When does a hobby become an addiction?
I think today may have been that no going back moment…what do you think? It started when the new InkDrop package arrived in May from the Goulet Pen Company. I loved how Platinum’s Mix-Free Sunny Yellow shaded in my Pilot Parallel test. The next day I saw the same ink in a beautiful Tree ink test by Pira Urosevic (@PiraU) on Twitter and knew I needed a bottle. One thing lead to another and next thing I knew there was a box on my doorstep….a very heavy box.
One thing to point out for those of you not familiar with the Goulet Pen Company – imagine a NASCAR pit crew for your pen hobby – that’s these guys. The packing is insane, there is always a personal note from the wonderful Goulet minion who processed my order and to top it off – a Tootsie Pop.
As for the InkDrop program I would highly recommend joining the club – 5 samples a month plus a discount program on select items – win-win if you ask me!
So here is what this weeks early self-Santa Christmas present contained:
- Noodler’s Konrad Flex Nib in a very cool Mars Red Pearl
- Noodlers’s Nib Creaper in Arizona (a yellow orange swirl)
- Jinhao x750 in Shimmering Sands (holy glitter disco Batman!)
I wanted to try the other two flex nibs from Noodler’s as I already had an Ahab and a Charlie – I’m excited to see how they stack up. I really liked the Jinhao X450 and 159 as an affordable entry level pen so the X750 seemed like a good choice.
- Goulet’s awesome Notebook Sampler Pack – includes 7 assorted pocket notebooks from Apica, Banditapple, Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Midori and one of their newer brands, Leuchtturm1917.
I was looking for a way to try out a few paper types and see what I liked best – this seemed like a great way to check out a few brands in an affordable way before investing in some of the larger A4 sizes. These will also be great for popping in my bag when I am out shooting photos or hiking.
- (2) Lamy Special Edition 2015 Copper Orange
- Platinum Mix-Free Sunny Yellow
- Sheaffer Skrip Blue-Black
- Diamine Twilight
- De Atramentis Hyacinth
- De Atramentis Cucumber
- Noodler’s Habanero
- Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
Ok I went a little overboard…but –
The Copper Orange is a limited run so I decided to get two bottles (I have the matching Lamy Al-Star so that seems justified). The Hyacinth and Sunny Yellow were in the May InkDrop and I found both amazing on paper. The rest were already in my cart from window shopping over the past two weeks – but I can quit anytime, I swear!
I will follow up with some reviews over the next few weeks – hopefully this keeps me busy for a while! #InkAddict #No12StepProgram