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Monday, January 30, 2017

Diamine Blue Flame with a Karas Kustoms Ink in Gold: Monday Matchup #127

A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.

Hi there, fountain pen friends, Jenni here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week, I chose the Karas Kustoms Ink in Gold Aluminum with a Broad nib and Diamine Blue Flame. I was excited to be able to showcase the different colors this ink is capable of. Read on to hear more about my experience with this pen and ink.



I drew inspiration for this piece directly from the name of this ink, Blue Flame, which is perfect for this ink. It starts off blue then turns red and gold as it dries, like a flame. I wanted to be able to showcase that change and I knew I couldn't do it in a photo, so I made it a video Monday Matchup! There is something about watching the ink turn from blue to a red and gold that makes you realize this ink's potential. I also felt like this was a great opportunity to show people that you don't have to have amazing handwriting or artistic skills to achieve a cool effect with fountain pens and ink. For this piece, I chose to use my normal fast paced handwriting to prove that. When you have amazing tools, like sheening inks and a pen that can showcase that, it doesn't matter how gorgeous your T's look. The ink will far outshine anything else on the page.

To start, I drew a template of the flame on a piece of scratch paper then placed that under my page to use as a guide while writing. I taped off the border because I knew I wanted a clean line around the edge of the page. Then I started writing as straight of a line as I could. Whenever I got to a part that overlapped the flame, I left it blank and skipped over those letters until I got to a part that wouldn't be covered. By the end of the page, I had the outline of the flame in the negative space. I then drew in the outline of the flame. Before I started working on filling it in, I made sure to shake the ink bottle to distribute the sparkle particles. Using a pipette, I drew up ink and filled in the flame. After it had dried for a long time, I was able to clearly see the sheen in both my writing and the flame.

I was very excited about this pairing. I love this ink and I was so happy with the sheen I achieved. I felt like the pen really complimented the ink as well. If I were to do this piece again, I might choose a lighter pen however. I have small hands and the Karas Kustoms Ink was a bit heavy for my hands. It is a large metal pen. I feel it may have been better suited for someone with larger hands. It is a beautiful pen though.

A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.
A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.
A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.
A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.
A blue and gold illustration of a flame that reads, "Talent is a flame, genius is a fire." Drawn with Diamine ink and a Karas Kustoms gold fountain pen.

You can find the Karas Kustoms Ink- Gold Aluminum for $100 at GouletPens.com. Diamine Blue Flame is available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 and a 50ml bottle for $20.

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

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

What is your favorite shimmer ink?

Write on,
Jenni

Friday, January 27, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 153, Open Forum


Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.


In this episode, I talk about good fountain pen books, what's happening to all the broad nibs, and the weirdest pen I own!

This week:
  • Disney on Ice
  • son turning 7
  • two sick kids, Rachel sick, lots of that

New/Upcoming Products - (2:55)

Pens/Writing - (11:27)

1) John G.- Facebook - (11:28)
I always pull out the nib and feed on my friction-fit pens every time I clean them. This includes a Pilot Metropolitan, Pilot Falcon, Platinum 3776 Century, a Lamy Safari and Al-Star, a TWSBI 580 and Vac Mini, and a Jinhao 159. I'm wondering, does the "fit" of a friction-fit nib and feed wear down with repeated extractions? Is this kind of deep cleaning something I should limit to only every once in awhile as opposed to every time I empty a pen?

  • technically, yes, you're potentially causing wear on the parts whenever you remove them
  • to what degree depends a lot, it's probably very small
  • manufacturers won't like you doing this, and sometimes even tell you specifically not to for warranty coverage (Pilot Custom 823)
  • I have pens I've been doing this with for years and it hasn't become an issue that's affected their performance
  • you probably don't need to do this EVERY time you clean a pen, but that's your personal preference
  • you probably risk accidental damage by removing your parts more than wear and tear, honestly

2) _fyrstenberg- Instagram - (18:10)
Can you recommend some books about fountain pens, ink and paper?

