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.

Welcome to Goulet Q&A Episode 80! I’m back this week discussing our new video techniques and platforms. I’m answering questions on my favorite ink, what pen I loan out, and who would play Rachel and I in a movie. Pull up a seat and enjoy the show…

New and Upcoming Products – (:41)
Faber-Castell Ambition
Pilot Metropolitan Rollerballs

Pens/Writing – (6:17)

1) Chris W. -Facebook – (6:32)

Who wins in a shoot-out, the Pilot Vanishing Point or the Lamy Dialog 3?

  • hands down, VP!!
  • half the price
  • can retract 1-handed
2) Po T. -Facebook – (9:10)

Hello Brian! Currently, I have a Pilot VP with Fine nib and I want to switch to EF. Give me some suggestions about whether I should buy an EF nib unit separately or buy a VP pen with an EF nib. The former option will make the Fine nib unit useless as I only have one pen body and the latter option is more expensive. What do you think?

  • Nib unit: $61
  • VP whole pen: $140
  • $79 price difference, worth it? tough call
  • for me, yes
3) Angel A. -Facebook – (13:48)

Hello Brian! Are the nibs between the Faber-Castell Basic, Loom, and E-Motion interchangeable? Wanting to buy them with a different nib each.

  • yes, but they’re not really easy to pull out
  • they are all the same size though
4) (Lin) 林理谙 -Facebook – (17:21)

Perfect copperplate or perfect flex pen than never railroads, has perfect flow, easy to clean, high ink capacity, never dries out, and so on? Given no effort for the first, and no cost for the second.

  • buy a pen, any pen
  • close your eyes until you fall asleep
  • then your pen will write exactly as you dream :)
  • there are always tradeoffs, and it just takes practice to understand how to flex well
  • there is no perfect pen, flex pens are just finicky and require finesse

Ink – (20:57)

5) Brandon D. -Facebook – (21:00)

What one ink would you recommend for each color category on gouletpens.com? I want to have a variety of colors to choose from but i want to limit myself so i do not have more ink than i can possibly use

Paper – (24:11)
6) Chrome Y. – Facebook – (24:16)
As an art student I often write on sketch paper and watercolour paper. Both of them are thick and have textures especially the watercolour paper. (they are quite soft as well) I don’t think there will be bits of paper stuck on the nib as long as I don’t use EF nibs. Do I have to worry about material taken from the nib too much or is it kind of ok?
  • watercolor paper is usually sized with a coating that resists water (ink) which means it will not be incredibly prone to fibers in the nib tines
  • it’s not impossible though, so if it happens, use brass sheets to floss

Personal – (27:56)

7) @Henryw25 – Twitter – (28:02)

When someone not personally close to you asks to borrow a pen, out of the pens that you carry, which do you hand over?

  • Pilot Metropolitan
  • it’s inexpensive enough to loan out (and not sweat it)
  • it’s a snap cap, because people ALWAYS try to pull off the cap instead of unscrew it
  • it’s a good writing experience
8) Eric O. -Facebook – (31:25)

Who plays Brian in the film “Write On: The Brian Goulet Story”? Who plays Rachel?

  • Rachel: Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner, Rachel Leigh Cook, (Julia Roberts like in Erin Brockovich)
  • Brian: Dominic Purcell
9) Ty W. -Facebook – (34:00)

I heard you mention a couple times about values alignment with other companies/vendors you use. When did the importance of that hit you? (This made a recent choice much easier!)

  • It wasn’t a particular instance that happened, but it was pretty early on
  • probably in the first year, we started to notice a correlation between brands we successfully carried and their values

Business – (41:58)

10) Brandon M. -Facebook – (42:00)

I have been hearing rumors that Pilot will be bringing new colors of the metro to the US (essentially what they are selling as the cocoon series in Japan right now). Is that true, or is it just a rumor at this point?

  • the Cocoon is the Metropolitan in Japan, true
  • but the new Cocoon colors are not the coming Metropolitan colors, they’re different
  • expect new Metro colors in Nov/Dec
11) Bijan A.- Facebook – (43:21)

Monday Matchup is a really creative way to not only put the spotlight on different pens and inks, but also to get your insta-followers promoting your company/page by the endless amounts of re-grams people end up posting to try and win them. I’d love to know how the idea was spawned, how tough it was to implement, and then also, who gets to have the final say on which ink and pens you choose to highlight?

  • we’re about to hit 1-year of Monday Matchup!
  • idea spawned from our team!
  • it took us a while to figure out a rhythm, especially with who would do the artwork
  • we way over engineered it at first, trying to push the envelope
  • we didn’t even start out using the ink in the actual pen!
  • we didn’t start out with a contest, that came almost out of necessity
  • what pen/ink combo is initially chosen by team members, then Rachel and I check out inventory (just to make sure we’ll have it!)

Troubleshooting – (50:26)

12) Ana B. – Facebook – (50:35)

For Q&A: Do you also find that the cellulose-derivative Noodler’s pens dry out REALLY FAST even when capped and stored? I’ve filled my Ahab, neglected it in my desk drawer for a few days (oops), and come back to a nearly bone-dry pen (as in, a dry piston chamber, not just a dry nib and feed).Same thing happens with my Creaper, but not my acrylic Konrad.

  • this is not unusual for these pens, they do tend to dry out
  • a lot of it is the wide-open feed, evaporation just happens more quickly
  • not sure if the material itself is a factor, though I have less of an issue with the acrylic pens
  • environment is a factor
  • filling more regularly will just be necessary

13) Brandon P. – Facebook – (53:38)

For Q&A: I am just beginning to get into fountain pens, and I’ve converted my Platinum Preppy into the eyedropper pen. When I put in some ink in (De Atramentis Indigo Blue), it started writing very light and unsaturated as if the ink had been diluted or washed out. Is this normal for the pen, ink, or paper (medium quality copy paper) that I’m using? Thanks!

  • sounds like it was just getting primed
  • eyedropper conversion doesn’t saturate the feed like when you’re filling directly from the bottle



Who would you pick to play Brian (and Rachel) in the Goulet Pens movie? – (56:30)Thanks so much for spending time with me this week, I really appreciate it! Be sure to check here if there are any old Q&A’s that you missed.Write On,
Brian Goulet