Thursday, March 31, 2011

Write Time at 9: March 30, 2011



We experienced technical difficulties with Ustream this week, which caused us not to be able to record our broadcast. We had a fan record it, but it appears to have been removed from YouTube. We're sorry everyone!

This week we were plagued with technical issues. On Tuesday we tried to broadcast but couldn't get audio, so we rescheduled for Wednesday. In order to work around the audio issue, we weren't able to record it (or so we thought!). Please excuse our informality - we tend to be a little 'looser' when we aren't being recorded. This was like a 2 hour super bonus time!

A few highlights from the broadcast:
  • April's Ink Drop theme is..... Easter Egg Hunt! More details to come through the blog.
  • We showed some of the Pilot pens we now carry, and discussed which converters fit which pens.
  • We showed some of the Lamy pens we now carry, and talked about what other styles are coming soon.
  • Rachel demonstrated how to use the Pilot Parallel pens to achieve gradiated colors.
  • Dispelled some of the rumors regarding Noodler's pens being made by Chelpark
  • Updated timelines for new and out-of-stock items, like Noodler's flex pens and music pens, new Sailor inks, Habanas, Rhodia products, etc.
  • Talked about upcoming video blogs
  • Announced that we'll be interviewing Nathan Tardiff on an upcoming Write Time at 9... more details to come

     Join us live next Tuesday at 9pm EDT.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Write Time at 9 postponed....

    Hey guys, UStream was having technical difficulties tonight and we weren't able to get any sound. We'd still like to broadcast this week, so we'll be doing it tomorrow night, Wednesday March 30, at 9PM Eastern time. Our apologies to all who tuned in tonight - hope you can make it tomorrow!

    Write Time at 9
     
    Tomorrow's topics

    Write On,
    Rachel & Brian Goulet

    Write Time Topics 3/29/11




    Link to video on YouTube.

    Tonight we'll be hanging out with you at 9pm Eastern US time, so come and check us out. Here's what we'll be talking about:
    • Theme for April's Ink Drop
    • Pilot!
    • More Lamy stuff
    • What's happening with Noodler's pens
    • Clearing up rumors regarding Noodler's pens being made by Chelpark (re: FPN thread)
    • Upcoming video blogs
    As always, we'll be answering your questions and going on random tangents as you lead us in the chat. Come and join us, it's a lot of fun!

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Iroshizuku Swabs

    Rachel and I worked hard this weekend to do swabs of all the Pilot Iroshizuku inks. Check them out!

















    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Cleaning a New Lamy Pen



    Link to YouTube for my channel and more viewing options.

    If you've taken the nib off a new Lamy pen, you may have noticed some blue ink on the feed and underside of the nib. What's up with that? Well...all of the Lamy nib sections are tested at the Lamy factory, so it's residual ink.

    It's a good idea to give your new Lamy pen a quick flush if you're going to be using an ink other than what comes in the cartridge that accompanies the pen. If you don't, it probably won't hurt anything, it just might make your first inking look a little weird with some blue ink mixed in there! Cleaning it is real easy, and here in the video I show you how.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    It's Pilot!





    We've kept it secret long enough! We now have the full line of Pilot Iroshizuku inks, and we're really excited about it. We'll be working on samples and swabs over the next several days.


    We also have Namiki ink, Namiki Falcon flex nib pens, Pilot Vanishing Points, Pilot Plumix, Parallels, and Varsities. Weeeeee! Lots of fun and exciting stuff, as if I didn't already have enough to blog about!!

    We just got it all in yesterday afternoon, and I took some pics last night. Enjoy!


    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Write Time Cancelled, But I Will Post Updates

    Yesterday I posted about our weekend involving both Rachel and our son Joseph getting really sick. They're both still recovering, and I'm spread really thin right now with taking care of them and running GPC. There's just no way Write Time can happen this week, and for that I'm really, really sorry.

    We did have a few things to talk about: Lamy inks, the range of Lamy nibs, Lamy 2000s and Studios, April's Ink Drop theme, and our secret brand we're supposed to get in today. Lots of fun stuff...so we'll have to talk about it next week.

    I will post what I can tomorrow instead of posting a recorded Write Time video. I apologize to everyone we're letting down by canceling this week's broadcast. I'm disappointed myself :(

    I am curious to know though, what brand do you think it is we're getting in? We've dropped hints, I just want to see what you think...