  • Andy Lambrou has several, some of the best I know of
  • Fountain Pens of the World, of Japan, US and UK, Fountain Pens: Vintage and Modern, etc
  • A lot of pen books are history-related books, and are often single-brand focused
  • I have a Sheaffer one but no personal experience with anything else
  • I really can't name you a single fountain pen ink or paper book...there are surely books on paper in general but not specifically "fountain pen paper"
  • ink is most likely covered in the pen company-focused books

3) fabio_1689- Instagram - (24:43)
Why aren’t all y’all selling more broader nibs! I feel sad every time I see a pen I like on gouletpens.com but... its (double) broad nib version isn’t available! The only option is getting a 1.1mm stub nib but that's not quite the same (that said, I bought a 1.1mm Goulet stub nib and it's awesome!). Are we wet-and-juicy-broad nib lovers such a minority? Also, can you tell from your sale’s stats where your broader nibs are mostly sold to? I travel to a lot of EU and Asian countries and noticed Spain, Germany and Italy is where broader nibs are most common; Asia tends to like finer nibs (apart for calligraphy nibs) while France and Belgium seem to write exclusively with medium nibs… Thanks!

  • a lot of manufacturers have/are discontinuing broader nib offerings, due to demand
  • I can pretty well tell you it's a very small minority looking for these double-broad and whatnot nibs
  • it's definitely a European/Western desire, Asian countries typically want finer nibs
  • it all comes down to supply and demand, and the demand just isn't much there to support offering broad nibs for every pen company, sad as that is
  • paper quality surely plays a role

Ink - (31:07)

4) Thomas C.- Facebook - (31:09)
Is it possible that the ink in a cartridge would write different from a bottle? i have been sucking out j. herbin perle noire ink from cartridges and storing it in sample bottles. i just received a 30ml bottle from you and it seems like it writes different in my E95s.
  • it could be possible, yes
  • ink cartridges are plastic, and the ink can actually evaporate through the plastic over time
  • that would leave a drier, more concentrated ink behind
  • the bottle maybe flows wetter, is my guess?
  • this may not be the case for all cartridges, but that potential is there if the cartridges are not filled all the way anymore
  • other than this, I generally don't hear about this being much of an issue, and it's the same ink in both

Paper - (35:49)

5) Howard S.- Email - (35:51)
I have been experimenting with a number of inks lately. During my work day I use my Leuchtturm regularly to take notes of discussions, action items, assignments, etc. I noticed that some inks are able to be "seen" more than others as you turn the page from the previous note. I know the weight of the paper has a lot to do with it but Is there some characteristic of the inks that are noted in the ink reviews to avoid those that are more visible on the next page?

  • ah yes, the "ghosting"
  • paper weight is definitely a factor with ghosting, but that's not the only factor
  • the level of saturation of the ink matters
  • absorbency of the ink matters, too, some inks just really soak in!
  • sadly, neither of these factors are anything advertised, so you really don't know without experimenting
  • about the only thing you might be able to use to give a gauge here will be dry time...if it's fast, that could mean it absorbs more into the paper and would therefore show through more
  • that's not a steadfast rule tho
  • you're pretty much left to looking at blogger reviews that specifically state the show-through (but since the paper matters a lot, it would only tell you how well it does on that specific paper they used in their review)
  • this is why we offer samples! to try for yourself, that's about the only way you'll really know how it does

Business - (42:40)

6) snailessence- Instagram - ()
How do you keep $5,000 pens in stock? Isn't the inventory cost very high?

  • yeah, basically!
  • if we stock them, yes, they're expensive to store b/c that's a lot of money sitting there
  • $5k pens don't sell NEARLY at the rate of other pens, so stock levels stay very low, usually
  • oftentimes, not many of these pens will even be made at all, or stocked at the distributor even, so preorders or special orders often make more sense
  • sometimes we can negotiate special terms with our distributors for these high-end pens, because they're usually quite speculative and hard to predict how they'll do

7) borasanuk- YouTube - (48:11)
What about having a category just for those small makers? From a business standpoint, it may not be profitable to work with small manufacturers but creating a platform for them to sell one-off or small batch pens through your store would ultimately help the community grow. Since you'd be putting these products in a separate category created just for them and only them, the buyer would be very well aware of the nature of what they are purchasing. Steam Greenlight comes to mind as an example, in terms of giving new makers a chance. What are your thoughts on this?

  • this is building off of last week's question about me getting solicited for random stuff to sell on my store
  • that's what's known as a "Marketplace", like Etsy, eBay, Amazon, Sears, Newegg, and many many more sites that offer 3rd party stuff through their site
  • theoretically yes, I could offer something like this, though I'm not that interested in doing it
  • there are other, better sites that help in this area, like Kickstarter (Art of Cursive Logic)
  • for me, if a product was good enough to list on my site, I'd just sell it through my actual store
  • if it was something so speculative or early-stages or tangential that it wouldn't be ready for me to carry it regularly, then wouldn't it be too risky to carry through this other category?
  • exposure is almost never the problem with launching a new product, I feel
  • some people think "if only more people knew about it then I'd hit it big", but it's more nuanced than that
  • the majority of new products I see need some focus group/feedback on it with design and functional changes to meet the demands of the community
  • without having a good feedback loop, your stuff won't sell well anyway
  • Kickstarter, your own site, Etsy, eBay, and heck even FPN Marketplace all do this well, better than I would if I were just listing your products passively on my site

Personal - (53:06)

8) @Archimage- Twitter - (53:09)
Weirdest/novelty pen you own?

