We’re pleased to introduce a new line of fountain pens from Pineider, now available at Goulet Pens!
Pineider is a company based in Florence, Italy that has been around since 1774, primarily focused on creating beautiful high-end stationery. Earlier this year, Dante Del Vecchio joined the company to help create a new line of fountain pens. He brings 30 years of experience in Italian pen design, and we’re excited to see what he’ll be dreaming up in the coming year.
The first two models to be introduced for 2017 are the Avatar, and the La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty). All are made in Italy.
It is currently only available in a medium #6 steel nib, but we believe more nib sizes should follow in 2018. It fills via standard international cartridge/converter, and the cap closes magnetically.
The clip is in the shape of a quill, and the centerband features an image of the skyline of Florence, home of Pineider.
The Pineider Avatar has an MSRP of $280; our price at Goulet Pens is $224.
La Grande Bellezza
La Grande Bellezza is a limited edition fountain pen. A unique feature of this model is the all-new “soft touch magnetic lock” mechanism – it’s like a hybrid between a magnetic cap and a twist cap.
It comes in two colors: Dolomite Green and Sunset Red. The Dolomite Green features swirls of green and grey, and the Sunset Red features swirls of blue, red, and black. They are all hand-blended resins.
It features a smooth two-tone 18kt gold nib available in fine, medium, or broad. Like the Avatar, it also fills via standard international cartridge/converter.
The collection is limited to a total of 774 fountain and rollerball pens, each individually numbered. The MSRP for the Pineider La Grande Bellezza is $798; our price at Goulet Pens is $638.40.
Every Pineider pen comes in a beautiful gift box with a sample of the luxurious Pineider stationery paper. And, for the rest of 2017, we are also including a free 90ml bottle of Monteverde ink as a gift with purchase!
What do you think of these new Pineider fountain pens?
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about Noodler’s pens, Premiumization, and his favorite pens of 2017!
- Had Visconti, Pilot/Namiki, Aurora/Montegrappa vendors all visit last week!
- I will be going to Germany to tour the Lamy factory!
- Stipula Tocco Ferro – flew! We’re getting more as soon as we can, keep checking
- Monteverde Onyx 90ml
- Blue Marbled Nemosine Singularity
- Visconti Opera Master Luna – Goulet exclusive!
- Namiki Yukari Royale Frog
- first Namiki Maki-e exclusively done by a female artisan (Yumi Hayashi)
- Raden, Taka, Togidashi techniques
- Frogs, leaves, water
- Lamy Studio Racing Green, any day!
- TWSBI Eco-T just after Thanksgiving
- TWSBI 580 AL Rose mid-December
- Aurora 88 Flex Chrome, Gold next week
- Aurora Matte Black Talentum (jan/Feb)
- Pineider Avatar ($224), medium steel nib, LE, magnetic cap, spring clip, centerband Florence, C/C
- Grande Bellezza ($638.40) F/M/B 18k gold Bock nib, “soft touch magnetic lock” cap, C/C, 774 pens in all individual numbered
- Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande likely next week
- Field Notes Resolution next week
- Goulet 2018 Calendar hopefully next week!
- Pelikan m605 White Transparent…selling out, US distributor is out, not sure if more will come to them, so this might be it
- Pelikan m805 Ocean Swirl is coming soon, we’ve ordered up because they look AMAZING
- No Q&A next week, Thanksgiving and Black Friday
- We will have a skeleton crew here on Black Friday
- We’ll be running some pretty great deals that whole 4-day weekend, so subscribe to our newsletter, check the site and be ready!
1) hermit_piper- Instagram (36:43)
In your video introducing the Visconti Homo Sapiens, you briefly mention the six threads and the hook mechanism. I’ve got two questions on that: how exactly does the spring-loaded mechanism in the cap work? And: the threads on the barrel seem to look a bit “feathery” on some of these pens, almost as if they wear out. Is this possible? I wouldn’t think so as I guess both the threads and the hooks in the cap are made of lava – or does the hook and thread thing work with plastic? I enjoy those Q&As a lot, thanks for that awesome effort, Brian!
