Hi, fountain pen friends! It’s Lydia and this month, I’m excited to share with you my inksploration for the new 1798 anniversary ink from Jacques Herbin, the alluring Kyanite du Népal! Herbin makes some very lovely inks and I always enjoy their shimmering inks so I was excited to play around with this one.
Drawing Inspiration and Technique
This summer has been a hot one here in Virginia. On the day, I completed this drawing, it was nearly 100˚F. The first thing I think of in this kind of weather is a cool, refreshing cone of ice cream. The icy blue hue of this ink lent itself well to this theme as well. So I decided to draw a dripping ice cream cone.
I lightly sketched out the way I wanted the ice cream cone to look and did a few practice runs. I did the majority of the work for this piece with a water brush pen because I was simply fascinated by the color variations this ink produces. I started with a swatch of ink at the bottom of the page so I could pull from that as I needed to get more color. I placed the outline of the cone and ice cream scoops then filled them in so the darker shades formed the edges and the middle of the piece was lighter. I used the swatch of color to fill in more depth and shading as well. Then I created the puddle of melted ice cream and drew some drip drops coming off the cone.
I left all of that to dry for a while before I came back to do detail work. I used a TWSBI Eco 1.1mm Stub to outline the cone and ice cream scoops and draw in the waffle pattern on the cone. Then I grabbed a TWSBI Medium to sketch on some sprinkles (or Jimmies if you prefer that term).
I was hoping more of the sparkle would come through in the drawing but I can definitely appreciate the subtle sparkle this ink offers. If you are looking for ink with a little pop, but not a lot of in-your-face sparkle, Kyanite du Népal is the choice for you! I love that it helped my drawing look like a tasty summer treat.
- Flow- Medium
- Flows nicely from all pens
- the shimmer doesn’t seem to affect the flow
- Dry Time- 30+ Seconds
- This ink can be quicker drying if laid down lightly
- but thick lines will take more than 30 seconds to dry
- Probably dry around the 45-second mark
- Water Resistance- Low
- This ink gets washed away as soon as water makes contact
- Shading- Medium
- That is some color variation in writing
- subtle differences between the swabs in the ink review
- How did the ink behave on other papers?
- The ink performs well on all types of paper
- I didn’t notice any feathering and it only bleedthrough the page when I was doing things with splatters
- Special Features Worth Noting?
- It’s a shimmer ink, but the shimmer is subtle in my experience
- Didn’t clog my pens, just gave them a twirl between my hands occasionally to keep the particulate suspended
What is your favorite jewel-toned ink?
Exciting news! Visconti is turning 30 and celebrating in a big way! To ring in 30 years of making gorgeous fountain pens, Visconti has decided to revive one of its most iconic pen models for a limited edition run. Introducing the Visconti Voyager 30 fountain pen.
The Voyager 30 pens are crafted from German ebonite. There are two exciting color options available, a rich brown with a hint of orange and deep red. Each color comes in a choice of gold vermeil trim or silver trim. The pen fills via a double reservoir powerfiller system within the body of the pen. It retains the clean, classic lines that made this model so beloved, but has been refreshed with Visconti’s Ponte Vecchio bridge clip. At Goulet Pens, we will carry 18kt gold nibs in Fine, Medium, and Broad or 23kt palladium in Extra Fine or 1.3mm Stub.
Only 300 pens of each trim color are available worldwide. Each is individually numbered and includes a free ebonite Visconti Traveling Inkwell designed to match the pen, set in a beautiful limited edition gift box.
Here are the technical specs for this gorgeous pen:
What pen model would you like to see make a come back?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
We were lucky to be joined by John Lane of Pilot USA last week at our office, so we decided to take some time and ask him a few Pilot/Namiki questions! Watch the video above of this special episode of Goulet Q&A.
New Pilot Products Mentioned:
1) @NotAWiz4rd (08:54)
How do the lower end Maki-E pens compare to the normal (non-Maki-E) Pilot pen? In terms of features, not the artwork of course
2) @VrixTweets (12:48)
What’s the deal with the Pilot MYU/Murex(/M90)? are those completely “out of print” or is there some way y’all could get those in stock someday?
3) Crowdsourced (15:05)
Maki-e: are people actually using these pens, or mainly collecting them for investments?
4) John S. (19:26)
How does the FA nib on the 912 or 823 compare with the nibs on the Falcon? Does it come in different widths like the Falcon?
5) Amy V. (23:07)
The click mechanism for my blue carbonesque just fell apart (some time ago). Can it be repaired! If so, can I do it or does it need to go back to Pilot? (What’s the warranty process for Pilot/Namiki)
6) Crowdsourced (24:43)
Lots of questions on the Con-40…is there anything you can comment on about why that change (general tone of customer questions is not favorable)?
7) Crowdsourced (28:42)
What have been some of your favorite Namiki Maki-e’s over the years?
What do you think? Should we have more brand specific Q&As in the future? Leave a comment below and let us know.
The Goulet Pen Company Team
A visual look back at all of the annual limited edition Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens that have been available in the United States. The Pilot Vanishing Point is a click-retractable fountain pen, featuring an 18kt gold nib.
