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#1 sirach

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 18:44

I really thought I would keep this all to myself. I never want to rock the boat or start anything, but with the love/hate relationship the fountain pen community has with Noodler's Ink, I really wanted to share what I firmly believe is the most beautiful pen that has come out of Nathan Tardif's workshop.

It all started with a bottle of Baystate Blue.

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I will be the first to admit that BSB is messy, it stains, and it has a mind of its own... but I love it. I think it is more vibrant than anything else you can put in a fountain pen. I know it is not for everyone, but I took the plunge and haven't looked back. I e-mailed Brian Goulet to see if he knew anything about the "tax-achusetts" label more than what the youtube video had talked about it. He told me to talk to Dick Egolf at Luxury Brands. Dick and I talked a few times. In the end, he told me to send it straight to Nathan... that was in October.

Fast forward to April and the close of the artist competition...

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I was shocked... I have seen other people's neponsets and none of them seem to have the same material as this one... and I haven't heard of anyone with a music nib. I was even more shocked when I ran across my pen and my name in one of Nathan's post in the artist contest topic.

It is a true music nib with three tines.

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My writing sample of it, does not give it justice...

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Noodler's Neponset w/ Music Nib (Black Swan in English Roses), TWSBI 540 with a Fine (Green Marine), Schmidt EF nib in a kit pen (Noodler's Black), Noodler's Ahab W/ Flex nib (Baystate Blue)

For the sake of the name... I did copy down a piece of music I was learning for violin... happens to be the tune my wife walked down the aisle to.

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It lays down so much ink, and the staff paper I have was really made for pencil... it is probably 20lb paper... I had feathering and bleed through. It was, none the less, an enjoyable experience.

It is definitely a smooth writer. It worked out of the box with out nary a problem. It has great flex, but I have no ability to write with flex. I had posted the following on the Artist Contest topic but I am putting it up again, because you can see more of the line variation.

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I guess my point is, great things are churning at Noodler's... if you have been turned off in the past, I would challenge you to give them a second chance. I really truly believe that Nathan has more a mind to keep fountain pens and ink alive more than he wants to make money. For me, the willingness to send out all these pens... and to send me this beauty... dare I say a grail pen... is proof that Noodler's really just wants us all to be happy.

Again, I am not trying to pick a fight with the naysayers... I don't know any better way to say "Thank-you Nathan, I love the pen" than to get up on a soap box and wave it in the air.

Edited by sirach, 06 June 2012 - 19:45.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 18:58

I want to hear more about this pen! I would love to see an affordable music nib. :)

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:03

Now THIS is what I've been waiting for before I bought one of Nathan's pens. :clap1:

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:07

That is a beautiful looking pen!
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:14

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen. I've not had any issues with my Noodler's pens (I have several), nor problems with any of my Noodler's inks and I have quite a bit of the ink also. Yeah, I'm a fan. Have wanted a music nib ... they just seem to come attached to pens I can't afford.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:40

as much as my noodler's pen have been very black and white (one is amazing the other a nightmare), I would RUN to buy one of those.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:41

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen.



You bring the map to Nathan Tardiff's house and grappling lines, I'll bring the nightvision goggles and safecracking equipment.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:46

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen.



You bring the map to Nathan Tardiff's house and grappling lines, I'll bring the nightvision goggles and safecracking equipment.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:58

:ninja: :ninja:

(HUMS THEME TO "BEVERLY HILLS COP.")

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:00

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen.



You bring the map to Nathan Tardiff's house and grappling lines, I'll bring the nightvision goggles and safecracking equipment.


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I believe I still have some tape recording equipment left over from Watergate we could use... :blink:
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:12

I forgot some comparison photos... I think these are the more common / identifiable pens I have

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Platinum Preppy (this one has the highlighter insert... just gave away the FP) , Lamy Safari, Lamy 2000, Noodler's Ahab, Noodler's Neponset, Shaeffer 330, Noodler's Nib Creaper, Wearever Pennant, TWSBI 540

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Uncapped... sorry the Lamy 2k is not the same size as the Ahab... things were not stable.

It is a big guy, it does stick out the shirt pocket a bit... but for such a beautiful pen... I am ok with it.

Comparing it to other pens on the Pen Data Page from VintagePens.com ... no affiliation... you can see it is a big pen. It is 14.7/15 cm long and about 14.9 mm wide. It is not far from the dimensions of the MontBlanc 149.. with some obvious differences... or course... The only other things that are close in size are the Conway Stewart Churchill LE (but it had flat ends), Namiki Custom Impressions (Also flat ends), Sheaffer Senior Balance (Very close appearance when you look at trim and clip.... and it is from the late 20s) Same thing with the Sheaffer Balance II.

I would love to see Noodler's turn this one into a vaccumatic... or a level fill... classic..

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:17

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen.



You bring the map to Nathan Tardiff's house and grappling lines, I'll bring the nightvision goggles and safecracking equipment.


:ninja: Ready

I believe I still have some tape recording equipment left over from Watergate we could use... :blink:


I don't know... I hear there is a moat around his house filled with Baystate Blue... and catfish fitted with lasers... plus... I don't think the guy sleeps... Posted Image

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:20

Nice material in this pen! Looks like the vintage Sheaffer balance material.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:28

Nice material in this pen! Looks like the vintage Sheaffer balance material.


Dick (from Luxury Brands... the Noodler's distributer) had said Nathan has blanks of some celluloid and such from the 50s and 60s that he might be using. I kind-of agree that I am almost positive I have seen this material before...


EDIT: Just found it Sheaffer Balance LE has to be the same material...

and here http://www.sheaffert...ed edition.html
and if you REALLY love the material... here: http://www.ebay.com/...9483908#vi-desc
and, apparently, a french company used it to: http://www.fountainp...ost__p__1251322
and Bexely: http://www.fountainp...post__p__556899
and a whole bunch of others http://www.fountainp...post__p__321634


from the look of things.. it is called "Jungle Green"

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:35

Nice material in this pen! Looks like the vintage Sheaffer balance material.

There has been a limited edition Balance II in that material: http://www.sheaffert...ed edition.html

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 20:59

Must have this. The size looks perfect, the material is stunning, and while I usually keep company with a boring array of fine nibs, I'd love to toy with a music nib.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 21:19

I would be interested also, in knowing where to find such a pen.



You bring the map to Nathan Tardiff's house and grappling lines, I'll bring the nightvision goggles and safecracking equipment.


:ninja: Ready

I believe I still have some tape recording equipment left over from Watergate we could use... :blink:


Bring it ... just in case .... :ninja:

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 21:24

Now that I know it's the perfect size as well... I'll drive the getaway car and provide air support. :eureka:

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 21:27

Wow! I had a Platinum music nib that I sold because it was too thick for my tastes and too expensive to keep for random occasions... And though I've had good and bad experiences with Noodler's pens, I'd totally run out and get one of these. :puddle:
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 00:32

After using it for a while... all my other pens seem a little... small... even an ahab. I do like the height the neponset's nib gives you above the paper. So often, my fingers are on the threads... but not with this one.






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