Goulet Q&A Episode 94, Open Forum

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Hey pen friends! It’s Goulet Q&A 94 this week, and it’s been a busy one. Be sure to check out this video where I talk about oblique pen holders, what ink will match your Pumpkin Spice Latte, and what pen/ink/paper combo you’d want to use when home brewing beer! 
Here are some highlights this week at GouletPens.com: –

  • had Monday off this week for Labor Day
  • been short-staffed, team’s been really busting it hard
  • Joseph started Kindergarten Tuesday, that’s been pretty smooth but has changed our routine!
New/Upcoming Products –  (4:07)

Pens/Writing – (6:01)

1) @TKNikhilSeeni- Twitter – (6:08)
What is the difference between toothiness, feedback and scratchiness?
  • toothiness and feedback are more or less interchangeable terms, as far as I use them
  • both mean a feeling of resistance, as opposed to feeling smooth and glossy
  • they are this way because they’re not ground with as fine of a grit of abrasive as other nibs
  • scratchiness is kind of an extreme case of both of these
  • Usually due to some defect in the nib, whether it’s misalignment of the nib tines or a sharp edge of some kind
  • in extreme cases will cut the paper
2) Kevin L.- Facebook – (11:01)
Does a fountain pen perform any better with an ink from the pen manufacturer than with another ink of the writer’s choosing?

  • fountain pen companies pretty much always say you “should use their ink in their pens”, some are more firm about that than others
  • it really all comes down to warranties, pen companies that make really expensive pens and have strict warranty policies will be more firm about using their ink, not because other inks will hurt them (necessarily), but because that’s all they’ll really be able to test/guarantee when putting out their pens into the world
  • in their minds, it’s a CYA thing, or perhaps they want to sell more of their own ink but I doubt that’s really the motivating factor, as ink is really not the focus for most pen companies 
  • as far as performance, it’s going to vary depending on the ink and the pen, no matter the brand
  • some pens and inks just don’t play well together, others are amazing, and personal preference comes heavily into play
  • in general though, matching up the manufacturer of the pen and the ink is up to you, but you can pretty easily emulate a similar writing experience with one ink over another when switching brands, there’s just SO much ink out there!
3) Peter M. – Facebook – (16:00)
What about a 101 on oblique pen holders and nibs suitable for newbies, who want to try flex writing with something like that? 

  • “outside my swim lane”
  • getting into dip pens is really a whole other world, even though it seems a bit like a logical progression from fountain pens
  • it’s as different going from fountain pens to dip nibs as it is going from ballpoints to fountain pens, maybe even more!
  • check out this great blog post from my mancrush Jake Weidman called “Tools of the Trade: Calligraphy
4) John F. – Facebook – (19:20)
Would you think that it would be safe to keep TWSBI pens and other non metal pens (specifically the new Eco, but all in general) inside your pocket? Assuming that you’re not gonna do anything risky with the pen in your pocket. Just using the pocket as a storage place between work or class.

  • oh sure, especially if it’s the only thing in your pocket
  • I’d be careful maybe if you’re keeping it in a pocket with other stuff (especially keys!)
  • jeans pockets aren’t ideal, can stretch the clip
  • more or less though, don’t fret
  • TWSBI especially is treated to resist scratching, other pens might get some fine scratches just over time 
5) Joshua T.- Facebook – (22:39)
Brian. Love blue pens but still don’t own any — yet! How would the Omas Cocktail Blue Angel compare with the Pilot Custom 74 in blue, which I know you really like? I know about the price difference but was interested in your take on the different writing experiences.

  • oh boy! tough comparison!
  • both fantastic pens, honestly
  • great writing experience with both pens, the nibs are soft on both, a tad softer on the Omas though
  • the nib will be about the same smoothness on both pens, but flow is more generous on the Omas
  • nibs are broader on the Omas, but has more nib options, too
  • check out the Nib Nook to compare the Custom 74 and Omas Ogiva
6) @jarot186- Twitter – (27:06)
I have one TWSBI Classic and one TWSBI 580, both has fine nib, but they write with different line size. Why this happens?