  • Napkin
  • Selfie Pen
  • Lamy Lady
  • Pilot Vortex
  • my "wand" pen, "desk pen"

QOTW: What are some good books you've heard about/read on fountain pen stuff? - (01:02:43)


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, January 26, 2017

Thursday Things: Orange & Grey

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

File this one under the category of oddly pleasant, this week's Thursday Things is a delightful combination of playful and polished. This collection features a fun pop of orange with hints of grey sure to brighten any winter day. It is sweet, simple, cheerful, and just what you might need on this last Thursday of January. Enjoy the happy hues of Thursday Things: Orange & Grey.

Featured products from left to right:
The Thursday Things: Orange & Grey Shopping Guide features all these bright and bubbly products on one page. 
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Parallel Fountain Pen - Red, 1.5mm
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen - Amber-
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Retro Pop Orange
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen - Emeralds on the Sun
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen – Orange
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen  – Orange
An orange and grey inspired flat lay of fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What color makes you most happy?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nock Sinclair: Quick Look


A while ago, we did a Goulet Guest that featured Nock Co. to get the background of the company. But in this Quick Look, I wanted to dive into one of their specific pen cases, the Sinclair. The Sinclair is a combination of pen & notebook holder. It comes in 3 different colors:
These are current colors we have available. Nock sells others directly and we may see more colors come out over time.
Nock Sinclair - Contents
The Sinclair can hold 3 pens of basically any practical size and also a 3.5" x 5.5" notebook (similar to Field Notes size). There's even some space available between the sleeves for extra goodies like other pens, cartridges, or you could even use it as wallet. It's a very versatile pen case. 
Nock Sinclair - Stitching
The material used with the Sinclair is ballistic nylon. This makes it very tough & durable while also fade and stain resistant. The sleeves are individually stitched, keeping the pens secure and not banging into each other or scratching up. The Sinclair also features some high quality zippers that work well and feel really good. 
Nock Sinclair - Inside
All of the Nock products are made in the US, just outside Atlanta, GA. Founders Brad Dowdy & Jeff Bruckwicki help design & hand-stitch each product in-house. The names of the Nock products come from natural areas of Georgia, such as one of the larger lakes in Georgia, Lake Sinclair. 
Nock Sinclair - Overview
You can pick up a Sinclair for $40. Find all the details on our Nock Co. products and more at GouletPens.com.

How do you keep your fountain pens safe? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write on,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Introducing the Montegrappa Passione!

Montegrappa Passione - Environmental

Montegrappa is a brand that we've really only recently begun to carry on our site. They have a pretty wide range of pens, with a number of them being themed limited editions that get pretty fancy. So far we've carried the Montegrappa Copper Mule and Fortuna, and we're honored to add the gorgeous Passione to our lineup.

There are a number of things that make this pen special. Without getting into any of the details, you can just look at the pen and tell that it's not your everyday pen. The design, the balance, the smooth, flowing lines...the Passione has really taken me.

It has an 18kt gold nib with rhodium plating to give it a silver color, and the nib is one of the nicest writing nibs I've used. My personal previous experience has only been with Montegrappa's steel nibs on the Copper Mule and Fortuna, which is entirely different. These 18k nibs are incredibly smooth, with a consistent flow that's just slightly on the wet side (about a 7/10), and it has a bit of softness to it that allows the nib to bend ever so slightly with increased pressure to ride out the variances in your pressure while you write. It all works together to make for a writing experience that matches up (or dare I say, exceeds) the aesthetics of the Passione!

It's available from Montegrappa in a number of nibs, and we're starting off with fine, medium, and broad. Being 18kt nibs, they're just a little wetter than most steel nibs, especially if you write with a heavy hand. I find the nibs to write pretty similarly in width to most other European nibs, particularly gold nibs. Not as wet as Visconti (those really push the envelope for wetness), but more like the Aurora Optima, Delta Dolcevita, and Omas pens.

