A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

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Greetings! Susan here again, and today I have the new Traveler’s Brass Pen with Monteverde Fireopal cartridges.  Let the games begin!

My inspiration this week was fountain pens. If you are reading this, you clearly love them as much as I do, so you can’t deny that they are a pretty solid source of inspiration. If you have seen any of my previous Monday Matchups or Quote of the Week offerings, you know that I am not artistically inclined.  Indeed when I look at the stuff that Adam, Sarah, Whitney and everyone else does, I am just so happy they let me contribute.  So here are the simple details on how I created this piece… I traced it. I traced the image of the nib and then used the pen and ink to write the quote in. I used a Graham Greene quote that says “My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.”

I didn’t expect to like this pen.  I had it in my head that it was going to be too small and without a stub or cursive italic option I put my nose up to it.  Boy was I wrong! As soon as I put in the cartridge and began writing I was in pen love. Firstly, it’s so elegant, I had a Sophia Loren writing to Cary Grant vibe going. It’s also very soft and smooth to hold, and well-balanced. As I have said, I don’t usually post pens, but you have to post this one or you’re holding something no longer than a baby carrot.  But once you do and you settle in to write, it’s pen magic! The nib is smooth, the flow is not too gushy, nor is it stingy. We moved right along, this little pen and I, and we were a team, finely tuned and moving together.

I wouldn’t suggest this pen for anyone with large hands, that’s for sure, but if your hands are not overly large, this is really cool.  I mean I’m getting one and don’t exactly have the hands of a brain surgeon. The Monteverde Fireopal was really lovely in it, I would keep it in there. I think most folks would probably like this for fast note jotting because it’s easy. You have to like cartridges, there is no converter, this is a cartridge only situation.  (You know I dig this pen if I’m going to use cartridges, I’m a bottled ink kind-a girl!)

A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

A fountain pen friendly quote by Graham Greene written with a Traveler's brass fountain pen and Monteverde Fireopal ink.

If you’d like to try the Traveler’s Brass Pen for yourself, you can find it at GouletPens.com for $56. Monteverde Fireopal cartridges are $6 for a pack of 12. You can also find it in bottles and samples.

You could win this pen and ink! In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:

  • Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
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The contest is open Monday, June 4, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write On,
Susan