Goulet Q&A Episode 272: Shimmering Ink Drying In Pens, and the Best Selling Pen of 2019

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about shimmering inks drying out pens, speculative products that turned out great, and his guess on the best selling pen of 2019. Enjoy!

This week:


1) ithinkimcomingalive- Instagram (7:02)

Are fountain pen cleaning products really necessary?

  • They’re helpful, but not always required
  • They’re there to make your pen maintenance life better
  • With conventional ink and regular pen maintenance using only water, you don’t really “need” much beyond that
  • but if you’re using more saturated inks, shimmering inks, letting them dry out, changing colors often, etc, then cleaning supplies like pen flush, bulb syringes, even a toothbrush are super handy
  • it’s totally up to you, they’re just tools which allow you to do a job better or faster, and if that makes your pen life better, go for it!


2) v_jokfr- Instagram (13:54)

How do you clean a hooded nib pen?

  • There aren’t a ton of hooded nibs these days but there are some, thinking Lamy 2000, Jinhao Shark, Jinhao 51A
  • It’s really not much different than a conventional nibs, you just flush and fill like normal
  • Shark and 51A are great because they’re cartridge/converter, easy to flush with a bulb syringe which is my favorite cleaning tool
  • Lamy 2000 is a little more complicated because it’s a piston fill, which actually helps, but you can disassemble it with care
  • other pens will vary

3) Stefan S- Facebook (22:20)

I often see people talk about ink drying out in their pens, i never had this issue even after months of shimmer ink in a TWSBI eco, what makes some people experience that often and someone like me never experience it at all even with bad habits?

  • I had the same thing, my first Eco I inked up I had Emerald of Chivor in it for 8 months without cleaning it, with no problems
  • other pens, can dry out in weeks or days
  • the pen, the ink, the humidity all matters a lot
  • the way the cap seals is HUGE in how much a pen dries out, and a few pens really stand out
  • Platinum Slip N Seal is awesome, TWSBI is really good, Pilot has inserts on many of their caps that are great
  • this is a “your mileage may vary”


4) willmonty2000- Instagram (28:20)

What do you think will be the best selling pen of 2019?

  • oooo, that’s a toughie! It really depends on context, how you want to define the question
  • is this all pens period? Just fountain pens? Just Goulet Pens?
  • I assume you’re asking me about Goulet Pens, since that’s what I’d have the most perspective on
  • Do we go by volume? Or dollars? Naturally there are going to be more lower priced pens sold
  • Some of the top contenders with several factors all swirled in together
  • TWSBI Eco, Lamy Safari, Lamy Al-Star, Diplomat Magnum, in all the newer, exciting colors
  • Lamy 2000 is always solid, Pilot VP, Visconti Homo Sapiens, Pilot Custom 823, all solid

5) Seth C- Facebook (36:56)

What are some products that you had mixed feeling about, took a flier on, and it ended up selling like crazy?

  • We don’t carry anything we don’t think is good, but sometimes it’s a debate on our team and it’s just barely a “okay, we’ll try it”
  • Stipula Ventidue (Tocco Ferro) comes to mind, we had our doubts about it at first- orange one
  • Monteverde Monza– similar to Jinhao at first, but Monteverde made it more unique
  • Diplomat Magnum– we knew the Aero would do well, and the Magnum seemed like a great pen, but the response to them was surprising, especially because it’s been around for 40 years!

6) h4nkw- Instagram (51:21)

What’s agility, and how do you measure/manage it? If it’s really not just a buzzword, is GP agile?

  • Agile is somewhat of a buzzword, sure
  • it’s a methodology largely in the software development world
    • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
    • Working software over comprehensive documentation
    • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
    • Responding to change over following a plan
  • It’s not something we’ve studied really, I just have a general awareness of it, my sister and her husband run a web development company
  • But the general idea of collaborating, teamwork, focus on people over tools and flexibility and proactivity are definitely part of how we operate
  • I don’t know if we’d be considered “agile”, honestly, but we seem to align with the general idea


7) bradthebear1- Instagram (56:24)

What’s your favorite reaction you got from a non-fountain pen user?

  • I haven’t ever gotten anything dramatic
  • the best was probably when I was at a networking event, and was sharing about pens, I had a TWSBI 580 ALR on me, TWSBI’s are great to show people at networking events!
  • I ended up getting several interested people there, and I was able to talk about pens, how they work, the history of writing, the business side of it, with an engaged audience for no less than 45 minutes straight, it was great having such an engaged audience
  • my favorite reaction is when I casually mention pens, like “yeah I sell fountain pens, like the kind you’ve seen in old movies that fills from a bottle of ink”
  • they’ll sometimes light up, and ask more, and you just get to see them get excited, make connections about pens they’ve used/seen, it leads into a story about their family, upbringing, or life stage where they used a pen before, it’s a tremendous conversation starter even if someone’s not an active FP user

QOTW: What pen, ink, or paper completely surprised you (for the better)? (1:07:36)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

November 1st, 2019|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments

Will It Write? Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween, and disaster strikes! You have no ink in your favorite fountain pen! How are you going to write down your scores for the Goulet costume contest? Have no fear, Drew and Micah are here. They are ready to put the most vile, creepy, and bizarre liquids to the test to get you writing again.

