This week’s Goulet Q&A is an Open Forum, where I answer 16 questions of various topics. I got questions about buying a second pen, greasing pistons, my biggest pen disappointment, and managing using 30+ pens at once. I really enjoyed today’s questions, and if you watch you’ll get to see me in a baller suit (I had a business lunch to go to right after I shot the vid!).
Here are this week’s questions:
1) Luis M.- Facebook (3:03):
Which fountain pen would be ideal after my first fountain pen? I’ve used a (Goulet) Lamy Safari with a Fine nib for the past 6 months or so, loved it. What would be the next tier?? (any brand/nib goes) What are your thoughts on this?
2) Sherah Epic- Facebook (5:09):
How do I grease the piston of piston pens that cannot be disassembled (eg. the Pelikan M200)? [PS. My name is pronounced as share-rah, but you can call me Epic ]
  • Video coming soon!
  • remove nib, silicone grease on q-tip, swab inside of barrel
3) Tristan N.- Facebook (6:36):
What is your biggest pen disappointment?
  • Pelikan m800 1.5mm italic
4) Hal H.- Facebook (11:23):
1. Please tell me those Goulet Pens t-shirts will be for sale in the future. 2. For any ink drops, have you done your kids’ favorite colors? That seems like it’d be a cool drop!
5) @dbwoo61- Twitter (12:58):
With 30+ pens I find it hard not to ink up more than I can reasonably use. Anyone else have same problem & suggestions?

6) @TNPnation- Twitter (14:26):

Hey Brian, could you tell us about the cool looking papers that line the walls of your desk area in a vid?

7) Steve B.- Facebook (16:29):
Is there a converter that can be used for the Monteverde Poquito?

8) Donovan O.- Facebook (17:35):
Is the Lamy Safari better than the Pilot Metropolitan?
  • Yes and No
  • Lamy pros:
    • interchangeable nibs
    • awesome colors
    • durable as heck
    • light weight
  • Lamy cons:
    • more expensive
    • converter not included
  • Pilot pros:
    • awesome value
    • converter included
    • durable
    • great writer
  • Pilot cons:
    • limited color options
    • medium nib only
    • converter isn’t clear
9) Sabina T.- Facebook (20:11):
I put Diamine Ancient Copper in my Ahab, used it, then left it nib up in my pen holder for a week or so. When I came back to it, it had bubbled up and crusted over, out of the nib, feed and around the edges of the nib section, onto the nib. It looks like solidified lava after an eruption. The ink inside the pen had turned to sludge. Is this normal? Will this damage the pen? Is it because the Ahab is meant to be letting out a lot of ink, and is now letting the Ancient Copper evaporate from the pen? Is this the dreaded ink mold? I will clean the pen, and hopefully it will be okay. Is this something I should expect from this ink, in general, and only use it in small doses and clean it right away, or is it a particular problem?
  • extremes of pen and ink
  • relative humidity
10) Bec M.- Facebook (23:06):
I’m looking to pick up an italic nib for the TWSBI Diamond 580. Would you recommend the 1.1 mm or 1.5 mm for my first italic nib?
  • 1.1mm usually best, esp. with 7mm ruling or smaller
  • goes for all pens, not just TWSBI
11) Kevin L.- Facebook (26:19):
My spies have just reported that Platinum has changed their ink bottles to allow all the ink to be used more easily with the addition of a small plastic well of some sort. It harkens back to what Parker did with their Penman bottles, if memory serves.
  • Platinum regular line from 30ml to 60ml with bottle insert
  • will take time to come available, old 30ml will need to sell out first
12) Matthew C.- Facebook (29:06):
Are there any distinct advantages to using a converter/inkpot over cartridges? I think I prefer the ease of cartridges and how much cleaner the whole process is than filling from a pot.
  • cartridges
    • convenience
    • transportability
    • flow?
  • bottled ink
    • more economical per ml
    • vast color/property selection
    • store longer
13) Nancy U.- Facebook (33:08):
Hi guys, I would like to know if the caps of the Jinhao X750 are interchangeable.
  • yup! between 750 colors
14)@jtdavis- Twitter (34:02):
What’s the difference b/t a Pelikan M600 & M605; M800 & M805, etc.?
  • X00- gold trim
  • X05- silver trim
  • 600, smaller than 800
15) Joe S.- Facebook (36:46):
Just curious, how big is the Goulet Crew into vintage pens? Being in retail, your constantly around brand new pens, so I can see how vintage pens can take a back seat. Regardless, are there any favorites among the staff? Any pens do you wish were still in production?16) Todd L.- Facebook (40:05):
Recently, it has come to my attention that I am using my Flex pens 95% of the time when writing letters or practicing my penmanship. Right now I use a Noodler’s Ahab and Konrad. I really love Noodler’s pens and inks but I’m wondering if I should be looking elsewhere for a different writing experience. I don’t have a lot to spend on pens currently. Usually my budget is $50 and under. What would you suggest I acquire for my next flex pen? Some day I’d like to own a soft nib Namiki Falcon, but right now they’re out of my price range. Any help is appreciated. I love the Q&A keep up the good work.

Next week will be January 31, 2014, and I’ll be answering questions about Pen Maintenance. Go ahead and ask me whatever questions you have about cleaning, storing, using, or maintaining your fountain pens and I’ll answer them next week. If you missed any previous Q&A’s, be sure to catch up on them here. That’s all for now, have a great week!

Write On,
Brian Goulet