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Introducing Smoky Amber, the Fall 2019 Edison Nouveau Premiere Seasonal Edition Fountain Pen

When the smolder of a great idea engulfs your imagination, it helps to have a pen that can handle the heat. The latest edition of the Nouveau Premiere, a Goulet Pens- Edison Pen Co. collaboration pen with great appeal, is aptly named Smoky Amber, a name chosen to reflect the swirled gray and copper brown resin glimmering with chatoyance and captivating with deep, rich color. This pen will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to grab a treasure of your own before the smoke clears.

The Smoky Amber is the 26th installment in a line of truly diverse and breathtaking seasonal editions with each material hand-selected by our co-owners Rachel and Brian Goulet and Brian Gray of the Edison Pen Company (you can see the full history here). Each pen design is chosen to represent the season in which it debuts, as well as to provide a distinct look that sets it apart from previous editions. Smoky Amber combines the blended color melding look that has been popular in past Premieres, with a more neutral color palette reminiscent of natural autumn beauty. The smoky gray floats like whispy billowing clouds through the pearlescent amber jewel tones throughout the body and cap of the pen. The black accents accentuate the reserved sophistication and beauty of this pen, resulting in a sleek writing instrument perfect for Fall writing sessions.

In addition to its beautiful material, the Smoky Amber Nouveau Premiere features a pleasing shape and size. Below you will find some additional product specs to help you compare the model to other pens in your collection. You can also check out our Pen Plaza to see different pen models side by side.

  • Resin body and cap with black furnishings
  • #6 steel nib, available in Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, and 1.1mm Stub
  • Replacement nibs available for separate purchase as well
  • Converter included and accepts Standard International cartridges
  • Also eyedropper convertible – check out this Quick Tip video to learn how!
  • Postable and comfortable for writing unposted or posted
  • Unposted body length- 128mm (5in), posted- 172.3mm (6.8in)
  • Grip Diameter- 9.2mm (0.4in)
  • Total Weight-17g (0.6oz)

If you are looking for ink to coordinate with this fantastic fall pen, feel free to check out our suggestions below. Some other suitable choices can be found in our Fall into Autumn shopping guide.

De Atramentis Velvet Black- Copper

Monteverde Copper Noir

Jacques Herbin Noir Abyssal

What is your favorite fall color palette?

Write On,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

September 19th, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments

Bargain Hunting: Pen, Ink, and Paper for Under $20

Have a crisp $20 bill burning a hole in your pocket? Might be time for a new pen, ink, and paper! Get yourself writing with these recommendations:

Pen: Jinhao 51A – $8.00

Similar to vintage pens of the past, the Jinhao 51A features a hooded nib that makes filling the pen super easy. It adds a modern touch with the demonstrator look to keep an eye on the ink levels as you write.

Ink: Diamine 30ml Bottle – $7.50

One of our most popular ink brands is also one of our most affordable! Get a full bottle of Diamine ink for under $8. There’s sure to be a color for everyone with over 60 different options to choose from. Couple of great options include the shading Ancient Copper, the sheening Majestic Blue, or even Aurora Borealis which was designed with help from the fountain pen subreddit!

Paper: Apica CD-15 Notebook – $3.80

The vintage stylings continue with the paper choice. Apica notebooks are a bit underrated in our eyes! Great design on the cover, come in a variety of colors, and features super smooth paper. The final piece to this puzzle!

Total: $19.30

What do you think? Can you build a better combination for under $20? We’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

September 17th, 2019|Shopping Guides|0 Comments

Introducing the Pilot Ishime Collection of Fountain Pens!

Pilot is known for making pens that are both easy on the eyes, as well as easy to use. Their reputation for beautiful and functional pens has made the company a bastion of quality writing tools within the fountain pen community. The latest additions to their product offerings are nothing short of stunning. Introducing the Pilot Ishime collection, an assortment of urushi hand lacquered brass fountain pens in four great colors.

The word “Ishime” is roughly translated to “stone path” which is represented on the cap and barrel as the design is hand drawn into the wet lacquer. Artisans utilize a “”Kawari-nuri,” or unique painting, technique to give each pen a handcrafted, individual look with each painted on block design. The pens are available in Black, Burgundy, Hunter Green and Navy color options.

These pens are well balanced and comfortable, with an overall weight of only 37g (in the same weight range as the Pilot Vanishing Point or Visconti Rembrandt). Twist off the cap to reveal a #10 sized 18kt gold nib that will write smoothly each time you use it. The Ishime is available in your choice of Fine, Medium, and Broad nib sizes. A Pilot CON-70 converter is included in the gift box packaging so you’ll be ready to write from the moment your Ishime arrives.  It is also compatible with the proprietary Pilot Namiki cartridges (sold separately).

Which color is your favorite?

Write On,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

 

September 16th, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 267: Nib Warranties, The Pen That Got Away, and Cool Inks In Demonstrator Pens

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about nib warranties, the pen that got away, and coolest inks in a demonstrator pen. Enjoy!

This week:

Pens/Writing

1) @Gsingh2k19- Twitter (19:21)

Has the TWSBI eco cracking situation been resolved?

  • yes, basically…let me explain
  • it wasn’t a widespread issue to begin with, especially with the Eco, but I know it came up on our Goulet Nation Facebook Group recently
  • It was honestly more of an issue with the 530 and 540, and maybe earrrrrly days 580 (6 years ago?) but it was quickly resolved
  • the cracking was due to a process they use in manufacturing to provide scratch-resistance and they were still refining it, but that was a while back
  • this wasn’t even an issue with the Eco, because it’s a different resin that’s used on the body
  • I think around the time the Eco came out, there were so many people wanting to get assurance that their pen wouldn’t crack that it was getting talked about WAY more than it was actually happening
  • we’ve sold many, many Ecos at this point, and never seen a pervasive issue with them cracking, so it’s really not a concern today though like anything, it could happen
  • there are certain reputations that products will gain (especially in their early days) that sometimes stick and get perpetuated long after they’re largely resolved, I’ve seen this happen time and again with ink and pens
  • to TWSBI’s credit, they do a great job warrantying their pens, and they stand behind them especially if there’s a manufacturing defect that causes a crack
  • you can have confidence buying an Eco that you’re going to get a long-lasting pen

2) Kristine D.- Facebook (23:06)

When it comes to warranties on fountain pens, consumers are warned not to swap nibs or you risk voiding the warranty. But when it comes to thoroughly cleaning the pen, sometimes a consumer has to remove the nib. Does thorough cleaning risk voiding the warranty?

  • yes and no, it depends on the manufacturer and the situation
  • warranties are there to ensure that a product is not defective, and will perform well with normal use
  • I think some companies will be more understanding than others what “normal use” would be, in regards to deep cleaning a pen
  • I have a unique perspective as a retailer to see both sides of it, from customers (clearly) and manufacturers
  • taken to either extreme, it’s not healthy
  • as a pen user you can’t expect a pen company to cover all warranty situations, because you may be using it in a way that isn’t “normal use” (as much as you don’t want to hear that), so some grace and understanding needs to be taken on your part about what you can expect a manufacturer to cover
  • manufacturers need to understand the market, and what customers are using their pens for, and design them and warranty them accordingly, not accusing any customer that has an issue as mistreating the pen
  • removing nibs, generally speaking, is a very gray area, and I think most manufacturers err on the side of that being a warranty void if there’s a problem
  • it’ll depend on the company and exactly what the warranty issue is
  • (extreme example) if you remove the nib, drop it down your garbage disposal and accidentally turn it on, that’s on you
  • (less extreme example) if you remove the nib and the housing cracks when you replace it because you put it in the wrong way, that’s on you
  • (justifiable example) if you remove the nib every time you clean it and one day one of the tines snaps while you’re writing with it, well that’d more likely be covered under warranty because there wasn’t anything about removing the nib while cleaning that would have affected that particular issue
  • the thing to probably take away is that anytime you’re taking apart or modifying a pen any more than what the pen is advertised to do, assume that it’s likely beyond “normal use” at that point, and mentally prepare yourself for a warranty void, though some manufacturers will be reasonable and work with you
  • Some manufacturers will question the ink choice if you’re feeling the need to take apart the pen, and some go as far as to say you should only use their ink in their pens…much like automakers say you should only use their genuine parts on their cars
  • many manufacturers are smaller or aren’t deeply knowledgeable of every ink out there in the pen world, especially today where some boutique brands are popping up producing dozens of new colors at a time, every manufacturer can’t test the 1500-2000 inks that are likely out there right now
  • you can use your pens however you want, and you should, but just understand you may have to pay if there are any issues in these gray areas, so save your more questionable ink choices for cheaper pens or ones you feel very confident cleaning out

