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Fountain Pen 101: Eyedropper Fountain Pens

 Eyedropper conversion for fountain pens is something that is talked about often in the pen community but can be hard to learn for new fountain pen users. The term might be confusing, and manufacturers often don’t advertise this capability on their pens, so it’s usually more experienced pen users that get to enjoy this pen capability. We wanted to make eyedropper fountain pens less mysterious and teach you how to do your own eyedropper conversions! The 'eyedropper' term dates back over 100 years well before self filling pen mechanisms were invented. The first fountain pens were just an empty [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:11-05:00September 18th, 2018|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|0 Comments

FP101: Flex Nib Fountain Pens

 One of the most exciting things about fountain pens in recent years has been the rising popularity of flexible nibs. What makes them appealing is that you can write with a varying amount of pressure to change your line width from a finer line to a broader one, giving you a lot of expression and versatility in your writing. But did you know that flex nibs have been around for decades? How about the fact that there's a specific way you need to write with them to really get them to work properly? As a retailer of flex nib [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:11-05:00June 14th, 2018|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|0 Comments

Fountain Pen Nib Size Overview

What are the differences between Japanese and Western nibs? I read a lot online and see various comments about what the difference actually is, or that Japanese nibs write finer, but I figured it needed to be detailed out a bit further. If you’ve gotten into fountain pens even a little bit, you know that one of the best and most confusing things about them is the ability to select different nib sizes. You can personalize your experience which is amazing, but there is an inherent challenge in that just about every company has a different standard, like shopping for [...]

Fountain Pen 101: How To Write With A Stub Nib

One of best things about writing with a fountain pen is the wide range of nib size options. However, it can feel overwhelming trying to learn how all of the different nibs write. I created a Fountain Pen 101 video called Nib Sizes and Grinds to help explain all of the different options out there. But in this video, our Customer Care manager Drew and I dig deeper into the stub nib specifically. We talk about what makes a nib a stub, the differences between the various kinds, and how to properly write with one. These nibs offer a unique [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:11-05:00May 17th, 2016|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|58 Comments

Understanding Common Paper Sizes

A4, A5, A6, what do all of these paper sizes really mean? Writing with a fountain pen is an enjoyable experience all on its own. But what makes for a significantly smoother writing session is using fountain pen friendly paper! It's true, paper can make all of the difference. When you first look into fountain pen friendly paper and notebooks, it can be a bit overwhelming to understand all of the sizes and options available. Goulet Pens always lists the product dimensions and technical specs on our product pages, so you can be informed about the products you're interested in. [...]

FP101: Fountain Pens for Lefties

  I started a Fountain Pen 101 Series more than three years ago, and ever since then at GouletPens.com we've been getting asked about doing one especially for left-handed fountain pen users. It's a great idea...but I'm definitely not a lefty! Well, we've talked to a lot of lefties and put together the best information we could (with some left-handed chicken-scratch to demonstrate). Enjoy! Fun facts about lefties: Today is International Left-handers day: August 13! That's why we decided to launch this post today :) Of the last 7 US Presidents, 5 are left-handed! 10% of population that’s left-handed Why [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:12-05:00August 13th, 2015|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|55 Comments

Anatomy of a Fountain Pen

There are a lot of parts and pieces to a fountain pen, and sometimes it's confusing which parts are called what, especially if you're newer to the hobby. Depending on who you're talking to, there are different names for different parts, and it can be tough to try to troubleshoot when you're calling parts different things to someone else! We've noticed this when trying to help our customers over phone or email, so we put together this infographic to show some of the most commonly talked-about pen parts. This pen is the Platinum 3776 (in Chartres Blue), which is a [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:12-05:00July 28th, 2015|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|31 Comments

FP101: Back-to-School Shopping

 Video Timestamps: Fountain pen advantages (1:09) Fountain pen drawbacks (5:26) Notebook recommendations (6:18) Writing comparisons (Rhodia/Mead) (14:06) Pen recommendations (16:06) Ink recommendations (18:49) Highlighter recommendations (21:53)   Fountain Pen Advantages There are some distinct advantages to using fountain pens as a student. They're more economical over the long haul, mainly because the cost of ink (per volume) is much lower than ballpoints or rollerballs, though it does take a while to reach a break-even point if you're having to invest in the pen, ink, and paper all at once. Writing notes with fountain pens is fun.  This is debatable [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:12-05:00August 14th, 2014|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|14 Comments

Common Online Abbreviations

There are a lot of fountain pen terms thrown around on various forums and blogs. To save time, many times these popular terms are abbreviated, so here's a guide to help you out! A4 8.25" x 11.75" Paper size A5 5.75" x 8.25" Paper size Aero Aerometric filler B Broad BB Double broad, or Blue Black BBB Triple broad BBK Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher BP Ballpoint pen BSB Noodler's Baystate Blue C Course C/C Cartridge/Converter Cart Cartridge CdA Caran d'Ache ED Eyedropper EF/XF Extra Fine Estie Esterbrook G/GSM Grams per Square Meter (paper weight) F Fine FM/MF Fine Medium FP [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:12-05:00January 1st, 2014|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|0 Comments

FP101: Fountain Pens for Students

It's about time to gear up for back-to-school, and I thought it might be helpful to share with you some of the best pens for students in the $50 and under price range. Keeping in mind that value, reliability, and durability are some of the key factors for student pens, here are some that I will gladly recommend. This is the first Fountain Pen 101 video I've made in about a year, so if you haven't seen my others already, definitely check them out here. Pilot Metropolitan, $18.99 Pros: Great value Attractive Durable Very reliable writer Good ink capacity Cons: [...]

2022-01-14T17:48:12-05:00August 16th, 2013|Fountain Pen 101, Fountain Pen Education|65 Comments
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