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Friday, April 28, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 166: Skinny Pens, Why Tipping Matters, and Pen Leaks That Defy Gravity!


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 skinny pens, why tipping matters, and pen leaks that defy gravity!

This week:
  • Well, I've been in Disneyworld! But I shot this ahead of time so you'd still have a Q&A to watch. Enjoy!

Pens/Writing - (1:29)

1) missmcpanda- Instagram - (1:31)
I recently got a Lamy Logo and I love it! Can you recommend any other pens that are similar in thickness (I have quite small hands) and that aren't too heavy? Thanks for everything you and your team do!


2) @HotCupofLoving- Twitter - (5:58)
Does a pen really need tipping material? Stub nibs work fine w/o it so what's the deal? Also some custom grinds grind it down.

  • to function? no
  • to last longer? yes
  • stubs last longer bc of their greater surface area, but finer nibs really do need tipping to last more than a couple of years, especially gold nibs
  • yes, custom grinds do grind down tipping material, and depending on the grind it can theoretically shorten the life of that tipping

Paper - (10:54)

3) juliavdw- Instagram - (10:56)
When you trot out the travelers notebook in videos, I wonder if you use them yourself or are keeping them as collection pieces. They are so versatile! I assume you like the blue one best and if anything, would be using that one.

  • I do both, I use my Passport more, the regular size not so much
  • I have been keeping pretty much one of each version they've come out with since I started carrying them for posterity
  • oddly enough, I haven't used the blue one! I totes should tho
  • I honestly have been using other notebooks recently to get a more varied experience, but I have definitely clocked some time in the TN

Ink - (16:38)

4) sparklyjavos- Instagram - (16:41)
What is the best scented ink smell for letter writing? Or best scented ink brand overall?

  • the only brands I know that even do them are De Atramentis and J. Herbin
  • DA has a LOT more options
  • they're kind of cool, but I'm honestly not that hot on them
  • something flowery I guess is nice? many of them like coffee is kind of like "okay, it kind of resembles coffee but it's not like I just brewed a cup", whiskey was actually pretty spot on
  • the smell doesn't last, so your recipient won't smell the smell
  • for that, scented sealing wax does a lot better!
  • Atelier Gargoyle has the lock on scented wax with essential oils

Troubleshooting - (22:21)

5) @sheann828- Twitter - (22:21)
I store all my pens nib up so they won't leak. they still collect drops of ink in the cap that get all over the pen when posted. Any tips?

  • I'm no scientist, so please give me insights if I'm off on any of my theories here
  • I think a couple of things could be going on here
  • Heat: when you write with the pen, the heat from your hand heats up the ink/pen barrel/air inside the pen. when you put it nib up, there is a temperature variance inside the pen vs inside the cap that wants to equalize, and the air wants to escape through the feed, pushing some ink out as it goes
  • Environment: perhaps there's something in the environment (humidity/temperature) that's causing ink to evaporate out of the feed and into that cap, and collect on the walls of the cap (this theory is weak)
  • Gremlins, especially if they get wet

QOTW: What is the most magical place on earth to you? - (29:19)

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, April 27, 2017

Thursday Things: Signed, Sealed, Delivered


This Thursday Things collection is sure to earn the seal of approval from you and your pen pal! This week's collection brings together the cream of the crop in stationery fun. Grab a stick of sealing wax and make your unique mark on your next hand written correspondence. Find the perfect brass seal to suit your personality, whether it's your initial or an interesting symbol seal. Pick up your favorite pen and ink and prepare to send a heartfelt greeting because Thursday Things: Signed, Sealed, Delivered will get you in the letter-writing mood!

Featured products from left to right:
J. Herbin Brass Seals and Sealing Wax
Atelier Gargoyle Sealing Wax
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen - White
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen - White

Who would be your celebrity pen pal if you could choose?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Noodler's Ahab vs. Noodler's Konrad: Fountain Pen Battle


Every week, a Goulet team member pens a quote for the community using the #FlexNibFriday hashtag. Most of the time, that pen is a Noodler's, since they offer the most affordable flex pens currently on the market. This has led to a lot of debate around the Goulet office- which is better, the Noodler's Ahab or the Noodler's Konrad?

