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Friday, December 30, 2016

Goulet Q&A Episode 149, 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.

In this episode, I talk about eyedroppering pens, whether you should buy smaller or larger ink bottles, and ink that makes you crave food!

This week 
  • recording this ahead of time
  • will have been on Christmas break, visiting both sides of family
  • spending quality family time, much needed
  • No real new products to talk about, actually
  • Finishing up our holiday season, it's been a good one
  • I'm not real huge on new year's resolutions...but I do believe in reflecting on the previous year
  • Recap: launched a ton of great pens, Visconti, Namiki, and Filofax were notable expansions for us
  • lots of internal focus for GP this year
  • lots of personal challenges too, mainly around illness/health issues in our family
  • 2016 has been a real rollercoaster of a year, and much of it has been very challenging
  • I feel like I've grown a lot this year, and I feel really good about the time that I have taken off to take care of my family when they've needed me
  • I'm still so grateful for all I have been entrusted with, and ready to carry forward into 2017

Pens/Writing - (8:45)

1) @jgrantmerrill- Instagram - (8:48)
I never sought out two-tone nibs in the past, but out of nowhere I found myself wanting one. What are some good options for two-tone nibs? Do you prefer one with a silver clip or gold clip?

  • I used to really have a thing for two-tone in general
  • I personally really like two-tone nibs, these tend to be the most popular when given the option because they match almost everything
  • Goulet two-tone nibs are quite popular (fit #6 pens)
  • Pelikan has a lot of good two-tone nibs in their higher end pens
  • Visconti's two tone nib (like on the Homo Sapiens Oversize) is fantastic
  • Edison two tones are nice
  • Jinhaos actually aren't too bad!
  • Namiki urushi
  • You almost always see two tone nibs with gold trim, I think I might actually prefer that

2) @reclinerjockey- Instagram - (15:43)
Any plans for an updated video on the new Parker Urban?
  • not 100% sure, we don't have the mediums yet
  • let's do a little feature now! 
  • show old vs new
  • there are a LOT of colors, we're carrying Metro Metallic, Muted Black, Nightsky Blue, Vibrant Blue, and Vibrant Magenta
  • fine and medium nibs
  • stainless steel nibs
  • converter not included
  • Parker proprietary cart/converter
  • nib is very stiff but smooth
  • flow is generous but not the wettest I've used, probably a 7/10
  • feedback is minimal
  • nib is forgiving for rotation

3) Mher G.- Facebook - (26:40)
How does the wetness play a role in line width of a pen?
  • it can play a role, depending on the ink used and the paper
  • generally speaking, the wetter the pen/ink, the wider the line it will draw
  • this isn't always the case, like with really ink resistant paper it will just kind of pool up and look darker/shade more on the page but keep a tight line
  • more absorbent paper will spread the wetter ink more and make the line look much broader
  • so the answer is really it depends, mainly on the paper

4) @sazmeow- Instagram - (29:21)
In a q&a ages ago, you showed a vintage pen that had a very complex filling mechanism. There was a sort of spout that came down from the bottom of the pen and somehow that sucked up the ink. Can you show it again? It was really neat. What was it called?
  • I believe you're referring to a Sheaffer Snorkel, which I think is such a cool pen! 
  • I don't do a lot with vintage pens, but this is one I picked up at DC in 2015 because it was on my pen "bucket list"

5) @VVintermuute- Twitter - (34:06)
What's the best way to de-eyedropper a fountain pen and get rid of all that silicone grease?
  • silicone grease is not really easy to remove with chemicals (that's kind of the point!)
  • physical removal is most effective
  • a small brush like a toothbrush can help, but that's a little messy
  • I think a q-tip is the best
  • a little bit left on the threads actually isn't so bad, it helps lubricate the threads so it operates smoother!