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Getting Caught Up From A 'Relaxing' Weekend

    Sometimes things just don't go as planned. What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend of spending time with Rachel's family to celebrate her father and sister's birthdays turned into a case of the stomach flu for both Rachel and our little 14-month old, Joseph. Joseph is getting better but Rachel is still down for the count. I've been playing Mr. Mom all weekend, and it hasn't been easy because our sick little boy just wants to be comforted by his mommy, and his mommy is really sick, too.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    What is your experience with Lamy inks?


    Getting It In

    We were backordered on our Lamy inks from our opening order, and from my previous experiences with backorders with other distributors I was thinking it would be weeks before we got them in. Nope! 4 days, and there they were.

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Shake that Converter!



    Link to YouTube for my channel and more viewing options.

    If you've ever used a fountain pen with a cartridge converter, you know sometimes they can be a bit of a pain to clean thoroughly. You flush and flush and flush but the water still isn't clear! Well, maybe you just need to shake things up a bit. A brief yet confident shaking of your converter filled with water will get ink out of the 'hidden spots' inside your converter to give you a more thorough cleaning.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Write Time at 9: March 15, 2011



    Link to Ustream for the recorded vid.

    This week we left the topics open, with a Q and A style. We wanted to answer the questions that were on your mind, and we did that for well over a hour! It was a good broadcast, with a lot of activity in the chat. Thanks to everyone who showed up and talked with us, it's always a blast!

    Join us live next Tuesday at 9pm EDT.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Write Time Topics 3/15/11


    Tonight we'll be hanging out with you at 9pm Eastern US time, so come and check us out. No big whoop, we'll be talking about pens (probably Lamy's as we have been playing with them lately), Edison Nouveaus, and whatever you want to talk about. It'll be a Q&A, so come hang out, talk in the chat, and we'll see where it goes!

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Edison Nouveau Premiere Nib Comparison (With Video)



    **A note of clarification on the video: towards the end when I'm actually writing with the pens, I refer to the nibs as having a 6 or 7 out of 10 rating on flow....that rating scale is a subjective rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being dry or 'stingy' with the ink, and 10 being a gushing firehose. The 6-7 rating I gave means the pens write on the wet side of a medium flow. Sorry for any confusion!

    Link to YouTube for my channel and more viewing options.



    Many of you have been asking for writing samples of the Edison Nouveau Premiere pens, so here you go! I wanted to standardize on an ink I felt most people would be pretty familiar with, so I went conservative with Noodler's (bulletproof) Black.

    There were three different papers I used for samples, Rhodia Dotpad 80g, HP 28lb Color Laser Paper, and Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper (cheap stuff). I tested the three different size Edison nibs against each other, as well as compared them to same size Lamy nibs. Why Lamy? For one, a lot of people are familiar with them. The main reason though is because that is the only other brand of pen where I have a fine, medium and broad nib in the same model of pen (Lamy Vista).

    Rhodia Dotpad 80g

    So we'll start off with the Rhodia Dotpad No. 16. It's smooth 80g paper, and nib feels great on it. Brian Gray uses Rhodia paper when he tests out his own nibs, so this is sort of a baseline paper for his nibs. The reason I chose the dotpad is because the dots don't compete with the writing, but it does give you a reference for the size of the line the nib puts down, as the dots are all 5mm apart from each other.


    The very first thing I noticed was how different the Edison and Lamy fine nibs are. The Lamy seems more like the Edison medium! Edison nibs hail from Germany as do Lamy's, but they are clearly different. If you like to write with a finer nib, the Edison fine should do well for you. The Lamy extra-fine is probably closer to the Edison fine. The Edison fine is smooth though, smoother than most fine nibs I'm used to. It is actually a pleasure to use, even though I'm usually more of a broad/italic kinda guy.

    The Edison medium seems to me to be just a bit closer to the fine than the broad. It's not so much the size of the nib that makes the difference, it's the flow. The broad puts down a fair amount of ink, as you can tell by the darkness of the ink. The Lamy broad was still wetter even than the Edison broad.

    HP 28lb Color Laser Paper

    Next I used it on HP 28lb Color Laser Paper (no affiliation). This is the paper Rachel and I use for all of our Goulet Pens invoices, and it handles fountain pen ink really well.


    This paper spreads the ink just a tad more than the Rhodia does, so the lines appear a little thicker. This paper is comparable to a 'nice' office paper that you may encounter. Pens performed really nicely, consistent with the Rhodia.

    Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper

    Last is the Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper. This is my 'cheap-o' paper test. It's comparable to whatever cheap copy paper is probably being used around your office for internal documents and inkjet printing.