Madigan and Lydia are bringing this battle to you and letting you know their opinions of each of these pens. Read on to see what they think and vote for your favorite!

Noodler's Ahab
Madigan here, kicking off this pen battle by talking about the Noodler's Ahab. I love this pen, not only for the flex nib but because of all the interesting details. If you are looking to try your hand at flex writing, I don't think you can go wrong with the Ahab. I love the fact that it comes in 44 color options, including demonstrators so you can find one that fits your personality. It also features a unique clip that is made to look like a whale's flipper.

The Ahab runs toward the larger size of the fountain pen spectrum, but still fits comfortably in your hand. The grip section is also unique- it has a slight additional slope right where your fingers grip the pen. This is not only comfortable, it gives you increased control when writing with the pen. I find this especially useful when writing with a flex nib since that increased control lets you get greater line variation.

I think one of the best things about this pen is the ink capacity. It has a slide piston mechanism that holds a substantial amount of ink. If you want to increase your ink capacity even more, you can also eyedropper the Ahab, giving it one of the most impressive ink capacities in the fountain pen world. The Ahab also works with the Noodler's 308 Refillable Cartridges, which give you the best of all worlds- it's the ease of cartridges but the economy of using bottled ink.

The last thing that makes the Ahab the best, is that you can take it entirely apart to clean it. The piston-filling mechanism can be completely disassembled and removed. The nib and feed can also be removed for easy cleaning! This is great if you are using a highly saturated, dark hued, or shimmering ink.

To sum it up, I love the Noodler's Ahab because:
  • 44 color options, including demonstrators
  • Large size with interesting design details
  • Sloped grip section for increased control
  • Large ink capacity, with multiple filling options
  • Eyedropperable
  • Easy to clean
The Noodler's Ahab is available at GouletPens.com in a variety of colors for $23.

Noodler's Konrad
Lydia here, bringing you my thoughts on why the Konrad flex pen should be the king of your heart! First of all, the Konrad was my first flex pen so I may be a little biased! I love how many different varieties of the Konrad are available. There are the translucent bodied resin demonstrator options (which I have), the swirled acrylic options, as well and the ebonite versions. There is definitely a color option to suit everyone's taste, whether you enjoy the subdued look of the brown and black accented Ebonite Konrad, the bright and bubbly hues of the Acrylic Konrad, or you want to put your ink on display and showcase it with the resin demonstrator Konrad.  These all vary slightly in posted size too, so there is an option that feels perfectly balanced in every hand. The resin flex pens come in at 145.5mm posted, the acrylics are 155mm, and the ebonite pens are 161mm posted.

I enjoy the fact that the Konrad has so many options to choose from. The design of these pens feels very balanced and proportional to me. I like that neither the cap or the body make up the majority of the pen and they look proportional when posted or capped. The biggest selling point for me with the Konrad was the twist piston filling mechanism. There is no worrying about a converter and extra parts to clean. The Konrad holds the ink right inside the body of the pen and can be taken apart if need be just by twisting the mechanism out of the back of the pen. So easy and fast!

So to recap, the Konrad wins in my book because:
  • So many different colors and variety of materials
  • There's sure to be a color for everyone!
  • Slightly different posting sizes between models so there's is one to fit most hands
  • Balanced design, cap and body are evenly or proportionally sized
  • Piston filling mechanism is part of the pen
  • Easy disassembly and no extra pieces
The Noodler's Konrad fountain pen is available at GouletPens.com for $20-$40 depending on the model.

What do you think? 
Now it's your turn to weigh in! Do you prefer the Noodler's Ahab or the Noodler's Konrad?



Leave us a comment as well and let us know why you love the Noodler's Ahab or the Noodler's Konrad! We'd love to hear what you think.

Write on,
Madigan & Lydia

Monday, April 24, 2017

Noodler's Red-Black with a Lamy LX Palladium: Monday Matchup #139

Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.

Hey fountain pen folks! Madigan here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week I chose a Lamy LX Palladium and Noodler's Red-Black ink. I was intrigued by this interesting colored ink- it's one of Noodler's hybrids, a permanent ink with dual colors. I love a good burgundy, so I was intrigued. As for the Lamy LX, I'm a sucker for the grip section on the Safari, Al-Star, and LX and loved the simplicity of the Palladium color. I chose an Extra-fine nib to see how it stacked up against my Lamy Safari.

