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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday Things: Orange Zest

An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

As we all know, you can easily squeeze a drop of joy into every writing session with the "write" tools. This week's Thursday Things will give you a renewed zest for writing once you see the gorgeous products we've featured in this assortment. Just like a sweet and juicy orange can be a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, Thursday Things: Orange Zest has the treasures you need to savor every chance you have to put a pen to paper. Feast your eyes on this orange collection and you may find yourself wanting to devour the pages with a new pen, ink, or journal.

Featured products from left to right:
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Retro Pop Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen - Metallic Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Conklin All American Fountain Pen - Sunburst Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines a Day 5 Year Memory Book - Orange
An orange citrus inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.


What is your favorite summertime treat?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monteverde Erinite with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green: Monday Matchup #150

An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.

Hey there, darling fountain pen friends, it's Lydia, back again with another Monday Matchup for you. This week, I had the pleasure of playing around with some lovely Monteverde Erinite ink and a Monteverde Giant Sequoia fountain pen in Green. Keep reading to hear about what inspired this piece, how I created it, and what I thought of this pen & ink combo.



Upon seeing this ink for the first time, I was inspired to do an Irish theme. Ever since I was little, I could remember my grandparents singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and it always makes me smile so I decided to pay homage to that. I started by tracing the shamrock pattern onto the paper. Then I filled a Caran d'Ache Brush pen with water and dipped it in the ink to lay down an ink wash for the background. It almost feels like painting, it's so therapeutic. I let it dry for 20 minutes, after which I started working on the shamrock. I traced the outline, then sketched inside between the lines. I wanted to blend it in a little bit, so I grabbed the brush pen again and went over the shape. To finish, I wrote out the quote.

I enjoyed using this pen. I have an affinity for larger pens and this fit very nicely in that range. I would probably recommend using it unposted if you don't have large hands, as it can get a bit long and heavy when posted. If I were to do this again, I'd use it unposted to see if it minimized my hand fatigue when going over the lines to darken them. The ink is gorgeous. I love the color and it flowed beautifully.

This pen would be great for any task. It is a smooth writer and looks reserved enough to use in an office or keep out on a desk, but the fun green coloration makes it a real eye catcher. This is a great pen for journaling or letter writing too because it is very comfortable in the hand. The ink is probably better saved for letter writing or journaling because it is a bit loud for a professional setting. It may also be a good choice for note taking if you need a different color to shake things up.

An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.
An illustration of an Irish shamrock drawn with a Monteverde Giant Sequoia Green fountain pen and Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.

You can find the Monteverde Giant Sequoia for $76 (currently on sale for $68.40 for a limited time) at GouletPens.com. Monteverde Erinite is available in a 90ml bottle for $12 (on sale for $10.80 for a limited time) or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

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  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, July 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.

What is your favorite green ink?

Write on,
Lydia

Conklin Nighthawk Special Edition Metals: Quick Look



Timestamps:
(0:28) - Material Options
(0:51) - Brass Features/Price
(1:13) - Copper Features/Price
(1:30) - Titanium Features/Price
(1:54) - Material Maintenance
(2:37) - Summary/Availability

Late in 2016, we worked with Conklin to design an exclusive pen called the Nighthawk, which is a stealthy matte carbon fiber pen with a German-made Goulet nib. Check out the Quick Look video I did there to see the details.

We had the opportunity to update the material used for the Nighthawk for a special edition run, and that's what I want to share with you today. Literally the same nib, trim parts, each individually numbered with a separate numbering system for each material, just different body materials.


The Nighthawk Metals are available in three different materials: Copper, Brass, and Titanium. Each version features a sandblasted finish which gives it a matte look, something I haven't seen in too many other pen models. It does have a slight texture to it, similar to the Lamy Safaris with matte finishes.

It is important to note that both the Brass & Copper are raw metals, so they will patina a lot. It'll oxidize with the surrounding environment, and a polishing cloth won't work because of the matte finish.

