What goes better with a hot summer day than something cool and calming to beat the heat? Goulet Pens is excited to announce our latest exclusive seasonal collaboration with the Edison Pen Co., the Edison Nouveau Premiere Tequila Sunrise. This striking orange pen is the 20th edition of this wonderful fountain pen partnership. If you’re looking for a new concoction to quench your thirst for fun and smooth writing, the Tequila Sunrise Premiere is the perfect ingredient.
Take one part gorgeous gradient resin that ranges from orange to red, two parts panache and style, and a splash of handcrafted uniqueness, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous pen. Each Nouveau Premiere is handcrafted by the skillful members of the Edison Pen Co. team in Milan, OH. The unique flecked appearance and variations in color means each Tequila Sunrise pen will be different from the next and no two will be exactly the same. Check out Brian’s interview with Brian Gray of Edison Pen Co. here to learn more about their wonderful shop and company. The Tequila Sunrise pens are crafted from resin, making them ideal for an eyedropper conversion. Here is a helpful video to take you step by step through the eyedropper conversion process. The Nouveau Premiere can hold a 4.15ml of ink when eyedropper converted. The included Standard International converter also offers a 1.21ml capacity if you’re not ready to dive into eyedropper pens. This pen also accepts standard international cartridges.
The Edison Nouveau Premiere uses a #6 nib and you can pick it up with an Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, or 1.1mm Stub nib size. The smooth writing Edison steel replacement nibs are also available in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm Stub sizes for $25. You can also upgrade to an 18kt gold nib for an additional $150. Not sure how to go about swapping nibs? Check out Brian’s video!
Every pen needs the perfect ink! Here are our suggestions for a good coordinating ink color!
You can find the Edison Nouveau Premiere Tequila Sunrise at GouletPens.com for $169, only available for a limited time. Check out the product page for additional product specs and information.
The Goulet Pen Company Team
Once upon a midnight dreary… or in this case, a Thursday cheery, because there’s another fantastic Thursday Things assortment for you to enjoy! Today, we’re celebrating the one-time Richmond resident, Edgar Allan Poe, with a spooky good assortment of dark and mysterious pens, inks, and accessories fit for the master of the macabre himself. If you want to pen some dark and frightening prose for yourself, you are sure to find inspiration for your task in these products. Take wing and have a look at Thursday Things: Edgar Allan Poe. It’s sure to leave you “raven” about some exciting new products to add to your wishlist.
Featured products from left to right:
- Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen- Twilight– $185MSRP, Log in for our best price
- Karas Kustoms Fountain K- Black– $80
- J. Herbin Brass Letter Script Seal with Handle– $25
- Lamy Safari Fountain Pen- All Black– $29.60
- De Atramentis Edgar Allan Poe (35ml bottle)– $12.95
- Platinum Balance Fountain Pen- Black– $43.20
- Girologio Pen 24-Case- Brown– $49.99
- Platinum Desk Fountain Pen– $12
- Monteverde Raven Noir (30ml bottle)– $8
- Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen- Red Nights, Omniflex Nib– $52
Which author would you like to see a Thursday Things tribute to?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
**WINNER: Congrats to Daniel B. (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hi there, fountain pen fans, Whitney here. This week, I’m excited to bring you my pairing of Diamine Blue Velvet and the LAMY Accent in Rubber. Read on to hear about what inspired this piece and how I felt about this pen and ink.
My inspiration for this piece came from the fact that it’s Ray Lamontagne’s birthday. He came out with a new album this year and this matchup is a set of lyrics from one of his new songs. I thought I’d try to mix it up a little bit from the usual watercolor-portrait-with-scripty-quote routine, so I set out to make something where the words were the primary artistic portion of work. Because Lamontagne’s new album has a distinctly 60s/70s folk/rock vibe, I looked into fonts typical for print media during that time period. I then ~painstakingly~ hand drew the letters as I saw them on the screen. Once finished, I took a little paintbrush and applied some water to the larger letters to add a little more structure to them. I also added a faint watercolor edge.
This was the most mentally draining Monday Matchup I’ve done, and I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new. There are obviously official tools intended for making these fonts, so doing it freehand is a somewhat silly and taxing endeavor. It gave me another helping of appreciation for typography and a desire to do it with the types of writing utensils that are actually designed for that kind of mark-making.
The Lamy nib was an EF, which is a nib I’m very used to because I have it on my CP1. The rubber grip on the Accent was nice, especially because I was working on very tedious and specific letters. As for the aesthetics, I’m not a huge fan of the Accent pens, but I’m not bothered too greatly by them. Diamine Blue Velvet is a nice little ink. It’s a slightly more indigo – leaning blue with a little bit of a reddish sheen in places. I wouldn’t have thought to choose this ink, but I thought it was rather nice. It responded to water nicely too. I was able to pick up some lines with the water and blend them into a light blue. This pair would be fine for anything. It’s an extra fine, so broad writers beware. It would be good for notetaking or other artistic projects.
You could win this pen and ink! 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.
- Here’s how to enter:
The contest is open Monday, June 18, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 12 pm EDT. 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.
Goulet Q&A Episode 214: Pens Reflecting Personalities, Fine Stub Nibs, and Paper Brian Refuses To Use!
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about pens reflecting personalities, his favorite pen we’ve never sold, and what paper he’ll never use!
- we launched a new website
- team is getting new bearings, we appreciate grace and patience!
- Got in Stipula Passaportos, finally!
- Pelikan m205 demo
- Lamy 2000 BB, OB, OBB
- Visconti Torpedo
- Conklin Omniflexes coming really soon
- GPC nibs on Monteverde Regatta LE Northern Lights, MV Nebula, Conklin Nozac Israel
- new flex pen video, tried to be very comprehensive
- Starting a cool contest with Getaway, Ultimate UnpluggedWriter’s Retreat! Pilot VP, Traveler’s Notebook, 3 night Getaway tiny cabin rental outside Boston, NYC, DC, $600 transportation, $500 Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender Bag, $158 Signature Reads Book Curation, $240 General Assembly credit towards classes on digital marketing
1) Josef B- Facebook (12:30)
Hi Brian, I love all your Goulet #6 Steel Nibs, especially the stub nibs. I am looking for something with less width than the 1.1 stub nib for my daily writing. Maybe something like 0.7. Do you have a recommendation for me? Thank You
- yeah, there’s a real shortage of sub-1.1mm stubs out there!
- Nemosine has .6 and .8, and they’re decent nibs, #6 even and you can swap them
- we don’t have any Goulet ones
- Pilot Hand Lettering sets, have sub 1.1mm Plumixes and you can swap those nibs onto other pens like the Metropolitan, Prera, Kakuno
- I don’t have any others! And no others easily come to mind, honestly 🙁
2) @djpappas- Twitter (16:40)
Do you believe the material used to make a feed influences ink flow? It seems as though a more flexible material – for example, ebonite – would produce a more generous ink flow. And if it does matter, why isn’t it a characteristic you include for each model?
- it can, yes
- it’s not the only factor, all else equal ebonite will flow better ink than plastic, but some modern feeds are quite reliable even as plastic
- the feed design still makes a big difference, and that can vary from pen to pen
- Really, it’s just plastic and ebonite as your options
- ebonite’s not necessarily more flexible, or at least that doesn’t make the difference here for flow
- ebonite is hygroscopic, so it assists in capillary action
- ebonite can be heat set to the individual feed easier than plastic
- we try to advertise it when a pen has it, but we haven’t always been consistent here
- we don’t have it as a filter on our site, but it’s something we can consider, I’d love feedback on that
- Aurora gold nib pens have ebonite feeds
- Noodler’s pens have ebonite feeds
- Namiki does
- Omas did
- that’s it, on our site
- if they have it these days, it’s usually pretty well advertised because it’s so rare
3) justus.castillo- Instagram (21:01)
Do you find that the tastes of pens and inks go with your team members’ personalities?
- it’s all over the map!
- some of us here stick to colors and styles that very much speak to other aspects of our outward reflections of ourselves (the way we dress, etc)
- others, use their pens or ink to be more expressive or professional than they might portray otherwise
- after having met a LOT of pen people, I’ve really never met two who are identical in their tastes, which is part of the joy of this whole endeavor!
4) cushing.ethan- Instagram (24:22)
What is your favorite pen that has never been sold on your site.
- I have a few I’ve talked about before, and this may well change from time to time
- right now I’m quite smitten with Conid, the design and engineering is pretty dang cool
- I have a Conid Minimalistica that I love
- there are other crazy LE pens and stuff that I could shout out, but I have really only seen pictures of most of them, the Conid I have and really like
5) oogleatluxury- Instagram (26:38)
I’m planning on making a custom leather sleeve with a magnetic closure for my fiance’s favorite/brand new pen – his Pilot Custom 823. Will the magnetism hurt any mechanisms in the pen?
- short answer: don’t sweat it
- I’ve never heard of this being an issue
- ferromagnetic metals include: iron, nickel, cobalt, some rare earth metals
- you might see a small bit of iron or nickel in a stainless steel or brass alloy used in a pen, but it’s not often going to be enough to be an issue
- some pens have magnetic caps, literally magnets in the pens! No issue
- the Custom 823 doesn’t have any magnetism to it, so you’re all good 😉
6) noctriwina- Instagram (29:37)
Looking to get into fountain pens, and I know I will “need” different nibs. Should I go for one with easily changable nibs, like a twsbi 580, which is expensive, or buy several cheaper ones with different nibs, like a twsbi eco. On one hand changable nibs sounds cheapee, but will I be bothered changing them? And maybe one pen per nib is more efficient in practice?
- this is going to be different for everyone, of course
- personally, I think if you’re just starting out, the interchangeable nib thing has some merit to it bc you can get more pen for your buck
- the biggest drawback is that you can only use one nib at a time, which really kinda stinks
- between these two specific pens, I’d personally go for more Eco’s with different nibs, and you can use multiple inked at the same time
7) @nj_ian- Twitter (33:48)
Would fountain pen enthusiasts (your typical customer) enjoy attending a Pen Show, or are these shows geared to retailers and seious collectors.
- I’ve only been to two shows, so I’m not the expert
- more or less, there are similar experiences at all the shows: drive somewhere, pay a small fee, in a hotel conference room with a bunch of vendors set up with tables of more pens than you can imagine, lots of pen nerds geeking out, very knowledgeable people there
- personally, I think everyone should attend one, if at all practical, it’s just a cool experience
- you can absolutely enjoy it if you’re at all into fountain pens
- bigger shows like DC get very overwhelming very fast
- smaller shows may have less selection but they will be slower pace and you can talk to vendors easier
- pen people generally are very helpful, there are some curmudgeons but most are friendly
- most shows have a lot of serious collectors, and there’s no better place for that, but that’s part of what trader (pre-show) days and auctions are for. Main show days are ideal for the general public
8) rhedhaering- Instagram (40:01)
Are there certain kinds of paper you definitely DON’T use with your fountain pens?
- I probably experience a little less diversity of bad paper than most, perks of my job 😉
- photo paper, not going very far there bc of the coating
- newspaper, not that I ever write on it but no thanks
- receipts, so hit or miss for me, I’d rather just not bother
- stone paper, just not a fan but some are
9) nathan_laake- Instagram (45:01)
Many people enjoy fountain pens because of the sentiment that is attached to them (signing their mortgage or marriage licenses). Is there a particular pen that you have used for milestone moments in either your personal life or during the life of your business?
- I’ve only hit a couple of milestones that have warranted signing actual paper (some have been digital)
- marriage license, but that was before I discovered fountain pens so it was signed with a $0.10 stick of nonsense
- Mortgage with Noodler’s Black in Lamy 2000
- Will with Custom 74 in Liberty’s Elysium (get a will, people)
QOTW: Do you find that your pen/ink choices match other aspects of your personality, or does it bring out another side of you? (50:52)
Writing prompt: Write about a challenge you had to overcome and what you learned from it (51:51)
One of the most exciting things about fountain pens in recent years has been the rising popularity of flexible nibs. What makes them appealing is that you can write with a varying amount of pressure to change your line width from a finer line to a broader one, giving you a lot of expression and versatility in your writing. But did you know that flex nibs have been around for decades? How about the fact that there’s a specific way you need to write with them to really get them to work properly?
As a retailer of flex nib fountain pens for the last several years, we’ve been asked a variety of really compelling questions about how they work and how to use them. Compiling knowledge from the members of our Media and Customer Care teams, online research, and speaking with manufacturers in the industry over the last several years, we’ve put together this video to try to explain everything you need to know to get the basics of flex pen use down. We hope you enjoy it!
What is flex?
- A flex nib allows you to write with a variation in line width based on the amount of pressure you apply as you write
What are some uses for flex writing?
- Flourished writing
Fountain pens vs. Dip pens
- Most calligraphers and master penman will use dip nibs, they’re more flexible and allow for the greatest line variation
- Fountain pens allow a continuous ink supply, and are more practical for the ‘everyday person’ looking to use a normal pen who sometimes wants to flex
- Formal calligraphy like Spencerian and Copperplate are easiest with an offset (oblique) nib holder, with dip nibs and calligraphy ink
|Master Penman Michael Sull doing flourished calligraphy|
How is it different from stubs?
- Check out the “Fountain Pen 101: How To Use A Stub Nib” video
- Stub is ground square so the line width is thinner on the cross stroke than the down stroke
- You write consistently with your pressure, and the end result looks different than writing with flex
- Stubs are a good alternative to fancy-looking writing with less fuss than flex nibs
|Here are some examples of fountain pens with a stub nib|
What pens have flex?
