For over 9 years now, we’ve included a handwritten thank you note as a core element to what you receive in your orders. We’ve done this as an expression of our value “Express Gratitude”, and we’ve really enjoyed being able to write them, and we know you’ve enjoyed them, too.
It’s bittersweet to say that we’ve going to change this, and I wanted to take the time to explain why.
Goulet Thank You Note History
The first notes we ever wrote were all done by me, Brian Goulet, in a full A5 sheet of Clairefontaine Triomphe paper, personalized to each customer with what was ordered, and finished off with a wax seal. I signed around 1700 notes this way. Every day I was spending upwards of 2 hours signing these notes, and it was impeding other activities I was able to accomplish, such as packing orders, doing photography, shooting videos, or sourcing new products. I toiled over the notion of having to change them in any way, but faced with practicality, I did.
I stopped writing them all myself and recruited the help of other Goulet team members, and we wrote directly on the packing slip instead of a separate sheet. It made way more sense and overall was better for us and for you as our customers. I shot a video explaining my turmoil over the matter as I took this personalized element of service quite seriously.
We kept up this process for several years, having most of the notes written by our Customer Care team. We wrote a thank you message in a pen and ink from a team member and it felt personal. The challenge was that during higher volume times like the holidays and major product releases, the notes would be a bottleneck for our team and cause a lot of stress internally, and delay quick shipping.
We ultimately decided to change to a separate card with artwork our team members created. Having separate cards allowed us to sign during slower times and build up inventory of cards and completely solved the bottleneck issue. It was a compromise to not have the cards be personalized anymore, but the benefits outweighed the drawbacks. This allowed everyone in the company to sign notes, which had been unifying for our team, for a while at least.
Over time as we’ve grown, these notes were demanding more and more of our time, and have been coming at a higher opportunity cost. This past holiday season we had to spent a tremendous amount of time scheduling, organizing, and managing what is now a whole project of signing these cards. It’s gone from being something we have enjoyed doing to something that actually causes a bit of stress for our team, because we all have very important work we want to be doing to serve you in other ways.
We’ve been engaging in thoughtful debate as a team for the last 6 months about changing the cards, and we sent out a survey to our email list to gauge feedback. While we received a lot of affirmation of these cards, we also saw that there were many other ways you feel valued and connected to us, and the cards aren’t the only way to achieve this personal touch. So we’re making some changes for the sake of sustainability as we grow.
What we’re changing
The most noticeable change we’re making is to the cards themselves. You’ll no longer see a handwritten card in every order. We aren’t stopping them completely, but we are stopping the expectation to have them in each order. We just can’t keep that up anymore.
So what we’re doing instead is including a personal message from me and Rachel with all first-time orders, written in a Goulet broad nib (installed in an Edison Nouveau Premiere) with Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium. We scanned and digitally reproduced these cards so it’s still our message and our handwriting (mostly Rachel’s, we both wrote out the message and hers looked better!). This will allow us to have more time for other improvements to your experience with our company.
If you still desire receiving a handwritten note, you can ask in your order comments and we’ll honor that, since we know some of your really love them!
But wait, there’s more!
Because we know there’s a collectibility aspect to the cards we’ve been doing, we wanted to come up with something else fun to include. We’ve gotten really nice die-cut vinyl waterproof stickers.
You’ll receive the blue Goulet ink splatter sticker in your first order with us (along with the thank you card). Then, in every repeat order, we’ll include a different sticker randomly in each order, and even take requests for particular stickers if you know you want a specific one. We’ll look to rotate these out every season, so we’ll keep them fresh and fun! We’ve started with these five designs inspired from past Monday Matchup artwork. You can share your photos of your Goulet stickers when you receive them using hashtag #StuckOnGoulet!
We’re still keeping our packer cards and Tootsie Pops in every order, too.
