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Friday, March 13, 2015

March Ink Drop Reveal: Birds of a Feather

Pira Urosevic, of pilau.tumblr.com, drew up a bird with March's Ink Drop samples.

Birds are there to inspire us at some of our favorite writing and sketching spots: park benches, beachfront perches, and even 10-cent hot wing night.

Noted symbols of freedom, power, and imminent doom, birds have occupied our creativity and curiosity throughout the ages. And now is the time for them to roost right there on your open notebook. Our Birds of a Feather Ink Drop selections feature a diverse palette of tones that will give your writing wings.

Here are the inks for Birds of a Feather:

Margaret from the Media Team contributed this writing test.






Thanks to @pentulant for contributing this ink swab on Instagram.  
Remember: members get 10% off the bottles of all of these colors, plus other deals, on the Ink Drop Members Page. If 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, please post in the comments below or email us at info@gouletpens.com and we'd be happy to help!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

50 comments:

  1. I'm sure I'll forget if I watch the whole thing before I type this out, on notifications of upcoming releases and products being discontinued. I understand it might be a hassle for letting us know ahead of time for releases of items since it depends on so many factors. I think you guys do a great job of letting us know about the really special products that are coming down the pipeline and what to look for, and I should probably just make the Coming Soon page my home page on my browser, ha!


    BUT I think it would be awesome if you could let us know like you did this time about the products that are being discontinued, especially fountain pens and inks of course. Unfortunately this time around sooo many awesome items and for me bills & house had to come first but still, it was pretty awesome seeing all those items (/cry I sooooo wanted the Smoke & Amber Vac 700's...sigh). Okay back to the video...


    ooo I love the questions displayed on the screen during the video: Like!


    I want that Monteverdi! That was one stealthy looking beautiful fountain pen, alas.


    Answer to QOTW: If I'm just rolling around even on my bike I'll have two fountain pens stuffed into my Nock Fodderstack index card/pen case stuffed with their DotDash index cards - awesome for fountain pens. I have always been a 3x5 index card fanatic even as a kid. If I leave my house, I might forget my shoes but I'll have that stuffed into my front left pocket of jeans, shorts, slacks, whatever. If I have my backpack...all bets are off, I'll have at least one of my pen cases jammed in one of the outside pockets and one of the outside pockets has a ton of pen pockets (I call them fountain pen pockets because what else would I put in there?). Depending on how many fountain pens I have inked up, 5 to 8 (but if I know I'm going to be sitting in one spot for awhile with lots of time on my hands - more - it gets worse if I'm crashing at a friend's house, I've been known to bring my Monteverde 36 slot pen case along with ink samples and bottles just in case...yes, I'm that guy)


    Another great Q & A episode!


    Have a great weekend Goulet Team & everyone else too!

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  2. I'm really digging the inks so far this month. Another great Ink Drop. Thanks Team Goulet!

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  3. I rarely carry pens. I have a bunch of pens at home and one or two at my office. These are the places where I do all my writing, so I don't need to carry anything. If I'm traveling, I'll take usually one or two pens with me.

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  4. It is a surprisingly good grouping of inks ~ and I am REALLY loving that Pigeon Blue. I know I have a week spot for teals, and this one is a standout as it has a really nice grey undertone to it. A classy colour.

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  5. Another great video! Thanks, Brian. I really like knowing about the discontinued items, so I appreciate it when you include that info in the blog. Secondly, my heart is still racing at the very thought that you might carry the Waterman Carene. I LOVE THIS PEN! I have only one (dark blue with CT). I love the sleek look, the beautiful nib, how it writes, and particularly how it never skips. It's just awesome. I love Watermans (Watermen?) .


    Re. the QOTW. I carry a lot of fountain pens. Usually at least 5. I've gotten into Lamy Safaris and AL Stars with 1.1 to 1.9 nibs, so usually have at least 3 of these, all with different inks. Then there's my trusty Carene. I have a Pelikan highlighter because I read a lot. Then there's my MB--have no idea which model because I bought it used cheaply. Black plastic is black plastic, but the nib is divine. Suppose the number may be on the nib...just thought of that. Sometimes will have a Levenger or two. I have a turquoise Monteverde Prima that I didn't like at first. I recently changed to a Goulet nib, and now it's a favorite so that stays in the purse, too. All inked differently. Now I have the March ink drop with me at all times:) These are my favorite colors. Love this month's Drop!