The inspiration for this piece came from the recent Figboot on Pens interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I was listening to it while playing with the pen and this idea just came to me! I thought that Saturn was the perfect planet to show off the various colors this ink had to offer.

To start the piece, I took a sheet of Rhodia Paper and drew an outline of Saturn. Then I took my sheet of TomoĆ© River Paper and laid it over the outline. Then I took a water brush pen filled with water and dipped it into the bottle of ink. In an arching motion I filled in the circle of the planet, starting at the top. About midway, I switched the orientation of the paper and started on the other side of the planet, continuing to fill it in. I was surprised at how fast the ink was dry!  I then put in the rings around the planet, using the brush pen in the same manner. Since it dried so quickly, I was able to outline the rings and planet easily with the pen and write in the Beatles quote.

I was not a huge fan of this pen and ink together, to be honest. I tend to find some of the waterproof Noodler's ink surprisingly dry, and this one was no exception. When combined with the Extra-fine nib, it made for a very difficult writing experience with a nib starving for ink. I think this pen would work better with a wetter writing ink.

The pen had great control when writing or drawing, so I'd recommend that whole-heartedly. I liked the unassuming color as well. The ink would work best for grading or editing- especially on less fountain pen friendly paper.
Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.
Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.
Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.
Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.
Illustration of Across the Universe lyrics drawn with a planet using a Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen and Noodler's Red/Black ink.
You can find the Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen at GouletPens.com for $55. Noodler's Red-Black is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and the bottle of 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, April 24, 2017, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 12 pm 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, April 21, 2017

    Goulet Q&A Episode 165: Useless Ink Swabs, Designing Tomoe River Notebooks, and Where I Disagree With the Pen Community!


    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 useless ink swabs, designing a Tomoe River notebook, and where I disagree with the whole fountain pen community!

    This week:
    • Easter/Holy Week gauntlet
    • prepping for vacation
    New/Upcoming Products: - (1:41)
    • restocked a lot of random products we've been backordered for a while
    • Montegrappa inks
    • Doubling up on Q&A this week to publish one for next week!
    • Lamy Dialog 3 is coming back! in black

    Pens/Writing - (3:35)

    1) Evan M.- Facebook - (3:36)
    So I just got a new aurora flex 88. my question is. is there a break in period or anything with it? because my dreamtouch and m1000 nibs flex wayyyy more than this one. it's not disappointing or anything it goes from xxf to b but I expected more from a "vintage flex".. ps best company ever
    • there's a difference between softness and flex
    • Visconti Palladium nibs and Pelikan m1000 nibs are softer, yes
    • the problem if you try to flex these out is they will spring and not bounce back properly
    • Aurora did several iterations of softness in developing their 88 flex nib, including softer ones than this
    • they felt they sprung too easily, so they dialed it back
    • Omas nibs in my mind were some of the softest modern flex nibs available, but people sprung them a LOT
    • I see where Aurora's coming from, they were going more for maximum line variation and maximum bounce back with minimal risk of springing the tines
    • that said, there will be a break in over time, so it can only get softer, yes

    2) zdia- Instagram - (8:25)
    I've always wondered what exactly a converter converts. Why is it called a converter? What does it convert, and into what? A boring cartridge pen into an exciting breadth of ink possibilities? That's my best guess... can you help?
    • you pretty much answered your own question
    • converters "convert" cartridge pens into pens that can use bottled ink of any brand
    • they're often referred to just as "converters" when their more official designation is actually "cartridge/converters" or C/C like you see online
    • other pens that have built in mechanisms don't have anything to convert to, so they just go by their filling type (piston, vacuum, etc)
    • Some cartridge/converter pens can even be eyedropper "converted" too, further demonstrating what that term is actually accomplishing

    Ink - (12:48)

    3) mnmlscholar- Instagram - (12:50)
    Ink reviews often have huge swatches of the ink smeared or swabbed onto a page. But in my experience, inks rarely look like that when I write with them. So I tend to focus on the writing samples in the reviews to guesstimate what it might look like in my own pen, and on my own paper. What should I be learning about an ink from the giant ink swatches on GouletPens (and reviews)?
    • ink swabs have been used online to show inks for as long as I've been conscious of the existence of fountain pens
    • it's true, the swabs themselves do look different than it does in a pen, but at a glance they show the most dramatic representation of the color
    • especially in digital form, the color can be hard to see just in the writing, unless you are REALLY zoomed in
    • they're also, frankly, just a lot faster to do!
    • writing samples are definitely more representative, and a full ink review even better!
    • We hands down do a swab for all our inks, writing samples or ink reviews when we can/have time, and highly encourage ink samples
    • there's just nothing like getting to use it yourself!

