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- Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
- just got in Platinum 3776 Nice Lilas
- Nock Brasstown in Peacock/Coal
- Filofax notebook in Saffiano Gold
- Monteverde 3-pack of 30ml inks
- Birthstone blog today, should be cool!
- still a lot of stuff coming soon, lots of things are getting pushed out
1) Clairity_DX- YouTube – (6:46)
- this is one of my favorite things about Visconti pens
- it’s a proprietary system, only on their pens
- the other systems I’ve seen are either screw cap, snap cap, magnetic, or retractable
- Platinum 3776
2) molindela- Instagram – (11:50)
- Noodler’s pens are very wet (and flexy)
- Visconti fines are very wet, but are probably too expensive for what you’re looking for
- Jowo nibs often lean a little on the wetter side (Goulet, Edison, TWSBI)
- Pilot nibs in EF and F are often very fine, but the mediums are much wetter and often borderline on fine of other brands
- most of the fine nibs that are wetter are gold nibs, which aren’t usually inexpensive
- there are a couple of ways to increase wetness:
- pull out the feed, use an exacto knife to cut a wider channel (risky)
- use an exacto knife to widen the nib tines (risky)
- open up the tines by flexing them (slightly less risky, but still risky)
- all could void your warranty
- you’re best off using ink and paper choices to try to control your sheen (Tomoé River for paper, high sheening inks for sheen)
3) lhlvierra- Instagram – (20:55)
- St. Patrick’s Day is today!
- green pens are tough! They’re VERY hit or miss
- forest greens and olives tend to do okay (though olive is finicky)
- lime greens tend to be much less popular, but companies keep putting them out!
- Good ones:
- Edison Nouveau Majestic Pine (No Longer Available)
- Aurora Optima
- Conklin Duragraph Forest
- Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen
- Lamy Safari Apple Green
- Visconti Rembrandt Special Ops
- Visconti Van Gogh Irises
- Visconti Wall Street Green
- Pilot Metropolitan Green (does okay, but lower among Metros)
- Noodler’s green ebonites
- Less popular ones:
Personal – (27:52)
4) Benny L.- Facebook – (27:55)
- I personally rarely wear a suit, but I do select my pens intentionally for them
- Lamy 2000 is my go-to suit pen when I want to go understated
- MontBlanc pens are very recognizable, if you’re going to flash and status
- Pelikan and Visconti are adequate MB substitutes
- From a pocket-presentation standpoint, something with a distinct finial or clip, with a slightly wider opening clip to fit in the jacket pocket
- question: put the pen in your shirt pocket or jacket pocket?
- I do jacket, my suit jacket actually has a sewn pocket with only enough of an opening to hold a pen in it
- of course you can use whatever pen you like in a suit!
- You could also go with a pen that has a pop of color, and matches your shirt or tie
- I may go Pilot Custom 74 with a blue tie
- ink: Noodler’s Black is a standby, Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium, don’t overthink it too much
Business – (39:27)
5) whysee2017- Instagram – (39:29)
- it’s been an evolution over the years
- our current process:
- my community coordinators ask for questions on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on Fridays
- they compile questions asked on Mondays into a collaborative spreadsheet
- Colin will comb through all the questions and pick ones that seem most relevant for what’s going on and that are somewhat unique
- Katy on our Customer Care team combs through to identify ones that our Customer Care team feels would be relevant based on questions they get asked a lot
- They give me a curated list of 10-15 questions, by noon on Tuesday, I narrow down from there
- I select the final ones, prep my answers Tuesday afternoon/evening
- Shoot it on Wed!
- this exact process is fairly recent, it’s only the last month or two we’ve done the curation
- I used to look at every one, but I needed more help
- I still choose the exact questions and order them, prep my notes, and shoot
6) adam_elbahouty- Instagram – (46:05)
- I almost didn’t take this question because there are just so many hardships starting a business from nothing that I didn’t even know how to approach it!
- the hardest thing at first was just finding the right niche, I tried a lot of different stuff!
- it’s tough to match up your talent with customer/community interest and wrap that into a viable business model
- the first 3-4 years was just that, discovering what to even do that’d be sustainable
- after that, things got way easier, because we had clarity of vision and direction
- logistics then became the bottleneck, just fulfilling orders, filing taxes, managing proper accounting, email management, systems systems systems
- gaining product knowledge wasn’t hard, but took a ton of time
- after figuring out logistics, then it was hiring and leading people!
- that required a complete shift in a new direction, and has taken considerable effort ever since
- At the core, my philosophy has been “Work Hard, Be Honest, Be Flexible”, and that continues to this day as our #1 company core value
- hard work is an absolute given, don’t even bother if you aren’t planning to work until you drop every day
- honesty goes such a long way, especially when dealing on social media and with customers, authenticity is something people can smell a mile away and if you focus on treating other people like you’d want to be treated that’ll make a huge difference
- flexibility (or agility, really) is so critical, especially in the early stages because you just don’t know what’s going to work and nimbleness is possibly your only competitive advantage!
- passion is key, and you have to CARE, everything else will likely fall into place
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