This week I’m talking about architect nibs, slippery grips and the strangest requests we’ve ever gotten in order comments at Goulet Pens. Enjoy!
Pens/Writing – (11:11)
1) Katie B.- Facebook – (11:29)
I also suffer from oily hand syndrome and am becoming a little frustrated with slippery grips. I’m curious as to which fountain pens would be more pleasureable to write with for those with oily hands? I hope to own a Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Ages one day and know it would be bloody beaut’ to write with…. but until then… Any suggestions? All price range options would be great!
- Homo Sapiens would actually be great for this!
- Ebonite would work well
- most acrylics, actually
- coated metals, not as ideal
- slick metal is to be avoided if possible
- Lamy Stainless Steel Studio
- Lamy 2000
- Really any Lamy, Charcoal Safari
- Anything with texture to it, really
2) Pato W.- Facebook – (17:53)
(asked 27 questions!) Is there such thing as a fountain pen with a glow in the dark body?
- honestly, I have never seen one!
Could you please explain what an architect nib is?
- It’s like a stub nib, but turned 90 degrees
- broad cross-stroke, narrow down-stroke
- no manufacturer offers them that I’m aware
- has become more popular from a few nibmeisters recently
- difficult and time-consuming to do
4) Magali H. -Facebook – (22:24)
How come gouletpens does not sell Caran D’Ache fountain pens? Are there any plans to do so?
- haven’t been asked about them a lot
- they’re very expensive, and very high quality
- no immediate plans unless people start banging down our doors
Ink – (23:54)
5) Beth S. -Facebook – (23:54)
- these are where pigmented inks really need to come in
- fountain pen/dye based inks don’t really do well on dark paper
- the only I’ve seen is the new white De Atramentis Document Ink, but even that’s fairly milky
- Noodler’s whiteness of the whale, an attempt at it, anyway
- a white gel pen would work way better here
6) Kenneth C. – Facebook – (26:17)
- it’s definitely something that I know affects me, not sure how much though
- it’s not just overseas, it’s domestic, too
- there will always be someone cheaper, always
- sometimes you have to watch out, they might be fakes, grey market (not warranted), mis-represented, used
- it is pretty frustrating, because they’re not educating or servicing these pens at all
- I put out good free content like this Q&A, they undercut me and take your business away, I end up losing
The more the GPC grows, which aspect of your mission of proving online business can be personal is the most challenging to maintain? Staffing, social media, video/photography, something else? Ink Drop in and of itself must be a monster now! I know I’m not the only one impressed by the caliber of work the Goulet team puts out there in every area!
- all of it is hard!
- The handwritten notes is really tough
- do the math, it’s really expensive to do them, but there are so many untraceable benefits
- staffing is super intentional, training takes a long time
- keeping our “soul” as we grow, that is tough as we are less involved in some areas
- social media is really tough, especially with different styles
8) Pato W.- Facebook – (1:03:34)
What’s the oddest request you guys have had in the special requests section?
- drawing requests for sure
- started with Reddit, drawing dinosaurs on invoices
- request to write a note without using the letter “e”
- specific patterns or color ratios of swirls on Noodler’s pens
- specific flow on a pen
9) Daniel D. -Facebook – (01:10:38)
- yup! I’ll show you how