Goulet Q&A Episode 253: Urushi Pen Care, Easy Pens to Clean, Nib Smoothness

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about urushi pen care, easy pens to clean, and nib smoothness. Enjoy!

This week:


1) breetford- Instagram (5:49)

Hello! Just got my first urushi pen (Pilot’s 100th anniversary – Fuji and Meiji-Maru) yesterday. Absolutely thrilled. I have read about avoiding UV to prevent colour change, but do they require any additional special care? Maintain a certain humidity? Special cleaning procedure? Certain material for a pen case/pouch? Thank you in advance! 🌞

  • It’s best to keep any pen out of direct UV rays like sunlight and halogen for long periods of time
  • you don’t need to maintain a particular humidity, but just don’t store it in an excessively dry place
  • cleaning treat it like celluloid, ebonite or any other natural material
  • Best to wipe with microfiber cloth or terrycloth towel
  • clean with dish soap and water, nothing abrasive or harsh chemicals
  • don’t soak it in anything, even water
  • avoid storing in excessive heat or dry environments
  • Nothing special in terms of pen case/pouch, but it’s best to have something soft like leather, felt, velvet, nylon, etc
  • It’s actually a pretty tough material, but you want to exercise care, especially if it has eggshell, raden, or other natural materials in it

2) chartmandesigns- Instagram (15:45)

I’d love to purchase another fountain pen but I’m concerned about the amount of cleaning and upkeep they take. Is there a fountain pen about there that takes minimal upkeep and cleaning.

  • Cartridge/converter pens with a bulb syringe are the easiest to maintain, in my view
  • Avoid demonstrators if you want it to look pristine (they’ll show ink inside that could bug you, or just don’t let it bug you)
  • You can really take your pick, I love Lamy Safaris and Pilot Metropolitans, and TWSBI is great for total disassembly

3) nothingextenuate- Instagram (20:58)

I am wanting to make some fountain pen gift packs for friends. Do you have recommendations for the kind of things I could included? I want something a bit more reliable than a basic beginner pen but I also don’t want a pen that’s high maintenance. Should I include ink samples? What other small things could I bulk the gift out with? It seems too strange to include syringes…

4) @blighttdm- Twitter (27:32)

Cleaning pens question: Rags v Paper towels. I’d like to use less paper goods but what’s a good rag to soak up excess ink?

  • I’m more of a paper towel guy not a rag guy
  • don’t need to overthink it, just a terrycloth or microfiber rag ought to do it! Or an old t-shirt, anything soft

5) Gary R- Facebook (29:51)

I’m new to the fountain pen world. When reading comments on nibs people talk about smoothness and feedback. The first I get and understand why people want smooth nibs, but what is feedback and why do some want it and others don’t?

  • it’s really two terms to describe the same idea, it’s how much you feel the nib on the page
  • it’s a matter of personal preference!
  • some people find smooth nibs to be a really appealing aspect of fountain pens, because they can be smoother than pencils, ballpoints, and rollerballs
  • other people prefer to have some grab on the page, it helps to keep it from sliding around


6) Matthew G- Facebook (34:50)

What grit micromesh should you use to safely begin and then finish the process of smoothing a nib and is this the same for any nib of any material of any size (eg EF to Stub)?

  • 12,000 is all you need for smoothing, going with anything more abrasive is more for shaping and grinding
  • that’s why this is all we offer for sale
  • yup, same for all nib sizes, types, etc


7) Meg S- Facebook (42:35)

What’s been the most challenging thing about creating and running Goulet Pen Co? Was it easier in the beginning when it was just you and Rachel out of your house? Or is it easier now?

  • not particular to any one situation, but the hardest part has been getting past imposter syndrome, feeling like we aren’t qualified or know what we’re doing, but having to figure it out and make confident decisions anyway! That’s been a pretty constant feeling ever since we started
  • Running the business out of the house was definitely simpler, not necessarily easier, it was just different
  • It’s very akin to parenting, having a new baby it’s all scary and new and fresh and physically exhausting, we had to do everything
  • now it’s more like when kids are older, making decisions on their own, and we have influence and accountability but our kids are making decisions based on the environment we’ve created and what we’ve allowed
  • Some things are easier, some things are harder, it’s just different

QOTW: What ink color do you have in your collection that you don’t use and don’t really understand why? (53:17)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

May 17th, 2019|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments

Introducing Kyanite du Nepal, The Newest Jacques Herbin 1798 Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink

Inspired by Kyanite, a noble and luxurious mineral discovered in Nepal, Herbin Kyanite du Nepal is the newest 1798 Anniversary ink and the gorgeous turquoise blue color is sure to be a gem in your collection.

