Another Thanksgiveaway is in the books, with hundreds of letters being sent around the world! It’s been inspiring and awesome to see each of these entries across the social media platforms. From parents to coaches, bank clerks, or even pet cats, this year’s Thanksgiveaway is certainly the farthest reaching edition yet. Whether heartfelt words, amazingly detailed drawings, or intricate lettering, each entry brought something unique and impactful.
On top of these goodwill gestures, you were also entered to win some fantastic fountain pen prizes. Without further ado, here are the winners of our 2017 Thanksgiveaway contest! They were all chosen at random. Quick note to the winners- we’ll be reaching out via email to advise you as to next steps, and we’ll need to hear back via email from you by Monday November 27th at 12pm EST to claim your prize.
- Stipula Etruria Prisma T-Flex fountain pen – Winner: Jennifer D. (USA)
- Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell Brown Fountain Pen in Medium – Winner: Cheryl W. (USA)
- Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise in Medium – Winner: John R. (AUS)
- Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium in your choice of nib size – Winner: Tyler R. (USA)
- LAMY 2000 Gift Sets in Extra Fine – Winners: Sarah O. (NZ) & Maureen M. (USA)
- TWSBI 580AL Turquoise and a bottle of LAMY Petrol ink – Winners: Mike D. (USA) & Elizabeth H. (USA)
Thank you all for participating in a new and exciting Thanksgiveaway this year. We loved seeing all the letters you wrote across social media. If you would like to see some of the entries, check out the #GouletThanksgiveaway2017 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
Leave some love for our winners in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team
We’ve heard the requests each week for an opportunity to display some of our Thursday Things layouts on your walls. We’re ecstatic to announce the time has finally arrived, introducing the Goulet Fountain Pen Calendar! Complete with 12 of our favorite spreads, these calendars offer a stunning piece to hang on your wall, as well as a functional calendar to plan your days. While the glossy paper used for the calendar is not fountain pen friendly, you can still appreciate the beauty of the pens featured in the images every time you look at it. Each month features a coordinating Thursday Things image and ink splatter to brighten up the dated monthly page.
Thursday Things / Ink Splatters Featured Each Month
- January- Mint Turquoise / Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine
- February- Purple Shimmer / J. Herbin 1798 Amèthyste de l’Oural
- March- Sherlock Holmes / Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue
- April- Idyllic Isle / Monteverde Turquoise (Caribbean Blue is the closest match we currently carry)
- May- Photojournalist / Stipula Fading Grey
- June- Empty Ink Bottles / Diamine Autumn Oak
- July- LAMY Love / Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro
- August- Geodes / J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
- September- Heavy Metal / J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre
- October- Scarlet and Gold / Diamine Burgundy Royale
- November- Summer Storm / Noodler’s Black
- December- Coffee and Tea / Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz
These calendars are available for $11.95 at GouletPens.com. They are only available for a short time so get yours today!
Which month is your favorite?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
We’re pleased to introduce a new line of fountain pens from Pineider, now available at Goulet Pens!
Pineider is a company based in Florence, Italy that has been around since 1774, primarily focused on creating beautiful high-end stationery. Earlier this year, Dante Del Vecchio joined the company to help create a new line of fountain pens. He brings 30 years of experience in Italian pen design, and we’re excited to see what he’ll be dreaming up in the coming year.
The first two models to be introduced for 2017 are the Avatar, and the La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty). All are made in Italy.
It is currently only available in a medium #6 steel nib, but we believe more nib sizes should follow in 2018. It fills via standard international cartridge/converter, and the cap closes magnetically.
The clip is in the shape of a quill, and the centerband features an image of the skyline of Florence, home of Pineider.
The Pineider Avatar has an MSRP of $280; our price at Goulet Pens is $224.
La Grande Bellezza
La Grande Bellezza is a limited edition fountain pen. A unique feature of this model is the all-new “soft touch magnetic lock” mechanism – it’s like a hybrid between a magnetic cap and a twist cap.
It comes in two colors: Dolomite Green and Sunset Red. The Dolomite Green features swirls of green and grey, and the Sunset Red features swirls of blue, red, and black. They are all hand-blended resins.
It features a smooth two-tone 18kt gold nib available in fine, medium, or broad. Like the Avatar, it also fills via standard international cartridge/converter.
The collection is limited to a total of 774 fountain and rollerball pens, each individually numbered. The MSRP for the Pineider La Grande Bellezza is $798; our price at Goulet Pens is $638.40.
