The Goulet Pen Company is run by a young couple; I believe they are both recent graduates from Virginia Tech. Brian and Rachel Goulet are small business owners, and their product and passion are pens. Anyone can sell pens; these folks have made a name for themselves by not only selling fountain pens, inks, and writing material. They have also produced a large number of videos on the practical aspects of writing with fountain pens. I have found them to be informative videos which also showcase their many products. It is nice to be able to watch a video of the pen you want to buy before you put down money for it.
Here is one of the first videos produced by the Goulet Pen Company. Here Brian Goulet explains why he is starting this video channel:
This video is two years old; in the interim, their company has expanded, his family has grown, and he has lost a bit of weight. They are living the life of the small business owner; I wish them continued success.
On to Noodler's Ink. Noodler's Ink makes a huge line of inks which come in a variety of colors. In addition, the inks have different characteristics which you can research on the website. The first ink I ever selected from Noodler's was one which dried fast; I tend to write in haste, and smudging could result if the ink is wet for a while on the page. The ink I bought was called Bernanke Blue, after Ben Bernanke, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. As the label says, one needs a quick-drying ink when one is printing so much money.....
Oh look! It even has his picture on the side of it:
I like this ink. It dries quickly, and it is a beautiful blue. I can use it at work because all medical records are scanned into the electronic chart in a uniform black color. While I was at it, I bought one of the Noodler's fountain pens. This one is called the Ahab, and it is very reasonably priced. It came with this drawing, which shows Captain Ahab from Melville's book Moby Dick holding a harpoon. It is hard to see with the pen in the way, but this Captain Ahab has a fountain pen rather than a wooden leg for his missing leg.
Here is another view of the nib. The color of this pen is blue, but it is translucent so one can see the amount of ink still in the pen. Some pens are made of clear material so the mechanism can be seen; these types of pens are generally known as 'demonstrator' pens.