Friday, June 30, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 175: Shading Inks, The Ultimate Journal, and Why Manufacturers Don't Make Videos

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 shading inks, the ultimate journal, and why manufacturers don't make videos!

(We're aware of the audio issues in this week's episode. We're looking into the root cause of that currently, hopefully we should be issue free going forward! Thanks)

This week:

Pens/Writing - (8:35)

1) Julia M.- Facebook - (8:37)
Not sure if this has been covered before but here goes: How do you really feel about Montblancs? I know someone who only owns MBs as a status symbol. In your opinion, why has the MB has achieved such status? And is there any other pen that works as well as a status symbol yet is also a great pen? My little Platinum Preppy never fails me but status symbol, it is not
  • I own several, they're nice! 
  • I haven't been following them for years, I'm told the heyday was more in the 70's/80's (in terms of value/writing quality)
  • they've done a respectable job marketing, and they charge a premium for their brand recognition
  • they were very intentional about their branding, and they spend a LOT to position themselves that way
  • in terms of what most of the hardcore writing enthusiasts see valuable, the pens are too expensive, because part of what you're paying for is the brand recognition
  • pretty much every non-pen person I know (especially in the business community) asks me if I carry Montblanc when I say I'm in the pen business
  • In terms of the general population, no, I think MB has the most brand recognition
  • there are plenty of fantastic writing alternatives, obviously

2) Karl K.- Facebook - (15:15)
You make wonderful, easy-to-follow instructional videos -- as a retailer. But I have not seen many made by the actual manufacturers of their own pens, except Noodler's. Have they conceded that retailers and pen enthusiasts might be the best instructors of their products?
  • most manufacturers are focusing on what they do best, making pens
  • I completely believe that they could benefit from shooting videos, clearly I'm very much in that camp!
  • it takes a lot of time, energy, and resources to make it happen
  • it's not just a matter of shooting videos, but also engaging with the community that takes a huge commitment
  • it's especially challenging for global brands
  • the traditional model has been for manufacturers to use distributors to do marketing more targeted to local areas
  • this is being challenged with the internet, and while it's not anything THAT new, it's still working its way through the fountain pen community
  • Truth be told, I think they're still grasping what we're doing, it's quite different from the typical marketing models that they've been used to
  • some understand and embrace it more than others, but the ones who "get it" will continue to see growth with new fountain pen users in the future
  • if they were to embrace this type of marketing themselves, it would take a bit to gain some traction but they would really seem some impact in the community! 

3) Danielle S.- Blog - (23:14)
In the spirit of the Vanishing Point special going on, which vanishing point model and finish would you consider most durable for daily use? I want one that won't easily get scratched, nicked, or dented in my fast paced, multi tasking office. I am constantly picking up and putting down my pens and do so quickly; I just don't have the time or attention span to be conscientious and delicate. I want to avoid the disgust with myself when I realize later my carelessness marred the finish.
  • the most durable version would be the raden, as the urushi is the hardest finish!
  • it's also most expensive
  • next would be any of the shiny versions, they're lacquered and pretty darn durable
  • the matte finishes will be the least durable, though they'll still hold up okay

Ink - (27:51)

4) rachelcdlf- Instagram - (27:53)
Is there an ink that has as much shading color variation as Apache Sunset but isn't in the orange family? I love how Apache Sunset is almost 3 colors depending on how much ink you lay down.

Paper - (31:22)

5) chris.percifield- Instagram - (31:24)
If you could only use one journal/notebook for all daily writing/business/school related tasks what would you choose and why? Thanks!
  • this is a tough question to answer! 
  • there are a lot of great notebooks, and the specific use you have for them could change the correct answer here
  • what I end up using most for versatility is the Leuchtturm A5 dot grid
  • it's durable, nice paper, good sheet count, nice features, and very versatile

Troubleshooting - (34:07)

6) niewiadomski13- Instagram - (34:08)
I love a pristine looking clean nib. But I have many pens where ink gets on the surface out of the slit and then I swipe to clean, only to draw more ink out. Sigh- mechanical feature of capillary action, or just me? Also on demonstrator pens I always have ink on top of the nib where it is secured in the grip- just gotta live with that too I guess?
  • it's called nib creep, and it's very common with a lot of pens and ink
  • it's kind of a given that you're going to experience this
  • you can cut it down a little bit by diluting the ink, but it's honestly not worth the trouble (to me) 
  • different pen/nib/ink combos will be affected more than others
  • it's honestly easier just to embrace it!
  • for demonstrators, yeah, you're just going to have to get used to that
  • it's a feature, not a bug! ;) 

7) nick_conkling- Instagram - (40:18)
If I leave my pens in my car, at what temperatures would it start to be an issue? Could the ink freeze in my pen? If so will this alter the ink properties in the pen? Can inks start to have problems as they get too hot as well? Thank you!
  • I can't tell you an exact temperature because I haven't tested it scientifically
  • it gets pretty hot where I am in the summer, easily 100+ in the car
  • if you leave it in direct sunlight, that's an issue
  • keep it inside a case or bag, and that helps
  • I think 100 is a pretty good threshold, but the type of pen and ink and especially the level of ink inside could be a factor
  • for freezing, that's probably more an issue
  • freezing is not great, mainly if it freezes inside the pen (could crack/damage parts)
  • ink that freezes and thaws is okay though, as long as the expansion doesn't damage anything

QOTW: What's your ultimate notebook and why? - (45:41)

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, June 29, 2017

Thursday Things: Idyllic Isle

A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink

If you're feeling like your summer is rushing by you before it's even started, we've got the antidote for you. Halt the hustle and bustle of a busy life with the calm serenity of a trip to the Grecian coastlines and a day on the water. Thursday Things: Idyllic Isle features a tranquil palette that mirrors the cool turquoise waters and sea of white washed homes characteristic of its Mediterranean inspiration and will instantly have you wanting to write your troubles away. Press pause and let yourself be transported by Thursday Things: Idyllic Isle.

Featured products from left to right:

A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen - White
A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink
Edison Nouveau Premiere Fountain Pen - Caribbean Sea
A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink
Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Pacific
A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Turquoise/White
A turquoise and sea inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink

Where's your ideal relaxation location?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Notebook: Quick Look


(0:17) - Features
(0:35) - Benefits
(0:58) - Uses
(1:47) - Notebook Details
(1:57) - Color Options
(2:03) - Additional Features
(2:35) -  Price

How many diaries, journals, or notebooks have you started with the intention of cataloging the everyday milestones of your life, only to abandon the task a few weeks later? If you're anything like some of us here in the Goulet Pens office, the thought of filling an entire page day after day can be a daunting task. But Leuchtturm1917 has introduced an intriguing and novel approach to the daily journaling game! Enter the Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Notebook.
Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Notebook
Much like the beloved Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 journals, the Some Lines a Day Notebook features a sturdy, hard cover and bookmarks for keeping your page, as well as the back pocket for saving small keepsakes. The cover is thin but sturdy enough to hold up to five years of use, and it features the title in a sweet handwritten font. This journal is identical in size to the A5 notebook and Bullet Journal, but thicker with 365 dated 80g pages (The A5 notebook has 249 numbered pages, the Bullet Journal has 240 numbered pages). The paper quality is very good and will take fountain pen ink well without too much ghosting and no bleedthrough, even with broader nibs. Each page is divided into five equal sections and features a "20__" in the corner of each box to catalog the year. Once filled, you'll have a five year window of each and every day of past years.

The uses for this notebook are pretty much endless! You could use it as a daily journal since the smaller text blocks are much more manageable than trying to commit to filling an entire page each day. You can even stick a lined sheet behind each page as a guide if you are worried about keeping your writing straight in a blank space. A lot can happen in five years and you will find these little snapshots of each day much more meaningful than you realize!
Leuchtturm Some Likes A Day
This journal would also be great for anyone trying to track health-related items, such as diet, exercise, or mood. The five blocks on each page can be used for daily check-ins. They would also prove useful if you wanted to do a year's worth of small meal planning and decided to use each box for one meal! Starting a daily inspirational quote journal filled with positive sayings, affirmations, or poems is a great way to keep spirits high. Many of our Goulet team members have chosen to use it as a baby journal to track important milestones in their young ones life. It would also be great for a high school or college student who wants to remember their years in school, or even for the start of a new business or marriage/ relationship! It's so easy for the early years to fly by and become a blur. Record it now so you can look back fondly later.

