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#1 pe2dave

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:27

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Only thing I can say about the ink is.. it works. Works well with the pen.
Odd name?

Odd... lovely.. colour? Black with a hint of ... something.
I guess this is a personal taste thing.
For me, I like it. It scans well, it's clear.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 17:04

I've wondered how substantial the Noodlers pens are...plastic, you say? Hmmmm...I do love the ink! And, while most seem to use flex nibs for calligraphy, I like that you're using it for 'regular' writing :) Nice review Posted Image Please, let us know how the pen holds up for you over time.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 17:10

The pens are vegital resin I thought. I dunno. I'm sure it's posted somewhere on here. Nice review. Clean and easy to read. Is that $40 for the pen and ink together? Not too bad really considering what shipping must have been.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 18:24

The pens are vegital resin I thought. I dunno. I'm sure it's posted somewhere on here. Nice review. Clean and easy to read. Is that $40 for the pen and ink together? Not too bad really considering what shipping must have been.


They are indeed a vegetal resin, according to Nathan.
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#5 pe2dave

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 14:16

The pens are vegital resin I thought. I dunno. I'm sure it's posted somewhere on here. Nice review. Clean and easy to read. Is that $40 for the pen and ink together? Not too bad really considering what shipping must have been.


Yes, pen, ink and shipping to UK. Sorry, I should have made that clear.
I'm now annoyed that I didn't buy a couple. This pen has become my daily go-for,
I'm up to 10K words now.
Couple of US sites show them, one didn't know of the flex nib version (it's
not on the US Noodlers ink site), another has them advertised... I've pm'd
them to see if they actually have stock.

I even cleaned it out and greased the piston (a little stiff) as per Brians
video... except I guess US Q tips are smaller than UK ones (most odd!). I
finished up using a kitchen skewer (wooden).
I'm tempted to look for other flex nib pens now, to experiment further.
Any recommendations?

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 14:34

I've wondered how substantial the Noodlers pens are...plastic, you say? Hmmmm...I do love the ink! And, while most seem to use flex nibs for calligraphy, I like that you're using it for 'regular' writing :) Nice review Posted Image Please, let us know how the pen holds up for you over time.


IMHO - YMMV.
With care the pen should last. Nothing seems fragile, just that it is very light. I'm finding that no problem now I'm used to it. In fact it helps when writing over a longer period.
I'm still smiling when I use it... at every opportunity.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:55

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Patrick Ng showing just how much this pen will flex.
Thanks Patrick.
Hope you get the feed issue sorted out, you'll need
more flow for the flex you use :-)

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:15

thx for the review!

not a nib i'd use for every day writing, but definitely for signature!! normal writing comes out too light. this is one nib design for flex writing only, me think!
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 16:41

One more addition to this review.

I bought a sixty year old Swan pen which arrived today. Encrusted with ink,
faded and scratched, yet it had a Swan number 2 nib in place.
That rang a bell from Nathan and his video, where he sits there swapping
nibs in and out at a great rate.... so I tried it.
Tines were misaligned, looked like it had been 'smoothed' with a matchbox,
but after a little tender loving care, I mounted it in the Noodlers nib
Creeper and I now have a modern pen with a bling gold nib, flexible
as you like!

As you may gather I'm rather pleased.

Thanks Nathan, keep smiling, you made me grin today!!!!

Long line of silly emoticons .......

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 04:56

I think I mucked up my new Noodler's Flex pen nib. The tines are aligned, I've tried the tweezers, but it seems like the tines are separated from each other and so the ink does not come down.

I've tried fixing it for an hour and it is still not working.

Does anyone know if one can get a replacement nib?
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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:45

I think I mucked up my new Noodler's Flex pen nib. The tines are aligned, I've tried the tweezers, but it seems like the tines are separated from each other and so the ink does not come down.

I've tried fixing it for an hour and it is still not working.

Does anyone know if one can get a replacement nib?


AFAIK you're out of luck. I've asked about this before and Nathan doesn't do them. One issue
is the 'matching' of the feed/nib which he does by hand.

I too wish he did spares, e.g. nib+feed together?

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:46

I think I mucked up my new Noodler's Flex pen nib. The tines are aligned, I've tried the tweezers, but it seems like the tines are separated from each other and so the ink does not come down.

I've tried fixing it for an hour and it is still not working.

Does anyone know if one can get a replacement nib?


I could try and give some advice to fix this, but I wouldn't know what advice to give you without a picture. ;)


I think I mucked up my new Noodler's Flex pen nib. The tines are aligned, I've tried the tweezers, but it seems like the tines are separated from each other and so the ink does not come down.

I've tried fixing it for an hour and it is still not working.

Does anyone know if one can get a replacement nib?


AFAIK you're out of luck. I've asked about this before and Nathan doesn't do them. One issue
is the 'matching' of the feed/nib which he does by hand.

I too wish he did spares, e.g. nib+feed together?

Dave



Dave,


Thank you for sharing the video, I really enjoyed seeing the pen in use. And don't get me started on Swan nibs, they have quickly become my favourites!

I just wanted to say, I can always get more ink to the nib by gently tapping on the barrel, as opposed to actually moving the piston. It may work better for you, as in my experience, when inked, it is best to leave the piston tightly secured. If you are having allot of problems with this (ink flow going dry in the middle of a fill), I have heard some suggest flushing the pen with dish washing soap diluted in water when cleaning the pen and letting it sit for a little bit of time. I have not tried this yet, but it's claimed to keep the ink from 'sticking' to the inside of a converter or barrel, and therefore prohibit ink flow. :thumbup:

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 00:55

I think I mucked up my new Noodler's Flex pen nib. The tines are aligned, I've tried the tweezers, but it seems like the tines are separated from each other and so the ink does not come down.

I've tried fixing it for an hour and it is still not working.

Does anyone know if one can get a replacement nib?


Not sure if this is the same problem, but I had a problem with one going dry before. I squeezed the tines together momentarily and that seemed to get the capillary action going? Maybe dip it in a bit of water too to get it started (the less elegant solution is to lick it...)

(I am obviously not a pen expert)

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 01:27

I noticed mine separating too far and not letting ink flow either. I pulled the feeder and nib off, and reset them. I left the nib out a couple mm's and then adjusted from there. It's better now.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:26

Dave,


Thank you for sharing the video, I really enjoyed seeing the pen in use. And don't get me started on Swan nibs, they have quickly become my favourites!

I just wanted to say, I can always get more ink to the nib by gently tapping on the barrel, as opposed to actually moving the piston. It may work better for you, as in my experience, when inked, it is best to leave the piston tightly secured. If you are having allot of problems with this (ink flow going dry in the middle of a fill), I have heard some suggest flushing the pen with dish washing soap diluted in water when cleaning the pen and letting it sit for a little bit of time. I have not tried this yet, but it's claimed to keep the ink from 'sticking' to the inside of a converter or barrel, and therefore prohibit ink flow.


I've basically given up using the Swans. I have two,black 4260, deep deep red 4250. Both now unused for 6 months or more.

For me it was a nice experiment, but my Noodlers is my daily go to. I have a spare on order.

I guess I've written a couple of hundred A4 pages with the Noodlers. Cleaned it twice and still makes me smile.

Dave

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:20


Dave,


Thank you for sharing the video, I really enjoyed seeing the pen in use. And don't get me started on Swan nibs, they have quickly become my favourites!

I just wanted to say, I can always get more ink to the nib by gently tapping on the barrel, as opposed to actually moving the piston. It may work better for you, as in my experience, when inked, it is best to leave the piston tightly secured. If you are having allot of problems with this (ink flow going dry in the middle of a fill), I have heard some suggest flushing the pen with dish washing soap diluted in water when cleaning the pen and letting it sit for a little bit of time. I have not tried this yet, but it's claimed to keep the ink from 'sticking' to the inside of a converter or barrel, and therefore prohibit ink flow.


I've basically given up using the Swans. I have two,black 4260, deep deep red 4250. Both now unused for 6 months or more.

For me it was a nice experiment, but my Noodlers is my daily go to. I have a spare on order.

I guess I've written a couple of hundred A4 pages with the Noodlers. Cleaned it twice and still makes me smile.

Dave


Dave,

I wouldn't mind adopting those poor birds y'know! :embarrassed_smile: :roflmho: (But seriously, I wouldn't...)

You have a very nice hand my friend, I couldn't criticize your choice in pen when you write like you do. :thumbup:

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 11:36



Dave,


Thank you for sharing the video, I really enjoyed seeing the pen in use. And don't get me started on Swan nibs, they have quickly become my favourites!

I just wanted to say, I can always get more ink to the nib by gently tapping on the barrel, as opposed to actually moving the piston. It may work better for you, as in my experience, when inked, it is best to leave the piston tightly secured. If you are having allot of problems with this (ink flow going dry in the middle of a fill), I have heard some suggest flushing the pen with dish washing soap diluted in water when cleaning the pen and letting it sit for a little bit of time. I have not tried this yet, but it's claimed to keep the ink from 'sticking' to the inside of a converter or barrel, and therefore prohibit ink flow.


I've basically given up using the Swans. I have two,black 4260, deep deep red 4250. Both now unused for 6 months or more.

For me it was a nice experiment, but my Noodlers is my daily go to. I have a spare on order.

I guess I've written a couple of hundred A4 pages with the Noodlers. Cleaned it twice and still makes me smile.

Dave


I agree Dave,
I just bought a vintage Mabie Todd Swan with a semi-Flex EF nib and I like the Noodlers Flex much more for feel and flow. I'd sell my Swan in a Heartbeat and buy some more Noodlers if given the chance.
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 11:56

I agree Dave,
I just bought a vintage Mabie Todd Swan with a semi-Flex EF nib and I like the Noodlers Flex much more for feel and flow. I'd sell my Swan in a Heartbeat and buy some more Noodlers if given the chance.




Not sure about now, but Nathan released some more recently? US first, UK in weeks I'm told?
goulet pens had some in.... I managed to snaffle one.

I guessed having only one I'd drop it sooner or later, so the spare will go in the drawer!

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 22:36

I know I took some time away from FPN, but how did I miss knowing about the Noodlers Flex pen?! I just ordered one from isellpens.com. Also notice they have them on Amazon. Anyway - I'm excited! Can't wait to get it!

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 17:47

Received two more pens from Brian and Rachel (goulet pens).
One (blue) good, relatively dry nib/feed but came good with minor adjustment.

Last one (red colour) not so good.
Seems very wet. Closer inspection shows that pressing the nib+feed into the body
opens up the tines of the nib. Out of the pen the tines align and very nearly touch
at the tip. Pushing them in and you can see the tines opening up, resulting in a pen
that is unworkable. Close inspection of the feed shows it to be smooth, but the
curve is clearly a lesser one than the nib, hence it 'stretches' the nib, opens
it and makes it so wet it blobs and ... basically doesn't work.


Any suggestions?

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 18:59

Any suggestions?

Dave

Unfortunately feed quality can't be consistent at this price point. I've had better luck with the "higher end" Noodler's Ink Ebonite Aerometric.
Jammed the Creaper nib in, a little adjustment and it's much better. And, the Ebonite is soooo much more comfortable to use than the piston resin, AND IT DOESN'T SMELL!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:42

The Goulet Company is great! Good prices and fast shipping. I ordered two Noodler's flex pens(1- Demo & 1- Black) and am in love. Spent the whole evening cleaning the well designed pens and adjusting the nibs. No flow issues at all. I was playing trying to find the right balance between flow and flex. The perfect spot is with four fins showing and the nib just slightly off center to the feed. The tip of the feed is right at the shoulders on the nib. Not too dry, nor am I going to drown in a flood of ink. Heart of Darkness of course. Can't go wrong with abyss black ink!

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