**WINNER: Brian R. (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hey friends, Sarah here! Maya Angelou was celebrated a few days ago around the world for what would have been her 90th birthday and I will be remembering her words with my Monday Matchup today. Her writing on creativity, self discovery, and understanding is nothing short of inspiring. For this pairing, we have a LAMY 2000 gift set, complete with LAMY Blue/Black ink. Somehow, in my entire fountain pen life, I had never used a LAMY 2000- until now. Crazy! Given all of the hype, I was pretty excited to give it a go.
I knew what Maya Angelou quote I wanted to base my drawing around and started with the inspiration of a simple butterfly. The message of hard work being put into the transitional stages of any journey was what drew me to the quote. The Blue Morpho butterfly seemed close in color to the Lamy Blue/Black, so I sketched the butterfly shape out in pencil and then the final outlines with the LAMY 2000. I quickly remembered how hard butterfly wings are to draw! That is why I lightly shape everything out in pencil, because it took me a few tries to get the proportions right.
The LAMY 2000 glided across the Tomoe River paper, I can see why people love it so much! I have never used a pen without much of a grip like this one and found that part a little hard to get used to. But once I got used to it, I loved the shape of it. The nib on this one is an extra-fine which, to be honest, was a little too fine for my tastes. I found it perfect for writing small text and drawing tiny lines, but if you like to write a little bigger then I would recommend going with a bigger nib size. The LAMY Blue/Black was a subtle color, but nice and usable in probably any situation. It was a tame ink, but I loved that it came in the gift box with the pen.
This combo would be a perfect set for anyone trying to level up their pen collection. The LAMY 2000 instantly feels like a serious, yet still approachable pen. Definitely a level up from a starter pen. I could see giving this for a gift for a special occasion, or using as an everyday carry for meetings and work. I loved using this combo and would recommend it to anyone!
You could win this pen and ink! In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.
How to enter Monday Matchup 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:
The contest is open Monday, April 9, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.
LAMY is a designer and manufacturer of writing instruments nestled in the hills of Heidelberg Germany. The company began when C. Joseph Lamy started designing pens in the 1930’s, and they moved into this facility in 1957. LAMY really began to make a name for itself when his son, Dr. Manfred Lamy began designing pens in the Bauhaus philosophy in 1966. Bauhaus embodies “function over form”, and you can see this influence in their products as well as their architecture.
Their headquarters is around 170,000 square feet, where they have more than 350 employees working 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. They’ve maximized their efficiency of both their time and their space, and the scale at which their operating is beyond what we anticipated. Pride in the LAMY brand can be felt throughout the entire company, and unique elements like the LAMYteria company lunchroom, the Galleria, and the sculpture garden define their culture in a physical setting.
- Nibs (1:38)
- Al-Star Assembly (4:00)
- Safari (7:36)
- Hand Assembly (8:17)
- Ink Cartridges (10:37)
- Bottled Ink (11:58)
- Converters (12:43)
- Warehouse (14:17)
What did you think of this behind-the-scenes look? Leave a comment and let us know!
David Parker, from the Figboot on Pens YouTube channel, recently stopped by the Goulet Pens office, so we sat down and he allowed me to pick his brain! As a fellow fountain pen vlogger, there was a lot to discuss. Here are a few of the topics we covered:
- How and why he got into fountain pen reviews
- The grind of having a YouTube channel
- What does his pen & ink collection look like now? Where did he get started?
- David’s interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson
- His favorite pens that we carry
QotW: What item made you want to dive deeper into the fountain pen hobby? (58:26)
Let us know what you think of this interview in the comments below!
Have you ever seen a color combination that you instantly fell in love with? This week, the Goulet Pens team is crazy for teal and copper! This combination of cool and metallic is perfect for the switch in seasons we’re smack dab in the middle right now, the time when our days go from dark and cold to bright and warm. We’ve gathered a great assortment of products in theses two stunning shades that are sure to excite and inspire. Check out Thursday Things: Teal and Copper.
