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Monday, February 27, 2017

Aurora Black with Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood: Monday Matchup #131

Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.

Hey, fountain pen friends. Whitney here with my matchup of the Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood fountain pen and Aurora Black ink. I was excited to let Madigan choose a pen and ink pairing because she always does an amazing job picking pens and inks I love and are a perfect fit for me. She did not disappoint. Read on to hear more about my inspiration for this piece and my thoughts on this pen and ink.


After Madigan used her magical powers of pen choosing and handed me this combo with her goddess-like hands, I pondered the possibilities for my piece. I am a bit of a wise guy and I said to myself "Self, wouldn't it be funny to write popular rap or hip hop lyrics in the same style we write all of our other lovely and poetic quotes?" Yeah! by Usher is one of my favorite songs. Early 2000's top 40s hip hop is a great source of joy for me. I almost always dance and/or sing along when this song comes on. Also I found it pretty hilarious and ridiculous to attribute one word to a musical artist, but very much something I'd do.

I decided that I really wanted to go with a decorative style for my plan to be effective, so I looked to something reminiscent of the art deco/art nouveau style. I haven't done a flowery matchup recently so I thought it would be a good time to go back to that. I made mini mockups of the word, found a version I liked most, and traced it so I wouldn't mess up on camera. The flowers, however, I did completely freehand from reference images of flowers I looked up. I added a bit more depth to them with a water brush.

I really liked the Faber-Castell Ambition, especially the Pearwood color. It's got a nice weight and shape to it. Great for itsy-bitsy hands like mine. It has a classy look that I'm really drawn to as well, a smart looking pen, I'd say. The fine nib wrote nice and smooth, no scratchiness. The ink is lovely, a very classic black. I had no complaints. This pen and ink combo is perfect for everything. Write your grocery list with this pen and impress everyone at the farmer's market or grocery store. Write novels on the back of a (fountain pen friendly) napkin that puts the best author to shame. Use this pen to scribble down an inspired thought you can't bear to lose. Draw a small picture that your mom would be proud to hang on the fridge. Overall, this pen is swell.

Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.
Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.
Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.
Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.
Drawing of Yeah! Usher quote in Aurora Black ink and a Faber-Castell Ambition fountain pen.

You can find the Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood fountain pen at GouletPens.com for $120. Aurora Black is available in a 45ml bottle for $18 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25, as well as a 5 pack of cartridges for $6.50. 

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, February 27, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, February 28, 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.

Write on,
Whitney

Friday, February 24, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 157, 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 getting into nibmeistering, rules of pen etiquette, and the blackest of the black inks!

This week:
  • crazy warm weather here, lots of illness too

New/Upcoming Products: - (:53)


Pens/Writing - (1:41)

1) Karl K.- Facebook - (1:42)
Are there any hard and fast rules, i.e., do's and don'ts, regarding pen etiquette when someone asks to examine my fountain pen -- or my examining theirs? I am not sure I want someone "trying out" my pen. Would it endanger my nib?
  • there aren't really "hard and fast rules", it varies person-to-person
  • some people aren't comfortable lending their pens, ever
  • there's long-standing ideology that a nib is unique to your writing and anyone else writing with it could ruin it
  • I take a common-sense approach to it
  • if it's an inexpensive pen, give some basic instruction and give it to everyone!
  • if it's more expensive, only do it if you really trust the person, they'll understand
  • I instruct how to hold it, and don't write with a lot of pressure
  • It's the pressure thing that you most have to worry about
  • Usually if I can set it up right, I have people writing more cautiously than brazen
  • you have to determine what's comfortable for you and the individual you're sharing with

2) Melissa R.- Facebook - (5:39)
If you were to get a nib ground to something new that you've never tried before (I personally want to try an architect grind), what nib would you use? Something replaceable in case you didn't like the grind (like a Lamy nib or a Goulet nib) or something maybe less replaceable on a pen you love in hopes of ending up with a really awesome pen?
  • great question, there's definitely an element of risk involved here
  • this depends if you're risk-averse or reward-seeking
  • grind a cheaper nib if you suspect you may not like it, or have no idea, to limit your loss
  • go nuts on a more expensive pen if you expect to love it
  • a more known/expensive pen with a custom grind could have better resale value, too, if you really just don't like it
  • I'd strongly consider you get a pen that whatever nibmeister has worked on a lot or recommends for that grind
  • You can always reach out to whomever you'd like to do your grind and see what they recommend, because after all, it's very custom work