Ink - (37:56)

6) @cygnuspens- Instagram - (37:59)
Do any inks make you crave a specific food or drink? J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune makes me want grape jelly and Kon Peki makes me thirsty. Sorry if you've covered this before.
  • great question, I can't remember having been asked this one before
  • honestly....no. I can say I've actually never had this happen!
  • I've smelled some of the De Atramentis scented inks that are supposed to smell like food and that kind of reminds me of food, but I really never actually crave anything based on my ink
  • but I'm really intrigued by it, so I wanted to answer it just to prompt the conversation in the comments :) 

7) @jaimexandres- Instagram - (40:20)
Quantity or quantity? I'm talking about the small Diamine or iro ink bottles. Is it better to buy multiple small bottles for a variety of colors or to get a few big bottles to last longer
  • There's definitely a fixed cost associated with labor, inventory, bottles, etc for any given ink, so it will pretty much always be more economical to purchase larger bottles of ink when you do the $/ml
  • of course, it's going to come down to everyone's individual preferences when it comes to sizes of bottles, because some people would rather have more colors than more ink volume
  • 50ml of Iroshizuku goes a pretty long way, and 80ml of Diamine last longer (obvi)
  • 30ml Diamine for $7.50 = 25 cents/ml
  • 80ml Diamine for $14.95 = 18.7 cents/ml
  • 34% premium for the smaller bottle...I do like the 30ml Diamine bottles for travel though!
  • 15ml Iroshizuku (1/3 of the set) for $10.67/bottle = 71 cents/ml
  • 50ml Iroshizuku for $28 = 56 cents/ml
  • 42% premium for the smaller bottle, and you have to buy a 3 pack
  • it's a matter of personal preference
  • both Diamine and Iroshizuku small bottles are more economical/ml than our ink samples are, so you just have to decide where the line is for you

Troubleshooting - (54:51)

8) Argent S- Facebook - (54:54)
Do all eye-dropper pens drool after during long writing sessions?
  • yes and no
  • all of them could, but it's not necessarily a foregone conclusion
  • it's commonly associated with the heat from your hand increasing the likelihood of burping, and I've even talked about that in past videos
  • I have talked to others who believe it has nothing to do with that, but rather entirely with the stability of the liquid in a large volume
  • I have intended to study up on this more, I have homework to do here
  • but in general, the takeaway is yes, be aware that there's this inherent risk with any eyedropper pen, especially if you carry it around a lot

QOTW: What have been the most notable events in 2016 for you? - (1:01:56)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday Things: Midas Touch


The bright potential of a new year is upon us and we're feeling the golden glow of great things to come. Like King Midas, the right writing tools will add the gilded touch to everything you do in the new year. We've hand picked this glitter assortment of fountain pens, inks, and accessories to inspire some illuminated writing in 2017. Take a moment to gaze upon the glorious glimmer of Thursday Things: Midas Touch.

Featured products from left to right:
Shop all these magical Midas inspired products in the Thursday Things: Midas Touch shopping guide.

Noodler’s Nib Creaper Fountain Pen – Midas Pearl
Lamy LX Fountain Pen - Gold
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Gold, Plain
Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen – Gold

What are you most excited for in 2017?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The 10 Hottest Fountain Pens of 2016



Hey pen friends! It's that time of year when we look back on all the great things that happened this past year. There were a ton of new products released throughout 2016, so it was tough to narrow it down to our favorite 10, but here we go.....



10. Namiki Maki-e fountain pens
When we started this business just over seven years ago, we never dreamed we'd be able to sell such beautiful pens of this caliber, but here we are. The craftsmanship that goes into creating each of these pens is something that resonates deeply within us.

9. Montegrappa Fortuna in Copper Mule
Complete with a matching copper mug, this pen really picked up on a trend -- or rather, two trends: Moscow Mules drinks, and copper pens. This was truly the year of metal pens, and people really seem to enjoy the personalization that the copper patina creates. Available in fine through broad nibs.

8. Visconti Rembrandt Special Ops
This pen was super hot when it came out earlier this year. Featuring a unique olive green body paired with a stealthy black nib and trim, you guys definitely dug this one. It pairs really nicely with the Army Green color of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks that also came out this year.

7. Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo
We had been waiting for years for this pen model to be available in the US market, and 2016 was finally our year. Essentially a slimmer version of the  clickable Vanishing Point, the Decimo comes in several beautiful elegant muted colors.

6. Delta Unica Matte Black
A matte black body with black trim, this Goulet exclusive was released towards the beginning of the year and we had trouble keeping it in stock! It's clear the matte black stealthy pen trend is still going strong. Available in fine and medium nibs, or swap out for another favorite #6 size nib.

5. Karas Kustoms
While this brand isn't new for 2016, it was certainly new to Goulet. We were proud to start carrying the Fountain K and Ink fountain pens at the start of this past year, and you all have definitely been responding well to the colorful metal patterns. The customization feature, to be able to mix/match your grip to your body, is something really special with these.

