I’m back after a week off for family vacation, thanks for being patient! This week’s Goulet Q&A is an Open Forum, and I got a great variety of questions. I went a little long on this vid, partly because I had great questions and partly to make up for by guilt of missing a week! Enjoy:

1) Andi S.- Facebook (3:25):Now that the 2014 Lamy Safari color is out, what are your thoughts on the color? Love it or hate it? Or relatively indifferent?


2) Mate F.- Facebook (7:45):
Any chance of you carrying the lower-end Pelikans, like the M200 for example? I mean, it’s a good company, but I don’t want to drop $600 on a pen, but I’d want to order it from you guys. I know you could special order any Pelikan, but having a few of the cheaper one in your warehouse might be a smart move.
3) John J.- Facebook (10:59):
A few things… Do you guys intend on carrying more Jinhao pens, or just sticking with what you currently carry (for ease of Goulet nib swaps)? The 159 I just got from you guys is fantastic. I picked up (elsewhere) a slick 9009, with a hooded nib that writes a decently fine line (similar to a Pilot Metropolitan). Would love to see more low-cost options in the lineup. Secondly… I think we’d all love a peek into the Goulet warehouse/operations. What happens when we submit an online order? Not saying to give away any “trade secrets” here, but I think we all enjoy some behind the scenes stuff.
4) Garth M.- Facebook (14:22):
Hey Brian, I was wondering if you’ve heard much about the Visconti Eco-rollers? Any chance Goulet Pens will be carrying Visconti in the future?
5) Winnie P.- Facebook (18:41):
Have you ever considered some kind of recycling program for your ink vials? I can see I have a bunch empty and thought they must cost your company a good amount of money.
6) Carissa S.- Facebook (20:00):

I noticed this months ink drop has pigmented and iron gall inks, as a new user of fountain pens is there anything that i have to look out for when inking up my pens with these inks? and when I flush them out is there anything special about the cleaning process to take note of with these kinds of ink?

7) Rob P.- Facebook (22:25):
Any idea if/when the TWSBI Vac Mini will be released? I have been eagerly waiting for this pen. Hopefully it is still in the pipeline. Thanks!!
8) Heath C.- Facebook (23:09):
Are there any production FPs with multiple ink options similar to a multipen in the ballpoint world? I think it’s Edison that has one that’s special order that looks like a double ended light saber but I’m wondering if there is anything available off the shelf.
9) Carmen C.- Facebook (24:48):
How does the Original Crown Mill Classic Laid paper compare to the G. Lalo Vergé de France paper?
10) Gordon C.- Facebook (25:35):
The Kaweco Sport (ICE or Classic): The FPGeeks review of this pen now begins with an update that warns against using it as an eyedropper, because “ink seeps between the section and the cylindrical plastic that houses the nib/feed” – which (apparently) looks unsightly and is very difficult to clean out. Do you see this as a concern – or is there a way of avoiding it? Thanks in advance!
11) Carmen  C.- Facebook (28:03):

Do you have any idea why the US and European paper sizes are different?

12) Adam T.- Facebook (28:55):
Do you have any tips on how to get pens that don’t fully disassemble to dry out more quickly after a cleaning so that you can refill them sooner without diluting your ink?
13) Karl B.- Facebook (31:38):
Not technically Pen-Related, but how many different GouletPens bookmarks do you guys currently have in the office for outgoing orders? (For example I got 3 so far, two with a Benjamin Franklin quote, and one with just “Write On” -Ink Nouveau).
14) @willia4- Twitter (34:10):
When I turn my Monteverde Invincia over and look at the underside of the nib, I see a large number of ridges. Same with my Nemosine Singularity.  If I look at my Sheaffer 100, it has just a few ridges. When I look at my Lamy Safari, it doesn’t have any. Are these ridges functional or decorative? If functional, what do they do? When selecting my next pen for purchase, should this be one of my criteria?
15) Kevin M.- email (38:11):
I have heard that Pelikan will begin selling Edelstein Ink in cartridges form shortly. Have you heard anything specific?

16) Scott B.- Facebook (39:58):

Two questions: I know one day you may do a Q.&.A. on Twsbi but i must know, is it possible to flood the feed with ink by turning the mechanism on the Twisbi Vac 700 without braking the seal; making an inky mess? I find this act convenient when the nib becomes a little dry. This works perfectly with my piston filling 580 and other converter filling pens but will it work for a vac filler? My last question is a little off topic but since this is an open forum, what diet program or should I say life style choice have you made for loosing all the Waite you’ve lost? I’ve been thinking about getting in better shape my self and have been reading some books on doing so. What’s your secret?

17) Logan V.- Facebook (49:08):

I’m looking for a good “workhorse” pen that I can use at my office. It needs to be able to take some abuse but also look nicer than the Pilot Varsity disposables that I have been using. Also able to use with Noodler’s or other bulletproof type inks would be great. Thanks!

Next week’s video will be back to a brand theme, and it’s a big one: Noodler’s. This has to be one of the most talked about brands in the fountain pen world, with lovers and haters equally passionate for their pens and ink. I’m going to answer as many questions as I can to the best of my ability regarding this very mysterious, controversial, and exciting brand. Just leave me questions in the comments below. If you missed any old Goulet Q&A’s make sure you check them out here. Have a great week!Write On,
Brian Goulet