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  6. Wow, what a fantastic drawing, Pira! I love it. -- Ben Jackson

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  7. I received my March ink drop in the mail a few days ago, but I savor the moment so much, and love these reveals so much, I waited (impatiently) every day until this reveal! I was so excited to open up the blog and see this post! I was thrilled it was a mix of blues and greens! And that bird! What a beautiful drawing...

    Now I can open my package and continue on with the next step of the monthly ritual which is swatching each color with a few different nibs and pens while watching the Q and A video! I am new into this fountain pen thing and already such a nerd!

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  8. What a great drawing, very realistic and beautiful. I bought some Pigeon Blue when it was on sale at Goulet, but haven't cracked it open yet. Thrilled to know I made a good purchase! :)

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  9. I'm in the late shipments of the Ink Drops subscriptions, so I always get the surprise spoiled but that's okay with me, because I first start by going on the website and trying to guess what colors weren't there before and what's the theme of the month :D I'm glad I guessed it right this time! That drawing, though! Soooo pretty! Wish I had skills like that D:

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  10. QOTW: I normally carry 3 pens, a fountain pen to take notes with, a fisher space pen when I need to know that the pen will write, no matter the surface or situation, and a sharpie for when I need to quickly label boxes in an easy to see way.

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  11. Thanks! I have anywhere from 3-6 pens of the fountain variety; 1-2 ballpoints or gels. Would like to limit that, actually. (Usually 1-2 Kaweco Sports, a Pilot VP, my Parker 51, +/- a Safari (or two).

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  12. Question #11, Rebecca C. - I have a Vanishing Point EF and have found that these superfine nibs can easily tear into the surface of any paper (even fountain pen friendly paper) and cause a lot of feathering in the paper fibers. I think the Pilot F nib is more practical for a lot of papers. Also, you have to use a very light touch with these needle like nibs to keep from tearing the paper surface.

    Brian's recommendation for the Noodler's inks are right on. I've found the bulletproof Black doesn't feather a lot and am thinking of getting a bottle of Heart of Darkness from his recommendation and other reviewers. Keep the lightest touch with your EF Vanishing point and try Heart of Darkness. I have been amazed at how badly some inks feather on many papers. The Polar series of Noodler's inks is especially bad.

    Unless you are stuck on Field Notes, I find the Basic Clairefontaine Life Unplugged Duo notebooks to have excellent paper that has not feathered with my pens yet. They are 43 cents each more than Field Notes. http://www.gouletpens.com/C734169/p/C734169

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  13. I try not to take a fountain pen with me, I am so scared that it will get damaged. I need a sturdy box for fountain pens! Sometimes I take a Lamy Safari with me - because I could get a new one easily - sometimes I take a Pelikan Steno with me - because I have to write shorthand.

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  14. I currently have my VP with the EF nib unit in it right now. and I absolutely agree with you, yikes! Compared to the Medium and Broad which I love both, I have to take very particular care when the EF unit is in my VP.

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  15. I always carry 12 pens in an Aston case designed for 10 (but you can sandwich in another two if they're not too fat). I have two inked with Noodler's Gruene Cactus and two with Private Reserve Chocolat (they both present differently in a Fine nib and a 1.1mm stub), two inked with blue - Pelikan Edelstein Topaz and Private Reserve Midnight Blues (the Topaz is delightfully vibrant but not always for all business uses), two inked for grading papers (Noodler's Nikita and Apache Sunset--bright enough to grab the attention of the most slothful writer), two inked with black (Noodler's X-Feather and Pelikan 4001 Brillant Schwarz--both drying reasonable fast with little bleed-through on 20-lb bond), and one inked with J. Herbin Gris Orage, a "stormy grey" with gold highlights. And in my shirt pocket I carry a Pilot Falcon inked with Namiki Black for general use. Faced with different qualities of paper, different purposes, and my different moods, I don't see how anyone carries fewer.

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  16. What a wonderful drawing!

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  17. QOTW: I keep about 5 pens inked on my desk at home. I will usually take two with me in my laptop bag when I go to the office (I work from both home and office). But I normally don't carry any pens when I'm just out and about, doing errands, meeting friends, etc.

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  18. Hi Kenny! Thanks for all the great feedback. We'll definitely keep it in mind. :) Glad to hear you roll with more than a few fountain pens. I've pretty much got 3 plus a brush pen on me at all times- that's all my pen slip can handle. Maybe it's time to upgrade...

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  19. It's always smart to keep them safe at home or the office! Do you have a favorite you take with you on those special trips? I have the hardest time deciding... :)

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  20. Wow! Thanks for the feedback on the Waterman. We're excited about the possibility of caring them. :) I'm a little jealous of your pen collection! I'd want those with me at all times too. :)

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  21. Hi Doug! Smart choice on the pens. :)

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  22. Hey there Cancoi! The Kawecos are great little travel pens- they fit in small spaces and are solid writers. Good choice on the rest of the pens as well. :)

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  23. Hi Lu! It is a bit nerve wracking at first. A good pen slip can go a long way to help calm those fears. You can't go wrong with a Safari though! :)

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  24. Hi Mike! Wow!! This is a truly enviable collection of pens. :) Looks like you've got your pen/ink combos worked out too! The Nikita and Apache Sunset sound great for grading.

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  25. Hi David! Sounds like you know exactly when you'll need them. :) Do you have certain ones you take with you to the office or is it a grab and go situation?

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  26. Hi Kenny! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I've got a few of my pens inked up with these inks. They are so beautiful!

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  27. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful work! I can't wait to see what you come up with next month. :)

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  28. Hi Candice! What a fun idea!! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun trying out these beautiful colors. :)

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  29. Pigeon blue is a great color! I've been enjoying the Ku-Jaku a lot as well. :)

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  30. Hey Amaryllis! I hope the reveal helps enhance your anticipation. :) If you are doing any art or interesting writing projects with the ink, send them our way. You could see them up on the blog!

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  31. Maybe you need more pen slips :) I've invested in several. Parker makes a decent cloth/zippered two pen case. i wouldn't put two good pens in them, but they are perfect for my Safaris and Kaweco Sports. I have to clean out my purse frequently; it gets too heavy from the fp's. I suppose there is no reason to keep 15 in my purse at all times (which I have done.)

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  32. Usually I take a couple from my desk with nibs toward the fine side, inked with (reasonably) well behaved permanent inks. Currently it's a Platinum Cool with Baystate Blue, and a TWSBI 580 with Zhivago. It changes with my pen/ink rotation, but the Platinum Cool is usually in the mix -- that one's my favorite all-around workhorse pen.

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  33. Unfortunately, I'm not really doing art with ink D: Otherwise I would've loved sending them to you!

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  34. Loving the March inks - Woodland Green might be my favorite. Thank you for sharing my Instagram photo! @pentulant

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  35. Hello Brian and all of the GouletPens team :)

    I have a question that, if you can, would be awesome if you could answer it in the Q&A. Today (Monday the 16th) was my friend's birthday and I gave her a Pilot Metropolitan medium nib (the purple leopard print one), a few purple cartridges (she loves purple) and a little notebook (purple too). I took the time to talk to her a bit about fountain pens in general, but I was wondering what 'warnings' to tell her, since she comes from the ballpoint world. I've already told her not to leave it uncapped and not to leave it unused for too long (and I assumed she'd write with the shiny side up because we used dip pens in our drawing classes), but I'm not sure what else to tell her. She's not neck-deep into the fountain pen addiction (yet, I'm trying!) so she probably won't watch the Fountain Pen 101 videos even if I send her the links, so I'll be her 'instructor' for the most part, which is why I'm asking you about this. Also, what bottled purple inks would be inexpensive and easy to maintain? Still going for that purple theme for her :) Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

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  36. Those inks are great for grading, Madigan, and another I use is Noodler's Dragon's Napalm. (Some corrected papers appear to be smoking!)

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  37. I didn't realize there were early and late drops??? I haven't received my March drop, so I was thinking there must be a problem. I'll give it a few more days, but I'm dying to try the Ku-Jaku!

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  38. I think you may be right about the pen slips, Kathy! I have the same purse problem but with ink samples... there is a ridiculous amount rolling around in my purse right now. :P

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  39. QOTW: I've been carrying all seven of my pens back and forth from work each day, since if I don't I inevitably want to use the color of ink that isn't with me at the time. With the addition of a TWSBI Diamond 580 yesterday (yay bottom shelf!) I just hit my pen case capacity and noticed that the pens are easily doubling the weight of my purse. The two Sheaffer 100s in that set *really* aren't helping, but I love the way they write.


    I'm going to start keeping one or two of my pens at home (the ones that aren't very well behaved on cheap government copy paper). That means I'll need to start looking at getting a few more to keep at the office so I can keep up the color variety. Will still probably carry my favorites with me though.


    Or I might need to buy a more professional looking pen case (with a higher capacity). Mine has comic book style robots and rocket ships on it.

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  40. Haha! Those poor papers... they don't even know what's coming at them. :P

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  41. Both awesome pens! I'm a particular fan of the Cool and of Baystate Blue. Sounds like an awesome combination!

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  42. Awesome! I'll pass it along to Brian. :)

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  43. Hey Moranin! I totally know what you are talking about but in the reverse... I'm always at home missing the pens I have at work. :) What a great trick with the ink switching! A rainbow of pens would be amazing to have at all times.

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  44. I carry a Kaweco Al-Sport with Baystate Blue in it for signing things, a Kaweco Nano in brass with orange ink and a gold nib because why not, and a Pilot Falcon, which is my favorite writing pen for taking notes etc. I also carry a Lamy 2000 ballpoint in titanium because I love the heft of it, and ballpoint is easier on some papers I deal with. I always carry a space pen for writing on greasy or wet surfaces -- it works when nothing else does, plus a cheap click pen (guest pen). Lastly, I carry a Rotring mechanical pencil for those rare occasions.


    When I carry a pen case, which I do when I am going somewhere with the intention of writing, I have a Lamy 2000 in stainless with blue ink, a Delta Serena with black, Lamy AL-Stars in green and purple with matching ink, and a red Lamy Safari with red ink.

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  45. I'd stick to Diamine and noodlers as they are the most economical at roughly $12.50 for a 80 ~ 90 ml bottle of ink. The diamine Grape looks rather purply as well as the diamine majestic purple which is lighter.

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  46. 1 pen stays in my pocket,
    2 pens in my laptop bag (1 bullet proof formal pen + 1 sharpie pen),
    & 8 more in my NeoCritz Transformer Case (2 highlighters, 1 wet erase, 3 bold nibs, 2 fine nibs, )

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  47. I regularly carry 5 or 6 fountain pens. 4 Plaisir (1 red, 1 green, 1 black, 1 blue) for document review (all filled with their respective colours (noodlers). Plus 2 pens for every day use (at the moment Platinum Cool with Noodler's Purple Heart, and TWSBI 580AL in Orange with Noodlers Apache Sunset).


    In addition, 1 mechanical pencil, a preppy highlighter, a thin permanent marker, and a ball pen.


    Oh, and a small ruler too.

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  48. I'll look into these, thanks :)

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  49. Regarding the QOTW, I always carry a Wancher 3-pen case, rotating different pen combinations, always with 2-fountain pens and 1-roller/ballpoint/fineliner type pen.
    Today, it is loaded up with a Karas Kustoms Ink FP with B nib and Noodler's Heart of Darkness; yellow, Pilot VP with B nib and Iroshizuku Asa-Gao; and brass, Karas Kustoms Retrakt Pen with Fine, Schmidt capless roller ball refill.
    When I am in a vintage mood, I load up with Eversharp Symphony with F nib, (nib is very stiff and unyielding so gives a very fine line), Eversharp Skyline with M semi flex nib and for the non-FP, an Eversharp Symphony that has been retrofitted to accept a Parker Jotter ballpoint refill, (originally used a CA refill, capillary action, Eversharp's failed attempt at a rollerball refill back in the mid 1940's). Ink color depends on how I am feeling that day!
    When Wagner strikes me, green stripped Pelikan M600 with Greg Minuskin flex-tuned F nib with Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel; Porsche Design Techflex with M nib and Iroshizuku Tsuyu-Kusa; MB Starwalker with Fineliner refill. I sometimes substitute a MB Sapphire Starwalker with M nib in lieu of the Techflex.
    And moving to the Land of the Rising Sun, Namiki Resin Falcon with SF nib, Pilot Elite 95S with M nib and Pilot Knight ballpoint pen.

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