4. Conklin Nighthawk
Another Goulet exclusive, these stealthy pens have been flying off our shelves and into your shopping carts. We were excited to introduce this matte black carbon fiber pen a few weeks ago, all decked out with matching black trim and our Goulet black nib. The first 500 are numbered, but are going fast!

3. Pilot Kakuno
This cute little pen was new to the US this year, after years of waiting! Another affordable entry-level pen from Pilot, the standout feature is the adorable steel nib with a smiling face (medium) or a winking face (fine).


2. Edison Nouveau Premiere in Water Lily (Spring edition)
Edison Nouveau Premiere - Water Lily
We've collaborated with Edison to release a special edition Premiere every season for the last 3+ years, and this spring's edition certainly got the town talking. The Water Lily (pictured at the bottom) material, or as it was affectionately known on social media as "Unicorn Barf", was one of our most popular to date. This is a tease, of course, because it's no longer available. Guess you'll just have to see what 2017 brings!

1. Lamy Safari in Dark Lilac
While not a new pen model, the color was probably the most anticipated special edition color ever. The Lamy Safari has been around for over 20 years, with a variety of standard colors and a new special edition every year, but there had never been a purple. Until 2016. The dark matte finish with the black trim was just icing on the cake... really well done, Lamy, well done. We do still have fountain pens available, but the matching ink sold out months ago.


So there's our list of our top 10 favorite new pens of 2016. Do you agree? What do you think is missing from our list?

Write On,
Rachel Goulet

Monday, December 19, 2016

Diamine Moon Dust with a Karas Kustoms Ink Grey Aluminum: Monday Matchup #123


Hey fountain pen friends! Madigan, here, bringing you my newest Monday Matchup. This week I paired a Karas Kustoms Ink fountain pen in Grey Aluminum with a broad nib and Diamine Moon Dust ink. I was excited to try this pen out because I haven't spent much time with a Karas Kustoms. The ink is part of the new additions to the Diamine Shimmertastic line, and I couldn't wait to try it, either! Bonus- they match pretty much perfectly.

I got the inspiration for this piece from the name of the ink. Moon Dust sounds kind of magical- and what is more magical than the stars shining brightly out of a cold winter night sky? I really wanted to show the movement of the ink as well as show off the sparkle, so I decided to work with making the white space really stand out.

To get started, I took a pencil and sketched out where I wanted the treeline, moon and stars to be. It was a loose sketch, because I really wanted to play around with the ink. I took a brush pen filled with water and dipped it into the cap of the pen and started filling in the lightest areas around the moon, leave the center blank. Once that was finished, I took a syringe and filled it with ink from the bottle. I gently pushed out a large ink splatter and used the brush pen to move that around the page, leaving space for the stars. I took the paper and moved it back and forth to allow the ink to spread with the weight of gravity. After the ink was dry, I went in with the pen and wrote the quote. I then added in the tree line, trying to make it as dark as possible.

I was really surprised by this ink. It was much darker than I expected- a true grey. Since I was using a broad nib with the Karas Kustoms Ink, it had a generous flow and you could really see the sparkle. The sparkle in this ink isn't as overwhelming as some other in the shimmering variety, in fact, it was wonderfully subtle when writing with it. I really enjoyed this pen and ink and how it looked together.

I think this pen and ink combination could be good in a number of scenarios. It's easy on the eyes and the generous flow makes it easy to write quickly. The ink dries surprisingly fast and is fairly feather-resistant, so I can see it being a great option for note-taking, journal writing, or even work.


You can find the Karas Kustoms Ink in Grey Aluminum at Gouletpens.com for $100. Diamine Moon Dust is available in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
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  • You can choose to enter only one way, or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, December 19, 2016 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,
Madigan

Friday, December 16, 2016

Goulet Q&A Episode 148, 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.

In this episode, I talk about tacky holiday sweaters, I compare the Visconti Opera Master to the Pilot Custom 823, and which pen I'd use if it could only be one for a year!

