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#61 Lugalbanda

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:43

Mine started to blot and leak - the o-ring on the nib end of the pen had split. 30 cents at the hardware store, and all is fine again.


Do you by chance remember what size that o-ring is? I unscrewed the pen, and it crumbled. Just bad luck, but I need to replace it.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:40

Sorry I don't. I just took in my old one and did a size comparison in the shop.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:14

The pen writes beautifully BUT about once a page in the middle of writing it dispenses a giant glob of ink that obliterates the text in the immediate vicinity. I was having this issue before and after adjustment. Any ideas?


I think this behavior is caused by an air leak into the ink reservoir. Ink should be surrounding the nib and feed, sealing off the air outside the pen from inside. If any gaps are too large, however, then perhaps air can get into the ink reservoir too easily. The piston seal is another possible suspect.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:26


Mine started to blot and leak - the o-ring on the nib end of the pen had split. 30 cents at the hardware store, and all is fine again.


Do you by chance remember what size that o-ring is? I unscrewed the pen, and it crumbled. Just bad luck, but I need to replace it.


I used these ... http://www.gouletpen...ings-preppy.htm ... (no affiliation, etc...) Plus, than you have some to convert preppies down the line.... If you over-tighten the filling unit to the section, it seems that it flattens the o-ring too much and it bulges over the threads on the section and can get caught when you attach the barrel to the section...

#65 mhphoto

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 20:58

Great review.

I voluntarily took the breather tube out. It only took one time pushing the plunger down, which pushed the nib/feed/tube into a full bottle of Baystate Blue to make that decision…

Edited by mhphoto, 08 August 2012 - 20:58.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 00:38



Mine started to blot and leak - the o-ring on the nib end of the pen had split. 30 cents at the hardware store, and all is fine again.


Do you by chance remember what size that o-ring is? I unscrewed the pen, and it crumbled. Just bad luck, but I need to replace it.


I used these ... http://www.gouletpen...ings-preppy.htm ... (no affiliation, etc...) Plus, than you have some to convert preppies down the line.... If you over-tighten the filling unit to the section, it seems that it flattens the o-ring too much and it bulges over the threads on the section and can get caught when you attach the barrel to the section...


Thanks for the link. That is perfect.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:17

I had trouble then I thoroughly cleaned with Windex .Small amount of ammonia in now.Flows well .Still scratchy.Buy a Rotring ,.$25.smooth as silk and no scrubbing

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 22:13

I'm fairly new to fountain pens and after a bit of debate decided to try the Ahab. With little adjustment required I was able to get it flowing well but had trouble with the inking dripping. Borrowing from someone else's tip (somewhere?) I rotated the pen in my fingers so that the nib was upside down and depressed gently. Problem solved.

At least for a while...

Suddenly, the pen would cut out after a few lines and not easily resume ink flow. I cleaned, adjusted, cleaned, adjusted, etc., but couldn't get the flow to return. Nothing worked. I even tried 409; and scrubbed the feed with a toothbrush. The more I tried the worse the problem got. Then this morning I decided to clean again with 409, but this time wearing latex gloves (too late to save my fingers from the ink stains). When I reassembled I again wore the gloves and kept them on while I adjusted the nib and feed. Wonder of wonders, the pen works marvelously without skipping, without dripping. I can't help but think all the fiddling with feed got my own oils into the feed and every time I reassembled after cleaning I contaminated the feed again.

Hope this helps someone else.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 14:54

Just wanted to drop in to say thanks to the OP.  My Ahab was OK - a wee bit scratchy, the odd railroad here and there, but OK.  I emptied it, cleaned it, and set it up as per the first post and... wow!  It's smooth, it starts first time and it never, ever railroads.  It might get its own ink at this rate; at the moment it's using my non-committal ink (washable blue Quink).

 

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 02:37

I've spilled so much ink on my hands trying to fiddle with the Ahab that I'm done with Noodler's.

For not much more money I could get a far more functional Safari, or my Phileas didn't cost a lot more.

Showing up at work with with red stained fingers...yeah..not so cool


Edited by Chuasam, 02 March 2014 - 02:37.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 22:38

Incredible review. I had been wondering if the Ahab or the Konrad were worth experimenting with, as a first flex pen. Thank you very much for your instructions on adjustment.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:57

I have spent 3-4 hours after unboxing (the pen didn't work straight out of the box) trying to find the perfect fit between the nib and the feed. I didn't even know how time passed so fast. I tried everything. I cleaned it prior and cleaned it again several times. Warm water to mend the feed etc. etc.
I ended up absolutely hating the Ahab and everything that means Noodler's. I don't know, maybe it's that thing, hate it or love it.
De gustibus non disputandum... I just hate Noodler's.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 06:45

I love my Ahab. The flex nib makes it very versatile. Apart from the unpleasant smell, there's nothing but praise for this great value pen. I've noticed that it tends to dry out relatively quickly compared to say my Pelikano Junior. If left for a week, the pen dries out completely. Anyone else have this issue? If yes, how can this be fixed? I've tried tightening all the parts of the pen to no avail.