The premise of this notebook is simple, but the impact it is bound to have is priceless! The Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines a Day journal is a fantastic alternative to a daily diary that is definitely worth taking a look at. It is available at GouletPens.com for $26.95 in Black, Nordic Blue, and Orange. 

Can you think of any other ways to use this journal? Let us know in the comments below!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Bullet Journaling for Beginners by Kara Benz of Boho Berry

Hi, Goulet Nation! After having Brian as a guest on my own blog earlier this month, I was so excited when he invited me to contribute to the Goulet blog this week!

I've been using the Bullet Journal system for almost two years now, and Brian thought it would be a great idea for me to come on and chat with you all about the system itself -- what is a Bullet Journal, how does it work, and why would you want to use one?

If you were to google the term "Bullet Journal," you'd likely be overwhelmed with beautiful images of very artsy journals and often complicated layouts. While these journals are an excellent example of what you CAN accomplish through Bullet Journaling, they are by no means the be-all end-all of the Bullet Journal system.

Today, I want to cover the basics for you in a way that's not overwhelming and gives you a solid foundation to get started.

Photo Credit: Boho Berry
What is a Bullet Journal?

One of my favorite quotes about the Bullet Journal comes from www.bulletjournal.com:

“The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” ~ Ryder Carroll

I love this quote because it accentuates the biggest draw of the Bullet Journal system, which is its ability to be whatever you need it to be.

The Bullet Journal (or “BuJo” for short) was created back in 2013 by Ryder Carroll, a Brooklyn-based digital product designer. Since then, the system has evolved. There have been “hacks” and upgrades by many within the community, and people have adopted the system into their own lives and made it their own.

“He sees this as an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self-curated as you determine what works best for you.” – www.bulletjournal.com

In essence, the Bullet Journal is a system for organizing your thoughts, ideas, and goals into one notebook. Those random notepads and sticky notes that you have strewn across your desk? They now have a home and a way to stay organized so that nothing falls through the cracks.

Photo Credit: Boho Berry
Why use a Bullet Journal?

With so many advancements in technology and apps, some make the argument that it seems silly to fall back to such an “antiquated” system of planning.

While I agree that technology has come a long way — and I even use several organization apps to manage my life and business — there are a few reasons why I believe analog systems (and especially the Bullet Journal) still have a place in our lives.

1. Magic happens when you put pen to paper. 
There is just something about that feeling of diving into a notebook with your favorite pen. You just can’t beat it!

2. The act of writing helps you remember. 
Check out this recent study!

3. Sharpened, distraction-free focus. 
A notebook does not have notifications popping up every few minutes to distract you from the task at hand.

4. Time away from our screens. 
It’s no secret that we spend way too much time with our eyes glued to screens. Bullet Journaling will give your eyes a much-needed break.

Photo Credit: Boho Berry
How does it work?

For an overview of the system, I’d like to (again) highly recommend that you head straight over to the “Getting Started” section at www.bulletjournal.com. Ryder does a fantastic job of breaking down each of the components into bite-sized pieces for you to digest.


Rapid Logging

  • Topics – a brief, descriptive title
  • Page Numbers – to index later
  • Short Sentences – concise and to the point
  • Bullets – to organize your entries


  • Tasks – signified by a dot or bullet point (•) for actionable items and to-do’s
    •    X Task completed
    •    > Task migrated
    •    < Task scheduled
  • Events – signified by an open circle (ο) for date-specific items
  • Notes – signified by a dash (-) for great ideas worth keeping
  • Signifiers (these help to categorize your entries)
    •    An asterisk (*) denotes priority or important tasks
    •    An exclamation point (!) is for inspiration items
    •    An eye is for items that need more research or information
Photo Credit: Boho Berry

  • Index – To capture and organize your entries
  • Future Log – To manage future events and appointments
  • Monthly Log – To capture important events throughout the month
  • Daily Log – The heart and soul of your Bullet Journal

Migration can be done on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. The act of re-writing unfinished tasks helps you to get clear on your next steps.

If all of this seems a little daunting on paper (pun intended), I'd love for you to check out my Bullet Journal 101 series on YouTube. The Bullet Journal Basics video, in particular, will walk you through each of these components step-by-step in their simplest form to give you a solid understanding of the system.

What do you need to get started?

