Every once in a while, a pen comes along that has a positively regal appearance and quickly finds itself king or queen of your heart. Be prepared to meet the newest crown jewel of your pen case, the 19th seasonal edition of the Edison Nouveau Premiere, Purple Reign. This collaboration between Goulet Pens and Edison Pen Co. is a stunning example of supreme beauty and we are happy to share it with you. Read on to hear more about this majestic monarch of the seasonal editions.
The mesmerizing Purple Reign Premiere features a deep, rich amethyst purple body with an exciting rush of white swirled throughout. Each Nouveau Premiere is handcrafted by the skillful members of the Edison Pen Co. team in Milan, OH. Check out Brian’s interview with Brian Gray of Edison Pen Co. here to learn more about their wonderful shop and company. Each Purple Reign pen is unique and no two pens will have the exact same design. They are crafted from resin, making them ideal for an eyedropper conversion. The included standard international converter holds a healthy 1.21ml of ink but when eyedropper converted, the Nouveau Premiere can hold a mighty 4.15ml of ink fit for a king or queen. This pen also accepts standard international cartridges. Here is a helpful video to take you step by step through the eyedropper conversion process.
The Edison Nouveau Premiere uses a #6 nib. When ordering your Nouveau Premiere, you get to take your pick of a smooth writing Edison steel nib in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm Stub. You can also upgrade to an 18kt Rhodium-plated gold nib for an additional $125. Want more than one nib size to try out? Replacement steel nibs are available for $25 in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm Stub. Not sure how to go about swapping nibs? Check out Brian’s video!
Have you fallen in love with this pen but still need the perfect ink to coordinate? Be sure to check out our suggestions below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about Where to Start if you know nothing, Durable Bottles, and What Makes Nibs Good.
- 7 pen myths
- Pilot Decimo in black and navy
- Field Notes Coastal
- Conklin Red Nights
- Faber-Castell Looms (in broad!)
- Nemosine singularities in Obsidian and Rose Gold demo
- restocked Pineider Avatars
1) laura.boggs.581- Instagram (09:55)
I recently heard that a pen with a gold nib “adjusts” to your writing style. Is this something that happens with gold nibs or fountain pens in general?
- I’ve answered this, I know
- I talked about it in 7 Pen Myths you should stop believing
- this one has good intentions, in that you should take care in sharing fountain pens with others
- nibs don’t really adjust to anything, you’re more adjusting to it
- nibs can be manipulated to write to an individual’s preference
- largely, other than writing hard spreading the tines, it’s not really conforming to an individual
- it’s a pretty romantic idea
- it definitely will perform differently depending on your hand position and who’s writing with it, and maybe that’s some of where this comes from…but it’s not actually changing itself because of you
2) benjamin.nielson- Instagram (13:54)
Stub nibs are commonly sized as 1.2 and 1.5. How does this compare to Fine, Medium and Broad nibs of both European and Japanese origin?
- thinner stubs are commonly 1.0-1.2, most often 1.1 in the brands we carry
- Japanese and European nibs differ, for sure
- Richard Binder put together a comprehensive stroke width cart in 2013, available on his site
- Fine: 0.5mm EU, 0.4mm Japan
- Medium: 0.6mm EU, 0.55mm Japan
- Broad: 0.8mm EU, 0.75mm Japan
- stub nibs typically are advertised in their actual widths, not the line they draw
- lines they draw might be 75% of the width of the nib itself, if varies
- for a 1.0 you’re looking around a broad nib, maybe a tad wider
- 1.5 you’re looking more in the BB or 3B range, which most pens just don’t have available
- won’t vary much EU to Japan in these sizes, honestly
3) mjbettigole- Instagram (19:39)
Under what circumstances would I want a soft nib?
- soft can mean just a little springy with no line variation, or just springy with no variation at all
- Pilot Falcon is perhaps most famous for “soft” meaning line variation
- Platinum soft nibs don’t have much line variation at all, just springier nib
- I hear the term used more the Japanese pens, actually
- it’ll depend on what you’re going for…but generally, it’s for those with a slightly lighter hand that want a springier feeling, or if you intentionally want some line variation (then you just look at reviews)
4) therealknittingale- Instagram (24:02)
How do you know where to start? I feel like there are so many options that it’s hard to know what to consider. Size? Weight? Flex, non-flex? It’s daunting and hard to know what you’re really getting without being able to test drive the pens.