    Paper - (19:40)

    4) acosta_maite- Instagram - (19:41)
    In Q&A Episode 163 @48:33, regarding TRP, you mentioned that you would have to design a new notebook format for meetings, etc. Is that something you would seriously consider? A Goulet Journal with TRP in A5 Dot Grid with tons of pages would be awesome. Do you think that is something we could hope for anytime soon?
    • it is something I would consider, have/am considering
    • it's complicated, paper is really tough to do well and at a reasonable price
    • in order to offer notebooks at a reasonable price you have to do LARGE quantities, so you have to be pretty darn committed to make it happen
    • it's very speculative
    • a Goulet journal in A5 with dot Tomoe paper could be possible, but I'd need some feedback about what you'd honestly be willing to pay for it...?

    Personal - (26:13)

    5) Hope F.- Facebook - (26:15)
    Do you have any opinions/preferences that aren't popular in the fountain pen community? I myself love hearing some feedback while I write, and I find something oddly satisfying about a little bit of echo on the page, but I find that not many people agree. Your videos are what got me into fountain pens. Thank-you to you and the Goulet Pen team.
    • if there's one thing I've learned about the fountain pen community, it's that if you ask 10 people what they think, you'll get 10 different opinions!
    • that said, there are some fairly common things that people agree on
    • but for everything that the community leans towards, there's an equally if not greater enthusiastic minority that feels the complete opposite
    • Here's a couple of my preferences you may or may not agree with:
    • Cartridge converter pens are generally my favorite! They're so easy to clean, if the mechanism acts up it's a couple of dollars to replace it, and they're generally more affordable!
    • Broader nibs make my handwriting better- most people feel the opposite, that fine nibs make their writing better, and I still just don't understand that!
    • My handwriting looks best at about 70% max speed- generally slowing down helps most people, but I actually write better when I'm pushing my speed just a bit
    • You don't have to use fountain pens for EVERYTHING- I'm as much a convert as anyone, but there are times when I just will not even bother (carbon paper, signing receipts)
    • I ink and carry all my pens, price be darned- while I definitely am more careful with my particularly rare or meaningful pens, I feel they are meant to be used and will never buy a pen with the intention of storing it away and never using it, mine are all fair game
    • Paper can never be too smooth- I can appreciate paper with a little bite, but I have not yet experienced a trifecta that's TOO smooth for my liking


    QOTW: What fountain pen opinions/preferences do you have that seem to be against the tide of the rest of the pen community? - (39:42)

    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, April 20, 2017

    Thursday Things: Ice and Fire


    Winter has arrived at Goulet Pens and we're arming ourselves with a bevy of beautiful writing utensils. As you may know, the Montegrappa Game of Thrones pens launched recently and have caught the attention of many of our fine fountain pen enthusiasts.  No matter which house of Westeros you align yourself with, the products in the assortment below are sure to capture your attention. Without further ado, we present Thursday Things: Ice and Fire.

    Featured products from left to right:

    Stark
    Montegrappa Game of Thrones Fountain Pen - Stark
    Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen - Smoke
    Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen - Tumbled Raw

    Targaryen 

    Montegrappa Game of Thrones Fountain Pen - Targaryen
    Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen - Burgundy
    Platinum Balance Fountain Pen - Wine Red

    Baratheon 

    Montegrappa Game of Thrones Fountain Pen - Baratheon
    Edison Collier Fountain Pen - Burnished Gold
    Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Black/Gold


    Lannister
    Montegrappa Game of Thrones Fountain Pen - Lannister
    Lamy LX Fountain Pen - Gold
    Jinhao x450 Fountain Pen - Red/Gold

    Which house collection strikes your fancy?

