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  1. TheAkwardNinja

    Inks That Are Amazing With Flex?

    So my Noodler's Konrad Flex will be arriving soon, and I was wondering what inks, preferably darker inks, look great with the flex nib? I have both Parker Black and Blue/Black and Diamine Ancient Copper. I plan to order some better quality paper, which is my next question. What is an economical paper, preferably from gouletpens (No affiliation), that I can use for just sending some letters? Thanks for the help!!! -Franky
  2. Hello All, I'm in the mood for a purchase...it's -15 F here Minneapolis and I need a little something. Nothing over the top, just a treat. I stumbled upon a lessor know brand, THINK - they have a some very eye-catching designs but not a lot is know. Most feedback is good. We're talking less than $40 here. Then again I don't own an Ahab or a Konrad yet (we all know about what those cost)... I can even get an extra nib, in the event Flex just isn't my cup of tea. So there it is... an unknown - THINK or the much-discussed Ahab and Konrad. Thoughts? Here's the THINK model I was considering....
  3. I'm back! After (what, a year?) I finally have time to do reviews again! Well, I've still been doing them, but without a working scanner, and with no time to set up a photo situation that's up to my standards, I haven't posted a new on in a while. I used to scan the reviews at a high resolution, but photobucket started to hate on my data usage and I had three separate PB accounts full of review pics. Getting accurate color out of the scans was always exceedingly difficult, and I'd always wanted to switch over to taking the pics with a camera using noon daylight (CRI of 100 is hard to argue with) using a custom white balance, but until recently I just hadn't had time. So no more super-high resolution reviews, and unfortunately I'm still using my first DSLR so the best I can do right now is 10 megapixels (not including any cropping), but the color should be much more spot on. I'm also going to do something new with newly posted reviews—a poll. You'll be able to vote! A simple question: "Do you like the ink?" I'm not asking if you like the reviews, just the inks. So enjoy! I'll be posting many more—and with a backlog of about 70 already-written reviews and more being written all the time, the supply should last a while. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/838/qhmh.jpg
  4. I've been wanting for ages to getting hold of a Noodler's pen to fiddle with. Now I have a Konrad in 'Narwhal'. I always intended it as a replacement holder for my Knox 1.1mm stub, but I left the flex nib in it to see how I liked it (it didn't last the day before I swapped it out). I'd only seen pictures before and I thought it was quite a big pen, but it's actually a really nice size for me. The resin feels warm and 'soft' to the touch with just a little bit of drag when I move my fingers over it, nice, I don't mind the smell either. The quality of the finish is good for a pen of this price, can't complain about that. From reports I'd read I was expecting to have to do some major tweaking to get it to write, but i just flushed it and filled it and away it went. It flexed with firm pressure and wrote with just discernable variation with light pressure, but the nib wasn't doing anything for me so out it came. The Knox went straight in and it wrote pretty well but there were hard start and skipping issues. I had a closer look and saw there was a gap between the nib and feed so I thought I'd try my hand at heat setting it. It was disappointingly simple, only took about 30 seconds (took longer to boil the kettle). Perfect, neat set, it hasn't skipped once since then and starts as soon as it touches paper. The one thing I miss from the Jinhao X450 that the nib was in before is the sound. The nib used to make tiny squeaks and growls as it moved over the paper, probably because of the hard plastic feed with lots of fins. The sound added another level of satisfaction. The X450 is actually a very good pen, very solid and reliable, but it's too heavy and cold for my personal taste. I've put the Noodler's flex nib into it so it might get some use (probably not though). I have to say that I'm impressed by the Konrad, I think I'd get another one, or maybe an Ahab, but I'd probably spring for the ebonite version since I hear they're finished a bit better.
  5. Hello everyone. First of all I wanted to say thank you to those who've made my introduction into the world of FPN so welcoming, it's much appreciated. Some of you may have seen my 'Bought a Flex Pen' thread. If so you'll know that I bought a Noodler's Creaper as my first fountain pen and it's been 'misbehaving', to say the least. I still want to try and fix it (thanks those who've helped!) but right now I think it might be time to cut my losses and get a better pen. Currently I don't own any fountain pens, and I want to get my first. However, I'm not particularly well off (I'm still a student) and I definitely can't afford an expensive pen. I'd like a flexible-nibbed pen that I can practice Copperplate styles with, but apart from that I'm pretty open to suggestions. I'm completely new to fountain pens and I could use some help. I've already been offered some good advice but I'd like to get this sorted. Where are all the UK fountain pen shops? What brands are cheap and good to look out for? What should I look for in my first pen? I know this thread is a bit obscure, but I just wanted to ask for some help entering into the world of fountain pens and to thank those who've helped me out (thank you!). Many thanks, Joe
  6. tfwall

