J. Herbin Vert Olive - July/August's "Ink of the Month"

Sometimes, our expansive selection of fountain pen inks can get a bit out-of-hand with a particular color. Similar to our "Weekly Dip" special that features an item on our website that has been selected for an extra discount for a week, we are going to feature an "Ink of the Month" that will be available at an extra discount for a month or until the herd is thinned. For the last week of July and during the month of August, we will feature the J. Herbin Vert Olive as the Goldspot Ink of the Month.

Vert Olive has a lighter, khaki green color that has is lower in saturation and shows some shading. As you can see in the above olive doodle, you can build up the color of the Vert Olive after letting it dry, creating contrast for ink sketches and drawings. Each J. Herbin bottle also has a little shelf built into the design for your pen to rest on (see below). 


July Pen Giveaway Winner

Last Week, we kicked off a new format for our monthly giveaway and, oh boy, did the pen-loving public respond. We had over 100 facebook likes, tweets and comments on our giveaway blog post. I know this may not be a lot to some bloggers with a larger following, but seeing all the nice comments and notes of thanks from all of you really put a smile on our faces.

The lucky winner is @dangold from Twitter. Congrats! We'll be contacting him shortly to get his pen selection and address to send his prize out. This month's awesome pen giveaway is the Goldspot Exclusive Monteverde Invincia Grand Prix Ballpoint Pen, with any choice of color ($95 retail value).

Thanks to everyone for participating! Stay tuned for more updates and our next giveaway shortly.


Parker Revives Historical Colors of Duofold

We received this teaser card that will be given away in outgoing orders until we run out.

Coming September 2014, Parker is looking forward to the release of new Duofold pens that will revive historical colors. Since no further information is available at this time, we can only speculate that the colors will include or be similar to the ones shown on this vintage ad post card.

Would it be too much to ask if they were priced and built like the vintage Duofolds?


Enter Our July Pen Giveaway

We've decided to host the monthly giveaway here on our blog. Since most of our subscribers are also fans and followers on social media, we wanted to make the giveaway more interactive and exciting for those who are participating. We will still use our newsletter to inform our e-mail subscribers about the giveaway, but we are going to choose our winner differently.

You have (3) possible entries for this giveaway. One is by simply commenting on this blog post. The second and third entries can be obtained via Facebook and Twitter. If you have an account with either social network, simply find our page (details below) and Like or Re-Tweet the giveaway post link. This month's awesome pen giveaway is the Goldspot Exclusive Monteverde Invincia Grand Prix Ballpoint Pen, your choice of color ($95 retail value). We've recently dropped the price on these excellent collectible pens because, to be honest, we have way too much stock and need to clear the shelves for back to school inventory.

Here is How to Enter (no purchase necessary) :

  1. Comment on this post (1 Entry / person)
  2. Click over to our page on Facebook or Twitter
  3. Find the link to this giveaway post.  It should be the most recent link.
  4. "Like" or Re-Tweet the link (1 Entry per Twitter and/or Facebook Account).
...and that's it! We'll keep track of all the entries and then choose a fan using a random number generator to select one lucky winner. Deadline for Entries is Wednesday, July 23rd at 2p ET.

We will contact the winner directly through either Facebook or Twitter to obtain the shipping information and send out your Monteverde Invincia Grand Prix Ballpen!


Comparison of Nemosine Singularity, Fission & Neutrino Fountain Pens

With the new 2014 release of the Nemosine Neutrino, fountain pen fans are wondering how the (now) three models of Nemosine Pens stack up against each other.

For those of you who are new to the brand, Nemosine Pens are made in Taiwan, fitted with German-made stainless steel nibs, then assembled, inspected and packaged in the United States. They are a great value buy for an entry-level fountain pen and arrive with everything to get you started, including (6) ink cartridges and a converter for bottled ink filling. As opposed to most brands that only offer 1 or 2 nib sizes for their fountain pens, Nemosine has up to (7) different nib sizes available, including three calligraphic stub nib sizes.

The Singularity is the base model - a resin bodied pen that is light and average-sized. It has a screw on cap that posts well to the back end of the pen while writing. The stainless steel nib writes smoothly, even with the 0.6mm or 0.8mm calligraphic nibs that are available (mine is the 0.6mm). The Singularity is available in an array of colors, including a clear demonstrator model that seems to be the most popular of the line.

The Fission is the heavy artillery - a weighty, metal-bodied pen that has length and girth to go nib-to-nib against a Pelikan M800. Sure, you're not going to get as amazing of writing quality as you would with a Souveran pen, but for $24.95, it is certainly worth the price of admission. The cap screw posts on the backend of the pen, securely extending the length of the pen to a whopping 6.75" with cap posted. The German-made, stainless steel nib is the same that is installed on the Singularity, so you could swap the nibs between the two pen models.

The Neutrino is the new kid on the block and provides a happy medium between the size of the Singularity and the weighted feel of the Fission. The tapered barrel and cap are pleasing to the eye and comfortable for either a man or woman's hand. The nib is smaller than that of the Fission or Singularity, but is still offered in multiple tip sizes (Medium, Fine, Extra-Fine & 1.1mm Calligraphy Stub).

So, now the question becomes, "which Nemosine will be the first that I will own?"