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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top 7 Power Pens




What's a power pen? It's a pen that makes a statement. These are big, heavy, eye-catching pens.

Brian picked out his favorite power pens and offered a quick explanation for each. Here they are (in random order):



  • Monteverde Regatta Sport - Rose Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Monteverde Invincia Deluxe - Chrome
  • Sheaffer 300 - Brushed Chrome with Gold Trim
  • Conklin All American - Tortoiseshell
  • Edison Beaumont - Bedrock Flake
  • Pilot Vanishing Point - Raden  (Water Surface with Rhodium Trim)
  • Jinhao 159

  • Monteverde Regatta Sport - Rose Gold (Limited Edition)
    Monteverde Invincia Deluxe - Chrome

    Sheaffer 300 Brushed Chrome with Gold Trim
    Conklin All American

    Edison Beaumont - Bedrock Flake


    Pilot Vanishing Point - Raden Water Surface with Rhodium Trim


    Jinhao 159 - Black
    Write On,
    The Goulet Pen Company Team

    68 comments:

    1. Ha, liked this a lot! Might want to check that Jinhao link, though. Was intrigued enough by the video to want to click & something has gone wrong there. :)

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    2. Thanks for the heads up, Donalda! We fixed it. :)

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    3. While I agree that the Regatta says, "Wow, look at that pen!", if you actually do, it looks cheap. The finishes are not done very well, the shinny "Rose Gold" looks more like a gold tinted lacquer than a true gold plating. I would probably have put in a Lamy 2000 Stainless or a Platinum Kanazawa Maki-e instead. The quality on the 2000 is incredible and the brushed stainless will be noticed. For the Platinum, what says, "Boom, look at me!", more than having a work of art on your pen?

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    4. Good list! I know you don't retail them, but I'd add "basically any Visconti, ever." My Homo Sapiens gets a lot of attention when it makes the rotation...and that's about as understated a pen as they've ever made.

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    5. Conklin All-American "I've seen some things that a pen ain't supposed to see."

      Great feature, BTW.

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    6. The Edison Beaumont is neither big nor heavy. But it is a wonderful pen just the same!

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    7. Oh yes, the stainless Lamy 2000! I think if I were still working I'd get one of these for the office. I love both of my two VP's, they are EDC for me.

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    8. Brian, this is a great selection and description. All of these look impressive, and your descriptives are right on. What a range in price too! Something for everyone.

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    9. The Power Pen in the Edison line surely is the Collier, and if you like it flashy: persimmon swirl! Come to think of it: gotta ink up my Colliers :-)

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    10. There is a little "creative
      ambiguity" in the "top power pens" "here at Goulet Pens". Does it mean
      from the perspective of Goulet Pens or limited to those for sale at
      Goulet Pens? Power pens from whatever venue--and leaving out special
      editions--I think one might argue that any one of these twelve would
      "out-impress" any one of the seven touted (in alphabetical order):
      Conway Stewart Churchill, Danitrio Denshoi, Danitrio Mikado, Delta Dolce
      Vita Oversize, Montblanc 149, Omas Ogiva Guilloche, Omas Paragon,
      Pelikan M1000, Sailor 1911, Sailor King of Pen, Visconti Van Gogh Max.
      But if you mean "power pens that I can afford", the Jinhao 159 that I
      bought from you leads the parade for impressiveness per dollar.

      Topics like this always stir the pot. Keep it up. They're lots of fun!

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    11. Here's my list of power pens.


      Montblanc 149 or Montblanc Solitaire 146
      Pelikan M1000
      Conway Stewart Churchill
      Edison Collier
      Franklin Christoph 1901
      Sailor King of Pen
      Pilot Custom 823
      Omas Ogiva in Arco Finish
      Aurora 88 w/ Gold Cap
      Visconti Wall Street
      Parker Duofold

      Delta Dolce Vita Oversize

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    12. No Lamy Studio in Palladium or Bright Platinum? ;)


      Loved the video... the right mix of tongue in cheek and seriousness. Really... seriously! ;)

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    13. Hahaha..ha No, not really. Where are the Deltas, Montblanc, Pelikan, ... You know, poems that are power pens and actually good writers?! Have yet to write witha Jinhao that was consistent, Monteverde...seriously bad QC issues, inconsistent writers. Parker, Aurora, ....? Jinhao....seriously?

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      1. Poems...love autocorrect.

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    14. That was a fun list. I might've put the Pilot Metal Falcon on there, but all the rest are good choices. Two in particular, the Edison Beaumont Bedrock Flake and the Vanishing Point Raden are on my "must have" list! (I may have to forgo several months of orders to afford the latter, however! *LOL*) May I suggest a "Mighty Mini" list as well? For pens which are impressive even if they aren't big and heavy! And I'll bet the Stargazer I just ordered could go on that one! ;)

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    15. Fun video! Please do more of these. I have to agree with Mitchell; I think the Monteverde Regatta looks cheap. I fantasize about the Dolce Vita Oversize, and wish you would carry it. It's gorgeous and writes like a dream. Very comfortable pen with just enough bling. The Lamy 2000 should be on the list; what a classic, sleek pen. When/if you start carrying the Waterman Carene, please add it to the list, too. I strongly dislike the MB image the company has cultivated, but I've bought two used MBs. I love them. Not overly fond of the precious black plastic, but they are nice looking pens and they have incredible nibs.

