Noodler's Pens - A Review




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Colton McAfee: Great vid, would like to see a 2014 edition with the neponset and the other flex pens. 

InnerProp: Where exactly are the pens and nibs made? If they are made in the USA, why don't they market that more. I know there is a big market for all things USA made in the USA.

Tomm Smith: In Jesus' name you're healed.

Glenn Higley: Another very good review, Stephen. I believe some of these are no longer available. I'm a fan of Noodler's Inks, but far less so their pens (and nearly all of my other Indian pens - ahem FPR - for the same reasons). I have a couple Noodler's Pens and will likely try more in time being a slow learner with a dodgy memory. I prefer not to have to work on my pens to make them write or call a rotund neighbor over to sit on my wrist for flex, but that may change in time. I have many far less expensive Chinese pens which I find greatly superior to Noodler's as they have no start-up issues, don't leak so much that I'm afraid to leave the house with them and write properly without the need for repair videos, nib replacement, cussing or threats. : ) 

George Terrill: Are the rest Screw cap pens? you did not say. What is the price of the first pen you showed? Flex nib pens used to be all that was available, and they were used by everyone, very pretty writing or horribly misspelled scratchings(not everyone had any schooling). Now you say we should not use one unless our writing is very good. You might point out in your next video that plated steel nibs are the most common today, and their inherent stiffness actually works better for today's fast paced world and jotting down quick notes. Flexible nibs are best enjoyed at a slower pace, and yes, they are quite enjoyable. We should all have at least one to enjoy. In any case, use your pen. Write someone a letter today...just for the fun of it. 

Stuart Garlock: I have been watching your videos for a few months now. You inspired me to get back into the fountain pen game and now I have 5 pens and 4 bottles of ink. Your reviews are really helpful and entertaining.

markos741: 2011 wow. The Ahab wasn't even out at the time, I think. There's something nostalgic about these old videos. Always a pleasure watching.

mechadrake: My nib creeper style free pen is extremely scratchy, so sad :( probably needs a little bit of smoothing on nail smoothing file?

738polarbear: The push pull piston fill on the Ahabs is much better quality than the newer screw type piston fillers.I bought one of the screw types and it fell to bits in my hands.The Ahabs I bought were fine.Hope that Nathan has got rid of his crappy screw fillers..Yes I was gentle with it.

BDM450: You've written with so many expensive pens, how about a "How do you like me now?" for the early Noodler's pens? Thanks!

Simon Kuang: Did you omit the Ahab?

Leonardo Hernandez: I just got my first bottle on Nikita and I was wondering if you have found any tricks to improve the flow of the pen that comes with the ink? do you know if you can pull out the nib and feed?

Fares Oros: Just bought my first 4.5 oz Dragon's napalm with the free pen! I was a bit disappointed at the beginning! It took me more than multiple minutes to get it to work. But for a free pen, can't really complaint!

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown Around how much was your import tax?

DontLeaveMeLucile: omfg this is JUST LIKE an e-cigarette review LMFAO "MY EDC, my everyday pen pouch" AHAHAHAHA JUST LIKE A PCC "Personal Charger Case" HAHAHA OMG CANT STOP LAUGHING!!

kezdodik1: thanks, you helped me

Luetzow1: Do you know a shop distributing Noodler's flex pens in Europe? Maybe in Germany or in the nearer countries? I keep looking for one but I am only able to find some in the U.S. and the shipping would cost more than the actual pen.

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown I Think there is import tax and what i am going to order together is $42.50. So it looks like i will have to pay import tax.

EdD5: Is there a series/brand of pen which is just a step up from Noodler's (say twice the price) that you'd recommend?

Qwonks: Haha, thanks, I already thought about buying one from Blue Heron Arts. But yeah, I'm sure the Noodler's brush pen is going to be way better than those :D I hope it comes out soon...

Jake Coventry: How do you get your Noodler's to flex so much? Mine keep railroading :(

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown i already ordered the cardinal darkness but thanks for the info

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown I am going to buying a noodler's pen, hopefully, and an ink so i have plenty of ink, because tomorrow i have an exam, and i just ran out of all my ink... :P i have to use a ballpoint. So i am going to buy that ink and either an ahab or a piston filler black pen. So i think i will be satisfied, i will have a nice noodlers pen, when that runs out of ink, i will have my eye dropper free pen and i will have my 2 parkers. They sound like a nice addition.

Jake Coventry: That makes sense! I shall try it, thanks for the help!

Nathan Holden: Question: Can you post the resin pens?