The only thing you need to start your very own Bullet Journal is a notebook and a pen. That being said, I definitely have my favorites! Here’s a list of my favorite BuJo supplies:


Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid - Bullet Journalists love this notebook because of the additional features that it has compared to others. Two bookmarks, a built-in index, and pre-numbered pages make this a go-to for many BuJo fans.

The Official Bullet Journal Notebook - Also made by Leuchtturm, the Official Bullet Journal has all of the features mentioned above PLUS an additional bookmark and a handy getting started guide in the front. It also has additional tips and tricks in the last few pages of the notebook.

Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebooks

Oh boy, where do I start? Of course, I’m a fountain pen fan, so they comprise some of my favorite pens to use in my journal. I recommend a fine or extra-fine nib for writing small on your dot-grid pages.

While I have many pens I love, here are some of the ones I use the most for my bullet journaling:

TWSBI 580 Black/Rose Gold (previous Special Edition) in extra-fine
TWSBI 580 Green (previous Special Edition) in extra-fine
TWSBI 580AL Turquoise (current Special Edition) in fine

Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow in fine
Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight (2015 Limited Edition) in fine
Pilot Decimo Champagne in extra-fine

Lamy Al-Star Pacific (2017 Special Edition) in fine
Lamy Al-Star Graphite in extra-fine
Lamy LX Rose Gold in extra-fine

Haha! I just realized I have 3 of each… they must really be my faves!

Pilot Decimo Champagne
And of course I need ink to go with it, and some of my favorites include Noodler’s Black, Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey, Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku, and Diamine Marine.

In addition to fountain pens, here are some of my favorites:

Tombow MONO Drawing Pen - a nice felt-tip pen that will not bleed or ghost in your journal.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens - for adding a pop of color here and there or implementing a color-coding system in your Bullet Journal.

With any pen, I highly recommend flipping to the last page of your notebook to do a “pen test” before you start writing. This will ensure that you don’t “mess up” your pages by using a pen/ink combo that doesn’t agree with your paper.

For more info on the best fountain pen/ink combo for your BuJo, be sure to check out this post.

In Conclusion

The Bullet Journal system is being used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world -- from artist and creatives, to moms with hectic schedules,  to busy professionals. If you think this system might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to seek out the Bullet Journal community online.

Just like the fountain pen community, the Bullet Journal community is full of inspiration and helpful people. We love to help newbies get acquainted with the system, and we’re always willing to help out when you hit a roadblock.

Ryder Carroll has created a Facebook group for Bullet Journalists, and of course I run my own private group on Facebook -- The Boho Berry Tribe. I hope to see you there!


Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy - Boho Berry Paperie.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Introducing Nemosine Inks!

Nemosine Ink

New to the scene, Nemosine inks are now available and they're out of this world! With names inspired by galaxies & nebulas far away, these inks will brighten any ink collection. Among the 10 colors includes 2 'twinkle' colors (Coalsack Nebula & Blue Snowball Nebula) that feature shimmer particles to make your writing really pop. Check out all the colors below:

Nemosine Ink - Aeolis Palus Red
Nemosine Ink - Aeolis Palus Red
Nemosine Ink - Solar Storm 1859
Nemosine Ink - Solar Storm 1859
Nemosine Ink - Coruscant Blue
Nemosine Ink - Coruscant Blue
Nemosine Ink - Alpha Centauri
Nemosine Ink - Alpha Centauri
Nemosine Ink - Halley's Comet
Nemosine Ink - Halley's Comet
Nemosine Ink - Neptune Blue
Nemosine Ink - Neptune Blue
Nemosine Ink - Pleiades Blue/Black
Nemosine Ink - Pleiades Blue/Black
Nemosine Ink - Moon Crater Black
Nemosine Ink - Moon Crater Black
Nemosine Ink - Blue Snowball Nebula Twinkle
Nemosine Ink - Blue Snowball Nebula Twinkle
Nemosine Ink - Coalsack Nebula Twinkle
Nemosine Ink - Coalsack Nebula Twinkle

If you're looking for a great value, these Nemosine inks are for you! The non-twinkle inks are available in 35ml bottles for $7.99, while the two twinkle inks are $9.99. You can also pick up 2ml samples of each color for $1.35/$1.50. Can't decide on a single color? Check out our ink sample package set featuring all 10 new colors for $13.80.
Nemosine Ink Sample Package Set
Nemosine Ink Sample Package Set
So many exciting new ink colors, which one has caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, June 26, 2017

Stipula Deep Blue with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo Acrylic Fountain Pen: Monday Matchup #147

Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.

Hello there Fountain Pen lovers! It’s Katy and I’m back. I’m sending along some lovey-dovey inspiration for this week’s Monday Matchup. Today, I’m using the Noodler’s Wendigo Acrylic Konrad with Stipula Deep Blue ink. I like this pairing because it matches - but isn’t too perfectly coordinated. Stipula Deep Blue really highlights the unique blue swirls found on the pen.

I had a desire to play around with patterns. Before I touched pen to paper, I took some time to look up zentangles and get inspired. As I played around, the composition started to evolve into something, I considered, a bit more art deco. So, I went with it. Personally, when I think art deco, I immediately think of The Great Gatsby. I read through some quotes from the novel and, ultimately, landed on a pretty romantic line. I mean: “Can a girl just love a little romance!”

Starting off, I outlined a square where the quote would end up. I actually traced a post-it note to get a perfect square. :) Then I went in sections drawing the different patterns. The flex nib was nice to get subtle variation in the lines that I drew. My goal for this piece was to NOT be captive to perfection. I worked clockwise, choosing different patterns and taking a break in between each section. I kept the piece of paper attached to my Rhodia notepad throughout the process. I love how the front cover of the Rhodia notepad folded over and was not obtrusive while I was drawing.

Once the drawing was completed, I moved onto the quote. I practiced my handwriting a few times before committing it to the piece. And while I was writing, I smeared my ink. Classic case of being a lefty. I decided to embrace the smudge and create a bit of a blue background with the ink. I used a cotton swab and dipped it into the ink that was hanging out on the cap. After creating the background, I went over my lettering to increase the saturation and make the color pop.

The pen was easy to use. I was able to ink it up right out of the box and get a nice wet flow. I preferred the pen to be posted while I doodled. It was light-weight and the acrylic had a nice feel in my hand. The piston mechanism filled easily and the ink window clued me in as to when I needed more ink. The flex nib functioned pretty well. The wetness of the nib was helpful as I filled in the bigger parts of the patterns. And the subtle line variation showed off some lovely shading in the ink. It was a reliable pen and ink combination.

I think this would be a good pen and ink to use for doodling around at home or at the office. Stipula Deep Blue is a great option for a work appropriate ink; and you can always swap the flex nib on the Konrad with a Noodler's non-flex steel nib, if you want an everyday writer.

If I were to do it again, I would make the quote a bit larger. I think the lettering reads a bit small, especially since the words are such a lovely sentiment. Otherwise, I was pretty satisfied with how the piece turned out.

Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.
Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.
Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.
Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.
Great Gatsby inspired illustration drawn with a Noodler's Konrad Wendigo fountain pen with Stipula Deep Blue ink.

You can find the Noodler's Konrad Acrylic in Wendigo at GouletPens.com for $40. Stipula Deep Blue is available in a 70ml bottle for $19.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50 (On sale for $1.20 until July 18, 2017 as part of our Inksamplepalooza special).

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! 
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How are you feeling inspired this Monday?

Write On,

Friday, June 23, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 174: Becoming A Nibmeister, Showcasing All Premieres, and Using Fountain Pens On Cheap Paper

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 how to become a nibmeister, showing ALL the Premieres, and tips for using fountain pens on cheap paper!

This week:
  • very crazy, very busy last week personally
  • low-key Father's day, was nice
  • Summer has begun (for Northern Hemisphere!)
  • toured my local Amazon Distribution Center

New/Upcoming Products - (3:11)

Pens/Writing - (7:58)