    Write on,
    The Goulet Pen Company Team

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Monteverde Moonstone with an Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass: Monday Matchup #138

    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.

    Hey guys, Sarah here. This week, I'm serving up some wanderlust with the beautiful Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass fountain pen and rustic Monteverde Moonstone ink. Want to hear where I found my inspiration for this piece was and how I completed it? Read more below!

    When I sat down to draw, I had no idea where to start. My amazing co-worker, Lydia, has been inspiring me lately with the way she incorporates her hand lettering into her drawings, so I began thinking along those lines. When I first wrote in the quote, I had to stop and admire how fluid and steady the Edison nib was... Whoa! So smooth. I sketched some seashells around the words, but it just didn't fit the feeling that I wanted to go for. I decided to scrap it and start over. After writing the quote over again, I went back to my original inspiration from Lydia and started doodling around it and let the words inspire the drawing. A compass naturally formed from the shape of the quote and I ran with that. I free-handed the rest of it with the pen and used a water brush pen to fill in the larger areas. My hand got so tired while drawing the tiny lines around the edges that I had to stop and take a break! To finish it off, I went in with the brush pen once more to fill in any blank space with a wave pattern.

    The Moonstone ink was so intriguing to me. It looked like a warmer brown when it was wet, but dried to a cool brown with some subtle purple sheen. It was unexpected, but I enjoyed how the muted look really worked in this drawing. The Medium nib on the Edison was juicy and showed off the ink perfectly. I really enjoyed this feature and have been eyeing Edison pens because of this. The shimmery depth of the Seaglass body was another added bonus and made it fun to use.

    This pen and ink combo would be good for everything! The medium brown ink might not be appropriate for every situation, but it could look really nice when using it for writing sentimental or nostalgic things. The Edison Nouveau Premiere is perfect for every writing situation, no exceptions there. I did not want to give this pen back when I finished this Monday Matchup. This experience just might push me over the edge of finally buying my first Edison pen. I wouldn't change a single thing about this matchup!

    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.
    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.
    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.
    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.
    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.
    Illustration of a compass using an Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen and Monteverde Moonstone ink.

    You can find the seasonal edition Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass fountain pen for a limited time at Gouletpens.com for $149. Monteverde Moonstone is available in a 90ml bottle for $15 or a 2ml sample for $1.25. 

    Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and the bottle of 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, April 17, 2017, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 12 pm 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

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Goulet Q&A Episode 164: Infamous Baystate Blue, Lamy 2000LE vs Homo Sapiens, and the Aging Pen Community


    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 fearing the infamous Noodler's Baystate Blue, whether you should buy the Lamy 2000 Black Amber LE or Visconti Homo Sapiens, and how I'm addressing the aging FP community. 

    This week:
    • in-laws were in town, great visit
    • Ellie had a friends' birthday party and it was awesome
    • lots of choir singing for us this week, (5 out of 8 days)
    • Easter egg hunts for days

    New/Upcoming Products - (2:25)

    Pens/Writing - (5:37)

    1) drjfrs- Instagram - (5:38)
    I am torn between getting the Lamy 2000, 50th anniversary fountain pen and the Visconti Homo Sapiens Oversize fountain pen and the Visconti Homo Sapiens Midi fountain pen. Any suggestions how to go about choosing one over the other. 
    • tough call! 
    • I love both, honestly
    • HS oversize is my go to daily carry pen at the moment
    • I'm not real big (pun!) on the Midi, personally
    • Lamy 2000EF nib is awesome and I do enjoy it
    • Makrolon is my nightly journaling pen that I keep on my nightstand
    • the Black Amber is nice, but it's a pretty big premium over the Makrolon so you have to really appreciate the LE aspect of it
    • One thing that does help is we've been running the promotion with buy a Black Amber get a Makrolon along with it, that helps 
    • if it really comes down to one or the other and all else is equal, I'd be inclined to go 2000 Black Amber if for no other reason than it's limited and will not be available once they're all gone!

