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How To Get A Steady Flow With A Noodler's Ahab?


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Hello, I know this question must have been answered in a bazillion other places, but I'm really confused. I bought an Ahab a while ago and been fiddling with the feed position, but can't get it to run right. Some people say that if you get the tip of the feed closer to the tip of the nib you will have better flow. Others say it the other way around: if you take it farther from the tip of the nib, it will have better flow...Which one is true?

Also, the pen exhibits occasional skipping, like when i do an 'o' or the start of a cursive letter (the oblique line from lower left do upper right), but sometimes it just floods the page (no ink blobs, but the flow increases substantially and unpredictably). Is there any way I can have a more constant flow? I don't use the flex, I just want to use it as a sturdy everyday writer. At the moment it's filled with Pelikan Blue Black, because my other inks are way too wet for this pen. Also, I've got a Konrad Demo on the way too (gonna have to deal with that one as well :D ). Thank you.

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Take the feed out and give it a scrub under water with an old toothbrush, sometimes residues are left from manufacturing and can cause such issues. Also, make sure the nib sits in its proper place; if it's not then more ink may get to the feed, making it wetter.

I find that the further out the feed, the wetter the flow, the further in, the drier.

 

Give the flex a go! It's lots of fun, it hasn't affected the way my Ahab normally writes.

 

Good luck! :)

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I did scrub the feed as soon as I received the pen (been watching a lot of videos and reading reviews long before receiving the pen...so I knew what I was getting into). Also, the nib sits in it's place, aligned perfectly with the feed. It writes great, I love the wetness of the lines, but the flow is not always very consistent (with the additional now and then skipping).

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I have heard that the ebonite feed in the Ahab gets better with age. I converted mine to an eyedropper, removed the breather tube and opened up some of the vents where they meet the channel. Made it very wet, but still skipped. Now that it is about six months old and been inked for that time I decided to restore it back to a self filler and now it doesn't skip at all.

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I have heard indeed that the feed needs to 'soak' for a while...I will try this and see what comes of it. Thank you for the suggestion.

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