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Our 5 Favorite Slim Pens

We love fountain pens of all sizes, but there’s something especially elegant about a long slender fountain pen. We’ve gathered some of our favorite thin pens that are perfect for fitting in tight places like pen loops and small cases.

The solid Traveler’s Company Brass Fountain Pen is portable and ready to go on an adventure with you. This small pen has a handy snap cap and fills using convenient cartridges.

The LAMY CP1 is a stylish example of minimalist design. Available in either platinum or black, this practical pen is barely wider than a traditional No. 2 pencil!

The elegant Platinum Carbon Desk Pen has a long wandlike silhouette and features a gold-plated steel nib. Want a constant companion at your desk? Get yourself the Platinum Desk Pen Base. It’s made to work perfectly with this pen.

The slender Kaweco Liliput is a fashionable pen that will fit easily in your hand. Available in shining Copper or hand-torched Fireblue.

Although the Aurora Hastil Cento is slender, it makes a huge visual impact. This stunning pen has a 14kt solid rose gold nib and was created for Aurora’s 100th anniversary.

Do you prefer slender pens?

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

February 20th, 2020|Top 10 Lists|0 Comments

Franklin-Christoph Limited Edition History

Here’s a visual look back on the previous yearly limited edition fountain pens we’ve done in collaboration with Franklin-Christoph! Each pen was a Goulet-exclusive and produced in very small quantities.

2020: Model 31 Orion

2019: Model 31 Cosmic Dust

Do you have a favorite collaboration we’ve done with Franklin-Christoph? Let us know in the comments below!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

February 19th, 2020|Special & Limited Edition History|0 Comments

5 Reasons To Pick Up Your Fountain Pen Again

It happens to all of us. Life gets busy and our pens get buried and put away, going without use for weeks or months. So if you’re finding yourself in need of some inspiration to change that this year, here are 5 reasons to pick up your fountain pen again.

Write and mail a thank you letter

Who doesn’t love coming home to a happy piece of mail! In today’s world, seeing someone’s handwriting and knowing they took time to stop and think of you will mean the world. Drop a line to your parents, cousins, or college roommate. Try using shimmer ink and give them something to ask you about when they write you back!

Keep a gratitude journal

One of our core values here at Goulet Pens is “express gratitude” so we firmly believe in the power of gratitude. Pick out a new journal and make a new habit to either start or end your day recording 1-3 things that you are thankful for. You might just see your perspective on things take a shift.

Transcribe a quote you love and leave it somewhere visible in your house

Have a current song you love or passage from a book or author that inspires you? Take a few moments to grab your favorite pen and ink combo to write it out for yourself and hang it by your sink so you see it while you wash dishes or near your mirror while you brush your teeth.

Jot down a few goals you’re working on

Are you working towards reading a book a month or eating at home instead of getting takeout? Write down your top goals in a journal to spend a few extra minutes keeping it top of mind. Come back and visit your journal every month to see how your progress is going.

Leave a note for your spouse, roommate, or coworker

Surprises are fun, especially in note form! Pick up some small notecards and write a quick note of love, thanks, or simply “have a great day!” to someone you see often. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their face when they find it on their desk, in the car, or in their lunchbox.

What inspires you to pick up your fountain pen? Leave a comment so we can all get writing again!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company

February 18th, 2020|Tips & Tricks|1 Comment

Montegrappa Queen and Winter is Here Limited Edition Pens

Montegrappa has never been a brand to shy away from the extravagant and opulent when it comes to fountain pen designs. New to Goulet Pens in 2020 are two new designs that will appeal to fans around the world while showcasing a craftsmanship and attention to detail worthy of the price tag.

The Montegrappa Queen: A Night at the Opera celebrates Queen’s amazing musical career with a showstopping pen. Each fountain pen features sterling silver and enameled resin body, sterling silver trim, and a crown studded with blue sapphires, rubies, and diamonds. The design is inspired by the album A Night at the Opera’s cover art which features the legendary Queen Crest that was designed by lead singer Freddie Mercury.

There are 555 fountain pens available worldwide (5:55 is the length of the Bohemian Rhapsody song) and each one features a piston filling mechanism with an 18kt gold nib. Each pen comes in a deluxe lacquered wooden case with the Queen Crest in gold foil.

The Montegrappa Winter is Here is the fountain pen that every Game of Thrones fan would love to own. An intricate design that features The Night King, White Walkers, and Viserion (an ice-breathing dragon) is created with precious metals, vibrant gems, and handcrafted enamel. Each pen comes presented in an elegantly themed lacquered wooden box with a bottle of blue ink, custom booklet, and is individually numbered out of 300. This is a piston filling fountain pen with an 18kt gold nib.

What do you think of these amazing fountain pens? Are there any shows or musicians you’d like to see a fountain pen design based off of? Let us know in the comments below.

