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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Matchup #48: Pilot Metropolitan Gold Plain Fine with Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin (Bamboo Forest)


In a world of squealing Top 40 ringtones, crying babies and barking dogs, quiet is often tough to find. We're talking about real quiet -- not the calming buzz of a Sharper Image white noise machine.

Sarah from our Media Team draws up a rare quiet wooded nook for a doe and fawn to spend some quality mother-daughter time. And she creates this vivid picture with her Pilot Metropolitan Gold Plain in Fine  and Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin (Bamboo Forest) ink. The Metropolitan is a popular fountain pen packing equal parts value and versatility. Meanwhile, Chiku-Rin allows Sarah to create foliage that seems alive, almost glowing with energy. 

The tranquil scene is enough to convince you to spend Monday afternoon curled up in a shady spot under your cubicle or beside the break room's plastic plants. Just be sure to clock out, first.

The Pilot Metropolitan Gold Plain in Fine is available at GouletPens.com for $15. Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin (Bamboo Forest) is available in a 50ml bottle for $28 and as a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.













Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team










27 comments:

  1. Nicely done Sarah! That's a beautiful shade of green ink.

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  2. I had dipped my elbow into the puddle making me wonder, "What is the craziest place you have even found ink?'

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  3. I was practicing with a new dip pen loaded with Noodler's Habenero, while looking at this lovely fawn and deer. Before I knew it, I had sunk my elbow into a puddle of ink on my desk, making me wonder what is the craziest place you have ever found ink on yourself?

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  4. Hi Keri! What great advice! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  5. Hi Emily! I agree with Keri here- a Jinhao could be a good way to get comfortable with this triangle grip. :)

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  6. Hi Connor! Thanks for the input! We'll definitely think about it. :)

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  7. Hi Pen Then! This is absolutely normal. Just give the ink a gentle shake and the pigments should disburse. :)

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  8. I've always held my pens and pencils oddly, and could never even use those triangular pencil pillow things they gave us in second grade when learning cursive. ;-P So I totally sympathise with the discomfort of the safari! My favorite pen is still the metropolitan (i also like the Parker Urban with its softly curving grip), but I love the lightweight safari with an italic nib. The jinhao is ultimately too heavy/wet for regular work use :)

    I hope you're able to figure out a way to use it comfortably!

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  9. I'm going to have to look at the Jinhao - I've been eyeing the mint one!

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  10. Well, just kidding - it's gone :(

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  11. Just kidding again (I'm not in top form today). I was thinking of a different brand. Whoops!

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  12. Hi Tom! Sarah did such a great job with this one. She really showed off what this ink can do! :)

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  13. Hi Donna Marie! On my face. More times than I can count... :)

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  14. Hi Emily! Yeah, this ink is gorgeous as is Sarah's beautiful art! :)

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  15. Hey there Goulet team! I really love the art drawings you make each week
    on Monday Matchup. I have a question for the Q&A: What do you do
    with the drawings? do you keep them? are they thrown away? are they kept
    in a secret safe? ;-)
    It would be cool that the original or a colored copy is included in the prized package of that specific week´s winner.
    Thanks for all you do, love the videos. Keep up the good work, and write on!

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    1. I've seen people mention a winner during the Monday match-up several times. What is the contest and what is at stake?

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  16. One thing about refillable rollerballs: I've been using the same cheap one I picked up in Germany around 2005. (the brand is called Online, it's from their college rollerball line, I think it's the cheapest they offer)
    They need to be cleaned rather often (I do it every refill or so).
    They seem to prefer faster flowing inks.
    Drying out is an issue. They seem to need near daily use.
    There are days where the pen will hate you.
    Don't use them in airplanes.

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  17. For Emily B. Make the triangle part round: a) pad the 3 flat parts with masking tape (blue lines), toothpicks (red diamonds), or a bit of balsa wood sanded to shape (yellow crescent). The toothpicks or balsa wood will need to be glued or taped to the pen. b) wrap a round, gel pencil grip (green) around the padding to smooth out the section where you put your fingers. You will probably have to slit the gel grip to get it to go over all the padding. Experiment with the location of the slit to find a place where the slit does not irritate your fingers.

    I used the slit gel grip method to increase the diameter of the Noodler Creeper section - it is too thin for my fat fingers, but with the gel grip, feels just fine. I put the slit under my forefinger.

    You will have to make the padding stick to the pen, and leave the gel grip removable to be able to put the cap on the pen. The gel grip will likely need to be shortened, too.

    Customize your pen to fit your hand :-)
    Hope this helps.

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  18. Good tip, Lu! Thanks! :)

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  19. Hey there! Seems like good advice. I'm not familiar with this brand though. I'll have to look into it. :)

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  20. Beautiful drawing Sarah. You guys have such talented employees. Is that part of what you look for in employees or is it a happy accident? What happens to the drawing afterwards? Are they available to sell?

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  21. Beautiful drawing Sarah. You guys have such talented employees. Is that part of what you look for in employees or is it a happy accident? What happens to the drawing afterwards? Are they available to sell?

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  22. Tom, I learned the same way. As long as I've used fountain pens...50+ years...occasionally I have to shake out my hand. The only thing I would add is to make sure you have the "right" pen and nib, and that varies for each person, of course. Back in the day my only choices were blue or green Sheaffers with medium or fine nibs. I take full advantage of today's choices ;)

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  23. QOTW.... I take 10-20 pens when I travel, maybe a bit excessive but I never know if I'll run into a pen or ink shortage:). The usual pens are: at least two (and usually 5-6) Safaris, with 1.1 and 1.5 nibs, a Pelikan highlighter, MB 149, Waterman Carenes, sometimes an old Phileas, Sheaffer "whale shark" Intrigue, TWSBI 700 (?? Can't remember the #), and then an assortment of others. I love the Safaris for long writing sessions; they feel great in my arthritic hands! I always have at least one pen inked up with Diamine Marine, usually have one with Waterman Florida Blue, a couple with red inks (Diamine Carnival is my favorite red), a couple with purple inks, at least two more with teal or turquoise inks. Highlighter is always ined with the yellow Pelikan highlighter ink. I keep them in a leather 20 pen case that I carry in my purse....nothing excessive here!!!

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  24. Kathy, you are right about the pen and right nib needing to fit your hand, makes a big difference. From your recent response to the QOTW, looks like you take a lot more than "full advantage of today's choices) ;-). Don't you know there are some people in the world who only have access to four or five inks? The only thing I remember when we left pencils and started using fountain pens is blue ink on my hands, a transparent student pen, and blue cartridges. No memory of how it wrote or whether or not I enjoyed using the pen.

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  25. Only four or five inks??? Poor dears ;)


    I'd forgotten how much those old school pens leaked. I remember the blue hands well. Sometimes, I had Peacock Blue hands, but usually my hands were the color of the regular Sheaffer blue cartridge ink!

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