Montegrappa Passione - Nib
One thing I absolutely love about this pen is the sterling silver trim. Granted, it looks a lot like rhodium plated trim, but the silver is brighter, and as a slight glow to it (with almost a yellow tinge) that polishes brighter than rhodium does. Montegrappa even includes a polishing cloth to keep the trim looking its finest. Being sterling silver, it will tarnish over time so some regular polishing will keep it looking its finest. 

Another detail I have really appreciated is the small band of matching celluloid just behind the threads on the grip. This is covered when the pen is closed, and when you open it to reveal the grip of the pen, it's a nice little pop of color you don't quite expect. This piece elongates the grip so that you have a little more space before your finger would hit the step of the pen. This makes it so even those with larger hands (like me) won't hit that step when writing with the pen. The threads themselves are fairly rounded too, not sharp, so if your finger falls on them they will not be disruptive to the overall writing experience. 

Montegrappa Passione - Finial

There are some nice logo details on the cap finial and centerband. The 1912 logo marks Montegrappa's founding year, and the name is engraved subtly on the centerband in a nice script font. A nice touch is that there are two thin lines of color on the clip that match the color of the pen. And the roller wheel clip assists in sliding the pen on and off your shirt pocket. The clip is a tad stiff, something good for shirt material, I wouldn't clip this onto your pants pockets, though. 

Montegrappa Passione - Centerband

The material is a beautiful, deep celluloid that's available in four colors: Mediterranean Blue and Zebra, which we are carrying regularly, and Cinnamon and Orange which we're offering by special order (email: specialorders@gouletpens.com). Celluloid is a very expensive and complicated material to manufacture. Much like the nitrocellulose film that used to be used in the movie industry in the early 20th century, celluloid is a derivative of natural cellulose that is difficult to manufacture and takes upwards of two years to cure before it can be used to produce a pen. 

Why go through all this trouble? It allows you to get some unique colors and patterns in the material, for one. It also has a very smooth feel to it, and actually has a bit of self-healing properties to it. What I mean by that is that your own hands can act like a polishing cloth for the very fine scratches and natural wear that can occur just from daily handling of a pen in use such as putting it down on the table or sliding it in and out of your case or pocket. Celluloid is also very impact resistant and not as brittle as acrylic, and it has a warmth to its touch that you will feel when you touch it. It's far less commonly used in pens today, and typically only seen on more expensive limited edition pens. 

Montegrappa Passione - Lineup

The Montegrappa Passione is a pen that has been around for a little while but recently got on our radar due to a pretty serious price drop. The pen used to sell for around $1400 MSRP, and now we have it available for $716. When I asked them about this drop, they said they are intentionally making moves to make some of their finer pens available to more of the fountain pen community. While this price point is still probably in "holy grail" territory for most, I certainly can justify this pen at this price (and I did, I chose the Mediterranean Blue in a fine nib for myself).

You can find the Passione on GouletPens.com. If you have any questions about it, just ask us here in the comments, we'd love to hear what you think!

Write On,
Brian Goulet and the Goulet Team

Edison Nouveau Premiere: Old & New!

It's been six years since we first introduced the Edison Nouveau Premiere, our exclusive collaboration with the Edison Pens. We offer three "regular" editions on an ongoing basis, and a limited run color that rotates each season.

We've decided to discontinue two of our regular edition colors, and next week we'll be introducing two new regular edition colors.

Discontinued: Cobalt
Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen in Cobalt Blue.

Discontinued: Pearlized Purple
Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen in Pearlized Purple.

New: Caribbean Sea
Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen in Caribbean Sea blue.

New: Cherry Blossom
Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen in Cherry Blossoms.

You may recognize these two new colors from past seasonal editions. We still plan to continue introducing new seasonal colors every three months, so stay tuned this year for those (the next one will be the Spring edition in March).

We're keeping Cappuccino as part of the regular line as well.

Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen collection.

As with all of our regular editions of the Premiere, the price will remain at $149 and includes a steel nib (EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, or 1.5mm) or option to upgrade to an 18kt gold nib. Both of these new colors will have silver trim and a polished steel nib to match. The Cappuccino model comes with gold trim and a two-tone steel nib. All three come with a converter, accept standard international cartridges, and are eyedropper-convertible.

Caribbean Sea and Cherry Blossom Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pens.
All of the Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pen editions.

What do you think of the two newest regular edition colors? Are there any other past editions you'd like to see make a comeback in the future?