This week: 
  • Tacky Sweater day! 
  • Coming up on shipping deadlines, check our blog for details
  • No Q&A next week, we'll be closed on Friday for Christmas but we'll pick it up on the 30th
New/Upcoming Products - (5:36)

Pens/Writing - (10:00)

1) Lennox F.- Facebook - (10:01)
Hi Brian, I am currently looking to purchase a premium pen. I was wondering, in your subjective opinion, how big the difference between a 1000 dollar pen like Visconti Opera Master and a 300 dollar pen like the custom 823, in terms of just the nib smoothness and quality. Thank you very much! Love your videos and happy holidays
  • there is a law of diminishing returns when it comes to nibs
  • spending over a certain dollar amount (usually a couple hundred dollars) won't get you any better nib
  • there are a lot of other factors that influence price, like theme, design, materials used, craftsmanship, etc
  • the Visconti Opera Master is a beautiful pen, and has many different colors/designs to it
  • it's quite heavy, and very backweighted when posted
  • squared circle design is unique and more difficult to manufacture
  • both pens use vacuum to fill, have large reservoirs
  • Pilot nibs are notably thinner in their lines, are springy but not as much as the Visconti, and a bit drier
  • 823 only comes in 1 color (in the US), has fewer nib options
  • Getting down purely to writing experience, the Custom 823 dollar for dollar is a better value, IMHO
  • Opera Master is not the pen for everyone, it's a beast with a hefty price tag
  • Opera Master really feels more like a work of art, and is worth the money if you have that kind of "pen money" laying around

2) @luke.mmm- Instagram - (15:26)
I'm not looking for a big pen investment yet, but I am willing to spend up to $60 on one. I don't like the plasticky look of pens like the Lamy safari. Are there any suggestions you have for low budget beginner pens that don't look very cheap and maybe aren't plastic?

3) @halfapx- Instagram - (19:16)
I love asian extra fine nibs. would love to give some european extra fines a try though, what are the ones you would recommend below $200?

4) @thoughtsalonglifeshighway- Instagram - (21:30)
If you've never used a fountain pen and love a very fine line but not a scratchy pen, what do you suggest?
  • most EF's will sacrifice a little bit of smoothness, it's just physics
  • make sure you hold the pen at a lower angle than you're used to holding ballpoint/rollerballs
  • go way light on the pressure, use only the weight of the pen itself
  • start with something fairly inexpensive, like the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen ($12) or Pilot Metropolitan in F ($15) to get your feet wet

Ink - (26:21)

5) @vicksnish- Instagram - (26:22)
I'm obsessed with sheening inks! i'm not talking about the shimmery stuff with metallic dust added but real sheening inks. so what makes certain inks sheen and why don't any noodlers inks sheen even though they are highly saturated? also, is there an extensive list of sheening inks out there somewhere?

Troubleshooting - (29:04)

6) Anthony T.- Facebook - (29:06)
OK Brian riddle me this. Over time the nibs on my Lamy Safari are not fitting as snug as they originally did. Some of my most used nibs will shift laterally while I write causing the center slit to be out of alignment. Is there a procedure for adjusting them to again fit right??
  • it's not really a riddle, the plastic on the feed has been ever-so-slightly bent in over time so the nib isn't fitting as snugly
  • this happens more rapidly when a lot of writing pressure is applied, because it puts increased pressure on those wings that hold on the nib
  • depending how long it's been you may be able to send it in to Lamy to replace the feed, if it's worth the hassle for you
  • you could slightly bend the wings on the nib to get it to fit more snugly, it's a calculated risk but not a huge one

7) @sy_sheng- Instagram - (33:25)
For pens with a threaded cap, like the Pelikan M400, can easily get scratch marks on the pen barrel, where the cap and barrel are in contact. Do you have any suggestions to prevent/minimize the scratching?
  • best way to minimize scratches: don't post! 
  • seriously though, it's not a huge deal
  • you can just post a little more gently, but then you risk losing your cap which would cause way worse scratches
  • you can buff those out pretty easily with a jeweler's cloth or plastic polishing compound

Personal - (39:01)

8) Aaron S.- Facebook - (39:03)
Happy Holidays, Goulet Team!! Inspired by your classy Christmas sweater collection, I'd love to hear what Christmas morning traditions the Goulet's have? At our house, you can always count on mimosas, a lit fireplace, soft Christmas music playing in the background, and the smell of cinnamon rolls in the oven. Thank you for all you do!!
  • growing up my family got onto a Christmas Eve tradition, because we'd drive up 9 hours to Connecticut each Christmas morning
  • Rachel's family had much more of a Christmas morning tradition involving coming down the stairs to see all the presents under the tree, cooking cinnamon rolls, and opening presents as the parents sipped their coffee
  • Rachel's parents live further away, so we end up basically blending the two traditions, we do Christmas Eve with my parents, then Christmas morning with hers
  • We like to draw out the Christmas presents though, we open one at a time and take turns, so everyone gets to see/react to every gift
  • we have a special Christmas day meal too, a roast chicken with potatoes, peas, and onions