The trick I've found that works great in polishing these pens is to combine 1 tsp of lemon juice with a pinch of salt. Mix that for 5-10 seconds and spread on the pen with a toothbrush or q-tip. Rinse the pen with water, and it should look as good as new. That said, it will patina relatively quickly (depending on how much you're handling it), so cleaning it once a week to keep that new look, or let it go and see where the patina takes you!

All versions feature with black stainless steel Goulet nibs in a variety of nib sizes (EF, F, M, 1.1). These nibs write smooth with a hint of feedback. The Nighthawk also comes with a standard international converter, while accepting both long & short cartridges.


These pens are special edition & won't be around forever, so be sure to grab one while you can! The brass version is the most affordable at $100 (same price as the carbon fiber). The copper is $110, and the Titanium is available for $120, which makes it one of the most affordable titanium fountain pens around. Be sure to check out all the details & technical specs on GouletPens.com!

What do you think? Which material is your favorite?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday, July 21, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 178: The Strangest Inks, Making A Goulet Pen, and Movin' On Up!


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 the strangest inks I've tried, making a Goulet pen, and moving on up!

This week:

New/Upcoming Products: - (8:35)

Pens/Writing - (11:35)

1) William Y.- Facebook - (11:36)
What are your thoughts on putting in a little bit a liquid soap into flex pens to stop them from railroading? My Pilot Falcon seems to railroad a lot even with pilot ink but a little soap solve the issue completely. Love to hear your thoughts.
  • I've heard of some folks doing this, or just adding straight glycerine
  • honestly, I haven't tried it myself so I don't have firsthand experience
  • the people I've heard do it generally like it, though it's a "do at your own risk"
  • if you want to experiment with it, try in small quantities first, as you won't be able to undo it
  • if your Falcon is railroading, you could have other things going on too, like needing to slow down or the pen needing a good cleaning, or flexing more than it can really handle

2) Dylon K.- Twitter - (14:27)
Could you do a comparison between Platinum Maki-e pens and Namiki Maki-e pens? Thanks! Also the GPC Team is wonderful!
  • sure! 
  • There are different grades of Maki-e, for certain
  • Both companies use a variety of different techniques, and the cost of the pen is fairly correlated to the time/skill involved in the Maki-e 
  • Check out our blog post from May 25, 2016 on Namiki Maki-e
  • Hira- flat Maki-e (easiest)
  • Togidashi- burnished (harder)
  • Taka- raised (hardest)
  • combinations of these can be used, to add complexity
  • Raden

Ink - (22:50)

3) nahnat- Instagram - (22:52)
What are some of the strangest and interesting inks you have tried? I just watched Brian's video on noodlers blue nose bear and want to know if there are any other similarly weird inks!
(On Iroshizuku post) why exactly did they drop the price? I've been hearing different things, but mainly that the price will drop because the bottles are no longer handmade. Either way I'm happy, but I'm still curious!
  • there have been a lot of rumors flying around, no doubt
  • the bottles were previously made by hand
  • Pilot now sells them in quantities where machining them is economical, which drastically brings down the price
  • they will still be glass, I'm told you won't even notice the difference
  • we likely won't see them come through for a while, because Pilot USA is still working through old stock

Troubleshooting - (32:02)

5) aliaskiran- Instagram - (32:04)
I have a Pilot Decimo that I absolutely love, but sometimes it "spits" little droplets of ink when clicking it. I saw it suggested online to not submerge the nib completely in the ink when filling, to avoid it getting into nooks and crannies that are hard to clean, so now I always remove the cartridge and fill that with a syringe. That seemed to have done the trick, but now it's happening again. Is this something you've encountered, and do you have any further suggestions that might fix it? Naturally I'd prefer the ink to land where I actually put the nib down, rather than unintentionally decorating my paper with colourful splatter. Love the Q&As, keep up the good work!
  • not submerging the ink when filling will help temporarily, but eventually may do it
  • I suspect there's some use/carry/environmental factor here
  • I've never experienced it firsthand
  • I suspect ink has gotten into the trap door, and is being flicked out when you click it
  • rinse out the front section of the pen with water next time you think of it, see if that helps

