Thursday Things: For the Office

An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Spice up your desk with some new eye-catching stationery supplies and add some flair to your everyday office tasks. Thursday Things: For the Office is a meeting of exciting pens, intriguing inks, and must-have accessories to keep things polished and professional with a twist of personality. You’ll be turning heads and starting conversations when you pull out one of these pens to jot down notes in your next meeting. Refresh your desk with a little help from Thursday Things: For the Office.

Featured products from left to right:

An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Vanishing Point – Gunmetal with Matte Black
An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen – Clear
An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Ink sample package set – Work Appropriate
An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen – Old Chambray
An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen  – Smoke
An office inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What is your favorite pen or ink to use around the office?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T13:46:19+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Thursday Things|26 Comments
  • Kenneth Solomon

    Noodlers Black or Elysium. But i mix in greens and browns as well. Even Apache sunset 🌇. It is MY office after all! My Conklin Endograph and twsbi eco are 2 of my most used pens. I ink up about 6 and rotate them between home and office. My new Edison just arrived and may be top dog for awhile.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      My Edison is always my top dog 😉 It is definitely my favorite pen

      • Kenneth Solomon

        I can see that happening. Even after just one day!

  • Mark Wutka

    Pilot Metropolitan with Kon-peki ink and a Rhodia Dot Pad.

  • Cosima Kafka

    I love my Metro and Decimo as my work horse pens. I might start using my Eco at work as well. I also have a collection of Preppies, Varsities and Jinhaos as back ups. I’m still in the process of finding the best inks. I love De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes as a subtle option. I’ve also been using a lot of different black samples but I’m just not loving that. I think I will likely get some Pelikan 4001 Black just to have a black option but for my personal notes I think I’m going to go back to more fun inks. I’ve used Kon-peki on occassion, which I adore, as well as Kaweco Ruby Red. Maybe De Atramentis Jane Austen or R&K Alt-Bordeaux, I think both those would qualify as work appropriate too.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Diamine Eclipse, J. Herbin Vert Empire, Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses are some fun but subtle one too. 🙂

    • Lisse

      De Atramentis ‘Aubergine’ is divine & would be work appropriate (I think; haven’t worked in an office in quite some time).

  • Shelby Highsmith

    I’m loving Noodler’s Air Corp as an eye-catching but professional blue-black (green-black?). Its down-side, though, is a really long dry time on some papers, so for a fast-drying, water-resistant blue-black I’m still enjoying my randomly-proportioned blend of Noodler’s Lexington Gray + Dostoyevsky.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Oh boy! That sounds like a very nice looking mixture!

  • Tom Johnson

    Too bad this wonderful Thursday Things had not been around 20 years ago!! I did not discover the world of Goulet Pens until after I retired in 2013, but if I could go back now I would still use my Vanishing Point, Waterman Carene, Lamy Al-Star, Kaweco Sport pens and Noodler’s Black that I used for many years. But, I would now spice up the inks a bit: Noodler’s Fox for my red, El Lawrence just because it is so unusual. Black Sway in Australian Roses.

    A Platinum Carbon Desk Pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink would get daily use throughout my day at the office. My TWSBI Eco and my five Edison Pens would be rotated daily or weekly. Possibly Diamine Oxblood, maybe Blue Ghost ink (maybe not). Certainly better notebooks than I had then: Clairfontaine, Rhodia pads, the Mnemosyne shown here. My Goulet mug would probably stay at home, out of harm’s way (or I could get a second one).

    My favorites for the office would still include my Vanishing Point and Carene, but one Edison and my Lamy 2000 would join both of them. My 3776 Century would have to come to work once in a while. I love this oh so bright Thursday Things – like a well lit office. A great selection, wonderful photos and layout. Almost makes me want to go back to the office again! But, not quite.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Those are all solid choices, Tom! Glad the Edisons made the list.

  • David L.

    Either my Metropolitan filled with Noodler’s Black or my Kaweco Sport filled with Diamine Blue Black. Both are very nice combinations in my opinion. Some nice blues would be Kaweco Royal Blue, Monteverde Horizon Blue, and Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium. Diamine Red Dragon to draw my attention to important tasks needing to be done. This is another amazing Thursday Things! I think that the Lamy 2000 would have been a nice addition. So would the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen.

  • Elaine Pang

    My new Pelikan Aquamarine pen and ink set are going to the top of the rotation today! And I usually like a contrast color for marking the mote importants and don’t forgets, and dividing blocks of text. At the moment for that I am using the Kaweco Sport with a stub nib swapped into it, loaded with Noodler’s habanero.

    • Lisse

      I love my Pelican aquamarine!! Such a sweet pen!

  • Mitchell uses Monteverde green… cartridges. I use every color in my collection!

  • Mary

    My office is now in my house, since retirement, but my Visconti Bronze Age HS filled with Noodlers Black Eel gets a LOT of use, as do my cadre of TWSBI 580/colors with matching inks. Can’t beat my Pilot VP Twilight for pure joy, filled alternately with PILOT IROSHIZUKU KU-JAKU or YAMA-BUDO.