Ink - (9:20)

3) the_nice_devil- YouTube - (9:22)
Can you buy ink concentrate? is it possible to make ink powder and just put it in a bottle and just add water?
  • ink powder, not really- dye can be powder but is only one component of FP ink
  • other components used to make inks are liquid only, and couldn't easily be made into a powder
  • some fountain pen inks are more saturated than others, and can be diluted and still very usable as pen ink
  • Noodler's has very concentrated inks and often recommends diluting them to maximize their value

4) aga.wy- Instagram - (11:46)
Ink question: which is the darkest of them all? 

5) chinyan_pandya- Instagram- (13:53)
What are your thoughts on boiling the ink for a few seconds to evaporate some of the water and make it more saturated? Perhaps bring out a bit more of the sheen? Is it even possible? Waiting for your interesting insights! 
  • boiling? yikes, I don't think I'd want to do that, never tried though
  • technically, the water will evaporate just leaving the cap off for a while
  • will it bring out more sheen? That I don't really know, I don't think so
  • you can't squeeze blood out of a rock, if the ink doesn't sheen it won't sheen
  • putting down more ink will make it sheen more, and technically if you have less water that could get a similar effect...
  • I doubt ink that's evaporated enough to really make a difference in sheen would perform well in a pen, it'd probably write too dry and clog up
  • I've never tried it though, I'd be curious to test that out!

Business - (17:26)

6) Matthew M.- Facebook - (17:33)
Do ink manufacturers ever have a problem with you repackaging and selling the ink as samples?
  • nope! not at all, they think it's great! 
  • as an authorized retailer for all our brands, we are helping them out by getting their ink into as many people's pens as possible, and since the barrier to entry is lower with samples we can help with that
  • the samples combined with the Swab Shop is a big win for ink companies, and they are really appreciative of that exposure

7) Joshua W.- Email - (20:47)
I was wondering how it would be best to look into nibmeister work. I have done a little bit of antique watch repair at a friend's shop, nothing professional, but helped him out a bit, and working on fountain pens sounds like a similar vein of work. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing you could go take a course on, at least not here in the US. Any suggestions?
  • this is something I've been trying to figure out myself! 
  • there's definitely no school for it, and very limited information available in books, videos, or online
  • basically, there are a handful of people doing this work in the world, and they're all really really busy and not mentoring others a lot
  • it's really a trade/craft, and either needs to be passed down or learned through trail-and-error
  • pretty much, you can read some of the resources out there (Richard Binder is a good one) and get a bunch of cheap nibs and practice your little heart out
  • the only other alternative would be to link up with a pen company that does it in-house, and that's going to be VERY tough, especially as most of them are outside the US

QOTW: How do you feel about loaning your pen out to other people? What's your process? - (28:34)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Things: Black and White and Red All Over

A polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What's black and white and red all over? You may want to say a newspaper but we've got a much more exciting answer this week! Thursday Things: Black and White and Red All Over is a fun and exciting collection of eye catching red, black, and white products ready to make your writing pop! Prepare yourself for an adventurous assortment of the writing variety.

Featured products from left to right:
Check out the Thursday Things: Black and White and Red All Over shopping guide to see all these playful products.

A Kaweco Skyline Sport Black in a polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen - Black
A red Lamy Safari in a polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Red 
A Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Red polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Fountain Pen - Red
A Jinhao x750 Frosted Black in a polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Jinhao x750 Fountain Pen - Frosted Black
A White Lamy Safari in a polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - White
Noodler's Neponsets in a polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen - Black Python in Pearls and Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen - John Mung
A polka dot inspired flat lay of black, white, and red fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What is your favorite dad joke to tell?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Why Did You Stop Writing?

