I recently bought a bottle of Noodler's Nikita for the ink, so the pen that came with it was, to me, a free thing. It wrote, but it was scratchy. I couldn't smooth it. As I progressed, step by step, from mild to more extreme measures, eventually grinding my first little stub, I realized that the tipping material must be rather brittle and breaking off in little bits. Suffice it to say, I did not like the nib that came with the pen. Eventually I gave up on it and threw it away. But I had, some time ago, bought a set of 5 Baoer 388's off of Ebay, and the threaded barrel insert came out of one of them. Because the pens also required prodigious force to uncap (one reason why I never liked them to begin with), this would have been challenging to repair permanently, and I just didn't bother. So I had this smallish Baoer nib to spare. Would it fit? Yes!
The result is an astonishingly good pen. Yes, it is cheap. The clear plastic barrel made of similar stuff of a hundred toys of my youth, but relies on no seal at its base--it is a plastic cup, so it cannot leak in your pocket from that end. The grip section threads in with an o-ring seal and some silicone grease on the threads. Never seen any ink leak from there, either. I've heard of these pens leaking from the feed on people. I can't comment on what happens with the original nib, but with the Baoer nib and the original Noodler's feed I don't get any misbehavior there, either. The ink flow is perfect and 100% reliable, more reliable than most of my expensive fountain pens. I cannot outrun the feed with this nib. I originally did put Noodler's Nikita in it, but in the whole nib smoothing to trashing to replacement series off events, it was used up, and I had about 1.5ml or more of Noodler's Widowmaker in a sample vial that I wasn't using, so I just dumped it in to the barrel--no eyedropper required, though I didn't have the guts to fill it by that method anywhere but at the sink. It had some room to spare, so probably it holds close to 2ml (sorry I didn't measure it precisely).
I like the pen a lot, and considering that it was free, the entertainment value of getting it working properly alone was an extra bonus. YMMV.
Nikita Pen 1 by mehosea
Nikita Pen 3 by mehosea
Nikita Pen 2 by mehosea
Nikita Pen 4 by mehosea
Edited by mhosea, 01 October 2012 - 05:05.