Business - (37:38)

6) chudfumpy- Instagram - (37:39)
Brian, you started off making pens, you currently supply your own nibs, surely you must be itching to design and produce a complete fountain pen? "The Goulet Pen" or would business etiquette prohibit such a venture?
  • yes and no
  • manufacturing is a whole new setup from the operation we have going on
  • it's something I've always considered getting back into since that's part of our history
  • it's yet to become a concrete plan, but we did get a larger space with this possibility in mind
  • there are likely other avenues we'd pursue first, like co-branding (Edison, Conklin)

QOTW: What would you hope to see someday in a Goulet pen? Features, colors, filling mechanism, price, etc? - (47:54)

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

Goulet Pens Is Movin' On Up!!


Yes, we're moving!!

For those of you that have been following our story, you know that we started Goulet Pens back in 2009 on our dining table, with just the two of us. We never could have imagined that it would blossom into what it is now: a team of 41 amazing people in a 12,000sf space. We’ve moved and expanded our space several times over the last several years, expanding into 3 connected suites in our existing building. Early last year we started thinking ahead, about our current lease term coming to an end and whether we thought we would continue to grow or if we should stay and expand further in our building or just try to make it work.

These kinds of decisions are never easy. Being an online retailer you would think that physical location isn’t much of a consideration for us like a retailer with a storefront. And while that’s true to some degree, we still have a lot of space needs with a large team and a lot of inventory to store! A decision to renew a lease or move is a huge decision.

Ultimately, it boiled down to one thing: are we going to make a conscious effort to grow or not?

For any of you that have run or worked with a small business before, you know this is a gut-wrenching decision. There’s so much uncertainty, there’s so much fear and doubt about the future. What if we expand and the economy takes a turn? What if we overextend ourselves and can’t emotionally or mentally handle the growth? What if, what if, what if…? These are all battles we’ve had to fight in our own minds, as we know that past success is no guarantee of future success. We’ve read the statistics about the likelihood of start up businesses to fail…and while being 8 years in we’ve beat most of the odds, it’s always something on our mind. The thing is though, we don’t live our lives by fear. We are optimistic, realistic, and really, really hard working. We believe in what we’re doing, and we have a whole team that believes in the Goulet Pens mission: "To provide fountain pen enthusiasts with the most personal online shopping experience, through comprehensive education, exemplary service, and products we believe in."

In order for us to continue to live out our mission, allow for future expansion into opportunities we see on the horizon, and better accommodate our team with a physical space that reflects the amazing culture that we’ve built here, we decided we would make the investment and move to a new location that’s close to double the size of what we have now. It’s about 10 minutes away from where we are now, and while it’s slightly further for the two of us to drive, it’s closer for just about all of our team. It’s going to be a larger, more functional, and much more intentionally designed space to accommodate the way our team operates and where we plan to expand in the future. We’ve also funded this whole project without debt, as that’s something we feel is important to us. That alone has been a challenge, and has kept us laser-focused.

All that said, this has been a huge, massive project requiring gobs of time, money, and energy. We started shopping for a commercial broker in January 2016, and we were looking at spaces throughout the spring and summer last year (while also working through our miscarriage). Once we found a place last summer, we then negotiated the lease and buildout terms over many months, hired a designer, shopped for construction crews, and have been overseeing a very sizable buildout. We’ve done all this unbeknownst to you, because there was so much in flux throughout the whole project, we weren’t sure how and when it would affect our ability to serve you as we normally do. We wanted to focus on still providing a great customer experience despite this moving project. We’re letting you know now because we are wrapping up the final stage of construction and we have official dates to share with you that will impact our normal availability.

So without further ado, here are the key dates and questions we can think to answer for you:

Our move will commence on Wed. August 9th and proceed through the weekend of August 13th. We will be fully operational in our new building starting on Monday, August 14th.


The Moving Schedule:

August 9 (Wed)
  • 12:00pm EDT through late afternoon - we will shut down our website and temporarily stop receiving orders so we can perform a physical inventory. 
  • Several hours later, our site will be back up and we will be able to receive your orders, but will not be able to ship them out until the following week.
August 10-11 (Thur/Fri)
  • We will be accepting orders through our site but not fulfilling them. We will be moving over all our inventory and furniture these days, setting up to be operational the following Monday.
  • We will look to have some coverage of email, LiveChat, phones, and social media during these days, just please be patient and flexible with us as we will have less coverage than normal during these days.

FAQs:

Will you still accept order placement, cancellations, changes during your move?
Yes, we will do our best to accommodate your needs as we normally would during the move. The only service that will be affected is our fulfillment operation because our inventory will be in transit during this time.
Will you have a physical storefront where I can try pens?
No. It’s in our mission statement that we serve the online fountain pen community, and our new space is designed to better accommodate this purpose. While we understand it would be really cool to have this as a customer, that’s a different business model than what we’ve established and we are not looking to move in this direction. Our building is located in a commercial office park that’s not zoned for physical retail, and our landlord prohibits establishing a storefront in our lease agreement.
Will you allow visitors in your new space?
Being in a new space, it’s going to take us a while to figure out how things work. Our whole team is going to be disrupted and need to figure out how to find a new (hopefully better) normal. Having visitors stream through our space is going to make it very difficult for us to get our bearings, so we are not encouraging any walk-in visitors for the immediate future.
Will you still allow local pickups of orders placed online?
This is something we’ve offered for several years in our current space, but we will no longer be able to accommodate this service for the foreseeable future, for the reasons mentioned above.
Where do I send my returns and exchanges so they don’t get forgotten about in your transition?
If you have any questions about returns, please email us. All USPS letters and packages will be auto-forwarded to our new address starting August 10. 
Will you offer FedEx Overnight and 2-Day shipping options during your move?
No, we will be able to accept orders but not fulfill them during our move. We will disable all expedited options and put disclaimers on our site starting August 8th through August 14th.

Thank you so much for the years of support that have allowed us to continue to serve you in bigger and better ways. We’re very excited about this transition and we’re so grateful for the opportunity to be able to be a part of this incredible fountain pen community. This whole experience has been new, eye-opening, and exciting (okay, sometimes terrifying), and it wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you!!!

Please feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian and Rachel Goulet

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Things: Lamy Love

A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

This week's Thursday Things is for all of you color lovers out there! Did you know there was such a wide variety of colors available in your favorite Lamy pens? Just take a second to soak it all in. Sure makes you want to start collecting them all, doesn't it? We hope that Thursday Things: Lamy Love brightens your day with it's cheery hues and, who knows, maybe you'll find a new love too!

Featured products by grouping:

Top left

Top right

Lower left

Lower middle

Lower right


A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Safari Pink, Lamy Al-Star Purple, Lamy Safari Red
A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy LX Palladium, Lamy LX Rose Gold, Lamy LX Gold, Lamy LX Ruthenium
A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Al-Star Pacific, Lamy Al-Star Ocean Blue, Lamy Al-Star Blue-Green
A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Safari Shiny Black, Lamy Safari Charcoal, Lamy Safari Petrol, Lamy Al-Star Graphite, Lamy Safari White
A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Safari Green, Lamy Vista Clear, Lamy Safari Yellow
A colorful Lamy inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What is your favorite Lamy color and model?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brian's Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks


I'm frequently asked about the best 'work-appropriate' inks, and we all know blues and blacks work great, but today I wanted to touch on a few interesting color options that aren't too crazy but could still spice up your work writing.