9) @planny_mcplannerson- Instagram - (43:07)
If you could only use one pen for a year, which one would you choose? why?
  • I normally don't like these questions at all because I love changing pens a lot! 
  • changing pens a lot is one of the best parts of being in my place as a pen guy
  • I have two pens I've been favoring pretty heavily as my EDC pens the past year, the Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age in fine and the Lamy 2000 in EF (that cap tho!)
  • It is a really tough call between those two, really tough
  • the Lamy 2000 might edge it out a little bit though
    • because the nib is not as wet (so it works on most papers)
    • it has think window which is real nice
    • and it's really easy to clean which would probably be important with only one pen, as I'd want to change colors a LOT to keep things fresh
  • darn you for making me choose!

QOTW: What Christmas or holiday tradition do you cherish in your family? - (48:51) 

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday Things: Wild West

Saddle up for another thrilling Thursday Things. We've roped in some great products to share with you today, all centered around the buckaroos that make their home on the range. Thursday Things: Wild West, inspired by the intricately detailed Visconti Wild West fountain pen, is a stampede of exciting fountain pens and accessories that instantly transport us to the wide open spaces and vast landscapes of the cowboy's territory. Giddy up and take a look!


Featured products from left to right:
Lasso up a great find when you shop all of these products in the Thursday Things: Wild West shopping guide.

Noodler’s Neponset Ebonite Flex Fountain Pen – Teal
Karas Kustom Fountain K Fountain Pen – Brown
Faber-Castell Ambition Fountain Pen – Pearwood
Visconti Wild West Fountain Pen
Visconti Wild West Fountain Pen
Parker Urban Fountain Pen - Vibrant Blue
Noodler’s Neponset Ebonite Flex Fountain Pen – Seven Pines

What is your favorite Western movie?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10 Last Minute Writing Gifts

When it comes to holiday shopping, it feels like there's never enough hours to get it all done in the midst of the holiday hustle. Countless stores, endless window displays, lines galore, and still, you have more to get. Why not give yourself a break and finish off that list in one shot? Check out our list of 10 great fountain pens and accessories to give this holiday season.

1. TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pen
This clear demonstrator is a favorite in many pen cases. It features an easy to operate piston mechanism and an impressive 1.98ml ink capacity for effortless, long lasting writing. This pen is the perfect gift for the hands on type, the ones who like to take things apart and understand them. The included wrench makes disassembly a breeze.  Pick up a TWSBI Diamond 580 in EF, F, M, B, or 1.1mm Stub for $50.
 
2. Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen Set
These are the ultimate grab and go pens. The Pilot Varsity set features 7 inexpensive fountain pens that pack a serious punch with their durability and value. These disposable pens can be thrown in a bag or purse and taken anywhere. Grab this great Pilot Varsity 7 pack of pens for $21 and give your loved one a different pen for every day of the week!  

3. Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen
Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night Fountain Pen
Writing is so much more fun when your pen is a true work of art. The gorgeous Van Gogh series of fountain pens from Visconti feature unique mixed resin bodies, crafted to mimic the colors of some of the artist's most famous works. A Visconti Van Gogh, like the Starry Night featured above, is the perfect present. It comes already packaged beautifully in its gift boxes, complete with a canvas replica of the painting for which it is named. The Visconti Van Gogh is listed for $289 MSRP, but be sure to log into your GouletPens.com account to see our best price!
 
4. Aurora Optima Fountain Pen
Give the gift of a pen worth "marble"ing at! The body of the Optima is fashioned from marbled Auroloide, an antique celluloide material, and is absolutely breathtaking in its vintage beauty. The timeless pen is completed by a 14 kt. gold nib, ebonite feed, and elegant silver or gold accents. Sweep up an Aurora Optima for $445.50.

