Monday, December 30, 2013

Writing with Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Extra-Fine Fountain Pen

Because Pilot now offers their Falcon pen in rhodium trim as well as a soft extra-fine nib, I wanted to show you how it writes and compare it to the soft fine Namiki Falcon as well as the soft extra-fine Pilot Metal Falcon. I ink them all up with the delicious Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink and take them for a test drive on Rhodia No. 16 dotpad 80g paper.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Intro: Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Rhodium Trim Fountain Pen

The Namiki Falcon (in yellow gold trim) has long been a staple in the fountain pen world for it's soft nib. Pilot has knocked one out of the park this time by introducing the same pen in a rhodium trim version, as well as expanding the nib offering to include a soft extra-fine! I explain the pen, its branding shift, and how it works in this video.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pilot (Namiki) Falcon Soft Extra-Fine

When I heard Pilot was coming out with a rhodium-trim resin Falcon in a soft extra-fine nib, I was really, really excited to see how it performed. I've used the soft extra-fine nib on the Pilot Metal Falcon, and it is awesome (though expensive). But the nib on the brand-new rhodium-trim Pilot Falcon is everything I hoped it would be. For $144, this pen will be the new standard for gold flex nibs. I threw the macro lens on my Canon 5DMk3 and just had a blast. No music or fancy frills, this video is all just to show you what a hack like me can do with a completely non-custom Pilot Falcon soft extra-fine.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 16, Correspondence

It's time for another Goulet Q&A, and Episode 16 is all about Correspondence. I got a lot of good questions about paper and ink on this one, specifically geared towards writing to other people. Stuff about wax seals, paper, the future of hand writing and correspondence and more. Come check it out!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Parker I.M. Premium Special Edition Fountain Pens

Parker has recently release their special edition I.M. Premium pens in Big Red and Blue Black, and they struck my fancy. I don't talk much about Parker, so I thought it'd be nice to share my experience with them.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 15, Open Forum

It's an Open Forum on this week's Goulet Q&A, so I answer whatever fountain pen, ink, and paper questions come my way. There's a good mix of stuff this week, mainly ink and pens.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parker Urban Premium Penman Blue Fountain Pen

Parker got my attention with the Urban Premium in Penman Blue. I'm a total sucker for blue, and this pen is a great homage to the legendary Parker Penman Sapphire ink. In this video I introduce the pen, show you how it works, and write with it.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Noodler's Konrad Acrylic Flex Fountain Pens: 7 New Colors

Noodler's has released another batch of Acrylic Konrad Flex Fountain Pens, only the second batch of them that we've ever seen (first was April 2013). These $40 pens are made of acrylic acetate, the same gorgeous materials you see typically in much more expensive pens. There are 7 new colors to show, and since there is so much depth and pearlescense to them, I thought it would be best to show them off in a video (even though they won't be around long, probably).

Friday, December 6, 2013

Goulet Q&A Episode 14, Traveling with Fountain Pens

I actually wasn't really sure how many questions I'd get when I solicited questions for this week's Q&A, especially because I already have a Fountain Pen 101 video on both Flying With Fountain Pens and Pen Storage, but you all came through for me! I got a lot of great questions about carrying, storing, and traveling with pens in cars and planes. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jinhao X450/X750 Fountain Pen Nib Swap

If you have a Jinhao X450 or X750, you can greatly increase the versatility of the pen by swapping out the nib with a variety of available #6 size nibs. I show you how in this video, using two-tone and steel Goulet nibs.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jinhao X750 Fountain Pen Review

Jinhao is a new-to-me brand of fountain pen coming from China, and I'm very impressed with the quality and value of the X750 model. I've spent some time playing with it over the last week, and want to share my thoughts and experience with you here.