- it is hard! I empathize, especially because most people don’t think intently about their writing instruments at all until getting into fountain pens
- if you’re starting from ground zero, you will have to try some stuff
- go with ones that are popular “starter” pens, 5 pens for newbies
- set a budget to experiment, maybe $50 for pen and ink
- definitely NOT flex
- weight is good, because you can weigh pens you have now to get an idea, but that will be hard unless you have a precise scale
- ask around, if ANYONE at your work, church, circle of friends is into fountain pens, they will almost certainly want to share with you, especially if you’re new!
- watch Fountain Pen 101 to learn the ropes, then ask my team!
5) quadcarry- Instagram (31:46)
How does micro scratches get on the Nib? I have a 3 year old MB149 with scratches all over the nib and a 6month old one and it’s very shiny. It doesn’t come into contact with anything else but a soft cloth. Me and my friends were both wondering about this question and are stumped, maybe THE Brian Goulet can shed some light.
- it’s probably the glass from your ink bottles!
- Moh’s hardness scale has glass at around 4.5-6.5, gold is at 2.5-3
- rhodium plating protects it more at around 6
- I suspect this is the cause!
- polishing cloth ought to take care of that though
6) michael.j.culbertson- Instagram (38:02)
What characteristics make for a good nib? How can you tell the difference between a nib that is poor overall and a nib that is simply poorly tuned?
- this is a super general question and hard to answer without going into crazy detail on nib construction
- there are a lot of factors that go into nib quality, type of alloy, manufacturing method, tipping, weld, sharing, slit position, cleanliness of slit, etc
- visual inspection if you know what you’re looking for, and a loupe is pretty critical
- proper alignment of tines
- nice writing pad
- slit tapers to the tip
- the best way to tell is just how it writes
- should write under its own weight
7) supreme_leader_blazej- Instagram (43:33)
What bottles of ink are durable? I bring my bottle of ink with me every day to school in my bag and last time the plastic cap broke! Thank you and great videos.
- Plastic bottles are good: Robert Oster, Diamine 30ml, Visconti, J. Herbin 100ml, Organics Studio
- Glass that would do okay: Pelikan Edelstein, Pilot Iroshizuku, Graf von Faber-Castell, Aurora, J. Herbin, Colorverse, LAMY
- maybe avoid: De Atramentis, Diamine 80ml, Stipula, Noodler’s 3oz
- Consider Visconti Traveling Inkwell
- Pineider ink carrying thing is exciting
QOTW: What’s the best fountain pen “hack” you’ve discovered? (49:04)
We’re doing things a little differently this week for Thursday Things. Our giveaway last week inspired us to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit all of the past Thursday Things themes we’ve created. So for this week’s collection, we thought we’d reshare some of our favorite themes with you and invite you to check out the Thursday Things library of themes for yourself to see what old favorites you might discover.
First, we have Sarah’s Pick. As the mastermind behind this great weekly feature, it had to have been hard for her to pick a favorite. When asked why she picked this one, she said “I like this one because I love sleek, stealthy pens (even though I rarely buy them), and had a lot of fun styling this one. I think the undercover feeling goes along with being a photographer and doing a lot behind the scenes.”
Colin, our community coordinator on YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest, is enamored with this red assortment. He said “Thursday Things: Lucky Red is my favorite. The dark, rich red with the black/gold contrast plays really well together. Classy looking.”
Our Media Team manager, Margaret, went for the gold. She loves Thursday Things: Midas Touch because she adores “the way that the gold color can be used as an accessory in jewelry, shoes, and pens! It feels festive.”
I think we can all agree with Jen’s reasoning for picking Thursday Things: Greenhouse as her favorite. She explains “I have an obsession with green, so I love seeing the different shades of green in these products. I’ve also got a ton of plants at home that are starting to sprout! Now if only it would stop snowing so I could put them outside…” Be sure to share your mutual love of plants with Jen on our Instagram account.
Lydia, our Facebook and blog Community Coordinator, had a tough time picking her favorite theme. She said “I love all of the pastel colored themes that just scream spring and summer, like Thursday Things: Seaside Springtime and Thursday Things: Sea Glass, but Sherlock Holmes will always have my heart. I waited months for this ink to come back into stock and this theme is so visually pleasing to me. I feel like I should settle into a wingbacked chair by a roaring fire in a wood paneled library and dive into another Sherlock Holmes mystery.”