We’re so grateful for every order you place to support our team and company. We literally couldn’t do all we do without the orders you place. You vote with your dollars every day and the orders you place tell us if we’re serving you well. We’re honored to be able to work for you, and we are always looking for better ways to do that.
Thank you for all your support!
Brian & Rachel Goulet
Goulet Q&A Episode 251, Sharing Pens, Who Should Use Fountain Pens, and Special Edition Availability
In this episode, I talk about sharing pens with your spouse, who should use fountain pens, and special edition availability. Enjoy!
1) bbdcky- Instagram
Is it okay to share fountain pens longterm? My husband and I share our fountain pen collection but I heard the nibs conform to the writer. How will sharing affect the nibs?
- letting someone borrow your fountain pens and having it “ruin” the “personalized” aspect of it is a common myth
- fountain pens are personal, but largely because people end up choosing the ones they like most
- over time, the tipping can “break in” or wear into a spot if used consistently, but it takes years, and won’t be undone quickly
- if someone borrows your pens and ruins the nib that’s obviously bad, but short of that you’re going to be okay!
- Just make sure they’re being maintained regularly and you’ll be okay
- I highly recommend sharing pens with your SO or friends, you get access to so many more pens!
2) Brett M- Facebook
Recently, I tried the Platinum Procyon and it has become my favorite pen. I am interested some of the other Platinums. Usually when discussing Japanese pens I hear a lot about Pilot. How would you compare the Plaisir to the Metropolitan and the 3776 to the Custom 74? Why would one choose one over the other. Thank you for your help and all you do
- Plaisir is kind of an underrated pen, and deserves a little love
- Metropolitan is an obvious favorite of mine
- Plaisir is a little lighter, dents a little easier than the Metro
- both have proprietary converters, Plaisir doesn’t come with one, though
- If you like the Preppy, you’ll love the Plaisir
- nib is a little smoother on the Metro, a little more tooth on the Preppy
- 3776 and 74 are both great pens, I am a fan of both
- very different nib experiences
- 3776 has a stiff nib, toothier writing, a little stingier flow
- 74 nib has more bounce, smoother, slightly more flow
- it really just depends which writing experience you want
- quality from both brands is top notch!
3) Meto N- Facebook
Who do you think would benefit the most from fountain pens in this day and age that aren’t regularly interacting with them?
- obviously whoever’s interested should use them
- any working professional can use them to make their writing life a little more interesting or as conversation starters
- students, teachers, can use them for writing notes for long periods without getting cramps
- gratitude journals, great for anxiety
- goal setting, mind mapping, bullet journaling/planning, can make decision making more enticing
- anyone doing creative work, like authors, illustrators, calligraphers, etc
- people who love technical hobbies, especially if they love history, culture, chemistry and physics
4) Meg S- Facebook
I have fallen in love with sheening inks! But I also like to use inks that are permanent! Are there any inks out there with both qualities? Are there any sheening and permanent inks I could mix together to create one with both qualities? Or am I doomed to pick one over the other? Help!
- sadly….there really aren’t any, I looked through the whole list of 100 or so water resistant inks we have
- permanent inks seem to not have the properties that allow them to sheen
- sheening inks pool up on the paper, permanent inks soak in, they seem to have opposite characteristics
- you could try mixing the two, it would dilute the properties of both, but could work?
- Like mix Noodler’s Periwinkle with Diamine Majestic Blue? Not sure how that would work but could be worth a shot.
5) pickled_kiwi- Instagram
Why is Karas Kustoms not being carried on gouletpens.com anymore?
- we’re taking a pause, it was purely due to poor sales
- They came out with the offerings they did 3 years ago, and haven’t expanded anything to retailers like us
- slowly over time sales dwindled, we’ve tried promoting but it’s slowed to a crawl
- we love the American made aspect of it, the people there, the products themselves
- bottom line, we can’t offer things just to offer them, if they don’t sell, we can’t hold onto them forever
- this is the case for all of our brands
- We’ve dropped Waterman, Parker, Cross, and others, for exactly the same reason
- it’s not a closed door forever, we’re just pausing on it
6) Supakorn R- Facebook
Would Goulet offer Gold Goulet Nibs?
