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Beaumont Materials Being Discontinued, New Materials Coming!

Posted by on Sep 13 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

I wanted to make everyone aware that we will be refreshing the materials used in the Production Line Beaumont in a few weeks.

We have new materials chosen, and are manufacturing them now. I’ll wait to disclose what those new materials will be, but in the meantime if anyone has been sitting on the fence about a Production Line Beaumont in Bordeaux, Black Onyx, Sapphire, or Bedrock Flake, now is the time!

Our inventory closets are completely bare with these original materials, so what’s left at our retailers is it. Just in case you were up in the air regarding these Beaumont materials, they will not be returning to the Production Line.

The new materials should be ready to be announced within four weeks, hopefully around three.

Stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

 

 

Beaumont Materials Being Discontinued

New Materials and Lots of Updates Coming Soon….

Posted by on Sep 06 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

Many of you know that we recently invested in all new machinery, replacing what we’ve been using for the last 10 years or so. With this machinery arriving, my time has been dominated with tons of setup and tooling, but mostly programming. Every program for every part for every pen has to be re-written, de-bugged, and proofed. This has truly been a second full time job for the last 2-3 months. We have been doing 50-60 hour weeks, but it’s actually been fun and rewarding since all of these changes are awfully exciting for us!

As a result of being this busy, we’ve admittedly been kind of dark on social media. However, I’m starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and things are coming together. So it’s time to get some announcements out there!

1. We have a LOT of new translucent materials that we’ve never used before. Some of these are just downright stunning. I’m so excited to have them available, especially in the Draw Fillers. Watching the ink slosh around in these pens is just super-cool. If you like translucent materials like I do, you’ll see lots to peruse here. This link shows some of our newest translucent materials, but I’ll be sending an update to showcase all of them soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can see photos below of a few of our new favorites.

2. With this new machinery, I feel that it’s time to raise the curtain again and give an updated “Behind the Scenes” video. We’ve done these in the past, and our fans always love seeing these kinds of videos displaying our processes and equipment. This new video should be very enlightening as we moved to a new and much larger location last year, and this year the new machinery is truly a huge deal for us. So a lot has changed since our previous videos of this type. Expect to see a video tour of our facility and processes in the next few months, as well as some kind of “making-of” video, likely showing how we make our Draw Fillers.

3. This new machinery has already opened up some opportunities within our Production Line, so expect to see an announcement regarding something new in these regards within the next month or so.

4. What’s up for 2019? Well the possibilities for us are a lot wider now, so expect to see more changes, more announcements, and more good stuff as we get settled in!

Below are a few examples of some of our favorites from these new translucent materials.

Stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

Menlo Draw Filler in Light Blue Clear Translucent Swirl

 

Menlo Draw Filler in Black Clear Translucent Swirl

Back From Vacation, Can’t Make DC This Year! :(

Posted by on Jul 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans.

Just a quick note to make everyone aware that we’re back from vacation and well rested! I’m tackling my mountain of emails now, so if you are expecting a response from me, you’ll receive it today or tomorrow.

But the real reason for the post…this is a difficult decision, but we won’t be able to make the DC Pen Show this year.

Bottom line, a lot of you know that we’ve had new machinery arrive. I’ll try to keep this brief and not too technical, but these new machines don’t simply plug in and make pens! Besides rigging crews, tooling, setup, and a steep learning curve regarding operation, the biggest job is programming. These machines speak a different language than our old machines. So literally every program for every part for every pen has to be rewritten, proofed, tested, and then tweaked for fine tuning. This has proven to be a huge job. Much larger than I had expected. Right now, I’m about 20% done with the re-writing and re-programming process.

So this means that I’ve been doing consistently 10-12 hour days before vacation for about a month, and will continue to do so until I’m finished.

A pen show like DC typically takes 2-3 weeks of preparation in regards to inventory leading up to a very hectic weekend. Then we really don’t get back into our groove until about 1 week after the show.

So it just won’t be feasible this year for us. This is not an easy decision, as we truly enjoy seeing our clients live at the pen shows. Then even though the pen shows are very hectic and busy (especially DC) they are a ton of fun!

Once we are in full operation with the new machines, we’ll get things back to normal here.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

On Vacation!

Posted by on Jun 26 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

My family and I are taking a much needed 2 week vacation.

Perhaps a lot of you know, but we had a lot of new machinery arrive that has dominated my time, and there’s been little light at the end of the tunnel. Coding every program for every part for every pen then proving them on the new machinery is a huge job (on top of my normal routine), and I’m just getting started! So a break from work is in order!

I will be staying away from emails during this time. If you need my direct attention, it could be July 16th or 17th when you hear from me.

Happy Summer!

Brian at Edison

Current Inventory Updated!

Posted by on May 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

With our preparations for the Chicago Pen Show, we manufactured a lot of new pens. Many of them were not claimed in Chicago.

We were able to get all of these pens photographed and uploaded into our Current Inventory Gallery.

So if you are interested, there are a good amount of pens in some new and excellent materials that we haven’t had in the galleries yet.

There’s a slideshow below, or you can click here.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Additional Footage from Goulet Visit!

Posted by on Apr 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

Many of you will remember when Brian Goulet and Drew Brown with the Goulet Pen Co came to visit in January. We had a great time sitting down and speaking about our business evolution over the years, gave a lot of insight as to how we have grown and also discussed some very recent happenings. If you did not see this interview-style video, you can see it here.

But while Brian and Drew were here, they also captured some excellent footage of our facility and our processes. We have a good amount of Behind the Scenes videos, but none in our new facility. So I think that many will find the video below pretty interesting!

It was so excellent to have my good friends from the Goulet Pen Company come up for their visit! Thanks to Brian and his team for putting this together!

Brian at Edison

Spring Break!

Posted by on Mar 29 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

My wife, son, and I are leaving for a nice and well deserved vacation.

We’ll be back to work on the 10th or 11th of April after being well rested!

If I’m slow with emails, you’ll know why.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

LA Pen Show!

Posted by on Feb 13 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

We are packed for the LA Pen Show! We will have out tables set up Friday through Sunday.

Below is a video showing the pens that we’ll be bringing. If you can’t make the show but see something that you like, you can email me. Granted that the pen didn’t sell at the show, we can get you set up!

Have a look at the video below. Hope to see you at the show!

Brian at Edison

 

A Nice Chat with Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens!

Posted by on Jan 15 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

A couple of weeks ago, it was excellent to host Brian Goulet and Drew Brown of Goulet Pens at our facility for a fun visit!

Have a look at the video below of a nice informal chat that we recorded if you are interested in topics such as the 2018 plan for Edison, stories about how the fountain pen business began for each us, our growth and move to a larger facility, new equipment that is on the way, pen design and engineering, along with some other items including our little dog getting into frame for some attention!

Let me know if you have questions regarding the topics covered.

Again, thanks to Brian and Drew for creating the video and making the trip up to see us!

(If you can’t see the video below, click here)

Brian at Edison