Friday, January 30, 2015

Goulet Q&A Episode 64, 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.

I'm back from Nashville at Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Performance Series conference, and ready to talk about some pens! This week I cover what the Goulet team's been up to (which is a lot), where to place a wax seal, what's up with the dots on the new Rhodia top-wirebound dot pads, and what in the world is up with De Atramentis Document Inks! 

1) Neville Smith- Blog - (10:34)

Hey Brian, love your work! I've scoured the internet and cannot find a definitive answer; where is the best place for a wax seal? At the bottom of the letter, fold the letter and seal on the fold, or seal the back of the envelope? What is the protocol? Love to hear your opinion on Q & A. Cheers! 
  • there’s no wrong way to do a wax seal!
  • originally, were done on the outside to physically seal up the letter, as a security measure
  • brittle wax cracked if you tried to open it, showed it had been tampered with
  • today, supple wax is the norm for mailing reasons
  • you can really seal it anywhere, it’s all kosher as far as I’m concerned!

2) loriwood01- YouTube - (15:22)
Hey Brian, I recently bought a Rhodia #16 top wirebound dotpad from you, and noticed the dots are actually purple.  For some reason, I want thinking the dots were gray in color...was I mistaken, or is it different for the non-wirebound dotpads?
  • yes, that’s a mistake! 
  • dots are supposed to be small gray ones, not fat purple ones
  • purple dye matches what you’d see on the graph notebooks
  • I pointed this out to them over 2 years ago when it came out, they discontinued them to ‘fix’ it
  • a couple of months ago they said they were coming back
  • lo and behold, they arrive and haven’t changed at all from 2 years ago 
  • they’re definitely aware of the issue, but we’re still selling them anyway because we’ve been missing them for 2 years so far, we’d rather have purple dots than nothing!
  • we’ve tried to photograph them as clearly as we could, perhaps we should update the product description?

3) Louis I.- Facebook - (20:50)

What's a good ratio of water dilution to ink to reduce the feathering of Baystate Blue?
  • using distilled water, start at about 10% dilution, won’t change the color noticeably
  • the higher the dilution, the more watery the color (duh)
  • go to about 25% and see how you feel
  • mix in SMALL batches, 3-5ml at a time if you can

4) David- Blog - (25:32)
Q&A question... I have a few piston filler pens (Lamy 2000) and I like changing inks often, does it hurt my pen to fill a little bit of ink, then just finish the process by sucking air?
  • doesn’t hurt a thing, suck away!
  • I’ve been doing this for years, especially with my piston fillers
  • my personal preference is to keep the same color inks in my piston pens, change inks more in my cartridge/converters and flush with a bulb syringe

5) Stephanie P.- Facebook - (30:40)

Husband and I each got a Monteverde Pen for Christmas this year. He got an Invincia and I got an Intima. We have both had a lot of issues with skipping, starting, and even some railroading while using the pens with Monteverde inks. Slowly, we have tried some other inks as well, but seem to be having similar problems. Is this a common problem with the Monteverde nibs (or inks)? Could it be that we missed something when cleaning the pen? Tuning issue? We really want to love these pens...help! #GouletQA
  • bummer! Sorry to hear this
  • kind of a rare occurrence, but MV nibs do tend to be pinched together a bit, restricts flow sometimes
  • Donna on FB mentioned removing the nib and reinstalling it, that can help
  • Also, adding a little pressure to the nib to spread the tines can open them up, just be careful because you can overdo it
  • worst case, if you got it from us, let us know and we can inspect/exchange it for you, we want you to be happy with it 

6) Jeff M.- Facebook - (35:02)

I have been watching many of your old videos and many of Nathan t's as well, can you tell me about pens that come with the 4.5 oz bottles? I don't want anymore preppys, but I saw some others in Baystate blue, Nakita (red) and a very current vid that shows one he called "Charlie" included with his Heart of Darkness. I am putting together an order and might be including these inks along with an Ahab and maybe a Konrad, with a Pilot metropolitan and a Lamy safari
  • Baystate used to come with Preppy, rollerball tip for Preppy, and Kuretake brush pen
  • Brush pen no longer included
  • No, just Preppy with FP and rollerball tip
  • Charlie pen is experimental, coming with a few Heart of Darkness bottles
  • Not sure if Charlie pen will be ongoing, but likely that it will

7) Kenneth M.- Facebook - (40:23)

Is there an easy way to clean the feeder tube in my Noodlers Ahab fountain pen, it suffers from staining from my black / blueblack inks. Just now I am using some fine copper wire to basically scour the inside of it clean but is there and easier way? Great QnA shows you have, I watch them every Friday night as I clean out my pens from that week. Keep up the good work.
  • I wouldn’t sweat it too hard, the next ink you put in there will stain it right back up
  • piece of string/yarn would work well, thread it through with needle
  • breather tube isn’t even critical to pen’s function
  • that’s a cool pen cleaning ritual!