- it’s hard to see the mechanism work in a normal pen, but Visconti’s done a couple of demo pens that show it a little better
- there’s a spring loaded mechanism in the cap that moved up and down
- the threads in the pen grip push it up as you push the pen in and rotate it
- once it’s over as far as it’ll go, the spring pushes it back and it locks into place
- from what I understand, it’d VERY difficult to get the threads to look clean on the pens
- some turn out a little better than others
- the nature of the volcanic material shows that machining more
- other pens with the hook safe lock look consistently cleaner
2) taking_care_of_momma- Instagram (39:54)
I really want to add a pen with a flex nib to my collection. What are the biggest differences between the Noodler’s pen models?
- Nib Creaper – smaller pen, smaller #2 nib, smaller ink capacity (1ml), cheapest ($16.10)
- Ahab – much larger, #6 nib, piston and eyedropper for huge ink capacity (2-6ml), fits 308 cartridge, my favorite ($23)
- Konrad – more comfortable size for most people, #6 nib, classic design, piston with decent ink capacity (1.5ml), less universal nib swapping (regular, acrylic, ebonite) ($22-40)
- Neponset – largest and most expensive pen, less universal nib swapping #6, music flex, unique nib but VERY broad and wet, not for everyone, fits 308 cartridge (acrylic and ebonite) ($75)
3) Luca D- Facebook (47:47)
I also collect whisky, and we have seen a lot of “premiumization”, i.e. brands charging high prices for average whisky with brilliant packaging, exotic names and weird stories behind the product. Do you feel something similar is happening in the fountain pen world, with new manufacturers selling flashy pen bodies with the universal Bock/Jowo steel nib and prices often above 100$?
- for sure, this happens sometimes in all niche industries
- I know this was a huge movement in fountain pens in the 90’s/2000’s with lots of LE’s
- I don’t see this blatantly happening so much in the pen industry, or if it had, it’s curtailing right now
- a lot of brands are going the opposite way, looking to develop more entry-level pens to encourage new users to their brands
- with Bock/Jowo, SO many brands are using them, it’s not that they’re universal, but OEM
- the nib is a huge factor in the pen obvi, but there’s so much more that goes into it
- a lot of smaller, independent manufacturers use more generic and obvious Bock/Jowo nibs, and they don’t have economies of scale so they charge in the $100+ price and often use the story of how they started to promote their brands
- I don’t think it’s intentional “premiumization”, I think we’re actually more coming off some of that having already happened
4) Jason A- Facebook (53:21)
As the year comes to and end, what were your favorite 3 pens released in 2017 that were/are offered by Goulet Pens?
- Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium
- Visconti Opera Master Luna
- Stipula Etruria Prisma
- Honorable mention to Lamy Safari Petrol!
5) Scott S- Facebook (56:39)
Theoretically: What is the point in a fountain pen with no line variance? Without the gorgeous control of lettering it is just another color changeable ballpoint pen. This is not how I feel as I would have a fountain pen just because I love the mechanics, but a valid someone could make. What are your thought Brian?
- oh c’mon!! Give fountain pens a little more credit than that! 😉
- I agree in the sense that fountain pens are certainly more capable of having dynamic writing with stubs or flex pens, that’s true
- but even with no line variance at all, they’re performance vehicles of writing
- smoother flow, ink color choices, design, ink capacity, nib size and smoothness, bounce and spring in the nib feel, shading, water proofness/archival inks, etc
- some people want fountain pens that literally look no different on paper than rollerballs! That’s probably the exception though
- Personally, I think if you’ve got it, flaunt it
- Fountain pens, for me, are a way to personalize my own writing experience and I want that reflected in the written words on the page
QOTW: What would you like me to ask Lamy in Germany, feedback to give them, or pics/video you’d like to see of their factory? (58:48)
Some pens are just from another galaxy of beauty and possess a grace that is simply celestial. This week’s Thursday Things collection brings together the plethora of gorgeous, nebulous inks and pens, orbiting effortlessly around the stellar Visconti Opera Master Luna at its center. Channel the awe-inspiring splendor of a sapphire sky awash with millions of glittering stars into your writing. Take a peek at Thursday Things: Moon Dust.
Featured products from left to right:
- Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover A5 Notebook – Metallic Gold– $25.50
- Edison Collier Fountain Pen- Blue Steel– $149
- Jinhao x750 Fountain Pen- Shimmering Sands– $9.90
- Nemosine Moon Crater Black (35ml bottle)– $7.99
- J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean (50ml bottle)– $26
- Diamine Cobalt Jazz (50ml bottle)– $20
- Visconti Opera Master Fountain Pen- Luna– $795
- Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover A5 Notebook – Metallic Silver– $25.50
- Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen- Starry Night– $299
- Aurora Optima Fountain Pen- Blue– $445.50
- Diamine Moon Dust (50ml bottle)– $20
- TWSBI Classic Fountain Pen – Sapphire– $50-$55
How do you capture a little stardust magic in your writing?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
We’re thrilled to introduce the new limited edition Visconti Opera Master Luna, our newest Goulet exclusive collaboration with Visconti.
