Anyways, I've been loving my Micarta...except my nib is really temperamental. I may have gotten a dud or just got one that needs a little more TLC; it would alternate between a super smooth writer and a non-starter. However, I grew increasingly exasperated at it. And then it happened. My eyes fell upon the Noodler's Ahab lying on my desk.
The Ahab and Micarta were roughly about the same size. Both nibs were fairly large and to my eyes, also the same size. So it was set. My poor Ahab will become the first victim of my Micarta-induced Mad Scientist experiment.
At any rate, I'll share what I did and my thoughts but do be warned--if you decide to do something like this, I am not a nibmeister or pen repair person. I have no idea if what I did will damage the pen (see below).
After removing the nib from both pens, I noticed that the Noodler's was about the same size but slightly thicker. I tried putting the nib into the section... it was tough. That slight difference in thickness really makes a difference. In the end, I got it to go in... I tried pulling out the nib and it was doable...but it also needed a substantial amount of force to remove the nib. After doing that, I put the nib into the section once again. I'll admit, I'm a little worried that the nib won't be able to come out if I choose to use the stock nib. I also hope the added pressure won't damage the section in any way.
I did note that the feed will only fit into the section at one particular point. You may have to rotate it before you find that part. Anyways, the final result:
And of course, some writing samples (done on Rhodia paper and Iroshizuku Ina-Ho ink--I misspelled it on the sample ):
It's a pretty fine nib... it can be even finer if you flip the nib upside down... but mine was too scratchy to be useful:
The pen writes surprisingly well. If I am writing regularly (no flex), the pen can write pretty quickly with no problems. If I am flexing, as long as I am not flexing too much and as long as I'm not writing too rapidly, I can get good flow.
I'm thinking since the TWSBI feed's notch is not as deep as the Ahab's feed notch, the ink doesn't flow as easily. This means if you do flex heavily or flex/write too quickly, you can stop the ink flow. I've found that when that happens, I usually I need to rub my finger on the nib's slit to get the ink flowing again.
That being said, I left my Ahab+Micarta on my table (on its side ) for about seven hours today while I ran some errands and met with some friends. I tried the pen when I got back and it still starting writing without any hesitation.
So far so good. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this because in some ways, it's transplanting a $20 pen into a $100 one... but the option of flex in the Micarta is still pretty cool. I'll keep you guys updated with any updates (if it's important).
Edited by danahn17, 14 April 2012 - 11:53.