- Flex is a subjective term, there is no standard for what “flex” is
- Some nibs are advertised as flexible (especially vintage ones), others are called “soft“
- Some vintage examples include Waterman, Mabie Todd, Conway Stewart, Wahl-Eversharp, and a few others
- There’s a few modern examples as well
- Noodler’s Nib Creaper, Ahab, Konrad, and Neponset
- Pilot Falcon soft nib (this one is borderline)
- Pilot Custom 912 FA (Falcon)
Soft vs. Flex
- There’s a fine line between these with no “flex police” around to say who’s right
- Flex today is usually assumed to be pretty extreme, multiple line widths extended with pressure
- Most modern pens just don’t fall into this category
- Soft is really more accurate, where there’s a slight degree of line variation (1-2 sizes up)
- Soft nibs include the Pilot Falcon, Pilot Custom 912 FA, Conklin OmniFlex, Jowo 14k flex (like Edison), Platinum soft nibs
- Most modern flex nibs are stiffer and require more pressure than vintage flex nibs
- Modern flex pens often use the same feeds as conventional nibs, which can have a hard time keeping up with the high flow of ink required with dramatic flexing
|Pilot Falcon with a soft nib|
Vintage flex nibs (especially from the 1920’s-40’s) are the best, Why don’t they make them like they used to?
- The gold alloys are different
- The machining equipment used to make flex nibs is no longer made
- It required a high degree of skilled handwork, which is somewhat of a lost art today
- Essentially, it’s far too niche for production today
Flex Pen Terminology
- Flex – nib that creates line variation with the amount of pressure you put down
- Nib – the metal writing end of a fountain pen
- Line Variation – your writing looking thicker in parts, thinner in others
- Flow – how much or little your pen provides ink to the nib
- Tines – the parts of the nib that bend when flexing
- Spread – how far apart the tines get when you flex
- Break – when the ink flow stops, especially while flexing
- Railroading – when there’s a break in the flow and the split tines draw parallel lines on the page
- Bounceback/Springback – how easily the tines return to their unflexed state
- Sprung Tines – when a nib is flexed beyond its capacity, and won’t return to its original alignment (ruined)
- Wet Noodle – an endearing term used for pens with maximum flex and minimal pressure, the best of the best
|Noodler’s Ahab (Truk Lagoon) with a flex nib|
Tips for success with Flex:
- Consider heat setting feed (Check out our how-to video here)
- Flush/clean pens first
- Take your time, practice, and don’t over flex (or you risk springing your tines)
- Wetter inks and less absorbent papers work best, avoid permanent or fast-drying inks
- Scotch tape over the nib can help
- Write slowly, especially when flexing
- Using more of your arm, not just your hand
- Flex only on the pulling motion
- Be careful about your rotation
- It’s an instrument, something that truly requires practice, so you will have to give it time
We fully realize you may have questions, so please ask away in the comments below. Feel free to share your own experience with various flex pens and ink, too, we can all learn from each other! You can also check out our shopping guide for soft/flex nib pens here.
Brian Goulet, Drew, and the Goulet Team
The Goulet Pens team enjoys a great variety when it comes to pens and inks that make up our individual favorites lists. One brand that seems to frequent most, if not all, of those lists however is Pilot. From the gorgeous and vibrant hues of the Iroshizuku line of inks, to the trusty, affordable Metropolitan. Even up to the gold nibbed Custom 74s and Vanishing Points, and hand-crafted Namiki Maki-e line, Pilot makes products that appeal to each and every fountain pen fan in some way. Thursday Things: Everything Pilot is an homage to this wonderful brand and all of its finest products. Take a moment to take it all in and enjoy.
Featured products from left to right:
- Pilot Parallel Fountain Pen- Red, 1.5mm, $10
- Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen – Violet, $160
- Pilot Iroshizuku Yu Yake (50ml bottled ink), $19.99
- Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Boxed Ink Set- Summer Edition, $32
- Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo Fountain Pen- Light Blue, $140
- Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai (50ml bottled ink), $19.99
- Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen- Black/Rhodium, $152
- Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen- Blue, $3.30
- Pilot E95S Fountain Pen- Burgundy, $136
- Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen- Orange, $18.50
- Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen- Matte Black, $148
- Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo (50ml bottled ink), $19.99
- Pilot Prera Fountain Pen- Light Green, $56
- Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen- Turquoise/White, $13.50
- Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao (50ml bottled ink), $19.99
- Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen- Sapphire, $240
- Pilot Plumix Fountain Pen- Light Blue, $9.25
What is your favorite Pilot product?
The Goulet Pen Company Team