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He's one of the tinkerers who modifies Ahab nibs to superflex: he adds a titanium overfeed to his nibs so the ink supply can keep up with the nib.
Every so often he puts a few of them on eBay, and I got lucky. I really like the nib: in the hands of someone who really knows what he's doing it can accomplish wonderful things. Look for jfdiberica on eBay.
I gave my boss a Waterman Commando last Christmas, and he likes to sketch with it. Then his mom gave him an MB 149 that belonged to his grandfather. Honestly, I'm happy for him. Really.
So today I let him try my Joseph Daluz Ahab, which is crazy-flexible. A totally evil thing to do to a man who really doesn't have time to hang out on ebay.
Hahaha. Very. Especially when there are none for sale right now. Have u posted pics of the modded pen here on FPN and its output? Curious. What's the snap-back like, or is it more painterly? Is yours the xxf, xf, or m? If it's a finer one, what's the finest line u can draw/write?
Edited by Intellidepth, 14 March 2015 - 05:41.
Noodler's Konrad Acrylics (normal+Da Luz custom flex) ~ Lamy AL-Stars/Vista F/M/1.1 ~ Handmade Barry Roberts Dayacom M ~ Waterman 32 1/2, F semi-flex nib ~ Conklin crescent, EF super-flex ~ Aikin Lambert dip pen EEF super-flex ~ Aikin Lambert dip pen semi-flex M ~ Jinhao X450s ~ Pilot Custom Heritage 912 Posting Nib ~ Sailor 1911 Profit 21k Rhodium F. Favourite inks: Iroshizuku blends, Noodler's CMYK blends.
I'm going to finish making another one of these tomorrow in Pima tortoise if anyone's interested
My name is Joseph DaLuz. I just wrote a lengthy explanation about what I've been doing with the Noodler's Ahab, but it was lost in cyberspace... so here's some copy from my ebay listing.
Custom Noodler's Ahab: nib reground to XF, with another Nib mod to increase flex to BBB. Feed also reset. After the flex mod, I used a Zeiss microscope to adjust the tines and do the regrind. As fine as it is, it's still smooth. To increase the ink flow during times of high demand, I made a titanium overfeed. there is a slight notch in the section for this. It was difficult to get the two axis curvature right. It's everyday use and for pointed pen calligraphy
Amazing flex actually, and will not railroad if you write at a moderate speed. I find that ink flow tolerances are better than many of my precious vintage pens.
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