6.23.2016

Top 5 Blue Pens to Cure the Blues


Blue, Blue & More Blue


Looking over all the new pens that have been launched by the greatest pen-makers like Pelikan, Pilot, Conklin and more, we've noticed a great deal of blue this year. Without further adieu, let's check out all the awesome blue pens that are currently available :


Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Blue Fountain Pen (View)
2016's latest line extension of the ever-popular Pilot Vanishing Point ("Capless" if you're outside of the US) retractable fountain pen. This royal blue is finished with a satin feel and stealth black trims. A black plated 18kt gold nib is installed to complement the furniture and clip.


Conklin All American Lapis Blue (View)
We were so stunned by the vibrant, marbled blue of the Conklin All American that we had to do a video overview on this pen to capture its gorgeous color.

Pelikan M205 Blue Transparent (View)
A re-issue of the same style that had been a hit success back in 2011 with a slightly updated finial top. Not much changes with these Pelikans, and that's a good thing! If you're a fan of high-performing demonstrators and the color blue, this one is a must have for your collection.


Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue (View)
This special edition for Pelikan does not disappoint. The barrel and cap are made from a translucent, marbled blue acrylic that is a marvel to behold and feel in hand. Check out our video review, which has been lovingly called "pen porn," here.

OMAS Arte Italiana Vintage 556F (View)
While this isn't a new pen, we recently got our hands on the very last of this classically designed OMAS pen because we fell in love with the simplicity and the richness of the resin color. The navy blue is paired with either gold trim or platinum-plated trim. The demure and subtle quality of this combination is not to be overlooked.

To match these wonderfully blue pens, we'd recommend the following inks and notebooks :


Mont Blanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue Ink (View)
A limited edition ink, this Leo Tolstoy is one of our best sellers in Mont Blanc fountain pen inks.


Rhodiarama Webnotebooks (View)
The high quality paper in the Rhodia webnotebooks can handle most fountain pen inks and nibs. The sturdy hard cover and elastic band ensure your writings and sketches stay protected in your daily travels. The Rhodiarama collection has a color cover to match every personality, with several shades of blue to match your blue pens & inks.

6.14.2016

The Write Stuff Clairefontaine Notebook Giveaway

So, we've got this little newsletter we do once a week called "The Write Stuff." This week, we're writing up issue #52, which means we've done this for about a year now. A giveaway is in order!



At over 29,000 active subscribers and growing, we're eager to hit that 30k milestone. In case you haven't heard of us, or have been reluctant to get YET ANOTHER E-MAIL from a online retail company, please allow me to tell you why the Write Stuff is better than your typical, sales-driven e-mail list.


It's full of photos of awesome, beautiful, writing gear. 

Hey, we get it! You've got to eat and pay the mortgage like anyone else. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the aesthetic beauty of these wonderful, new pens and inks we have to offer. Our newsletter has plenty of gorgeous pictures for you to oogle and put on your wish list for later.

It keeps you informed of the best pen content on the internet.

We love sharing posts from your favorite pen bloggers like Brad Dowdy from the Penaddict.com, Azizah from Gourmetpens.com, Matt from Penhabit.com and SBRE Brown. We share links to pen reviews, ink reviews and other fun articles that will inspire and delight.

It gets you the best bang for your pen buck.

Every week, we try to have a new promotion where we are adding value to your order by including a complimentary pen, ink or notebook. We run our Weekly Dip specials that change every Thursday that you can take advantage of at an additional discount. We also run special sales where you can save additional $'s off your next order. How will you know about any of these specials? By signing up, of course!

It only happens once a week, for a few minutes.

Think of all the times you have to listen or watch the same ad over and over again. On any given day I'm listening to at least 20 minutes of ads on Spotify, watching 8 minutes of ads on a 30-minute television program, or scanning through ads on the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed. All we ask for is a quick 2 minutes each week for you to look through our newsletter. That's it! The only time you can expect a few extra e-mails is during a special, holiday promotion or during Christmastime.

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Look, we get a ton of e-mail, everyday. There are some e-mails that you look forward to opening, and others that you are eager to find the "unsubscribe" button. We treat your attention like it is ours and would only want to send you premium content that you enjoy looking at each week. Goldspot will never rent or sell your e-mail address to ANYONE! We respect the trust you have put in us to provide us with your e-mail address and would never compromise it for a quick buck.



So, if you're looking to join for FREE and enter our giveaway, please submit your entry below. You also have the option to tweet about this giveaway to spread the word (and earn an additional entry in the giveaway).