 

Just wondering.


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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:25

This seems to be a problem not only with Noodler's pens, but with a fair few of the cheap Indian pens I have in my collection - the pen lids just aren't airtight! I've started storing them overnight (and when not in use) in a snap-lock bag, and find that makes a big difference.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:26

This seems to be a problem not only with Noodler's pens, but with a fair few of the cheap Indian pens I have in my collection - the pen lids just aren't airtight! I've started storing them overnight (and when not in use) in a snap-lock bag, and find that makes a big difference.

Thanks for the tip. Will try putting the pen in a ziploc bag.


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:41

Just be aware that some plastic bags may chemically react with certain fountain pens.

I've been told 'traveling style' tooth brush containers make good storage compartments.



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Posted 19 September 2014 - 17:09

You are a star. Following your advice my ahab now writes like a dream

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 18:56

For me, all this work to get a pen to write ain't worth it.

I have vintage flex nibs that are great and require nothing of a writer but a light hand. They're certainly not fussy and I've never touched them except for routine flushing.

I also have modern and vintage nails that are bulletproof and will tolerate abuse and heavy hands.

I even have pens that Nathan restored back in the day--they're brilliant.

But the Noodlers pens aren't there yet, for me, at least.

I do agree, however, with the writer above who expects that the Noodlers pens will evolve as Nathan masters the bewildering complexities of mass production.

In the meantime, I'll happily use the Noodlers inks and wait for the prime time versions of the pens.



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:48

The pen is a pos. never got it to work from day one. Did every single fix that could be done to it. Promptly chucked the pen in the garbage.

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 07:14

Thank you so much for this thorough review! I can't wait to order one!



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Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:30

This seems to be a problem not only with Noodler's pens, but with a fair few of the cheap Indian pens I have in my collection - the pen lids just aren't airtight! I've started storing them overnight (and when not in use) in a snap-lock bag, and find that makes a big difference.

Works like a charm. Now over a week and the ink level looks the same. I'm using a ZipLoc bag to store the pen when it is not in use. Thanks for your advice Jamerelbe.


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 09:20

Works like a charm. Now over a week and the ink level looks the same. I'm using a ZipLoc bag to store the pen when it is not in use. Thanks for your advice Jamerelbe.


You're very welcome - I was surprised by how much of a difference it made with my pens, too...

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:15

Great review, thanks. As someone who had no need to adjust my Ahab, and who hashad no problems at all, perhaps I should post a review for a counter perpective! :-)

I might add that I did flush my pen with mild detergent first, otherwise no adjustments. The nib is smooth and "flexes" almost to double broad. Pressure to flex is ~650 grams, which is roughly double the amount needed to flex my vintage Waterman Ideal #3 semi flex gold nib. The smell of the material is typical of pens from India, and may never diminish. A friend of mine has pens he got as a school boy in Bombay over 20 years ago that still smell. Yesterday, on a long drive with the pen in my shirt pocket the odor was obvious. In less confined spaces it is barely noticable. Forget the odor, it is a great pen for the price, and would still be a good pen upwards of five times its modest cost.

 

I didn't need to adjust my Ahab either. But I ended up replacing the flex nib with some Goulet nibs. It's a nice pen--except for THAT SMELL. I can't deal with the cheese and it makes using it kind of sad. (I like the OP's clear version, however. Mine is green marbled. Like...cheese.)



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 01:20

 

I didn't need to adjust my Ahab either. But I ended up replacing the flex nib with some Goulet nibs. It's a nice pen--except for THAT SMELL. I can't deal with the cheese and it makes using it kind of sad. (I like the OP's clear version, however. Mine is green marbled. Like...cheese.)

The smell diminishes over time if that helps. So after one year, it's ok to handle but still possible to catch a whiff of the foul smell. Maybe the next upgrade will fix this issue.


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 14:27

Hi, All I can say is my Noodler's writes very well after following the advice from this topic. Also I believe the chosen ink plays a whopping part. When using Lamy blue I had railroading continually. But with diamine jet black: