Thursday, October 31, 2013

ThanksGiveaway: Free Gifts in November from

We're giving away free gifts throughout the month of November. We call it ThanksGiveaway and it's our way of saying "thank you" to our amazing customers. Learn more at

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pilot Metropolitan Animal Prints

Pilot has just released some new designs of their Metropolitan pen, in animal prints! Okay, bear with me, I know your imagination can run wild with that, so just watch the video and you'll see what I'm talking about. I really aimed to show the similarities and differences between these new colors and the existing ones.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TWSBI Vac-700 Price Drop

It's not often that a manufacturer will drop the price of a pen, usually you see increases! But TWSBI has just announced the price drop of their VAC-700 pen, and it's a pretty nice one.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Platinum Carbon Desk Pen

The Platinum Carbon Desk Pen is an inexpensive, extra-fine Japanese nib fountain pen that has a lot of bang for the buck. I'd never used one before, but was really impressed when I tested it out. I show you how it works here, and compare how it writes to a Lamy Al-Star with an extra-fine nib.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 10, Open Forum

It was an Open Forum this week, which means that I was taking any questions about pens, ink, or paper that you had. In this one I talk about buying pens as a newbie, smoothing nibs, collecting pens, and a bunch of ink issues.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 9, Paper and Notebooks

Here is another episode of Goulet Q&A, our 9th one so far! This one is a little bit longer, 51, minutes, because I had a lot of really good questions about paper and notebooks for use with fountain pens that I wanted to answer. I kick off the video recapping on last week's episode, then answer 19 great questions, so enjoy!

Changes to the Monteverde Nighthawk

The Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk has had some slight aesthetic design tweaks since its initial release, and this video is to highlight those changes: 1) silkscreen MV logo on cap finial, 2) silkscreen naming on centerband, 3) tighter weave in carbon fiber wrapping. These changes are permanent, and will be this way for all Nighthawks going forward from October 2013.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Black Pilot Vanishing Point Nibs

Pilot has released black-plated nibs for the Vanishing Point (and Fermo, Decimo). These nibs are identical to the yellow gold and rhodium-plated nibs, made of 18k gold and plated with an undisclosed black metal material. Available in EF, F, M, and B sizes, these nibs will perform the same as the other VP nibs but give you a sleek, dark look to your VP. I show off the nib in several different VP's in this video.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Refills That Fit A Passport Midori Traveler's Notebook

I've been asked more than a couple of times how a Banditapple Peewee fits in a Midori Traveler's Notebook in Passport size. This question was the inspiration for this video, though I've been asked many times what other notebooks (if any) will also fit. Once I started grabbing all kinds of notebooks off the shelf, I realized that the Banitapple Peewee is similar in size to several other popular notebooks that would also fit, so I wanted to show them all for you here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 8, Inside the Goulet Minds

This week's Goulet Q&A episode is Inside the Goulet Minds, where we took questions about how we started our company, and why we do things the way we do them. We didn't get a lot of questions, but that's quite alright because the ones we did get were really, really good! And we're a bit long-winded anyway so we had no problem filling the time and then some. If you've ever been curious about how we came about, or if you miss the dynamic that Rachel and I had during our live Write Time broadcasts (now canceled), then you will love this video.

Next week's Q&A theme will be "Notebooks and Paper". Whatever questions you have about paper for your fountain pens, I will do my best to answer them. Paper is a deep, deep rabbit hole, but I will do my best! Just send an email to, which is a new email that we've set up specifically for receiving Goulet Q&A questions.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 7, Open Forum

This Q&A was an open forum, so I was just taking any questions that came my way. I had a backlog of some questions I hadn't answered in previous weeks, so this was a great chance for me to answer those. Next week I'll be doing another theme, this time called "Inside the Goulet Minds". Rachel (my wife) and I have both been through a lot building our company from our dining room to our warehouse, and we've done a lot of different things that some might consider unconventional. Enjoy the podcast!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brian Goulet's 5 Favorite Fountain Pen Inks

I've used a number of fountain pen inks over the years, and while I greatly enjoy exploring and trying new colors, there are some that find their way in my pens more than others. For various reasons, I love each of these 5 colors more than any other ink.