  • Patricia Pooks Burroughs

    My only pens right now are Lamy Safaris and unfortunately I keep misplacing them so right now have only one within reach–the bright yellow with Noodler’s Antietem red ink in it. I prefer a different red, and prefer red in my black Lamy Safari–the one I call Snape because I use it when editing my writing and channel Severus Snape [thus it it is black] and bleed all over the parchment. I mean, paper.

    The fact that neither the pen or ink I prefer is handy because I am not sure where they are reveals far more about me than I am comfortable with, wry smile.

    I have a couple of questions. One, I love that Kaweko Perkeo pen. It makes me nervous because I am afraid the white would end up all stained. Also, the color is chambray but the color on my screen has a lot more aqua-hue than chambray, and I’d be disappointed if it got here and looked more soft blue and less aqua. Advice on those things?

    Second question–as an author I would love to sign books with my fountain pen or sometimes even a dip pen, but when I tried to do that it became evident it wasn’t going to work because of smearing. Is there any kind of ink I can buy that is quick-drying enough to use when you don’t have time to wait for a signature to dry before handing back the book, handing over the check, etc? I looked for quick-drying on your site and lots of inks popped up, but I wanted to be very specific about the purpose.

    Thanks! I’ve been enjoying your videos and finally came here to check out the site and blog!

    • Aquaria

      If you’re doing a check, you need archival ink, to insure that it doesn’t get washed away. DeAtramentis, Diamine, Platinum and Rohrer & Klingner all make archival inks. Look for “Document” or “registrar” ink. The problem with these inks is that they’re murder on fountain pens. You really have to stay on top of cleaning when you use them, and you can’t let the pens sit unused. If you don’t use all the ink and won’t be using the pen, it’s better to dump the ink in the sink than let it sit in the pen.

      A workaround is to use a safer, but water-resistant ink like Pilot Namiki. The Blue and Blue-Black are both nearly waterproof once they dry.

      Something else to consider: The finer the nib you use, the faster the ink will dry and thus the less chance of smearing.

      You might consider investing in a blotter, to help along the drying process. In a pinch, an index card will work.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I would say the Perkeo is definitely more of a blue than Aqua. The Pilot Kakuno is closer to an aqua, but still more blue toned.

      I have had good luck with Noodler’s Bernanke Blue and Black for their fast drying properties ( I am a lefty in need of a non-smudging ink).

      Thanks for being part of the fountain pen fun. Hope you find your Lamys soon!

  • AnneP

    I love to use Kon Peki at work because it can pass as a professional blue, but it’s so bright.
    I love using my Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell as well; it suits the aesthetic that I feel schools should have–leather books and chairs and dark hardwood. It helps me ignore the linoleum and plastic chairs. 🙂

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Oh! I love that idea, of the tortoiseshell being part of the school vibe. Great imagination, Anne!

  • MP

    Goulet, thank you for brightening up our offices!

    I like using my Vanishing Point, my TWSBI 580, and my Pilot Metro in the office. And so far, I pretty much love every ink I try.

  • malleus_stultorum

    A Pelikan M400 Souveran inked with Zhivago is the office and journal go-to. Whatever red [of Noodler’s Fox, Red-Black, Black Swan in Australian Roses, and J. Herbin Rouge Hematite, the latter-most is my current favorite] I happen to have in my Lamy Safari, fitted with a 1.5mm italic nib, is used for entering ‘red-letter dates ;” citations are transcribed with an Ahab sporting a Goulet 1.1mm stub, inked with J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune. I have a generic FP with a nice fine point gold nib running Noodler’s General of the Armies that I use for entering numerical data and fine work. A Pilot Preppy running Pelikan M205 Duo [Green] is my highlighter of choice.

  • Aquaria

    Waterman Carene F with Pilot Blue-Black ink.

    Sailor 1911 21K EF with Sheaffer Red ink.

    Uni Signo 207 in black (because there are still times when duplicate forms are used, believe it or not).

    Uni Kuru Toga Alpha-Gel Pencil with extra leads.

    Pilot Foam eraser.

    Kokuyo Beetle dual-color highlighters.

    Midori mini-stapler and fold-up ruler.

    Assorted sticky notes and flags.

    Nomadic PE-08 pencil case.

    Rhodia Ice No.13 pad for quick notes.

    Rhodia Ice No. 18 pad in a Maruman Mnemosyne 5-pocket portfolio.

    SunStar Shijatiki writing board.

    Midori Traveler with calendar inserts for keeping track of appointments and tasks.

    I invariably bring a novel, to give me a mental break from work during my lunch hour.

    And it all goes in my Nomadic BC-51 briefcase.

  • Erin Shoemate-Ezra

    In the newsletter link to this story, Brian’s desk had a little deck of ink samples on a ring… I want that! How did you make that, with what products? I think jetpens has a similar deck on a ring, but I’d like to know what YOU have since I got the idea from you! 😀