New fav

My new favorite pen for sketching is the Platinum Cool.    I bought it from my favorite pen retailer, The Goulet Pen Company   I chose the clear fine point.  It’s a little over $40, so that’s more than the Lamy Safari, which I’ve been using a lot and own 2 (plus the Lamy Al-Star).  But that price includes the cartridge converter, which is usually about $7.

What is so “cool” (ha ha) about it is that it is very slightly a flex pen.  I could never get the hang of the Ahab Flex.  Here is the pen and some example lines:

The variability of the lines makes it very useful for drawing.

I will be ever grateful to the Urban Sketcher in whose writings I first saw mention of The Goulet Pen company.  They are great.  Be sure to see Brian’s helpful tutorial videos and the interesting blog.
Fountain of Knowledge
the blog, Ink Nouveau

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to New fav

  1. Tina Koyama says:

    I just got a Cool, too — in pink! But I’m not as impressed as you are, or maybe I just haven’t gotten the hang of it. I feel like I have to use a lot of pressure to get it to flex, and then I can’t draw naturally with it while I’m also pressing on it. Suggestions?

  2. redharparts says:

    I guess I don’t use the flex feature a lot, just for a couple lines of emphasis. What I use more and like a lot is the very thin lines it can make when turned upside down.

    • redharparts says:

      And since neither of us has had any success with the Ahab Flex (!), this is about the only inexpensive option for a flex pen. I was just watching Brian’s video about a pen on which I saw someone else’s comment. It also flexes, but it’s $150!

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