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In this episode, I talk about what fountain pens to get your groomsmen, how to get silicone grease out of unwanted places, and I show you my big book of ink swabs.
- DC pen show!
- talked with lots of great people
- Brian and Andrea Gray of Edison pens
- Richard Binder
- Mike Masuyama
- Jonathan Brooks of Carolina Pens
- Brad Dowdy
- Ana Rienert
- Matt Armstrong
- lots of our suppliers
- tons of great customers
New/Upcoming Products – (3:24)
- it depends on your budget, you usually want to go inexpensive esp if you want to get ink/notebook with it
- Pilot Metropolitan (lots of color choices)
- Jinhao x450/750
- Lamy Safari/Al-Star/Lx (color choices)
- TWSBI Eco/Mini/Vac Mini (clear)
- Step up: Karas Kustoms or Tactile Turn
- Conklin Duragraph
- Lamy Studio
- they’re both important factors
- I call it a trifecta: pen (nib size), ink, and paper
- They all can vary the line width at times, for sure!
- I actually feel that paper can be the biggest variable
- nib size most certainly plays a huge impact
- ink is certainly a factor, but probably the least of the trifecta, imho
- I have a journal, I do it inconsistently
- I’ve never been a lifelong journaler, even when I’ve tried it doesn’t last
- what I have tried that’s helped the most is making it a habit
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown, talks specifically about daily journaling as a habit
- Cue + Routine + Reward = Habit
- Find a cue, insert the journaling into the routine, and get the reward
- the highest I’m aware is 21k by Sailor
- the higher the karat, the more pure the gold
- more pure gold is softer, all else equal
- However, “soft” nibs are usually 14k, because they are strong enough to hold up to modification
- so the k count isn’t everything, just more pure gold
- They’re somewhat comparable in price, size, weight, etc
- nib feel is the biggest difference, the Pilot is smoother and softer
- both hold ink well, the Platinum will last longer without drying out
- I think the Chartres Blue is a more attractive Blue, but it’s less translucent
- it’s really a matter of personal preference, both are great pens!
Ink – (25:52)
6) Daniel Cano- YouTube – (25:54)
- this is to get rid of air bubbles that can occur in filling a new pen
- I find if you fill, flush, then fill again, it accomplishes the same thing and gets a fuller fill, so I prefer that technique
7) Jake P.- Facebook – (30:59)
- It’s a 3″ binder with baseball card holder inserts!
Business – (35:09)
8) @stitchXavi- Twitter – (35:11)
- what an awesome question, this just blows me away!
- definitely supporting us by buying and spreading the good word about us helps a ton
- leaving product reviews, that helps SO much!
- You can upload your own pictures, rate the ink flow, nib smoothness, ease of cleaning, ink permanence, saturation, and more
- Our team works hard and LOVES getting feedback, so writing personalized emails/letters to members of the team you’ve interacted with really fills their souls
- honestly, no not really! just clean them regularly, you don’t need to treat them differently otherwise
10) Eowyn- YouTube – (44:09)
- this can happen when eyedropper converting a pen
- you really want to make sure not to use too much grease, it’s hard to clean!
- it won’t clean easily with cleaning chemicals, it needs to be physically removed
- you may be able to bulb syringe flush using dish detergent-heavy water
- you’ll need to disassemble the pen as much as you can, scrub with a toothbrush/dish soap to really get it
QOTW: Do you journal on a regular basis? What do you use to do so? – (48:59)
Thanks so much for joining me this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.