According to Herbin, Kyanite is a unique and amazing mineral: “…an exotic gem and one of the two minerals on the planet that neither accumulates nor retains negative energy. It is believed to promote positive communication and encourage self-expression.” What better muse could there be for your writing?

Keep reading on to find additional photos and information about this delightful ink.

Herbin Kyanite du Nepal is a bright, cheery blue with a delightfully rich deep magenta sheen and glittering silver shimmer particles. It is a highly saturated ink, so there isn’t a ton of shading potential, but the sheen is quite exciting and evident in areas of ink pooling. The shimmer is best shown on fountain pen friendly paper with a wide, wet flowing pen and the dry time is definitely on the longer side. However, the sacrifice in time is well worth having an ink as rich and vibrant as this is.

Totally worth it if you ask us!

A special note:

Due to the amount of particulate in this ink used to achieve the sparking look, you may experience restricted ink flow in some of your pens. We recommend shaking the ink thoroughly before filling and gently rolling the pen in your hands often to keep the shimmer effect consistent. This will also help prevent clogging. You will also want to be diligent about cleaning and maintaining your pen when using this ink.

True to Jacques Herbin branding, this ink comes in an elegant 50ml glass bottle accented with a wax seal and wax coated cap. The bottles will retail for $29.95 and you can also pick up a 2ml sample for $2.25 Look for thise stunning ink at GouletPens.com during the month of June. If you want to be the first to hear about its release, click the “Notify Me” button on the product page to sign up for the Waitlist!

Will you be trying this ink?

Write On,

The Goulet Pen Company Team

May 10th, 2019|Pen News|0 Comments

3 Oysters Wine Red: A Goulet Inksploration

Hi there, friends! Whitney here! Welcome back for our second installment of Inksploration. This month, I will be discussing 3 Oysters Delicious Red Wine, a nice, muted purple ideal for writing. Although not my favorite choice for artistic purposes, this ink would be great for someone like me who writes small and fast in my notebook (and doesn’t like bright colors).

Drawing Inspiration and Technique

A drawing of a wine glass and a vineyard made using 3 Oysters Red Wine Ink.

My inspiration for the drawing is not so farfetched. I was inspired by wine. The ink name had me trying to think of how to portray wine in a way that wasn’t just “omg yay drinking.” Wine has such a beautiful history and carries so much culture within it. I wanted to portray wine as something with a little bit more of an art to it and to highlight some of that background.

The first phase of the drawing consisted of the ink splatter wine glass. I used a plastic circle cut from a container to initially shape ink as it went down. I used a syringe to add some ink to water and create a washed version of the color, which I put down carefully with a pipette. I took the syringe and then added some small shots of the undiluted ink into the lighter color. Once I did that, I removed the ring and played with the distribution of the ink/water mixture. To pull up excess material, I used either a q-tip or drew it up with the pipette. I then took the pipette and used it to gently pull ink from the bottom of the circle down the center of the page. This created the stem of the glass. To best do this, I compressed the pipette so that it would pull and release a little ink from the circle as it dragged. I allowed the splatter to dry completely before returning to do the second phase of the drawing.

A detailed shot of a drawing of a wine glass made using 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

Once I came back to the drawing, I filled the negative space in the “glass” with a small scene of a vineyard. I first drew everything with the pen, then went in with a brush and made a wash over the windmill, fields, mountains, and sky. This ink doesn’t really shade; you get either the dark of the pen line or a light pink from the wash. The washed ink doesn’t really build well, so I went back after the water dried to add some additional shading with the pen. The color of the ink is very nice and dries to a rosy color when pooled a little (like with the wine glass). It’s a pretty muted color, and while it has a sheen, it’s not a particularly stand-out color. I really like this color, but I would probably use it mostly for writing and less for something like this project. I like having a good amount of shade variation when using a water brush!

Ink Review

A layout of ink review materials for 3 Oysters Red Wine Ink.

  • Flow- Dry
    • The flow was fine, but not overly saturated.
    • Even with a medium nib, the writing was a bit on the scratchier side (I don’t mind this as a fine/extra-fine writer).
    • Good ink for lefties that might have an issue with smudging your writing
  • Dry Time- 25-30 Seconds
    • The ink dried completely right around the 30-second mark.
  • Water Resistance- Low
    • When it comes in contact with water, the ink becomes a lighter pink color.
  • Shading- Low
    • Not much difference between swabs 1, 2, and 3
    • Even when the ink has an opportunity to pool or build, it doesn’t do anything particularly striking.
  • How did the ink behave on other papers?
    • The ink can be very dry on certain papers, especially Rhodia. There isn’t any sheen present on regular papers. There also wasn’t any ghosting on any of the papers, which was good.
  • Special Features Worth Noting?
    • The 3 Oysters bottles have a cute design. They would look nice on a desk.An ink review of 3 Oysters Red Wine ink

Ink tests of 3 Oysters Red Wine ink made on sheets of Rhodia, Leuchtturm, and Tomoe paper.

Comparable Inks

A layout of burgundy ink swabs comparable to 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

If you are looking for an ink in a similar color that may possess different qualities than 3 Oysters Red Wine, check out these picks:

  • Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux– An additional dry writing option, a slightly brighter hue of wine
  • Diamine Wine Divine– Shimmer! If you’re looking for this gorgeous color but want some extra sparkle, this is the ink for you!
  • De Atramentis Blackberry– This scented ink pairs a delightful color with a refreshing fragrance for an experience for all of the senses.

A quote by Oliver Goldsmith written with a TWSBI ECO fountain pen and 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

3 Oysters Delicious Red Wine is a lovely ink for the avid journal writer or note taker. Over the next several weeks watch our social feeds as we explore Wine Red, and keep your eyes open for the giveaway at the end of the month.

Giveaway (Wednesday, May 29- Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

Would you like to win your own bottle of 3 Oysters Delicious Red Wine 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 ink do you use to journal?

Write On,


May 6th, 2019|Ink Reviews, Inksploration|0 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 252, Cult of New, Defending Pen Costs to Strangers, and When Brian Will Fire A Customer


In this episode, I talk about the Cult of New, defending your pen costs to strangers, and when I will fire a customer. Enjoy!

This week:

  • Went to wedding in NY last weekend, great to see family, talked about social media
  • Changed notecards this week, very supportive response, thank you!
  • taking off next week, Disneyworld!
  • Pretty quiet on the new products front
  • Stipula Alter Ego, very happy to be bringing that to you!
  • slight change in Diplomat Aero Blue
  • Coming soon:



1) Mentat V- Facebook 

Hi Brian and team. Have a couple of questions that you may have already answered, in which case sorry for repeating them. Why aren’t many coloured nib and feeds around? I get that the gold nibs need to reflect the gold, but steel nibs are almost always limited to black, gold or silver. And why not have coloured feeds matching the colour of the pen? Most manufacturers don’t make ebonite feeds anymore so why not shake things around a little? Are you aware of any technical problems with this? Cheers and thanks for the videos.

  • they’re just not that popular, I suspect, and they’re a little more complicated to make
  • any finish on a nib has to withstand a lot of abuse, and the rhodium or gold plating you usually see is electroplated, which is very durable but can only be done with metals
  • black nibs are usually PVD, black oxide, or ruthenium, which are durable but can only be black
  • other bright non-metal colors are usually some kind of finish coating, basically a form of paint, and may not hold up as well to scratches and ink exposure over time
  • feeds are a different story, they could technically be any color
  • ebonite would be limited to ebonite options, which can be done in a variety of colors (Flexible Nib Factory?)
  • plastic feeds could be done in almost anything, but would not be very universally appealing
  • there aren’t that many feed manufacturers, I imagine, and you’d need to buy just a stupid high quantity of a colored feed that wouldn’t meet demand is my guess

2) Ian S- Facebook

Are breather holes required I remember on a previous write on that either Drew or Brian mentioned they was not required so why do some pens have them and some not ?

  • they aren’t required, there are a number of pens that don’t have them
  • they’re most often used to give a clean stop to the nib slit
  • they have a slight impact on flow, I imagine, but can be accounted for in other ways, so it’s honestly mainly aesthetic
  • Major brands that don’t have them: Lamy, Noodler’s, Platinum Preppy/Plaisir, Traveler’s pen, to name a few

3) gkschick112- Instagram 

I would like to know how Brian would respond to a scenario that recently happened to me. I was discussing my fountain pen hobby with a friend who is interested and supports it. He mentioned the cost of a pen I was holding… another co-worker overheard, and said “OMG…. $120 for a PEN. I’d rather feed my family.” I didn’t know what to say…. what would you have said? (btw- I do feed my family LOL!)