    Ink - (10:54)

    2) weeksie98- Instagram - (10:57)
    Hey Brian, I read the manufacturers guide to a few of my pens (I got really bored, okay) and I noticed that they always seem to recommend that you use only their inks, because their formulation is meant to be optimised to the pen. I'm not going to restrict myself to one brand of ink no matter what the manufacturer says, but do you think there's actually something in the idea that a manufacturer's ink will work better in their pens than others? Loving the Q&A! 
    • yes, that's not super uncommon
    • I equate it to the same reason a car company tells you to always take your car to a dealer, or only put a certain brand of oil in the engine
    • It's not that any other ink outside of that brands' WILL harm your pen, but that's the only ink within their control
    • some people buy pens and use incorrect types of ink, boutique inks with some more extreme properties, etc, and pen companies don't want the liability of warrantying ink they can't control
    • the vast majority of fountain pen inks will work without issue in the vast majority of pens
    • you may want to take extra consideration with vintage pens (especially ones with sacs) with some boutique inks, do your research and only go with what you're comfortable using

    3) Cynthia B.- Facebook - (18:02)
    After watching quite a few of Brian's videos, I now have an irrational fear of Noodler's Baystate Blue ink. Every time Brian mentions Baystate Blue in a video, it's because of an issue that the ink could cause with whatever he's demonstrating (the ink can stain, it's hard to clean, you have to use bleach to clean it out, don't mix with other inks, etc.). If Baystate Blue is so amazingly "complicated", what are the properties of this ink that would make people want to use it despite its many complications?
    • there's really nothing to fear with Baystate Blue, just realize that it's different than normal ink
    • it's incredibly vibrant, and that is the appeal
    • it's really not hard to clean, if you use the right stuff (10-25% bleach in water)
    • bottom line, it's just one ink out of hundreds, and it's actually pretty easy to stay away from it so no need to fear it

    Troubleshooting - (35:18)

    4) reed.thoughts- Instagram - (35:21)
    I have different piston fillers which include Montblanc, twsbi, and others... But it.seems sometimes ink gets past the piston's seal. How can I remedy this? Not how to clean it, but how to prevent this from happening at all!!
    • ink slips back there because it's getting past the seal, period
    • on some pens, you can do more than others to help prevent it
    • if it's a failed seal (rare, especially on a new pen) have it replaced
    • if it's not failed, then you can simply put silicone grease on it to help (especially if it's a double-walled seal like the TWSBI)
    • if ink gets past the seal, it's really not the end of the world (unless it's leaking and dripping out of the pen)
    • it's likely more an aesthetic thing than anything

    Business - (40:25)


    5) The Pen Penchant- YouTube - (40:35)
    Hello, Brian and crew! First of all, thanks for all of the wonderful work you do for the FP community. It has been a pleasure to see your business grow before our very eyes over the years. My question for you is what would you like to see in fountain pen review content? Anything you're not seeing but would like to? Thanks, and keep up the fantastic work.
    • I'm like anyone else, I like to see the specific things I have questions about and little else!
    • I actually show a lot of what it is I think I'd like to see in the videos we do here, that's no accident
    • I like comparisons, which I know are hard and take a ton of time to do
    • close up details, macro stuff
    • a little light on the technical specs, I don't really need tons of facts and data thrown at me, but I do like some generalized assessment of the facts
    • overviews like why this thing is special, how it stacks up against other similar things, what are the best/worst parts of it, etc
    • I love puns, clever inside jokes, and just genuine enthusiasm!

    6) Matthew Beddow- YouTube - (45:45)
    Recently i've been discussing the future of Fountain Pens with a Reviewer 'Larry Berrones' and a question that came out of that discussion was : Do you have any Metrics to measure the age of people purchasing Pens and Ink , obviously this is very important to know if you're going to project sales over a long period because if the Data suggested that it was mostly older people as a percentage then eventually the sale will decline ,without being morbid,as these older people get too old to write or pass on. I am concerned , as many of us are, that the fountain pen may decline and possibly disappear if the market shrinks. If you could answer that one i love to understand what you currently do measure and what your thoughts are.
    • if you've followed me this hits on my 2009 "epiphany" at the DC Pen Show
    • I saw a lot of gray haired folks there, and I saw a super-long term problem of young people absent from carrying on the FP legacy
    • I sought to change this, and it's driven me from day one
    • all these videos, all the pictures, content, our site, the tools, it's all to educate and make it easier for new users (a lot of whom will be younger) 
    • we don't track any of this for specific individuals, our tools are not overly sophisticated
    • I don't want you to think this is a Big Brother/1984 situation here
    • there are analytic tools we use to view web traffic, click-throughs on our content, and a lot of other things because it's just smart for us to know what's working well for you
    • as far as age goes we have some relatively reliable assumptions we can make based on the data we have and it's actually quite encouraging
    • specific numbers are proprietary and frankly aren't entirely relevant, I trust my gut more than the data
    • the majority of our customers are not very close to "signing off" their fountain pen lifestyle for one reason or another
    • a small percentage are retirement age, but the overwhelming majority of our crowd is working professionals
    • we put out content on a lot of platforms where (relatively) younger people find us, and that helps keep new people getting into the hobby, so I'm much less concerned about this than I would be if we weren't so involved in social media

