Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Goulet Grip Tutorial

The Goulet Grip is the handiest 1"x3" slip of rubber that you'll ever come across, perfect for removing those tough-to-grip pen parts such as nibs and feeds. This simple tool helps you get every part of your pen disassembled for cleaning or repair. It's also great for you tinkerers who want to know your pens inside and out!

****DISCLAIMER: any time you take apart your pens you are doing so at your own risk. Any damage you cause to your pens taking them apart or reassembling is outside of just about all manufacturers' warranty policies, so make sure you're careful and well-studied before attempting to do any pen repair or disassembly yourself!****

So why would you want to remove your nib/feed anyway? You certainly don’t have to, but there may be some reasons you want to:
  • Swapping nibs like on the Lamy, Edison, or Monteverde pens where nibs are sold apart from the pens
  • Cleaning/restoration, especially if you have old caked-up ink that acts like glue in your feed and want to really clean it thoroughly
  • Repair/replacement, heaven forbid you damage your nib and need to put in a new one

I made this video to be an instruction on using the Goulet Grip on a variety of pens, and I wanted to include some of the ones that I personally have found the most helpful using the assistance of the Goulet Grip. this should be a great resource for you to remove the nib from the following pens, Grip or no Grip:

  • Why you would want to remove your nib (0:19)
  • Lamy Safari (2:25)
  • Noodler’s Ahab (2:34)
  • Monteverde Invincia Deluxe (3:01)
  • Jinhao X750 (3:36)
  • Pilot Falcon (3:54)
  • Sheaffer 300 (4:33)
  • Edison Nouveau Premiere (5:34)
  • Platinum Cool (Balance) (5:49)
  • TWSBI 580 (6:29)
  • Pilot Vanishing Point nib unit (6:53)

At $1.95, the Goulet Grip is a pretty nifty little tool that should make it easier for you to tinker around with your fountain pens. Pick one up by itself or in the Goulet Nib Tuning set. If you have any questions about how to use it, just let me know in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brian Goulet Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you haven’t heard about it yet, a new phenomenon has hit the social media circuit fondly known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, sharing it on social media, and then nominating others to do the same. If you refuse to take the challenge, you’re asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of your choice (or, you can do both!). All of this was created in an effort to raise ALS awareness.

Rebekah, Brian’s sister-in-law, nominated him to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge just yesterday. She just knew the fountain pen community would love it. He accepted the challenge and now nominates: 1) Brian Gray of the Edison Pen Company, 2) Stephen Brown, the YouTube sensation, and 3) Brad Dowdy of The Pen Addict. You have 24 hours to get drenched or donate (or both)! Who will you challenge? Good luck!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Matchup #10: Sheaffer 300 Metallic Grey and Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same

It’s dull and grey here this morning, so today’s Monday Matchup fits the bill! We’ve coupled the classical Sheaffer 300 in Metallic Grey fountain pen with Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same fountain pen ink. These two were made for each other. This is a sturdy and reliable duo that is bound to dazzle and impress your peers.

Joe O., using the Kiri-same ink and some correction fluid, created the drawing below. He was inspired by a study done by his favorite portrait artist, Ann Gale.

You’ll also notice we’ve included some writing samples. We’ve decided to incorporate these with our Monday Matchups so you can get an idea of how the pen truly writes and operates with the ink. Alex used the Sheaffer 300 with Medium nib to create this written portion.

What do you think of this week’s matchup? What do you currently have matched? Let us know! Happy Monday, folks.