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- Today is Fountain Pen Day!!!!
- Shoutout to Alexander Peck on YouTube for pointing out this is a “gross” of Q&A’s
- NaNoWriMo started this week
- Halloween earlier this week
- Taking a bit of personal/family time, been enjoying that
- Off last week, published Cursive Logic Goulet Guest with Linda Shrewsbury
- Conklin Nighthawk arrived!
- Field Notes Front Page
- Leuchtturm dot grids in Red and White
- Full line of 21 new Monteverde inks
- Pilot Iroshizuku Fall Mini Boxed set (Shin-ryoku, Take-sumi, and Yama-budo)
- Nock Sinclairs!
- Monteverde Full Blue Anodized (discounted, with free ink!)
- Thanksgiveaway is in effect, see our blog post
- write us a letter about what you’re thankful for, enter to win any of 7 sweet pens!
New/Upcoming Products – (4:26)
Pens/Writing – (11:35)
1) Heidi R.- Facebook – (11:36)
- TWSBI is definitely a great place to start, especially the Eco– piston fill!
- 580, Mini, Vac Mini, Vac, they’re really all worth consideration
- Lamy Vista, definitely- nice workhorse pen
- Nemosine Singularity– newer to our site, good value
- Pilot Prera is a solid pen, I prefer the Metropolitan for what you get though
- Noodler’s Ahab, Konrad, Creaper if you want flexibility
My new Pilot VP sometimes squeaks when I am writing, especially on low quality paper. It does not feel scratchy, though. Should I be concerned?
- squeaking nibs are not incredibly uncommon, though it can be annoying
- it has to so with the tonal resonance of the nib as it’s being dragged across the paper
- the rougher the paper the more it squeaks, I’d bet
- there’s just something about the way it’s ground that’s causing the nib to vibrate at the perfect frequency where it makes an audible squeak
- it’ll likely go away over time through normal use, but a touch onto mylar or micro mesh would probably take care of that
3) Andrew K.- Facebook – (19:21)
- personally, I don’t find that weird at all!
- right now is NaNoWriMo, which a lot of fountain pen folks like to do, just search the #NaNoWriMo hashtag on the various social media channels
- if you specifically want correspondence, check out the Fountain Pen Network
- check out #InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writers Month), you can connect with other people who seem to have your interest that participated in that hashtag
- you could always just start writing letters to people, especially elder family members of yours!
4) John E.- Facebook – (23:35)
- those are both great pens, though the E95s does have a step, it’s just really far back
- Pilot Vanishing Point and Decimo
- Faber-Castell Loom
- Lamy Safari/Vista/Al-Star/Lx
- Pilot Sterling
- Lamy Logo
- Pilot Fermo
- Lamy Dialog 3
- In order to have a pen with no step, you’ll need to have a cap that completely sits atop the pen body, but that’s rare without threads
- Pilot m90 (long discontinued) also kind of fits in this group
Ink – (28:41)
5) @con1259- Instagram – (28:43)
- Noodler’s Black or Heart of Darkness are a less clogging ink than X-feather
- Noodler’s 54th Massachussets, Blue Black, #41 Brown, Lexington Gray
- De Atramentis Black, Brown, Blue, maybe Green
- Rohrer and Klingner Salix or Scabiosa
6) @alexanderyshu- Instagram – (32:30)
- Tanzanite’s a good one (though sadly we aren’t carrying PR anymore)
- De Atramentis Aubergine or Alexander Hamilton, Magenta Violet
- Diamine Majestic Purple, Bilberry
- Noodler’s North African Violet, Purple
7) Murdock Grewar- YouTube – (33:53)
- the best mix would be to go with a CMYK arrangement, Noodler’s inks are good to use because they’re inexpensive, bountiful, and mixable
- De Atramentis Document inks are a little pricier, but a good permanent option
- Cyan – Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise, De Atramentis Document Turquoise
- Magenta – Noodler’s Shah’s Rose, De Atramentis Document Fuchsia
- Yellow – Noodler’s Yellow, De Atramentis Document Yellow
- Black – Noodler’s Black, De Atramentis Document Black
- DA has their own dilution liquid, too, which would be more ideal for mixing
- water can dilute too, but it doesn’t brighten the ink, it waters it down
- De Atramentis Document White or Noodler’s Whiteness of the Whale will lighten up ink colors
- we don’t have a set for this, but we could definitely set one up if there’s interest
Paper – (39:32)
8) Guster J.- Facebook – (39:34)
- I’ve never heard of this brand, but that doesn’t mean much
- acid-free is really good for archivability, definitely look for that
- pH-neutral is good too
- other language about it being bleed proof, feather proof, etc is really subjective, and can’t always be taken at its word when it comes to fountain pen ink (though it’s not a bad start)
- there really isn’t any reliable indicator that something is “fountain pen friendly”, even within the fountain pen friendly brands
- product reviews, blogs, sites that carry a lot of FP stuff (like ours) will be the best indicator of FP friendly paper, aside from just trying
Business – (44:55)
- thank you! I’m super proud of my team
- it takes a lot of work to make it happen, it’s not an accident
- look at our core values as an indicator to doing things the way we do them
- Work Hard, Be Honest, Be Flexible
- Trust is our Currency
- Work as a Team
- Empower through Education
- Express Gratitude
- Serve with Passion
- I will give you my perspective as a manager and owner:
- Care: the owners of the company have to care about having a customer-centric business from the start, and hire people that care in their role. Train them well, too.
- Passion: we hire the right type of people for the role, who really care about people and derive a lot of personal satisfaction from serving others.
- Trust: You have to have your team’s back! The customer isn’t always right, but the customer is always the customer and should be treated with respect. But they have no right to treat your team with disrespect, and you have to back up your folks so they have confidence in being able to take care of the customer without a lot of bureaucracy to hold things up.
Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.