On this episode of “Will It Write”, the devilish duo have procured the following mysterious ingredients:

  • Monster Blood (fake blood)
  • Clown Tears (facepaint)
  • Alien Snot (glowstick guts)

Watch the video above to see how each of these fair in a TWSBI ECO and see if they could be a viable ink option in the most dire of situations!

Are you surprised by the results of these spooky materials? Have another “ink” recommendation for us to try? Leave a comment below!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

October 31st, 2019|Will It Write|0 Comments

Conklin & Monteverde Pens now with JoWo Nibs!

We have exciting news… We’re happy to share that all Conklin and Monteverde pens that use a #6 nib will now be coming with  JoWo nibs! JoWo nibs are made in Germany and they are trusted, reliable, and loved among fountain pen enthusiasts. This has been in development with our distributor Yafa for over a year as we’ve had stock issues over the last several years. Stock issues should be a non-issue going forward.

We currently have these new nibs in stock for Conklin pens that come with a silver nib, in select nib sizes. Pens that come equipped with black nibs, as well as all Monteverde pens will be rolling out and available in the coming weeks. There are several new Monteverde and Conklin pens that will be debuting soon too and they will be coming with a JoWo nib too. Nib units will also be available and these can be swapped into any existing Conklin or Monteverde pen with a #6 nib if you want to upgrade to a JoWo nib. With this change, we’ll also begin offering Broad and 1.1mm stub nib options, as well as have Omniflex nibs still available on Conklin pens.

This change will happen over the next several weeks and as we get to know these nibs, we’re happy to help answer any questions you have. You can leave a comment here on the blog or you can always send our Customer Care Team an email at info@gouletpens.com.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company

October 31st, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments

QUIZ: If you were a monster, which fountain pen would you use?



It’s the Halloween season, so naturally, we at Ghoulet Pens have monsters on the brain: specifically, cryptids, the misunderstood darlings of lore. Remaining mysterious can be challenging, which is why we are 89% certain that our favorite urban legend monsters are writing to one another with fountain pens – how else would they stay up-to-date on the latest tormenting trends while staying (mostly) below the radar? We think we all have a mysterious monster within, so we’ve put together a few quick questions to help you find the legendary beast with whom you identify most, along with suggestions for our favorite pens that they’re definitely using.

Which fountain pen monster did you get? Share in the comments below!

Write On, 

The Goulet Pen Company Team


October 30th, 2019|Quizzes|0 Comments

Goulet Guests: Mathias Ringeard, Owner and CEO of Diplomat Pens

We had the pleasure of hosting Mathias Ringeard, Owner and CEO of Diplomat Pens, here at the Goulet Pens HQ. He brings French passion and creativity to these high-quality German writing instruments, and I’m excited to get to introduce you to him and tell you about his latest project with artist MadC.

A few of the questions we cover include:

  • What direction are you looking to take Diplomat in the years to come?
  • How did you first discover MadC?
  • Who exactly is MadC?
  • Has Diplomat ever done a collaboration with an artist like this?

Diplomat Esteem MADC – Blue Caneva

Do you own any Diplomat pens?

Write on,
Brian Goulet

October 29th, 2019|Goulet Guests|0 Comments

Montegrappa Elmo Limited Edition History

A visual look back at all of our exclusive limited edition Montegrappa Elmo fountain pens. The Elmo is Montegrappa’s most affordable model ever. All of the color names are inspired from nature around Bassano del Grappa, Italy, the birthplace of Montegrappa.

October 2019: Genziana Sfrangiata. A vibrant purple representing the flowers found in the Bassano region. Only 300 were made.

Montegrappa Elmo Genziana Sfrangiata

Montegrappa Elmo Genziana Sfrangiata


March 2019: Brenta di Notte. A deep blue representing the color of the Brenta River water at night. Only 300 were made.

Montegrappa Elmo Brenta di Notte

Montegrappa Elmo Brenta di Notte


November 2018: Verde Altipiano. Altipiano means highlands, as this bright green was inspired by the nearby sheep pastures. Only 200 pens were made.

Montegrappa Elmo Verde Altipiano

Montegrappa Elmo Verde Altipiano


August 2018: Rossa Ciliegia. This red color was inspired from the cherries of Marostica. Only 200 pens were made.

Montegrappa Elmo Rosso Ciliegia

Montegrappa Elmo Rosso Ciliegia

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The Goulet Pen Company

October 28th, 2019|Pen News, Special & Limited Edition History|0 Comments