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In this episode, I talk about using pens for technical drawing, storing ink in your bathroom, and my recommended strategy for pen collecting.
- gotta love the surprise me samples!
- that’s the #1 selling Goulet product 😉
- Shimmertastic is not your everyday ink, but it hasn’t caused anything beyond clogging that I’m aware of
- use and clean it regularly and it’s pretty good
- you pretty much want a pen that’s easy to clean/disassemble
- Jinhao, Pilot Metro (M), Lamy Safari isn’t too bad
- might not be worth buying a whole pen just for one sample, but these pens are good all-around performers that are easy to clean
- in my experience, there really isn’t such a thing as a cheap, no fuss flex pen
- flex is inherently finicky, and takes a lot of practice and tinkering anyway
- some people definitely aren’t cut out for the messing around with the Ahab, and I get that
- I think it is a vocal minority, but it’s a pretty sizable minority
- there is a huge matter of false expectations out there, and given the lower price point of the pen, the barrier to entry is very low so there are a lot of people that buy these pens without knowing fully what they might be in for
- and there are some legitimate claims to the higher maintenance on these pens, but it’s not to the degree that I see a lot of people talking about them online
- what’s your alternative? Pilot Falcon or vintage, really
3) cbr_vonrr- Instagram – (19:44)
- the 1.1mm stub nib can really work as an everyday pen and faux calligraphy if you want it all in one nib
- Lamy Safari/Al-Star w/ 1.1
- Jinhao or Noodler’s Ahab with a Goulet 1.1
- Ahab can give you flex, work as a regular nib (unflexed) and throw a 1.1 nib on there to get a bit of everything
- flex and stubs are different, I have videos on both
- FP101: How to Write with a Flex Nib
- FP101: How to Write with a Stub Nib
4) annetty1984- Instagram – (24:02)
- Honestly, not that I’m aware!
- you can certainly get ones that are more expensive, but the VP is the least expensive retractable nib fountain pen I know of
- Pilot has told me that Chinese companies have tried to rip off their design, and just haven’t been able to do it
5) thisonedesigns- Instagram – (26:04)
- you’re making direct and possibly forceful contact with the nib along a straightedge, that’s a recipe for damage at least in the long term
- I don’t think traditionally fountain pens have been used for this purpose, though I’m no designer
- Rapidograph pens (also called technical pens) have been used for this more traditionally
- these use a different type of ink (more like india ink) that’s thicker than FP ink
- these might be more the way to go, b/c they’re made for this purpose
- FP’s can surely be used in a similar manner though, and if you get a pen like a Lamy that has a replaceable nib, then it’s probably not that big of a risk
- Pilot Metro in fine would probably do well!
What’s more important? Having one good pen with multiple inks or multiple pens with one good ink 😉 More philosophy.
- both! jk
- just starting out in the FP hobby, I’d say one good pen, multiple inks
- changing inks can really give you a different writing experience, change your mood, and isn’t a big investment
- over time, as your appreciation for pens grows, it will probably flip
- people using pens for a really long time often stick to a few favorite inks and change pens a lot more
- there’s really no wrong approach, and honestly I enjoy having many good pens with many good inks!
- these days I do find myself changing pens more than inks, though
7) Thomas S.- Facebook – (35:34)
- what are you trying to prove? use the ink you want to use
- really, there’s not that much ink in a single fill, anyway
- don’t even think twice about it, flush it and use the ink you want for the moment
- you can even dump the unused ink back into the bottle if it’ll really make you feel better
8) Lisa V.- Facebook – (37:29)
- this is the kind of thing where I should probably say some blanket disclaimers
- it’s recommended you clean your pens with distilled water and keep the ink in a cool, dark, dry place
- that said, you do whatever works for you
- is there a slight increased risk of mildew in your bathroom? perhaps, so you are taking a slight chance there if you’re actually inking up your pen in the bathroom
- Most Noodler’s inks have a bit of a smell, but if it’s moldy then it’ll smell very noticeable, like old musty socks
Business – (43:51)
- sadly, what we offer IS reduced shipping to Australia over what we used to have!
- prices have continued to rise, and we can’t do much about it
- it’s impacted smaller weight orders more, the heavier packages haven’t gone up as much
- the best thing to do is save it all up and get larger orders less frequently, and it will help absorb that higher shipping price
- we have both USPS and FedEx with several shipping options for each
- FedEx is most reliable and fastest, and sometimes even cheaper!
10) a.g.s_23- Instagram – (51:02)
- by its definition, if you’re “collecting” fountain pens then you do have a strategy
- the term for getting a lot of pens without a strategy is “acquiring”, which has been my method
- collectors might get collect pens by brand, model, color, material (urushi, raden, ebonite), country of origin, theme (artists, etc), or specific attribute (flex nibs, vacuum fillers, etc)
- acquirers like me are much more fluid in their approach, getting pretty much whatever strikes their fancy
- there really isn’t a wrong approach, it really depends on your personality and what makes you happy
- one argument for collecting with an intentional strategy around your acquisitions might be that you could have a higher value of your whole collection if it’s complete
- that’s so speculative though, I wouldn’t really recommend that approach
- no one’s getting rich from ROI on pen investments, these are hobby items that are to bring you joy and last you a lifetime and pass on to your future generations
- do what makes you happy!
Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.