Back at the end of July, I mentioned that I was ready to start trying out bottled fountain pen inks. I had originally planned to order some ink samples in August and start writing ink reviews in September, but thanks to my bad habit of procrastination, I didn't place my order until September and my inks did not arrive until a week ago! Here are my ink samples:
It took me a ridiculously long time to decide on the ink colours for my first order. I wanted a good mix of different brands and different colours, but I still ended up with a definite bias towards green and orange, my two favourite colours. However, I am happy with my selection of colours:
- De Atramentis Dianthus
- Diamine Meadow
- J. Herbin Vert Olive
- Noodler's Habanero
- Pelikan Edelstein Onyx
- Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki
- Private Reserve Shoreline Gold
- Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün
As well as these eight ink samples, I also bought a Lamy Z24 converter for my Lamy Safari fountain pen. (You can see it sitting in front of the ink samples.)
This order was my first time purchasing from The Goulet Pen Company. While I am completely happy with my order, the shipping costs to Canada ended up being a bit more than I had expected (the shipping cost almost as much as my actual order did). For my first ink order, I wanted to order from a company that I trusted completely, but I think that if/when I buy more inks, I will consider other options (ideally, I would love to buy from an actual physical store, but there are very few in my area that sell fountain pen inks).
That said, I am not complaining about Goulet Pens! They are a great company, and their website is awesome. When I was choosing my ink colours, I used their Swab Shop and especially their interactive ink swab comparison tool to view and compare ink swabs and pick out the ink colours that most appealed to me. While I was nervous about my inks potentially leaking while in the mail, they all arrived safely. I also love the Goulet Pen Company sticker, "Write On" bookmark, and Tootsie Pop that were included with my order :) I would recommend Goulet Pens, but if you're an international customer and you're placing a relatively modest order, consider shipping costs before you buy.
Now that my inks have (finally) arrived, I can't wait to start trying them out! In my next post, I'll clean my pen, install my converter, and load up my pen with my first ink. And I'll post my first ink review later this month, so stay tuned for that!