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#1 lectraplayer

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:40

I was hoping to find a Noodlers board to post this in, but no dice... 

 

Those of you who have searched through Noodlers stuff knows they have a few pens to their name. I have acquired a couple and I have noticed the ones I have (a Nib Creeper and a couple Charlie pens) have a moth ball smell to them. I like the way they write but am curious to what that strong odor is.

 

Also, think the Charlie will ever be (or is but I haven't found it) a stand alone pen instead of one you have to buy ink to get?


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 17:16

The material comprising the Noodler's pens is quite (in)famous for its smell - something about the vegetal resin or something like that.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 18:58

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....

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 19:02

I have a FPR pen with the same smell. Personally the smell grew on me after a short while (once it had faded a bit, which didn't take too long). Plus I think the resin feels nicer than standard plastics and acrylics. Sadly I find Noodler's resin pens dry out very quickly, while their acrylic pens can lie around unused for a while without drying out.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 22:51

The smell is on the resin pens only. I noticed it when I got my Konrad, but it faded fairly quickly. I never found it unpleasant, like some people. Like Ruth, my Konrad worked well right out of the box. A lot of folks didn't have that experience. I later changed the nib to a Goulet branded B (Jowo) nib.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 00:47

My Ahab stank but it faded away after a while. My acrylics Noodlers haven't had the same smell, so it's just the material of the vegetal resin. Fun pens though. Not like a Porsche but as fun as a rusty rat bike you can tinker with.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:08

My Ahab stank but it faded away after a while. My acrylics Noodlers haven't had the same smell, so it's just the material of the vegetal resin. Fun pens though. Not like a Porsche but as fun as a rusty rat bike you can tinker with.

 

Thanks.

 

...although rust buckets can be more fun than a Porsche at times. You can run a rust bucket hard and not have to worry about destroying an expensive piece of equipment (especially if it has four really big and knobby tires. :D )


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:33

I had an Ahab, I absolutely hated the way the pen felt in my hand because of the material. It felt kind of sticky and was not pleasant for me at all. Traded it out of my collection quickly.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:26

I was hoping to find a Noodlers board to post this in, but no dice... 

 

Those of you who have searched through Noodlers stuff knows they have a few pens to their name. I have acquired a couple and I have noticed the ones I have (a Nib Creeper and a couple Charlie pens) have a moth ball smell to them. I like the way they write but am curious to what that strong odor is.

 

Also, think the Charlie will ever be (or is but I haven't found it) a stand alone pen instead of one you have to buy ink to get?

 

 

I have a FPR pen with the same smell. Personally the smell grew on me after a short while (once it had faded a bit, which didn't take too long). Plus I think the resin feels nicer than standard plastics and acrylics. Sadly I find Noodler's resin pens dry out very quickly, while their acrylic pens can lie around unused for a while without drying out.

 

 

I had the same initial impression with the smell.  I hated it.  It was so unexpected and lets just say it ain't roses.  It fades, but it may not completely go away.

 

But I received a free Fountain Pen Revolution pen, the Muft, which had the same smell, but I liked the pen so much that the smell grew on me.  It's nearly identical to the free Charlie I got out of a Noodler's Heart of Darkness purchase. 

 

If you are looking to buy an extra Charlie I recommend trying out the FPR Muft if the name of the pen isn't a priority.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 13:41

I had Noodler's Konrad. The pen body didn't stink much, but the smell of the oil at the nib unit was the problem. It is not scarce to find any remnant oil in the Noodler's pen as far as I know, but it was quite embarrassing because it was very early stage of this hobby for me. 



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 06:41

I don't mind the smell. I haven't used and of my Charlie Hebo pens yet. They are still in their clear plastic baggie. I'm going to hopefully use them soon. I have about a dozen of them sitting in my pencil cups.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:05

I bought my Ahab from a dealer that kept the pens in a glass case, so I assume the smell has long since dissipated by the time I bought it. You can smell it if you put it up to your nose. I do notice the stickiness if there is high humidity in the air, so the pen doesn't make into my EDC rotation.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:47

These Charlie Hebo pens are supposed to deteriorate over time. They are biodegradable.






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