Every Pineider pen comes in a beautiful gift box with a sample of the luxurious Pineider stationery paper. And, for the rest of 2017, we are also including a free 90ml bottle of Monteverde ink as a gift with purchase!
What do you think of these new Pineider fountain pens?
In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about Noodler’s pens, Premiumization, and his favorite pens of 2017!
- Had Visconti, Pilot/Namiki, Aurora/Montegrappa vendors all visit last week!
- I will be going to Germany to tour the Lamy factory!
- Stipula Tocco Ferro – flew! We’re getting more as soon as we can, keep checking
- Monteverde Onyx 90ml
- Blue Marbled Nemosine Singularity
- Visconti Opera Master Luna – Goulet exclusive!
- Namiki Yukari Royale Frog
- first Namiki Maki-e exclusively done by a female artisan (Yumi Hayashi)
- Raden, Taka, Togidashi techniques
- Frogs, leaves, water
- Lamy Studio Racing Green, any day!
- TWSBI Eco-T just after Thanksgiving
- TWSBI 580 AL Rose mid-December
- Aurora 88 Flex Chrome, Gold next week
- Aurora Matte Black Talentum (jan/Feb)
- Pineider Avatar ($224), medium steel nib, LE, magnetic cap, spring clip, centerband Florence, C/C
- Grande Bellezza ($638.40) F/M/B 18k gold Bock nib, “soft touch magnetic lock” cap, C/C, 774 pens in all individual numbered
- Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande likely next week
- Field Notes Resolution next week
- Goulet 2018 Calendar hopefully next week!
- Pelikan m605 White Transparent…selling out, US distributor is out, not sure if more will come to them, so this might be it
- Pelikan m805 Ocean Swirl is coming soon, we’ve ordered up because they look AMAZING
- No Q&A next week, Thanksgiving and Black Friday
- We will have a skeleton crew here on Black Friday
- We’ll be running some pretty great deals that whole 4-day weekend, so subscribe to our newsletter, check the site and be ready!
1) hermit_piper- Instagram (36:43)
In your video introducing the Visconti Homo Sapiens, you briefly mention the six threads and the hook mechanism. I’ve got two questions on that: how exactly does the spring-loaded mechanism in the cap work? And: the threads on the barrel seem to look a bit “feathery” on some of these pens, almost as if they wear out. Is this possible? I wouldn’t think so as I guess both the threads and the hooks in the cap are made of lava – or does the hook and thread thing work with plastic? I enjoy those Q&As a lot, thanks for that awesome effort, Brian!
- it’s hard to see the mechanism work in a normal pen, but Visconti’s done a couple of demo pens that show it a little better
- there’s a spring loaded mechanism in the cap that moved up and down
- the threads in the pen grip push it up as you push the pen in and rotate it
- once it’s over as far as it’ll go, the spring pushes it back and it locks into place
- from what I understand, it’d VERY difficult to get the threads to look clean on the pens
- some turn out a little better than others
- the nature of the volcanic material shows that machining more
- other pens with the hook safe lock look consistently cleaner
2) taking_care_of_momma- Instagram (39:54)
I really want to add a pen with a flex nib to my collection. What are the biggest differences between the Noodler’s pen models?
- Nib Creaper – smaller pen, smaller #2 nib, smaller ink capacity (1ml), cheapest ($16.10)
- Ahab – much larger, #6 nib, piston and eyedropper for huge ink capacity (2-6ml), fits 308 cartridge, my favorite ($23)
- Konrad – more comfortable size for most people, #6 nib, classic design, piston with decent ink capacity (1.5ml), less universal nib swapping (regular, acrylic, ebonite) ($22-40)
- Neponset – largest and most expensive pen, less universal nib swapping #6, music flex, unique nib but VERY broad and wet, not for everyone, fits 308 cartridge (acrylic and ebonite) ($75)
3) Luca D- Facebook (47:47)
I also collect whisky, and we have seen a lot of “premiumization”, i.e. brands charging high prices for average whisky with brilliant packaging, exotic names and weird stories behind the product. Do you feel something similar is happening in the fountain pen world, with new manufacturers selling flashy pen bodies with the universal Bock/Jowo steel nib and prices often above 100$?
