**WINNER: Congrats to Vanida K. (Entered on the blog). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Margaret here with today’s Monday Matchup! I love TWSBI fountain pens, so I got the chance to ink up with the new TWSBI Precision with a Medium nib with Diamine Wild Strawberry. Here’s what I thought…
I was stumped on what to draw so I got my inspiration from the name of the ink. I starting by looking up drawings of strawberries and found this cute phrase “I love you berry berry much” and decided to write that out. I need to find some note cards with that on the front because I would love to send those notes to some friends. I drew the outline of the strawberry and used a waterbrush pen to lay the ink down. Once it dried, I went back in and used the TWSBI to add the seeds. Then I broke the unofficial Monday Matchup rule and used another color in my drawing! I had Monteverde California Teal inked up in my TWSBI 580 so I used that to add the green color of the leaves.
While my TWSBI Eco is my favorite daily carry pen, I was not a personal fan of the Precision. I love that TWSBI has introduced a totally different pen to their line up though. It’s similar to the Classic design, but it still is unique from anything else that they offer. The nib was smooth and flowed well, but one thing to note was that the texture of the grip allowed for some of the ink to stain while I was filling the pen. It did wipe off with water. I think I prefer my Eco because I can see my ink level, and I couldn’t do that with the Precision. The shape just wasn’t for me. The ink was fantastic! I loved the Wild Strawberry color and could see it being great for art, notes, or even grading if you’re a teacher!
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, May 21, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, May 22, 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.
In April 2018, Brian Goulet and our Customer Care Manager Drew, traveled to Atlanta to attend the pen show and to spend some time with nibmeister, Mark Bacas. They took you along with them on their trip, so we hope you enjoy!
Did you go to the Atlanta Pen Show?
Goulet Q&A Episode 210: Meeting Richard Binder and Nathan Tardif, Pointless Breather Holes, and If College Is Worth It
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about meeting Richard Binder and Nathan Tardif, pointless breather holes, teaching fountain pen writing to your kids, and if college was a waste for him!
- Visited Richard and Nathan!
- Visit with Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Montegrappa
- Pilot Kakuno Clear
- Nock Seed A5 notebook covers
- TWSBI Eco Pink
- Traveler’s Brass Pen
- Atlanta trip vlog this weekend
1) Cody M- Facebook (10:30)
I have a question for Q&A that I can’t find another video on. Are there advantages or disadvantages to #4 vs #5 vs #6 vs #7 etc. nibs? Is there a difference other than just visual aesthetic?
- there is a physical difference in size
- well adjusted and writing properly, there shouldn’t be much of a functional difference, honestly
- the length of nib might be the grip seats a little differently in your hand, that’s a small thing though
- the biggest advantage will be swappability/compatibility should you choose to swap
- mostly, it’s all aesthetic
2) spider7006 Instagram (15:55)
I can’t seem to get my pen to shade. Do you have to press the pen down into the paper for it to shade? Same paper, same pen, no shading for me but it works for my coworker and my girlfriend…. what gives? I can mail you the paper if you want to see it.
- with all other factors consistent (paper, ink, etc) there are only a couple of factors left
- writing angle and writing pressure matter most
- writing speed plays a part, as could rotation (less likely)
- There’s likely some combination of all these at play
- I and Rachel experience the same thing, she holds her pens at a steeper angle (drier writing) than me
3) th3.xyz- Instagram (19:45)
What is the purpose of breather holes? Why are they called so? Are there any pros and cons to pens having or not having them?
- aesthetic, partly
- they do allow a little bit of air ink interchange, hence the “breathing” term
- pens can be designed to “breathe” without having a hole there (like Lamy)
- they don’t HAVE to be there, but when they are there, it’s because they’re serving a purpose
4) @JeanMassumiHara- Twitter (24:25)
How can we pass this love for fountain pens,to next generation?What age? Have you already tried with your kids?Is there a junior FP like in old times?
- It all depends on how much they’re around them
- I’ve seen kids in France writing with fountain pens in first grade with better handwriting than I have (almost)
- my kids are 6 and 8 and use them sparingly for right now, mainly recreationally
- there are some kid pens, but much less common in the US because the regulations around there are a bit of a hurdle
- Lamy ABC, Pelikan Pelikano Junior, Pelikan Twist
5) @TankCruisin- Twitter (28:36)
If someone were to hypothetically use their upcoming summer bonus to order 664 random ink samples, would they theoretically end up with every ink sample color Goulet is currently selling?
- we’ve never had that happen, so we’d probably talk about it if we saw an order for that many samples!
- 220ish is our record, I think
- we would almost certainly try to pull one of everything, though we almost never have EVERYTHING in stock…
- If you’re looking into that, email my team and we’ll be happy to figure it out with you 😉
6) spider7006- Instagram (31:36)
What about adding a new design to the Goulet note card line up? How about something with a love theme. So we can write love notes on good paper with sheening and shading and stuff, not spend $8 on a card with crappy paper.
- okay fair enough!
- these notecards are all adapted from our Monday Matchup artwork we do for Instagram
- we don’t often have any kind of a theme to them, whatever is inspired by the artist doing them
- love certainly could be a suggestion I throw out to the team
- as for whether or not we make cards out of them, we’d have to see
- we have to order pretty large quantities of them, so we’d need to make sure there’s enough demand out there for them
- even then, it takes about 4-6 weeks to order new cards, at least
- we’ll talk about it! We’re always open to ideas and recommendations
7) declaireations- Instagram (34:17)
I have a business question for q&a! Does Brian feel he would have been as successful workout his business education as background? How often in your daily work-life is your business degree actively used? Thank you for being an awesome company and team!!
- I’m sure this is on a lot of graduates’ minds right now, given the time of year
- by and large, the specific education I got is not used much day-to-day
- I started out in the school of business and actually transferred to Liberal Arts where the Residential Property Management major lived
- Technically my degree is Housing and Urban Development with a concentration in Residential Property Management
- the only things I reaaaaaally use are some of the financial and managerial accounting things, which I could have easily read in a Finances for Dummies book, quite honestly
- what I DID gain a lot was from the overall experience, the discipline of completing school, and my leadership training in the Corps of Cadets
- largely though, I had the experience I did because I sought it out, not because I went through a program that made me who I am
- I left the Corps 2.5 years in and changed my major twice, technically
- I have my undergrad in property management, but I have my masters in the school of hard knocks (experience)
- “Experience gives you the test first and the lesson later.” Vernon Law
- I don’t think I would have been as successful without what I did because if I hadn’t done it I wouldn’t know what I know and have had the timing I had! Honestly though, I could not have studied anything specifically to prepare me for what I’m doing, so I regret nothing
- Bottom line is that if you want to be something, you have to find a way to do it, no matter what your background. Just freaking figure it out
QOTW: If you had the chance to spend the day with Richard Binder or Nathan Tardif, who would you choose and what would you do?
Have you ever had your eye on a particularly attractive tiny notebook, only to be stuck trying to figure out how to use it? We can relate. Aside from their presence in our Notebook Sampler Package Set, small notebooks don’t often get their moment in the spotlight. These genius little books certainly don’t deserve to be overlooked though. To help them fulfill their big destinies, we’ve gathered our favorite uses for tiny notebooks. Do you have additional ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
For Record or Reference
Small notebooks are perfectly portable and not at all cumbersome. If you need a safe space to store a log or information, be it a gym notebook, “currently inked” list, or a handy reference guide of notes and measurement, these are the books for you! Try using your notebook for:
- Tracking habits or progress, like a gym workout log, food diary, or tracking smaller tasks within a larger project
- Keeping important or useful information, like dates, measurements, or instructions, within reach
- Maintaining a running swab book of inks or a list of currently inked pens
On the GPC team: Katie uses her tiny Apica to keep a running list (with ratings) of different restaurants’ spinach and artichoke dips; Jeremy Wh uses small notebooks to mix inks and test nib grinds.
Keep a tiny notebook in your car or bag for those times when you’ll inevitably need a piece of paper. You can even keep an inexpensive pen attached to it so you’re always ready. Here are some instances in which a small notebook is perfect for on-the-go use:
- You can easily fit a small notebook in a pocket or bag to function as a to-do or shopping list, a Getting Things Done capture device, or an handy purchase tracker.
