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- in general, when flying if you keep your nib pointed up, it’ll eliminate just about all problems
- from talking to other pilots, the time you really want to avoid writing with a pen on a plane is from takeoff to about 6,000ft altitude
- once the cabin pressure is stabilized after takeoff, you’re pretty much safe
- descent is perfectly fine, go nuts
- consider a TWSBI Vac 700 or Pilot (pun!) Custom 823, they are vac fillers and close off the ink chamber
- this is just nib creep, and is purely aesthetic
- if it’s coming up with wiping, it’s just a sign that your pen loves you
- it’s perfectly okay to stay there!
- some people are weirded out by nib creep, I actually like it because it tells me when a pen is inked up, and what color (approximately) it is!
- any warranty is only as good as whoever’s standing behind it
- it’ll vary from one manufacturer to another
- most companies have some kind of warranty, though it usually varies and often costs at least shipping to get there/back
- given the shipping cost and wait time, it’s often a judgement call when it’s worth your time and effort to do a warranty return to a manufacturer
I am interested in the hobonichi which uses tomoe river paper I was wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of using tomoe river paper?
- I haven’t used hobonichi before, personally
- Tomoe River is really thin, and handles ink exceptionally well, especially with feathering and bleeding
- get crazy sheens from your sheeny inks
- disadvantage, limited formats available
- very thin, so more ghosting/see-through on the back of the page
- many inks/nibs you can’t use the other side easily
5) Ricky J. -Facebook – (23:04)
- 600ish colors definitely covers pretty much the full gamut
- what you start to get into is ink colors distinguishing from each other beyond just color shade, but more into properties
- dry time, flow, shading, permanence/waterproofness, sheen, feathering, bleeding, etc
- J. Herbin Stormy Grey is a good example…it’s a grey ink, there are plenty of those, but with a gold sheen in it, it becomes very unique and incredibly popular
- so yes, I really do think there is room for more, if companies look to push the envelope a bit
7) @TheRealJackieMa – Twitter – (30:09)
- that’s literally the difference between these two inks
- the “eel” lubricant is for piston pens to help self-lubricate, the wetter flow in a pen is a byproduct of that
- there are pros and cons of added lubricants, pros are wetter flow and self-lubrication for pen parts
- cons are longer dry time and more nib creep, more propensity for feathering and bleeding
- Noodler’s Black is pretty wet as it is, so most don’t see the need to go to a lubricated version
- technically, sure, pH is something that would be good to be aware of
- pH in the extremes on either end isn’t ideal
- some brands tout pH neutrality like Noodler’s (conventional line), but most don’t say boo about it
- given the lack of info available from manufacturers it makes it really tough to have it be a major factor in your ink buying
- we’re on our 58th drop right now, averaging 5 samples per drop that’s over 290 inks we’ve used so far, with remarkably few repeats
- we decided a few months ago to strategically repeat colors, after pulling some info about membership and the likelihood of people actually receiving repeats
- we settled on using no repeats within two years
- to select, it’s a group effort that starts with the theme and we pick a number of inks to fit it with many backups
- we’ll often go off of the color range of a theme, try to work in the ink names if there’s anything interesting
- inventory (getting enough ink) is always an issue, so we have to plan months in advance to make sure we’re going to have enough
- once we actually physically have it in our possession, we lock in the colors, design and get the cards printed up, and start sampling! We usually only sample in the month leading up to a drop
- German inks usually end up there because we carry a lot of German inks!
- De Atramentis, Rohrer and Klingner, Lamy, Pelikan, Super5, Faber-Castell, Kaweco…145 inks in all, about 1/4 of all the ink we carry comes from Germany!
- plus De Atramentis has fantastic names for theming
- our initial dream was for Rachel and I to both draw a paycheck, “employees” were not on our radar in the first year
- eventually, we realized it was inevitable and embraced it
- we’ve been kind of led by the growth of our business for the first 3-4 years, then started getting more intentional
- growth has never been our focus, except to meet the level of service that we feel we’ve needed to offer
- we don’t have a specific size in mind, as in number of team members or customers or revenue
- for us, it’s more about keeping the personal feel, our purpose statement is “To prove that business can be personal”
- our hands-on style was impractical around 7 people, we moved our business out of our house, had a toddler and newborn, lots of product knowledge we had to pass on to people who were newly hired and knew nothing about pens
- so many things about what we do are impractical, there’s a reason why you don’t see others doing what we do, it’s not that it’s anything magical we’ve figured out, it’s just hard!
- “best” is subjective
- the US really isn’t making many fountain pens these days, aside from a couple of small household operations (though their quality is good)
- it’d be a toss-up between Germany and Japan for me, the pens coming from these countries are really different, and wonderful in their own right
12) Patrick D. – Facebook – (1:07:24)
- ah yes! did survey a few Q&A’s back on how to publish slices (feedback was pretty split)
- snuck in a cake vs. pie question in there, mainly because the Goulet team has gone way pie-heavy lately
- I’m proud to say it was 55% cake, 45% pie! Cake rules!! We should all celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than with cake.
I read in a Canadian press article that Robert Goulet is a member of Brian’s family. Has Brian ever been in contact with the actor and singer?
- He is indeed my 7th cousin once removed
- I emailed him when I was 12 telling him of our somewhat distant relation, and heard back weeks later when he mailed me a personalized autographed headshot
- what a classy guy!
- it all has to do with pressure, the higher the pressure in the pen the more burping you’ll see
- increased pressure comes from heat buildup (often from your hand while you’re writing)
- eyedropper pens almost always have higher ink capacities, and when the ink level gets below half, you might see burping start
- where the pen rests in the crook of your hand (where the most heat comes from) is right on the air pocket in an eyedropper fill, but is behind the piston seal in a piston pen
- that’s my theory!
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.