- for sure, this happens sometimes in all niche industries
- I know this was a huge movement in fountain pens in the 90’s/2000’s with lots of LE’s
- I don’t see this blatantly happening so much in the pen industry, or if it had, it’s curtailing right now
- a lot of brands are going the opposite way, looking to develop more entry-level pens to encourage new users to their brands
- with Bock/Jowo, SO many brands are using them, it’s not that they’re universal, but OEM
- the nib is a huge factor in the pen obvi, but there’s so much more that goes into it
- a lot of smaller, independent manufacturers use more generic and obvious Bock/Jowo nibs, and they don’t have economies of scale so they charge in the $100+ price and often use the story of how they started to promote their brands
- I don’t think it’s intentional “premiumization”, I think we’re actually more coming off some of that having already happened
4) Jason A- Facebook (53:21)
As the year comes to and end, what were your favorite 3 pens released in 2017 that were/are offered by Goulet Pens?
- Edison Nouveau Premiere Delphinium
- Visconti Opera Master Luna
- Stipula Etruria Prisma
- Honorable mention to Lamy Safari Petrol!
5) Scott S- Facebook (56:39)
Theoretically: What is the point in a fountain pen with no line variance? Without the gorgeous control of lettering it is just another color changeable ballpoint pen. This is not how I feel as I would have a fountain pen just because I love the mechanics, but a valid someone could make. What are your thought Brian?
- oh c’mon!! Give fountain pens a little more credit than that! 😉
- I agree in the sense that fountain pens are certainly more capable of having dynamic writing with stubs or flex pens, that’s true
- but even with no line variance at all, they’re performance vehicles of writing
- smoother flow, ink color choices, design, ink capacity, nib size and smoothness, bounce and spring in the nib feel, shading, water proofness/archival inks, etc
- some people want fountain pens that literally look no different on paper than rollerballs! That’s probably the exception though
- Personally, I think if you’ve got it, flaunt it
- Fountain pens, for me, are a way to personalize my own writing experience and I want that reflected in the written words on the page
QOTW: What would you like me to ask Lamy in Germany, feedback to give them, or pics/video you’d like to see of their factory? (58:48)
Some pens are just from another galaxy of beauty and possess a grace that is simply celestial. This week’s Thursday Things collection brings together the plethora of gorgeous, nebulous inks and pens, orbiting effortlessly around the stellar Visconti Opera Master Luna at its center. Channel the awe-inspiring splendor of a sapphire sky awash with millions of glittering stars into your writing. Take a peek at Thursday Things: Moon Dust.
Featured products from left to right:
- Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover A5 Notebook – Metallic Gold– $25.50
- Edison Collier Fountain Pen- Blue Steel– $149
- Jinhao x750 Fountain Pen- Shimmering Sands– $9.90
- Nemosine Moon Crater Black (35ml bottle)– $7.99
- J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean (50ml bottle)– $26
- Diamine Cobalt Jazz (50ml bottle)– $20
- Visconti Opera Master Fountain Pen- Luna– $795
- Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover A5 Notebook – Metallic Silver– $25.50
- Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen- Starry Night– $299
- Aurora Optima Fountain Pen- Blue– $445.50
- Diamine Moon Dust (50ml bottle)– $20
- TWSBI Classic Fountain Pen – Sapphire– $50-$55
How do you capture a little stardust magic in your writing?
The Goulet Pen Company Team
We’re thrilled to introduce the new limited edition Visconti Opera Master Luna, our newest Goulet exclusive collaboration with Visconti.
This gorgeous fountain pen is made with a brilliant “Goulet blue” resin infused with silver glittery particles. It’s also translucent, so you can see your ink level through the barrel as well. It also has a small clear ink window, and is complemented by rhodium trim.
The Opera Master is an oversized pen that features the Double Reservoir Power Filler. A little history on this filling mechanism…. in 1998, Visconti applied for the Italian patent for its Double Reservoir Power Filler, which is a unique filling system that allows a massive ink capacity and safe usage during air flights. Similar in operation to vacuum-filling pens (such as the larger Visconti Homo Sapiens), the Opera Master fills with a 3.4ml ink capacity in the sealed ink reservoir. Unique to this design, there is a second reservoir in between the vacuum seal and the pen’s feed that holds about .6ml, the size of a typical standard international short cartridge. Effectively, what you end up with here is the ink equivalent of a standard international cartridge that you can use to write (without having to unscrew the filler knob like you do with most other vacuum-fillers), with the contents of an entire pack of cartridges (or the entire Visconti Traveling Inkwell!) in the back of your pen.
The Opera Master uses the large 23kt palladium nib, available in sizes extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, or 1.3mm stub italic.
It comes packaged with a special glass bottle of Visconti Blue ink, in a beautiful leather gift box.
Only 188 individually numbered pieces were made, and we’ll do our best to honor any specific requests for numbers.
The Luna is available exclusively through Goulet Pens for $795 (original MSRP $995).
What do you think of this newest fountain pen?