  • these two pens actually use different nibs
  • 580 is #5 size nib, Classic, Mini, and Eco use #4 size nib
  • may be slight difference there just with the different type of nib
  • also, there can be reasons for some variation of nib sizes from one pen to another (even with identical nibs)
  • not sure if you’ve had them the same amount of time, but if you’ve been using one pen longer and write with a heavy hand, you can actually spread the tines/increase the flow
  • ink also can make a huge difference, a wetter ink can look broader on the page, especially with more absorbent papers
  • use consistent ink and paper to really see how different they are 
7) Thomas W. -Facebook – (31:43)
I’m nuts about the Conklin Duragraph for its awesome finish and oversize flat-top vintage styling. Since I’ll only buy from Goulet, what other pens on your shelf will make me as excited as the Duragraph, knowing now why I’m in love with it?


Ink – (35:10)

8) Sandra R. – Facebook -(35:12)
Is it possible for the ink in cartridges to dry out/thicken? I bought a package of Platinum Preppy Fine pens (03) from another company and a couple of the colors flow ok but most skip a lot. I emptied the red pen, cleaned it, refilled it Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo (a sample I bought for you), & it is like a totally new pen. The flow is no longer a problem & the nib no longer skips. Is it possible the Platinum ink was old or is this normal for Platinum inks?
  • it’s never a bad idea to clean a new pen before inking it for the first time, anyway
  • this isn’t something I’ve heard about happening a lot, especially with Platinum
  • if the ink was dried out, you’d really notice a drop in the ink level inside the cartridge
  • the type of plastic that’s used in cartridges can leech out moisture over a long period of time (years), so if it was old stock, it’s possible
Paper – (39:18)
9) Leonard A. – Facebook – (39:21)
I’m looking for a pen/ink/journal combination to take notes on regarding my homebrewing. It will be treated roughly and must open easily and lay flat, and will occasionally get splashed with beer. What would you recommend?

  • there isn’t really a paper (that I carry at least) that will withstand wetness…ink is made of water and paper needs to absorb it, so it has to absorb liquid
  • go for a journal that is good for the purpose (and don’t focus on the water), I think a Leuchtturm notebook would be good, with the page numbers, table of contents, dot grid option, room for the date, etc
  • pen, go with something with a slightly finer nib, but no other special consideration really needs to be made
  • ink will matter most, you want something steadfast
  • Noodler’s Black is great, Namiki Blue, any De Atramentis Document ink, Platinum Carbon Black, Rohrer and Klingner Salix or Scabiosa
10) Brigido R.- Facebook – (43:34)
Question for Brian: what are your thoughts on using the passport size Midori Traveler’s notebook as a wallet (with built in writing capabilities!)? How feasible is this? Does it fit well in one’s back pocket? Also, would any accessories be adequate for carrying around a license, credit cards, and some cash? I’ve been meaning to get one for that purpose, but I’m also a little skeptical. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated!

  • it’s feasible, but I maybe wouldn’t probably say this would be the most ideal way to go
  • think of it more as a notebook that can hold wallet-y things in it, not a wallet that has a notebook in it
  • there are a couple of accessories that would be most helpful, like the card file and zippered pocket
  • these would be ideal for holding a passport, some train tickets, slips of paper with hotel info/etc on it, but maybe not ALL your cash and ID stuff

Personal – (47:11)

11) Adrian T. – Facebook – (47:14)
Question for this Week’s Q&A, what do you think of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and what FP ink do you think would pair good with it (just a fun question)?

  • I gotta admit, I enjoy pumpkin but I WAY overdid it a couple of years ago and I’m still kinda sick of it
  • that said, I did find some Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s at Target, totally bought them for the Media Team and they’re getting enjoyed 🙂
  • as far as pairing an ink…I don’t remember, is it colored any differently than a non-pumpkin latte?
  • it’s clearly a curveball question but I’ll see what I can do with it!
  • De Atramentis Khaki
  • J. Herbin Lie de Thé
  • J. Herbin Café des Îles
  • Diamine Dark Brown
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho
Business – (49:54)

12) Scott R. – Facebook – (49:57)
Can we get a sense of how long we have if we’re still considering buying a Fireball Premiere? Or maybe a few days warning before the fall edition drops to help jog the decision?

