color will remain consistent after long exposure to light. Similarly, Sagan's groundbreaking works and writing will remain a beacon for inquiring minds for millennia to come.

The Kaweco Classic Sport Clear is available at GouletPens.com in fine or medium for $25. The Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown fountain pen ink is $30 for a 75ml bottle.


Write On,
Team Goulet

24 comments:

  1. Looks like you eyedropper-ed this pen. Could you tell us a little bit about that? What's the capacity, does it do the belching thing that people often mention as a drawback of ED mods? Thanks! Great series.

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  2. Josephine RobertsonJanuary 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    That is lovely!

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  3. "Pale Blue Dot" is one of those things I return to again and again, so I'm delighted to see it here. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful take on it, Drew.

    And for those who are being introduced to this wonderful meditation for the first time, Wikipedia has the original photo that inspired it, in addition to other info.

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  4. Soo Lee, thank you so much for the link.

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  5. I was wondering when we'd see Drew's work in a Monday Matchup! Great subject Drew, you really make that Kaweco Sport sing along. And I love your artwork. Wonderful shade of brown, it is so rich looking. Another Monday became much more special, thanks. My Kaweco Sport pens gave wonderful service for years at work. One for over 15 years.

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  6. Vinícius CordeiroJanuary 12, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    "We are made of starstuff."

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  7. Sagan is one of my heroes. Great job on the sketch, Drew! I can vouch that the Kaweco Sport is a great little pen - I love mine.

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  8. Great job, Drew. Love the quote and that ink too! I haven't picked up a Kaweco Sport, but might have to add it to the queue. :)

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  9. I've heard mixed things about Filofax, I wish I had personal experience to elaborate!

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  10. That's a good question! I'll try to answer that in either the next Q&A or the one after ;) I could really do a whole vid just on that (maybe a FP101?)

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  11. Try Red Dragon, it blows Ruby Red out of the water ;) Actually RR is pretty good, I just really like Red Dragon!

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  12. Good questions! I guess it depends what you mean by minimalist, but I think I get what you're going for here. I'll take a stab at it

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  13. Fair enough, I see what you're saying. Where it would be debt though is that the product is being held aside, so I as a retailer and holding that product for you, and not selling it to someone else. I am guaranteeing you that I will have it for you, even though you haven't paid in full. That's where it really feels like debt to me. And you're right, there are definitely increased costs associated with managing a layaway. It's just not something I'm interested in doing.

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  14. I don't personally know Dave better than anyone else, so I really can't speak to any of that. What he talks about in EntreLeadership is pretty solid though, and much like any business person I read up on, I take what Dave says and interpret it for myself. I also follow Gary Vaynerchuck, and he openly drops F-bombs and has said in a Q&A of his that if he was 21 again he would sleep with as many girls as he could (paraphrasing), so no one's perfect. Heck, to allude to the end of this vid where I talked about how I'm reading the Bible straight through (I'm 10 days in and at Deuteronomy 7 now), if there's one thing that's clear it's that we (people in general) really screw up a lot! Even some of the greatest leaders in history did some utterly despicable and unbelievable things, yet there's still a lot of good that can come out of their leadership. To summarize here, I don't idolize Dave or judge him for anything he does more than anyone else. I am inspired what he's talked about in EntreLeadership and many of the things I've implemented as a result of that book have helped me to build a better company.

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  15. Nice! haha, yeah, working out will do that! I've never had a PT, I have thought about it though. Good for you for going for it though ;)

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  16. I was lucky enough to be at Mall of America at Paradise Pen store. They let me scribble with one of my pens on Filofax paper, and it bled through, feathered, etc. All the things my DayTimer paper did with pens. And why I stopped using DayTimer after approx. 25 years. I am using Rhodia Weekly Planner wishing it had DayTimer format just a bit, but adapting now that I'm in second year with them. Definitely pen friendly and with fine nib, enough room on notes side to track work things during the week. Available at Goulet too, until sold out anyway!!

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  17. Hi Brian, I have a question for your Q&A. I remember a while back on a Q&A podcast you mentioned that Black Swan in Australian Roses (BSAR) had changed color due to Noodlers' dye supplier changing their formula or something like that. I really liked the "mistake" color and ordered a sample, and it quickly became a favorite. By the time I got around to ordering a full bottle, the "mistake" had been fixed and the color was back to normal! So my question is, can you tell me which current ink might most closely match the really nice deep purple of the "mistake BSAR"? Thanks for everything. Dr. Hans.

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  18. Thanks, Brian!


    I suppose to expand on "minimalist." In terms of aesthetics, it's not trying to do anything. It doesn't have fancy trim, or a crazy clip. It's essentially Bauhaus functional design: it's a pen; it does no more, no less. If it were a watch, it'd be a Nomos.

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  19. Noodler's Antietam looks so much like dried blood, it's creepy. I wrote a couple checks with it, and wondered if the teller would get grossed out and refuse to accept the check :-/ Fortunately, all dried blood looking checks passed ok :-) Of course, around Halloween, it might have been a different story....

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  20. I just got a shipment from you, and the note on the packing slip was in Diamine Tulip. Now there's a pretty red!

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  21. You can get Tomoe River paper refills that fit the Filofax.

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  22. Sorry - on the Tomoe River refills I mentioned, I just realized that they are lined or plain but I don't think they are dated like a planner.

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  23. With respect to shipping costs, here is my thought process: I need some silicone grease, but the shipping would be prohibitive. I know! A pen would lower the shipping cost (as percentage of total sales). That Pilot Custom 823 looks pretty sweet. And that solves shipping cost quandry.

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