- It’s not something we’re looking to do right away, we’ve thought about it for a while
- they’re very expensive, and not readily available to us, and the quantities we’d have to buy would be pretty significant
- I’d love to know what kind of demand there was, if we had to charge $150 for them or thereabouts
- they would write really well, but also be a little more delicate to install than steel nibs
7) Savannah S- Facebook
Does “special/limited edition” always mean you only have a few? You’ve mentioned the Lamy specials could be around for a while, but then I wonder about the BENUs or orange Ecos or Juniper Edisons. Is there a way to see on the website if it’s low stock?
- Special Edition means the manufacturer is only making a particular amount, or for a particular time, basically it’s limited in number but not individually numbered
- we may have only a few, or a lot, it really depends on the circumstance
- LAMY tends to make their SE pens for a year, but not always! The Studio Racing Green we had one shot, VibrantPink and All Black we had for a full year
- if it’s an exclusive, sometimes we have the option to work with the manufacturer and make them numbered LE’s, SE’s, and buy as many as we want (to a point)
- what’s tough is we don’t really know for sure how popular any particular pen will be
- I don’t know that we have a good way to show the inventory on our site, and that would get complicated, especially with hot products
- it’s something I’ll give some thought, but I can’t make any promises
8) Elizabeth D- Facebook
Is there a rhyme or reason why some items appear in “new arrivals” without first being in “coming soon”? I was taken by surprise when the new blue Elmo showed up without warning. 🙂
- Some products we basically keep secret until they launch, like our seasonal Premieres, for example
- sometimes we don’t have a picture until the stuff actually arrives to us, so it wouldn’t make sense to hold it back and list it as coming soon, when we can just start offering it
- that’s about it!
QOTW: What’s the most recent pen you’ve bought, and how do you like it?
Goulet Q&A Episode 250: Best Broad Nibs, Testing Pens You Can’t Hold, and Best Gripped Pens Under $50
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about the best broad nibs, testing pens you can’t hold, and best gripped pens under $50. Enjoy!
The last couple of weeks:
- spring break with kids
- fridge issues
- Charleston trip
- Lamy Safari Pastels!
- BENU Hexagon Titan
- Kaweco Supra Brass
- Montegrappa Mini Mule
- Conklin Duraflex Turquoise
- Aurora Edo Cento
- Diplomat Excellence Oxyd
- Coming soon: TWSBI Eco Transparent Orange
1. @RadicalxEdward- Twitter (10:36)
I have similar issues with oily hands and small / smooth / tapered pens as Brian does, what are his recommendations for budget (sub $50) fountain pens with grips he likes.
- Diplomat Magnum– very grippy, quite comfortable though on the thin side
- TWSBI Eco/580/GO– great pens all around
- Kaweco Perkeo– very comfortable
- Jinhao X450/750– biggest grips of the bunch here, slightly grooved
- Lamy Safari/Al-Star– a bit thin for me, but triangular grip helps grab
- Platinum Preppy– classic, and such a deal
- Jinhao Shark– a bit thin, but works
- Pilot Explorer and Kakuno– I enjoy these grips
- Pilot Metropolitan– honorable mention
2. cat.jeanie- Instagram (17:25)
- they’re both about the same to disassemble
- but REASSEMBLY is easier on the Vac700R
- both pens are quite sturdy, I can recommend both easily
3. peterbhay- Instagram (21:20)
Why are 90% of pens the same length? Did the length of shirt pockets dictate pen length? Really want this riddle solved!