      Please consider doing more of these videos....perhaps on power inks, maybe Rachel's favorite pens or inks, or maybe looking at which pens men or women buy most. All sorts of options! 😄

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    16. I agree with you about the Viscontis. I just bought two of them from a brick and mortar store outside LA. I'd never tried them, or really paid much attention to them. They are absolutely gorgeous pieces of art....and they are great writers. Wish Goulet would carry them!

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    17. What a fun video. You obviously had a good time doing it, Brian -- with tongue placed firmly in cheek, but also a lot of thought behind everything. Honestly, none of these pens appeals to me at all. I am not into 'power' as such, or at least not as related to fountain pens. I'm into fountain pens for entirely different reasons! But I love the concept and I loved seeing your choices. I think some of the commenters obviously didn't get that you were reviewing pens THAT GOULET CARRIES, not pens in general. Of course someone has to bring up Montblancs -- give me a break. And Viscontis. Of course there is a whole world of fancy-shmancy expensive pens out there, including collector pens. And that's fine. Not everyone wants the same thing in a pen. But I thought this was a well-balanced list, and obviously personal. What else would we expect (or want) from 'our' Brian and 'our' Goulet Pens!? Thanks for my morning grins!

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    18. My power pen is my Sheaffer Ferrari. I love its vibrant red color, its weight and the smoothness of its writing. By far my favorite pen so far.

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    19. Maybe Power Notebooks too! Would love to see Brian's choice of Power Inks. Thanks Kathy! I'm like you, marketing hype just rolls off me, not impressed with hype. I too found this video to be a lot of fun and informative.

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    20. Well, we know to discount this list from its inception...

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    21. I'm afraid I disagree about the Monteverde - for me, they do not qualify as power pens mostly because of the quality of performence: it's not a power pen if you're forced to unscrew them in the middle of a meeting to check on the ink level, because the pen skips, or having to replace a writing pad because the nib is scratchy...

      Two thumbs up for the suggestion to add the Collier - it is, really, magnificent.
      From Brian's list - the Conklin All American is fatastic, as well as the VP.

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    22. Brian, I can see you had fun, fun, fun. I also realize you only chose pens that you carry. Otherwise there'd have to be a Montblanc in there somewhere. As for me, any fountain pen I pull out in front of people who've NEVER seen one (surprisingly alot!) is a power pen. Let's face it, fountain pens a priori are still very rare today.

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    23. i am very excited about the Jinhao 159...now in Yellow and Orange!

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    24. Power notebooks--great idea, Tom! One does not have to be in the rodent race to get into this concept. And to those who questioned if some us of understood that Brian was talking about only things he sells, the answer is, "Of course!" But I can't resist a little plug for brands I wish he would carry. The vast majority of my fountain pen related purchases are from Brian and Rachel. But I assume they want feedback on other brands or products 😄

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    25. Thanks for a fascinating video. Brian better look over his shoulder as the video maestro. :)

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    26. You made some great points! We considered the 2000 but it didn't make the short list. Both that and the Maki-e would have made excellent additions. :)

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    27. Hey Steve B! Brian stuck to pens we carry, but a Visconti would be a great power pen as well! :)

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    28. Glad you enjoyed it, Hugh! :)

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    29. Hi Matthew! Glad you enjoy the Beaumont... We're big fans around here. :)

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    30. Hi Christoph! There was some debate around here as to which Edison was the most powerful. :)

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    31. Hi Mike! Brian stuck to pens we carry since we know the most about them. Glad you are enjoying the Jinhao! :)

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    32. Hi Rob! Great list!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    33. Hi David! Glad you enjoyed it. I had to look up that Lamy Studio- Wowie wow wow!!

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    34. Hey Otter! A mighty mini!?! I love it. A Stargazer could make the list... or the E95s! :)

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    35. Hey Kathy & Tom! Brian had a lot of fun with this one! I love the idea of power inks or power notebooks... what would make your lists?

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    36. Hi Madigan... you should also check out the Lamy 2K in chrome! Heh, heh, heh... :)

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    37. Hi Starchix! I'm so glad you enjoyed the video despite the choices not being exactly what you look for in a pen. Brian definitely enjoyed making this video so I think we'll see a few more like it. :)

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    38. Hi Mythopoet! That pen is a lot of fun! I did a Monday Matchup with it and loved how it wrote. :)

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    39. Hi Amit! That's totally cool. I'm sorry you were having trouble with your Monteverde. What a bummer! I'm glad you enjoyed some of the other suggestions though. :)

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    40. Hey there Breck! Yeah, Brian stuck to pens we actually carry. The list would have had to be a lot longer if we included all the possible power pens. :)

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    41. Hi Tadaahhh! I know!! The new colors are super fun. :)

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    42. i couldn't decide. so i had to order both!

