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In this episode, I talk about shading inks, the ultimate journal, and why manufacturers don’t make videos!
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- New nephew!
- I own several, they’re nice!
- I haven’t been following them for years, I’m told the heyday was more in the 70’s/80’s (in terms of value/writing quality)
- they’ve done a respectable job marketing, and they charge a premium for their brand recognition
- they were very intentional about their branding, and they spend a LOT to position themselves that way
- in terms of what most of the hardcore writing enthusiasts see valuable, the pens are too expensive, because part of what you’re paying for is the brand recognition
- pretty much every non-pen person I know (especially in the business community) asks me if I carry Montblanc when I say I’m in the pen business
- In terms of the general population, no, I think MB has the most brand recognition
- there are plenty of fantastic writing alternatives, obviously
- most manufacturers are focusing on what they do best, making pens
- I completely believe that they could benefit from shooting videos, clearly I’m very much in that camp!
- it takes a lot of time, energy, and resources to make it happen
- it’s not just a matter of shooting videos, but also engaging with the community that takes a huge commitment
- it’s especially challenging for global brands
- the traditional model has been for manufacturers to use distributors to do marketing more targeted to local areas
- this is being challenged with the internet, and while it’s not anything THAT new, it’s still working its way through the fountain pen community
- Truth be told, I think they’re still grasping what we’re doing, it’s quite different from the typical marketing models that they’ve been used to
- some understand and embrace it more than others, but the ones who “get it” will continue to see growth with new fountain pen users in the future
- if they were to embrace this type of marketing themselves, it would take a bit to gain some traction but they would really seem some impact in the community!
3) Danielle S.- Blog – (23:14)
- the most durable version would be the raden, as the urushi is the hardest finish!
- it’s also most expensive
- next would be any of the shiny versions, they’re lacquered and pretty darn durable
- the matte finishes will be the least durable, though they’ll still hold up okay
Ink – (27:51)
4) rachelcdlf- Instagram – (27:53)
- I don’t know of one that has quite the same extreme in color change as Apache Sunset, which is why I love it so much!
- most other extreme shaders just go from light to dark, not quite crossing into other colors
- Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses is one alternative, it goes from burgundy to black
- heavy sheen and shimmering inks would be one way to get extreme color shifts, Diamine Shimmertastic, J. Herbin 1670s
- Diamine Majestic Blue, Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Goldgrün
- this is a tough question to answer!
- there are a lot of great notebooks, and the specific use you have for them could change the correct answer here
- what I end up using most for versatility is the Leuchtturm A5 dot grid
- it’s durable, nice paper, good sheet count, nice features, and very versatile
Troubleshooting – (34:07)
6) niewiadomski13- Instagram – (34:08)
- it’s called nib creep, and it’s very common with a lot of pens and ink
- it’s kind of a given that you’re going to experience this
- you can cut it down a little bit by diluting the ink, but it’s honestly not worth the trouble (to me)
- different pen/nib/ink combos will be affected more than others
- it’s honestly easier just to embrace it!
- for demonstrators, yeah, you’re just going to have to get used to that
- it’s a feature, not a bug! 😉
7) nick_conkling- Instagram – (40:18)
- I can’t tell you an exact temperature because I haven’t tested it scientifically
- it gets pretty hot where I am in the summer, easily 100+ in the car
- if you leave it in direct sunlight, that’s an issue
- keep it inside a case or bag, and that helps
- I think 100 is a pretty good threshold, but the type of pen and ink and especially the level of ink inside could be a factor
- for freezing, that’s probably more an issue
- freezing is not great, mainly if it freezes inside the pen (could crack/damage parts)
- ink that freezes and thaws is okay though, as long as the expansion doesn’t damage anything
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