Monday Matchup #39: Pilot E95s Burgundy/Ivory in Extra Fine with Diamine Syrah

A DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor. A phone booth, a worm hole, a hot tub, and Jules Verne’s titular contraption. Now add a Pilot E95s to the list of intriguing time-travel devices.

In this week’s Monday Matchup, Madigan was inspired to take a trip back through time to the ’20s, thanks to the classic, throwback styling of the fountain pen. Her cat may not be roaring, but the decade is. (Some think the pen harkens back to the ’60s; it’s handheld nostalgia either way.)

Diamine Syrah and a brush pen help set our flapper girl awash in anticipation for an evening out on the town. And F. Scott Fitzgerald, literary icon of the Jazz Age, offers up an existential ice breaker that will have dog and cat lovers chomping at the bit to answer.

The Pilot E95s Burgundy/Ivory features a streamlined look, a lightweight feel and an inlaid 14-karat nib that produces mighty smooth writing. It’s a great complement to the Diamine Syrah ink, which would mostly likely be served up at the speakeasy beside some bathtub gin.

The Pilot E95s Burgundy/Ivory is available at for $136, while the Diamine Syrah is available in an 80ml bottle for $12.95 or as an ink sample for $1.25.

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company
2017-10-11T14:01:25+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Monday Matchup|26 Comments
  • Daniel

    So is this a flex pen? You seem to be getting some pretty good flex from it. On the other hand, the writing looks a little cramped. Is that from it taking a large amount of pressure to get that flex?

  • Kathy

    Another hit! I'm so jealous of the incredible talent at Team Goulet. I have the Diamine Syrah ink and love it (love all Diamine inks). Wonder if I buy this pen if I'll be able to draw as well as Madigan?!

  • Madigan

    Hi Kathy!! You are way too generous… I'm sure you could come up with even better stuff! This pen and ink combination was super fun to work with so that made it easy. Syrah is my absolute favorite ink-such beautiful shading. 🙂

  • Madigan

    I wouldn't call it a flex pen per say, but you can get some line variation from it. You'd want to be careful to not spring the nib but I think it writes beautifully. 🙂 Brian has a great overview of the pen:

  • Madigan, awesomeness! Love it. Coincidentally I just inked up my E95s this morning, but with Noodler's Park Red (and mine's black with the gold trim and with a fine nib). From the last Ink Drop I really liked the Diamine Syrah. I wanted to ask, what brush pen do you use?

    Have a great day!

  • Madigan

    Thanks Kenny!! 🙂 I love Noodler's Park Red as well. I had a lot of fun working with that ink when we did the blog on it. I work with a Noodler's brush pen that previously came free with some of the larger Noodler's ink bottles. They've switched it out for the free Preppy pen now though.

  • Almost everyone can be imagined as a cat or a dog? I think I'd be a cat! I was taking photos yesterday and this girl in the next studio had a male cat who was just all over me, I think he fell in love with me xD But I did get some good (ish) shots at least 🙂 I'm nowhere near as good as Sarah (who's becoming one of my big inspirations because her setups are always wonderful), but I did my best! Here's the shot if you're curious ^^

  • This is a great shot! Love it.

  • Otter

    Great pic, Madigan! And I do agree with that Fitzgerald quote. 😀 I love Pilot pens but have not picked up an E95S yet. Would you say that extra fine nib has a lot of feedback? Do you know how it compares to a regular fine?

  • Thanks, I'm glad you do 😀

  • NPOGuy

    Well, that was too simple! Thanks!

  • Madigan

    This is beautiful! I love the textures. 🙂 Which Noodler's pen is that?

  • Madigan

    I actually found the EF nib on this pen to be pretty smooth- nowhere near the feedback as on a say a Falcon. It is very very fine though! I'm not entirely sure how it'd compare to a fine but I can say that it produces a very thin line. Check out the nib nook? 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Christine! Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂 Let us know if you come up with anything fun next month.

  • Madigan

    Gotcha! 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    Another wonderful Monday treat! This is one of my favorite ink colors. If I did not have several close to it, I would be adding it to my next order. Beautiful art work Madigan, I love the quote. The E95S is one of the most classic style pens in my mind. I love the style. This color is my choice too. Thanks for the perk of the day. Sarah the photography is magnificent, you are a master of macro work.

  • It's the Nib Creaper rollerball 🙂 I carry it around for when people need a pen and I don't feel confident in them not bearing down on my nibs! 😉

  • Madigan

    Thanks Tom! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Good call!! 🙂

  • Pira Urosevic

    Thank-you very much. :3

  • Pira Urosevic

    Thank-you. Yeah the Pigeon Blue was a surprisingly nice shade of blue. That's the great thing about the Inkdrop ~ you never know what lovelies you are going to discover! 🙂

  • Pira Urosevic

    Thank-you Ben.

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  • Wish I didn't live so far away in Australia – the postage, the postage! Loving these colours, though. Lots of ideas.

  • Madigan

    Hi Kate! If only we could pull Australia a bit closer! 😛 Our ink drop program sends 5 samples a month to international locations for $15 USD. Not too bad…

  • Hi Madigan. Great idea. I went in just now to sign up. but am having problems getting beyond the 'Proceed to shipping' hotlink on the website. It won't let me proceed. This happened last month, and I had to place my order via phone – not exactly convenient – but the Goulet team member was charming and helped me out! What to do? I've written on FB to see what is going on with this web glitch.