    The paper performed well all things considered, but this isn't a paper review. It's good performance is more of a testament to the ink than anything! It spread a little more than on the other two papers, but nothing unmanageable. No feathering or anything, which actually surprised me. In any case, you can still get an idea of the difference in nib sizes on any of these papers.

    My Reaction

    I'm very pleased with Brian Gray's work. People have been raving about his pens, especially the way they write, for years. These pens met my expectations for writing quality, and actually exceeded it with the fine nib. Most of my experience with fine nibs have been pens like Platinum Preppys and Pelikan Pelikanos, which aren't always so smooth. I will say all of the Edison pens write very smoothly with just a touch of feedback, and I didn't have any skipping or starting problems at all during my testing. The flow is smooth and consistent, with a medium to wet feel.

    Now, I'm as biased as one could possibly be, so take my review with that in mind. I didn't so much intend for this to be a full review of the pens, more just a reflection of the lines each of the different nib sizes put down. I'm eager to hear how Premiere owners like their pens once they are using them for themselves.

    Hopefully this helps to give you an idea of how the pens write, let me know what you think.

    Disqus now on Ink Nouveau

    Gary Vaynerchuck has been my benchmark for the way I do things at Goulet Pens and Ink Nouveau for a little over a year now, and I just got another great idea from him the other day. I noticed that he uses a program called Disqus on his blog. People would comment, and he gave responses to each person that were nested right under theirs, which I thought was just awesome! It makes it much easier to follow the flow of each thought, and to harvest conversations from each comment.

    Aside from 'nesting', other cool features include the ability to comment by signing in with your already existing profile from Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and other social networking sites. You can even attach pictures to your comment, making it much easier to show what pen or ink you're talking about. You can easily 'like' someone's comment, as well as share it on your favorite platform.

    So with Rachel's help, we've installed Disqus here on Ink Nouveau. The point of all of this is to make it easier for you to ask me questions and share your thoughts, and to make it easier for me to keep a conversation going with each of you about all the writing stuff you love. You can already see how it's working on the post I did the other day on Lamy pens. What do you say? Let's start talking ;)

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    Swapping Lamy Nibs with Just Tape (Video)



    Link to YouTube for my channel and more viewing options.

    Probably the biggest selling point to the Lamy Safari/Al-Star/Vista/Joy pens are that they all have interchangeable nibs. You have the option of writing with an extra-fine, fine, medium, or broad nib in either black or silver stainless steel, and the option of 1.1mm, 1.5mm, or 1.9mm italic nibs in silver stainless steel. That's a lot of choices for one pen, and it's great for getting a variety of writing styles without having to purchase multiple pens.

    Sometimes the nibs come out easily just with your fingers, but sometimes not. Inspired by a great suggestion from Matt Schiller on the Lamy post I did a couple of days ago, I shot this video on how to easily swap out Lamy nibs using nothing but run-of-the-mill scotch tape. It's safe, fast, easy, and works well whether your Lamy is inked or not. I hope it helps you!

    Let me know how you like the tip! Just post in the comments...

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    Rachel Got A Little Lamy

    I've been pursuing Lamy (pronounced "Lommy") for months with emails and phone calls to no avail. This past weekend, Rachel casually contacts them. Four days later, we have Lamy at our doorstep. In the same weekend, she casually contacted another brand (we'll be releasing that soon enough, don't worry), and that is in the works as well. I'm going to let her handle things from now on! ;)

    Anyway, thank Rachel for her great work. We now have Lamy, which has been one of the brands most requested by our fans and customers. I'm thrilled because we get questions about them all the time, and now I'll know what the heck I'm talking about. We're still learning the brand and finding what we should carry, so let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see.

    I found a few hours somehow and took some new pics of the pens, enjoy!

    Lamy Al-Star- brushed aluminum, really nice! First thing I did was set aside a blue one for myself ;)



    Lamy Safari- same style as Al-Star, but plastic instead of aluminum, and grip is not translucent.


     Lamy Vista- same as Al-Star and Safari, but in a clear demonstrator.


    Lamy Joy- italic (calligraphy) pens, same as all the others except for the body, which is long and tapered (still posts, though).


    Spare Nibs- one of the coolest things about these pens, the nibs are all the same and are all swappable.


    I know sooooo many people are huge fans of these pens, and for good reason. We're happy to finally be a part of the conversation going on about these pens.

    **Since this original post, I've since done a video on how to replace the nibs of Lamy pens using only scotch tape, check it out here

    What's your experience with Lamy pens?