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Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal: Monday Matchup #162

Drawing of a donut with Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal.

Greetings from the Customer Care team, I’m Susan. I am thrilled to bring you the Faber-Castell Loom in Gunmetal (Medium nib) and Robert Oster Green at Night. These colors threw me a bit at first. The ink made me think of summer nights, and the pen made me think of a tan, so I concluded “Summer, it is!” Oh, but read on, gentle Monday Matchup fans, my train of thought took a very different track.

While I was sitting at my desk, my co-worker Kelsi mentioned that the pen reminds her of fall, so here I now have Summer and Fall. Then a flashback hits me! My late father used to love chasing fall with his cameras, crossing the country in his car. He would shoot close to a thousand pictures during the several times he did this. So, now I’m thinking about my dad as I sit down to work on this piece. When I was about 7 years old, I was at a diner in New Jersey with my parents and my dad took the opportunity to point out an important lesson on the front of the menu. The saying I featured in this piece was printed on the front of that diner menu. My dad read it and started laughing uncontrollably. He said “Sunbonnet, I’m about to teach you something very important for your whole life, and it’s from a menu… in a diner… in New Jersey.” I’ve never forgotten this and I remember him teaching it to my daughters as well. Grazie papa, le parole vive o. I used a Rhodia No. 18 Blank pad and cut out a circle, which was suprisingly difficult. I used a Caran d’Ache brush pen to give my doughnut some pazzazz. Then I wrote out the quote “As you ramble on through life, dear brother, Whatever be your goal, Keep your eye upon the doughnut, And not upon the hole“.

You may remember from my last Monday Matchup that I am a huge fan of Stub and Italic nibs, but this medium nib was really nice to write with. It was smooth, generous with ink, and the pen felt good in my hand as well. I don’t post my pens, but I did post this one for the purposes of this matchup. I found it well balanced, surprising as the look of the cap would make it seem otherwise. Nice job, Faber-Castell! It is an all-around good pen for all tasks. It performs well, is beautiful to look at, the nib is smooth, and feels good both posted or unposted.

I am a big Robert Oster fan and this ink is no exception. It flowed beautifully. This color is not a true green, nor a black-green, but rather a darker deep green. It has dimension, but I wouldn’t call it shading. It doesn’t have the shortest dry time ever recorded, but I don’t think it’s abnormally long either. This ink could be professional and still outside of the black or blue/black norm for you jazzy professionals! I can also see this looking gorgeous on cream paper.

Drawing of a donut with Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal.

Drawing of a donut with Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal.

Drawing of a donut with Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal.

Drawing of a donut with Robert Oster Green at Night with a Faber-Castell Loom- Gunmetal.

The Faber-Castell Loom in Gunmetal is available for $55 at GouletPens.com. you can find Robert Oster Green at night in a 2ml sample for $1.50 and a 50ml bottle for $17.

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What is your favorite donut flavor?

Write on,
Susan

December 4th, 2017|Monday Matchup|106 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 192: How To Hold A Pen, Grey Inks, and Making Advanced Pen Videos

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about how to hold a pen, what’s up with grey inks, and advanced pen videos.

This week:

Pens/Writing

1) ammshorb- Instagram (18:41)
I’ve heard you can use the TWSBI mini nib units on the classic, is this true?

  • yes and no
  • you can remove the nib from the grip and swap it, yes
  • the feed is delicate, so be cautious
  • the nibs themselves are the same size
  • it’s a “hack” to be able to swap them, and technically you can
  • TWSBI wouldn’t love me saying you can do that, because you’ll likely go to them if you break something, so take that disclaimer with it

2) Dawn L- Facebook (23:45)
Which pen brands need a modified bulb syringe to clean/flush the pen?

3) aboutthatbook- Instagram (29:57)
Hi! I’m new in fountain pens and I’m coming from the dip pen hobby. I was wondering if there’s a right way to hold the fountain pen (like dip pens). Btw, love the videos and the blog. I’m learning so much, so thank you!

  • there’s no one perfect way to hold it, everyone has a different style
  • generally speaking, holding the pen at about a 45 degree angle with a three-finger grip, writing with little pressure
  • place the heel of your hand on the paper, and use a combination of wrist and arm movement to make your letters
  • the most important thing is to not over-rotate the pen, and don’t write with hard pressure

4) timeheldmegreen- Instagram (36:13)
Is the Invincia a good pen? I’ve seen mixed reviews and hubby wants one for Christmas

  • it’s good for some, less so for others
  • I’ve always been a fan, it tends to be more of a big-handers pen, a gentleman’s pen if you will
  • being completely honest, some people don’t like the slick grip, and the nibs can run a little dry
  • Yafa has a good warranty, we’ll totally back it up, but it’s just kind of how these pens are
  • if it’s for casual writing and more of a desk pen, and your husband likes it, then go for it
  • it’s been Monteverde’s mainstay pen for probably 10+ years now

5) m_moulvi- Instagram (39:26)
Will the new Lamy Aion nibs be available for separate purchase?

  • not at this point
  • I wouldn’t suspect so, it’s a lot of extra distribution globally for a slight aesthetic
  • they will swap with standard Lamy nibs
  • I’ll ask in Germany!

6) Christopher F- Facebook (41:09)
I’m thankful that you took the time to do your Fountain pens for newbies, next level and gold nib videos, as they were contributing factors for me getting into the hobby. I’m curious though, would you be willing to do an Advanced level video?

  • awesome! glad you love them
  • most definitely, I would have to think about what that looks like
  • what “advanced” pen knowledge would you like?
  • we’ve definitely talked about redoing Fountain Pen 101, that will happen
  • Andi’s here and we’re already talking about it

Ink
7) Lindsey B- Facebook (47:10)
What is up with Grey inks? I’m a recent fountain pen addict and I’ve noticed a ton of varying levels of grey inks. Is this a color bought by artists or do people actually want that look as they write? I would think people would want to shift away from a graphite kind of look since they are using a pen unless they are doing art. Thanks for your videos. I’ve binged probably a good 90% of them.

  • haha, right?
  • Grey inks have ebbed and flowed in popularity
  • part of the appeal is they’re understated, more subtle
  • nice grey inks will shade, that’s a lot of it
  • some will look close to graphite, true, and some people really like that because they like the look of pencil but like writing with a pen better
  • the honest truth is I don’t 100% know, I like grey inks, don’t end up using them a whole ton
  • Earl Grey was chosen by the Fountain Pens subreddit as the color they wanted, Diamine opened it up to other retailers like us, it’s been popular!
  • It might be worth trying some samples of it if you’re curious
  • Diamine Earl Grey, Diamine Graphite, Noodler’s Lexington Gray, J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, Noodler’s El Lawrence
QOTW: What pen do you most regret not acquiring when you had the chance? (53:57)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

December 1st, 2017|Goulet Q&A|18 Comments

Bullet Journal Giveaway with Ryder Carroll!

Get yourself organized in 2018 by winning this bullet journal giveaway! New to BuJo? It’s a method of note-taking and personal organization that helps you focus on what’s most important in your daily life. This method has really picked up steam in recent years with the fountain pen community. From bullets to tasks to events, the Official Bullet Journal notebook features explanations, tips, and hints to help get you started. Beyond that, there’s great bloggers like Boho Berry and Tiny Ray of Sunshine lending inspiration for designs and features from their very own bullet journals, as well as lots of others using the hashtag #bulletjournal and #bujo across social media.

This journaling system was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer. Through many years of trial and error, this bullet journaling system has evolved into what it is now. Ryder was one of our Goulet Guests earlier this year where he chatted with Brian about all things Bujo, his relationship to Leuchtturm, finding motivation, and a bunch of other interesting topics! Watch their great interview below:

Now, back to the giveaway! We’re excited to have partnered with Ryder on this one. Three lucky winners will each receive one Official Bullet Journal (in either Black, Emerald, and not-yet-available at Goulet Pens, Nordic Blue!) as well as a Lamy Safari Charcoal fountain pen so you’ll be ready to get organzied.  Here are the various ways to enter.