This week, we're giving away these Clairefontaine Classic pocket notebooks (3.5" x 5.5" size) that contain a 96 pages of fountain pen-loving ruled paper. We'll pick 10 winners to get 2 notebooks a piece. Giveaway closes Tuesday, June 21st at 11am. Good luck and have fun!


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5.18.2016

Sailor 1911S Highlighter Fountain Pen & Ink Set



Wowzas. This bright combo from Sailor sure is hard to miss! This 1911S is fitted with a 14kt gold Music nib so you can use it like a broad-tipped highlighter.


Limited to 50 pieces brought into the United States. At the time of this writing, we only have 6 sets available in our store. SHOP NOW.

The ink bottles are available separately, so if you already have a music or stub nib, you can purchase the bottle of Jentle Bright Yellow Highlighter ink for $24 and convert your favorite fountain pen into a fantastic, refillable highlighter.

5.11.2016

All Aboard The J. Herbin Ink Hype Train! Caroube de Chypre Sneak Peek

A new year, a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink for pen lovers to get crazy about.

One would think that after Diamine introduced their line of Shimmertastic inks in 2015, the excitement over another sparkling ink from J. Herbin would slightly diminish. However, J. Herbin smartly tackled their next color to stand out from the crowd.

Introducing Caroube de Chypre :



This color looks rich and chocolatey, with golden shimmer and a slight reddish sheen, according to the J. Herbin manufacturer page. According to the story, J. Herbin was fond of dried carob pods, which look like this :


They have healthy and therapeutic properties. The Carob trees were cultivated all around the mediterranean since ancient times. The pods were so popular, they were called the "black gold of Cyprus."

UPDATE 05/18/2016

We were able to sample a bit of the Caroube de Chypre at the National Stationery Show that concluded this week. We had help from all-star calligrapher .... to create these wonderful photos that show off the shimmer and sheen of this ink. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any of this ink back to the office with us, but seeing it in person was truly an experience!








UPDATE 05/19/2016 : The Clumsy Penman did a full-out gorgeous review of the ink with many, many pictures that show the ink color in exquisite detail. Be sure to check out Mateusz's review of the Caroube de Chypre. Here are a few sample images from the post:




As with the Emerald of Chivor that nearly broke our website last year, we anticipate demand for this ink will be high when the initial shipment arrives. This year, we're giving our loyal newsletter subscribers the first opportunity to buy this ink when it becomes available. So, make sure you're signed up for our newsletter list by following the link below.

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Available : mid-July 2016.
Estimated Retail : $26 per 50mL glass bottle.

4.17.2016

Introducing Pelikan 4001 Dunkelgrün Dark Green Ink


tl;dr... Pelikan has released the new Dunkelgrün Dark Green 4001 ink to replace the Brilliant Green, which is now discontinued.

The Pelikan 4001 ink series stands as one of the most reliable set of colors for your fountain pen. Not only are the recommended for optimal performance of your Pelikan pen, they are also safe for many other plunger-filling, converter type fountain pens as well. The 4001 series is also more affordable, in comparison to the Pelikan Edelstein line of luxury inks, at $10 per 30mL bottle. Other than the blue-black being discontinued some years ago, the lineup has remained mostly the same for years and years.


Effective April 2016, the lineup has made a change to remove the "Brilliant Green" and replace it with "Dark Green," or Dunkelgrün.

I know, Earth-shattering news, right? Although I didn't lose any sleep about it, I'm sure that some would at least be interested to know the difference between the two inks, which is slight, but definitely noticeable. 


In terms of performance and safety with your fountain pen, you can still expect the same level of quality from the new Dunkelgrün. I would feel comfortable in putting this ink in any Pelikan, from a Pelikano to a Souveran M1000. To test out the color, I went to a vintage 1940's Waterman Stalwart fountain pen with a semi-flexible 14kt nib. 


As one might expect from the name, Dunkelgrün is a darker shade of Brilliant Green. It seems to take on a cooler, blueish hue when compared against the lighter green. Brilliant Green is less saturated, so it does shade a bit better and is less water resistant than the new darker green color.



Dunkelgrün's color seems to be an homage to the dark green that is synonymous with Pelikan's brand. From the striped Souveran fountain pens to the historical models of yesteryear, the German brand is forever associated with dark green.


What do you think of the change? Are you going to miss Brilliant Green? As of this writing, we have both colors readily available in-stock. Hit the 'Spot to pick up a bottle, international sized ink cartridge or the giant size ink cartridges.