Hello ink friends! Kelsi here bringing you another ink review! This week I had the opportunity to review Monteverde California Teal, which I was pretty excited about because this ink has been one of my personal favorites ever since it came out. This lubricated ink flows so nicely, and the sheen is incredible! It even shows a decent amount of sheen on Rhodia and Moleskine paper. Read on to see why I love this ink.
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- About 25 seconds – This ink took a while to dry, but it I wouldn’t say it was on the extreme side for a long dry time.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – It didn’t have much water resistance, and there wasn’t much evidence of ink left behind after the water touched it.
- Medium – You could see a pretty good difference between swab #1 and #2 on the swab test, but not much between #2 and #3.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium – I gave this a medium, mostly because it’s a darker ink so I needed to flush my converter a few times before it was totally cleaned out.
- High – The shading in this ink is so lovely! I got some variation through the letters as I wrote.
- Wet – This ink flowed really nicely out of my nib and even looked pretty wet as it sat on top of the paper. All of the Monteverde inks are lubricated, which helps them flow really well.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- Comes in a pretty classic looking 90ml bottle. It reminds me of a bottle you would see a vintage ink come in.
Inks Similar in Color:
I just really love this ink. I think the color is great because it’s not an outrageous color, so it could be appropriate in most settings, but it’s still different and fun. The sheen and the shading make it stand out!
Your favorite affordable Visconti pen now has a few new looks! The Rembrandt collection has added 4 new colors to their line, sure to capture the hearts of fountain pen fanatics. New to this Visconti model? Check out our overview blog where Brian talks about how we came to carry the Rembrandt, pen features, unboxing, writing samples, and more helpful information.
Check out the newest colors:
Still featuring the natural variegated resin (creating a swirl marbling), the Rembrandt collection emulates the chiaroscuro technique the painter was known for with a metal ring on the cap engraved with ornamental motifs by Rembrandt. The cap also uses a simple magnetic closure to keep it secure on-the-go.
Check out this episode of Write Now where Brian, Rachel, and Drew show off the new pens with writing samples from each nib size:
Each pen comes with a converter while also accepting standard international short cartridges. This pen features a stainless steel nib that may look different depending on the nib size. As of right now, Visconti is out of fine nibs until August (for both the Rembrandt and Van Gogh). To help with this, Visconti actually found a surplus of extra-fine and 1.5mm stub nibs from previous pens. There’s enough stock of those to last through 2018, and will be available on both the Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Medium nibs are also on short supply, so you may see those go out-of-stock over the coming months. Because of all of this, the nib design may vary. Check out the picture below to see what each looks like:
MSRP for the Visconti Rembrandt is $185, but as an authorized Visconti retailer, log into your gouletpens.com account and you’ll see our best price available! For more information and pictures of all colors available, check it out on GouletPens.com.
So what do you think of the new Rembrandt colors? Any of these catching your eye for 2018? Let us know in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
Hey friends, Sarah here! Valentine’s Day is two days away so I’m dishing up some fuzzy feelings with my Monday Matchup today. The upcoming holiday isn’t my favorite, but I love to use it as an excuse to make a special card for my loved ones or celebrate with my gal pals. This Monday Matchup is dedicated to my husband Ross (who also works here at Goulet Pens in Customer Care!), who I always sing this song to. 🙂
I’m in love with all of the Robert Oster inks and I was especially excited to try African Gold, with its honey colored hues. The Lamy LX Gold paired perfectly with this ink. Maybe I have a thing for gold pens and ink? One of my recent matchups was also gold themed.
I first began by looking at photos of honey bees, then sketching their shapes out. I took the brush pen and dipped it into a little ink, drawing in the hexagon honeycomb around their bodies. Then I took the pen and drew in all of the little details on the bees, trying to make them look fuzzy and textured. The pen wrote smoothly when I wrote with it, and the ink flowed freely with the medium nib. The African Gold ink had great shading as it varied from shades of darker brown to a light gold. It was definitely legible, and would make a great ink if you’re looking to try out a cheerful color that’s a little different.
This combo would be great for anything! As I’ve said in the past, I love the design of Lamy and their nibs are smooth. Aesthetically, the LX is a little flashier than the normal Al-Stars so it feels like a fashion statement if that’s what you’re looking for. It feels to me like a bold piece of jewelry and I can imagine this pen completing an outfit or being given for a special occasion- a golden birthday perhaps. I had fun with this match up and wouldn’t change a thing about it!
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Since the move to our new office in August 2017 , we’ve been bombarded with requests to see the space! It has taken a few months to get settled in, and we’ve had to finish up a few design elements and wanted it to look lived in, but we’re finally ready to show it off! Since Episode 100 had a tour of the old building, we felt Episode 200 was a fitting time to unveil the new digs. We hope you enjoy seeing our new space!
QOTW: What did you think of the tour? Nice to put some faces to names?
Feeling festive? The Goulet Pens team is! Inspired by Mardi Gras coming next week, this week’s Thursday Things theme is ready to burst off the screen with all the pomp and pizzazz of a second line brass band parading down the street. Symbolic of Justice, Faith, and Power, the purple, green, and yellow color scheme synonymous with Mardi Gras is a bold and exciting flash of festive joy. Thursday Things: Mardi Gras brings together these punches of color to get you in the spirit, even if you’re not dancing down Bourbon Street. The GPC team invites you to partake in this joyous display and feel the excitement of Thursday Things: Mardi Gras.
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Are you celebrating Mardi Gras?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
Back in December 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with Head of Product Development/R&D Marco Achenbach while touring LAMY’s headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. Marco was a great sport, sitting down and doing an interview with me with very little notice, on a very tight schedule! He and I talked about what it’s like to design LAMY products, their approach to design and how they work with designers like Jasper Morrison, and where they plan to focus for the future.
Let me know what you think of this interview in the comments below!