- Smaller notebooks fit perfectly in the glove box or console of a car. They’re great for important jobs like tracking mileage or making a list for errands stops, but can also provide a place to keep scores and lists for road trip games.
On the GPC team: Drew uses his Maruman Mnemosyne 192 in his pocket to jot down reminders for memory retention; Anna swears by her Field Notes to keep quick notes or thoughts within an arm’s reach; Adam brings his Traveler’s Passport along as a wallet and shopping list combined!
Around the House
Chores and bills can be overwhelming. Many household duties become infinitely easier when you can keep track of them and break them down into smaller steps. Try a small notebook for these tasks at home:
- Tracking chores to be done around the house
- Jotting down recipe notes
- Logging bills and expenses, due dates, and the dates they were paid
Who says your notebook has to be all work and no fun? Use a tiny notebook to add a dash of whimsy to your daily writing tasks by using it for creative purposes. Here are some ideas:
- A diary to catalog an event like a trip, pregnancy, or weight loss
- A dream journal on your bedside table for ease of access
- A place for portable sketching or handwriting practice
On the GPC team: Andi keeps her Goulet notebook on her desk to keep tiny drawings and notes.
What better gift than one you created by hand for a special someone? Use a tiny notebook to jot down favorite notes, quotes, or memories and give it to a loved one. Here are some things you can include:
- Inspirational quotes
- Song lyrics
- Favorite memories
- Notes of encouragement for tough days
No matter how you choose to use them, we’re certain you’ll soon wonder how you could have done without a small notebook before. Let us know how you use or would use them in the comments. We’d love to hear your ideas!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
This week’s Thursday Things assortment transports us to New Penzance Island as Sarah draws her inspiration from one of her favorite Wes Anderson movies. This quirky reminder of the adventures of childhood summers past is full of the perfect products for long days exploring under the sun. Pack your bags, grab your favorite scout, and embark on a search for the best pens, inks, and papers in Thursday Things: New Penzance Island.
Featured products from left to right:
- Platinum Classic Khaki Black (60ml bottle)– $25
- Robert Oster Pinky (50ml bottle)– $17
- Edison Pearlette Fountain Pen- Canyon Trail– $169
- Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen- Pink/White– $13.50
- Faber Castell Loom Fountain Pen- Olive Green– $40
- Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen- Indian Summer– $16
- Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen- Apache Tortoise– $23
- Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen- Green– $25- $27
- Original Crown Mill Classic Deckled Notecard Boxed Set- White- $29.90
- Diamine Coral (80ml bottle) (writing on stationery)– $14.95
- Field Notes Illustrated Storybook and Notebook- Haxley (2-pack)– $12.95
Where would you like to venture to this summer?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
It can be difficult when you first start out using fountain pens. There’s such a variety of inks, pens, papers; it’s easy to see how it could be confusing. We asked our Instagram followers for their best newbie tips and they delivered! From those comments, we’ve put together 17 pieces of advice that you told us every newbie should hear.
1. Buy ink samples before committing to a whole bottle, it’s a great way to try out lots of different inks.
3. Use your pen! Don’t just leave it in a box or on display. They’re for writing!
4. Try different pens and different nib sizes until you find the right fit.
5. Just dive in!
6. Don’t use ink that’s made for dip pens.
8. Nice paper can completely change your writing experience.
9. Inky fingers are fine!
10. Be patient! Some things take time and experience to learn.
11. Bulb syringes can save you a ton of time when cleaning your pens.
12. Use light pressure, fountain pens should write under their own weight.
13. Perfect handwriting is not required.
14. Your pen isn’t going to leak constantly just because it’s a fountain pen.
15. Ask how to take the cap off when borrowing someone’s pen! Save yourself from pulling on a twist-off cap.
16. You might become obsessed, just prepare for that.
17. Join the fountain pen community!
For more tips and tricks, check out the original Instagram post!
If you’re looking for an online fountain pen community, join us over on Facebook in our Goulet Nation group. It’s a great place for newbies and experts to get their questions answered.
Were there any tips that we missed? Please tell us in the comments!
The Goulet Pen Company Team