  • you have a bit of time, probably a couple of months
  • usually they are really popular and we end up selling out right around the change of the seasons, we’re well-stocked on Fireballs though
  • our arrangement is that we produce them until we either 1) run out of material or, 2) the season changes and the next pen comes out
  • if we stop production due to the season change, then we stop making them when the new pen comes out, but we may have a few or a bunch of the ‘old’ one, it all depends
  • we’re okay being a little more stocked up on Fireballs, having them available into the start of the holiday season isn’t a bad thing
  • in general though, the trend has been that we run out right as we’re getting to the next pen! 
13) Angel A. – Facebook – (52:06)
Is the process of adding a new manufacturer to your list of brands a difficult process? What sort of things can get in the way? Congratulations on adding Visconti!

  • yes and no 🙂 
  • sometimes it’s very difficult, we end up pursuing a brand for years, and have to earn a reputation to prove we’re a match for the brand’s image
  • we faced some resistance initially from Lamy, Pilot, Visconti, but they’ve all been wooed 😉
  • sometimes it’s a stock issue, TWSBI didn’t sell to us initially because they didn’t have adequate stock, still is an issue with many of their newer pens
  • the distribution network (or lack thereof) can get in the way, like with Tomoé River, De Atramentis, Rohrer and Klingner, Kaweco (for a bit)
  • values actually are a factor, sometimes we just don’t see eye-to-eye, won’t name names but this happens and we usually recognize it before we carry the brand or even publicize we’re pursuing it
  • there are a lot of logistics behind-the-scenes that make it really challenging for us in a niche, but we’re really proud of the way we treat our vendors and represent our brands
  • it’s a huge part of our mission, the “products we believe in” 
14) Malgorzata R. – Facebook – (58:08)
Will Goulet pens carry any storing solutions for fountain pens? Like maybe plastic cases or drawer inserts?
  • y’know, I’ve always thought about it but haven’t pursued it because 1) I don’t have an obvious source (other than Venlo which is nice but pricey) and 2) I haven’t been asked a lot!
  • basically, I’m looking for how I can best serve the writing community (my customers) in this way, and I just haven’t seen the obvious opportunity for that yet
  • we have some cases, like Aston Leather, we intend to carry Nock when they’re ready, I’ve been using Visconti cases which are nice
  • we also have access to Lamy, Pelikan cases
  • these are all portable cases though
Troubleshooting – (1:00:25)

15) Lev N. -Facebook – (1:00:28)
I have had my TWSBI mini for a week now and the clip on it swivels like hell. It is so loose that I am scared that it will fall out of my backpacks inner pocket and will get scratched up. Is there anything that I can do to fix the clip? Is there a way I can tighten it down? Pls help!

  • This really isn’t something I’ve heard about a lot
  • I’m betting the finial unscrewed somehow, put the clip into the clip slot and tighten that finial back down and it should be okay
  • worst case, contact twsbiinc@gmail.com and they will help you out with that! 
QOTW: How do you store your pens? What could Goulet offer you that would make your pen storage life better? – (1:02:26)


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
2017-10-12T15:36:22+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Goulet Q&A|34 Comments
  • soniasimone

    I use my Midori Passport as my wallet when I travel, at home I switch to one that’s a bit more streamlined, though I still sometimes carry the Midori if I want a pocket notebook.

    It does defnitely work just fine with cash, credit cards, etc. if you get some of the add-on plastic pockets. It’s a big thing to get into your back pocket unless you have rather large back pockets. 😀

    But I’m a lady and carry a purse, so a bigger wallet works for me. 🙂

    • Madigan

      Hi Sonia! Sold! I’ve been wanting a new wallet and now that I can combine the wallet/notebook in my purse, I’ll have way more room. Thanks for this feedback! 🙂

  • Scott Rogers

    re Leonard’s homebrewing notebook question: I’ve found that I can use waterproof paper (like a Rite in the Rain notebook) with a ballpoint OR I can use a fountain pen, but it’s definitely a one-or-the-other choice. Personally, I choose the fountain pen. I use a relatively absorbent paper, usually Field Notes notebooks, and any one of several highly waterproof inks. Yes, I sometimes get my notebook wet while brewing – more often while sanitizing before or after brewing – but my notes don’t wash away. And there are even waterproof inks in the amber/brown family, so it’s possible to “match” my notes to the color of beer I’m brewing. Noodler’s Golden Brown is my go-to homebrew journal ink, but here are some other options on the Goulet site: http://www.gouletpens.com/bottled-ink/c/14/?facetValueFilter=Tenant~Ink_Color%3ABrown%2CTenant~Ink_Color%3AYellow%2CTenant~Water_Resistant%3Atrue

    • Madigan

      Hey Scott! This is fantastic advice. I have two brothers who brew so this could be the perfect gift for them! I love the idea of matching your ink to the beer you are brewing. 🙂

  • VickNish

    for storing my pen collection (a little over 100 pens now), i use an old cantilever sewing box that i purchased at ikea literally decades ago for like $10! it used to house my rubber stamp back in the day, but now has been transformed for my current and probably lifetime obsession… fountain pens!

    i bought felt covered pen trays from gopens.com and cut them down to size to fit in each level. i’ve started double layering in a couple compartments now and storing less-used pens in “satellite” cigar boxes (i.e. bottom lefthand corner pic)

    if you can find a vendor who can make these boxes for cheap, that would be awesome. i’ve searched the web and only been able to find a few vintage ones here and there that cost WAY more than i paid for this thing. some woodworkers sell them on etsy as well.

    • Kathy

      I love the idea of the cantilever sewing box! Great idea!

    • Madigan

      Hi VickNish! This is genius! For a big collection like yours, it seems like a really fantastic system, and fairly portable as well. Cutting the felt trays to fit is a great idea as well. Thank you so much for sharing your unique way of storing all your pens! 🙂

  • Kathy

    Brian, another great Q&A! For pen storage, I had two 10-15 pen wooden cases, but have stopped using them. For space and practicality, I’ve bought several Monteverde notebook cases from you. I keep the pens in alphabetical order by manufacturer, and keep all of these on a bookshelf. It’s certainly not a display case, but it saves room and money. More money to spend on pens! I’ve seen beautiful wooden furniture for pens…basically mini chest of drawers…but I don’t want to spend $1,000 or more to store pens. I’d rather buy my Holy Grail pen (Delta Dolce Vita Oversize) and more ink!

    • Madigan

      Hi Kathy! Great decision! You can find things easily, but save your money for the most important thing- the actual pens! 🙂

  • Jerry Hackett

    My name is Jerry and I have a pen problem… My pen collection is growing at an alarming rate (big thanks to the Goulet Pen Company for that) and I don’t have a good way of storing and showing them off. I have considered purchasing a wooden tool chest and converting it to a pen storage unit. It isn’t ideal since a tool chest generally has drawers of different depths so there would be some inefficient use of space. I have some zippered pen cases and a few slips which are good for transporting but don’t really work well for more permanent storage.

    What I would like to see is a system that can grow with my addiction, er, hobby. Something that is modular and expandable. Think, Brian’s Ikea pen storage unit but where drawers that could be purchased one at a time as you acquire pens. Taking the concept further, it could have drawers for pens, drawers for Ink (deeper to hold bottles), and a top section with a glass top to show off you most prized possessions.

    That’s my dream pen storage solution. Don’t know if it exists or not.

    • Madigan

      Welcome Jerry! This sounds like a very practical system. Expandable with room for growth, and storage for ink as well. I can’t think of anything quite like this, so if you do, let us know! 🙂

  • Thomas W.

    Thanks for answering my questions re: the Duragraph! You’re right, Brian – not a lot of vintage styling out there with the flat-top design. I’ll get all three Duragraphs and then pick up some of your suggestions. The Pen Plaza Tool (which I’d never checked out until now) is a great way to compare pens side-by-side. Thanks for all the time and hard work you put in to your retail site, your videos, blogs and the rest. All the hours of entertainment and education you’ve provided make being a loyal customer a no-brainer.

    • Madigan

      Hi Thomas! I actually really enjoyed this question! I really like the look of the Duragraph, Beaumont and Konrad hadn’t noticed that it was that flat top design that appealed to me. So thanks for asking! Pen Plaza is such a great tool! 🙂

  • GimmeeCookiee

    Question for Q&A:
    Hi Brian,

    I recently got a Lamy 2000 and after cleaning it out for the first time there are dark stain lines on the body (as seen in the attached photo). I’ve tried cleaning it with soap and water but it does not make any difference. Any suggestions?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Tom Johnson

      The body of the Lamy 2000 is made of glass fiber reinforced black polycarbonite (Makrolon) and is a true composite material, immensely tough and durable. I doubt that it is stained, ink is not going to wet this surface, but most likely your pen has light surface marks in the brushed finish that makes it look darker. Over the years the original brushed finish tends to get smooth and become more glossy with use and wear. Lamy recommends that the surface texture be restored using Scotchbrite abrasive material, rubbing lightly lengthwise. I’ve read on Fountain Pen Network of people successfully using Scotchbrite to bring the surface back to its new brushed texture condition. I would avoid rubbing the stainless steel and only rub the barrel. You do not need to do it hard, just some light rubbing. After using My Lamy 2000 for about two years it still looks pretty much like new, but I’ll use the Scotchbrite rub when it gets glossy spots on it. Brian, do you have any other thoughts? Have you seen this before?

