In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about ink sample longevity, interviews & collabs, and using food coloring as fountain pen ink!
- Shooting Q&A in advance for next week
- Meetup in New Orleans, NOPSI hotel lobby 1/26 at 4:30pm
- Pineider Ink Alchemy
- Retro 51 Space Race restock
- Monteverde Monza closeouts
- Pilot VP Stripes
- Esterbrook Estie Evergreen
- Lamy Crystal inks coming soon
- Closed on Monday
1) Kenneth S- Facebook (7:19)
I keep hearing gold nibs being described as “springy”, but I’m having a hard time visualizing exactly what that is since I don’t own any gold-nibbed pens (yet). Is there a way Brian could demonstrate this phenomenon or is it one of those things you just have to experience in order to understand?
- it’s really very simple, a springy nib just bends a little bit, to have some “give” to it
- the tines stay together, unlike a flex nib where tines separate and provide line variation
- I don’t have a great way to show it, it’s very, very subtle and has more to do with feel than visual
- it’s not something everyone cares about or even likes
2) Auston R- Facebook (10:35)
How long will ink samples maintain their properties in sample vials. I guess I’m curious if I should use the whole sample within a specific time period or whether I can let them sit for a while.
- that’s a good question, and I haven’t done any scientific testing to say exactly
- I’ve had some stored for years, that still have held up
- given that they are in plastic vials, eventually, moisture will leach through the plastic, but I haven’t seen any observable difference in vials I’ve had for 7-8 years
3) apollo_photograpy_ap- Instagram (13:18)
Is it smart to use food coloring as fountain pen ink? I know a certain someone who does it all the time…
- yes and no
- at some level it’s not that different, it’s water and dye
- I don’t know the exact chemical composition, so I have to surmise a little bit
- the degree of biocides are different, it’s my understanding food coloring lacks sufficient biocides for regular pen use
- it also lacks the same surfactants and lubrication, so it may not flow as well
- you might experience more feathering/spread
- certainly you’ll see no degree of permanence or lightfastness
- it’s something that I’ve seen around Instagram especially with dip/calligraphy pens for people doing ink mixing and multimedia artwork, and it can look good for that
- it’s not something I would recommend for regular use in a fountain pen though
4) @jgilcher- Twitter (18:22)
I liked the interviews you’ve done in the past; Noodler’s, Edison Pens, Pineider, etc. Do you plan on doing any others in 2019?
- potentially! I haven’t lined anything up yet at this point
- a lot of times these things just kind of work themselves out, so there will surely be some
- I can seek some out though, who would you want to see me interview?
5) eleanor.justice- Instagram (19:46)
What kind of collaborations have been your favorite (special ink colors, etc) and what’s that process like? Is there a dream collab you’d love to do but haven’t yet?
- Collaborations can take a lot of different forms, and each one’s different depending on who it’s with
- what’s tough is most of them are virtual, since we’re all operating online
- most of the time it involved lots of emails and phone calls back and forth, sending samples, etc
- We love doing them here, and will not stop anytime soon!
- Anything with Nathan is a real experience, Liberty’s Elysium was really special
- Visconti Opera Master Luna was pretty cool
- Edison and Herbert pens have been really fun for me because get to relive my penmaking days
- The Montegrappa Shiny Lines Dove was great
- It’d be really cool to do something with TWSBI, Lamy, or Pilot, I don’t know if that’ll be a possibility
- I do have one in the works that I can’t talk about yet that’ll be really cool for me personally!
- It’d be great to collaborate with Jake Weidmann on a pen in the future
6) allthingsepistolary- Instagram (26:12)
Have you ever thought about carrying pen rests?
- yes, sort of
- we honestly don’t get asked a whole ton about them
- I have a few that I use on my desk, but they’re all made by independent makers, not big enough to retail
- help me out, what do you want to see?
QOTW: What’s the most important property of an ink to you? (29:54)