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    43. Ohhh, the Pilot E95S may not be large, bold, but it is so supremely elegant that I think it would get a lot of attention for it timeless classic look. The burgundy/ivory would be my choice. Ditto the Pilot Metal Falcon.

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    44. No one has yet commented on Drew's fabulous drawing! I've seen it before somewhere in the distant past, great to see it again. I regret that I did not discover Goulet Pens sooner - I might have a DB drawing on one of my packing lists if I had!! Thanks Brian for including this, a perfect lead in to the video.

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    45. For power notebooks, I pick any of the top wire bound Clairefontaine or Rhodia pads. I use these in my Levenger portfolio, and they work great. Even without another cover, they look good. Much better than the typical office yellow legal tablet. I like the French ruled notebook, too. Makes me pay attention to my writing! For inks, Waterman Serenity Blue is a great standby. I avoid black inks. As an attorney I like to see (quickly) which copy of a document is the original, and that is easier with a non-black ink. Diamine Midnight is very good...really most any of the Diamine or Private Reserve blue inks work for me. For notes on documents, I like Diamine Carnival or Wild Strawberry. Now my favorite ink, which certainly is not a power ink, is the old Sheaffer Peacock Blue. How I wish I could find a close alternative! Any suggestions?

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    46. haha, yeah we revived that Drewdle for this vid, seemed just too appropriate to pass up!

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    47. oh yeah, definitely. A power pen from another era ;)

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    48. absolutely, what a practical pen! Love the VP.

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    49. haha...hey it's $12.50. Can't really go wrong.

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    50. so true! I carry around Pilot Metropolitans and people's minds are blown that I'd spend $15 on a single pen... ;)

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    51. Yeah dang, that shouldn't be the case with the MV. if you got it from us email us and we'll help you out, if not check out Yafa.com, they're Monteverde's distributor and they will stand by their stuff.

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    52. yeah, I'll surely do more non-educational vids like these ;)

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    53. I debated about the Metal Falcon, that certainly could have been on here too

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    54. I've been tempted by the Conklin All American (or should I say "teased"). When are you going to get non-defective All American pens in stock (the pens that Don't say “Toledo, Hoio”)?

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    55. Kathy and I think alike. The Clairefontaine side wire bound notebook in French Rule is awesome, I choose the Classic Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook - 8.25 x 11.75, French-Ruled . Wish I had these 20 years ago. For a pocket notebook I pick the Basic Clairefontaine Life. Unplugged Staplebound Duo - 3.5 x 5.5, ...
      For a hard bound notebook, I would go with either Leuchtturm1917, Quo Vadis Habana, and Rhodia Webnotebook (hard to choose).
      For a power ink, I pick Noodler's El Lawrence; also Black Swan in Australian Roses. Lexington Gray has a lot of panache for me, understated serious.

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    56. These are fantastic choices! I have a little collection of top bound Rhodia pads that are my #1 go to for writing out ideas. Wild Strawberry is one of my favorite inks as well. As to Sheaffer Peacock... that's a tough one! Trying to match inks is always difficult. What about Diamine Beau Blue, J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche , or Private Reserve Daphne Blue?

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    57. Peter Buergin-WittApril 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      So much fun watching this... too bad my favorite pens are all very 'quiet' (LAMY CP1, 2000, etc.) How about the TWSBI 580 or Vac700 for a statement of 'transparency' (like: what you see [in ink] is what you get)?

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    58. French-Ruled paper is a popular choice then! I would definitely agree with the hard bound notebooks you've suggested. I love the Quo Vadis especially. I love the idea of Lexington Gray as understated power. :)

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    59. Great selections. Samples will be in my next order! Thanks, Madigan!

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    60. We're not sure yet... it's a shipment by shipment type of thing. So far they've all be Hoio!

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    61. Hi Peter! Vac700 would be a great addition! We debated about that one...

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    62. Thank you Madigan for the reply. These non-defective Conklin All American pens are a seemingly never-ending problem. Too bad, since I've been ready to buy from the outset. So much for that... But do keep us informed should this situation ever change.

      Regards, David

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    63. I actually like the choices you made. But the whole idea of power pens seems distasteful. What kind of person is impressed by them? I suppose the ultimate masculine power statement is the MB149 which I find as boring as a politician in a grey suit and shiny shoes. But here goes - what about the Caran d'Ache Caelograph Sirius at over 100,000 USD, or the OMAS William Shakespeare in silver and oak with antique copper trim, the Panthere de Cartier (the price of which can only be learned when you book an appointment with a Cartier 'ambassador' to view the pen). Then there's the mythical matching pair that vanished in 1917 with the execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family - I mean, of course, the Faberge Imperial Russian Eagle in gold filigree and blue enamel, studded with sapphires rubies and diamonds. If they ever turn up they will be worth more than the USA's national debt. That should impress someone. But I wonder if any of these pens could actually write better than my Pilot Lucina or Lamy Safari...

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    64. Then there's the mysterious homage to Bast jet and alabaster swirl with retractable nib that was looted from the grave of Tut Ankh Amun in 1912. By a strange coincidence I have it right here, if anyone's interested.

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