      • GimmeeCookiee

        Thanks for the reply, Tom. It’s definitely not an ink stain as only ‘regular’ water soluble ink was involved. It looks similar to when you handle the material with oily fingers. I’ll try the Scotchbrite 🙂

        *update* The Scotchbrite worked! Thank you 🙂

        • Madigan

          I love when fountain pen friends help other friends. I’ve passed this on to Brian for this week’s QA just in case he feels other people would benefit from this answer. 🙂

      • Madigan

        Thanks Tom! What an awesome answer. I’ll make sure Brian sees this and can weigh in. 🙂

      • You’re spot on here Tom! My personal Lamy 2000’s have definitely shown some shine as I’ve used them, and the Scotchbrite trick works really well. Just make sure you’re rubbing length-wise (end-to-end, not around the barrel) to keep the brush marks in the same direction.

  • Otter

    That was a great answer for Thomas on the Duragraph-like pens! I also like that look, and I’m attracted to all of those pens you mentioned. I have a Delta Unica (smooth writer, gorgeous finish), Noodler’s Konrad (Marbled Marianas finish is beautiful and flex nib interesting), and have the Edison Beaumont in a Bedrock Flake on my radar!

    As far as pen storage, I picked up a glass-topped pen box from Amazon like the one below, but would love it if Goulet would offer such things. I also have a cigar box I have to re-finish to use for that purpose, and I keep some in pen sleeves and cases which I bought from Goulet.

    • Madigan

      Hi Otter! I hadn’t realized that that was a look of pens that I really enjoyed as well! I love the Duragraph and have a bunch of Konrads (I’m a flex addict). I’m really eyeing the Beaumont and Unica now. That is a gorgeous storage solution! We’ll have to look into it. 🙂

  • ahypniac

    I use the passport size as a wallet and portable planner [I use the weekly] and it is VERY effective. I am male, so men’s pockets can fit it pretty well, but my girlfriend has trouble fitting it into her pocket; for that there’s purses and stuff I guess.

    It fits in my pockets pretty easily, and it is easy to take money out quickly. I also bought the pocket stickers and put them in the back and front; they hold my metrocard and miscellany other coupons and stuff [like Godiva coupons!]. The Kraft folder does a great job of holding receipts or random important tidbits, and the zipper pocket is great for cash in the zipper and cards in the card holders. It’s just been a fantastic well rounded system and I’m glad I’ve made the investment. Oh and I use the card shaped pocket sticker on my kraft folder to hold my Driver’s License, so I can just show my ID quickly.

    I would highly recommend it, especially if you take notes on the go, jot things down, or just need a convenient portable planner. That said, if you wear skinny jeans or something, it might be a hassle. I like wearing jeans or dress pants with very comfy and large pockets, and I have had no issues fitting in the passport size. I can even fit in the full size traveler’s notebook. It never gets much thicker than my old trifold wallet either.

    • Madigan

      Ahh!! Ahypniac, you are a genius. This sounds like such a practical and useful solution to the planner/wallet situation. My purse is always jammed with my wallet, pens, notebook, etc and you found a way to combine it all! I love the idea of using the pocket sticker for the Driver’s Liscense. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Julie Paradise

      Although i am quite late here (o.O) I might chime i and say that I use a Midori Traveler’s Journal as my main wallet for almost 2 years now and it works great.
      It is not bigger than an average girl/woman’s purse, first of all. It does not fit my trousers/back pockets, but in the pockets of jackets/coats it is mostly ok.
      It holds my ID, cards, paper bits in the zipper pockets Brian showd in the video, and one blanc insert that I prime to function as my main planner (p.1: index, 1 week on a double page spread for some months, from the back my notes run in “backwards” [these are never longer than half/1 page, so no confusion there] and are also indexed up front until I run out of space in the middle).
      Coin money I put in a little leather thingie that is attached to my keys, so when I leave the house I only need my MTN PP size, my keys and my phone, which is mostly tucked in the middle of the MTN anyways.
      I love that I always have my calender=notebook with me, and the MTN looks not like a wallet, unconspicious, which I like.

  • La Lynne

    Hey Brian – you promised to show us your sweet pen setup ages ago but I don’t think you ever have! Anyway, I don’t have loads of pens, maybe 7 or 8, but any pen I have, I want to have to have to hand and be able to see it. So my husband got me this: http://www.werkhaus.de/shop/product_info.php?info=p3509_zettelbox-max.html (I’ve linked to the English page, but it is mainly German) it’s a great wee thing for 6 pens and I think I’d just get another if I need it. I guess once I was beyond about 24 pens I might look for something else… 😉 I’ve got a few standing up in it, as the length means Kaweco is too small for lying in it. Jinhao 159 a bit thick for it, but still sits there fine. Bought flat, everything fits easily together with natural products, the company is into enviromental responsibility, 15% of the workforce has a disabilty of some sort. Basically, a grand wee company ( http://www.werkhaus.de/en/about-us/our-story/ ). Very popular in Germany for office stuff. (and if you move office, all their stuff can be easily broken down and packed flat). No idea if this would work for anyone else, but I need to see my pens and be able to get them without opening anything, wouldn’t thought of this myself, but husband sensed it would work for me (it did!).

    • Madigan

      Hello Donalda! This is adorable. I love it! I’ve never seen anything quite like it in the States, but it is so practical (and affordable!). Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      • La Lynne

        Isn’t it? Their upright pencil storage in the shape of VW vans, containers and Beetles are sweet.
        And how can anyone not love a company that made the biggest kaleidoscope in the world? 🙂
        I’ve no links to the company (other than I live in Germany, so have therefore heard of them), I just like what they do.

  • Kenneth

    I bought myself a Bisley paper filing cabinet, it has 10 A4 size drawers. As tray inserts are next to impossible to get in the UK I bought a couple of rolls of the gripper mesh you use for storing things on your dashboard without slipping, I just “carpeted” the bottom of each drawer with this and my pens sit on it without rolling around.

    I am thinking on getting a proper one made but I keep spending my Monthly stationary budget on pens and ink 🙂
    This is the one I was thinking on:
    http://www.creations-by-rod.co.uk/promarkerpenchest.html

    • Madigan

      Hi Kenneth! Your system sounds pretty good. The pen storage box you linked is gorgeous. A very elegant solution! 🙂

    • Kathy

      Kenneth, that is a beautiful cabinet, and relatively reasonably priced, too. Hope I can get it in the US. Thanks for the link!

  • MickInVermont

    I can’t be the only one using cigar boxes. I buy these wooden “La Flor Dominicana” empty at a cigar shop. They have velvety dividers and look like they were designed for pens.

    • Madigan

      Hi MickinVermont! Very clever storage idea. I bet those fit nicely in a drawer as well! 🙂

  • Adriel Rowley

    Hey Brian, because of you mentioning holiday flavors coming out, had to check and see if egg nog is out. Sadly not. It’s like you and mint chocolate. ;p
    Second, have you considered book ends? When I am watching the videos, distracted by the disorder and wanting to make them stand strait. ;p LOL Demco has some nice library styles, made in the USA, F.Y.I..
    Third, my issue is more bottle storage. For that, have a cookie tin which works well. Like the idea of cigar box, but if you and anyone you knows doesn’t smoke, how can you get one? ;p
    For my pen storage on the go, have a 24 pen case (assuming 2 per strap) which is more than plenty. Trouble is, led to scratching of my Lamy Al Star in Blue Green down through the paint 🙁 ; now it stays home and I oft run out of ink taking class notes. So my Al Star copper sits loose in the less used drawer. Be nice if more choices for pen protection/storage.

  • Mary Bucklew

    I have a different take on “toothiness.” When I put pen nib to a luxurious paper, it is almost like a melding of pen and paper. There is a slight resistance because of the quality of the paper, but in a good way. Scratchiness is totally different – usually with a very thin nib or inferior paper, where you can hear the pen scratch across the page. Toothiness = Good. Scratchiness = BAD.