    QOTW: Have you ever actively recruited someone into fountain pens? Whom? - (50:34)

    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, April 13, 2017

    Copper Pens Comparison

    There are many great copper fountain pens on the market today, so how do you choose the right one? Three of our favorites at Goulet Pens are the Karas Kustoms Ink, the Tactile Turn Gist, and the Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule. All three are very striking workhorse pens that will look great for any writing project. Did you know that when left unpolished over a long period of time, a copper pen forms a patina from skin oils on the writer's hands? Brian outlines defining specs and features that make these pens unique and shares why he'd recommend any of them for someone looking to pick up a copper pen in the Goulet Q&A slice below. Read on or check out the video to learn more!



    Karas Kustoms Ink



    This pen is very solid and weighs in at 118g overall. At 137.3mm long with a 9.5mm grip diameter, it is a substantial sized pen. Available for $200, the Karas Kustoms Ink is a great size if you have larger hands. It may not, however, be super comfortable for long writing because of the size and weight. The design of the pen is quite streamlined and sleek, so it will patina nicely and evenly. The Copper Fountain K ($130) is a great alternative that Brian prefers.

    Tactile Turn Gist



    The compact, textured Tactile Turn Gist is a great pocket pen with an intriguing design and comfortable grip that's not slippery at all. The Copper Gist weighs in at 75.6g overall and is 128.5mm closed, but extends to a comfortable 152.6mm when posted to write. It features a continuous spiral cut throughout the body and cap of the pen that offers a visually appealing design element to the pen. At $139, it is also the most affordable option in this group of copper pens. However, the Gist is harder to polish because of the ribbed texture and is not quite as shiny as the other pens on this list to begin with due to the texture. Though what it lacks in shine, it makes up for in panache!

    Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule



    The Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule is definitely the showstopper among these copper pens. It features the most elegant design of the three pens on this list, offering a copper body enhanced with brushed stainless steel accents. This lovely two-tone look really appeals to Brian personally. The Copper Mule is the lightest of these pens, weighing in at just 53g for the entire pen. The Fortuna will develop a beautiful patina over time unless the included cloth is used for polishing. This pen may not be the best choice for someone on a budget and at $375, it tips the scales as the most expensive pen on our list. The brushed stainless steel accents could prove problematic for someone looking for that all-copper look as well, as they are pretty noticeable and break up the copper body. But for someone looking to splurge a bit on a show-stopping copper pen, the Copper Mule is the one for you. It also comes with a free copper mug!

    Which copper pen catches your eye and captures your heart? Leave us a comment below.

    Write on,
    The Goulet Pen Company Team

    Thursday Things: Flora


    Grow your writing collection and watch your inspiration bloom with these floral finds, perfect for springtime musings. This collection gathers the best and brightest products and arranges them into a beautiful bouquet of fine writing fun. Take a deep breath and enjoy the heavenly garden of pens, inks, and notebooks, artfully laid out in Thursday Things: Flora! Find your perfect arrangement for writing joy.

    Featured products from left to right:
    You can pluck your favorites all from one page in the Thursday Things: Flora shopping guide.
    Platinum 3776 Nice Fountain Pen - Lilas
    Faber-Castell Op Art Fountain Pen - Water Lily
    Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen - Mint
    Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen - Sapphire
    Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Pink/White, Fine
    Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen - Metallic Violet


    What's your favorite flower?

    Write on,
    The Goulet Pen Company Team

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