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In this episode, I’m talking about my biggest pen pet peeves, if black nibs write differently, and writing with a pen in the dark!
This week:
  • Huge thank you for all the feedback on Q&A last week, it was deeply personal and I felt honored
  • VBS this week
  • No regular Q&A next week, Myke Hurley interview
New/Upcoming Products – (3:18)
Pens/Writing – (5:03)

1) @_althaven- Twitter – (5:05)
What is your pet peeve regarding pens and inks? Me, slippery grips and bottles that don’t fit larger pens
  • this is purely personal preference, sorry if I offend anyone here
  • pen: thin grips (Lamy CP1), short grip sections (FC Ambition), weak connection from converter to grip (Pelikano), very stiff clips (Karas Kustoms)
  • ink: weak pinky red inks, blah boring mid-range blues, shallow bottles or thin necks
2) Beth S.- Facebook – (14:19)
I saw in older video about Monteverde nibs where Brian mentioned that there is a coating on the black nibs to give them the black color. Does this hold true for all black nibs? Does the coating cause them to write a little thicker than their steel counterparts? My dad and I have both found our Lamy Dark Lilacs seem to not write as fine as our other Lamy pens of the same nib size.
  • Different companies coat their black nibs differently
  • no black nib is made of a solid black element, so they’re all coated, with something
  • there’s a difference between black oxide, ruthenium, and other coatings (lacquering)
  • I don’t know exactly what Lamy’s process is, but it should not affect the writing
  • Any difference you see is coincidental, and not because of the black coating
  • there’s variation sometimes from nib to nib without coating
3) k8serenpics- Instagram – (19:15)
Here’s one that has been troubling me: do you have any tips for writing in the dark? I sleep with a notebook and pen by my bed to jot down thoughts or reminders and usually think of something I want to write down just as the lights are out. Turning the light on is disruptive to others sleeping. Any ideas? Thanks!
  • if you can’t turn on a light, consider a small flashlight
  • check out “Finger lights” to put on your finger or your pen
Business – (21:13)
4) pens_and_tea- Instagram – (21:15)  
How often does the bottom shelf stock get updated on your site? It’s my favourite spot to shop
  • Bottom Shelf is a page on our site that lists all of the cosmetically flawed or gently used (and inspected) items we have
  • usually, we update it once a week before our newsletter goes out
  • Bottles of ink break in transit and ruin other labels
  • Pens get returned for preferential reasons
  • products get cut in the unpacking process
  • boxes are crunched or ruined
  • it ebbs and flows based on our returns and damage in transit
Troubleshooting – (25:16)
5) sosanolan- Instagram – (25:28)
I received a stealthy matte black Pilot VP and noticed that there was some ink caked onto the nib. How do you recommend cleaning this off and what is your preferred method of making household pen cleaner, in a pinch, between orders of your awesome Goulet Pen Flush (which I would certainly recommend).
  • best to start with a regular cleaning
  • my favorite at-home solution without Pen Flush is just dish detergent (Dawn) in water
  • it’s incredibly safe, and okay to soak your pen in
6) csf_photo- Instagram – (28:16)
I have several Monteverde pens that tend to write a bit dry, I hold them slightly upright around 50 degrees, is there such a thing as feed tuning? Could tuning/grinding the nib help in any way? Would my warranty with YAFA cover any adjustments? I don’t want them to be smoother, I just want the flow to improve a bit more. Thanks for the input!
  • there really isn’t any “tuning” to do with a feed, other than cutting the feed channel to increase flow
  • not really recommended because you can’t undo it!
  • tuning the nib would definitely help, those tines just need to be opened up
  • flexing the nib out is the easiest way to do it, but you can overdo it and spring the tines
  • exacto knife trick can do it, takes some practice
  • Returning the pen or sending it in for warranty is always an option and preferred if you don’t have a lot of confidence in your own abilities
7) taylor_norvell- Instagram – (37:43)
I have noticed recently that the nibs of my pens get out of alignment more frequently than I would think is typical for most users (read after 2 or 3 sessions with any of my pens). I notice it happens faster with broader nibs and stubs than finer ones. Is this an issue of writing pressure or of pen angle to the paper?
  • definitely sounds like mostly a pressure issue, though if it’s the tines coming out of alignment, it could be both that and pen angle
  • try lightening up on your writing pressure
  • this can take some getting used to, especially if you’re newer to pens
QOTW: What are your biggest pen pet peeves? – (43:47)
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