Recently, I was given boxes full of my childhood memorabilia from my mother's attic.  I was surprised and delighted to find notebooks filled with my childhood ramblings, beginning in 3rd grade. There were cute stories, embarrassing love letters to crushes that were never sent, a few diary attempts, and some seriously angsty teenage poetry. As I read through it, I was impressed at my younger self's ability to put pen to paper and open up an introspective world through writing. And then it struck me- for the vast majority of my 20s, I didn't write at all

This is especially true of my college years, when writing felt like a chore to get through the countless classroom assignments. I was involved in campus groups, had a part-time job, and a full social calendar. Post-college, I was living abroad in South Korea and exploring seemed more important than spending time alone writing. Later, it was work, familiar obligations, friendships... as I got older, my life just seemed to be constantly on hyper drive. Looking back, it felt like something else was always more important than sitting down and putting pen to paper- a constant hustle to do more, see more, be more.


But is this constant go-go-go grind that seems to be so prevalent in this day and age a reality, or is it the choices that I'm making? Did my younger self simply have more time or was she just wiser with what she did with it? Could I make different choices and tap back into my more introspective and thoughtful self?


Strangely, fountain pens have been the impetus for reviving my love of writing. It seems silly- that a simple writing instrument could inspire me to turn back to something I loved so much when I was younger. Simply because I love feeling the way my fountain pen glides across the page, I started writing to-dos for work, making art for Monday Matchups, Bullet Journaling, and making home made cards for friends and family. I was able to tap into my creativity and reconnect with a part of myself that I didn't know was missing.


Flipping back through my 2016 journal, I'm able to get a grasp of the work I've done, the places I've been, and the exciting things I accomplished. It is physical proof of the progress and changes that have unfolded in the past year. For the first time in about 10 years, I have a written record of my life to look back on.

People talk about taking time, or making time, for the things that you love. I've found that sometimes it's making a small change to your daily habits that can change the balance of your day, and from there, your life. For me, finding fountain pens has been more than just a hobby- they have been a tool to help me enjoy my life at a deeper and more meaningful level.


I'd like to invite you to, yes, slow down, and think about it a moment. If you aren't currently taking time to write, why did you stop? Was it a conscious choice or did it simply fade away as other things crowded in for your time and attention?

If you did start writing again, how would that impact your life?

Maybe you should write about it.

Write on,
Madigan


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Introducing the Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection!

Gemstone and crystal ink illustration drawn with Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection.
Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection
Have you been tempted and tantalized by the mysterious inks in our Coming Soon section, boasting such appealing new ink colors as Fireopal and Erinite? The suspense is over! Monteverde has just introduced a collection of 10 new ink colors, ready to take their place as the crown jewel of your ink collection.The Gemstone Ink Collection features gorgeous shades that mirror the hues of some of your most favorite glittering jewels.

Gemstone and crystal ink illustration drawn with Amethyst in the Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection.
Monteverde Amethyst 

Monteverde Amethyst fountain pen ink.Monteverde Charoite fountain pen ink.

If blue or purple hues are what you desire, there quite a few to choose from. For a true blue, look no further than Sapphire, a gorgeous ink that gives the real sapphire a run for its money. For a shade that toes the line between purple and blue, check out Charoite. Lastly, if purple is the color that captures your heart, there is no better choice than Amethyst.

Gemstone and crystal ink illustration drawn with Garnet in the Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection.
Monteverde Fireopal
Monteverde Ruby fountain pen ink.Monteverde Fireopal fountain pen ink.Monteverde Topaz fountain pen ink.Monteverde Garnet fountain pen ink.

Not to be outshone, the red/orange/pink category is also robustly filled out with a great selection of colors. While Ruby is the obvious choice for those looking for a bright red, Fireopal offers a very intriguing burnt orange/red option that is sure to fan the flames of inspiration for your next writing project. For a drop of sunny, sensational orange, you can't go wrong with Topaz. Or if a happy, rich magenta pink is what you seek, you'll feel quite satisfied with a bottle of Garnet!

Gemstone and crystal ink illustration drawn with Olivine in the Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection.
Monteverde Olivine
Monteverde Moonstone fountain pen ink.Monteverde Olivine fountain pen ink.Monteverde Erinite fountain pen ink.