    2013 Noodler's Ink Contest

    A reminder to get those videos up and send your entries in. Submission deadline is just over a month away!
  7. So, I've decided to get me one of these. I can't really make up my mind between Forbidden City, Olde Salem or Victory Garden, although I've put the other colours in my poll too. I'll give it a few hours then order away!
  8. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Apache Sunset

    Now this is my orange ink. Great great shading. Shades from orangish yellow to orangish red. The scan doesn't do it justice. Not water resistant. But then I'm sure you know that. You don't buy this ink for signing checks.
  9. What does it take to make ink? It's interesting to read about boutique ink brands like Noodler's and Private reserve; and I've often thought how they got into it. I would think that they start with distilled water, and then add water soluble dyes of various descriptions. It would be interesting to know what other considerations might there be.
  10. wnclee

    Something New...

    Hello. Hope all are well. I have about 2 dz. plus+ inks, and honestly I realize with some exceptions; that few are really unique in color. At least to me. e.g.: J.Herbin 1670 rouge hematite ( my fav.), Larmes de Cassis & Vert Olive, Caran d' A Saffron, Iroshizuku, ku-jaku and a couple of others. Beyond these, I have all of the basics covered... Bottom line is, I'm in the market for a bottle or 2 of uncommon, unique colors. I've been looking at the Noodler's Ottoman Rose which looks really nice to me, but hard to tell on monitor at times. Red is my favorite, with green right behind. An maybe some shades in between that are similar. If anyone has any suggestions; hopefully based on personal experience, I would most appreciate your input...Thanks for time, LWL
  11. Hi all! Does anyone have any experience using Noodler's more permanent inks in a Lamy 2000? If so have you noticed any staining to the ink window? I regularly use Noodler's stuff in my cheaper pens but I'm considering buying a Lamy 2000 and wanted to make sure the ink window would stay useable. Thanks in advance, Badger
  12. I know there's already been a superb comparison of green that included these three inks, but I wanted to add my own -- since the reviews of Zhivago seem so variable, from "just black" to an obvious green. Clearly Zhivago is greener that Graphite but not as green as Evergreen. Colour laid down is not far from the "fresh" evergreen before it lightens over 24 hours. I have tried diluting Zhivago. It does not make the ink any greener; the end result is something even closer to Graphite, though a tad greener. And ye gods, Noodler's ink smells.
  13. GMYoussef

    Ahab Vs. Nib Creeper?

    Hello everybody, I'm new here so I apologize if this isn't the ideal location for this thread. Anyways, I've been contemplating getting a flex pen lately, and most people tend to recommend noodlers pens. Since they're in my price range, and most people tend to like them, i decided they'd be the best inexpensive flex pens to look into; one problem however, im not sure whether to go for the slightly controversial ahab, or the even more inexpensive yet older nib creeper. I was hoping that maybe somebody who has experience with both of them could chip in as to the pros and cons to both, which one they personally prefer, and why, and maybe someone who has one or the other but is satisfied (or dissatisfied) could do the same. I think it would be an interesting conversation and very helpful! Thanks in advance for the help.
  14. TheAkwardNinja

    Well Behaving Noodler's For Student

    Ive been posting lately about an ink for me. I have discovered that Parker Black behaves well enough for me on my cheap notebook paper. Does Noodler's have a dark blue/blue ink that behaves without woolly lines, bleed through and see through? I am using an extra fine Safari. I need some advice, please!!!!
  15. This may be a stupid question. I am planning to get a noodler's nib creaper for the next pen because it's inexpensive, I also know that the nib creaper can flex alot. But can I use it on everyday writing( quick notes, etc.)? If yes, what is its nibs size? Can I write fine lines with this pen? Thank you.
  16. I am having a hard time with this Konrad and the nib looks different to me than the nibs on the other Noodler's pens I have. Here is the best shot I could get of it... opinions? (the picture will get bigger if you click on it)
  17. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher

    I almost didn't try this ink. Bad Green Gator was just sooo bleeding and feathering I thought perhaps all the Warden series inks from Noodler's behaved similarly. I'm glad that I did try this ink though, because it does not behave like Gator. The color is perhaps a little more standard dark blue, or blue-black in color. The flow is wet and smooth. Writing with this ink is pretty nice. It has some shading which is also nice. Some bit of the color bleeds off in water. But the rest is bulletproof, so it isn't going anywhere.
  18. Hi all, Does anyone know of a good script/lettering style that would look elegant when written small (under 8mm majuscule height) with a modern flex fountain pen such as a Noodler's Ahab, Konrad, or Serwex/Dilli? These pens don't always have quick returns, but they allow the inks I use to shade to my liking. I've been using a copperplate variant, but it's just nowhere near what it needs to be to look appealing. They can't really do quick turn arounds with the hairlines/swells and it comes off just looking like lazy copperplate with too much ink. Any ideas? Feel free to post pics if you think of something. PT.
  19. Do Diamine produce large bottles of ink? I know Noodler''s did in the past, up to a gallon on special request; just wondered if diamine were able to do the same...
  20. CharlieTurtle

    Two Questions

    I have two, unrelated questions, both of which was posed to me today but actually stumped me... What is the actual purpose of a flex pen? Is it simply the line variation?(This was asked by a friend who can actually write nicely, unlike me) Is an eyedropper pen a good pen for trying out samples of inks?(This was asked by my history tutor and I had no clue at all)
  21. Hey guys: I fell in love with Noodler's Navajo Turquoise when I bought a sample last year. I am finally ready for a new bottle of ink, so that is at the top of my list. But then I saw Noodler's American Eel Turquoise, and it looks extremely similar. I have a few pens that are quite dry writers, so I'm always on the lookout for inks that write wet. Can anyone suggest if I should get Eel Turquoise or Navajo Turquoise? Has anyone tried both? Thanks for the help! -lbr218 swabs courtesy of GouletPens.com
  22. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Operation Overlord Orange

    Part of the v-mail series of inks. They are reproductions or recreations of vintage ink formulas from the 1940s. All named after aspects of that really big thing that happened in the 1940s. This is a nice orange color. Doesn't have the shading of Apache Sunset. But it did indeed have some fairly impressive water resistance for an orange ink. Dry time was nice. Felt a little thinner than Apache Sunset. Not as bold as Edelstein Mandarin or Organics Studio's Neon. Could be too light for a lot of uses, but then, you wouldn't use orange ink in business situations anyway, would you? edit: Also my first review trying out Staples Sustainable Earth sugarcane based paper. Not bad. Got a spiral notebook of this with perforated edges. Not bad for feathering and shading on inks. Doesn't have serious bleedthrough issues. Paper is thinner, which is nice for when you want thin paper. But it's not for people who hate showthrough with every fiber of their inked being.
  23. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Purple Wampum

    This ink goes down a little lighter purple, and dries a little grayer. On some papers, it looks like a gray-purple. It's a pretty and unusual color. A fairly unique color. It's got good flow and water resistance. No feathering. It's on my list to get a bottle. Not the top of the list, but I like it.
  24. I have never used any Noodler's inks - even though my current go-to pen is an Ahab. I am planning on buying some to whip up a batch of Black Swan in North African Violets - recipe here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/208811-black-swan-in-north-african-violets/ However, I want to try some other colors too, so here is my question for you - What is(are) your favorite ink(s) from Noodler's and why? Photos would be awesome if you have them. THANKS!
  25. In my quest to find a simple, back to basics, no frills eyedropper, I stumbled across the Noodler's Aerometric Ebonite filler. I am totally digging this pen! Smooth simple body, just BASIC!! The problem is...I can't seem to find anything on where to buy it now. would anyone have any leads on where I could buy one or have one that they would be willing to sell? FPGeeks did a review on it a while back, here's the link: http://fpgeeks.com/2012/01/noodlers-aerometric-eyedropper-ebonite-fountain-pen-the-awesome-review/

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