3) Cody M.- Facebook (34:10)

Is there a no longer manufactured pen, that you do not own but wish you did? What makes it special?

  • the easiest answer would be all my original wood pens I made! Purely sentimental, as mostly now all I have are my duds since I sold basically anything people would buy when we were getting off the ground
  • apart from that, the first one that comes to mind is the Omas 360
  • The Arco celluloid is iconic, so that’d be a great choice, though I would like the Magnum size and I don’t know if they did that in arco
  • I’d compromise on the magnum for the arco, there was also a nice teal demo
  • it’s special because it’s triangular, which is just cool, from a design and engineering standpoint
  • the celluloid material is special and hard to come by now
  • it’s also special because Omas is no more, so these pens will only be increasingly rare
  • I was hoping to get one of these when we were an Omas dealer, but we came in right at the end and only had two models of their pens, they basically had stopped making the 360 otherwise I’d have grabbed the first one we got in!
  • they’re $1000+ now, which is just out of budget for me for a pen like this, I mean really, I have plenty and have to cut myself off somewhere!

Ink

4) Aleksandra K.- Facebook (40:27)

I’ve got an ink which is too light for my taste (J.Herbin Diabolo Menthe) i love the colour. How can I make this ink more saturated. Is it ok to add different ink with similar colour from A different brand like Kaweco Paradise Blue?

  • lightening up an ink is easier, basically add water or a dilution liquid (like in De Atramentis’ case)
  • darkening is another beast, because you need to make the dyes more concentrated, in essentially a similar ratio to what’s already in there
  • the easiest/cheapest method is to let some of the water evaporate out of the ink, which is not an exact science and may not flow so well as it gets to the point where it changes the color in a meaningful way
  • mixing with a darker ink will get you there faster and more reliably, if you have it available
  • you’ll need to mix it with something similar, you can’t just mix it with something like black
  • if you’re mixing across brands especially, always test it with a small volume first, and wait several hours to be sure there’s not an adverse reaction

5) @HaydnHund- Twitter (44:34)

What kinds of ink do you think look best inside a demonstrator like the Vac700R? Shimmer and non-shimmer.

  • it’s actually kind of interesting, because you really can’t distinguish dark inks from each other so they all just sort of look black
  • lighter ink colors actually tend to look the most impressive in a pen, because you can see them sloshing around with a little more depth to them
  • obviously shimmer inks are going to look cool! any of them
  • Diamine Golden Sands, Pink Glitz, Jacques Herbin Emerald of Chivor, RO Shake and Shimmy Blue Moon, Envy, just to name a few
  • high sheening inks, nothing particularly special about them in a demonstrator, because their sheen really only shows when the ink is dry
  • normal inks, I like Noodler’s Apache Sunset, Diamine Marine, Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu, just to name a couple, but largely the lighter in saturation the better it’ll look in a demo
  • some inks are a little more coating than others, and while I’d love to say which, it honestly seems to depend on the pen material, too
  • Noodler’s Baystate Blue is an example of an ink that REALLY coats the inside of a pen, it’ll turn the whole thing blue rather evenly and it’s very bright so it looks cool (but is kind of a pain to clean)

Business

6) Bradthebear1- Instagram (52:55)

How much money does it cost for a large scale pen maker like Pilot or LAMY to design a new pen?

  • great question, it really depends a lot on the company and the specific pen
  • I’m not privy to any information about the costs of developing basically any pen, let alone one for a large-scale pen maker
  • I can’t even begin to get into specific numbers so I’ll avoid that altogether
  • It’s my understanding that larger companies like these essentially have R&D departments they fund on developing pens years before they come to market, in LAMY’s case it could be 3-8 years for a given pen model
  • Pilot has such a wide range, it depends if they’re designing something like the Metropolitan or Explorer (mass produced) or a Namiki Maki-e
  • It’s surely far less to develop a new color to an existing model than to develop a whole new model, which is why you see more SE’s and LE’s come out than whole new models
  • designing a new pen from scratch, you have market research, artists, engineers, programmers, prototyping, possibly outside collaborators (like LAMY is known to do), custom tooling and equipment, packaging, branding, marketing, trademarking and copyright/lawyer stuff, advertising and promotion, barcoding, UPC registration, possibly additional production staff or factory space, distribution logistics, it’s just SO much to add a new pen for worldwide distribution
  • no doubt it’s an incredibly significant investment of time, money, and resources

QOTW: What’s your “pen that got away”, one you wish you’d bought when you had the chance but now isn’t available? (01:01:30)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

September 13th, 2019|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments

LAMY’s 2019 Special Editions

We’re excited to introduce four new special edition pens from LAMY!

First up – the Aquamarine and LX All Black Special Edition LAMY Studios! These stunning pens are limited in nature but abounding in style. You won’t want to miss your chance to add one to your fountian pen collection.

LAMY Studio Aquamarine

LAMY Studio LX Black

The LAMY Studio is a prime example of streamlined fountain pen design, with a clean silhouette and simply stated accents. The Aquamarine Studio features a matte aquamarine lacquer finish and is accented with a chrome grip, finials, and propeller-shaped clip. The LX All Black Studio features an entirely stealthed out look, with a black body, accents, and nib. Unlike the polished chrome grip on the Aquamarine, the LX All Black features a matte black lacquered grip that matches the body. The clip and finials are finished in a sleek black metal finish. The black nib completes the look for a striking pen for any writing occasion.

Both of these pens take the standard LAMY replacement nibs for easy, quick changes to the writing experience. They also come with a blue LAMY ink cartridge and a Z27 converter for use with bottled ink so you can get started writing right away.

Next up is the LAMY Scala Dark Violet. This special edition pen is only available in limited quantities and has a matte violet lacquer finish and a high gloss chrome-plated metal clip and grip.

LAMY Scala Dark Violet

And finally, this year’s special edition LAMY LX is the rich chocolatey Marron!

LAMY LX Marron

You can find all of these at GouletPens.com for a limited time! And here’s a sneak peek at the LAMY 2000 Blue Bauhaus that is coming in October. We will have extremely limited quantities of this pen, so please enter our purchase lottery for a chance to purchase this limited edition. Details can be found on the product page.

Will you be getting one of these special editions?

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

September 12th, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments

New Fountain Pens from Aurora

Aurora recently released several special edition fountain pens that you don’t want to miss. Introducing the Aurora Oceani – Oceano Pacifico, the Aurora Oceani – Oceano Indiano . The Aurora Oceani collection was designed to pay homage to the importance of water for our planet. The collection will be divided into 4 series, each one dedicated to a different ocean and only 480 pieces will be available of each color.

The cap and barrel are made from a marbled  Auroloide, with a metal grip section and features a rhodium-plated 18kt gold nib and sterling silver trim. This entire pen is made in Torino, Italy.

Aurora Oceani – Oceano Pacifico

Aurora Oceani  – Oceano Indiano

Aurora also released the Black Mamba which is the latest design to join the rest of the Aurora 88 lineup. Determination, speed of execution, and effectiveness are all aspects of the Black Mamba that inspired this pen. Intrigued by the color of the Black Mamba’s jaws and the texture of the Black Mamba’s skin, the inspiration was found for the guilloche pattern of the cap, barrel and bottom. This color is a limited edition pen that is numbered out of 800.

Aurora 88 – Black Mamba

All of these pens are now available at GouletPens.com. Tell us what you think about these new pens from Aurora by leaving a comment below!

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The Goulet Pen Company

September 11th, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments