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.In this episode, I talk about dip testing vs. inking pens, good paper for beginners, and some pretty heavy personal stuff.

This week:
  • had physical inventory on Wed, always important for us here
  • missed Q&A last week
  • Personal stuff
New/Upcoming Products – (7:38)

Pens/Writing – (13:11)

1) Shawn H.- Facebook  – (13:13)

I’m wondering about extra ink around the collar and base of nib. This seems to be the case whether I use cartridges or fill with converter. I wipe and soak it up, and it doesn’t seem to go away. Am I pulling ink away from my cartridge or the converter??
  • This isn’t uncommon, especially when just filling a pen
  • you can take a paper towel to wick away after a fresh filling
  • it may come back, depending on the design of the pen, and if so, then you are just pulling ink from the cartridge/converter
  • if it’s wicking for more than a few seconds, then it’s soaking up the ink from the reservoir
  • inside the grip is a system of fins to regulate the ink flow
  • ink may come all the way to the nib, but shouldn’t drip out
  • this is really only an issue when you have a tight grip towards the nib, and get ink on your fingers
  • some pens/ink combos will do this more than others

2) Kristian T.- Facebook – (17:12)

I sprang my Oma’s Arte Italiana with an extra flessibile nib I adjusted it but inflow still sucks should I heat set the feed I don’t know how to do that plus is there a difference in methodology for ebonite feeds vs plastic ones -mine has an ebonite feed Omas went out off business so I can’t send it in for repairs what should I do is it possible to restore it to its out of this world out of the box performance or is it going to forever remain a FP cautionary tale?
  • this is really easy to do, as Omas had some of the softest flex nibs around
  • if you’ve sprung it, it can be fixed, but it’s tough to do on your own especially if it’s sprung badly
  • the softer the nib, the more challenging to work on it
  • while Omas isn’t there to service it anymore, you can get it repaired by a nibmeister
  • John Mottishaw was Omas’s repair point of contact in the US before they shut down, he’s who I’d point you to
  • other nibmeisters could certainly repair this for you though
  • definitely go easy with this pen though!
3) thorn_upsb- Instagram – (21:01)
I recently visited a pen store near me to test some pens that I’m considering to buy: The Waterman Carène, Lamy 2K and Pilot VP. As the store can’t sell a pen that’s already been inked, they only dipped the nibs into the ink. My question is: Is the performance of a dipped nib representative of it’s performance when inked up normally? I had some major skipping issues with the Carène, which didn’t happen with the 2K and the VP.
  • In general, it’s not the truest representation of how the pen will flow, it really shows best how the nib feels
  • it’s better with nibs that have larger and more exposed feeds, which really none of these 3 have
  • the Carène especially I could see not working ideally, because there really isn’t much there to soak up the ink on a dip test, I think it’d do better when actually inked
  • I have a Carene and it writes wonderfully, but of course that’s just one pen
  • the L2k and VP are pretty darn popular writers, for good reason

4) thequotemaster23- Instagram – (24:53)

What is the benefit of using an oblique nib holder vs. a normal italic nib when doing calligraphy?
  • it’s all about helping with hand fatigue
  • calligraphy is traditionally slanted, and the more elaborate it is, the more time consuming
  • the oblique angle helps to write in a more natural position while still getting that slant

Paper – (28:56)

5) brentperusual- Instagram – (29:02) 

As a big fan of Field Notes I’ve accepted that only certain editions of theirs are truly fountain pen friendly. Are there any notebooks of similar size that have fountain pen friendly paper, as a Field Notes alternative? (Doesn’t have to be exact same design)
6) boo_boo26- Instagram – (33:22)
What paper do you think is best for beginners?
  • there is a lot to consider with paper, and most of it is completely foreign with new fountain pen users
  • I personally think Rhodia is the best introduction, because it’s amazingly consistent, performs well, and is all around a fantastic feel
  • No. 16 Rhodia pad is great, pretty affordable, and versatile
  • I’m a huge fan of the dot, but lined is really good too for an introduction
  • Leuchtturm A5 is perfect for anyone coming over from Moleskines or other journal formats
  • I love Clairefontaine Triomphe for stationery, it’s plain but writes like a dream

Personal – (38:21)

7) xsmatchet- Instagram – (38:22)

Every day at work I write a quote/thought of the day and share it with my coworkers. My favourite quote is a song lyric: “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”. What are some of your and your team’s favourite quotes?

  • I love quotes personally, and find them inspiring
  • I do a “morning motivation” on most days on Snapchat
  • I keep a running list of my favorite quotes in a spreadsheet and rotate a different one each day for my leadership team with 226 on there now
  • “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” David Allen (Author of Getting Things Done)
  • “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt (Former US President)
  • “If it isn’t a clear yes, it’s a clear no.” Greg McKeown (Author of Essentialism)
  • “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia, first elected female head of state in Africa and Nobel Prize winner)
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison (inventor)
  • “Experience gives the test first and the lesson later. ” Unknown
  • “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar (motivational speaker)

QOTW: What’s a major setback you’ve had to overcome in your life? – (45:07)

Thanks so much for joining me this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet