And yet I've never particularly noticed the odor.... Go figure. (I've also had all of mine, with the exception of one Charlie pen which burped incessantly -- although that may have been because the sample didn't fill the barrel completely -- and another Charlie I haven't tried yet, work well out the box after flushing with soapy water to get rid of any manufacturing residue).
I haven't heard whether the Charlies will ever be stand alone pens, but I doubt it. They're put in with some of the 4-1/2 bottles as a replacement for the Platinum Preppies which Nathan Tardif used to include (although I'm not sure what he's doing for the highlighter inks or Kung Te Cheng these days -- my bottle of Dragon Catfish Pink had a refillable Preppy highlighter pen, and my bottles of KTC came with Preppies and some inexpensive refillable Japanese brush pens).
Oh, and two years ago, he gave away Charlie pens with the LE ink he sold at the Commonwealth Pen Show (and I presume he did last year as well, but I couldn't make the show and didn't get any of those inks); and the booth from the UK who was kitty-cornered to the Noodler's table at this year's Commonwealth was giving away Charlies with the UK Noodler's exclusives, so I got one with a bottle of Brexit.
The ebonite pens have a different smell to them -- but I've never experienced that either. Which is kinda weird, because when I was a kid, my mother would have me sniff the leftover roast beef to see whether or not it had gone bad....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."