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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:24

Pen Review: Noodler's Konrad - Roaring 20's Brown Tort

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.


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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. :vbg:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:47

That's a lovely pen. I think I'd prefer one of these over the Ahab just for the color and section shape. :)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:52

That's a lovely pen. I think I'd prefer one of these over the Ahab just for the color and section shape. :)


I really like the coloring of my Konrad ... classy, refined. Not a pen that's flashy or that hollers, "Look at ME"! LOL
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:07

I used Platinum Earth Brown for its first fill and wow ... did that ink and nib combo shade! I plan to do an ink review when I learn out to get my daughter's computer and my camera to play nicely together.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:41

Great review. I agree this is a very nice looking pen irrespective of the price.

Just one question. What is this Platinum Earth Brown of which you speak?
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:10

Nice review. I was thinking about getting the blue one, but will probably go with the brown. I wasn't able to see the gold streaks in the Goulets' pictures, and I'm not particularly a fan of blue and gold pairings. The brown looks a little more fitting with the black as well, perhaps because the caps weren't given a swirl pattern.

Definitely on my to buy list - my Konrad rollerball will hopefully have a cousin at some point. :thumbup:
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:44

Great review. I agree this is a very nice looking pen irrespective of the price.

Just one question. What is this Platinum Earth Brown of which you speak?


I filled my Konrad for the first time with Platinum Earth Brown and had expected to be able to show the shading in the review. Wellll ... didn't happen, because I was having difficulties getting my daughter's computer and my camera to be cooperate with each other. My daughter told me late tonight, that she'd try to help me tomorrow.

The Platinum Earth Brown isn't a dark brown, but sure was shading beautifully when the Konrad nib was flexed. I didn't expect it to do that. Surprise!
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:48

Nice review. I was thinking about getting the blue one, but will probably go with the brown. I wasn't able to see the gold streaks in the Goulets' pictures, and I'm not particularly a fan of blue and gold pairings. The brown looks a little more fitting with the black as well, perhaps because the caps weren't given a swirl pattern.

Definitely on my to buy list - my Konrad rollerball will hopefully have a cousin at some point. :thumbup:


When the light hits the gold just right, it's really nice, other wise, it's a subtle gold. The pen I have has quite a bit of gold, though not overly done and looks very nice with the dark brown.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:39

I'm so glad your review is favorable. I just ordered one of these Noodler's Konrad pens in Red Mesa Tortoise. I have never owned a fountain pen before, so I'm quite excited and hope it doesn't take too long to get here.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:04

USMC Mom you Rock! :thumbup:

Great Review and thanks for ordering from Isellpens! :notworthy1:
I would like to mention these have less odor than the other pens I have received in the past. We hope these pens will be a huge success.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:12

Has anyone used one of these long enough to see if they have the same ink evaporation issue that the original flex nib creaper had? I remember when I would use my older Creaper flex pens, the ink would evaporate completely in a matter of weeks, even when using it sparingly.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:24

Nice Review!
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:26

Nice Review. Picking one of these up soon I think!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:16

Thank you, everyone ... I hope your pens are as "had to tweak" free as mine was and is. I really am enjoying my Konrad.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:48

Great review. I agree this is a very nice looking pen irrespective of the price.

Just one question. What is this Platinum Earth Brown of which you speak?


Sam, it's one of the Platinum Mix-Free inks.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 16:52

I used Platinum Earth Brown for its first fill and wow ... did that ink and nib combo shade! I plan to do an ink review when I learn out to get my daughter's computer and my camera to play nicely together.



USMCMom, I couldn't agree more!!! My Konrad just showed up and I threw some Pelikan 4001 Brown in it.... I've never really been a huge fan of this ink, but I LOVE it in this pen!


Nathan/The Goulets -- Expect another order from me for more Konrads!
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 17:42

I inked my Ebonite Konrad about a week and a half ago and I let it sit unused for about 4 days (I needed to use up the ink in another pen) and it started right up this AM.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:47

I inked my Ebonite Konrad about a week and a half ago and I let it sit unused for about 4 days (I needed to use up the ink in another pen) and it started right up this AM.


That is a good sign. :thumbup: Was there any noticeable evaporation?
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:09

Pen Review: Noodler's Konrad - Roaring 20's Brown Tort

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. :vbg:



For an Ahab or Standard Piston Fill, you don't need to stick pens up to your nose, they are just smelling awful. After writing one of them even hands will stink.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:12

Very nice review! The Konrad is calling to me. With my favorite filling system and the clean, refined look, it may well be time to rescind my "no more Noodler's pens until they actually work and I don't have to buy Knox nibs for them" rule.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:05


Pen Review: Noodler's Konrad - Roaring 20's Brown Tort

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. :vbg:



For an Ahab or Standard Piston Fill, you don't need to stick pens up to your nose, they are just smelling awful. After writing one of them even hands will stink.


