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Ahab Leaks Uncontrollably

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#1 eronavbj

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 16:25

Anyone else having leakage problems with the Noodler's AHAB? Mine is new (present from my daughter in October), and has a nice, wet surprise for me at various times when I uncap it. This has happened about four times now, despite cleaning and refilling.

 

I contacted Noodler's and they said, "We might need to send you a new feed. Is there too much space between the feed and section?"

 

I sent them photos. That was a month ago. I've heard nothing since.

 

I've heard this is a good company to deal with.

 

Any opinions?

 

 

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 14:18

Hello,

 

I don't have any experience dealing with Noodler's, but I hope they or the retailer can help.

 

If you want to tackle it yourself, the Noodler's pens are fairly user serviceable so you may be able to fiddle enough to diagnose and fix the problem, as long as there isn't a deformity in the feed or pen. Usually an ink leak really means an air leak, since air getting in is what lets ink leak out. So you could have a gap somewhere, or have you checked the piston mechanism to make sure it's screwed in tight, the seals are good, and the breather tube inside it is set up properly? 

 

It's been a while since I used my Ahab so I forget all the parts, but certainly check for cracks too, and you could try pulling out the nib and feed, adjusting, and re-inserting. They are designed to pull out and adjust easily to suit the user so you can feel more comfortable doing this on this pen than on other brands.

 

You could do a full disassembly and reassembly, and fill with water to see if your tweaks are working along the way.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 20:14

Some work and some don't.

I had two bad Noodler's in a row, and decided that I wasn't going to waste any more money on a 3rd gamble.


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 21:51

it wasn't a fun time when they were introduced on the market. 

 

(I'm sure there are tons of long threads on the topic, i sure was a part of them, one started up very recently)



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 22:10

Noodler's inks are great but Noodler's pens have quality issues and sometimes need fixing, although this sounds like it might be fixed by making sure the feed is seated well and maybe pushing the feed and nib a tiny bit deeper into the pen? 

 

Also, try contact the actual retailer who sold the pen they're more likely to have the resources to provide good support.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 22:12

Throw the Ahab away!  While I appreciate all of the hard work that Nathan puts into Noodler's, the fountain pens are not at all reliable and good only for tinkering.

 

Buy yourself something reliable like a Jinhao, Lamy Safari or something like that. 


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 22:18

I would not call Jinhaos reliable in general, certainly some Jinhaos are but you can't count on getting one that is.  At least with Noodler's pens you usually have a shot at fixing the problem, there's no fix for a pen body that just up and disintegrates like some of the Jinhao models do.

 

Pilot and Sailor seem the most reliable to me, at least in inexpensive pens.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 22:36

He means Wing Sung.  B)   A 3003 will run you $2, and (I'm surprised to say this) is a really nice pen.  A pack of 5 will set you back $10, including the shipping.  I have two or three filled for the times I don't want to carry one of my good pens on the day's activities.

 

re. the Ahab.  If you really want to fix it, I would look at the piston seal, or the thread seal at the front of the tube.  Just a little bit of a leak at either point can cause the pen to flood.  Shellac on the threads will seal the threads.  If the piston seal is  bad though, I don't know what you would do.


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 23:05

They don't come packaged ready to write. None of my Noodlers pens came out of the box with the nib and feed in proper alignment for good writing. Sometimes I got no flow at all. Sometimes flooding. Each time I had to pull and push the feed and nib into several different alignments before I could get them right to write.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 03:52

My two Ahabs came perfectly ready to write, and one of them was pre-owned.

My Charlie on the other hand, that came with a bottle of HoD, erupted ink like Old Faithful. It's the only pen I ever threw away.

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 21:16

On second thought, leaking (without me tinkering around with the pen and a razor blade) was a different problem, usually a no-flow issue for the duds.



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 18:04

The Charlie was the only pen I tossed the day it arrived. Leaked like a sieve, and even when it worked it was a scratchy mess. The Ahab finally started working, but it's taken some time.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 14:43

I would not call Jinhaos reliable in general, certainly some Jinhaos are but you can't count on getting one that is.  At least with Noodler's pens you usually have a shot at fixing the problem, there's no fix for a pen body that just up and disintegrates like some of the Jinhao models do.

 

Pilot and Sailor seem the most reliable to me, at least in inexpensive pens.

 

The Ahab was an obvious dud on the market, everyone knew it.  Store owners gave me a handful of them for $10.







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