1) joe.robs- Instagram - (8:02)
I am fifteen and am extremely interested in fountain pens. I have decided that I would like to take a step further into fountainpendom and become a nib smith or nibmeister (someone who grinds nibs or does nib work on pens, I don't know the proper name for them). I was wondering how can I take this step and how would I learn. Thanks, Joe.
  • nibmeister is a fairly appropriate term, the most commonly I've heard used any way
  • there's no official training/protocol for it these days
  • it's a true "trade" craft, so learning it from someone that already does it would be most ideal
  • there are really only a handful of individuals who do it, and they're tough to get a hold of because they're so busy
  • the best way to do it is to teach yourself, quite honestly
  • there are some videos out there where people do tuning and grinding, watch as much as you can
  • scour the internet
  • get your hands on as many junk nibs as possible, play with them!
  • you'll want a good loupe, micromesh, and a grinding wheel setup of some kind (dremel with diamond wheel is probably easiest to come by)
  • if there are any pen shows near you ever, go and see if you can plant yourself by a nibmeister and watch what they do
  • sometimes there are training classes at pen shows, like Richard Binder's class at DC
  • if this is something you REALLY want to do, you're going to have to make it happen, it will not be handed to you on a silver platter
  • you're 15, you're very young, and most people who would be your potential clients will find your age to be a barrier, so just mentally prepare yourself for that
  • in order to make up for that fact, you will need to become exceedingly excellent at your craft
  • learn everything you can, find every book that even mentions a nib and memorize it, practice and learn everything you can in all the free time you have
  • if you even have moderate talent, you can at least pay a good portion of your way through school doing it
  • if you're good and practice a ton, you can probably make a career of it...go get it

2) Athena- Email - (21:12)
With summer coming up and a new Edison Nouveau Premier due, I was wondering if you could do a round down of all the Edison Nouveau Premieres (regulars and special editions). In the past I could not picture myself spending $150 for a pen. Now that I have could to appreciate their value, I have missed out on many (Fire Ball, Cobalt and the Arctic Currents). Then, I found out there was a matte black that was sold as a regular edition. How I wish I had come into the fountain pen scene earlier. 
  • Let's look at all the pens!

3) James- Email - (36:25)
What does the feeder tube do, and why might it play a role in controlling ink flow?
  • it assists in the capillary action of the ink
  • ink can have a tendency to hang up at the end of the converter, so the feeder tube will assist in drawing the ink from inside the converter through to the feed
  • without it, the pen could have a tendency to dry up with certain inks that don't flow as freely

4) perogata- Instagram - (38:26)
The way we talk about nib feedback is rather one-dimensional. There seem to be other qualities to feedback than the "magnitude". How can we better classify feedback, and describe the difference between e.g. a Platinum 3776 and an ill-tuned IPG nib pen? Maybe we can borrow inspiration from the photography community, where they have invented all kinds of terms to explain good versus bad bokeh types?
  • There are some terms I commonly associate with feedback (which is admittedly a very general term)
  • Smooth/buttery/glassy- a highly polished nib will glide across the page, and any of these terms could be used to describe what that feels like
  • Toothy- this is generally where nibs such as Platinum 3776 14k nibs, Kara Kustoms Titanium, and Aurora Ipsilon fall. It doesn't cut the paper, it just feels "grabby" evenly in all directions
  • Scratchy- this is where something feels "wrong", especially if it's worse in one direction than another. It may cut the paper you're writing on, gathering up paper fibers into the slit of the nib
  • We could probably come up with something more granular, like the "x out of 10" ranking that's often used to describe wetness/flow

5) kuyaxdr- Instagram - (43:52)
What are some tips for using FPs on cheap, everyday paper?
  • this is a really popular question, because especially in the US, we don't have great FP paper as a standard in most places
  • "cheap" paper will be more absorbent, often feather and bleed more
  • because of the absorbency, it will almost always spread more, making your lines appear broader than they do on more ink-resistant paper
  • go with as fine a nib as you can stand, ideally EF or F, Japanese nibs in this size will generally be ground a little finer
  • go with pens that don't gush ink, especially be conscious when using flex nibs
  • steel nibs will often put down a little less ink that gold nibs, because gold is softer and will put more ink down with pressure 
  • try not to write with a lot of pressure, that puts down more ink
  • some ink will perform better than others on cheap paper, and you often need to sample it to see how it does perform (this is where ink reviews can help a lot)
  • be prepared to only use one side of the page, because of bleed through
  • this is where you can almost always cost-justify nicer paper, because you can actually use it on both sides!

