One of my favorite things about using fountain pens is the ability to try all kinds of different inks. And the best way to do that is with ink samples, which have been an integral part of the Goulet Pen Company from very early on in our business. I’m a serial ink sampler myself, so I wanted to pass along some of the tricks and advice I’ve learned over the years to make the sampling process as enjoyable and efficient as possible.

In this video, I talk about:

  • Cataloging ink writing samples (1:19)
  • Swab storage, showing the official Goulet swab book (3:02)
  • Q-tip swabbing (4:08)
  • Glass pen testing (5:18)
  • Dip pen testing (6:02)
  • Dipping your fountain pen nib (8:09)
  • Ink sample storage and organization (10:34)
Of course, sampling is really a personal thing and it should be something you enjoy. I just show some of the things I do or have seen others do to get the most out of the experience, and I’d love to hear if you have any advice of your own!Materials I use in this video:

See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.
Write On,
Brian Goulet