Edelstein, could you finally be coming?

I just got confirmation today that Edelstein started shipping out! Of course at this point, I want to see them IN MY HANDS before I say anything! So many retailers have been caught with their pants down lately because of all of the delays from these inks. I’m not pre-selling, but I am taking ‘reservations’ if you email me ahead of time. I will see how many I get in (and when) before I do anything with the inks, but it should now be only a matter of a day or two…..hopefully!

September 23rd, 2010|Pen News|0 Comments

Write Time at 9: September 21, 2010

Join us live every Tuesday night at 9pm EST for Write Time at 9! We talk pens, paper, ink, and random other things (writing related usually).

Tonight we talked about the Noodler’s ink colors that I just got in (not new colors, just ones that were on backorder for me for a while), dip pens to use for testing ink samples, and Pelikan Edelstein. I tested out the Brause calligraphy 6-nib dip pen set, which actually worked amazingly well for testing fountain pen inks (if you use it with the reservoir!), so I will likely begin to carry those soon. Ink Drop members will be thrilled!

We had a ‘special guest’ pop in as well, Stephanie from BiffyBeans.com. You probably already know her blog, which is a great resource of ink and notebook reviews, but in case you don’t, we’re going to work to fix that! Nothing firm yet, but we’re going to look to set up a ‘call in’ interview with her on the next Write Time at 9 if she’s available. She is a tremendous resource for the writing community, and will undoubtedly have a lot of great insight to share! Look for a post on that more specifically to be coming soon.

We had a giveaway tonight…..actually two….you see we did the first one but there was some confusion about the question asked (totally my bad), so we did a second one. The first one was for a Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, with the correct answer to the question ‘How many different sizes of top-staplebound Rhodias are there?’. Well, we didn’t realize before asking the question that there are actually several sizes printed on the back of the Rhodia pads of notepads not imported in the US…we were going for the answer to how many were in the US, and that answer was 12 (No. 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 38, and Le Carré which is in two sizes). Congrats Patrick!

Since the question was confusing, we did a second giveaway, by popular demand, for the Pelikan Pink in cartridges! We had passively mentioned that there were 18 Noodler’s colors that we had yet to load into the Swab Shop, and when asked for that number (nearly an hour later), the winner guessed it right on (congrats Mike!).

And of course, last but not least, we announce the theme for October’s Ink Drop!!! The theme will be ‘Autumn Leaves’. We explain how we wavered back and forth between Halloween colors, Autumn Leaves, and Edelstein but eventually settled on the leaves. Edelstein STILL isn’t out of customs yet, so there’s no way we’ll get it in time for the drop, and Halloween would be fun because of some interesting colors like Noodler’s Blue Ghost and Heart of Darkness, but ultimately we wanted to go for more of a seasonal color theme than just one holiday (plus Rachel and I aren’t big on Halloween). We have some really nice colors picked out that we think you’ll enjoy.

The video is on the long side but well worth it, 1hr 20min of pure inky fun!

September 22nd, 2010|Write Time|0 Comments

Rebekah Goldman Guest Post- Wax Seal Struggles

My sister-in-law, Rebekah Goldman, has had fine writing thrust upon her as a lifestyle simply by being related to me 😉 No seriously though, she’s a photographer who wanted to include classy, handwritten notes to her clients. She told me about some of her struggles getting started with wax seals, and it was perfect to share with all of you. Many of you know I’m seriously afflicted with the wax seal addiction, having done some 1,300+ seals by now (since I started in April). Rebekah brings to light some of the ‘struggles’ a wax seal newbie can face! All of the mistakes she made here are fixable, so I think a ‘wax seal salvage’ video may be in my future! Oh, and a shameless plug, check out her blog and definitely hire her if you’re in need of a wedding/family photographer in the DC Metro area! 😉 ~ Brian Goulet

I’m always finding ways to stand out to my clients, do something different and personal.  I’m a professional photographer and few days ago one of my engagement couples ordered some prints from me.  I don’t sell prints as often as I’d like so I really wanted to roll out the red carpet for them.  After “accidentally” eating the lollypop the printing company sent, I realized I needed to do something special.  I had just purchased some fancy G. Lalo paper and envelopes for writing letters, as well as a few sticks of wax and a brass seal with a fancy letter “R” from my brother-in-law.  You might have heard of him, probably not – his name is Brian.  Anyway, I had just finished up a great run with Diamine Marine (probably my favorite color) and decided to go PINK with a sample of Caran d’Ache Sunset.  I was ready to write my thank you letter to my client.

After getting my pen all set up, I tested the ink to make sure it was running smoothly (I’m still really messy at that) and began to write my note.  I started small at the top and it went something like this:

Katie and Alex,
I had a wonderful time with you guys the other weekend.  I hope you enjoy your prints!  Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!

That’s it?  I had barely filled up a quarter of the page!  Maybe I need to write bigger next time.  I added my signature at the bottom as big as I could without it being too obvious that I was just trying to fill space to look cool.  I grabbed an envelope, wrote their names of the front, and proceeded downstairs to find a lighter.

I went everywhere and couldn’t find one anywhere.  Although Brian told me not to, I attempted to use a match.  Luckily I didn’t burn any fingers off, but after holding it there for the duration of the light, I barely got one drop of wax.  After more searching, I finally found the cool clicky lighter thing and began to heat up my wax.  I waited… waited… and finally it began dripping.  I had practiced this before, doing demonstrations at the DC Supershow, so I felt like a pro.  I made sure the brass seal was clean, and even blew on it like I’ve seen Brian do.  I watched the wax drip… drip… drip.  Finally, I felt like there was enough, put the lighter down, and began swirling.  I was confident this was the perfect amount of wax – I had even centered the drippings right in the middle of the envelope fold and was ready to seal.  I put the lighter and the wax down, grabbed the seal handle, and pressed firmly in the middle.  I beamed as I witnessed wax spreading all around the brass seal – I knew this was a good one.  I couldn’t wait to see the finished result.  I slowly pulled the seal away and…

…it was upside down.  How could I have missed this?  I spent so much time preparing and making sure every detail was accounted for, and I forgot so little as to LOOK at the brass seal before I pressed it down?  How stupid can I be?

After failing to pull the previous wax seal off, I went to my room to grab another G. Lalo envelope.  Sigh… these things are expensive.  But, being the perfectionist I am, I had to get it right.  I went back for round two, made sure everything was set up correctly, and even placed my seal handle in a position that I would grab it right-side-up.  I started up the lighter, watched the wax drip, drip, drip… and began swirling.  As I grabbed for my seal I double and triple checked that it would be right-side-up.  I pushed the seal into the wax and… nothing.  The wax didn’t move.  It didn’t do that cool thingy where it comes oozing out the sides.  Did I mess up again?  I pulled the seal away only to reveal that I had not used enough wax.

Again?  Ugh.  To some people, this could be acceptable, but I’m going for a 16th century look – I want a real, genuine wax seal.  I had to try one more time.

Each step I took up the stairs to my room to grab yet another G. Lalo envelope felt like ripping dollar bills out of my wallet.  These things are expensive, and yet I was so determined to get it right.  I went back for round three, made sure there was PLENTY of wax, did the seal, and BAM!  Perfection.

I couldn’t be happier.  I can’t believe it took me this long, but I guess having the pressure of a real letter inside that envelope made me forget to check all the details.  Wax seals are fun – I love playing with fire and melting things, and using it in a cool-looking way is such a bonus.  I guess it could’ve been worse – I easily could have burnt a hole in my letter or even burnt myself.  Although I made mistakes, no one was hurt during the making of this seal… only a slightly crushed ego.

Take it from me – all you need to do is use plenty of wax and check the seal to make sure it isn’t upside down.  That way, you won’t burn through three G. Lalo envelopes for a tiny little client letter!

– Rebekah Goldman
Rebekah Goldman Photography

September 21st, 2010|Other Reviews|18 Comments

I made an ink decision (for my m800)

I posted about my new blue m800 with a 1.5mm italic nib that just came in a couple of days ago, here. I have been really contemplating the first ink I’m going to use in this ‘Holy Grail’ pen of mine. Here are some new pics:

I got word that the Pelikan Edelstein inks are finally clearing through customs and are expected (unless there are further delays, which is not only possible, but likely) to start shipping out to retailers as early as Monday or Tuesday.

I decided my first ink in my new pen will be Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire.

I’ve been waiting for the Edelsteins right along with all of you, and now I’m putting my own skin in it. I’m going to hold off from inking up my grail pen until the Edelstein comes in. It simply can’t come soon enough!!!! I wasn’t expecting for this scenario to happen, after all, I thought by now I’d have the inks, and I don’t, and that I wouldn’t get this pen until November, but here it is!

So alas, I will be waiting along with all of your for these new inks. I mean, I was already waiting, but now I’m REALLY going to be antsy. After all, I’ve waiting this long, what’s another few days?

September 20th, 2010|A Goulet Life|3 Comments

The ‘Goulet’ way to find that perfect ink

Here are the steps I have set up to help you find your perfect fountain pen ink:

  1. Swab Shop– compare color-adjusted swabs of all the inks I have. I have groups set up for basic guidelines, and you can swap out individual swabs across brands to see what colors interest you.
  2. Ink Samples– once you narrow down the general colors you like, you can get samples of all of them for a small investment to try a whole variety of inks. This way you can see how the ink performs in your favorite pen(s), on your favorite paper. If you hate it, no biggie, it’s just a sample. You can also join Ink Drop, my monthly sample club to get 5 colors sent to you automatically every month.
  3. Full Bottle– Once you’ve done (1) and (2), you can be confident you’re purchasing a full bottle of an ink you’re going to love.

There’s no worse feeling (in terms of writing, anyway) than purchasing a full bottle of ink on speculation, only to find it looks different than you thought or that you just flat out don’t like it. I have several ‘ghost bottles’ of inks I know I’ll never use, but I feel too guilty to get rid of them. I have a whole ink ‘graveyard’, and it’s sad to see (and it’s expensive too). I hope to help eliminate this problem for you and make it so you only get the inks you’re really going to love.

September 18th, 2010|Tips & Tricks|8 Comments

Weekend Reads 9/19/10

Sorry this is a little late this weekend. Normally I post Weekend Reads on Saturday. My bad! There’s a lot of fluff going on right now in the blog world, seems we’re all a little busy for the hardcore in-depth reviews you like to see. Sorry for that, but if you’re looking to just cruise around and waste some time checking some writing links, here you go. ~Brian Goulet


Noodler’s Heart of Darkness– The Harmless Dilettante


Rhodia Perfection– Scriblets

Fountain Pens and Post-its 2– Quo Vadis blog

Karl Rove doesn’t like Moleskines– Notebook Stories

Clairefontaine Roadbook– Whatever


My New Pen– Rhodia Drive

Snake Clips!– Edison Pen Co.

September 18th, 2010|Pen News|0 Comments
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