Troubleshooting - (51:52)

6) Lesley S.- Blog - (51:53)
how do you know when you are running out of ink? One of my worst fears is running out of ink when I am in the middle of a meeting or somewhere else when I am taking notes. What are the signs that ink is low, especially where you can't see how full your pen is?
  • it depends on the pen
  • if it's truly running out, it will usually start to run dry, lines will be weak, color will lighten, flow will start to break/hard start
  • cartridge/converter pens are easy, a quite open up and look into the pen body will tell you what's going on
  • some piston/vacuum pens have ink windows, that tells you there
  • if you have a sealed body (usually piston, could be eyedropper too, lever or cresent) with no ink window, that's when it's tough to tell
  • one trick is to turn your piston pen upside down, and screw the piston down so it squeezes out the air (have a paper towel handy) and see if it's all air, or if ink's coming out
  • Depending how far down the piston goes, will tell you how much ink is in there
  • eyedropper you can turn it upside down, open it up and look down in there
  • lever or crescent, similar to the piston pen but requires a little more finesse to keep from blobbing the ink everywhere
  • my favorite solution? Keep a backup pen with you in case you run out!

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7) sarahabetz- Instagram - (1:01:56)
Is it a job requirement for Goulet employees to like fountain pens? Or can they *gasp* prefer ball point?
  • haha, no it's not a job requirement, though it is often a consequence of working here
  • not everyone here becomes a complete pen fanatic, though there's a very high proportion
  • most of our team uses them on a regular basis, or at least really appreciates and gets excited about new ones that come out
  • we seldom hire anyone with previous pen experience (just the odds), though it can help if they've used them before
  • we do provide pens to everyone when they start work here, we want them to experience it themselves if nothing else, so they can appreciate what we have going on here

QOTW: What's your favorite summertime ink? - (1:04:33)

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

Edison Nouveau Premiere Summer 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pen: Delphinium

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white.

What better way to celebrate the budding new summer season than with the exciting announcement of the latest collaboration between Edison Pen Co. and The Goulet Pen Company? The 15th seasonal edition of the Edison Nouveau Premiere is a rare blossom indeed, with petals of blue and purple throughout the swirled acrylic body. Aptly named Delphinium, the Edison Nouveau Premiere Summer 2017 edition is the embodiment of happiness and fun new experiences, much like its floral namesake. The Delphinium flower also holds a special meaning for Brian and Rachel. Rachel explains, "royal blue was one of our wedding colors and I wanted that color in our flowers. The florist suggested Delphinium because it is one of the only naturally blue flowers (and is in season in August, which is when we got married), so we went with that." So, this flower seemed an appropriate choice for the latest Premiere design. But don't hesitate too long, these beautiful blooms are only available for a limited time!

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white.Brian and Rachel Goulet's wedding photos, featuring blue delphinium.

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white. The pens are handmade by Edison Pen Co. in Milan, OH. Each pen has a unique appearance and the swirls vary by pens. The body is slightly translucent and would make for an interesting eyedropper pen if you enjoy catching glimpses of the ink swishing around inside. You can easily convert it with a bit of silicone grease. Check out Brian's video on how to eyedropper a pen here! The pen also comes with a standard international converter and is compatible with standard international cartridges. The pen is packaged in a lovely gift box.

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white.The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white.

The Edison Nouveau Premiere takes a #6 nib and comes with your choice of a smooth writing Edison steel nib in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm Stub. You can also upgrade to an 18kt Rhodium-plated gold nib for an additional $150. Replacement steel nibs are available for $25 in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm Stub, if you'd like additional nib sizes to try out with your pen. Brian describes the Edison nibs as smooth-writing with a nice flow and just a hint of feedback. Not sure how to go about swapping nibs? Check out Brian's video!

Which inks would look spectacular with this pen? Check out our ink recommendations below!

Monteverde Ink Set - Summer 2017, featuring Charoite, Horizon Blue, and Caribbean Blue.

The Edison Nouveau Premiere is available at GouletPens.com for $149. You can find all of the product specs and dimensions, as well as additional details, on the product page.

The Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium is a gorgeous combination of rich purple and bold blue with ribbons of white.

What is your favorite summer color pairing?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Things: Inksamplepalooza

We're crazy for ink samples this week! With Inksamplepalooza going strong now through July 18th, we've got ink samples on the brain here at Goulet Pens. This week's Thursday Things collection brings together some gorgeous samples in a plethora of colors, as well as all the tools you'll need to test and catalog your new colorful ink choices. Take a look at Thursday Things: Inksamplepalooza and you may just feel inspired to grow your ink assortment even more!

Featured products from left to right:

Ink samples
Goulet Notebooks w/ 68gsm Tomoe River Paper

Glass Dip Pens

Col-O-Ring Ink Testing Book

Have you picked up any exciting new samples to try?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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