  • Subscribe to the Goulet Pens newsletter & Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal newsletter
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  • Visit Goulet Pens on Facebook
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  • Follow @GouletPens on Twitter

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Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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December 1st, 2017|A Goulet Life, Contests & Giveaways|7 Comments

Top 9 All-in-One Gifts

Top 9 All-in-One fountain pen and ink gifts for the writing enthusiast.

Picture this… The holidays are drawing nearer and you’re still at a loss for an awesome and exciting fountain pen gift. You want to find the perfect gift that the recipient can set out and use right away and you don’t want to forget a vital part of the gift that would make this impossible. You need something you can put in your shopping cart with one click and know the gift is ready to write. What’s a fountain pen fan to do? Fret not, Goulet Pens has the solution! Check out our list of 9 great all-in-one gifts to spread the joy of fountain pens!

All in One Package Set

A Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, bottle of Noodler's ink, and Goulet cleaning set.

A clean pen is a happy pen. Give your loved one a pen and ink to write, as well as the right tools to keep it clean. The Pilot Metropolitan is a favorite first pen for many new fountain pen users. Couple it with Noodler’s Black ink, you have an unstoppable pair for writing greatness. When it comes time to flush the pen and give it a good cleaning, the Goulet cleaning set is there to help. This set features anything they could need to troubleshoot the most common pen troubles and keep it writing in tiptop form. Pick one up for $40.

Bullet Journal Package Set

Bullet Journal Package Set with Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and Leuchtturm notebook.

Complete with a Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dot Grid journal, a Pilot Metropolitan, and a pack of Pilot Namiki cartridges, all in your choice of colors, this package set is completely customizable to your loved one’s tastes and preferences. They’ll be ready to plan and create their own system with the right tools to let their creativity fly. This set is available for $36. Looking for an alternative to the hardcover journal? Check out the Fountain Pen First Timer Set with a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen in your choice of fine, medium, or 1.0mm stub, along with a Rhodia No. 16 black dot grid notepad and a random ink sample package set for $26.90.

LAMY Gift Set

Lamy Gift Set with ink cartridges.

LAMY fountain pens are a trusted and well-loved staple of many collections. Give the gift of a great pen and coordinating ink this holiday. The LAMY gift sets are a great option for any loved one, young and young at heart. These sets include a pen and set of cartridges, so they’re ready to go for fast and easy writing. Available with a variety of Safari and Al-Star colors, there are an assortment of color options to choose from. Find them at Goulet Pens ranging in price from $31.99 to $39.99.

Traveler’s Notebook Package Set

Multiple Traveler's Notebooks and refills.

Looking for a notebook as individual as you? The Traveler’s Notebook features a cowhide cover and elastic bands which hold the refillable notebooks in place. The Traveler’s Notebook package set include this stylish cover in your choice of three colors, a blank refill, your choice of two additional refills, a zippered pouch pocket, and extra rubber bands to bind your notebooks together. This is the perfect journal system for keeping your thoughts organized and separated for easy reference. Make a notebook for every facet of life! Choose from the Passport size set for $56.32 or Regular size for $67.52.

Quick Note Package Set

Pilot Varsity and Goulet Notecards.

The greatest easy gift for less than $10. Pick up a pack of 10 Goulet Notecards (you choose the design) with a Pilot Varsity in your choice of Black, Blue, or Purple. Perfect for correspondence writing or gift tags, these cards will spread joy and smiles to whomever sees them. The Pilot Varsity is a highly-favored afforable pen that writes smoothly and easily. Together, this set is the perfect first foray into writing with fountain pens without a huge price commitment. Pick up this set for $5.60.

Bottled Ink Boxed Sets

Monteverde Noir Ink Boxed Set.

An ink boxed set is the perfect gift for any fountain pen fan. Whether it’s a smaller set like the Pilot Iroshizuku three ink boxed sets or something larger like the Diamine or Monteverde 10 ink boxed sets, these collections offer smaller bottles of some great ink colors to test and try. The handsome boxes come housed making wrapping a cinch and are the perfect presentation. They range in price from $19.99 to $99.

