Ink: Platinum Earth Brown
I chose the "Roaring 20's Brown Tort" not only because it's a Noodler's and I've had nearly zero problems with any of my Noodler's pens, but because I found the brown and gold very appealing. When my Konrad arrived, I was definitely not a disappointed. The rich dark brown and two-tone gold swirls gave this pen a "class act" appearance, suitable for the office, a Board meeting or just every day use. No glitz or pizzazz, but to me, a refined classy pen.
My Konrad arrived ready to write to out of the box. It was flushed, as all new pens should be, but required no adjusting, tweaking or coaxing ... only ink. The nib is smooth and glides across the paper with out effort, flexes with out much pressure, the tines snapping right back into position instantly. I am not yet very adept writing with a flex nib of any brand, make or model, but I'm finding the nib on the Konrad quite fun and easy to use, even for a rookie, like me. I noticed that the nib size fits the pen size well, at least to my eyes. Some pens have nibs that seem a little too small for the size of the pen. The Konrad body and nib are just right for each other.
I prefer larger, heavier pens in favor of the slimmer, light weight pens and I wasn't sure just how the Konrad would measure up. It appeared to be the larger pen that I like, in the pictures, but was it?? Pictures can be deceiving. Well, I needn't have been the least bit concerned! The Konrad isn't a slim or skinny pen, but fits the bill for me and my larger pen preference and is very comfortable. As for weight ... the Konrad may look like a heavy pen, but it's not. Surprisingly light weight, but not so light weight that it feels as though it could slip out of your hand. Light weight, but fits the hand beautifully without tiring. I don't ordinarily post my pens, but I did for this review (just for you) and I really didn't find much of a difference in balance posted or writing with the pen not posted. Most of the time, I can definitely feel a pretty good difference when most pens are posted, but didn't with the Konrad.
The filling system as I'm sure most of you know, is plunger. I found it smooth and easy moving ... no having to get tough with it. I can't tell you how much ink it holds, perhaps it was mentioned in Nathan's video, but it holds what seems to me, a nice amount of ink. Now, the Konrad does have a flexy nib, so don't think that you're going to write from now until next Friday with one fill, if you use the flex. The more flex, the more ink is used, but I know that you all know that or most do.
The Noodler's Konrad sells for $20. This is not news. However, as with pens like the Ahab ... you're getting a lot of pen for a little money. Yes, that's my opinion, but it's based on the Noodler's pens that I have and use. All in all, if all or at least the majority of the Konrad's are attractive, smooth, flexy or as Goldilocks would say, "Just right", Noodler's has a winner. I would purchase another and in fact, intend to do so. Sadly, I have no friends who write with fountain pens, except for my FPN friends, but I would recommend the Konrad to any user who enjoys a bit of flex. If I understood Maricio correctly last year, the Konrad may not be a "wet noodle", but if I can get it to flex smoothly and write with it ... I think anyone can! All in all, I would give my Noodler's Konrad a 9. A score of 10 would be perfect and just as people, I don't know if perfection exists.
Thank you to "I Sell Pens" for their super fast shipping and very well done packaging, as my mailman tends to "bowl" packages, sliding them across the porch, unless heavy. I guess he doesn't want to take the steps unless he has mail to put into the box! LOL As always, Todd ... it was a pleasure.
Before I forget ... the pictures are courtesy of "I Sell Pens". I haven't figured out how to get pictures from my camera to my daughter's computer.
Note added re: Odor .... I haven't noticed any particular odor coming from my Konrad, but ... ok ... I admit it ... I don't stick my pens up to my nose.
Edited by USMCMom, 06 May 2012 - 02:46.