  • Oh gosh, I get this all the time, even being “in the business”
  • I honestly get this even with $15-20 pens, Pilot Metropolitans and stuff so really it’s all relative
  • I don’t really justify it, it’s pretty much just “yeah, that’s right”, and I don’t really go beyond that because if someone’s that flabbergasted they probably don’t really want to hear about it anyway, that’s a very judgmental response
  • If I want to engage a bit, I usually just say “yeah, it’s my weird thing. Everyone’s got one, this is mine. And my family is well fed, don’t worry”
  • Think about it, if someone golfs, a $120 pen is on green fee at a decent course. It’s one fancy meal eating out. It’s far less than a nice watch, nice shoes, designer clothes, so many other things. And a pen will last your lifetime
  • don’t sweat it, they just don’t get it, and they don’t have to! It’s your thing!

4) Candice B- Facebook

I need to catch up on a few Q&As so I apologize if it’s already been answered, but could Brian show the Lamy LX gold pen next to the new Bronze Al-Star so we can see the difference in color? Write Now only compared past Al-Stars which doesn’t help me because I don’t have any of the ones they talked about. Thanks!

  • sure, the Bronze is more orange, the LX has metal accents and a black nib, plus the snazzy case

5) Steven G- YouTube

how did big historical events of the last century (like WWII) effect the development of fountain pen technology/industry/etc? It’s hard to not notice that most (if not, the best) pens are coming from Germany, Italy, & Japan… I think I’ve posed this question for Q&A several times before, and maybe you guys thought I was joking, but no. I was not, haha…

  • I didn’t want you to think I was consciously ignoring you, but I will confess I’m not a history buff or WWII expert
  • Richard Binder has a number of good e-books on pen history
  • Andy Lambrou’s books Fountain Pens of the World and Fountain Pens of Japan have a lot of rich history in them
  • I have other books on Sheaffer, Pelikan, Platinum, but I haven’t read them all through
  • clearly something like a world war will influence all industries, pens included
  • fountain pens were in their hey day in between WWI and WWI as it was, and these tools were in demand, it was also the rise of the industrial revolution
  • there were a lot of pen companies that were born, died off, or changed with WWII, it was such an influential period for industry
  • I know specifically the name Pilot came out of WWII, it was originally Namiki but they changed it to have less stigma after the war

6) muallaemine- Instagram

I was wondering why Aurora as a brand isn’t mentioned more. I mean it’s their centennial year and I know you mentined it a couple of q&as ago; but nowhere near as much as Namiki/Pilot or Platinum. İs it a business strategy on Aurora’s or your part? Or is the brand not as hot as other italian pen makers such as Visconti or Pineider etc? I’m curious about it because Aurora is my favourite italian brand, and I might be totally wrong, but somehow I feel it doesn’t get as much attention as the others. Why is that?

  • yeah, I totally hear where you’re coming from!
  • Aurora has a loyal following, but it’s largely established with people who already know about them
  • it’s definitely not a strategy to NOT talk about them, part of it is they have fewer models and colors, and they haven’t been coming out with as much in terms of new stuff
  • they are also all in the several hundred dollar range on up, so there’s a barrier to get into it
  • They’re actually a very established, very good size company with a rich history, but they haven’t focused quite as much on the US market as Visconti and Pineider, so they just don’t get as much attention
  • They’re working on it though, and this is something I’m talking about with their US distributor


7) @RadicalxEdward- Twitter 

I’ve been REALLY wanting to know since I got my Travelers notebook, has Brian ever gotten ink on his notebook and since I’m so paranoid about it happening to me, is there anything that can be done to clean it without ruining it if that happens? I get ink on myself constantly.

  • oh sure I have, nothing major but little bits here and there
  • I’ve spilled coffee on it, that’s for sure
  • part of it will be your own mindset around it, personally, I like the characteristics it builds with carrying it around, scratching it, staining it, showing that it’s living life!
  • not everyone feels that way, but I personally find it freeing to just let it be
  • I don’t have any specific cleaning instructions other than wipe with water and dry quickly, if there was a major ink spill on it I’m not sure how you’d clean it to perfection again because it’s a natural material


8) Savannah S- Facebook

How do you find local fountain pen peeps? I know there’s gotta be more pen people around me but I feel alone.