Qwonks: Oh, okay. I know there are other brush pens out there, but I especially wanted the Konrad due to the fact that you can change and adjust the brush, which is kind of unique for brushpens (as far as I know). Thanks anyway =)

Dennis Meade: At the moment (6/3/2012) amazon.com has a number of the Flex Nib pens or is this a different kind of flexibility.. I've been thinking of buying a Lamy calligraphy pen, but your recommendation and the price of a Noodler's fountain pen have convinced me to try a Flex Nib pen first.. i intend to trying using it to write Chinese characters since this pen may work well in controlling the width of the strokes.

ArtJourneyUK: I have tried... many combinations of parts have been tried over time.

DontLeaveMeLucile: a novelty pen? dont you review for artists at all? jeez.. noodler's flex pens are legendary in pen and ink drawing and sketching circles and you act like you have no idea of this? some pen efficienato you are lol.

StonedBoo: @edwdixon5 Noodler's are just fine. (Trollface)

ArtJourneyUK: Definitely! The Blue Heron Arts pens are cheap and plasticky, although the brush tip is good (large and nice hair!) they are prone to leaking round the brush section. I know the quality of a Konrad pen and want a brush version... so lets hope they appear soon! :o)

StonedBoo: Have you got the blue or green eyedropper pen from noodlers? I want to buy a black ink from noodler's and it comes with a free pen i just want to see what the blue or green pen looks like. Here is the ink i want to buy: gouletpens(.)com/Noodler_s_Borealis_Black_Ink_p/n19815.htm

ArtJourneyUK: Sorry to interject but brush pens are a little fascination of mine; the brush pens that come with bottles of Noodlers ink are pretty standard 'water brushes' (also used for ink). A number of companies (Derwent, Pentel, Sakura, Kuretake) use the same components but they are not great (flow is hit and miss). Blue Heron Arts make an "ok" piston filler brush and both Platinum & Pentel make cartridge brush pens which are ok. However... I too am waiting for the Konrad to reappear for the same reason!

EdD5: @sbrebrown Yes indeed. Much obliged.

Leigh Haggar: Thanks for the info. I didn't realise that Noodler's pens were so affordable.

ArtJourneyUK: They don't unfortunately. I am currently butchering/manufacturing my own Konrad brush pen (akin to my mini converter - the dremel is involved along with what was a Konrad Rollerball!). Results are slow but optimistic and I was surprised at the basic simplicity of the Konrad brush pen. Hope to do a comparison video when I am finished!

WaskiSquirrel: I love Noodler's pens! Noodler's got me back into fountain pens after several years of hiatus. They have built-in filling mechanisms rather than converters or cartridges, and this is something I've always wanted. My cheaper Parkers and Crosses had only converters. Pens with built-in mechanisms were out of my range. So I have purchased a few Noodler's. The Konrad is my favorite. I even own one ebonite model. The flex nib is fun, especially with the right ink. I really appreciate the prices.

Fernando Rodriguez Romero: Any other ink good for flex nibs that isn't black?

QueenKattz: On my way to get one today. ^,,^

Qwonks: uhm, sorry to bother you once more ^^ but if youre interested: in this video "/watch?v=1223D_cdEEQ" , at 5:20 nathan pretty says that the konrad brush pen is going to be replaced with another model, so I guess I'll just wait for it to come out =)

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown Are you sure that the feed and nib can be taken out?

Qwonks: Uhm, do you happen to know where I could get one of these Noodler's Konrad brush-pens? I can't seem to find them on the internet, and I'm starting to believe they stopped producing them (though I could be wrong, too). I now regret I didn't buy one when they were still available some time ago :[

StonedBoo: With the noodlers eyedropper free pen. How do I clean it? I want to change ink. Thank you.

StonedBoo: I was going to get a noodlers pen but then i realised how much shipping costed compared to the pen. Just to ship the Ahab the shipping costed nearly as much as the pen itself, and it was very bad shipping, no tracking and a long time to get here. I was also going to buy ink with it, but for LIMITED tracking shipping, it costed more than both items. And express costed 11 dollars more. Would you say it is worth the wait or worth the money, or not worth it?

Tim Stolowski: your camera is derpy, when you move the pens around they look rubber lol

Daryll M: Would it be possible to replace the stock nib with a different nib?

Luetzow1: Thank you very much! Finally I will be able to add some Noodler's Pens to my collection =)

StonedBoo: @sbrebrown Yeah, its nice since no matter what happens you still have a lot of ink.

Captnabhe: Hey i was wondering if you could do a review of the Noodlers ballpoint pen , I know its not a fountain pen but it would be nice because it accepts fountain pen ink. thanks!

Daryll M: May you please give me links to those that do fit? I would highly appreciate it.
Rating:
Noodler's Pens - a review 4.9 out of 5

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