This gorgeous fountain pen is made with a brilliant “Goulet blue” resin infused with silver glittery particles. It’s also translucent, so you can see your ink level through the barrel as well. It also has a small clear ink window, and is complemented by rhodium trim.
The Opera Master is an oversized pen that features the Double Reservoir Power Filler. A little history on this filling mechanism…. in 1998, Visconti applied for the Italian patent for its Double Reservoir Power Filler, which is a unique filling system that allows a massive ink capacity and safe usage during air flights. Similar in operation to vacuum-filling pens (such as the larger Visconti Homo Sapiens), the Opera Master fills with a 3.4ml ink capacity in the sealed ink reservoir. Unique to this design, there is a second reservoir in between the vacuum seal and the pen’s feed that holds about .6ml, the size of a typical standard international short cartridge. Effectively, what you end up with here is the ink equivalent of a standard international cartridge that you can use to write (without having to unscrew the filler knob like you do with most other vacuum-fillers), with the contents of an entire pack of cartridges (or the entire Visconti Traveling Inkwell!) in the back of your pen.
The Opera Master uses the large 23kt palladium nib, available in sizes extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, or 1.3mm stub italic.
It comes packaged with a special glass bottle of Visconti Blue ink, in a beautiful leather gift box.
Only 188 individually numbered pieces were made, and we’ll do our best to honor any specific requests for numbers.
The Luna is available exclusively through Goulet Pens for $795 (original MSRP $995).
What do you think of this newest fountain pen?
In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15th, the Goulet Team was inspired to research the recyclability of our packing materials. We’ll share with you our findings in hopes you’ll be inspired to think twice before throwing them out!
1) Packing Tape
This piece of the packing process serves its purpose and does its job. Unfortunately, once the tape has successfully bound your boxes together, it cannot be reused. It becomes fuel for the incinerator once removed from the package. It does not have a really easy recycling option but certainly performs a necessary and important job.
2) USPS Priority Box
These packing receptacles are made with recycled materials and can become a continued part of the recycling process. Simply toss them in with your other recycled paper and cardboard and let them be repurposed into another form of paper goods that will help someone day to day. No special precautions are needed to recycle these boxes, you don’t even have to remove the packing tape. That is part of the preparation process to recycling.
3) Thank You Card
Each of these adorable cards features a drawing from a past Monday Matchup on the front and a handwritten note from a team member on the back, to remind you with every order that there is a Goulet team member at every point of the order process. Some people choose to collect these cards and admire the assortment of artwork. If you would rather recycle these greetings, you can do it just as you would other sheets of paper. They are completely recyclable.
4) Bubble Wrap
Goulet Pens tries to have the least impact on the environment while we make the most of our packing materials. Our bubble wrap materials are shipped to us uninflated and we create the bubbles in-house, allowing for more materials to be shipped and less of a carbon footprint to transport materials. These nifty stress relieving packing materials can be recycled in the same containers where you drop plastic grocery bags or anywhere that accepts #4 plastics.
5) Blue Plastic Wrap
This packing material is a signature staple of the Goulet packing process and holds the products safely in place so they don’t shift around in transit. Much like the Bubble Wrap, this product can also be recycled in the same way that plastic shopping bags can. It is composed of a #4 plastic and can be recycled anywhere that handles such materials.
6) Bubble Mailer
Simply stick on a new label and these shipping containers can be reused for your mailing needs. There isn’t a reliable way to recycle a combination fiber/plastic article, but being able to get the most use out of these mailers is another great way to reduce waste. If you take a little care when opening these mailers, you can get many shipments out of them. You can also use them for storing fragile things or give it to your cat for an new bed, the options are pretty vast.
7) Values Card
Our values are an important part of our company culture and these cards are a great introduction for customers still acquainting themselves with Goulet Pens. Once you have had the chance to read the card and become familiar with our company values and policies, feel free to toss this card in with your other paper recycling. The cards are printed with soy dyes and are completely recyclable as well.