8) Leslie H.- Facbeook - (43:22)

I'm curious about the Edison gold nib (M)...is it hard like Platinum or softer like Custom 74 ? Demo??? (if you ever have a spare moment :D) thanks
  • It’s definitely not stiff, it’s quite soft
  • very wet, too, very broad (look at Nib Nook)
  • sorry I can’t do a sample right now

9) Whitney B.- Facebook - (46:26)

Should my Noodler's Dragon's Napalm have metallic-looking chunks in it? Will they hurt my pen?
  • that’s normal, I’ve asked Nathan about it
  • won’t hurt the pen, it’s chemical sedimentation from the reaction of dyes in the ink
  • Dragon’s Napalm takes about 6 months to make!
  • Just let the flakes settle to the bottom, fill as normal

10) Cathy F.- Facebook - (49:37)

De Atramentis has a new color in the Document Line--Fog Gray. Will you be stocking it any time soon?
  • we’ve had stocking issues with all the DA Document inks, in case you hadn’t noticed :) 
  • we won’t be able to get any for months
  • DA is made by one man, Dr. Jansen in Germany
  • he makes it all on-demand, so when we order it takes 2-3 months to come in, longer if it’s a large order
  • We’ve gotten a lot of flak for our being out of stock with the document inks, but demand is far exceeding supply and we’re doing our best to get it

11) Elijah S.- Facebook - (54:24)

Any plans for Goulet nibs in a smaller size than #6? I love the Goulet nibs but I also have a lot of pens that won't take a #6.
  • ehhh…we technically could to #5 nibs from Jowo, but minimums are high and I don’t like their #5 nibs nearly as much as the #6
  • eventually we might do it, but not yet. Can use Edison #5 in the meantime (also made by Jowo 

12) William S.- Facebook - (57:34)

Do fountain pens work for multi-part non-carbon copy forms? I'd love to use a fountain pen at work but from what I recall they don't do so well in the multi-part form field .
  • They can, but this is where the line gets blurry on the effectiveness of the FP
  • I personally use rollerballs in this situation, but you can use a stiff-nib FP like a Lamy or Pilot Metro 

QOTW: What’s your Q&A-watching ritual? 

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Parker IM Premium Fountain Pen: Quick Look

That pile of paperwork sitting on your desk just got a bit more interesting. That's because there is a new set of three colors in the Parker IM Premium pen line -- great workplace fountain pens -- called Brown Shadow, Emerald Pearl, and Pink Pearl. The pens feature a striped pattern that's a throwback to the vintage Parker Vacumatics.

The pen writes smoothly, very smoothly in fact, though it has a bit of a sweet spot so it can take just a little getting used to. It's nothing as extreme as the Lamy 2000, if you've heard about that pen. It's only available in a stainless steel medium nib, though. The flow is wet and it gives a consistent line that's similar to most other European medium nibs.

I really like the balance of this pen. It's quite light at 21g (I accidentally said 13g in the video, sorry!), and it feels comfortable posted or not. The snap-cap is super convenient for jotting down quick notes, and it has a very positive 'click' when I snap it on. It's all aluminum, which is why it's so light, and while I'm not normally wild about metal grips on my pens, this one is brushed so that it won't slip around in my fingers.

The Parker IM is a solid medium-range pen at $51.20, though you might as well go ahead and factor in an additional $10 for a proprietary Parker converter if you want to use bottled ink. It's a very respectable pen that I think is worth considering as a not-so-boring work pen.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Matchup #32: TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm Italic with De Atramentis Mint Turquoise

Not all of us studied abroad in Paris or churn through Rosetta Stone lessons. Some of us get lost in translation. This Monday Matchup is plucked from the screenplay for the French film “Amèlie” (2001) and means, “Times are hard for dreamers.”

Jenni from our Media Team brought this deep thought thought to life with a TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm Italic and De Atramentis Mint Turquoise. And if you don’t speak the language of soulful introspection, then her metaphor might help: a doomed dandelion-powered balloon that the wind both raises up and breaks apart.