Write On,
Rachel Goulet

Monday, January 23, 2017

Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue with a Parker Urban Nightsky Blue: Monday Matchup #126


Hey there, fountain pen friends! Lydia here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. I've had my eye on the Parker Urban in Nightsky Blue with a Medium nib since we announced we were carrying it so I was anxious to use it. Read on to hear more about my experiences!

I fell in love with the color of this pen when we posted the Sneak Peek: Parker Transformation blog. I am a sucker for a great blue. The fact that the Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue happened to match perfectly was a pleasant surprise. The Urban redesign evokes a vintage feel in my mind and I instantly thought of elegant, posh cocktail parties so I took that theme and ran with it.

I found the silhouette of the woman that I liked and traced it onto some Tomoe River paper with the pen. I made sure to position her closer to the top of the page so I had room to write in the quote at the bottom. Then I drew in the railing behind her. To fill in the shapes, I grabbed a water brush and filled it with water, then dipped it in the cap of the ink to get a little color. This ink moves wonderfully for this type of art. It's not a great choice if you plan to have your writing anywhere near water, but it's phenomenal if you're trying to do watercolors. I was so happy with the different shades I was able to achieve. Then I took the pen and wrote in the quote. I love doing block lettering and filling it in with swirled filigree of sorts. I tried to vary the fonts to add some drama and interest to the quote. I absolutely love this quote from Giorgio Armani and I've been waiting for the right pen to write it with and I think the Urban was a perfect fit.

Overall, I liked this pen and ink combination a lot. Idyllic Blue is an eye-catching ink without being too loud or obnoxious. It is the perfect "cautious fun" ink. The Parker nib was super smooth and wrote like a charm. The pen is a great conversation started too. The arrow clip and redesigned styling make it a sophisticated pen with a color choice for every pen lover. I don't think I would change one thing about this matchup.


You can find the Parker Urban in Fine or Medium and 5 great color options. Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue is available in 50ml bottle for $33.20 and a 2ml sample for $2.70. You can find them both at GouletPens.com.

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

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way, or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
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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, January 23, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

What is your favorite example of elegance?

Write on,
Lydia

12 Out of This World Pens for Each Star Sign

Astrological inspired fountain pens
Each of the 12 astrological signs has a very distinct personality and sense of style. Why shouldn't that carry over to your fountain pens? Our media team decided to have a little fun and imagine which pens we felt best represented each of the signs. While we're not astrology experts and this was entirely light-hearted, a few of us could definitely picture ourselves using the pens associated with our sign. What do you think? Have a look and let us know!

Aquarius
January 21-February 19
Lamy Al-Star Bluegreen fountain pen
The friendly, loyal, and intellectual Aquarius is everyone's best friend with an infectious personality you can't resist. They are described as humanitarian, honest, inventive, and a good listener.  The perfect pen for this water bearer sign, who hates being dull and loves intellectual conversation, is the Lamy Al-Star in Bluegreen ($37.60). This hardworking, reliable pen features a calming color and a long standing reputation for quality writing. The Aquarius is likely to use it to pen some letters to friends in far off locales in a successful attempt to keep the friendship alive despite the miles.

Pisces
February 20-March 20
Kaweco Skyline Sport Mint Fountain Pen
The gentle, compassionate soul of a Pisces is a treasure. These independent spirits are artistic and wise with a natural talent for music and visual media. Their ideal pen has to be something as easy going as they are. The Kaweco Skyline Sport in Mint ($25) seems to be the perfect mixture of easygoing, effortless peacefulness that the Pisces exudes. This simple pen features a comfortable, compact design that this water sign would love for some solo sketching time while listening to their favorite tunes.

Aries
March 21- April 20
Noodler's Ahab Cardinal Darkness
The energetic, natural-born leader Aries is courageous, optimistic, and always ready for adventure. They need a pen that will keep them on the edge of their seat for writing for all situations and a look that matches their fire for life. The Noodler's Ahab Cardinal Darkness ($23) fits the bill. This flex pen features a red and black swirled resin body to intrigue the daredevil Aries' mind and a flexible nib for thick or thin writing to always keep things interesting, much like the adventure stories Aries might use it to record.

Taurus
April 21- May 21
Conklin Duragraph Forest Green Fountain Pen
Despite the stubborn and angry connotations associated with the bull, Taurus are quite possibly the best friends a person could have. Patient, reliable, loving, and warmhearted, Taurus is the heart and soul of any family or friend group. When choosing a pen, probably to be used for writing out recipes or shopping lists so they can cook for their loved ones, the Taurus needs a pen that will write reliably for a long time coming. The Conklin Duragraph in Forest Green ($52) is the pen for them! The warm green tones on the pen embody the earthy roots of a Taurus with the classic color scheme that delights their love of continuity. The long reputation of satisfied Duragraph users doesn't hurt either!