One thing to note is that you don't always have control of the paper you use in a work setting, so these 5 inks all excel on paper of varying quality. The inks are rich and deep in color, and are well-regarded by myself, but also highly rated on GouletPens.com. So without further ado, here are my 'Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks':



Noodler's Zhivago
(1:03) - $12.50 for 90ml bottle
Noodler's Zhivago Fountain Pen Ink

Noodler's Walnut
(1:30) - $12.50 for 90ml bottle
Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink
Diamine Oxblood
(1:47) - $14.95 for 80ml bottle
Diamine Oxblood Fountain Pen Ink

De Atramentis Aubergine (Same color as De Atramentis Alexander Hamilton)
(2:06) - $12.95 for 35ml bottle
De Atramentis Aubergine Fountain Pen Ink
Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku
(2:32) - $19.99 for 50ml bottle
Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Fountain Pen Ink
You can also get an ink sample package set of all 5 inks for $6.85! Be sure to check out all of these inks & more at GouletPens.com!

What do you think? What's your favorite work appropriate ink? Let us know in the comments below.

Write on, 
Brian Goulet

Monday, July 17, 2017

Robert Oster Orange Zest with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights: Monday Matchup #149

Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.

Hey there, fountain pen friends, Whitney here. This week, I'm bringing you my pairing of the Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights 1.1 Stub and Robert Oster Orange Zest. Read on to about the inspiration behind this piece and what I thought of the pen and ink.

July 17th marks the birthday of Berenice Abbott. She was a strong, independent female photographer who lived during the late 1800's and most of the 20th century. I found this quote very inspirational at face value, but it is also even more powerful when considered and put into the context of photography, especially smartphone camera use. We spend quite a bit of time behind screens that we forget the importance of experiencing moments versus being worried about documenting them. I believe there are even studies that show our memories don't store the information as well from a photograph as they do when one is actively engaging in their surroundings.

I began this piece by working on the portrait. I focused all of my energies into it and had to make a couple renditions of it before I was satisfied. I grabbed a water brush pen and dipped it in the ink to begin laying down layers of ink. I used the different shades and hues to build the face. Once I was satisfied with that, I grabbed the Duragraph and wrote in the quote with it. I felt that an ink wash around the entire piece would be a nice finishing touch.

While the portrait was done with a brush pen. I did enjoy using the Stub nib for writing in the quote. I don't normally get the chance to use stubs and I usually prefer Extra Fine and Fine nibs. It was nice to get a feel for what writing with a stub nib is like. This nib size would be good for some slightly more formal occasions or decorative writing. I guess some people could use it for writing casually, but I can't imagine really doing something like that with this nib. I could see it being good for addressing envelopes or maybe writing a more official and beautiful letter out to someone.

Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.
Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.
Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.
Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.
Illustration of female photographer, Bernice Abbott, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph Orange Nights and Robert Oster Orange Zest.

You can find the Conklin Duragraph for $52 at GouletPens.com. Robert Oster Orange Zest is available in a 50ml bottle for $17 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

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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  • *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, July 17, 2017 at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, July 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.

What is your favorite empowering quote?

Write On,
Whitney

Friday, July 14, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 177: Brown Paper Bagging Your Nibs, If Flipping Your Nib Over Destroys It, and If Goulet Pens Started Over


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 whether you should or shouldn't use a brown paper bag to smooth your nibs, writing with your nib flipped over will ruin it, and what I'd do differently if I could start my business over!

This week:

New/Upcoming Products - (3:17)

Pens/Writing - (8:33)

1) sammiethesammer- Instagram - (8:39)
I see people use fountain pens and even dip pens for drawing and art pieces. What are the best pens/ nibs to use for these applications? Are there specific nibs that work better for different types of art work?
  • pens are tools, and different artists prefer different tools!
  • I've seen artists use dang near every pen, though obviously lower-priced pens are more typical
  • Lamy Joy is popular (swappable nibs, good balance)
  • Noodler's pens (flex, variation in line width)
  • Platinum Desk Pen (very fine nib, good balance)
  • Waterbrush pens (for ink washing)
  • Pilot Metropolitans (thin fine nib)

Ink - (13:22)

2) transmanaaron- Instagram - (13:23)
Can you recommend a sheening ink as brilliant green/turquoise as Emerald of Chivor but without the gold sparkle? I'd love a more everyday version of this color.