The TWSBI Mini Classic features the manufacturer's benchmark piston ink-filling mechanism and detachable parts. Housed in a black and clear resin body, the screw cap reveals a steel nib. The De Atramentis Mint Turquoise ink offers a cool and refreshing complement to the fountain pen. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.

The TWSBI Mini Classic is available at GouletPens.com for $50 and the De Atramentis Mint Turquoise ink is available in a 35ml bottle ($12.95) and as an 2ml ink sample ($1.25)

Update: Some eagle-eye readers noticed that it was actually a TWSBI Mini Classic in 1.5mm (and not 1.1mm) that we used -- and photographed. Thanks so much for the feedback. We've updated the blog, but the "1.1mm" in the photographs remains inaccurate. Thanks and apologies for the confusion.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company team

Friday, January 23, 2015

Goulet Q&A Episode 63, 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.

If you're thinking, "Hey,  this week's Q&A looks so last week," then you're right. Because I traveled with my leadership team to Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Performance Series in Nashville this week, I doubled down and filmed two back-to-back Q&As last week. But don't worry; this Q&A is still new to you, and I'll be covering some pen storage and cleaning basics, recommending Nib Meisters, and talking about the 2015 Copper-Orange Lamy Al-Star for the first time.

1) Nancy D.- Facebook - (4:29)
What's the best method for filling pens without getting your fingers inky? Best way to carry pens so they don't leak? I've got 3 pens going at once. Stored up? Stored down? How about when you're NOT using them for a while? Up? Down? Horizontal?
  • what’s wrong with inky fingers? ;)
  • practice, really
  • some people use gloves!
  • really can depend on the pen, ink bottle
  • Nib up is best way to transport them
  • when not using a while, the storage varies based on who you ask
  • your pens will tell you how they want to be stored based on how quickly they’ll dry up
  • I keep all mine horizontal by default
    FP101 Pen Storage video
  • I am setting up a new pen storage unit I’m really excited about, more to come there 

2) Amanda A.- Facebook - (9:57)
I'm look to get my first flex pen. What pen would you recommend?
  • Noodler’s Ahab
  • It’s kind of big, but that usually helps when controlling a flex pen for the first time
  • most reliable of the Noodler’s pens, usually
  • $20, affordable
  • SO many color options

3) Gary W.- Facebook - (12:25)

Have you ever used a Nib Meister? If so, who was he or she? Who are your favorite and recommended Nib Meisters? I'm sure you've met a number of them at pen shows. I'm thinking of sending one of my pens to Pendleton Brown for his BLS grinding.
  • No actually, not technically
  • I have had Brian Gray grind down a stub for me (before he started offering that) and work on my Pelikan
  • I have a pen adjusted by Mike Masuyama
  • I have a pen adjusted by Binder
  • I haven’t ever sent a pen to a nibmeister to have it adjusted for myself, personally
  • I do my own tweaking here and there, but in general I leave my pens pretty intact so that I’m familiar with them as they are (since I sell the pens I use)
  • I’ve heard pretty good things about all of the big ones: Mottishaw, Masuyama, Binder, Zorn, Pendleton, they’re all very busy!

4) Irma R.- Facebook - (18:01)

Will you be accepting preorders for the 2015 Copper-Orange Lamy Al-Star?
  • nope, don’t do preorders
  • we’ll shoot to be one of the first to get them in the US, in good quantity
  • not sure when that’ll happen yet

5) Chris R.- Facebook - (24:50)

I am very new to fountain pens and want to try more inks, what is a good low maintenance noodlers ink good for a noob?

6) Travis W.- Facebook - (28:06)

Any plans for a video description/overview of Banditapple stuff? And the non-Traveler's Notebook Midori notebooks? You've carried them for a while but there's no overview for them. I like hearing your insights on the products you carry.
  • you got me! I’ve been neglecting these
  • how about Original Crown Mill? Field Notes? heck, most paper I’ve neglected to fully review
  • this is something I need to work on, for sure

7) Stacey W.- Facebook - (32:13)
I LOVE the Goulet nibs...can you tell me which pens you carry that fit the Goulet nibs? I have placed them on a few Jinhaos, but the feed is extremely WET...any suggestions on the pens you have found that work best with Goulet nibs?