Our history with Pilot only goes back to 2011, but we dug up some official info on some colors that pre-date Goulet Pens! Enjoy. 🙂
2018: Crossed Lines
2017: Crimson Sunrise
2013: Maple Wood (50th Anniversary)
2012: Charcoal Marble
2010: Ice Green
2009: Vivid Red
2006: Ice Blue
2005: Red Carbonesque
Which one if your favorite?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
Picking the right fountain pen can be overwhelming enough, but we also have over 700 different ink colors to choose from on GouletPens.com! How do you narrow down and commit to an ink with so many options? We’ve taken the guesswork out of it and came up with 10 must-have fountain pen inks:
You need to have a sheening ink in your collection! You won’t find one much better at that than Nitrogen from Organics Studio. Just look at that splatter! It’s basically red despite it being a blue ink. Manages to sheen on nearly every paper and every nib.
What’s better than sheen? Sheen and shimmer! This iconic ink from Jacques Herbin does exactly that. Emerald of Chivor is a teal ink with red sheen as well as gold shimmer! Added bonus; the bottle is fantastic and tells the world “I use fountain pens!”
Looking for a classic yet versatile ink color? Diamine Oxblood is for you! It’s a rich, blood (hence the name) red ink. This ink is a great black ink alternative for a professional setting and was featured in our Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks list.
Sometimes, you just need a black ink. Simple, classic, and ready to write; Noodler’s Black is exactly that. This ink features permanent properties, so it’d be a great option for any official documents. Ready to fully commit? Noodler’s Black is also available in a large 4.5oz bottle as well.
How about shading inks? Let’s give them some love too! You’d be hard pressed to find a better option than Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This unique ink can go from red to orange to yellow/gold all in one sentence! This ink really shines with broad, stub, or flex nibs.
Newest ink on the scene, LAMY Azurite was introduced in 2019 with the LAMY Crystal inks (the first additions to their regular ink line in years). Azurite is a vibrant purple ink with unique green sheen under the right conditions. Such a great ink, it’ll make you forget about that other LAMY purple ink…
Monteverde inks have been a bit under-the-radar in the ink world in our opinion! California Teal is one of the more popular options and is looking to put Monteverde on the map. A vibrant greenish-teal ink with red sheen, this ink is also lubricated, so a great option in any pen.
Great inks for any space or science fan in your life (yourself included!), Colorverse really knocks it out of the park with its unique theming and design of inks. Colorverse Quasar is that blue ink you’ve been dreaming of. It really stands out on the page yet is super easy to clean. Plus, you get 80ml of ink total including a smaller 15ml bottle that’s perfect for traveling.
Pilot Iroshizuku inks are some of the most well-behaved inks around. Very few issues with feathering, ghosting, or bleedthrough despite the paper quality. Kon-peki is a deep cerulean blue which is one of our most popular inks around.
Noodler’s really rocks the shading inks as Black Swan in Australian Roses is also a must have ink! Shading from pink to magenta to a dark purple, this ink is always bringing something new.
Obviously, this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of great inks from each of these brands and more from brands we don’t carry! Do you have a favorite ink you think everyone should own? Leave us a comment and let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
A visual look back at all of the Conklin Duragraph (and Duraflex) Fountain Pens that have been available to us. The Duraflex term tends refer to an individually numbered limited edition out of 1898, whereas the Duragraph generally refers to regular editions or non-numbered special edition runs.
July 2019: Freedom Duraflex. A limited edition made of flecked red, white, and blue resin. Each pen is individually numbered out of 1898 and comes with the omniflex nib.
July 2019: Blue Nights Duragraph. A Goulet exclusive run of only 500, set as a special edition (non-numbered) Duragraph model with choice of Bock nib in extra-fine, fine, or medium. Fun fact: the blue material is the same that is used in the Conkin All American Lapis Blue.
April 2019: Sunstone Duraflex. Launched exclusively at Goulet Pens, this was a numbered limited edition with Omniflex nib only, limited to 1898 worldwide. An amber/brown resin with rose gold trim.
October 2018: Turquoise Duraflex. Our Goulet Pens exclusive, this numbered limited edition was offered in both Bock nibs (as a Duragraph) as well as Omniflex. A total of 1898 were made.
March 2018: Red Nights Duragraph. A regular edition, launched exclusively at Goulet Pens. Offered in both standard and flex nibs.
February 2018: Black w/ Rose Gold Duraflex. The very first Duraflex! A Goulet Pens launch exclusive, this was individually numbered out of 1898 and offered in Omniflex only. It sold out in record time.
December 2017: Purple Nights Duragraph. A regular edition.
December 2017: Merlot Duragraph. Fun story with this one – this was a factory mishap, in that the color was too similar to the new Purple Nights and upcoming Red Nights. We offered to clear them all out and sold at a sale price, and they sold out same day!
June 2017: Orange Nights Duragraph. Originally a Goulet Pens launch exclusive, this regular edition was the first of the “Nights” series with the colored body and solid black cap.
November 2015: Ice Blue Duragraph. Originally a Goulet Pens exclusive (our first), now a regular edition everywhere.
What has been your favorite Duragraph/Duraflex color so far?