Finally, for those looking for a more reserved option or simply feeling the need for green, there are options for you as well! Moonstone, a subtle brown,  makes a great, understated work ink and pleasant change from standard black. Olivine could also make a great alternative for those more relaxed office environments where an olive green would be acceptable. But for the writer looking to really add some green panache to their writing, there is nothing like Erinite, a marvelous emerald green shade.
Monteverde Emerald Green
Although not actually part of the Gemstone collection, we cannot pass up the opportunity to shout out the gorgeous Emerald Green Monteverde has to offer. With a boatload of shading potential and a cheery color, this gem is another great ink for all purposes.
Gemstone and crystal ink illustration drawn with Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection.
Monteverde Gemstone Ink Collection
We're pretty excited to be adding these lovely inks to our selection. You can find them at GouletPens.com in a 90ml bottle for $15 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

What do you think? Have you found a clear favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, February 20, 2017

Robert Oster Bondi Blue with a Nemosine Singularity Aqua Blue Fountain Pen: Monday Matchup #130

Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.

Hey there, fountain pen friends, Sarah here! For this week's matchup, I chose the beautiful Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink and Nemosine Singularity Aqua fountain pen. To match the sheen in the Bondi Blue, I added a Re-Entry nib in 0.6mm stub for its shimmery red and blue colors. Read on the hear about my experiences with this pen and ink!



My inspiration for this piece came from my longing for warm weather. The winter cold is wearing me down, so my thoughts keep drifting back to the warm weather in Puerto Rico, where my husband and I went for our honeymoon recently. One day, when we were surfing, a sea turtle bobbed up and down through the clear turquoise waves right beside us. I had never seen a sea turtle so close up and it left a profound impression on me. I knew I wanted to draw a sea turtle because that moment immediately came to mind when I inked up the Aqua pen with the Bondi Blue.

I began the piece by first studying actual photos of sea turtles to get an idea for what their skin texture looked like. I then lightly sketched out the outline in pencil. I filled a water brush pen with water and dipped it into the cap of the bottle to soak the tip with a little bit of ink. I started laying down the color in big shapes, dipping into the cap each time I needed to add more ink for darker areas. I used the fountain pen to outline the turtle and add details as I went, switching between the water brush pen and the fountain pen.

The Bondi Blue ink dried beautifully, with some red sheen around the edges. I really tried to show the shading and qualities of the ink by using the water brush pen and it definitely worked. It was really enjoyable to see the range of how light and dark the ink can get. The Nemosine Singularity felt great in hand and was lightweight. The 0.6mm stub nib was perfect for showing off the ink, though I found it to write a little dry. Perhaps some light micromesh tuning or a wetter ink would benefit the flow. I wouldn't change a thing about this matchup though. This combo would be great for writing a card to someone or journaling. The stub nib adds some nice line variation and makes it look a little special.
Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.
Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.
Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.
Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.
Illustration of a turquoise sea turtle with a William James quote that reads, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." Drawn with a Nemosine Singularity fountain pen and Robert Oster Bondi Blue ink.
You can find the Nemosine Singularity in Aqua at GouletPens.com for $19.99. Robert Oster Bondi Blue is available in a 50ml bottle for $16 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50. 

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, February 20, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, February 21, 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 sheening ink?

Write on,
Sarah

Friday, February 17, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 156, 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 give a rundown of notebook bindings, 3D printers, and all the Noodler's series names and their properties.

This week:

1) Vince Bentfield - YouTube - (9:51)
Will Goulet ever make a Goulet flex nib or make a gold Goulet nibs (not gold plated)?
  • ever? probably...soon? probably not
  • Jowo is our nib maker for stainless steel, they do 14k and 18k gold
  • our cost would end up around $125 each if we did it, like Edison gold nibs are
  • there may be some demand, but I'm not sure there's enough at that price for us to commit to the quantities that we'd need to commit to
  • flex nibs are more complicated
  • there's not a Jowo flex right now so we'd have to do it ourselves
  • it requires nib grinding expertise that we don't have
  • we'd need a nibmeister to grind it, and only 14k nibs can handle that grind
  • you'd be looking at least $40 + the $125 for the nib, so in the $165-200 range roughly when all is said and done (just for the nib!)
  • maybe we'll get there, but I just don't think we're there right now

Ink - (15:13)

2) Robert- YouTube - (15:16)
What is the difference between Diamine Steel Blue and Diamine Marine? I've looked at your swab shop, and they look almost identical. Why would a manufacturer make two inks that are so similar?
  • yup, they're really close!
  • throw Eau de Nil in there too, that's real close
  • Steel Blue to me is just a tiny bit less green, its' subtle and doesn't show up so much on the computer monitor
  • greens and blues in this shade are hard to distinguish digitally, there is a slight difference in person
  • that said, it's not much of a difference
  • chances are, if someone swapped your bottle on you with the other, you may not even notice
  • Diamine doesn't really discontinue their colors, at least in the 6+ years I've carried the brand
  • it's not super uncommon for a brand with this many (over 100) colors to have some that are really close
  • often there's theming/naming that's different (not in this case), or there are property differences between the two (dry time, water proofness, flow, etc)

3) bulletjournalingintheboot- Instagram - (22:34)
What is the difference and special properties of the Noodler's lines (Australian Roses, Bad, Baystate, Eel, etc)? 

4) Samael238- YouTube - (37:10)
I'd like to draw something with a fountain pen and give it as a gift to someone; is there something that i can use on the drawing to protect it from UV exposure? I fear that if it gets framed and put on a desk inside a room with a couple of windows, it may fade overtime and disappear. Is there a spray or a transparent sheet of something that will absorb or reflect the UV rays? Or is there something else I can do?
  • you can do things to help, but ink will never be the best medium for displaying artwork for archival purposes
  • pigmented inks will be best (Platinum Carbon Black, Pigmented Blue, etc)
  • Noodler's Eternal inks (see above) would be next choice
  • you can display it in a frame with UV-filtering glass too

Paper - (41:05)

5) Kevin G.- Facebook - (41:09)
A question on paper (since paper is more exciting to me than ink or pen): What are your thoughts on different notebook bindings and their pros and cons? 
  • I've used a lot of different ones (not all though) and can share some of my personal preferences
  • Staplebound (top and side)- 
    • Pros: economical, versatile, flexible
    • Cons: less durable, hard to use back (top only), can't be very thick
  • Wirebound (top and side)
    • Pros: economical, sheets easily removed, easy to use both sides, lays flat
    • Cons: binding is thicker than the notebook, binding can be bent/damaged, somewhat less durable
  • Glued
    • Pros: usually for stationery tablets to be easily and cleanly torn off, works well for that, lays very flat
    • Cons: far less durable
  • Stitched
    • Pros: added durability, groups signatures together to make thicker books
    • Cons: may or may not lay as flat, higher cost
  • Clothbound
    • Pros: fairly durable, flexible, somewhat economical
    • Cons: not widely available, can only be used on thicker notebooks
  • Hardbound
    • Pros: usually stitched (and maybe glued), can be thick, very durable
    • Cons: higher cost, may or may not lay flat
  • Loose sheets- honorable mention

Troubleshooting - (54:15)

6) Laura D.- Facebook - (54:16)
I just got my first flex pen- Noodler's Ahab (and I love it SO much- thank you guys!) I inked it up with Noodler's Q'Ternity. I tested it out on my Leuchtturm1917 hardback dot grid and on my Rhodia pad.. both 80g. When I flexed the nib, it looked great but then started to feather on both paper types... is this an ink problem, a paper problem, or am I maybe doing this flex thing wrong? Thanks!
  • this is mostly an ink issue, Q'ternity is a bleeder
  • change the ink and you'll see a difference for sure
  • Leuchtturm and Rhodia both make great paper, but flex pens push the limits with their ability to repel ink
  • more highly coated inks will withstand it even better (Tomoe River, Clairefontaine Triomphe, watercolor paper)
  • I don't think it's the way you're using the pen, though the Ahab is an absolute gusher

Business - (58:21)

7) chintan_pandya- Instagram - (58:25)
A hypothetical business question. With the 3D printer technology catching up do you think Goulet Pens can look into manufacturing pen accessories in the future such as pen stands, hard pen cases and other cool stuff in-house at a lower cost? The printers with the cartridges as far as I know are relatively inexpensive and can make just about anything as long as it isn't too complex. I understand you are a retailer but these will be just accessories and thus not too much of a hassle?
  • theoretically yes, I could 3D print and sell accessories
  • the technology is there, but it's still finding its place in manufacturing
  • I don't know the technology or equipment that well, so there's a learning curve for me
  • I could print stuff, but it doesn't mean you'd want to buy it
  • there are supply/demand consideration (almost no one asks me for pen stands or hard cases ever)
  • manufacturing is a whole different ballgame than retailing, I know from doing some very light manufacturing already
  • Right this moment it's too much of a hassle, but it's certainly on the table down the road as the technology improves

8) eleanor.justice- Instagram - (01:04:54)
You've spoken in the past about collaborating with Noodler's on special ink colors and have done some fun things in conjunction with Boho Berry ~ I'd love to hear more about your collaboration process/how you select projects to collaborate on, and that general subject area.
  • there's no exact science here, because it's all relationship-building stuff!
  • Noodler's, Edison, Conklin, Monteverde, and other manufacturers are natural because we already represent their brands
  • we just need ideas, economics that make sense, and execution
  • Boho Berry and other blogger/reviewers are a little different, they're "influencers" and so are we (apart from just being a retailer)
  • the lines between our brands are a little softer, and the collaboration usually is centered around shared goals, increasing exposure to each others' audiences, or just building goodwill
  • with any of these, it all begins with a combination of opportunity and practicality, and it sometimes takes a while to have both of those line up
  • it can sometimes be years in the making, for many different reasons
  • strong trust, honesty, integrity, and gratitude go a long way with any collaboration

9) molindela- Instagram - (01:13:09)
I love your store but since I live in Europe I'll buy stuff "locally" too. Do you have any thoughts on leaving product reviews if it's stuff you carry but bought elsewhere?
  • thanks for the support here! And good for you still supporting your local store (that's less and less an option in the US)
  • we have a product review management system that's moderated (BazaarVoice)
  • they and most moderators will give less consideration to a review that's clearly been purchased elsewhere, especially if there's little detail and it's negative ("I didn't buy it here but it sucks!")
  • more detail is helpful, and I personally appreciate a review of a product wherever you bought it, as long as it's very clear that's what's going on
    • "I didn't buy this pen from your store specifically but it's identical and I wanted to share my thoughts because I appreciate your site and want others to have this info..."
  • if it's very negative, it may get flagged as spam because believe it or not, trolls exist on the internet and will bash products on retailers' sites they haven't bought from 
  • these trolls ruin it for all the well-meaning individuals who aim to leave an honest review on a site they didn't buy, so just be prepared for that
  • use your judgment, and just don't be incredibly shocked if your review isn't posted long-term on the site (our or otherwise) if you didn't buy it there

QOTW: Who would you want to see me (Brian) or GouletPens collaborate with, whether for a product design or influencer/promotion? - (01:22:11)


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, February 16, 2017

Thursday Things: Typography

A typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

We've arranged a special treat for you this week. Set yourself up for writing greatness with the bold and stately products featured in this week's Thursday Thing: Typography. Like the act of staging these products, the art of arranging letters for printing takes a special creativity and creates a visually appealing and pleasing experience for all who encounter it. Stylized letters and font captivate, inspire, and carry writing to a greater, deeper resonance. The same could definitely be said for writing with a great pen and ink, don't you think? Have a look at this inspiring assortment and you may just find the next addition to fill that empty space in your collection! 

Featured products from left to right:
Check out the Thursday Things: Typography shopping guide!

A Pilot Vanishing Point White with Black fountain pen in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - White with Black
A Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell Brown fountain pen in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pelikan M400 Fountain Pen - TortoiseShell Brown on a Traveler’s Notebook - Camel (Passport)
A Noodler's Konrad Jersey Devil fountain pen in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Noodler’s Konrad Acrylic Flex Fountain Pen – Jersey Devil
A Kaweco Classic Sport White in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen - White
A Traveler's Notebook Camel in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Traveler’s Notebook - Camel (Passport) with a Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen - White
A Goulet Notebook with Tomoe River paper in a typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Goulet Notebook w/68gsm Tomoe River Paper – A5, Dot Grid with a Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - White with Black
A typography inspired flat lay of white and brown fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What's your favorite font?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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