8) Mark Z.- Facebook - (34:00)
I have a basic question... When cleaning a pen, when is it clean "enough"? After using a purple ink and cleaning with a large (~6-10) number of bulb syringe flushes, I was still able to see some purple color either on my cloth or after re-dipping the nib in water a moment later. Do I need to keep flushing until completely clear (no hint of the previous color)? How many "syringefuls" does that take (5? 10? 20?) Is the answer different if you go to re-ink the pen with a different color versus shelving it as part of a pen rotation?
  • great question!
  • generally, you want it to be where all the old ink is GONE, clean until it’s totally clean
  • if you’re inking back up with the exact same ink, you don’t really have to clean much at all, just go through the motions!
  • if doing a similar color, do what you can but don’t sweat the small stuff
  • if changing colors drastically (especially dark to light color), or switching to non-compatible inks (like Baystate-to-non-Baystate!), be very thorough

9) John Y.- Facebook - (38:03)

Can the Platinum Modern Maki-e Fountain Pen - Cranes be posted? It seems like the screen printing is exposed. I'm worried about it rubbing or chipping off if I post it. Is there a clear coat on top of it or is it not recommended to post.
  • there’s an insert in the cap that I think grips the back of the pen, so there’s not a lot if any pressure on the Crane itself
  • I have the Phoenix of the same pen, and post it without too much fuss, never an issue
  • might want to play it safe, so don’t post if it’s not too much trouble to avoid

10) Jeff M.- Facebook - (39:41)

What are some examples of decent eyedropper pens? I have given up on preppys as they crack very easy. I use them for pen and ink drawing, and occasionally writing things on my sketches

11) Bill M.- Facebook - (42:57)

Does Whiteness of the Whale write legibly on black paper? If not, how does it differ from Blue Ghost?
  • no, not really at all
  • it’s kind of like milk, watery milk
  • blue ghost is completely transparent
  • WOW is milky, made to desaturate/lighten a color, like going from red to pink, purple to light purple
QOTW: From Wei L. on Facebook: What will be your (Brian’s) superhero name?

Write on,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Ink Drop Reveal: Safe for Work

The workplace often comes with certain rules and restrictions that make it difficult to express yourself. For example, shoes are often required. Bringing in exotic pets and blending smoothies at your desk may be frowned upon, too. Likewise, fountain pen enthusiasts may be discouraged or simply gun-shy about displaying vibrant, flashy inks during work hours. Fortunately, there are some inks that allow you to stay passionate about your pens -- discretely -- while on the clock. (Or in the case of Noodler's X-Feather, still be able to write on super absorbent recycled paper and moleskin.)

The January Ink Drop features five such inks. Special thanks to Media Team member Sarah Mattozzi for bringing them to life in the below illustration.

Here is the Safe for Work reveal:

We hope you enjoyed this Ink Drop reveal! As a reminder, you have until the end of the month to join the club to receive this shipment. Also, members get 10% off the bottles of all of these colors, plus other deals, on the Ink Drop Members Page. As long as you're logged in as a current member, you can place these items in your cart and see the discounted prices as you proceed through checkout.

If you have any questions about Ink Drop, please post in the comments below or email us at info@gouletpens.com and we'd be happy to help you out.

Finally, let's close with a question or two: Do you write with your fountain pen at work? If so, which inks do you use?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Matchup #31: Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Stainless Steel Fountain Pen - Fine with Diamine Midnight

Rapping this Monteverde Invincia Deluxe in Stainless Steel - Fine against your desk may be an effective muse for channeling Edgar Allan Poe in his most lucid and expressive state.

Caitlin from our Customer Care team paired together this Goulet Pens exclusive release with a fitting ink: Diamine Midnight. Your own journaling or illustrations don't even need to slip from lovelorn to borderline madness, which is the arc of the the Poe poem quoted here, "The Raven."

Monteverde's flagship fountain pen, the Invincia Deluxe, is a well-balanced writing instrument featuring a fine stainless steel nib. The pen is a bit on the larger size and has a contoured profile. The Invincia Deluxe, comes in broad, medium, fine and 1.1mm italic, is also available in a twist gel rollerball design. Meanwhile, the Diamine Midnight ink allows writers and artists to explore a broad range of blues bordering on black.

Burning the midnight oil doesn't need to cramp your creativity. It may open up a new world. Nevermore.

The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe in Stainless Steel - Fine  is available exclusively at GouletPens.com for $108. Diamine Midnight comes in an 80ml bottle and costs $12.95, and is also available as an ink sample for $1.25.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company team

Friday, January 16, 2015

Goulet Q&A Episode 62, 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.