8) Packing Card
We like to send along our thanks for placing your order and to assure you that someone on the other end has triple checked your order to make sure you get exactly what you ordered. These packing cards provide us the opportunity to do so. Much like the other cards in our packaging materials, these cards are recycled with your typical paper recycling as well. Just toss them in any paper recycling bin when you’re through and maybe your card will live on to become another expression of gratitude.
9) Tootsie Pop
Who doesn’t love a sweet surprise when they open a package? We hope you enjoy the lollipops every time your unwrap a package from us. Sadly, the wrappers and sticks from these tasty treats are not recyclable but there are some great ideas for upcycling them around the internet!
Our invoices ensure proper product pulling in our warehouse and provide a verification of order accuracy. You can see the contents of your order listed in every package. These detailed print outs are produced on standard copy paper, so no special requirements are needed for recycling, just toss it in with your other papers.
How do you recycle or reuse your Goulet packing materials? Let us know in the comments below.
The Goulet Pen Co. Team
Gift giving season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to start thinking through those perfect gifts for your friends and family! But who says you need to break the bank to give them a gift to remember? Below are 10 great options that are under $20 that’ll make any fountain pen newbie or enthusiast jump for joy.
Convert all your friends and family into fountain pen fanatics with this affordable starter pen! Featured in our Top 5 Fountain Pen for Newbies video, the Pilot Metropolitan is as reliable as they come. It comes with a squeeze converter and ink cartridge so they can start writing away. Available in 3 nib sizes (including a 1.0mm stub) and over 10 design options, there’s something for everyone!
The Nemosine Singularity features a super-smooth writing nib at a great deal! These pens bring a lot to the table for those wanting to try something new, like the 0.6mm and 0.8mm stub nibs. They can also be eyedropper converted if a high ink capacity is important. All in all, great option at a reasonable price.
Grab this pen before it’s too late! From now until the end of 2017, the Monteverde Monza also comes with a free bottle of Monteverde ink! Considering the bottle of ink is $15, this pen is basically $1 for a limited-time. Beyond that, it also features a cool demonstrator design so you can keep an eye on your ink level!
Get your friends to settle down and commit to a bottle of ink. Those sample days are over now that Pilot Iroshizuku ink bottles are now under $20! From a vibrant blue like Kon-Peki to the unique and zany Yama-Budo, this line of inks has it all. To top it off, they are also some of the most well-behaved and easy-to-clean inks around.
Shimmering inks have taken the world by storm in recent years, whether it’s Diamine Shimmertastic or J. Herbin Anniversary Inks, but in 2017 Nemosine introduced the most affordable shimmering ink offering. At under $10, Blue Snowball Nebula and Coalsack Nebula can transform your writing. Be sure to check out our ‘How to Write with Shimmering Inks‘ video to make sure you’re getting the most out of these incredible inks.
For someone who appreciates the presentation as much as the gift itself, check out the Diamine Anniversary Inks. Each ink comes in a unique triangular design that when combined with 7 others, completes a beautiful round desk display. Of course the ink is amazing as well! With colors like Golden Honey and Dark Forest, this series has it all covered.
Looking for fountain pen friendly stationery can be tricky business! Well, look no further! These Goulet Note Cards come in a variety of art designs (all created by Goulet Team Members) and should work great with your fountain pens if you want to jazz up your holiday cards this year. Check out this package set that has 2 designs (10 cards each) as well as Clairefontaine Triomphe envelopes!
Give the gift of organization this holiday season with these notebooks from Leuchtturm. In the perfect on-the-go A5 size and featuring the versatile dot grid ruling, this notebook is equipped to tackle any organizational technique, like the ever-popular Bullet Journaling. Need some inspiration to go with it? Check out Boho Berry!
What’s the point of buying a grail pen if they can’t keep it safe? Grab one of these Aston Pen Slips to give them the fountain pen peace of mind. Available in 3 colors, each slip is made of water-resistant and scratch-resistant cowhide leather. It’s American made and becomes supple and more beautiful with age.
Know someone with so many inks, they can’t keep track? The Col-O-Ring Ink Testing book is a great way to organize it all. Each ring contains 100 sheets of 160g white paper that’ll really show off what each ink is capable of. Keep brands or colors together easily as the ring is rearrangeable and customizable.
What are your favorite fountain pen gift ideas? Have any of these jumped onto your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team