It’s the 27th episode of Goulet Q&A, and this week it is an Open Forum. I took random questions that you had, ranging in topics from scratchy nibs, flow issues, Organics Studio ink, crappy paper, and fighting Nick Cage. It’s a good mix!

Here are this week’s questions:

1) Tyler A./Tristan N.- Facebook (2:27):
I would really like to know how to make a scratchy nib less scratchy.


2) Serah E.- Facebook (4:11):
Is it possible for Goulet Pens to use different shipping companies instead of USPS? Love the company and people there, and would really love to support it more often, but the shipping to Singapore is really scary…
3) Travis W.- Facebook (5:53):

What’s the deal with the Organics Studio? What’s special (or different) about the brand?

4) Alan L.- Facebook (8:14):
What is the best notebook to mix with school and fountain pen use? Right now I like to use a Moleskine but they are too pricy to be used with school. But I also don’t want to subject my pens to cheaply made notebook paper.
5) Kathy V.- Facebook (9:27):
How do you pick the right paper? Some are thick, some are colored, and some soak up the ink and bleeds.
6) Ben H.- Facebook (11:27):
What is your process for coming up with the Ink Drop colors every month?
7) Ethan J.- Facebook (15:41):
Could you beat Nick Cage in a fight?
8) John J.- Facebook (16:48):
Do you still make pens for fun, or have you retired from that?
9) Geoff P.- Facebook (19:43):

2 of my Kaweco pens (an EF clear Classic Sport and an M blue Ice Sport) both filled as eyedroppers are leaking out ink through the nib. When I start writing I find the feed saturated and ink pooling at the sides underneath the nib. My BB orange Ice Sport doesn’t seem to be doing it. The Blue is worst and often spills out ink onto the paper unless I notice it first and blot it away. Any suggestions? It happens at all ink levels.

10) Jody D.- Facebook (22:07):
I’d like to know if I bought a more expensive Lamy than my Safari & Al-Star would I get a “better” nib? Don’t get me wrong, I love their EF nibs but why spend more? (This also applies to pricier Pilot or Platinum pens as opposed to their entry level pens.)
11) Rhonda S.- Facebook (26:31):
Is there a customizable notebook with Clairefontaine looseleaf paper, or does Clairefontaine make a customizable spiral notebook? I love their paper. The French lined notebooks are a great price.
12) Rose H.- Facebook (27:54):

I’d love to know an ink that will go well with the new blue-green Lamy.

13) Carmen C.- Facebook (28:37):
I love Clairefontaine’s paper. Any chance they’ll make the clothbound notebooks (or any of the others, really) with a dot grid? Seriously, who do I have to beg to make this happen?
14) Loraine B.- Facebook (30:47):

What is the most affordable Japanese fountain pen that I could get with an extra fine nib? I have a Lamy Safari with an extra fine but I would like a finer nib. Any suggestions?

15) Michelle L.- Facebook (32:07):

Can you explain the differences between all these higher end Pilot models. I am so confused. I am speaking of : Pilot Custom Heritage 91/ Custom 74, the Custom 823, and the Custom Heritage 92., etc. I’d love a discussion on prices/looks/ nibs (are they all gold?).
16) Michelle Y./Matt Z.- Facebook (35:38):

What to do if your new pen has poor ink flow (Lamy Safari)

17) Michael L.- Facebook (39:22):

what empty inkwell would you say has the widest opening? is there any ink bottle you would recommend that would completely fit an oblique dip pen holder?

18) Emily P.- Facebook (40:31):

Are all fountain pen users hobbyists or are there some random users? Someone in a class of mine was using a fp to take notes. I wanted to talk to her about everything fountain pens, but I worried that she might not be involved with the whole hobby of it, or if she was just using one randomly.

A special thanks goes out to everyone who asked me questions this week, it was a great mix! I’m really sorry if I wasn’t able to answer yours, just keep asking and I’ll do my best to cover it in the future.Because of a business trip, I will have to skip next week’s Q&A (April 18th). I will come back April 25th, where the theme will be brand-focused again, this time: Pilot/Namiki. Ask me any questions you have on Pilot and Namiki pens and ink in the comments below and I’ll answer as best I can! Have a great next couple of weeks!

Write On,

Brian Goulet