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Diamine Apple Glory with a TWSBI Mini 1.1mm: Monday Matchup Giveaway #169

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

Greetings from the Customer Care team, Susan here with a TWSBI Mini 1.1mm Stub and the glorious Diamine Apple Glory ink. As I’ve said in previous Monday Matchups, I strongly prefer stubs and italics and I was so glad to be able to use one this time around. Keep reading to hear why this ink truly lives up to the name Apple GLORY in my book.

It’s not surprise to anyone around the office that I drew inspiration from the Great American Pastime AKA the greatest sport on the planet. Baseball is my reason to make it through the holidays and survive the bleak first few months of the year, the reason my husband spends April through October under noise canceling headphones, and the reason I am glued to the TV for those very months. I long for baseball, summer, the time to slow down, relax with friends at the ballpark, laugh, cheer, “root, root, root for the home team!” I grew up on this game, I love it, and most importantly, I understand it. The physics of the pitch, the height of the mound (by the way, it’s high time they raised it up again!), the effect of opening the hips in the swing, it’s a great thinking sport! I have my team to which I pledge my loyalty (the winningest team in the history of franchised sports I’ll have you know). One of my best BFFs (you know her, you love her, our own Lydia) happens to be a Boston fan though, so make of that what you will.

I started by sketching the stitching of the baseball with Noodler’s Widowmaker, my favorite red, in my own personal TWSBI 580AL Rose. It’s amazing, and a little upsetting, how hard it is for a grown woman to draw two half circles! The Roger Hornsby quote was so fitting for me, as I was still one month, one day and 20 hours from the day that pitchers and catchers report for spring training (February 14th, my Valentine’s Day gift) as I created this piece. Mr. Hornsby ended his career with a batting average second only to Ty Cobb at .358. Impressive to say the least! Home runs were not nearly as easy to come by in those days. I took his words that resonated with me so well and the tools I had and it just flowed from my hand. Unfortunately, I now have a craving for a box of Cracker Jacks, a hot pretzel, and a hot dog!

I’m not sure TWSBI can do any wrong, this little Mini is no exception. The size was not for me personally, but it feels so good in your hand. It is a smooth writer and the inner cap is fabulous for keeping the pen ready to write. Apple Glory performed superbly in the 1.1mm nib. The subtle shading was out of the park! Is this pen and ink pairing the perfect double play? I’d say so! I think this ink is great for folks who dig shading and drawing. I admit it’s the first green that I’ve really liked. Teachers may not like it for students’ work and it’s not a professional green, but it’s still a fun one to use. If you don’t mind the smaller size, the TWSBI is great to pop in a pocket of a handbag or backpack. I personally like a full sized pen but the size of this TWSBI did not hinder me in any way. I was able to write without a problem. In all honesty, by the time I was finished and put the cap on, the size difference was forgotten. I put it down and couldn’t help but think, if I had my Vac700, I’d have a triple play of TWSBIs. And with that, I’m back to looking out the window, waiting for spring… and maybe championship #28!

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

A green baseball-themed quote featuring red stitching drawn using a clear TWSBI Mini 1.1 stub fountain pen and Diamine Apple Glory ink.

You can find the TWSBI Mini 1.1mm Stub at GouletPens.com for $55. You can find Apple Glory in an 80ml bottle for $14.95, a 30ml bottle for $7.50, or a 2ml sample for $1.25.

Enter to win this fountain pen and ink by following these directions!

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.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup.
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*.
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The contest is open Monday, February 5, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, February 6, 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.

Write on,
Susan

February 5th, 2018|Monday Matchup|205 Comments

Goulet Q&A Episode 199: Dismantling Pens, Chinese Cheap Pens, and Reselling Your Pens

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about dismantling your pens, if Goulet will carry more cheap Chinese pens, and where you should go to resell your pens.

This week:

Pens/Writing

1) jammybujo- Instagram (9:59)
I’d like to start tinkering with my pens but I’m scared I’ll do something silly that will mean I can’t use it again! When it comes to disassembling a pen, are there any parts that are out of bounds? E.g. the feed. Are some brands easier to take apart and rebuild than others?

  • Watch videos others have done, learn from them
  • YouTube, FPN, SBREBrown has done a bunch
  • you will break some stuff
  • nothing is off limits if you know what you’re doing
  • it REALLY depends which pens you’re talking about, new/vintage, etc
  • Easier brands: TWSBI, Noodler’s, Edison, some Pilot, some Platinum, removing feeds/nibs from most brands isn’t super complicated
  • Harder brands: Visconti, Stipula, Aurora, Montblanc, Pelikan, Omas, Delta, lots of the higher-end pens
  • You’re in the Wild West here, and totally in “do at your own risk” territory

Business

2) Sara R- Facebook (17:26)
What’s your take on the shift from having one nice fountain pen to the current tendency of buying lots of fountain pens? Is it due to higher disposable incomes, cheaper pens, change in consumer behaviour or a lack of opportunities to test different pens before you buy?