Featured products from left to right:
- Diamine Teal (80ml bottle)– $14.95
- Atelier Gargoyle Sealing Wax- Copper– $7
- Noodler’s Nib Creaper- Hudson’s Bay Fathom Demonstrator– $16.10
- Traveler’s Notebook- Blue, Passport– $40.16
- Pelikan M805 Fountain Pen- Ocean Swirl– $520
- Montegrappa Fortuna Fountain Pen- Copper Mule– $375
- Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen- Copper– $200
- J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor (50ml bottle)– $28
- Robert Oster Deep Sea (50ml bottle)– $17
- Diamine Ancient Copper (80ml bottle)– $14.95
What color would you pair with your favorite metallic?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
After tackling an affordable and fun pen battle previously (Kaweco Perkeo vs. Pilot Kakuno), we thought we might swing to the other side of the spectrum, ‘grail’ pens. What’s a grail pen? These are the fountain pens that find their way into your hearts and onto your wishlist the minute you see them. They’re exactly what you’re wanting in a fountain pen! While the price might put the dream on hold for a bit, you’re always thinking of them. But how do they stack up? Check out today’s latest pen battle of the Pelikan M805 vs. Visconti Homo Sapiens! Be sure to weigh-in with your vote at the bottom.
Hi all, It’s Lydia. I was certainly expecting to be a little envious of Colin’s pick of the Homo Sapiens but BOY, WAS I WRONG! This Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl is everything I look for in a pen. It has a super smooth nib, a beautifully balanced body and weight, and a GORGEOUS, jaw-dropping color scheme. The speckled resin body, designed to emulate the depth and variation of the ocean waters, is absolutely mesmerizing. It is beautifully accented by the palladium clip and rings. If you have read any of my previous blog posts or pen battles, you know I am a sucker for a good looking pen and the Pelikan Ocean Swirl does not disappoint. I fell in love with this color as soon as I saw it in person. If I weren’t already in pursuit of about a dozen other pens at the moment, I’d snatch this pen up pronto.
This stunning pen is completed with an 18kt gold nib that writes smoother than a swan gliding across calm waters. I had it inked with Diamine Marine and I had a hard time putting the pen down. It floated across the paper so effortlessly that I just wanted to keep writing and letting my ideas and thoughts flow. I tried it on a variety of papers and didn’t experience any issues with any of them, even the cheap paper of my dollar section to do lists. The ink flow is perfection.
As far as the size of the pen goes, the Pelikan M805 is similar in size to the Conklin Duragraph, Pilot Custom 74, or the Platinum #3776 Century. The 13.5mm body diameter of the M805 is similar to the 13mm diameters of the #3776 and Duragraph and it’s 11mm grip diameter is only slightly larger than the 10mm grip diameter of the Duragraph. The M805 is 166mm posted, a nicer midway point between the 155mm length of a posted Custom 74 and the 175mm Duragraph. The M805 really sets itself apart in it’s ink capacity though. This Piston filler pen can hold a solid 1.52ml of ink and will keep you writing for longer than the afore-mentioned pens, who range between 0.82ml and 1.23ml in their converter fills.
Here’s why the Pelikan M805 should be your grail pen:
- Gorgeous resin body and stunning color
- Smooth writing and flowing 18kt gold nib
- Familiar size, comparable in size to popular pens
- Impressive 1.52ml ink capacity
- Easy-To-Use piston filling mechanism
The Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl is available at GouletPens.com for $520 in a variety of nib sizes.
Colin here, Community Coordinator for Twitter and YouTube, ready to convince you of the great Visconti Homo Sapiens! A grail pen for many, the Homo Sapiens certainly talks the talk. I mean, it’s made out of lava, what else do you need? There’s a lot to take in when it comes to making that big fountain pen purchase and I think the Homo Sapiens stacks up pretty well and checks a lot of the boxes. Unique material, smooth and soft nib, and a massive ink capacity; you won’t go wrong with this one.
I’ll start off by talking about something that may be underrated, the ‘Hook Safe Lock’ capping mechanism. Seriously, why doesn’t every pen have this? Can I pay more for my other pens to feature this? It’s such a smart system that keeps your cap securely on, your nib wet and safe, and it’s fun to play with! Might take a few test runs to get the hang of it, but after that it’s very easy to use for quick notes.
Now, we will focus on the showstopper, the material! The Homo Sapiens is made of hardened basaltic lava from the Mt. Etna volcano in Italy. So what’s the big deal? It’s both extremely durable and comfortable to hold for long writing sessions. I compare it similarly to ebonite where it warms to the touch adding a bit of comfort while writing. It’s also slightly hygroscopic so it absorbs moisture from your hand so it isn’t slipping around.
