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This week we broke Instagram records, introduced our Edison Nouveau Premiere seasonal edition, and are preparing to launch a ton of new products. I’ll be answering questions on Omas pens, ink cartridges, and notebooks for lefties. It’s a rainy day here at Goulet HQ, perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and to spend some time relaxing with me. Get cozy…
Product Updates- (1:04)
- Edison Nouveau Premiere in Lilac
- Lamy Safari NeonLime- coming soon!
- Record number of Instagram Likes on Monday Matchup 40
- Monteverde Regatta Sport in Rose Gold now available!
- Kaweco AL-Sport Stonewash, TWSBI AL 580 Pens, Midori PanAm, Kaweco Skylines
1) Kerry Adams @smadayrrek-Twitter – (5:24)
What’s the best way to get non FP users into the way of life without overwhelming them with all the options?
- let them trying your pens!
- Don’t worry them with info about cleaning/filling, etc
- just get them to experience the benefits (smooth writing, fun ink colors) first
- show them FP101 videos
Hi Brian what’s the best way to store spare nibs?
- ink sample vials in small plastic baggie or something soft to protect it in the bottom
- earring/ring box
- other options?
Will there be more Omas offered at Goulet? Thoughts on the Omas 360 Mezzo?
- we’re open to it, sure, but we’re pacing ourselves
- launched with Ogiva Alba LE, all gone now
- many Omas pens aren’t available but for a couple of months
- I still need to investigate what’s available ongoing to see if we’d carry anything ‘regularly’
Which pens are best for lefties, are there lefty specific pens or nibs? I see some kids pens like pelikano jr sold in LH version but rarely regular pens sold this way. Reason to ask is that as a righty I don’t know what to look at for my lefty son.
- I’m with ya! I’m a righty and don’t know from personal experience what makes some pens better for lefties than others
- (my understanding) lefty pens are ground to be smoother on the ‘push’ stroke, though I hear mixed things from lefties about whether this really makes a difference
- Lefty underwriters have it easiest, can write with most anything
- overwriters have it toughest, may want to consider retraining your hand position (I know, that’s not easy)
- Teach your son to write as an underwriter, and give him a smooth-writing medium nib, pretty much any brand (Lamy is good)
- use your personal judgment here
- Noodler’s inks vary a lot in property from one to another, so read reviews of each specific ink
- many generalize the whole brand as being ‘unsafe’, falsely
- For me, it’s not so much about the price, but more about how easily the pen comes apart, for certain inks (and not just Noodler’s)
- I save the more stubborn inks for pens that are easy to clean and take apart
- no, I don’t have a price threshold
Business – (22:54)
6) Aditya S.- Facebook – (23:00)
For Edison production line, is there any chance that you will ever offer seasonal editions? I really like the materials chosen for the ENP seasonal editions but it’s just too thin for extended use and I would love to see something in the other pens such as the Collier or the Herald.
- We’ve talked with Brian Gray about this, and I think he might be open to it
- We have been staying pretty busy as it is with seasonal Premieres
- I could definitely see doing the Collier, I’ll ask!
I miss the “themed” Q&As, a week about paper, a week about flex nibs, a week about bound notebooks and so on. I can understand why you moved away from brands as weekly topics…but do you have any plans to bring back themes?
- I don’t know if I see doing whole themed Q&A’s again, unless I did a composite of older Q&A questions
- It’s a big gamble to claim a theme without knowing what questions will come in
What cartridge has the largest ink capacity? I mean which company does make the cartridges with largest ink capacity… I need a load of ink and cartridges are safe variant for me.
- Standard international long
- all are VERY limited in their color options, unless you refill with ink syringe: FP101 Refilling an Ink Cartridge
- Clairefontaine and Rhodia are probably too slick
- Try Filofax
- Check out paper sampler at Goulet
Troubleshooting – (32:05)10) Ty W.- Facebook – (32:10)
What makes J.Herbin write great in my Sheaffer 100, but Private Preserve skips a lot? More broadly, what makes one ink company different from another in terms of how they write?
- sometimes different inks perform differently in some pens, hard to know why
- Herbin is less saturated
- The saturation matters a lot
- make sure your pen is cleaned out between inkings
- paper could make a difference, as well as nib size
If I inked up a large capacity pen, which means I will not use up the ink in a short period, do I still need to clean my pen regularly?
- it’s never a bad idea
- clean out at least once a month, even if using the same ink
- clean out every time you change ink colors
- when ink sits in a pen for a longtime, the water can evaporate and a more concentrated ink is left, which flows harder
- use your judgement, if it’s still writing well, then you’re okay
- if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
The Goulet Pen Company Team