- I don’t know if I’d quite say 90%, but most pens tend to be in the 5-6″ length, for sure
- I doubt it’s dictated by shirt pockets, I think it has to do with what feels comfortable in most people’s hands, and what pen users prefer (thus buy)
- there have been pens of all kinds of lengths and sizes over the years, and what you see is manufacturers trying to cater to the widest group of potential purchasers as possible, so they go for a universally appealing size
- there’s no hard and fast rule, but pens that are too small or too big tend to be less popular, so there’s a bell curve of pen sizes
4. ashley.beck.718- Instagram (26.08)
What fountain pen would you recommend for cycle touring/ commuting (stored in a pannier)?
- honestly, you could probably use just about anything
- I’d go with something durable, so if you happen to drop it it’s not the end of the world
- Lamy Safari, TWSBI GO or Eco, Diplomat Magnum, Traveler’s Pen, Kaweco Liliput or Supra, something along these lines
- I’d probably stick with something with converter or cartridges, as they will be less likely to leak when getting jarred
- Cycling with a pen is honestly something I haven’t tried yet!
5. Matthew W- Facebook (29:23)
I think a lot of beginner fp users start with fine and extra-fine nibs because they are working with lousy paper. I know I did. But now I’m fascinated by ink and I’d love to buy some broad nibs. Do you (or Broad Queen Rachel) have specific recommendations for makes and models that have great broad nibs?
- Rachel gravitates to TWSBI broads, Pilot VP, Pelikan m600 as her go-to’s
- I love Goulet broad nibs (or any JoWo broad, really), I use my Conklin Endura Ebony broad a lot
- Montegrappa Elmo, Opus 88 Demonstrator, Kaweco Supra brass, Edison, TWSBI Vac700R, Diplomat Aero
- Love the Lamy 2000 and pretty much anything Pilot
6. Donna J- Facebook (31:50)
If a person lives in an area where hands on trying the next and higher level of fountain pens at a pen show or a brick and mortar store isn’t an option, what recommendations would you give to help a person take that leap?
- I get it! This was really tough for me when starting out
- research, ask the community (and they’ll give you a zillion answers), see if there’s a local pen meetup (or start one), read reviews, try to swap/trade with other pen people, reach out to retailers (like us) to ask, verify return policy to minimize impact of any return if you need it
- try the most popular pens, they’re that way for a reason
- this will be a challenge if you can’t ever see them before you buy them, that’s why we try to help you as much as we can in advance!
- I would love to figure out a practical way to offer a try-before-you-buy solution, I just haven’t been able to find one yet…
7. Lisa M- Facebook (36:24)
It’s the strangest thing. My Noodler’s Berning Red was once a brighter red. Now as I head towards the bottom of the bottle, it’s much darker, and, sadly, a bit ugly, like dried blood. I am certain it didn’t get another ink mixed in it. What can account for a color shifting to dark as it ages? I’m sure this question could spawn some political jokes…but honestly, that’s not my intention.
- I don’t know if this is specific to Berning Red, that’s not a wildly popular ink so I haven’t heard about a lot of people getting to the bottom of the bottle
- there could be a couple of things going on
- Noodler’s saturates their ink with dye, to capacity, which can settle out into the bottom of the bottle with some colors (reds in particular, it seems)
- unless you’re shaking the ink before each fill, dye could be settling in the bottom, you’re inking from the top, so over time more dye is sitting at the bottom thus making the ink darker as you go
- another explanation could be the ink had some water evaporate out of the bottle, which would leave more concentrated dye towards the end, a similar effect
- this wouldn’t likely happen just in normal filling, but more if you were leaving the ink sitting uncapped for significant periods of time
- these are the two suspects I have…contamination is also possible but I’ll take your word this isn’t the case
- you may want to try diluting the ink with distilled water, it may bring it back to life! do it in very small increments, and maybe experiment with just a few ml of ink to start
8. Tessa M- Facebook (42:30)
How do you get a nib out of a pen that will not come out with the Goulet nib grip. Is the only way for it to come out with knock out nib punch?
- you have a couple of options, one is just to keep pulling/pull harder, sometimes that works!
