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Diamine Earl Grey with a Lamy Studio Racing Green: Monday Matchup #163

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

Hello, everyone, Sarah here! This week, I’m excited to have used the brand new Diamine Earl Grey ink and LAMY Studio Racing Green fountain pen. This ink was voted on and created by the Fountain Pen subreddit community and it was super cool to use an ink with that exciting of a backstory. I read reviews about both the pen and the ink and I was looking forward to getting my hands on them. Read on to hear what I thought!

My inspiration for this matchup came from the name of this ink. It is a lovely name and fitting for the hue. I had already drawn teacups for a previous matchup so I went a different route this time. What goes perfectly with a cup of tea? A comfy armchair, of course! And a good book with my cat too!

I first began by collecting inspirational photos of cozy armchairs online, then sketching the chair out. I took the brush pen and dipped it into a little ink, blocking the basic shadows to get the shape looking more dimensional. I wanted the chair to have a lot of depth as if you could just hop inside the drawing and sit in it. Then, I took the pen and sketched the hard edges of the chair, making lines around the buttons, creases of the fabric, and in the details.

LAMY never fails me. I found the smooth lines and width of the Fine nib to work perfectly for artwork. The Studio was surprisingly heavier than I expected but makes sense for a metal-bodied pen. I found I liked it best unposted as it was a little top heavy when posted. The Earl Grey ink was a bold grey- legible and dark, which I loved. It had a subtle blue cast to it and when I blended it a bit with water on the page, I could see a little bit of purple hues too. Overall, Earl Grey is an elegant ink and it’s made even better because of the story behind it!

This combo would be perfect for any task. The shape of the Studio would be comfortable for long writing sessions and this shade of grey is so versatile for just about anything! I wouldn’t change a thing about this matchup.

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

Sanober Khan quote drawn with Diamine Earl Grey ink with a Lamy Studio Racing Green fountain pen.

You can find the LAMY Studio Racing Green at GouletPens.Com for $76. Diamine Earl Grey is available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.25 or an 80ml bottle for $14.95.

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  • Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
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What does your ideal cozy spot look like?

Write On,
Sarah

December 11th, 2017|Monday Matchup|8 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 193: Carrying Pens, Those Dang Converters, and Choosing The Right Nib Size

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about how to carry your pens, keeping track of various brands’ converters, and choosing the right nib size for you!

**Due to some technical hiccups, this week’s Q&A is audio only. We’ll be back to the full video format next week.**

This week:

  • Just got back from Heidelberg, Germany this week visiting the Lamy factory!
  • I recorded this on Nov 22, before my trip
  • I wanted some slightly more evergreen questions, and went with covering some of the fundamentals


Pens/Writing

1) kingofpop771- Instagram
What is the best way to carry an eyedropper pen?

  • there is a lot of appeal for eyedropper pens, it’s a romantic idea
  • if I can carry a ton of ink that’d be amazing!
  • there’s an inherent risk of leaking or burping, so just be aware
  • basically, follow the same rules you would if you were flying/changing altitude
  • the less ink/more air you have in the pen, the more likely it is to burp and get ink in your cap as you carry it
  • it’s best to carry it nib-up
  • try to minimize the jostling, like carrying it around in a purse or backpack that’ll be thrown around a lot
  • Be cognizant of if it DID leak, where it’d leak! keeping it inside a pen sleeve, pocket, back, etc so it is contained somewhat
  • it’s not like these things leak all the time, but the risk is higher with an eyedropper pen so just be aware of it


2) yogatoride- Instagram
What are some of the best ways to carry your pen on your person if you only want to carry one? Many of the cases I see are for multiple pens, but often times I only want to carry the one pen.

  • you don’t have to use a case at all, it depends on your level of comfort
  • clip it into your pocket/shirt, etc
  • pen sleeve works GREAT, this is what I use
  • there are individual pen cases, but they often aren’t popular because they actually cost as much or more to make than larger ones, believe it or not
  • a lot of the cost with pen cases is in the labor, and it’s harder to work on smaller objects than big ones
  • there are some manufacturers that make individual cases
  • We carry Aston slips for $13.90, Visconti single cases for $85
  • I’ve seen a lot of handmade cloth and denim cases on Etsy and other craft sites at a reasonable price, too
  • if there’s a lot of interest in these I can explore, but the leather options have been pretty expensive and hasn’t generated a lot of interest in the past
  • If you carry around a notebook all the time too, consider a pen holder for your notebook, and carry them together
  • Leuchtturm pen holder, Midori


3) suepertonic- Instagram
What makes a flex nib able to flex? (e.g. shape, material, thickness, the way that it’s made, etc.)

  • all of the above!
  • sounds obvious, but flexibility is the key here
  • that can be achieved in multiple ways
  • softness of the material itself, like gold or palladium being softer than steel
  • the shape of the nib, like the Aurora 88 flex having less material than the regular 88 or Optima
  • you can achieve flex by removing material, either by cutting it out (Aurora, Edison) or by shaving the underside to weaken the metal
  • the inherent challenge is in having metal that’s weak enough to flex but strong enough to bounce back to it’s original form
  • that’s where the real artistry comes in!


4) arachnesthreads- Instagram
I bought a Stipula Etruria and it came with a registration/warranty to fill out and send back to Stipula. I did but I never heard back from them. What is this for? What can you tell me about it?

  • I don’t know about hearing back, I don’t know how common that is from any manufacturer, let alone Stipula
  • I don’t have any specific insight into what Stipula’s doing with this information, but I’ll speak in more general terms based on my understanding of why companies do warranty cards
    • better understanding of who their customers are
    • more efficient process in place if warranty service is ever needed
    • ensures legitimacy of the purchase through an authorized retailer (no knock-offs)
  • manufacturers will make their products, and maaaaybe sell direct sometimes, but often sell to different distributors throughout the world, who then sell to retailers
  • the reason there’s this distribution channel is because the world is a big place, there are a lot of regulations, laws, and knowledge required about how to service customers in that region most effectively
  • by the time pens work their way all the way down the distribution chain, manufacturers could be completely out of touch with the end user
  • this is especially true for B&M stores, because they don’t always have the ability to keep record of who their customers are
  • online, you can create an account and save your information, so there’s already a record of your purchase, which serves the purpose of the warranty card (unless the retailer goes out of business)
  • still MUCH of the world is brick-and-mortar, and the manufacturer likely will prefer to have your proof of purchase directly
  • other manufacturers I’ve seen have used these cards to try to gather information about their customers for targeted service or marketing efforts, so there will be demographic information or other questions about which products you’re interested in
  • given how easy it is to do more targeted marketing online these days, this isn’t likely extremely effective
  • most pen companies don’t even do warranty cards
  • when they do, it’s totally up to you whether you want to do them, I haven’t yet heard of someone having warranty service denied because they didn’t fill out the card, but it definitely doesn’t hurt


5) amo21mn- Instagram
How does one refrain from inking up all their pens? I’m asking for a friend.

  • you’re asking MEEEEE?
  • I don’t know, I keep between 20-40 pens inked at any one time, and pen cleaning is basically a second hobby of mine 😉
  • it depends how many you have and how often you use them, you may never have to worry about having less than all your pens inked up!
  • When you get to more than 1 pen cleaning per day, it gets a bit much to manage
  • the best technique I’ve found is to put an arbitrary limit on it, just pick a number that makes sense
  • if you have a physical pen case like an Aston Case 10 or Girologio 12 case, say you will only keep inked pens in there and after that it’s a 1-in-1-out policy there
  • it’s really up to you though, whatever the heck makes sense for you


6) Jim P- Facebook
I have dozens of FPs from a variety of manufacturers. Most of them have converters. Except for my most used pens, I’ve lost track of which converter goes with which pen. Is there an easy way to figure out which converter goes with which pen? Most converters don’t seem to have a company/mfr name etched into them. Thanks

  • easy might be a relative term here
  • We do have a cartridge/converter guide here
  • that’s probably the best way, and you can look up which converter is which on the product pages on our site (I wonder if we could link to them from this guide, I’ll look into that)
  • not all companies put their names on the converter, that’s true
  • when in doubt, take a picture and tag my team on Instagram, FB, or Twitter, or shoot us an email at info@gouletpens.com and we’ll help you out!
  • Also, forums like FPN or FPGeeks can be a resource for help, especially if it’s an older pen or one we don’t carry


7) Roshan- Email
I have a question on nib sizes and speed of writing. I have a Parker Vector F nib and a Sheaffer Safaris M nib. While writing with the F nib I am able to write slowly and produce more beautiful letters than when I write with the M nib. My handwriting is not too small and not large. Does the nib size make the pen a slow or fast writer ? Would you advise buying F nib pens or M nib pens ?

  • I don’t know that inherently the nib size itself slows down or speeds up anyone’s writing
  • it will really depend on the individual
  • physically speaking, the only thing “slowing you down” would be additional friction on the page between the nib and the paper, and that’s going to be so minimal that it’s insignificant
  • there will be a felt difference (super fine nibs feel scratchier than broads, usually)
  • you may feel more comfortable writing with some nib sizes over others, so the answer to this is that yes, it will be factor, but it will be different for every single person and you don’t really know how it’ll impact you until you try different nibs


QOTW: How many pens do you keep inked up at one time? 

Write On,
Brian Goulet

December 8th, 2017|Goulet Q&A|27 Comments

Thursday Things: Technophile

A flat lay of black and stealthy fountain pens, notebooks, and ink for the techie.

Fountain pens may not be new technology, but they sure do look the part. Streamlined and clean, the items featured in this collection will fit any technophile’s style. Like the neat and orderly nature of a set of binary code, these pens will help you write your way to a tidy, organized day. Thursday Things: Technophile brings together pens and inks that are reserved and ready for highly detailed work. Be on the cutting edge of style with the old school technology of a simple fountain pen.

Featured products from left to right:

A flat lay of black and stealthy fountain pens, notebooks, and ink for the techie.

Lamy Aion Fountain Pens- OliveSilver and Black

A flat lay of black and stealthy fountain pens, notebooks, and ink for the techie.

What is your favorite streamlined fountain pen?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

December 7th, 2017|Thursday Things|8 Comments

Introducing the Conklin Duragraph Merlot!

Conklin Duragraph Merlot

**As of 12/11/17, we have sold out of this limited production of this pen and won’t be getting any more. We do have the Conklin Duragraph Purple Nights available.**

We’re excited to announce a new Goulet-exclusive fountain pen, the Conklin Duragraph in Merlot! Take a sip of this deep red beauty that boasts the classic vintage design you know and love from the Duragaph. The barrel of this limited-production color is a stunning deep red/purple flecked color that’s complemented perfectly by the black cap and silver trim.

Duragraph Merlot

It comes with a standard international converter, so you can start writing with your favorite bottled ink right away. It features a stainless steel nib in medium or 1.1mm stub italic. The Fine & Medium come with a two-tone nib, while the stub features a polished steel nib. Of course, the Duragraph also takes #6 nibs, so you can swap on a Goulet nib if you want to switch from EF to 1.5mm stub in a jiffy.

Duragraph Merlot Nib

The best part of this new Merlot Duragraph is the price. Normally priced at $52 (MSRP $65), we’re offering this gorgeous pen at $35 making it a no-brainer for anyone looking for a ‘next-level‘ pen at a great price. On top of that, for a limited time, receive a free bottle of Monteverde ink ($15 value!) with a purchase of this Duragraph. This incredible value makes it a great gift for yourself or a loved one this holiday season.

Looking for an ink to match? Here’s a few options that could work:

The Conklin Duragraph Merlot is available for $35 and you can get more information on GouletPens.com. Be sure to grab this limited-production color before it’s too late! *As of 12/11/17, we have sold out and will not be restocking.*

What do you think of this new Duragraph color? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

December 7th, 2017|Pen News|31 Comments

Introducing the LAMY Aion!

Lamy Aion

Anytime LAMY introduces a new pen model, it’s big news. Last year, we had the LAMY LX. Now, we’re excited to introduce the LAMY Aion! Designed by Jasper Morrison, this new pen model strives to exemplify structurally, unobtrusive functionality. The body and cap are constructed from solid aluminum, each made from seamless closed components.

The Aion also features a new and innovative stainless steel nib that showcases unconventional contours exclusive to this pen design. Despite the new nib, it still allows for easy nib swapping that LAMY is famous for. You can even upgrade it with the 14kt gold LAMY replacement nibs.

Lamy Aion Nib

The pen comes with a LAMY ink cartridge, as well as the z26 converter meaning you can start writing right out of the box. The Aion is available in two colors (Black, Olivesilver) and comes in EF, F, or M nibs. Available at Gouletpens.com for $71.20, the Aion is a great purchase for LAMY lovers or those looking for a ‘next level’ pen.

Lamy Aion

What do you think of LAMY’s latest offering? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

December 6th, 2017|Pen News, Pen Reviews|6 Comments

Edison Nouveau Premiere Winter 2018 Special Edition Fountain Pens: Frost and Nightfall

Edison Nouveau Premiere Winter 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pens: Frost and Nightfall

Warm up the cold winter nights with the excitement of a new pen. Double the pen fun, the Goulet Pen Company is excited to announce not one, but TWO new seasonal collaborations with the Edison Pen Company. The Edison Nouveau Premiere Frost and Nightfall are two stunning and singular designs of a much-beloved pen model. The Nouveau Premiere Frost is a wonderful white, grey, and black flecked resin pen that is perfect for some winter writing. The Nouveau Premiere  Nightfall features a dappled blue and grey pattern. We’ve had a bit of difficulty in the past of keeping these seasonal editions in stock, often due to simply running out of material. By offering these two colors, it will allow us to produce more throughout the winter season.

The 17th and 18th editions respectively, Frost and Nightfall are next in the line of a very exciting collaboration between Goulet Pens and the Edison Pen Company of Milan, OH, where each pen is handmade. The gorgeous resin bodies of these pens can vary in pattern from pen to pen, making them unique snowflakes in the pen world. The resin construction also makes them ideal for eyedropper converting. Check out Brian’s video on how to complete that process here! You will also find a converter and ink cartridge packaged with the pens in their lovely pen boxes.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Winter 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pens: Frost and Nightfall

Edison Nouveau Premiere Winter 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pens: Frost and Nightfall

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!

Although one pen is light colored and one features dark hues, they both coordinate nicely with the three gorgeous inks in the Monteverde Boxed Set- Winter 2018. This set features Blue/Black, Smoke Noir, and Sapphire, each packaged in a 30ml bottle.

We did want to point out that the price for this edition is slightly higher, at $169 each. As announced recently on the Edison Pens blog, all of the production line Edison pens will be increasing in price at the start of the new year. As this is a 2018 model (though we are releasing it slightly early in time for the holidays!), it is launching at the new price. You can find all of the product specs and dimensions, as well as additional details, on the product page.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Winter 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pens: Frost and Nightfall

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

December 5th, 2017|Pen News|36 Comments