I've been fortunate not to have that problem.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:17


I used Platinum Earth Brown for its first fill and wow ... did that ink and nib combo shade! I plan to do an ink review when I learn out to get my daughter's computer and my camera to play nicely together.



USMCMom, I couldn't agree more!!! My Konrad just showed up and I threw some Pelikan 4001 Brown in it.... I've never really been a huge fan of this ink, but I LOVE it in this pen!


Nathan/The Goulets -- Expect another order from me for more Konrads!


Similarly, I got my Ebonite Chestnut brown Konrad a week or so ago and also inked up with Pelikan Brown. Before getting the Konrad, I'd shrugged off that brown as not so good. Now I love it. Maybe the flex does it for me.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 13:07

Similarly, I got my Ebonite Chestnut brown Konrad a week or so ago and also inked up with Pelikan Brown. Before getting the Konrad, I'd shrugged off that brown as not so good. Now I love it. Maybe the flex does it for me.



Haha I'm just glad we both finally found a pen to make the brown work for us!
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 14:41

I am thinking of getting one- is the Konrad available with a regular (non flex) Noodler's nib too? I am not sure how a flex nib writes for normal (non-calligraphic) use. I guess there's one way of fining out :-)

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 17:42

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I am thinking of getting one- is the Konrad available with a regular (non flex) Noodler's nib too? I am not sure how a flex nib writes for normal (non-calligraphic) use. I guess there's one way of fining out :-)


The Noodler's flex nib is firm enough that normal non-flex writing is no problem. You can use it either way.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 17:55

I inked my Ebonite Konrad about a week and a half ago and I let it sit unused for about 4 days (I needed to use up the ink in another pen) and it started right up this AM.

That is a good sign. :thumbup: Was there any noticeable evaporation?

I haven't noticed any evaporation with mine.

+1 on the ease of writing unflexed with these.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 19:31

I am thinking of getting one- is the Konrad available with a regular (non flex) Noodler's nib too? I am not sure how a flex nib writes for normal (non-calligraphic) use. I guess there's one way of fining out :-)


I use my Konrad for daily writing, as I'm not a calligrapher and it's fine.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 20:15

Is this the same nib as the Ahab?

Edit *Not to worry, just checked Goulets site - it is the same nib*

Edited by Stompie, 08 May 2012 - 20:50.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 20:57

The mailman delivered my Goulet's order this past Saturday which included my Konrad pen and a bottle of Rome Burning ink along with a few other goodies. After freeing my order from the 20 feet of bubble wrap and at least that much blue cling film. I decided to take a chance and just give my new Roaring 20's Konrad just a quick flush instead of complete disassemble inspection and cleaning, that proved to be a mistake. I filled my Konrad up with my new bottle of Rome Burning ink gave the nib and section a quick wipe with a paper towel and screwed on the blind cap to cover the ink plunger knob and then watched ink drip steadily out of the feed like their was no tomorrow. Luckily I was holding the pen over some cheap copy paper not my Clairefontaine notebook or worse yet my carpet. I then held the pen over my trash can and watched the rest of the ink quickly drain out of my pen. Once empty I pulled the Nib and Feed out of the pen gave them a quick wipe with a rag and saw no obvious problems so I dropped them into dish with some pen flush, and then unscrewed the plunger assemble from the pen barrel and gave it a quick rinse. It was then I saw the problem, their were at least a half a dozen small slivers or shavings of plastic sticking out of the groove that the piston O-Ring sits in. I first tried wiping the plastic shavings off seal with a rag and my fingers with no luck, closer inspection revealed that the plastic shavings were trapped under the O-ring seal. I used a small dental pick and slid the seal off the piston shaft and cleaned the seal with soap and water and then inspected it using a magnifying glass and saw no nick or abrasions. I then gave the piston shaft a scrubbing with a tooth bush and soap and water to remove any remaining plastic shavings. I swabbed the pen barrel with a Q-tip wrapped with a piece of paper towel to make sure it was clean of shaving also. I lubed the O-Ring with silicone grease and re-installed in the piston shaft, I also put a dab of grease on the threads of the piston assembly were it screws into the pen barrel re-installed the Feed and Nib. I again filled it up again with Rome Burning and the pen is now behaving properly as a normal pen, no drips, skipping, or false starts etc. As far as how my Konrad writes the Nib is smooth however it seems a lot stiffer and is prone to rail road tracking if flexed very much at all compared to my Ahab. It also seems to write quite a bit dryer than my Ahab or original style Piston Flex pen. Why my Konrad seems to be a drier writing pen I am not sure of yet. It could be the ink and or how I have my Nib and Feed set. I will know more when I run it my Konrad and Ahab out of ink and switch inks between the two pens. Overall so far I like the pen and think it is a good value at 20 dollars, will I like more than the Ahab time will tell.
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