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Noodlers Charlie Nibs?


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#1 lectraplayer

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 12:37

What nib does a Noodler's Charlie use? Is it pretty much the same as the Nib Creaper except for the extra ridges along the sides, which I guess are pretty much decorative? I know they appear to be swappable.

 

Has anyone tried actually exchanging the two?

 

The reason I ask is because after I was cleaning my Charlie of BSB ink stains (yes, that means bleach!) this one become a bad creeper. Analysis of the nib revealed why. The bleach had ate away a good portion of the stainless steel nib underneath leaving it pitted like the roads around my house. I knew it was possible but didn't expect it to happen as quickly as I did. (a few hours of soaking to remove the blue, although I had subjected this pen to this once before).

 

Also, just for the sake of my curiosity, are there any gold nibs that will fit this pen?


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 13:25

 

 

What nib does a Noodler's Charlie use? Is it pretty much the same as the Nib Creaper except for the extra ridges along the sides, which I guess are pretty much decorative? I know they appear to be swappable.

 

Has anyone tried actually exchanging the two?

 

The reason I ask is because after I was cleaning my Charlie of BSB ink stains (yes, that means bleach!) this one become a bad creeper. Analysis of the nib revealed why. The bleach had ate away a good portion of the stainless steel nib underneath leaving it pitted like the roads around my house. I knew it was possible but didn't expect it to happen as quickly as I did. (a few hours of soaking to remove the blue, although I had subjected this pen to this once before).

 

Also, just for the sake of my curiosity, are there any gold nibs that will fit this pen?

 

Yes, the Charlie and Creaper nibs can be swapped. Example here.

 


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 15:51

 

 

 

 

Yes, the Charlie and Creaper nibs can be swapped. Example here.

 

 

 

Thanks, and nice run. I wonder a fountain pen can be tuned to intentionally railroad without messing everything else up. It can add a lot of flair to writing. :D

 

Also, other Noodler's inks have the Charlie with them now (Most?)  I got one with Baystate Blue and Blue Ghost, then another when I ordered HOD.  That said, I'll be using one and keeping the others put up for the most part. This one sounds like it may be a collector's item one day. ;)


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 13:02

 

Thanks, and nice run. I wonder a fountain pen can be tuned to intentionally railroad without messing everything else up. It can add a lot of flair to writing. :D

 

Also, other Noodler's inks have the Charlie with them now (Most?)  I got one with Baystate Blue and Blue Ghost, then another when I ordered HOD.  That said, I'll be using one and keeping the others put up for the most part. This one sounds like it may be a collector's item one day. ;)

 

I suppose the flow could be made worse. A pen that's about to run out yields an interesting line for drawing. I prefer a wetter line for writing.

 

I hadn't considered Charlies as future collectibles. Distributing them with more inks would seem to work against that - unless, counterintuitively, increased availability causes them to be overlooked and undervalued, increasing the value of pristine examples later. You might be onto something ...  :) 

 

Re gold nibs - I think I read somewhere that vintage no. 2 nibs might fit, but don't quote me.



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 16:18

I wonder if I can find that nail of a nib, or something similarly stiff as the original nib for certain purposes.


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 00:26

waterman ideal #2 nibs fit the charlie just fine. As do eversharp #2's.



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 12:35

Thanks for the info HoneyBadger. Mind if I turn this into a tech support thread though?

 

I have my Nib Creaper nib in now, and it writes really wet, then dies. Fortunately, it does not creep now. I still have the original Charlie feed in it though. Before I go to cutting and filling on this feed, what would be the likely problem I'd need to address?  I know there's too much ink by the nib, causing it to flow heavily when I write, but then it depletes and can't get ink from the reservoir, so it dies. The channel looks good and clear. Think heat setting would help?

 

In addition, since this is my first pen to completely tear down, a course on how to align everything properly may also address the issue.


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 14:52

Have you tried swapping the Creaper feed into the Charlie along with the nib?



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 18:15

That's just it. I'm replacing a broken Charlie nib so I don't have a spare Creaper feed.

 

I think I may have taken care of it by heat setting it. I'm not sure if I did it right but it's better behaved now.


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 22:49

I have an FPR #5.5 Medium in my Charlie and it works great. 

 

I love the Charlie with a Fine TWSBI Eco/Mini jowo nib, too.



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Posted 25 December 2017 - 00:45

That's just it. I'm replacing a broken Charlie nib so I don't have a spare Creaper feed.

 

I think I may have taken care of it by heat setting it. I'm not sure if I did it right but it's better behaved now.

 

Ah - missed that point. Heat setting sounds like the way to go.





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