5. Filofax Organizers
Getting more organized is often a top priority on many lists of New Year's resolutions. Give your friend or family member a stylish headstart by gifting them a Filofax organizer. Available in Personal and A5 sizes and a variety of colors, styles, and materials, there is sure to be the right planner for any preference in this line. Chock full of helpful inserts, like a 12-month planner and a variety of paper samples, they'll have everything they need to stay on schedule and on top of their tasks. Filofax Organizers range in price from $32.40 up to $165, depending on model and size.

6. Nock Co. Pen Cases
What do you get the fountain pen fan that has everything? A case to keep everything in! The Nock Co. pen cases offer a secure place to store and carry precious fountain pens free from fear of damage. The Nock Co. Sinclair, shown above, features a pocket for a small notebook, in addition to three pen slots, for $40.

7. J. Herbin Sealing Wax Package Set
They're sure to put their seal of approval on this gift! The J. Herbin Sealing Wax Set is the perfect gift for the person in your life that has a flair all their own. Complete with 4 stick of J. Herbin supple sealing wax, a brass seal, and a wooden handle, their letters will be sent in style. Snag a set for $37.50.
 
8. Aston Leather Single Slip Pen Pouch
Protect your favorite pen from scratches and imperfections with this snug leather pen slip. This nifty single pen case from Aston Leather is a secure place to slide your treasured pen to save it from disasters of everyday life. Slip one into your cart today, your pens will thank you. The Aston Leather Pen Slip is available in Black or Tan for $12.

9. Clairefontaine Triomphe Correspondence Set
Win the war against non-fountain pen friendly paper with the Clairefontaine Triomphe correspondence set. This set of paper and envelopes not only looks good, it's also a favorite paper choice for many fountain pen enthusiasts. This classic set features one 50 sheet tablet of A5 paper and 2 packages of 25 envelopes. Don't your loved ones deserve the luxury of such well-dressed letters? Step up the stationery game for $13.50.

10. Gift Certificate
Can't decide on the perfect gift? Let them decide for themselves! Goulet Pens offers Goulet E-Gift Certificates in the denomination of your choice. No wrapping, no waiting on shipping, all the fountain pen fun...

Looking for more gift inspiration? Check out our other gift guides! Our Analog Gifts for the Tech Savvy includes great gifts for the minimalist in your life. You can also find our collection of 10 Great Gifts for Unique Writing Styles and 14 Writing Gifts Under $40.

Are you gifting any fountain pens or accessories to loved ones this holiday season?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, December 12, 2016

Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue with a Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice: Monday Matchup #122

Sarah here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week I chose a Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice with an Extra-fine nib and paired it with Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue. I'm a big fan of Conklin Duragraphs and love the vintage look to the design of this pen.

My inspiration for this piece came from names of the pen and ink- Cracked Ice and Midnight Blue. When put together, they painted a picture in my head of a figure skater twirling on the ice under the moonlight. I decided to put my fountain pen to paper and try to create that image.

I started out by looking at a reference picture of a figure skater. I used a pencil to sketch out rough shapes of how the body was bending, then went over it again with darker lines to firm up the outline. The mute, dark blue of the ink reminded me of silvery moonlight and I wanted that to be reflected in her skin. I used a water brush filled with clean water and dabbed it into the cap of the ink to build up the shadows, going from lightest to darkest.  I took my Duragraph and used it to outline the skater's shape and facial features. Using the brush pen, I added in some swirls to create movement.

To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the Extra-fine nib on the Conklin Duragraph. It was a little to stingy with the ink for my liking, but if you are someone who likes dry-writing pens or use less expensive paper, this could be a good option. The weight of the pen is perfect for me, and I love the vintage feel to the design. Faber-Castell Midnight Blue had some surprising red undertones when water was added, and dried into a beautiful dark blue shade.

This would be a fantastic combo for any writing task you might wish to undertake. I would enjoy journaling with it or writing letters, since the Extra-fine nib would be great for small writing. The ink color is easy on the eyes and would be soothing to write with in any number of circumstances.

You can find the Conklin Duragraph in Cracked Ice at GouletPens.com for $40. Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue ink is offered in a 75ml bottle for $30, a pack of cartridges for $3.50, and a 2ml ink sample for $1.75. 

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way, or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
  • To see more of Rafflecopter's privacy policy, click here. Your email is never shared, and is only used to contact you should you win.
  • *Due to recent changes with the Disqus platform, you must register for a Disqus account in order to post a photo entry in the blog comments.   
a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,
Sarah

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