Hey pen friends,
Wow, it’s been crazy, right?! Things are escalating quickly with COVID-19. Last week we cut our family vacation short to come home and implement emergency plans for Goulet Pens as we dealt with the changing environment surrounding COVID-19. At this point we’re sure you’re already familiar with what’s going on in the news around the world and in your local community, and we’re sure you’ve been getting lots of emails like this one. Even so, we wanted to take a moment to let you know the proactive steps we’re taking at Goulet Pens.
Starting today, we have implemented remote working for the majority of our team members. Some essential staff who are handling physical products will continue working in the office to help ship orders. We have taken extra precautions with regard to handwashing and hand sanitizer, distancing ourselves, extra facilities cleaning with bleach, staying home if anyone feels ill, etc.
As for ordering packages from us right now…. you should make a determination for yourself what you feel comfortable with. Current research shows that the virus could live on certain surfaces for up to a few days, but that there is currently no known risk of transmission via packages/mail.
Schools here in Virginia are closed for the next two weeks, so some of our team members are now at home taking care of their families. We’re doing our best to support them while continuing operations as normal. We appreciate your patience with us if it takes additional time to ship your order, process your return, or respond to your inquiries.
We are continuing to monitor the ever-changing situation and following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and local government authorities. We’ll take each day as it comes and keep you apprised if our situation changes. We are thankful that all GPC team members and their families are healthy so far.
We hope all of you stay safe and healthy as well. We know these are uncertain and scary times, but we’re trying to remain hopeful (yet realistic) and not let fear get the best of us. If you find yourself stuck in quarantine, working remotely, or at home with children out of school for an extended period of time, it’s a great time to get out your fountain pens. 🙂
We’ll continue to be available via email, live chat, or phone if you have any questions.
The Platinum Prefounte is a new affordable starter pen that is reliable, colorful, and easy to use! It is a model designed more for adults while retaining the basic functions of the Preppy fountain pen. It’s available in several colors including Vermilion Orange, Crimson Red, Dark Emerald, Night Sea, and Graphite Blue.
The Prefounte fountain pen is equipped with Platinum’s “Slip & Seal Mechanism” that prevents ink from drying out in the pen with the cap on for one year. It accepts proprietary Platinum ink cartridges (one blue-black cartridge is included) or a Platinum converter (sold separately) to fill with bottled ink. All of the colors are available with a fine or medium nib.
This pen is great to keep in your bag, use at work, or gift to a friend.
Are you going to try a Platinum Prefounte?
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With so many options out there, sometimes it helps when your list is narrowed down just a bit. There is a fountain pen out there at every budget, and here we’ve rounded up a few of our suggestions if you’re looking for a fountain pen under $100. This list definitely isn’t exhaustive, so if you have other recommendations, drop those in the comments on this post!
The Monteverde Innova is a carbon fiber pen that has gleaming rose gold trim. This classic pen comes with TWO bottles of ink! With each pen, you get both a bottle of unique 30ml anniversary Innova ink and a 30ml bottle of Monteverde ink in your choice from select colors. At only $52, this is a deal you won’t want to miss.
The TWSBI ECO is a pen that’s perfectly named because it’s so economical. This piston-filling pen is under $30 and comes in a rainbow of colors.
The most affordable pen by Diplomat at $21.60, the Magnum features a unique JoWo nib that is slightly bouncy. If you love fun colors, take a look at the Prismatic Purple option (pictured above), this fascinating color is exclusive to Goulet Pens in the U.S.
Built for adventure, the Traveler’s Company Brass Pen has a solid construction and is adorably small. This tiny metal pen is $56 and is a favorite here among the Goulet Pens team.
You can always search GouletPens.com and use our filters to search by your preferred color, price, or nib size.
It’s always exciting anytime we can offer a new brand at Goulet Pens. S.T. Dupont joined our lineup back in December 2019 and it is a company located in Faverges, France near the French Alps that makes simply stunning and classy fountain pens. Their pens are world famous and many are chosen and used by Royals and celebrities. Their classic Line D collection shows their close attention to detail and knowledge of precise engineering. The Line D writes with a smooth 14kt gold nib and is crafted from brass and then finished with expertly applied urushi lacquer.
They are available in two sizes, Medium and Large, and several colors. The Medium includes colors Windsor Blue/Gold, Windsor Black/Palladium, Guilloche Blue, and Pearl White. The Large comes in Black/Gold, Atelier Brown, Atelier Blue, and Black/Palladium.
Do you have any questions about S.T. Dupont? Leave a comment below and we’d love to help.
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Last year LAMY wow’ed us with their three LAMY Safari Pastel special edition fountain pens.
This year they’re at it again with three new special edition colors: the LAMY Safari Candy collection!
Introducing: Aquamarine, Mango, and Violet. All three colors have a new feature for an annual special edition fountain pen – the clip and finial are the same color as the matte barrel and cap of the pen. All in all, it’s a very cool look.
While the name Aquamarine has been used in a past Safari special edition from 2011, this is not the same color. This year’s Aquamarine is a bit more green in color.
This one is a yellow, but leaning a bit orange. A matching ink will be available in this shade as well!
A slightly more vibrant follow-up to the smashing success of Dark Violet from a few years back. This year’s Violet is a bit more blue and less pink.
The LAMY Safari Candy special edition fountain pen collection will be coming to Goulet Pens in the April/May timeframe. Be sure to sign up for the email notification list on the product page for whichever one you’re interested in.
So what do you think of the 2020 special edition LAMY Safari Candy collection? Which color is your favorite?
In October of 2019, Brian and Drew had the opportunity to tour the Aurora Pens‘ factory in Torino, Italy. Aurora celebrated their 100th anniversary last year and has been a staple in the fountain pen world throughout their history creating unique pen models made with in-house manufacturing.
On this trip, they were granted complete access as they toured the facility, museum, and factory. Get a closer look at Aurora’s commitment to writing with an amazing museum that celebrates not just Aurora but writing instruments throughout the last century. See what goes into the design process for their amazing pens and how the pens are assembled with our latest factory tour video.
Aurora History (0:06)
Writing Museum (0:54)
Design Process (1:49)
Pen Assembly (2:23)
Nib Manufacturing (3:29)
Ebonite Feeds (3:58)
Quality Control (4:51)
What did you think of this behind-the-scenes look? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company Team