- clean it, soak it, make sure dried ink isn’t acting like glue holding it in
- make sure the nib is actually removable! Verify
- the grip really is about all you’re going to need, as a casual pen user
- a nib knock out punch goes a bit beyond what I would expect anyone to do with normal pen maintenance, but yes, that’s an option
- it requires specialized tools which really only make sense if you’re restoring pens regularly
- pentooling.com, no affiliation but they have specialized pen tools you may be interested in, including knock out blocks
QOTW: Do you find you tend to use pens of a similar length, or do you mix it up? (54:31)
Pilot/Namiki’s 100th Anniversary was in 2018 and celebrated with the 7 Gods of Good Fortune Maki-e fountain pens as well as coordinating ink! While limited-edition, these are the first new inks from Iroshizuku in a number of years. From vibrant reds to an understated green-black, there’s an ink for any fountain pen fan. Here is a closer look at these anniversary inks:
Bishamon-ten is believed to be the god of financial good fortune and competition. The red ink echoes the color of the flames, depicted on the matching fountain pen, emanating from the halo that is floating behind him.
Juro-jin is worshipped as the god of longevity and prolonged life as well as wealth and longevity. The purple ink echoes the color of the Juro-jin’s Kimono, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
Taoism’s three virtues which are the perpetuation of one’s descendants, health and longevity, are known as Fuku-roku-ju, which in written form is represented with three Chinese characters that make up the god’s name. Today, Fuku-roku-ju is worshipped as the god of personal virtue. The green ink echoes the color of the turtle, depicted on the matching fountain pen, on which Fuku-roku-ju is riding.
Benzai-ten is unique amongst the Japanese Seven Gods of Good Fortune, in that she is the only goddess. Today, she is worshipped as the god of wisdom, and is said to represent the virtue that exists in a marriage bond. The coral pink-colored ink echoes the color of the Benzai-ten’s Kimono, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
In ancient times, Ebisu was worshipped as the god of plentiful fishing, and is now regarded as the god of happiness and prosperity who makes everything from businesses to crops plentiful. The light blue ink reflects the color of the sparkling sea, depicted on the matching fountain pen, around the rock on which Ebisu is sitting.
Daikoku-ten is believed to be the god of treasure as well as happiness, prosperity and better fortune that rules food and wealth. The yellow ink echoes the color of the straw rice-bag, depicted on the fountain pen, upon which Daikoku-ten is sitting.
Hotei-son is widely regarded as a god of good fortune and matrimonial happiness, believed to impart riches, status and prosperity. The black-green ink echoes the color of Hotei-son’s necklace, depicted on the matching fountain pen.
These limited-edition inks are available individually as 50ml bottles for $30 or as a set of all 7 colors in smaller 15ml bottles for $100. Get more information on these inks or others on GouletPens.com.
Do you have a favorite of these inks? Planning on picking up a bottle? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company
Hello, fountain pen friends! It’s Lydia, bringing you some exciting news. Welcome to our new monthly feature, Inksploration!
Many of you have been asking when or if our beloved weekly Monday Matchup giveaways would be coming back after our holiday hiatus. We are happy to announce that we have brought the concept back, but in a fresh and fun new way. Thus, the concept of Inksploration was born!
Inksploration will be a new monthly feature centered around one ink we feel deserves some love and attention. Each month, we will feature the ink in a drawing and a written quote, plus you will also get the chance to read a quick ink review and meet some inks that are similar in color or properties. The month will culminate with a giveaway that feels very similar to the Monday Matchup giveaways, but will run for an entire week! Our hope is that this new blog will help shed more light on some great inks and provide a more comprehensive overview of what they can do.
Are you ready to join us on an adventure of inksploration?
Our first inksploration showcases Colorverse Morning Star, a gorgeous, wet turquoise ink that I fell in love with. It defintiely lived up to the hype I have for the wet and vibrant Colorverse line as a whole. It flowed well from the TWSBI feed and had a surprise sheen that I was delighted to see in the swabs and on paper.