Troubleshooting - (14:29)

3) eraye9- Instagram - (14:32)
Where do you weigh in on the brown paper bag trick to remedy a scratchy nib? Some say yes always, others say no never.
  • I fall in the middle
  • it's definitely not an always thing
  • the bag acts as an abrasive
  • anytime you're using an abrasive, you're changing the factory finish on that nib
  • brown bag is pretty darn tame though
  • i personally have no problem with it...perhaps I'm ignorant of some long-term effect of doing it regularly or something, but I've never heard of anyone having a problem ruining their nib because of brown bags
  • the worst you may experience is fibers getting in the slit, which you can clean out
  • smoothing is faster and easier with micro mesh and mylar

4) disamistade- Instagram - (20:44)
Does reverse writing ruin the nib of a fountain pen? (I'm not sure if reverse writing is the correct term when one writes on the "wrong" side of a pen.)
  • it can, if you're writing with heavy pressure
  • there's a lot less give on the nib, and the feed back against it restricts its movement under pressure
  • otherwise, it's not too harmful though
  • not all pen manufacturers tune them on the flip side so be aware you may get one that doesn't write smoothly
  • it's a personal choice, I do it at times, but I wouldn't want to for all my writing

Business - (26:25)

5) Leilani K.- Facebook - (26:47)
While FPs are already a great idea for those of us trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle, are there any particular products or companies that are more "green"? Conscientious material sourcing, minimal waste or packaging, charity linked, etc.?

6) Ted S.- Facebook - (32:52)
I have been wondering if, when different users visit your website, are we being presented with different deals or prices anywhere on your pages? For example, do different users all see the same specials prices and items? Can we all see them at the same time? Or are items and prices being filtered for different people at different times? Thanks.
  • this is called differential pricing, and is used by a lot of companies online, mainly larger ones
  • airlines, insurance, and e-commerce all use it, albeit quietly because it's a sticky issue
  • it's my understanding the intention from a business standpoint is to want to incentivize people that they can predict are not likely to buy, using discounts
  • these systems get pretty sophisticated, and many times 3rd party firms that develop algorithms to track this get bought up by companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc
  • it's differentiated by geography, visit frequency, browsing patterns, device type and other demographics
  • we do not use differential pricing, what you see is what others are seeing
  • one exception is with certain brands we're not allowed to advertise below a certain price, so you have to be logged into your GouletPens account to see our "best price", but anyone buying it would be paying the same price
  • with coupons and discounts, we can incentivize certain purchases, and that's been going on since the dawn of commerce
  • serving up different prices to different people is something that's a touchy subject, but is a fact of life in e-commerce, no doubt you're shopping somewhere that it's being used
  • one thing we have started doing is paid ads, which we haven't done much before
  • I used to be prideful about never doing paid ads, I've changed my tune on that recently
  • we have a 3rd party (Criteo) that will serve up ads to you for things you've browsed on our site, since you've expressed interest in them
  • it's all anonymized data, nothing personal, and it's not being sold
  • it's just serving up displays for you in areas where there would normally be other (less relevant) ads there, you're probably just noticing them a lot because it's stuff you like/care about!
  • you can opt out, there's a blue x in the corner you can click, it's "learning" right now and will go away if you never click on it
  • we want to be really intentional about any marketing we do, we want it to be invited and welcomed, and we're taking a pretty conservative approach to it (you can even opt out)

7) Corinne L.- Facebook - (43:55)
If you knew back when you first started with the business what you know now, what would you do differently?
  • i won't give a cop-out answer
  • I spent several years searching in my business to find fountain pens in the first place, I'd have just gone right for it
  • i would have defined my "why", company values and whatnot sooner
  • I would have just thought bigger than what I initially did, especially in regards to space and people

QOTW: What's the most interesting conversation you've ever had with a stranger that was prompted by a fountain pen? - (52:46)


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, July 13, 2017

Thursday Things: Summer Storm


There's something satisfying about a summer storm, whether it's the cool down in the temperature, the breeze kicking up and rustling the trees, the petrichor left in its wake as the sun begins to peek from behind the clouds again. For us, a summer storm provides the perfect excuse to curl up inside, safe and dry, and write out all those busy thoughts inside our heads. This week's Thursday Things is an homage to that forced slow down and offers a calming collection of great products, perfectly suited for some summer storm writing sessions. Post up by a window where you can hear the soothing fall of rain drops or cozy up on the couch away from the rumble of the thunder and let yourself get lost in your inspiration with a great pen and ink. Immerse yourself in Thursday Things: Summer Storm.