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

February 5th, 2020|Pen News|1 Comment

Shop Our Winter Favorites

Here in Virginia, we’re getting into the heart of winter. While it hasn’t been as cool as in previous years, we’ve got out our coats, and there has been more than one pair of gloves spotted around the office.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite writing tools that remind us of this cold, blue, and grey season. Check out some of our top picks for writing in the winter.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Aquarius

Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts

Monteverde Essenza Storm Clouds

Robert Oster Thunderstorm

Traveler’s Notebook Blue

LAMY AL-Star Ocean Blue

February 3rd, 2020|Shopping Guides|0 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 282: Brian’s Favorite Stealth Pens, and New Products Leaks

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about his favorite stealth pens, which pens he gives to people, and what he really thinks about people who leak product releases ahead of time. Enjoy!

Pens/Writing

@PamelaPKelly- Twitter (2:02)

When were “official” music nibs invented? Are they still manufactured for the purpose of composers notating a music score by hand? That is my preferred method (though my also-musician husband wrote his own music notation software program!). Any best nib options? Thanks!

  • sadly I don’t know when exactly they were invented, but they were on dip nibs before fountain pens were even invented, so probably mid-1800’s commercially
  • I don’t know if they were ever really mainstream in fountain pens, pencils were likely a more practical choice for their erasability
  • the music aspect of them is pretty unique, the grind is specific to allow for a higher writing angle
  • most people buying them just prefer this style nib, I doubt they’re writing music by hand
  • Platinum makes my favorite
  • Sailor also makes one, it’s similar to Platinum’s but two-tined instead of 3

@ramit_mitra- Twitter (7:57)

Will love to know what’s your favourite all matte black fountain pens ?

marlin_yo_boi- Instagram (14:15)

What pen do you lend people without having to worry about them breaking?

@crazybirdnerd- Twitter (22:28)

A lot of fountain clips from several brands have that little ball – functional or aesthetic?

  • both
  • it’s function is that it gives a little firmer grip than just a flat clip, but is also slightly easier to get on or off of a pocket material
  • it’s simple, it works!

Ink

@clbdroid- Twitter (28:21)

So you’re looking in your cabinet at your ink stash and thinking I should use a water resistant ink today…now what?…is there an easy way to know if an ink is water resistant? i.e. Are all black inks? Guessing from now on when ordering ink I should mark box/bottle immediately.

  • nope, no easy way
  • there’s not an all-or-nothing indication by color, brand, or anything like that
  • it’s really color by color, and not all of them say if it’s water resistant on the bottle (they usually don’t)
  • you basically just need to know, reference reviews and websites like GouletPens.com
  • If you can’t recall and want to mark it, a small sticker on the cap would help indicate and not leave a permanent mark

Business

Trish S.- Facebook (33:53)

I noticed the Montegrappa Queen pen— is there a person you have in mind to sell such a pen too? Seems very risky to carry such an expensive pen unless you KNOW you can sell it.

  • ideally yeah, it’d be great to have a specific collector in mind!
  • sometimes we know, and we do try to learn what people like if we can
  • This isn’t often the case, sometimes we have to buy on spec, and pray we find someone who wants it, especially if global demand is high and they don’t have enough to go around
  • it’s difficult with really specific, really expensive pens to hit the mark for individual collectors
  • it’s complicated more by very limited stock
  • with pens like these, many retailers will offer pre-orders or special orders, it just makes sense rather than every retailer stocking multiple pens (for the multiple nibs)
  • however the arrangement, it’s still just as authorized and supported through the retailer and manufacturer as a regularly stocked item
  • it’s perhaps different for us as an online retailer since we don’t have people coming into our store, I can see it being further complicated with B&M

origommi- Instagram (47:03)

How do you feel about people who leak product info before the start date in the industry?

  • let me caveat this question by saying I’m not speaking of anyone specifically, and I don’t have any bad blood with a specific competitor of mine so I’m speaking more in principle here
  • the very connotation of “leak” isn’t particularly positive, it implies it wasn’t “supposed” to be talked about yet
  • this is something set forth by the manufacturer, they have a marketing and distribution plan and when that gets disrupted, it complicates things
  • in most situations I’ve observed, pen “leaks” are generally not enjoyed by the manufacturer, it’s frustrating for them especially because they are often coupled with little information or context, or just flat out wrong information
  • on the flip side, it does generate some buzz I guess? But it’s often not super constructive
  • if you’re an authorized retailer, you really ought to adhere to the manufacturer’s wishes
  • the increase in “leaks” has risen with the internet, it “pays” to be first to talk about something, because then people point to your source (blog, feed, store, etc) and you get all the SEO and links, maybe even some pre-orders
  • it’s a short-term gain with long-term harm, from a brand-relationship perspective, so we don’t ever leak anything intentionally
  • we very rarely will accidentally publish something too early on our site, or mention it in a video when it’s not public yet, we do launch 1500 SKU’s a year! But it’s unintentional because we know it’s important to let the manufacturer execute their launch plans

Question of the Week: If you could have a manufacturer create the perfect limited edition pen for you, who would make it and what would it look like? (59:11)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

January 31st, 2020|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments