Here we go again... I agree with what you say about the Ahab, It is like flexing a steel girder... However, someone buying a Noodler's Ahab typically does not have the $150+ required to buy a true vintage flex pen.
I know you can get some semi-flex for less, but it is always the classic E-Bay gamble; will I get an actual working pen? or something that craps out after one use?
There are better, cheap pens out there to try with, but let's not let our ego's and bank balances ruin everyone elses day guys 'n' gals... How about this, instead of attacking someone product, try suggesing an affordable alternative that you think is better value for money.
And to lead by example, I will do just that. For $12.00 USD you can buy a Jinhao 159; then additional $25.00 USD you can buy a 10 pack of Zebra G Ti dip pen nibs. With a little work and a lot of care, you can fit the Zebra G Ti nib into the Jinhao 159. The feed keeps up well and the nib does what a dip pen nib does, in addition due to the titanium nitride coating, it will not rust like a standard steel nib and has a much longer nib life (and you have a packof 10, so they will last a while!).
Relax and enjoy your shoes people