  • I don’t have any hard data on what people “used” to buy vs what they buy now, only my customers and since 2009 when I started
  • there were plenty of collectors/enthusiasts buying a lot of pens in past decades, it was just less talked about, I suspect
  • I do think cheaper pens have come about, in some ways
  • certainly more cheap Chinese pens, that encourages that
  • Increased awareness and education probably has more to do with it than anything

3) John S- Facebook (22:22)
With the amazing Chinese pens popping up on eBay (the new Wingsung pens or Penbbs) will you soon be offering these pens along side the Jinhao pens you also offer?

  • this is a complicated question for us
  • Wingsung specifically walks the line of counterfeit too closely for us to be comfortable, especially with brands like Lamy, TWSBI, Pilot, etc
  • Jinhao we offer only select models that were commonly talked about in the pen community as standing on their own
  • We know there’s demand for these pens, but we’re conflicted here, especially because there are overseas sellers practically giving these pens away
  • sort of true for Jinhao too, so we have to be selective about the models we offer
  • PenBBS has ink, I haven’t seen any of the pens they’ve done. They’re an online forum like FPN in China, and unless they gear up for larger distribution, I don’t see it making a lot of sense for us to carry it but we haven’t investigated deeply yet.

4) @PileckiJane- Twitter (31:44)
I have nearly 200 fountain pens. I’ve lost most of my vision making it less often that I use my pens. And some are fine nibs that I cannot read what I write. So I need to divest myself of some of these wonderful pens. Where is the best place to sell some used pens? Thanks.

  • I’m sorry to hear that!
  • I do get asked about reselling pens, from time to time
  • the challenge we have here is that we’re not set up for it, and used pens open up a HUGE can of worms for us, especially if it’s a pen we never carried
  • FPN, eBay, VirtualPenShow on Instagram are the best places I know online
  • of course pen shows in person, you could always get a table at the “trader” portion if you have a lot of pens
  • if you sell to another dealer, expect to get maybe 25-40% of your purchase price for them, hardly worth it unless you are dumping them
  • I’d love to know if there are other marketplaces for used pens!

Personal

5) Brian C- Facebook (38:13)
Are all of your employees huge fountain pen nerds, or does being around them all the time make it less interesting? What percentage would you say has “fallen down the rabbit hole”?

  • Everyone here is exposed to plenty of them
  • Everyone gets a pen when they’re hired, will likely get several more as they work here
  • there are different levels of interest, some hardly use them and that’s okay (50%)
  • others use a few pens casually, as most fountain pen people do (20%)
  • others get super deep and excited about them (30%)
  • these are numbers I just completely made up
  • what’s more important is that everyone loves what they DO, and who they do it for
  • loving the process of writing with a pen isn’t something we hire for, it’s bound to happen to a degree just by being here
  • We currently only have 1 team member who knew anything about fountain pens before starting here, and his interest has stayed pretty constant!
  • everyone else’s has increased, because they knew nothing when they arrived!

QOTW: What’s one pen you’re curious to try? (44:30)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

February 2nd, 2018|Goulet Q&A|40 Comments

Thursday Things: Nordic Blue

Nordic blue and rose gold fountain pens, notebooks, and ink in a winter flat lay.

The sun is rising over a new Thursday Things assortment and this week you get to enjoy a frosty good treat from the comfort of the warm indoors. Thursday Things: Nordic Blue takes its inspiration from the rosy golden glow of a sunset sky over the sparkling blue toned winter snows. The predominant crisp, subtle grey and blue tones of the pens, inks, and notebooks in this array are instantly awakened by a few pops of pink excitement. If you’re in need of the perfect way to pass the remaining winter days with excitement, Thursday Things: Nordic Blue is the treat for you.

Featured products from left to right:

Nordic blue and rose gold fountain pens, notebooks, and ink in a winter flat lay.

What is your favorite winter wonderland-inspired pen?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

February 1st, 2018|Thursday Things|12 Comments

Diamine Earl Grey: Ink Review

(Video ink review done by Goulet Pens videographer, Andi)

Hello fellow ink enthusiasts! Kelsi here from the Goulet Pens Customer Care team, bringing you my first ink review ever! Diamine Earl Grey is certainly unique, even including how it was created. The fountain pen community on Reddit, /r/fountainpens, came together and voted for an ink color and name to be made by Diamine, and this was the winner! Honestly, I’m not typically one for grey inks, but I found myself surprised by this one! Read on to find out why…

Review of Diamine Earl Grey Ink

Review of Diamine Earl Grey Ink

Review of Diamine Earl Grey Ink

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • About 25 seconds– I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this ink dried. It didn’t feel that dry coming out of my nib, or as is flowed across the paper, so I was not expecting that.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low – Not much ink was left behind when it came in contact with water, so if you are looking for a water resistant ink this may not be the one for you.

