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This is the last Q&A of 2014, I’ll be taking off next week to spend time with my family for Christmas. This week the video includes using J. Herbin Stormy Grey in your pens, storing pens in your backpack, and what is up with that soldier drawing on my desk. Enjoy!

1) Dane Miles- YouTube – (6:09)
Hey Brian, what pen carry/storage solutions do you recommend for students? Someone whom carries a backpack?

2) Andy P.- Facebook -(9:46)
Hi. I always carry a throw-away pen (decent writer but not as nice as the rollerball or fountain pen I also carry and rely on) for the knucklehead who forgets a pen at a meeting. Sometimes I get a persnickety and persistent knucklehead who notices the “oh so nice” pens sticking out of my pocket and can become insistent in using one of them. My guard is up, the adrenaline starts to flow (like Hulk going through his metamorphosis) and I start getting into fight, not flight, mode. It’s particularly painful when the knucklehead is a superior. Do you have any FPN (Fountain Pen. ninja) tactics to employ?
  • I have no personal experience in this area!
  • keep multiple pens, make up some flimsy excuse about the ‘good’ pen you have being one that only you can use
  • I loan everything to everyone, but I do it in a way that they understand what they’re about to hold
  • I’d really want to solicit feedback on this one in the comments
3) Chris W- Facebook – (13:06)
Do you plan on carrying more Kaweco pens in the future? Also, which pen you would prefer; the Kaweco Sport or the TWSBI Mini.
  • maybe…but only if Kaweco brings them in through US distributorship, they have several models that are by special order only for us here in the US, and that’s really tough for us to stock. Mini, hands down.
4) @La_Lynne- Twitter – (15:57)
Do you have a cunning system for remembering what ink’s in what pen? I always THINK I’ll remember…
  • conceptually yes!
  • index/business card in pen case
  • phone to-do list/notes
  • matching ink to pen color helps
  • randomly guessing
  • forgetting/cleaning out pen ;)
5) Carmen C- Facebook – (18:48)
I like the way I can find inks that are water or freeze resistant on the website, but I’m also interested in inks with sheen and inks that shade really well. Unfortunately, I don’t see any tick boxes on the side of the website for those properties. Is there any chance you’ll add those next year?
  • that’s a neat idea, not sure if we’d feel bold enough to officially claim “sheen” on an ink
  • varies color by color, paper and nib influences it too
6) Heath B- Facebook – (22:49)
Being new to the fountain pen world, I like to read as much as I can. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
7) Mikey M- Facebook – (26:49)
Where did your get that drawing of the military doc treating his guy in the field? Being a former Marine I’m drawn to that pic every time I see it.
  • Ced Nocon, legit comic book artist in LA
  • both our grandfathers fought in WWII
8) Dionne C- Facebook – (30:30)
I was wondering how you clean out a Pilot con 70 converter. It seems to be hard to get ink out of that little tube that’s in the converter, kind off a pain.
  • it is a pain! I keep my Custom 74 inked with blue only, basically, kinda for that reason
  • turn upside down under running water, move rod up and down to flush it out
9) Leonore P- Facebook – (36:50)
I purchased some “Eternal Brown” ink from Noodlers several years ago. I love it because once it dries it is virtually “eternal” no smearing or running from water sprinkles. Does Noodlers or any other company make an “eternal” type ink any more? in any color?
  • water resistant filter on our site “bottled ink”, then filter down on the left, scroll down near the bottom
  • used to have Noodler’s-specific terms like bulletproof and eternal in our search filters, took them out b/c it would then only show Noodler’s, but we’ve gotten a lot of feedback about bringing that back
  • we’re still debating what to do, seeing what our options are, technically
10) Keith R- Facebook – (39:53)
I know it’s not ideal, but would an extra fine nib work on a newspaper crossword puzzle?
11) Bob H- Facebook – (40:34) 
Is there a reason why you don’t sell Waterman pens? Just curious. Excellent website, excellent company, excellent products, excellent people. Thank you!
  • need to see a big demand
  • it’s definitely on my radar, waiting to get through holidays 2014
12) Jon B- Facebook – (43:19)
Would you ever consider a new or second design for the Edison/Goulet exclusive pen? I love the seasonal colors, but I just can’t fall in love with the shape of the Nouveau Premiere.
  • we did that with the Encore, fizzled out and discontinued
  • have talked to Brian Gray about that
  • it’s a possibility, but Brian would need the time to design it
  • takes 40-50 hours of programming time for him on his lathe
  • just does’t have that time right now
  • we’d need to pay him for that time, would need to be a popular pen to pay that back
  • it’s a possibility for sure, just not anything planned in the immediate future
13) Stephen S- Facebook – (47:00)
I’ve got a good one! I recently got a bottle of the 1670 Stormy Grey. I’ve been fiddling around trying to find the pen that works best with it. What would you recommend that meets these requirements: Can disassemble nib and feed, to clean the gold gunk out. Wet writerStub/italic nibRelatively inexpensive (in case the first requirement ends up being more trouble than it’s worth)
I’m leaning towards an Ahab with a Goulet 1.1mm in it; I’ve tried it with the normal flex nib and it kind of looks like a glitter pen when flexed hence the desire for an italic. If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them!
14) Mark Z- Facebook – (49:41)
Would the preppy x-fine work well with the ink Stormy Gray or would the gold flecks likely clog such a fine nib?
  • it will work okay, but won’t really show off the gold much in a nib that fine
  • might have to clean a little more often, but won’t be as bad as you might be envisioning

15) Tristan N- Facebook – (52:48)
Do you have pens or inks or paper you love to hate? Like an pen that’s ugly as heck but has a super sweet nib or ink that almost needs a steel brush to get cleaned out of a pen but that has the best sheen or paper thats almost glass like but with a smell bad enough to clean out the room?

  • Noodler’s pen smell, don’t hate it but it’s not the best
  • don’t like fast-dry inks, hate inks that feather a lot (flat color inks) like eternals and document inks (sorry!)
  • don’t like thin pens, Lamy CP1, things like that
  • not a big fan of slick metal grips, though will use them for quick notes
  • don’t like most little pens (Kaweco, Poquito)
16) MK B- Facebook – (58:05)
Re-posting from a comment under the last Q&A: #1 I have a Super 5 (given me by a friend who got hers at the Urban Sketchers International Symposium) Is this pen fussy about ink? The converter is really hard to remove but finally got it off and cleaned. Refilled with Platinum Carbon Black (my fav). I now can’t get it to flow…. just little bits of ink scratches.
  • if it’s not flowing well from the ink-up it could be a matter of the pen needing to be cleaned out first. This can definitely help sometimes. Another possibility might be the rotation of the pen in your hand, this is a fine stub but still a stub, so it’s going to be sensitive to pen rotation, so just make sure you’re keeping both tines in contact with the paper. Just a thought
17) MK B- Facebook – (1:02:43)
Just received my bottle of J Herbin 1670 storm grey. I noticed gold on the bottom of the bottle. Does it need to be shaken up?
  • SHAKE! yes
QOTW: What is a holiday tradition you do every year? 

Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it! Be sure to check here if you have any old Q&A’s that you missed. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!Write On,
Brian Goulet