Goulet Q&A 194: Lamy HQ, How Brian would design an ink bottle, and Top 5 favorite demonstrators

For links to the products mentioned and Brian’s answers, check out the Q&A 194 blog post: https://bit.ly/GouletQA194

In this Goulet Q&A episode, Brian talks about his trip to Lamy HQ, how he’d design an ink bottle, and his top 5 favorite demonstrators.

1. Touzeen H.- Facebook (15:21)
Your Fountain Pen predictions for 2018?

2. bklynight27- Instagram (25:59)
What’s your top 5 fav demonstrators?

3. @namelessnanashi- Twitter (33:16)
I find the gimmick on the Pilot Justus95 very interesting, but does it add complexity to the maintenance of the pen? How easy is it to disassemble and clean? How would you compare it to the Metal Falcon and Custom912 Falcon? (Assuming you fit them all with CON-70) #GouletQA

4. La Lynne- Facebook (38:14)
My question is, if you ever had to design an ink bottle (you’ve done ink and pens, so why not ink bottles?) what would it look like? (Assuming you are going for both beauty and practicality) How much ink would you have it holding? What bits of the various bottles would you want to keep? What thing would you do that no one else seems to have thought about? What bits of other bottles would you not use at all?

5. Mher G.- Facebook (42:38)
I have used pilot mixable color (ones that come with the parallel) on a Rhodia pad (both 80 and 90 gsm) with a pilot falcon but it bled through to the other page , i tried a pilot Namiki cartridge and it didn’t bleed through .i want to ask : 1) what is the difference between pilot mixable color cartridge , pilot namiki and pilot iroshizuku ink ( i have never seen a good explanation anywhere) . 2) what are some other good papers for flex writing and calligraphy that do not bleed through. Have a blessed holiday season keep up the good work.

6. Roxanne R.- Facebook (45:55)
I’ve been using my Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo daily for almost a year. Lately, the converter has been getting stuck—really stuck, so stuck that I ruined one converter trying to pull it out with pliers. I’ve replaced the converter and tried to clean everything, but it still sticks. Can you offer any tips? (I use De Atramentis Document Black ink.) While we’re on the subject, do you have any tips for cleaning the nib area? It seems like ink is getting stuck up in places I can’t reach and not getting flushed out with the bulb. I’m afraid to mess too much with it as it’s my most and only expensive pen.

7. Souro R.- Facebook (48:59)
Hello to the awesome GPC team! I’m from India, and due to customs regulations and duties, I have only purchased from you folks once, and that was an amazing, personal experience for me. I know that your main customer base is in the States, so my question is this: how can fountain pen lovers, who cannot purchase from you with any kind of frequency due to geographical location or customs issues, help out you folks? You push out some amazing content which is very helpful for EVERYONE in this field. I just feel that I, and many others like me, owe you for all the education you provide to us. Thank you for helping us write on! Shine on, GPC!

QOTW: what was the first time you ever traveled out of your home country and why? (53:21)

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