Posted 04 February 2013 - 19:17
My worst pen is also the Noodlers Ahab.
I imported it from the US as I thought it could be a nice pen as I like flex pens.
I read good and bad reviews of it and thought it couldn't be a complete flop.
5 seconds after I put it out of the packaging I had the strong wish to throw it away.
I never smelled something like this from a pen.
This penetrant sweetish chemical smell almost made me puke.
Ok, some people might judge the smell different.
I found it absolutely terrible, even when it was not in the surrounding of my nose.
I could smell it even in about 1.5 meter away.
I've got it now 3 months and it's getting better, but I still can smell it from 10-15 cm away (hope this is nothing toxical).
When I inked it up it wrote, ok, but you need a huge amount of force to flex it.
Sorry, but this is no flex pen as I understand a flex pen.
It is announced as a flex pen, but at least my exemplar did not work when flexing it.
Railroading, railroading, railroading,........ Railroading.
Ok I gave adjusting the nib and feed position a chance, but nothing worked.
I looked at the videos from Brian Goulet how he tried to a adjust it, but if you are honest also Mr. Goulet could not make it write good when flexing it.
After several hours frustrating position adjustments the feeling inside me was very strong again to throw it into the bin.
I do not need a stinking pen with a nib as a nail, not working when flexing it, made of a very soft material which can be penetrated by my finger nails, and a overall very cheap look and feel (sorry but my 7€ Jinhao 159 has subjective a much better quality)
Some people might be satisfied with a flex pen that writes out of the box with only a fine line.
But when looking at their writing samples most of the time you hardly see any line variation.
Sorry but this pen is announced as a flex pen, just writing a fine line is not enough.
So I looked at the video from Mr. Tardif, ok he is the manufacturer and wants to sell his pens, fair enough.
Beside a huge amount of advertisement it contains some valuable information what I could try to make it work (before throwing it into the bin).
Information was, cut feed fins to increase the flow..... Interesting, but unfortunately he did not showed it how.
Also I could not find any useful pictures from people which actually did it.
Ok.... So I started cutting off whole fins all around the feed. Additionally I deepened the ink channel.
After cutting of 3 fins completely, deepening the ink channel and smoothing the nib you finally can flex it (if you have enough force in your fingers to do it) without railroading.
Now it is almost too wet when flexing it, together with the poor quality, cheap material, the nail like nib and the terrible smell I still won't call it a decent pen.... It's still my worst pen.
What I could not understand is why no pen manufacturer these days is selling a good flex pen.
With all the new alloys this can't be too difficult .
Only when looking at Spring steel alloys it most be possible to create elastic nibs at a level which (vintage) gold nibs could never reach. Thinking of nibs you could never spring and which are easy to flex.
I read in a German pen forum that the question regarding producing a flexible nib was answered from the big German manufacturers that there is no market for such a nib as people write different these days (with a lot of force which might damage a elastic nib) and they won't buy it.
I can't believe this....
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