Gemini
May 22- June 21
Nemosine Singularity Green Fountain Pen
Born in the dawn of the summer season, the Gemini is a youthful lively person with a versatile, witty personality. These social butterflies love to have a chat or enjoy their music and can tailor themselves to be a part of any situation, possessing the eloquence and intelligence to talk to just about anyone. The perfect pen for this dynamic person has to have character and the stamina to keep up with their ever-changing flow of life. The Nemosine Singularity in Green ($19.99) is a match made in heaven for the Gemini. This vibrant green pen lights up the room like a Gemini's smile and will record the fascinating facts they are constantly learning.

Cancer
June 22- July 22
Faber-Castell Loom Orange Fountain Pen
The feisty Cancers wear their hearts on their sleeves. They are often described as emotional and loving, as well as imaginatively persuasive, and cautious. They thrive on close connections and supporting those dearest to them, as well as expressing their creative side. These highly imaginative souls require a pen that they can rely on, like the Faber-Castell Loom in Metallic Orange ($40). A sturdy metal pen with great performance, the Loom is sure to be the Cancer's new closest companion for all their creative endeavors.

Leo
July 23- August 21
Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl Fountain Pen
The naturally bright and bubbly Leo exudes their warmhearted disposition everywhere they go. Characterized by their generous, creative, enthusiastic demeanor, Leos love having fun or enjoying a meal with friends and showcasing their talents on the stage. They definitely never go unnoticed. The Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl ($149) is the epitome of a fountain pen persona for a Leo. The unrivaled beauty of the swirled orange body and superior writing experience makes this pen an instant attention grabber. The Leo will find any excuse possible to bring out their Collier and write, possibly even sneaking it into one of their performances. 

Virgo
August 22- September 23
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Copper fountain pen
The modest Virgo doesn't like to stand out in a crowd, but they are always watching and studying the world around them. Some of their keywords include meticulous, practical, intelligent, hardworking, and analytical. These strong, silent types enjoy nature, books, and cleanliness. The clean, tough construction of the Karas Kustoms Fountain K Copper ($130) is right up their alley. This simple but durable pen can keep up with the late hours Virgo keeps, working hard on their next project. They can throw this pen in a pack and go out to their favorite quiet spot in nature and write in peace.

Libra
September 24- October 23
Pelikan M205 Aquamarine fountain pen
For the easygoing and charming Libra, life is all about finding harmony and balance in everything. They are diplomatic, romantic, and sociable. Their ideal pen must be perfectly balanced with a special conversation-inducing flair. Look no further than the Pelikan M205 Aquamarine ($156). This lovely aqua blue demonstrator is definitely a conversation piece with its classic styling and translucent body that allows for prime ink viewing.

Scorpio
October 24- November 22
Kaweco Classic Sport Bordeaux fountain pen
Resourceful and determine Scorpios live for truth and getting the facts straight. They are a true friend through thick and thin with abundant bravery and a touch of stubborness. Cue the Kaweco Classic Sport Bordeaux ($25), the hardworking pen perfect for the studious Scorpio. This pocket pen is great for taking notes and studying up on the latest information to stay informed.

Sagittarius
November 23- December 22
Lamy Logo Twilight fountain pen
Sagittarius can be summed up as optimistic, jovial, and honest. These people favor freedom, travel, philosophy, and being outdoors. What pen would light this fire sign's flame? The Lamy Logo Twilight ($40)! An intelligent design with a good humored hint of color suits this sign to a T. This pen will become the favored tool for all writing tasks that come Sagittarius' way. 

Capricorn
December 23- January 20
Lamy 2000 Makrolon fountain pen
Capricorns are the fun bosses of the group, being characterized as responsible, disciplined good managers with a patient and humorous side. As such they need a pen that commands respect but is also favored and used among the population. The Lamy 2000 Makrolon ($159.20) has a long list of admirers and loyal owners. Its sleek black body also looks professional and boardroom appropriate. The relatively approachable price point makes it a practical choice for the frugal Capricorn.

No matter what you sign, one thing is for sure -- there is a pen out there for everyone, and the hunt to find that pen is the most fun of all.

Do you have a pen that you feel represents your personality and spirit?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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