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Noodler's Ahab

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#1 timotheap

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 16:36

20200107_182827.jpg I spent days reading reviews, watching videos, etc before getting one... so here's my small contribution (nothing new but then I didn't mind a single time reading again and again the same reviews so...)

 

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I flushed the pen, brushed the feed (the usual water, 10% ammonia, a drop of detergent) just to be on the safe side.

 

Nib:

 

Very smooth, even when flexing hard. Very wet too: it made Diamine Syrah look really dark when other pens show it on the pinkish side, it made Parker Quink a real black. 

 

Flex:

 

Easier and easier. The variation goes from hair thin (because of the speed, otherwise it's a M on the fine side) to 2 mm. I flexed like mad for hours on end without ever railroading. I've had this pen for two weeks and gone through many many refills without a single problem, doing entire pages of nonsensical flex. Now I'm experiencing some railroading then nothing for hours, but before I tinker with it I want to understand what is going on. (I haven't noticed that the breather tube changes anything and prefer to leave it on as I would probably lose it otherwise). Even with the current hiccups, I am as pleased as I can be.

 

I don't want to get it into the "oh you can't call it a flex nib" but here's what I mean: I've only ever had normal pens with steel nibs, none of them can do what the Ahab does. I've played (and still play) with dip pen nibs and none of them would ever become an everyday writer. And I get to do things that can pass for pseudo-calligraphy. I have the best of both worlds... 

 

Looks:

 

I expected the Ahab to look kitsch, or cheap, or completely ugly. I had chosen Iroquois and am really pleased with the material: subtle swirls that go from copper to grey to dark brown streaks ... really beautiful.

 

 

Conclusion

 

I would buy it again, had no idea I would love it so much. As a side note, I bought it for the good and the bad reviews: the good ones made me dream of it, the bad ones made me want to make it work for me. I've had it for two weeks, used it every day for long sessions of inept flexing and normal writing, and many many refills. I really hope this pen lives forever.


Edited by timotheap, 07 January 2020 - 17:31.


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#2 dan in montreal

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 17:49

Congratulations on your purchase.  When you do your homework, it limits the amount of (bad) surprises once you get the pen and start using it. I have a few and they are almost always inked. As you did, I read a few reviews before buying them and my expectations were rather low. Mine needed a bit of work, but I managed to get them to function as I wanted them to. I use them to draw and doodle and the flexy nib does its job. If you know beforehand you are not getting flex as you would from a gold nibbed vintage pen and you are willing to tinker with them, they can be fun. I've had mine for a few years and the smell is almost gone (but I must say, it is tenacious).

Thanks for the review.



#3 timotheap

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 18:08

Thanks, Dan. Good to know yours are still around. Mine didn't smell a lot and it has already pretty much faded to a rather sweet smell. 

 

Timo



#4 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 18:46

Very nice review. I got mine (a blue demonstrator) ages ago, and did nothing whatever to it, and it always wrote well.

I did have to bury it in coffee grounds to get rid of the stench. ;)

#5 melissa59

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 19:39

Your handwriting is beautiful. You truly made the Ahab sing -- something I could not get mine to do.

Still, it was a worthwhile purchase for a flex experience, not to mention that it was tons of fun to play with. I did get tired of fighting/playing with it and recently passed it along to a flex-curious FPN member.


"You have to be willing to be very, very bad in this business if you're ever to be good. Only if you stand ready to make mistakes today can you hope to move ahead tomorrow."
Dwight V. Swain, author of Techniques of the Selling Writer.

#6 txomsy

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 23:01

Thanks for the review. It is always useful to have another opinion.



#7 timotheap

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 23:15

Very nice review. I got mine (a blue demonstrator) ages ago, and did nothing whatever to it, and it always wrote well.

I did have to bury it in coffee grounds to get rid of the stench. ;)

 

Oh, that's something to keep in mind if I get another Ahab that really reeks, good to know !

 

 

Your handwriting is beautiful. You truly made the Ahab sing -- something I could not get mine to do.

Still, it was a worthwhile purchase for a flex experience, not to mention that it was tons of fun to play with. I did get tired of fighting/playing with it and recently passed it along to a flex-curious FPN member.

 

Thank you! I have to admit I keep my fingers crossed nothing gets out of whack, sometimes people have issues a bit later down the road (but then others find it gets better).. I hope I manage to make it work anyway. 

 

Thanks for the review. It is always useful to have another opinion.

 

Thank you !



#8 Grayspoole

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 12:33

Nice review and penmanship!

 

I would credit the Ahab with renewing my interest in fountain pens, precisely because it is not a fancy pen but a writing tool that I can experiment with and customize. I have two Ahabs—a clear demonstrator and a Black Pearl, and I may add more.  I liked the standard tip, and I agree that it offers a welcome flex experience.  I have also used it with Zebra G pointed nibs, Jowo stubs (1.1 and 1.5), and my own crisp italic nibs, shaped from the untipped Noodler nonflex nibs that go for a whopping $1.

 

I recently purchased the refillable 308 cartridges, and I like them. Prefer them to using the converter, in fact. I haven’t tried using the Ahab as an eyedropper (the sheer volume of ink it would contain alarms me).  But be forewarned—although I never noticed a smell from either of my pens, the baggie of cartridges did release a strong stench initially, which has since dissipated.







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