The capping system and the material mean nothing is the writing experience isn’t great. Fret not, the Homo Sapiens features a great 23kt palladium nib. In my experience, this has a soft and smooth feel that has a bit of tooth on certain letters, enough to grab the paper and feel secure. Yet, it is so smooth that you’re gliding over Rhodia or Leuchtturm paper with ease. This nib did not disappoint.
Let’s review on why the Visconti Homo Sapiens should go on your ‘grail’ list:
- Hook Safe Lock capping system
- Basaltic lava body!
- Unique 23kt palladium nib
- Large ink capacity (1.51ml) with a power filling mechanism
- Customize with the MyPen System
Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Do you prefer the Pelikan M805 or the Visconti Homo Sapiens?
Leave us a comment as well letting us know the why behind your choice! Do you prefer another ‘grail’ pen? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Lydia & Colin
Looking to ‘level up’ your fountain pen experience? From filling to writing to cleaning, there’s a few ways to make things easier. Check out our 10 Fountain Pen Hacks You Need To Try:
1. Using a Bulb syringe for cleaning a Cartridge/Converter pen
- Take off the grip, flush it from the back
- Holds enough water to equal 50 flushes with a converter in a single syringe
- This saves time, not really taxing, and is kind of fun!
2. Flipping the nib over when writing on cheap paper
- Flipping your nib over to write with can get it at least two nib sizes smaller. This is useful if the paper choice is outside your control, too absorbent, or if you need to write in a tiny area!
- Not all nibs are designed for this and it may not be the smoothest and most pleasant writing experience, so use light pressure and keep in mind your mileage may vary on this one
3. “Shake down” your pen to get it flowing
- If a pen is failing to start and you know you’ve inked it up, it could be that you need to force ink into the feed
- Hold the pen high enough in your hand so you know it won’t hit the table, and gently tap the heel of your hand on the table to “shake down” the ink, forcing it to flow down the pen
- Make sure you do this over paper, because you may fling ink. Don’t be reckless and slam your nib into the desk!
4. Remove the converter and fill directly from the bottle/sample
- This is especially useful if you have low ink in your bottle or want to keep your nib clean
- This will decrease a little of your ink capacity because your feed is empty, which can sometimes account for .2-.3ml
- You’ll want to force some ink through the feed once you’ve installed the converter to help get things flowing
5. Diluting highly saturated inks to improve their behavior
- Some really saturated inks like Noodler’s don’t always flow as you’d like them to or they have long dry times
- You can dilute your fountain pen inks with distilled water to help with this
- 10% dilution to start should make a difference without sacrificing too much color saturation or ink properties
6. Keep your fountain pens completely full or completely empty before flying
- Changing altitudes when flying (especially ascending during the first 8,000 feet) drop pressure in the cabin and essentially create a vacuum wanting to suck the air out of your pen, causing ink burping
- Eliminate the air, or the ink, and you’re good! Either fill the pen all the way with no air bubbles, or completely empty it
7. Cleaning out your demonstrator pen cap
- If you have a demonstrator pen with a cap insert like the TWSBI 580 or Pilot Custom 74, ink can sometimes collect between the insert and the cap
- Wrap a rubber band around the end of a pencil, insert it into the cap, and use the friction to grab the insert and pull it out
8. Dipping the pen in water/ink bottle to get it flowing again
- Sometimes your pen has dried out a little bit and it needs some help getting going
- Dipping it into the bottle of ink you filled it with (or water) can saturate the feed and get things flowing
9. Flood the feed to get a more saturated ink
- Show off the best your ink has to offer by laying more ink down!
- Dip the pen in the bottle or flood the feed through the pen’s filling system as often as you wish to get more dramatic shading/sheening/shimmering effects
10. Let out a couple of drips of ink after filling
- Fill the pen all the way, then let out two drops of ink, suck in air
- Keeps the feed from being over saturated and dripping into your cap, especially if you carry the pen around
- Recommended by most pen manufacturers
Have you used any of these hacks before? Do you have a favorite? If you have one we didn’t mention, leave a comment & let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company Team