  • Most of us feel alone, there’s no question, we’re all that “one weird pen person” in our office, but I promise there are others around you
  • Facebook is a great place to connect, especially because you can start meetups/events within groups, or reach out through private groups like Goulet Nation, FPN Facebook, and others
  • Reddit can find some folks, Fountain Pen Network, Pen Addict Slack, or just Google your city name with “pen club” or something similar and see if there’s already a pen group
  • if there’s a pen show near you, local groups or clubs will often meet there or have some form of presence at the show
  • take heart! There are others around, I know you can find them


9) Christopher L- Facebook

In some other hobbies, there’s a phenomenon called cult of the new. It refers to people who spend inordinate amounts of money on products that are very heavily marketed on kickstarter and at conventions, but after receiving the product they find that it’s fairly mediocre for the price, gets used once or twice, shelved, and never used again. However, there’s always tons of industry hype surrounding these releases (or things like limited editions/add-ons on kickstarter) to convince people to continually buying these.

My question is, do you see this problem occurring in the fountain pen world? I mean, every new pen seems like it is the greatest thing ever and marketing (as it should) makes many people feel like they need to have it. What guidance can you give to help people be more discerning or selective about what pens/inks/etc that they buy so they don’t end up buying tons of pens that they’ll never use?”

  • yeah, this happens, but not a ton probably
  • I don’t know a lot of pen people that are constantly buying cult of new on Kickstarter or Indegogo
  • I’ve bought a couple of things here and there and always been pretty “whelmed”, not really over or underwhelmed
  • the experience to me isn’t super appealing, because pens are pretty technical and honestly a lot of innovation with pens has already been developed over 150 years of history, so it’s usually the companies with rich pen history that have the most ability to innovate, as opposed to someone who has a random idea and just discovered fountain pens as a manufacturing interest
  • certainly someone not “in the business” could think outside the box and develop something cool, but most often I think if something’s really that cool of an idea, there will be broader appeal and distribution in the pen world past something like Kickstarter, so you’re not really missing out if you don’t buy it in the first run
  • Karas Kustoms was a success story coming out of Kickstarter, I think Nock too
  • If you’re going to support them, do so more to support the company and people behind it, not as much because of the innovation of the product itself or getting excited about the latest gadget

10) Mark H- Facebook 

Have you ever fired a customer? Has anyone done something, such as verbally harassed a team member, that made it worth turning down any of their business?

  • oh, absolutely, several times
  • I’ve always done so in the politest way possible, and with a cool head, I’ve never blown up at a customer
  • the easiest one is when someone is showing an inappropriate level of affection or personal interest in a particular individual
  • more often it’s not due to affection but the opposite, people blowing their lid and being belligerent
  • we’re very empathetic that sometimes people get heated or are stressed out, but if it’s a repeated pattern of abuse or it crosses a line, we’ll tell them they’re not welcome to shop with us any more
  • The customer is not always right, I don’t let anyone walk over our team if they can’t show basic human dignity
  • The customer is always the customer, meaning they should always be treated with empathy, dignity, and respect, and my team does that
  • as a business owner, it’s my job first to take care of my team, then customers, then my own interest/profits
  • in the big picture, our customers are VERY civil, it’s actually pretty rare when we get a cranky-pants, especially to the point where they get fired, but we will absolutely do it if we need to


QOTW: Have you ever been to a pen gathering of any kind, including a pen show, club, or meetup? How’d you get involved?

Write On,

Brian Goulet

May 3rd, 2019|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments

Goulet Thank You Note Changes


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.

Silver wax seal with the letter G.

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.

Thank you card with "thank you!" in cursive handwriting.

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!

Goulet Pens thank you cards with ink splatter sticker.

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!

Goulet Pens stickers.

We’re still keeping our packer cards and Tootsie Pops in every order, too.

Goulet Pens packing cards.

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!

Write on,
Brian & Rachel Goulet

April 29th, 2019|A Goulet Life|0 Comments

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!

This week:



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?

  • everyone!…?
  • 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? 

Write On,

Brian Goulet

April 26th, 2019|Goulet Q&A|0 Comments