Comparing one fountain pen vs. another can be tough, even with our Pen Plaza and Nib Nook comparison tools, so this week I'll help a few folks decide which pen may be right for them based on what they're seeking. Of course, it's a lot easier for me to recommend the right TWSBI for you then to choose my own "Holy Grail pen," as you'll see. Finally, as we troubleshoot the final few bugs of our new website -- fingers crossed -- I'll answer a question about the future possibility of a Goulet Pen Company app. 

1) Caitlyn P.- Facebook - (6:00)

If you had to choose between a TWSBI Vac 700 or the 580, which would you choose (filling system aside) I know the Vac can take Goulet and Edison Nibs, but (believe) the 580 can swap with the mini. 
  • Personally, I like the Vac better
  • I just love the way it fills, and it’s more comfortable posted
  • More versatile with the nibs
  • Used to be a higher price gap, but now it’s really close 

2) Zdez Z.- Facebook - (8:17)
I'm interested in buying a soft nib, my main 2 contenders are the falcon and the justus 95. I'd like to know the pros and the cons of buying one over the other other, or should I just look at another brand?
  • If it’s your first, the Justus is a big investment and it’s not THAT different than the Falcon
  • Not quite the same experience, but a Noodler’s pen is far less of an investment to see if soft/flex really works for you ($14-20)
  • Pilot Custom 912 is another option, in between Faclon and Justus prices 

3) Denise R.- Facebook - (10:51) 
Can you use the Pilot Mixable Inks (that are made for the caliigraphy pen) in any pen? Say I have two Metros--can I use them in those?
  • Oh yeah, go for it
  • They say for use in the Parallel, but that’s just for the ‘mixing’ effect, it’s fine to use in any Pilot/Namiki pen

4) Phillip Delaney- YouTube - (12:47)
Between the Faber castell basic, monteverde artista, and conklin duragraph, which would you recommend for someone who likes a softer nib?
  • Duragraph will be softest, definitely largest nib
  • none of these are really that soft though 

5) davidhunternyc- YouTube - (14:36)

Oh, (by the way) if you had to choose just one pen, what is your one-and-only desert island Holy Grail fountain pen? Why? (All ink would mysteriously wash ashore in Coke bottles.)
  • just asked these on Facebook!
  • gosh, that’s impossible, honest truth is I don’t have one

6) Jeff- Blog - (17:51)
(1) are there any other pens as minimalist as the CP1 out there? (2) If so, do any of them have a finer nib than the german EF?
  • to get finer, you’re really looking for a custom grind or a Japanese EF
  • Lamy 2000 is pretty minimalist
  • Black Matte VP
  • depends how you define minimalist!

7) Robert H.- Blog - (21:49)
Hello Brian ~ would you please let us know what the differences between the materials that are used to create pens (celluloid, acrylic, ebanite, resin) and which may be a better substance than the others...in your humble opinion?
  • acrylic/resin, same thing = plastic
  • there are variations like injection-molded vs. cast resin, sometimes hard to know which is which
  • cotton resin- blend of plastic and natural materials
  • celluloid- made of wood cell walls, slightly absorbent, slicker and very expensive to make, comfortable to hold for long writing sessions
  • ebonite- hard rubber, slightly absorbent and more expensive to make, comfortable to write with for long sessions

8) Chris W.- Facebook - (33:33) 
I'm not sure which video(s) in which you offer an explanation as to why such brands as Montblanc and Visconti are not interested in having Goulet carry their products, but it seems as though they may be less than honest with you. I've seen many online only retailers who carry these pens and claim to be authorized retailers. Seems as though they aren't completely truthful in their reasoning behind not allowing Goulet to carry them. I'd love to hear your thoughts on that.
  • I can’t speak for others’ agreements
  • I was told they don’t want to sell to online *only* companies, it could very well be the other companies selling online have a physical storefront 
  • Maybe they just don’t like my company, that could be! That’s their right, I might not represent the image they want to portray

9) Oliver F.- Facebook - (36:56)
Is the Neponset eventually going to be a pen offered in the normal cellulose version as the rest of the models by Noodler's - or is it going to be a special edition (ebonite/acrylic) versions only? On the flip side - will Nathan ever make a ebonite version of the Ahab or N.Creaper?
  • I would be surprised to see that happen
  • all other Noodler’s pens started out in resin, only the Konrad moved up to acrylic or ebonite
  • I don’t think the NC or Ahab designs are conducive to these materials