What themes have you fallen in love with the moment you saw them? Take a look back at themes we’ve done and see if you stumble upon a new favorite!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
There’s a lot to take in when you’re just getting started with fountain pens. It seems like every forum or thread you see tells you something different than what you thought you knew. What sort of judgements will people pass on you now that you’re writing with a fountain pen? With so many misconceptions out there, we wanted to dispel a few of those myths with this video. Here are 7 fountain pen myths you need to stop believing:
- They’re not in use anymore
- They’re expensive
- They’re high maintenance
- Nibs are dangerous
- Lefties can’t use fountain pens
- They’ll be ruined if someone else writes with them
- You must have good handwriting
What do you think? Did we miss any that you see frequently? Let us know in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
It’s me, Kelsi, bringing you another ink review! This time I had the opportunity to take a closer look at one of our J. Herbin shimmer inks, Amethyste de l’Oural. I’ll be honest, I don’t frequently use shimmer inks because I don’t like having to clean them out of my pens afterwards. However, I was reminded while doing this review just how fun they are to write with, and why so many people love them! Here’s what I found about this one in particular:
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- About 35 seconds – The ink still smeared a little bit at the 30 second mark of the smear test, so it would have been totally dry around 35 seconds.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Medium – While the ink did smear, there was still visible ink left behind on the drip test.
- High – I couldn’t see much difference between swabs 1,2, & 3 .
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium – The shimmer was a bit hard to clean out of my feed, and I ended up removing the feed and using a toothbrush to get all the shimmer out. It’s also a pretty dark and saturated ink, so it took a couple times to flush it all out.
- Low – The color was pretty consistent throughout and didn’t provide much variation.
- Wet – I was actually surprised at how well the ink flowed as I was writing. It put down a pretty wet line.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- The bottles that the J. Herbin shimmer inks come in are so lovely! They have wax seal on the front and are a really attractive square shape. If you are looking for a bottle to display or give as a gift, this is a great option.
Inks Similar in Color:
Like I said before, I was reminded while doing this review just how great shimmer inks can be. The shimmer in this ink adds such a fun flair to my writing and it’s mesmerizing! I really like how dark the base ink is, and the silver shimmer shows up really well against it.
Do you have a favorite shimmering ink?
**WINNER: Janine (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hi all, Adam here to bring you my latest Monday Matchup drawing. This week, I chose a Pilot Prera, Light Green, with a Medium nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin. I tried to find an ink that was as close as possible to the color of the pen, and Pilot Iorshizuku Chiku-Rin was remarkably close. I thought it was nice to keep it in the same product line. Read on to hear about my drawing and what I thought of the pen and ink!
When I first put pen to page, I immediately felt, ‘this ink is too subtle for me’. I generally like loud, bold inks. Thinking about subtlety led me to think about the work of Lao Tzu. I learned about Taoism in college, and it’s a philosophy that I connect with. If you’re interested, the book ‘The Tao of Pooh’ by Benjamin Hoff is spectacular. So I perused through some Lao Tzu quotes and landed on some that I thought were pertinent to our time.
To begin, I searched for images of Lao Tzu, and this picture is the main one that pops up. I drew the outline, then set to filling it in. I tried to primarily use a cross-hatch pen shading technique. I love writing in cursive, but I didn’t think cursive would be the best thing to communicate the feeling of Tao. I chose a somewhat stylized print so that the ideas would be communicated clearly. I particularly enjoy just contemplating the idea that our thoughts are creative and lead us to our destiny. I am pretty happy with how this work turned out. I specifically wanted to make this very simplistic, and I feel good about where I ended up. Loading up too many quotes would’ve been too much. These two in particular I felt were relevant to current events. I hope that some folks out there read these and it opens up some self-reflection.
The Pilot Prera was a surprisingly wet writing pen. I wasn’t expecting that. I have an extra fine vanishing point, and it is SUPER fine. Chiku-Rin is a nice color, I enjoyed using it for this piece, but it’s not something that I would personally use in my pens. I would use this combination for just writing random musings, and maybe song lyrics. It’s a subtle, contemplative color. I wouldn’t use it for journaling or writing letters. It just doesn’t stand out enough for me.
In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.
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.
- 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.
The contest is open Monday, March 19, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 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.