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It’s Friday the 13th, but this week you have good luck because I’m feeling a lot better and am really on a roll for Q&A 66. This week I talk about the Lamy CopperOrange, Lamy nibs, steel vs. gold nibs, my exercise regimen, and ink ending up in places where it shouldn’t be!
1) Marcus P.- Facebook – (6:36)
In a previous Q&A you recommended a number of pens that are the next step up from a beginner pen. One of the pens you recommended was the Lamy Studio, which can swap nibs with the Safari/Al-Star etc. Given that they use the same nibs, is there any noticeable difference in the writing experience, and if so, what would contribute to that? A different feed, or…?
- same nib/feed, it’s going to write identically
- only difference is pen bodies/aesthetics!
- goes for ALL Lamy pens, except Lamy 2000
- two Studios have 14k gold nibs which will write a little different (wetter)
2) William S.- Facebook – (9:35)
Since I can’t use a fountain pen on multi-part forms, what are some good Goulet alternative writing instruments that would suit a casual business environment, but not look like the pen at the dollar store.
- sooooo….non-fountain pen? not much from Goulet 😉
- Refillable rollerballs (Noodler’s, J. Herbin, Monteverde)
- rollerball version of our brands of pens (Lamy, Pilot, etc)
- Pilot G2
3) Derek M.- Facebook – (12:22)
I’m a crossword puzzle addict, so I often find myself writing on newsprint. Is there a preferred nib/ink combination that you recommend for this?
- haven’t tested a ton, but Platinum Preppy EF with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness or X-feather should do well
I’m wondering if you can achieve the same experience from that of a gold nib in a steel nib.
- smoothness, absolutely
- softness, not really
- great article called “In Praise of Steel Nibs” by Brian Gray of Edison Pens
5) Jesper B.- Facebook – (16:50)
What pen in your Collection is your favorite to write with, and what pen in your Collection is maybe not the best writer, but very nice to look at?
Paper: – (22:04)
6) Mark Grago- YouTube – (22:08)
What is a better choice of(stationary) paper to compose letters on, Clairefontaine or G Lalo? I’m having a difficult time deciding.(For only letter writing, I use either a Twisbi Diamond 580 or a Monteverde Invincia. Broad nib for both.)
- love them both for different reasons
- Lalo: HATE the feeling of it while writing, looks amazing and feels great in the hand though
- Triomphe: fantastic writing experience, very bright and sometimes harsh on the eyes with the wrong (bright) ink
- both will perform really well with your pens and any ink
- Lalo: better for the recipient, Triomphe: better for the writer!
Ink: – (25:47)
As a huge J. Herbin 1670 series ink fan, I was excited to see a post and video on fountain pen network about the ocean blue now having the same gold sparkles as the stormy grey and rouge hematite. When will you be carrying the sparkly version of this?
- the cat’s out of the bag here
- yup, it’s coming, not sure when, still waiting on the word
- shouldn’t be too too long, hopefully less than a month but no firm ETA yet
8) Steve K.- Facebook – (28:07)
How much could I depend upon the Noodler’s Eel series of inks to help with railroading and skipping? I know they are lubricated inks, and I have a few pens that are “stubborn” (in particular, a Pilot Custom 912 with a MUSIC nib when I try to flex it). Or are there any other inks you would recommend to take care of these kinds of issues as well.
- Custom 912 music isn’t a flex nib, not like the Noodler’s Neponset is
- Music nibs are generally not flexible, Noodler’s kind of broke the mold there
- In general though, yes lubricated inks like the Noodler’s Eel inks can help increase the flow with drier pens. To what degree will vary based on the pen, though
9) Di M.- Facebook – (30:37)
Is there anything that can be used to “set” non-waterproof inks– like how hairspray can keep pastels/chalk from smearing? I get a little nervous using some inks to address envelopes, fearing what may happen in the dear old USPS.
- there are products made specifically for this purpose, what it’s called I can’t remember
10) Sabina T.- Facebook – (32:05)
Glad you’re better, Brian! What’s a good dry-ish ink (blue or blue-black) to use in a real gusher of a pen, for a more moderate flow? Is the “lubricated” filter selection on your website set up to answer this type of question, or does that have to do with another ink property? Thanks!
- GouletPens.com doesn’t really have a way to look up ‘dry’ inks yet, though the new reviews will give that as a rating so the more reviews come in, the better we’ll be able to tell that
- lubricated inks are made mostly for lubricating piston pens, but they do also increase ink flow
- stay away from lubricated inks in your wet pens!
- Pelikan 4001 is the driest ink I know
Thinking about trying our some sealing wax samples soon. Approximately how many seals would 1 sample stick make?
- I actually tested this years ago in this video from April 2010!
- oh, the camera work! yikes!
- J. Herbin advertises 7 seals per stick, but I got 25 or so out of one
- 10-20 is probably most reasonable, it will depend on your seal and how much you put on!
12) Marcus P.- Facebook – (37:08)
Do you know where you can get a custom seal (i.e. have your own design on the seal) for use with sealing wax?
- Atelier Gargoyle (no affiliation) has lost-wax casting, others I’m not sure
- two ways to do it: lost wax (deep seals, high cost) and laser engraved (shallow seals, low cost)
13) Swivel888- YouTube – (38:28)
Were you and Rachel married already when you started the company or it just blossomed along the way. (Sorry what a corny question.)
- yes, we were married in 2006 and started our business in the first form in 2007
- GouletPens.com as you know it today started in 2009
- we’re 8 years married now, 13 years together, spend every day together
14) Gary W.- Facebook – (39:27)
I don’t know if this is going to be an inappropriate question, or too personal in nature. If so then you don’t have to answer. I was really curious as to what your exercise regimen was and lifestyle changes that brought you to lose so much weight. Perhaps you could share at least what exercises you did and how often.
- I’d tried lots of stuff before, mainly weight lifting and running
- never had diet under control, would bulk up, eat more, get bigger, etc
- used MyFitnessPal app
- cardio was my answer, and cycling is my love
- rode bike 20+ miles every day, combined with diet for 1.5 years
- kept that up until our new site launched in Nov. and that put a wrench in things
- now I’m doing a whole lot less, but sleeping more
- weight has crept up a tad, but I’m getting that back down
- exercise now 2-3 days a week
Troubleshooting: – (41:48)
Does the Pilot Custom 823 have the same problem with the ink in the grip as the Custom 74?
- if it does, you’d never know it b/c it’s opaque!
- Custom 74 “problem” is purely aesthetic
16) Andy P.- Facebook – (43:08)
I have a TWSBI 580 and see in the cap that condensation forms. I thought maybe it’s because I had it in my shirt pocket and the body heat caused it, however. When in my bag I see there’s still beads of condensation in the cap. What should I do, if anything?
- don’t sweat it unless it starts to become a problem (getting on the grip of your pen)
- could be due to being shaken around in your bag, keep it nib-up if possible
- could be caused by changing temperatures, especially in winter
I have a Platinum cool pen crystal clear fountain (I use a converter with it) While I absolutely love the pen, it feels like I’m always opening it up using the converter to send more ink down into the feed instead of it doing so on its own. Otherwise, my writing/ ink flow misfires like I’m out of ink. (Am I doing something wrong?) I have not had to do this with my Lamy or Pilots, which is why I’m curious.
- Give it a good cleaning (maybe disassemble it, like in this vid)
- try a different ink, see if it still does it
- not something I’ve heard happening a lot with the Cool
- could be a blockage in the nib/feed (cleaning and tine flossing could help)
QOTW: What are your Valentine’s Day plans? – (46:16)