10) Mahesh H.- Facebook - (41:10)
The knob at the end of my Lamy2k that operates the piston seems to be a little loose. It does not move the piston, it's just stays within the region when you first unscrew it just before the piston actually starts to move. This bothers me because it breaks the seamless continuity of the pen. Have you seen this? Is there a fix?
  • I know exactly what you’re talking about
  • I have seen it, not super-common but common enough where it doesn’t shock me
  • Most common issue is it doesn’t stay twisted on, so it leaves a gap
  • give it a firm twist, and it should be okay

11) Jonathan B.- Facebook - 

Are there any future plans or possibilities for a Goulet Pens app?
  • Sure! Why the heck not? 
  • That’s part of why we moved our site, to be able to build out this kind of stuff
  • we’ve talked about turning our comparison tools into apps, I have other ideas, too
  • we need to get our site fixed up first, then we can dream big
  • what are some of your ideas?

QOTW: What features would you like to see in a fountain pen app?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Platinum PTL-5000A 14k Fountain Pen: Mining for Gold

When I first heard about this pen, I was almost in disbelief because gold nib pens typically run $140+. Could there really be a 14k pen for under $80? Yup, and here it is, the Platinum PTL-5000A.

Now don't go thinking that this pen is just a flashy name (some sarcasm there). Okay, the name is quite... robotic? But this is actually a pretty sweet little pen. I mean that literally, too; the pen is thin, very light, and the nib itself is rather small. However, it's a genuine 14k nib that actually writes fairly soft, and I'm quite impressed. 

The design of the pen is very similar to the Platinum Maki-e pens, including the Kanazawa Leaf and Modern Maki-e (that we used to carry but have recently discontinued). It's slightly smaller overall, and incredibly light at only 13g. For a large-handed writer like me, the pen is thinner and lighter than I would normally want, but this is something that I think a lot of you will find appealing about this pen. 

The nib is 14k and writes quite well. The EF is VERY fine, just like you'd expect with a Japanese pen, and that's what I use in the video. It's also available in fine and medium (though the medium we might not have until February). The fine is smoother than the EF, as I'd expect. 

The flow is consistent and the feel of the nib is smooth but with a bit of feedback. Platinum tends to grind their nibs so you feel some drag on the page; that's intentional and the reason a lot of folks like Platinum because you really get a sense of control with the nib. There's even a bit of line variation if you intentionally flex the nib out. Though watch out, it's not a 'flex nib' per say, so go easy with this. 

The pen is black with gold trim (and oddly a silver trim ring at the nib), I believe there's a burgundy version out there as well, but I don't know that it's regularly available in the US yet. It comes with a Platinum cartridge and takes a proprietary Platinum converter (included) for bottled ink. 

All-in-all, it's a really solid little pen. It's not new, though it's "new to us" here at GouletPens.com. I can't believe I haven't heard more about this pen, especially at this price point. Here it is though, we got it in and I wanted to share my experience with you. You can learn more details and pick one up for yourself for $79.20.

What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Matchup #30: Kaweco Classic Sport Clear in fine with Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown

It takes an especially bright mind to not only intimately understand our universe -- and beyond -- but to be able to find the words to connect mankind with with these deep, compelling insights.

Author, astronomer, astrophysicist and all-around genius Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) possessed such a mind. In this week's Monday Matchup, our Customer Care Manager Drew pays tribute to the late Sagan by highlighting some of his most poignant deep thoughts on space, humanity, and the search for extraterrestrial life. With the help of his Kaweco Classic Sport - Clear fountain pen and Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown ink, he captures Sagan's evocative response to a famous photo depicting a minuscule planet earth from six billion miles away, taken from the book "Little Blue Dot." Additionally, Drew includes a quote that perhaps most perfectly conveys Sagan's insatiable curiosity, "Somewhere, something is waiting to be known."

The Kaweco Classic Sport Clear, here used with a fine nib, is a great pen for those looking to explore beyond the known world. The pen's clear design uniquely reveals the included ink cartridge. Plus, the pocket-sized fountain pen is easy to carry around with other assorted gadgets and gizmos, and then at the right time, post the cap to transform the pen into a full-sized writing instrument.

Meanwhile, the Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown fountain pen ink is lightfast, meaning that its color will remain consistent after long exposure to light. Similarly, Sagan's groundbreaking works and writing will remain a beacon for inquiring minds for millennia to come.

The Kaweco Classic Sport Clear is available at GouletPens.com in fine or medium for $25. The Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown fountain pen ink is $30 for a 75ml bottle.

Write On,
Team Goulet

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