Drawing Inspiration and Technique
This flower drawing is something I’ve done since high school whenever I was bored, or stressed, or fidgety. I can remember sitting in lecture classes, doodling a bouquet of these flowers on my notebook pages in an attempt to remain alert and attentive. I am not even sure what flower it’s supposed to mimic, but there is something so soothing about drawing it. You legitimately start out with a small dot and just keep drawing petals off that one spot. It’s up to you how small or large it ends up being. Just keep drawing until you feel done.
This was probably the easiest drawing I’ve ever done for a Goulet project. I started by drawing out my flower with a TWSBI Eco– Medium, then did a simple filigree border. I used a Maruman Mnemosyne N181 A4 Imagination Notepad- Blank. To fill the drawing in and give it more color, I used a water brush pen and filled the cap of a sample vial with some ink. I dipped the brush in the ink and dabbed the excess off until I got the shade I was hoping for. I alternated and moved around the flower so the colors would be diverse and give the drawing depth. Colorverse Morning Star is such a great ink for ink washes because you can get a great variety of shades. I went back in when the ink wash was dry and redrew the lines around the flower again to darken them. I finished by writing the word “bloom” beneath the flower. It feels very simple and inspirational and happy.
- Flow- Wet
- Not a great choice for lefties, I almost smudged it, but flowed beautifully, even from the EF TWSBI
- Dry Time- 30+ Seconds
- Very long dry time, over 30 seconds on Rhodia paper
- Water Resistance- Low
- Not at all water resistant, be careful using it around liquids
- Shading- Low
- Not much difference between swabs 1, 2, and 3
- How did the ink behave on other papers?
- The ink behaved very well on all types of paper. I used Leuchtturm1917, Rhodia, and Tomoe River for this test. There was no bleedthrough on the LT1917 paper, even with the q-tip swab. I can even see a bit of sheen on all of the papers.
- Special Features Worth Noting?
- Dual Packaging– 65ml bottle is great for home use and the 15ml bottle can be left at the office or given as a gift to penable a friend!
- Sheen!- With a wet feed and broad nib that lays down a lot of ink, you could probably get it to show up in your writing
Some inks that resemble the color of Morning Star are:
- 3 Oysters Aqua Green: A drier option, good choice for lefties
- Robert Oster Crystal Marine: Gorgeous shimmer ink, nice flowing ink, on the drier side for a shimmer ink
- Organics Studio Henry David Thoreau Walden Pond: If you want nothing but sheen when you write, this is the ink for you
Colorverse Morning Star is truly a wet and wondrous ink. Over the next several weeks watch our social feeds as we explore Morning Star, and keep your eyes open for the giveaway at the end of the month.
Giveaway (Wednesday, April 24- Wednesday, May 1, 2019)
Would you like to win your own set of Colorverse Morning Star and a TWSBI Eco in your choice of nib size? We will be giving this prize away one each of the four platforms mentioned below (There will be four winners total, one each on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and here on the blog). Winners will be randomly selected after the contest closes.
How to enter the Inksploration Giveaway:
- Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
- You can choose to enter only one way or submit up to 4 different entries if you’d like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
- Here’s how to enter:
What is your favorite blue-green ink?
Goulet Q&A Episode 249: Pen Enthusiast Demographics, Most Popular Pen Color, and Which Pen Brian Would Revive From History!
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about demographics of the average pen enthusiast, the most popular color of pen we sell, and which pen he’d resurrect from the past!
- great family weekend
- taking two weeks off Q&A, family time and work conference
- Pilot 100th anniversary ink, 7 Gods pens
- Pilot Custom 74 Teal and Merlot
- Kaweco Supra, Liliput Copper
- Visconti Il Magnifico Serpentine
- Field Notes Mile Marker
- Pelikan Edelstein Star Ruby ink
- Robert Oster Bishop to King, Black is Black, Schwarz Rose, Barossa Gilt
1) __inkskein__- Instagram (16:51)
Who is the average fountain pen enthusiast? And how would your description of a pen nerd today differ from one ten years ago?
