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Posted 28 October 2013 - 20:14
Posted 29 October 2013 - 18:50
I like my Ahab better. The size fits better in my hand, and the piston is easier to fill than a sticky crank knob.
I'm not sure what controversy you're talking about. Anyway, don't expect flex from either pen. Better to think of them as regular pens that spread when you press hard.
I also noticed that this is your first post. Welcome. If you haven't used FPs before, I would avoid Noodler's as a first pen. They're more "old-style" and things may not work out of the box.
Posted 29 October 2013 - 19:49
Thank you for the welcome! I've been using fountain pens for about 3 months now, so although quite new to them I like to think that im rather used to them. This would be my third pen, and I've been debating with myself whether to go for a noodlers or for an Indian pen from fountainpenrevolution (either the serwex Mb or the Dilli) but the noodlers pens seem to be calling my name..I'll see, i may try to go to my local fountain pen store to see if they have an ahab i can test out.
Posted 29 October 2013 - 19:56
I'm partial to the Nib Creeper. I have the demonstrator. The smaller nib gave me less flow issues, though the Ahab's nib/feed combo was better than my Konrad's. I've since replaced the Noodler's nib in my Creeper with a medium stub.
For the price, why not get both?
Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:43
I've used both models. I slightly prefer the Ahab because of the size. I prefer the filling mechanism on the Creeper, and it seems to work better "out of the box."
You didn't suggest it, but I'm going to throw in a recommendation for the Konrad. To me, this pen captures the best of both worlds.
By the way, I love the flex on Noodler's pens, but I've found that not all pens, even in the same model, flex equally as well.
Posted 30 October 2013 - 04:11
Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:44
I have one of each - Ahab, Konrad, Creaper - and I like them all. Usually, I find the Ahab a bit big, the Creaper a bit slender, and the Konrad just right sizewise. I have not had any trouble with getting them to write to my taste (I like the fiddling to get it just right, but they all three worked out of the box). I do find that as I use them more often, the flex seems to go deeper. I guess the nib does soften a little with use.
Both my Konrad and Creaper are inked at the moment. While not marked as such, I have read somewhere that they are all manufactured in India, and thus are actually Indian pens, and fit into my collection's focus. I have also found that most Indian pens are easy to tweak.
Posted 02 November 2013 - 00:36
I have one of each as well, and all three worked well straight off. I find the Creaper much easier to flex (having a smaller nib) and capable of the same line variation as the two larger nibbed pens. I prefer the larger size of the Ahab though. The Creaper is small enough that I'll start to cramp during prolonged writing. I guess my ideal would be an Ahab with a Creaper nib. Think I just volunteered for the awkward squad ;-)
questions questions, too many questions...
Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:40
I know you didn't mention it, but another pen with a semiflex nib that is pretty much in direct competition with the Noodler's line is the Fountain Pen Revolution Dilli. It's obviously an Indian pen, just like the Ahab/Creaper/Konrad, but has had FAR fewer reports of trouble out of the box.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:56
wallylynn, you said the noodle's pens are not really flex. I bought a noodle's and decided I didn't care for flex pens because I had to press so hard to get line variation. Would a different flex pen not act the same way? should I not give up on flex pens just because I don't like the way the noodle's pens write? What pen would you recommend to test out flex nibs without spending a ton of money?
Posted 09 November 2013 - 20:58
I find that the Creaper has a rather small ink capacity for a flex pen. The Konrad and Ahab also have a standard #6 so you can swap out nibs with those if you don't want to always write with a flex nib.
Edited by ClaytonLittle, 09 November 2013 - 20:58.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:50
Perhaps I'm just a victim of bad quality control though, I've heard of others with spectacular Ahabs and Konrads and bad creapers.
Edited by Ego Id Veto, 14 November 2013 - 10:51.
Sheaffer Triumph, Saratoga, Targa Slim and Targa Standard; Waterman 3V and 52 1/2V; Mabie Todd Swan Self Filler x 2; Eagle Unbreakable in sterling silver; Eversharp Bantam; Parker Duofold Lucky Curve BCHR and Duofold in red hard rubber; Spors Co. glass nib pens x 4; Conklin 2NL and 20P.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:55
Just posted this on another thread but I believe it could be helpful for this topic as well:
Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: noodlers, flex pens, ahab, nib creeper, inexpensive
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