Saturation:

  • Medium – When writing with it in my pen, the line laid down really wasn’t very saturated- it came out fairly light. However, when I did my swab test, this ink looked so saturated! I had the same experience once I switched to a broad nib. I think this is just another one of the unique properties of this ink, you can use a finer nib and have it look less saturated, or use a broader nib and/or swab and see how dark in color it can appear.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy – This ink was very easy to flush out of my pen.

Shading:

  • Medium – While the shading wasn’t super dramatic, I definitely saw some on my down strokes, especially on the Tomoe River paper.

Flow:

  • Medium – This ink flowed really nicely out of my nib, but it wasn’t so wet that I feared it would smear if I didn’t wait long enough to let it dry.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Comes in a 80ml glass bottle
  • The newer 80ml Diamine bottles are really lovely, and I think the bottle would look nice sitting on a desk

Inks Similar in Color:

Summary:

Like I said before, I was surprised by how much I liked this ink! It wasn’t the typical grey ink, and I really enjoyed how well it flowed and the shading it achieved. I think it would be good for a number of settings including school, work, and personal writing. I may actually use it to write some letters this weekend!

You can find a 80ml bottle of Diamine Earl Grey at GouletPens.com for $14.95. A 2ml sample is also available for $1.25.

Have you tried Earl Grey yet? Leave a comment and let me know!

Write on
Kelsi

January 30th, 2018|Ink Reviews|8 Comments

Robert Oster Morning Mist with a Conklin Classic Rainfall: Monday Matchup Giveaway #168

A quote by James Taylor written with a Conklin Classic Rainfall fountain pen and Robert Oster Morning Mist ink.

Margaret here with a new pen and ink matchup for you! I had a chance to ink up our new Conklin Classic Rainfall with Robert Oster Morning Mist and let me just tell you that I loved it! I chose a broad nib and it was so smooth. We have our Goulet Pens nib on the Classic and this broad nib was so much fun to write with.

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired for this matchup and originally wanted to go with something water-themed because of the name of the pen and ink, but I just couldn’t get anywhere with that theme. I’ve been listening to a lot of James Taylor’s music lately (thanks to my dad!) and decided some of his lyrics (originally written by Carole King) would be fun to write out. I chose the Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim dotted notebook since I don’t normally have a reason to use a notebook that big. I wrote out the lyrics free hand and while it’s definitely not perfect, the writing experience with the Goulet nib was seriously so enjoyable. Morning Mist is a really beautiful color that pops on the page. My only complaint is that the nib and the paper were not the best match. There is some feathering if you look up close to the writing, so I’m not sure I would use such a wet nib on this paper. It’s better suited for an extra-fine or fine nib.

The Classic is a lightweight fountain pen made of ebonite, and overall very comfortable to write with. The entire writing experience was great. Robert Oster Morning Mist would be great to use to take notes, write letters, or even at work if you can get by without a true blue or black ink. The color reminds me a lot of Diamine Marine which is one of my favorites.

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A quote by James Taylor written with a Conklin Classic Rainfall fountain pen and Robert Oster Morning Mist ink.

A quote by James Taylor written with a Conklin Classic Rainfall fountain pen and Robert Oster Morning Mist ink.

A quote by James Taylor written with a Conklin Classic Rainfall fountain pen and Robert Oster Morning Mist ink.

A quote by James Taylor written with a Conklin Classic Rainfall fountain pen and Robert Oster Morning Mist ink.

You can find the Conklin Classic in Rainfall at GouletPens.com for $139. Robert Oster Morning Mist is available in a 50ml bottle for $17 or as a 2ml sample for $1.50.

Enter to win this Conklin Classic and Robert Oster Morning Mist by following these directions!

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.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup.
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*.
  • 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.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget above which will record your entries. This is how we’ll draw a random winner. Since it’s totally random, you’re eligible to win each week!
  • To see more of Rafflecopter’s privacy policy, click here. Your email is never shared, and is only used to contact you should you win.
  • *Due to recent changes with the Disqus platform, you must register for a Disqus account in order to post a photo entry in the blog comments.

The contest is open Monday, January 29, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, January 30, 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.

Do you have a favorite song or lyrics?

Write On,
Margaret

January 29th, 2018|Contests & Giveaways, Monday Matchup|229 Comments

Goulet Guests: Bernhard Roesner, CEO of LAMY

In December 2017, I had the distinct pleasure of getting to tour the LAMY headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. During my time there, I was able to sit down and interview LAMY’s CEO, Bernhard Roesner. He was a fascinating man to interview because he has been running the company for over a decade, through one of their highest growth periods in the company’s history. We discussed the company’s history, size, their headquarters, where the brand is sold worldwide, what drives them to do what they do, German culture, product design and selection, and where they plan to take the fountain pen community in the future.

It was my honor to sit down with Mr. Roesner, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you all today. It will surely give you a deeper insight into this compelling and iconic fountain pen brand.

Lamy AL-Star special editions fountain pens.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

January 27th, 2018|Goulet Guests|15 Comments