- there are so many assumptions to be made here, because there is honestly such a spread!
- working professional, generally higher educated
- 25-45 years old on average, however, there’s a large group of older individuals who were exposed to fountain pens when they were younger, they’re not necessarily “enthusiasts” today
- geographically disperse, but often congregate in more metropolitan areas
- these are generalizations, of course, but this will hit the peak of the bell curve
- there are no official studies on demographics of fountain pen enthusiasts that I’m aware, so this is based mainly off my assumptions, observations, and analytics from our own followers
- the biggest difference I’ve seen has been in age, getting younger due to the education and social connections thanks to the internet and social media, like this video!!
2) brendle.spin2rinse- Instagram (24:29)
Wood vs celluloid which one will stand the test of best material for most popular fountain pen and why?
- neither? there are other materials more ideal for other reasons, so neither of these is the optimal material
- I love wood, I’m a woodworker and started out making wood pens
- but wood is not the ideal material for pens because wood stains, it moves with moisture, dings/scratches, it’s one of the more delicate materials you can have in a pen (but boy is it pretty!!)
- celluloid is dangerous to work with, and takes a long time to cure so it’s impractical and expensive today
- there isn’t a lot of celluloid readily available for pens today, so most of what you see is material stores in pen company’s vaults and the price will only go up because there isn’t new stuff being made
- it’s more durable, scratch resistant, can look like all kinds of different patterns, it’s a versatile material
- celluloid was designed originally as a replacement for ivory, tortoiseshell and horn, in the late 1800’s
- it started to lose favor around the 1920’s to cellulose acetate, a more synthetic alternative
- now you are seeing alternatives like thermoplastic, PPMA (poly methyl methacrylate), acrylic acetate, aluminum, brass, stainless steel
- between these two options, I would rate celluloid as the best all around material for a fountain pen, though, as much as I love wood!!
3) newatthisig- Instagram (33:28)
I see many colors of fountain pens at your website. What color fountain pen is the best seller with Goulet Pens? What color is the least sold?
- there’s a lot of ways to slice this up, by quantity, revenue, etc
- I didn’t go into a full blown report writing excursion to pull this but I’ll show you what I did
- go to GouletPens.com and go to Fountain Pens, All Fountain Pens
- Sort by popularity
- just look at the colors, what you’re seeing there is what’s most popular
- Clear (demonstrator) is the most popular
- black is next
- turquoise is next
- then blue
- this is probably pretty skewed towards GouletPens specifically, I don’t know if this is on trend with the entirety of the fountain pen world
- we are VERY ink focused here, so demonstrators do the best for us because people like to see their ink! And we skew towards newbies who think this is cool
- black is more universal, like vanilla ice cream, and is probably globally most popular
- turquoise is more of a trend, hasn’t always been most popular
- blue is our brand color, and we probably offer/promote them more and it’s also a popular American color
4) @jazz2midnight- Twitter (38:04)
Some nibs are curved (from tip to feed), some are mostly flat across, some are large or tiny or odd like the Falcon — what are differences when writing with them?