Featured products from left to right:

Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen- Metallic Silver
Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen - Grey
Conklin Herringbone Fountain Pen- Gun Metal
Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen- Silver Shadow
Noodler's Neponset Fountain Pen- Appalachian Pearl
Field Notes Notebooks - Pitch Black

Are you a fan of summer storms?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sneak Peek: Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise LE

Hey pen friends,

Just wanted to show you a sneak peek of this year's limited edition Pilot Vanishing Point: Crimson Sunrise!

Much like its 2015 predecessor, Twilight, it features an ombre finish from a bright red/orange to a deeper burgundy. It is complemented by rhodium trim, and comes with a medium 18kt rhodium-plated nib. Each pen will be individually numbered.

It comes in a white gift box with the same red/orange ombre accents.


It is expected to arrive to the US in September. MSRP is $240 USD; our price at Goulet Pens will be $192. Quantities will be limited -- we'll keep you updated as to when we'll be launching it. Definitely be sure to sign up for our email notification list so that you don't miss out.

What do you think of this year's color? What has been your favorite past VP LE color? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Write on,
Rachel Goulet

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Ryder Carroll, Creator of the Bullet Journal



We're happy to bring you all another awesome 'Goulet Guests' today. Brian was able to Skype with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journaling System, which is a method of note-taking and personal organization to help you focus on what's most important in your daily life. Ryder has developed this system over the last 25 years and has really picked up steam the last few, especially within the fountain pen community.

Goulet Guests - Ryder Carroll, Bullet Journaling
In this episode, Brian & Ryder talk about the ins & outs of the bullet journaling system, his relationship with Leuchtturm, finding motivation, and a host of other interesting topics! Here's an overview of the questions they talked about:

  • What is 'Bullet Journaling' what does the system entail? (0:53)
  • Lately, there has been a resurgence of people wanting to go analog, is that something you have always had as a part of your life that you wanna bring forth? Or is it more of an opportunistic thing you noticed in the last few years? (1:52)
  • What experience have you had with fountain pens specifically? (3:44)
  • How did you link up with Leuchtturm?  Any plans at a future collaboration with them? (5:54)
  • The bullet journaling community has grown exponentially - did you ever imagine that this is where it would come from (your willingness to give the information about bullet journaling to the community)? Or is that what you set out to do from the beginning? (11:55)
  • What is the profile of someone who could benefit from the bullet journaling system? What is your take on the whole community? (13:40)
  • Are you linking up with other bullet journalers in the community? Who are some of the people that you are working with? (16:18)
  • Is the bullet journaling system more about effectiveness than it is about efficiency? (19:33)
  • Having recently launched your own app, that seems to counter the analog types that bullet journal. How is this app going to help those people? (26:40)
  • What is your personal process on a daily or weekly basis for people who are interested in just starting out? (31:59)
  • What is your take on failure and how has that affected where you have ended up in life? (36:46)
  • What is it that most inspires you out of all of this? What impact do you want to leave on the world each day? (41:19)
  • Now that you have a TEDx Talk out there, you are putting yourself out there for the Bullet Journal community - Is that a more natural place for you? Or is this a new adaptation for yourself? (44:28)
  • Where does your fire or motivation come from? (46:56)

Be sure to check out the Bullet Journal website, and follow Ryder/Bullet Journal on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, & YouTube! You can also find past Goulet Guest interviews here.

Let us know what you thought of the interview in the comments below! Have you tried the bullet journaling system?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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