sbrebrown: Yes, there is a strong resemblance :-). Those nibs and feeds are friction fit. You might try to push the feed in a bit further to stop any leaking, but if you shove it in too far, you'll hamper the ink flow. So it's a trial-and-error thing.
BDM450: I have a couple of the free Noodler's nib creaper fountain pens (ED's). To your knowledge, are the nib and feed supposed to be friction fit, thus, removable? In one of my pens, the fit isn't very tight and I am a little concerned about ink just spilling out through the section.
BTW, have you noticed a strong resemblance between the Ahab and the Camlin SD at FP Revolution?
Luetzow1: Thank you very much! Finally I will be able to add some Noodler's Pens to my collection =)
sbrebrown: Yeah, I think Rolf Thiel (missing-pen.de) sells them, and I am certain purepens in the UK sells them
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.
sbrebrown: So far, X-Feather is my favourite by far,
Fernando Rodriguez Romero: Any other ink good for flex nibs that isn't black?
Jake Coventry: That makes sense! I shall try it, thanks for the help!
sbrebrown: The right ink. I mainly use Noodler's X-Feather, which is a bit thicker than most fountain pen inks. The added viscosity aids the flow during flex.
Jake Coventry: How do you get your Noodler's to flex so much? Mine keep railroading :(
sbrebrown: I have no links, but the Chelpak Warrior and Emperior (I believe that's what it's called) have nibs that fit on the nib creaper.
Daryll Magat: May you please give me links to those that do fit? I would highly appreciate it.
sbrebrown: Yes, I've found certain Camlin and even Montblanc nibs to fit on those Nib Creaper piston-fillers.
Daryll Magat: Would it be possible to replace the stock nib with a different nib?
sbrebrown: Yes, the pricing is quite amazing.
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.
sbrebrown: Yup, although some of them are discontinued without much notice, so if you want a specific model, scoop it up while you can.
Leigh Haggar: Thanks for the info. I didn't realise that Noodler's pens were so affordable.
sbrebrown: The old camera, the new webcam has a higher frame rate, but doesn't focus up close.
Tim Stolowski: your camera is derpy, when you move the pens around they look rubber lol
QueenKattz: On my way to get one today.
sbrebrown: @00db3515 Not the old Capless model, but I have used the newer Vanishing Point. A very practical pen! I have a review of that pen on my channel.
sbrebrown: Haha, that;s an awesome reason to pick a specific finish :-). Yes, Noodler's makes pens, and they are pretty nice. Some need a little work to write well, but love the price level of the pens, and I love the fact that you can disassemble them completely for home maintenance.
sbrebrown: It depends a little on the pen colour: I have these bodies in four colours (red/black mottled, yellow/black mottled, burgundy, and demonstrator). I do think some bodies look cheaper than others. Of course, it was a $14 pen, originally. I am really, really waiting for Noodler's to bring out a metal-bodied pen - but I have no idea if that's ever going to happen :-).
sbrebrown: The question is: do you like the pen body? It is slim, etc. If so, you might consider getting a Kaweco Sport nib unit (e.g. Gouletpens, $12), take out the nib of your Noodler's pen, and replace it by the 23k gold-plated Kaweco nib. It's no secret I love Kaweco, but this ought to eliminate 100% of the scratchiness of the Noodler's nib. You know, just an idea.
sbrebrown: Yes, you can post them all!
Nathan Holden: Question: Can you post the resin pens?
ArtJourneyUK: I have tried... many combinations of parts have been tried over time.
sbrebrown: Thanks for the additional information! Have you considered making an all new brush pen with a mini converter, all made by you ;-)?
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)
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...
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!
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!
sbrebrown: Thanks for the link! Also, the brush pen that comes with aforementioned inks, can be disassembled completely. I would be surprised if the Noodler's replacement brushes don't fit in there!
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 =)
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 =)
sbrebrown: They were to be had from the Goulets, but they don't stock 'em anymore. Noodler's pens are discontinued at times, so perhaps the brush pen has bitten the dust. However, if you buy a 4.5 oz bottle of Baystate blue or Kung te cheng (both by Noodler's), you get a brush pen for free (not the Noodler's brush pen in the Konrad body, but these brush pens are pretty nice too).
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 :[
sbrebrown: If you want to do Chinese characters, I guess a flex nib would be more useful than a standard (italic) calligraphy nib. However, wouldn't you be better off with a brush pen? Noodler's makes these things too.
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.
sbrebrown: A lot of women seem to get enthusiastic when they see me ;-). The Ahab's a big pen, so if she likes large pens, she'll love this pen. Also, the fact that it's a flex pen adds to the appeal: she can use it any way she wants! You may want to get a buff stick (e.g. richardspens [.] com) and use it to smoothe out the nib a little bit (they can be a little scratchy at times). Having said all of this, I love the Ahab!
sbrebrown: Are you sure it's a ballpoint pen? I only know of the Noodler's rollerballs (which look like ballpoints and do take fountain pen ink). If you refer to these pens: I have a video in which I review them (larger and smaller models) on my channel.
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!
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.
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!!
sbrebrown: Yes, I've heard that before :-). Once you go down the fountain pen path, it will dominate your destiny (and your bank account) forever ;-)!
sbrebrown: Well, what is certain in this life ;-)? Let me put it this way: I can take out the nib and feed of my red and orange Noodler's eyedropper pens. But really, if you're not sure, you can just leave 'em in and flush out the section just like that!
StonedBoo: Are you sure that the feed and nib can be taken out?
sbrebrown: You can flush water through the section, and carefully pull the feed and nib from the section to rinse them. You can simply put some water in the barrel, put a finger on the hole, and shake it a few times and throw out the water (then repeat that process a few times) to clean the barrel. Leave everything to dry, then assemble again. That's it!
sbrebrown: You can flush water through the grip section and, carefully, pull out the nib and feed to rinse them. You can simply put water in the barrel to clean it. Then let everything dry and assemble it again. That should work!