- there is definitely a correlation between nib design and writing feel, but it’s not always just about the shape, that’s a factor
- you really can’t just look at a nib and determine how it’ll feel on the page, unfortunately
- Falcon is a soft nib, and the “beak” helps reinforce the nib where it has the most pressure when flexed
- larger nibs sometimes offer more spring to them, but not always
- Platinum nibs are very stiff because they have a high gold content
- Vanishing Point nibs have a bit of spring even though they’re tiny
- Lamy 2000 nib is about the size of the VP nib but is stiff as a nail
- smoothness of the nib has little to do with the shape, but more of the grind, so don’t concern yourself with nib shape when talking about smoothness
- the only thing shape is likely to impact is springiness, and flow (if it’s a flexible nib)
5) Elizabeth- Blog (42:41)
When you introduced the Conklin Endura, it was a limited production run, which you would consider extending. I have been shopping for a pen to mark a work related milestone and I am considering the Ebony and Mahogany Enduras. It would help me to make a decision knowing if this is my last chance with the Endura since I noticed the “out of stock” button for the Ebony Endura in most nib sizes. I find the wood turned pens very attractive and this is by far the best priced one around. However, the Edison Nouveau Premieres in Cranberry and Juniper are also contenders, and I know they won’t be around for much longer either. Has GPC made a decision yet to carry the Endura regularly?
- The Endura is an exclusive of ours, and the way these sometimes work with us is we commit to a certain quantity of each color/nib, and we buy up a run of them (called MOQ or minimum order quantity)
- it may take a certain lead time for whatever manufacturer we’re working with to make them, which of course we’re keeping secret before a release
- the big challenge is when we’re introducing something new, not knowing how well it will sell, wanting enough stock to see through the lead time on a reorder, but not being stuck with tons of stock if it doesn’t sell
- we’ll sometimes lean a little conservative because we don’t want to sit on dead stock
- what this means though is we have outages like you see now with the Endura on the more popular colors/nibs
- these specific pens, right now, Ebony has been most popular, Mahogany next, so we’ve reordered these
- Sandalwood hasn’t been as popular, so we haven’t reordered these as we’ll have stock of them for a bit
- if the pens continue to sell, we’ll keep offering them, but they surely will taper off at some point, and then we’ll stop ordering
- this of course is torture for you, because you never really know if we’re going to have something ongoing or not, because we don’t know!
- With something like this, the better it sells, the more likely we are to carry it ongoing, which is different than a limited/special edition, where there maybe isn’t a chance for reorder
- In this case, you have time, we’ve ordered more of the two you want, but it’s not a guarantee we’ll stock them regularly, it all depends on how well they sell!
- The Premieres you should jump on sooner though, they’re seasonal, we have all we’re going to have on those and we may only have a few weeks left on hand, which is honestly pretty rare we have it past the end of the season at all!
ealtindisli- Instagram (55:43)
I’ve heard from different retailers and fountain pen enthusiasts that MontBlanc and Pelikan Edelstein inks have a lubricating component in them to keep the pen somewhat “safe”. Is there any truth to that? Do different producers add something similar? #gouletqa @gouletpens
- there might be some mixed marketing messaging in here, lubrication is a property that can have some benefit to your writing experience, but it’s not necessarily correlated with “safety”
- Montblanc and Pelikan have been two companies to lean pretty hard into the “use our inks only in our pens” messaging, prompting “safety” towards the pen as a reason to use their ink, I don’t think that has anything to do with lubrication, it’s a CYA thing for their warranty service
- Ink companies in general are pretty vague about the composition of their ink, few will actually advertise lubrication
- Noodler’s Eel ink and Monteverde’s “ITF” technology are the only two that distinguish, the rest are just generally known from users in the community (Iroshizuku, Herbin, many De Atramentis, some Diamine)
- we could open up a can of worms about what makes an ink “safe” or not, and people will debate that, even those influential in the pen world
- I really want to find out some objective way to measure ink lubrication, any scientists out there know how to do that? Would measuring viscosity help? I’ve struggled for years with this, and would love an answer. Please answer in the comments if you know something about how to figure this out or you have heard of a scientist who has, I wanna know! Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
@alphacitybill- Twitter (1:04:18)
Of all the fountain pens of Yesteryear…which would you choose to come back–of course with a modern flair?
- Pilot M90. Bring back as is. It’s perfect.
- honorable mention to Parker 51
- admittedly, I don’t have a vast knowledge of vintage pens!
QOTW: What pen would you resurrect from history if you could? (1:06:39)