Monday Matchup #56: Jinhao x450 Red/Black featuring a Goulet EF Nib with Private Reserve Black Cherry

Cats and humans have been enjoying each others company for thousands of years. Over 50 years ago, Julie Andrews listed kittens (or at least their whiskers) as one of her favorite things in the Sound of Music, but if the internet has any say on it, cats continue to be a worldwide favorite. While the ancient Egyptians created a cult of cats and even a cat-headed goddess Baset (not only the goddess of cats, but also joy, music, dance and love), modern worship tends to trend more toward Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat, and Maru.

Sarah celebrates our fabulous feline friends with a Jinhao x450 Black/Red featuring a Goulet EF Nib with Private Reserve Black Cherry. She quotes Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, a famous philosopher, theologian, and physician, who declared cats and music to be our refuge. His cat, Sizi, would reportedly fall asleep on his left arm, forcing him to write with his right hand. A small price to pay for a contented kitty.

If you are feeling the need for refuge, how about putting on your most loved music and spending some quality time with your favorite feline?

The Jinhao x450 Black/Red is available at Gouletpens.com for $9.90. Add on the
Goulet #6 Two-Tone Steel Nib EF for $15. Private Reserve Black Cherry is available in a 66ml bottle for $11 or in an ink sample for $.99.  

 Write on,

The Goulet Pen Company Team
2017-10-11T14:01:19+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Monday Matchup|43 Comments
  • Eric Aycock

    I love that color!

    • Madigan

      Hi Eric! It’s fantastic!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Eric Aycock

        I bought a bottle of Private Reserve Chocolate (coincidentally my MondayMatchup ink) at a pen show back in Sept at the recommendation of a friend. It has quickly become one of my favorite inks, and I plan to buy a number of other colors of Private Reserve at the DC pen show in Aug.

        • Madigan

          Great idea! Private Reserve has some really nice inks to choose from. I haven’t tried the Chocolate! I’ll give that one a try next.

  • Eric Aycock

    I love that color!

  • Shubhranshu Das

    Just gifted the jinhao X450 red & black to my wife… Ancient copper ink from Diamine… I’m in seriously good books as she loves it, smooth writing, wet ink flow and great shading with the ink… The reviews helped me make a good selection from Goulet pens!

    • Madigan

      That’s fantastic! It’s great to hear that your wife loves her pen and ink. I’m glad our reviews helped you make a good decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • stu elman

    Maru, the king of internet cats! And don’t forget Hannah!

    • Madigan

      Maru is so cute!! I’m not familiar with Hannah though…

      • stu elman

        Hannah is the cat that Maru’s owner got a year or so ago. She’s also a tabby. You should see how well they get along. They play with each other a lot. They are so sweet.

  • stu elman

    Maru, the king of internet cats! And don't forget Hannah!

  • Marta

    You captured the antics of cats well. Very cute. You cats lovers might enjoy Henri the existential cat also known at Henri chat noir. He has about ten Youtube videos and also a book. He is hilarious. When wondering what your cat may be thinking when he gives ‘those’ looks. Henri captures one possible state of mind. Love Private Reserve Black Cherry. Thank you for reminding me of it.

    • Madigan

      Henri!! I can’t believe we forgot him. Those videos are hilarious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marta

    You captured the antics of cats well. Very cute. You cats lovers might enjoy Henri the existential cat also known at Henri chat noir. He has about ten Youtube videos and also a book. He is hilarious. When wondering what your cat may be thinking when he gives 'those' looks. Henri captures one possible state of mind. Love Private Reserve Black Cherry. Thank you for reminding me of it.

  • Denise Rogers

    This is my favorite Monday Matchup! I love the quotation, the ink color, and the cats! Can I get a copy of this? ๐Ÿ™‚ My birthday is Thursday, and it would make a great present to me. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Madigan

      Haha! Happy Birthday, Denise! So glad you enjoyed this Monday Matchup! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tom Johnson

    Sarah, so wonderful and true to cats antics! I love this so much. What an impressive ink, so rich and beautiful shading. A feast for the eyes. Music & cats – great quote. Thanks so much.

    • Madigan

      Hi Tom! There are a few of us cat enthusiasts around here… are you a cat or a dog person? I absolutely love this ink. Such gorgeous shading! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Tom Johnson

        We have rescued many dogs and cats over the years, now have 4 dogs. We have 4 outdoor feral cats we had fixed and vaccinated and are taking care of, not domesticated. Once had a blind cat who was our house cat and wonderful. He would ambush a dog we had at the time by hiding behind the furniture (how does a blind cat know to hide and ambush?). We love all animals but the dogs are our main buddies at this time. I would say “…music, cats, & dogs” relaxes me.

