Friday, April 10, 2015

Goulet Q&A Episode 74, Open Forum

Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

This week I'm taking a trip down memory lane and an actual office journey! I'm answering questions on flex pens for beginners, maintaining your pen maintenance supplies, and letting you in on my reading list. You won't want to miss this week's exciting installment of Goulet Q&A! 

New/Upcoming Products - (4:01)

 Pens/Writing - (7:20)

1) Belemrys- YouTube - (7:25)
What do you believe is a better value? A metropolitan or the 159?
  • that’s really tough!
  • It’d have to be Pilot, honestly
  • both are phenomenal pens, the Pilot is a more reputable brand and has tighter QC
  • Jinhao 159 fits Goulet nibs, more versatile

2) Kristin D.- Facebook - (9:18)
What flex pen is the best for beginners?
  • Noodler’s Ahab
  • bigger = easier to control
  • most reliable of the Noodler’s pens
  • $20, large ink capacity

3) Jan S.- Facebook - (13:45)
Can you use ink syringes to fill twsbi pens? If so, how? If not is there away of getting all of an ink sample in my TWSBI 580 and mini
  • absolutely
  • unscrew the grip, syringe it right in there, easy!

4) Michael P.- Facebook - (16:07)
What can you tell us about eye dropper pens and unexpected blobs of ink. I have less of that problem when I don't let the fill get below 50% but that defeats the purpose of the larger capacity. Are nicer pens like the Edison less prone to this problem and, if so, why? 
  • it’s often caused by the heat of your hand increasing the temperature (and thus the pressure) of the air inside the pen
  • higher pressure causes ink to blob out
  • all eyedroppers can have this effect, though it’s not a given
  • I hear of it less with Edisons than other pens, perhaps thickness of the material is a factor? =total guess 
Ink - (21:33)

5) Kevin T.- Facebook - (21:37)
If you had bottles of any size, what would you say the best bottle size for gifting ink?
  • it’s rare you are choosing an ink purely by its size, there are a lot of other factors to consider
  • my personal favorite size is 50ml, not too much, but enough to fill easily for a while
  • for gifting, presentation matters so something like Pilot Iroshizuku, Pelikan Edelstein, with a pretty bottle (both 50ml)

6) @StephaniePyne87 Twitter - (23:42)
Can you explain pigmented inks & inks w/ iron gall? Additionally, when or why would I want to use them/not use them?
  • great wikipedia page on iron gall inks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_gall_ink
  • iron gall = natural ink that causes permanence through oxidation, is corrosive
  • pigmented = small particulates in the ink that dry on the paper’s surface, can clog pens
  • both have their benefits and drawbacks
  • both are quite permanent, but are higher maintenance than conventional inks

7) Nick W.- Facebook - (28:47)
What is the wettest turquoise you have ever used? I'm searching for a wet turquoise (yet not too light since I use fine nibs) for my Dolcevita

Paper - (30:03)

8) boogabooman- YouTube - (30:08) 
What notebook would you recommend that i would be able to carry around with me.

Personal - (35:14)

9) Brandon Magoon- YouTube - (35:19)

Brian! Do you have any favorite authors? What are your favorite titles? Respect to you man!
  • I’m an avid reader of business/non-fiction
  • I’m VERY utilitarian, I don’t learn for knowledge, I learn for action
  • Gary Vaynerchuck, Crush It
  • Seth Godin, The Dip
  • Dave Ramsey, EntreLeadership
  • John Maxwell, Complete 101 series
  • Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage
  • John Miller, QBQ
  • Michael Gerber, E-Myth revisited
  • Sarah Petty, Worth Every Penny
  • Norm Abrams, Measure Twice Cut Once

10) Haba jiba- YouTube - (45:13)
Brian, do you think you'll show these videos to your kids in the future?
  • why not? time, probably
  • they’ll surely get a kick out of it, but I’d be amazed if they really watch it a lot later on in life