Goulet Nibs Package Set

Give the gift of a diversified writing experience. The Goulet Nibs Package set comes in black, two-tone, or silver. It offers six nibs, ranging from EF to 1.5mm Stub, that can be swapped onto any pen that takes a #6 nib. Perfect for getting a variety of different writing expereinces in one pen! You can pick up one of these sets for $80, add in a Jinhao x450 pen for $9.90 and you have a sturdy pen and some great nibs to toy around with.

Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator Package Set

Nemosine Demonstrator Package Set with four different transparent fountain pens.

Perfect to jumpstart a loved one’s fountain pen collection, or divide the set up and gift the pens to a few different friends, whatever you choose, these pens are sure to create buzz. The gorgeous Nemosine demonstrators come in four colors, but you can mix and match them as you want in your choice of nib size when you order this set. They come with a converter, several standard international short cartridges, and an instruction manual. Pick up this set for $71.99.

Notebook Sampler Set

Notebook Sampler Set featuring different types of fountain pen friendly paper.

Step up any fountain pen experience or just give the gift of nicer paper for any writer. The Notebook Sampler Set is a great way to try out the paper brands offered at Goulet Pens and get a feel for each, before you invest in a larger notebook. This set is the perfect gift to give any writing enthusiast who wants to add a new dimension to their writing and heighten the joy of writing. The Notebook Sampler Set is offered for $16.

What is your favorite one-click gift to give during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

November 30th, 2017|Holiday Gift Guides, Shopping Guides|3 Comments

Thursday Things: Deep Winter Sea

A deep sea themed flat lay of teal and blue fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

Hidden beneath the glassy ice of a frozen sea lives a world of enchantment and fantasy. Dive into Thursday Things: Deep Winter Sea and immerse yourself in a shimmering spectacle of sweet pens and sparkling inks. Awash with hues of deep, rich teal, blue, and turquoise; swirling around the dazzling centerpiece of the brand new Pelikan M805, this collection is sure to inspire waves of wonderful writing. Shore up your collection with the strong and stunning pieces in this assortment and prepare for a storm of writing they will certainly inspire. Enjoy a dip in the delightful Thursday Things: Deep Winter Sea.

Featured products from left to right:

A deep sea themed flat lay of teal and blue fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What is your favorite ocean-inspired pen or ink?

Write on,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

November 30th, 2017|Thursday Things|10 Comments

2017 Holiday Order Deadlines

The holiday countdown is on, so we’re sharing our holiday order deadlines with you to help you order and receive your gifts from Goulet Pens in time!  While we can’t officially guarantee delivery timelines, our team is working as hard as they can this holiday season to get your order packed with that slightly ridiculous amount of care so they’re in the mail to you as soon as possible. We ship via USPS and FedEx so there are multiple ways you can choose to ship your order!  Our last shipping day will be Friday December 22nd, and below are our recommend order-by dates, based on the shipping method you choose.

 

Shipping within the United States:

  • Order by Wednesday December 13th if you are shipping via FedEx Ground. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 15th.
  • Order by Sunday December 17th if you are shipping via USPS 1st Class. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 19th. This method is only available for lightweight parcels under $300.
  • Order by Monday December 18th if you are shipping via USPS Priority. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 20th.
  • Order by Tuesday December 19th if you are shipping via FedEx 2-Day. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 20th, for arrival by December 22nd.
  • Order by Wednesday December 20th if you are shipping via FedEx Overnight. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 21st, for arrival by December 22nd.

Shipping Internationally:

  • Order by Tuesday December 5th if you are shipping via USPS Priority International or USPS 1st Class International. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 7th. We want to let you know that these shipping methods may be a stretch depending on your location – we really can’t guarantee on-time delivery with these methods, and tracking isn’t very reliable. We really recommend the USPS Express or one of the FedEx options instead.
  • Order by Tuesday December 12th if you are shipping via FedEx Priority International or  FedEx Economy International. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 13th.
  • Order by Tuesday December 12th if you are shipping via USPS Express International. We’ll get these orders out the door by December 14th. 

The sooner you get your order in, the better. Let us know if there’s anything we can help you with this holiday season! Find us across our social media channels, as well as on LiveChat and or send us an email at info@gouletpens.com. Or give us a call at 804-368-0482 and our team would love to help!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Co. Team

November 29th, 2017|A Goulet Life, Pen News|2 Comments