  • Tom Johnson

    Sarah, so wonderful and true to cats antics! I love this so much. What an impressive ink, so rich and beautiful shading. A feast for the eyes. Music & cats – great quote. Thanks so much.

  • Kathy

    Beautiful, beautiful ink!!! Wow! The shading is serious! This will be another addition to my order this month! Great picture as always, and I love the quote. I might change it to “music and dogs,” but who am I to challenge Albert Schweitzer???

    • Madigan

      Hi Kathy! I think you’ll really enjoy working with this ink. Try it with a flex or stub nib to really see all the gorgeous colors it can produce. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathy

    Beautiful, beautiful ink!!! Wow! The shading is serious! This will be another addition to my order this month! Great picture as always, and I love the quote. I might change it to "music and dogs," but who am I to challenge Albert Schweitzer???

  • Eva Yaa Asantewaa

    The adorableness! (cat fan over here!)

    • Madigan

      Hi Eva! I may have gotten a little to excited when I saw this one…. I’m a huge cat fan! I’m happy to hear you are too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Eva Yaa Asantewaa

        I’m having a hard time replying since my cat has thrown herself almost onto the keyboard! LOL!

  • Eva Yaa Asantewaa

    The adorableness! (cat fan over here!)

  • Madigan

    Hi Eric! It's fantastic!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Henri!! I can't believe we forgot him. Those videos are hilarious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Haha! Happy Birthday, Denise! So glad you enjoyed this Monday Matchup! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Tom! There are a few of us cat enthusiasts around here… are you a cat or a dog person? I absolutely love this ink. Such gorgeous shading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Kathy! I think you'll really enjoy working with this ink. Try it with a flex or stub nib to really see all the gorgeous colors it can produce. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Eva! I may have gotten a little to excited when I saw this one…. I'm a huge cat fan! I'm happy to hear you are too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eric Aycock

    I bought a bottle of Private Reserve Chocolate (coincidentally my MondayMatchup ink) at a pen show back in Sept at the recommendation of a friend. It has quickly become one of my favorite inks, and I plan to buy a number of other colors of Private Reserve at the DC pen show in Aug.

  • Tom Johnson

    We have rescued many dogs and cats over the years, now have 4 dogs. We have 4 outdoor feral cats we had fixed and vaccinated and are taking care of, not domesticated. Once had a blind cat who was our house cat and wonderful. He would ambush a dog we had at the time by hiding behind the furniture (how does a blind cat know to hide and ambush?). We love all animals but the dogs are our main buddies at this time. I would say "…music, cats, & dogs" relaxes me.

  • Madigan

    Great idea! Private Reserve has some really nice inks to choose from. I haven't tried the Chocolate! I'll give that one a try next.

  • Michael Winn

    Eva, I’m still guessing that you used a black for some of the outlining, right?
    Mike in Nipomo

  • Michael Winn

    Eva, I'm still guessing that you used a black for some of the outlining, right?
    Mike in Nipomo

  • Eva Yaa Asantewaa

    I'm having a hard time replying since my cat has thrown herself almost onto the keyboard! LOL!

  • Amelia

    Looking at the pen and ink art each month is always enjoyable, and this drawing certainly brought a smile to my face! I love cats (and dogs, and many other creatures), and cats and music have provided me refuge over the years, so this was a special pleasure. I hadn't ever considered a black cherry ink, but I just may have to add this one to my Inksamplepalooza order later this month!

  • Deb Zyla

    Very, very extremely cool! I bow to your inky artistic capabilities. Respectfully, a human companion to an elderly Calico and a teenage Japanese Bobtail

  • Otter

    Great Monday Matchup — beautiful drawing and quote. Best of all, it reminded me to take advantage of the Jinhao promotion at Goulet Pens! Just ordered my red and black Jinhao, with free Shimmering Sands version, plus a load of inks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amelia

    I left a comment on this a while back, an appreciative one just after the drawing was posted, and I couldn’t find it. In my disqus profile, it’s marked as spam. I have no idea why, since it was completely on topic. I log into disqus using my Google account, and I’m not a spammer, so I’m not sure why disqus is doing this — it happened on two other of my comments using the disqus comment system, and each of those comments were also relevant and on topic. Any chance of resurrecting my comment from the spam bin, or are they not in your control?