11) Kevin L.- Facebook - (47:32)
How do you organize your stored fountain pens, by brand, color, nib size, filling system, or something else?
  • I wish I was that organized!
  • one big container for my pens, arranged somewhat by brand, but not really much
  • carry a case with me, not really organized at all
  • no insights to be gained here, other than you can feel better about yourself ;) 

Troubleshooting - (50:06)

12) Eric O.- Facebook - (50:10)
You talk a lot about pen maintenance, but what about maintaining your maintenance tools? Should I put silicone grease on my ink syringe's plunger? Should I bleach a ink syringe's plastic barrel?
  • good question!
  • serious maintenance isn’t really required, everything’s pretty straightforward
  • greasing the plunger is a great idea, even when new
  • shouldn’t be a need to bleach anything, maybe the inside of a bulb syringe very now and then at the most (clean thoroughly after though)
  • not really anything else

QOTW: What do you think of my new office? - (53:25)

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it! Be sure to check here if there are any old Q&A's that you missed.

Write On,
Brian Goulet



  1. The new Invincia sounds really promising. If it looks anything like the Montegrappa Miya Carbon it will be too hard to resist... Nice office btw. A little smaller indeed, but it seems pretty "Brian". :)

  2. Eva Yaa AsantewaaApril 10, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    The blue paint is really gorgeous. Do you notice a different mood effect from having that color on your new office walls?

  3. The intro to the video was super cute, great job! I love the Kaweco Skyline because I love the vintage styling and color. It's a beauty. Your new office is very nice, too.

  4. I like the new office, but I think whoever took over your old one might have more decorating skill

  5. #3, Jan S. - I fill my Vac-700 by unscrewing the seal a little back from its seat so it is in the area of the chamber that allows ink to flow around it. Then I slowly inject the ink using a syringe into the chamber and watch it fill up the reservoir. Not too fast, the ink has to flow around the rubber seal and trickle into the chamber. Just takes a few seconds. You can get a full fill with almost no air bubbles.

    #14, Eric O. - I have refilled cartridges for many years using syringes. When I did not apply silicone to the rubber end on a syringe, the friction would increase until the plunger pulled out of the rubber end leaving the end stuck in the barrel. Now I wipe a tiny bit of silicone on the rubber every several months. It keeps the rubber flexible and the chamber walls lubricated.

    Brian, your new office looks good, how many bottles of Liberty's Elysium did it take to cover the walls? I do miss the art work that used to be on the wall behind you. How about using music from Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" for the lead in to your Q&A videos?

  6. Like the new office & color and, as always, learned lots of interesting stuff! Perhaps someone, sometime, inquired about the artwork behind you (a drawing?) but I must have missed it. What is it? I cannot tell from the video. Thanks so much for all the good info!

  7. You mentioned being a dad a few times this video. My only question is, what is your best dad joke?

  8. I love your reviews, Brian. But this has to be one of the spookiest ones you have ever done. Yikes! :) I guess that you are glad that all this stuff has been moved to your warehouse.

  9. I bought this ink after reading this post, but was disappointed because the actual color is a lot darker =\ later I bought montblanc balzac, I think it's much more similar to the color in your photos lol

  10. Hi Brian,

    Do you know of any FP-friendly journals that are bigger than the typical A5 size? I found a B5 journal (good size) with Tomoe River paper online -- that paper is pretty amazing, but it's too transparent for me to write on both sides, which I'd like. If no journals, how about any B4 sized paper so I can fold/stitch/bind my own? Long shot, I know.

    Regards, David

  11. Brian, any time I see Kentucky Blue on the wall I'm happy! So far, it looks neater with the bookshelves behind you, though I do miss your kids' art work. Over all, I like the new digs!

  12. Hey there! It's called an Ooze Tube. :)

  13. Hi Myrto! Yeah, the new Invincias look good. :) Glad you like Brian's new digs!

  14. Hey Julie! I'm a huge fan of the Kaweco Skyline as well. The mint one is in my purse right now! :)

  15. Next weeks Q&A - If you were to give away one of your pens, which would it be? Would you go cheap or choose a "note worthy pen"? (Pun included.)


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