Monday Matchup #34: Sheaffer Ferrari 100 Red in Medium with Caran d’Ache Infra Red

A quick look under the hood of this week’s Monday Matchup reveals some high horsepower musings on fast cars and a fashionable emotion this time of year: love.

It just may be a metaphor for all the things rolling around in the head of Madigan, our Customer Care team member who brought to life this week’s pairing of a Sheaffer Ferrari 100 Red and Caran d’Ache Infra Red ink. After all, it is Valentine’s Day week. And she’s a bookworm engaged to a gearhead. Maybe that explains the ticking clock and mechanical heart that looks like something built for the Tin Man.

A collaboration between Ferrari and Sheaffer, the Sheaffer Ferrari 100 Red fountain pen features a sleek design and stainless steel Sheaffer nib available in Medium or Fine. The postable metal pen is fittingly accented by the classic Ferrari emblem on the cap. The Caran d’Ache Infra Red fountain pen ink is bold and bright — a great color for penning love letters or writing speeding tickets.

As for the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote; well, if love can’t solve a breakdown, try calling AAA.

The Sheaffer Ferrari 100 Red is available at for $55. Caran d’Ache Infra Red fountain pen ink is available in a 50ml bottle for $32 or as an ink sample for much less.

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T14:01:26+00:00 February 9th, 2015|Monday Matchup|17 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    This Monday Matchup went straight to my heart! I got this ink sample in a recent Inkdrop and the photos show its color perfectly. A most stunning electric color. Again amazing creativity, beautifully done. Another Monday became more special. Thanks Madigan.

  • Otter

    Great Monday Matchup! Beautiful drawing and excellent quote. I'd been wondering about that Sheaffer pen. I've found their nibs to be uniformly good, but wasn't sure about that metal grip section. Gotta love that logo, though. 🙂

  • Sterling

    I think it would be cool to watch a video of the Monday Matchup art being created. Nice work.

  • Kathy

    Another delightful Monday match up. Madigan, you are so talented! I love this ink, both in the ink drop and on this paper. Just awesome. Thanks!

  • John E. Dunn

    Another beautiful creation from Madigan! 🙂 I love the Monday Match-ups, thank you folks for these. Happy Valentine's Day to all the great folks at Goulet Pens! 🙂

  • priya


    Would like to see ‘guest’ interviews on the weekly Q&A – FROM YOUR STAFF.
    Everybody – anything and everything!
    What they do, why they enjoy their jobs, what’s fun and what’s frustrating, and anything they have to say.
    What is it like to fill ink sample vials? Process returns? Talk on the phone to customers? A ’normal’ day at work? Their dreams for the future?
    They make Goulet Pen Company what it is, not just your's and Rachel’s honesty and passion (and forgive me, genius!)
    I loved the Holiday musical, and other personal things like favorite inks, What's in the Bag, Monday Matchups (especially those not super artistic) and the Valentine gift ideas.
    I relate to you as my friends and family, a very magic marketing tool you’ve discovered.

    Don’t care if you group things by category – your great blogsite allows me to jump quickly to any question that interests me.

    P.S. My current pen collection: 24 Noodler’s Ahabs, 12 Pilot Metropolitans (some with Italic and XF nibs from Pilot Plumix and Pilot Penmanship), 7 Pilot Parallels, and 50 bottles of ink. All are inked in different colors, and I use many every day for enjoyment/entertainment/journaling/experimental doodling. Yeah, I know you recommend no more than 6 inked (not 43!) but we all have our little habits!

    love from priya (Karen Haskins)

  • Don

    Nice post. But Infra Red… how did they come up with that name? The total opposite to this color of ink.

  • Tom Johnson

    Actually, I think it is a play on the suffix "infra". Like "infrastructure". Not meant to be logical.

    Infrared cannot be seen in reality without a viewing device. Ultraviolet would be the total opposite of the color infrared. I think it is a neat name, like "ultrared" would be. Comes trippingly off the tongue.

  • pepperpath

    The videos are great…very informative! I would love to see part of the video as a demo concerning a pen, writing sample or ink or filling system esp if it relates to one of the questions. Although I use the "Comparison Tools" frequently, it's really nice to see a pen in person, especially the size. Thanks.

    I highly recommend the Pilot Prera for children or grandchildren! My grandkids love it!

  • Niiice 🙂 Imma try that one, thanks!

  • I already have the VP and I love it (my first gold nib!), but I was really talking about the tiny pockets fountain pens that can fit into a lady's pants pockets 😉 I'll look into the others! As for the ink, I'll check out that one, thanks ^^

  • Lu

    I tried Upper Ganges Blue from Noodlers in a Leuchtturm diary (F nib Safari). Really bad feathering and bleed trough. (It was not my diary so I can´t tell you how other inks behave on Leuchtturm.)

  • S

    Is there a centralized archive listing of ALL Monday Match-ups?
    I'm new to the whole "Goulet" experience and am enjoying working through past "episodes".

  • Don

    Yes, good idea, I think Ultra Red would be a more fitting name for this ink. By "opposite", I meant that infrared light can't be seen with the naked eye, but this ink is highly visible.

  • Lu

    I would do it the other way round, there are a few shows/podcasts I would recommend to watch your Q&A to become better! This one was really good. (Only suggestion I have is to make it shorter / to skip one to become healthy and to make more videos for products on your website.)

  • Anna

    I hate the cursive capital Q as well!

    I would like to see guests with different perspectives. I would like to hear various opinions even on little things. An example would be, maybe hear from people with small hands as that often affects the way a pen handles.

  • Brooks Martin

    For #16 Mary B. – A) Lefty's can make beautiful flex writing! Contrary to Brian G, you will not be at a great disadvantage compared to a Righty. On the contrary, a Lefty's nib will align better with the letters than a Righty's nib for beautiful flex letters…if you write with the pen body below the line, rather than cocking your hand in a curve so as to place the pen body above the line. The secret, I think (I'm a righty) is to position your paper differently from the way a righty positions the paper. To wit: a righty will position the paper with the upper right corner Up, i.e. higher then the upper left corner. A Lefty should position the paper with the upper right corner Lower than the upper left corner. Positioning the paper this way will allow your hand to avoid smearing the wet ink as you write with your hand below the line. I experimented with just this paper positioning while writing a line from Shakespeare using my left hand. It looked great…well, great considering I've never written lefty before, hoho. But the thicks and thins of the lettering were just as nice as when I wrote the line Righty (with the paper positioned for a Righty).
    B) I bet your biggest problem is that the stock Noodler flex nib is way too stiff as it comes from the factory. There is an easy mod to the nib that makes it much more flexible: The Ease My Flex mod over on FountainPenNetwork.

    I think the nibs should come from the factory with this mod, but it's easy to do if you are willing to learn how. Read the mod, and if it scares you, write me and we can see about swapping your stock nib for one of the ones I've already modified. You'd just have to pay for the postage.