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Why Should I Buy a Fountain Pen?

 Why should you buy a fountain pen? Great question - and Brian Goulet is here to help give you his Top 7 reasons why you should, and breaks down each one. TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Introduction 1:00 Reason 1: The Writing Experience 1:58 Reason 2: Improved Handwriting 2:52 Reason 3: Aesthetics 3:30 Reason 4: Ink Choices 4:30 Reason 5: Environmental Impact 5:10 Reason 6: Analog Nature 5:50 Reason 7: Mental Health 8:00 Do you NEED a fountain pen? 8:45 Additional resources Resources Mentioned: Top Pens for Newbies (2021) Top Pens for Newbies (2014) Top Pens to Last a Lifetime Fountain Pen [...]

5 Steps for Getting Started with a New Fountain Pen

 Before you get started with a fountain pen, there are some things you should do first! In this video, Drew gives his suggestions for a new pen checklist! TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Introduction 0:18 Step One: Know what a Fountain Pen is! 0:37 Step Two: Unbox your Pen! 1:02 Step Three: Inspect Your Pen! 3:01 Step Four: Clean Your Pen! 4:21 Step Five: Ink Your Pen! 5:34 Wrap Up LINKS TO PRODUCTS FEATURED: Bulb Syringe Are we forgetting any steps? Write on, The Goulet Pen Company Team

Are Fountain Pens Easy To Use?

 Are fountain pens easy to use? Drew's going to walk you through the most simple ways to start writing with a fountain pen in this video. OTHER HELPFUL CONTENT: Top 5 Fountain Pens for Newbies Getting Started with a New Fountain Pen Fountain Pen 101 Anatomy of a Fountain Pen TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Introduction 0:40 What is a fountain pen? 1:01 How do you fill it? 1:25 What about maintenance? 1:54 How does it write? 2:28 Ramping things up with a converter! 3:13 Choosing a nib size! 3:42 More helpful resources! Write on, The Goulet Pen Company Team

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
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