Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.The last week has been really crazy. I announced that the new GouletPens.com is coming, we have a slew of pen pens coming in like the Delta Unicas, Omas Ogiva Albas, Noodler’s Neponsets and Stipula Splashes. We’re also launching Thanksgiveaway and a Monteverde ink deal. It’s a lot! And while I shot the Q&A before the Noodler’s Neponset release, it’s since passed and I can say we sold out in 25 minutes. Yowza!So here are this week’s questions:

1) Dane Miles- YouTube – (10:19)
Question on the Delta Unica: what’s the big deal about celluloid? Is there something “better” about it?
  • made from cell walls of wood fibers
  • used before modern plastics were developed
  • very expensive, dangerous, time consuming to make
  • takes 1-2 years to cure
  • Pros:
    • not as brittle as acrylic
    • warm to the touch
    • absorbs oils in your hand
    • better grip
    • less hand fatigue
    • resists scratches and cracks
    • looks nice
  • Cons:
    • expensive
    • flammable/toxic to manufacture
    • more prone to staining (don’t eyedropper convert)

2) Mitchell C.- Facebook – (
21:01)

I just started getting into fountain pens and I was wondering if it is possible to fill a standard international converter by just dipping the converter in the ink bottle instead of dipping the entire tip of the pen in the ink bottle?

  • absolutely!
3) Matthew M.- Facebook – (23:38)

I am choosing between a Lamy 2000 and a 14 kt Lamy Studio Wild Rubin. I know they have different fill mechanisms, but as far as writing will they be similar?

  • check out Nib Nook
  • nibs are pretty similar, studio broad nib is noticeably wetter
  • line width is similar, but the feel of the pens is very different
  • Lamy 2000 nibs are stiffer, have finer sweet spot, less forgiving on rotation in hand
  • 14k Studio nibs are springy
4) Marcus P.- Facebook – (27:20)

I have no idea how it happened, but there is a tiny amount of ink trapped above the piston in my converter (Lamy Z24)… Is this a common occurrence, and how does someone deal with this issue when it happens? I can’t find an easy way to disassemble this particular converter, but maybe I’m not using enough force…

  • it just happens, with all kinds of converters
  • some you can take apart easily, some are tougher
  • The Lamy converters are tougher but it can be done
  • I have yet to do a video on this! But sbrebrown has here
5) Dwelyn D.- Facebook – (29:24)

Holy Moly! I got your pen tuning kit in the mail today and worked with the mylar paper on the nibs. I don’t know if its a placebo effect but, the nib writes so smoooooooooothly! I wanted to ask another question, is it normal to experience minor feedback after nib smoothing (particularly with the mylar paper). Also, how would you define a glass smooth nib? I mean, i need your insight and depending on what you you guys say i might continue smoothing this nib or just stop at this sweet spot!

  • it’s important to check alignment before smoothing
  • mylar is more for fine polishing, micromesh is more abrasive
  • you can psych yourself out when nib smoothing
  • it’s definitely possible to ‘overdo it’ trying to get it unrealistically smooth
  • paper is a big factor, so is ink
  • smooth it, but realize there will be a point where it won’t improve any more
6) Ben C.- Facebook – (34:05)

I’m really curious to find out when you’ll start carrying the Nock Co. products. I realize that I could buy them direct right now, but I’d rather support 2 businesses with my money rather than just 1. So, any tentative dates? Can’t wait to see the Q&A! Write on!

  • we’ve been in touch with Brad Dowdy about Nock
  • they’ve been really successful with it, which is good to see!
  • he’s been working on building up inventory and setting up his own supply chain
  • he hasn’t given me a firm date for when he’ll be ready, it’s unclear at this point if he’ll be selling through retailers in 2014
  • I appreciate your loyalty! But in your own best interest, I’d buy direct from him if I were you unless you’re really not in a rush
7) Pastor Chuck S.- Facebook – (37:08)

I would love to hear your thoughts on business calendars/planners that are fountain pen friendly. I can live with ghosting, but the bleed through is a real problem

  • not my area of expertise, honestly
  • most experience with Rhodia weekly planner
  • Midori also has one that’s decent
  • Quo Vadis has a HUGE range, their site is here
  • Filofax has a lot, too
  • paper used in planners is usually thinner, less coating
  • the emphasis is on quick dry-time, to keep from imprinting on other page
  • stick to finest nibs possible, and less absorbent inks (X-feather, HOD)
8) Linda T.- Facebook – (40:27)

Christmas card season approaches! Inks that contain a metallic fleck, irridescence, shimmer, or shine! Silver (not just grey), gold (not just yellow), red, and green!

9) Eric O.- Facebook – (44:46)

J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670. The hard part is finding some! Brian, when’s the next shipment??????

  • tell me about it!!!!
  • we’re doing everything we can to get more, but we are well-stocked on samples
10) Patrick D.- Facebook – (48:35)

Do you know of any pens that come from the factory with oblique nibs? …does Goulet offer (or custom order) any?

  • Very few, mostly high-end pens
  • Pelikan Soüvrans
  • Omas has a couple
  • Lamy 2000 in Europe (not available in US)
11) Noah L.- Facebook – (52:29)

After a year of Edison Nouveau Premiere special editions, how is it going? Which ENP SE of 2014 was the best seller? What can we expect for 2015? Any hints or teasers for the future?

  • 3 models so far, each has outsold the previous versions
  • Autumn Harvest will be tough to beat, impossible actually!
  • We’re getting to the point where we’re buying out all of the stock of a given color, we will run out of Autumn Harvest prematurely
  • We know we’re not going to be able to make as many of the Winter 2014 as we did Autumn Harvest
  • No hints, it’s a surprise!

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it. Thanks so much for continuing to ask questions, and I’m sorry to all those whose questions I couldn’t answer today. Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A’s that you missed. Have a great rest of the week!

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Write On,
Brian Goulet