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So I've recently heard that normal noodler pens (made from vegetal resin) have the tendency to disintegrate with expose to ink or water. I personally love all noodler products, and own a bunch and would be pretty concerned if this was tue. That being said is there any validity to these claims?

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News to me. Have a half-dozen Konrads, no damage from ink or water.

 

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Yeah, I mean if you dunk the pen in water for 300 years, it'll probably break down I would think.

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News to me. Have a half-dozen Konrads, no damage from ink or water.

 

Best of luck,

 

Are the Konrad's made out of the same material as the Nib Creaper and the Ahab? Still waiting for my local store to get a stock of them.

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Are the Konrad's made out of the same material as the Nib Creaper and the Ahab? Still waiting for my local store to get a stock of them.

Some of them are (the $20 US ones). In fact, I noticed recently that some of them are made from identical blanks as the other two models.

The ebonite and acrylic ones aren't -- but some of Neponsets are made with those.

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My Ahab's Pearl Konrad is two years old, and is developing brown spots like rust on a car. No soaking of any kind, minimal rinsing only.

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I have a Mandarin Yellow Ahab that I bought soon after they became available. (That's got to be at least a few years ago.) The feed has been hacked and the nib has the EMF mod. This pen is in regular rotation and is often being cleaned and/or soaked.

 

I have had zero problems with staining or break-down of the barrel/section or the cap in any way.

 

However the clear piston has turned a slight yellowish/brown color over time, but it operates normally like when new. The yellowish tinge to the piston may be due to ink staining. I tend to use yellow or orangeish colored inks in this pen that shade a lot when the pen is flexed. Apache Sunset is a regular, but I've never seen Apache Sunset stain any other pen before. So I'm on the fence about blaming the ink.

 

I have several other Ahab and Konrad pens that were purchased either at the same time as the Mandarin Yellow Ahab or after. None of those pens is showing any signs of break-down or staining either. I'd say there are at least a half-dozen "Vegetal" Noodler's pens kicking around here - in addition to the Ebonite and Acrylic versions.

 

Conclusion: So-far nothing to worry about, and that doesn't look like it will change.

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but it takes a good 3 decades for plastic to photodegrade hence you can still have a soupy time capsule of plastic in the Pacific ocean but that means 30 years of exposure to water and sunlight... I don't think Casein would even last that long

according to hari they use LDPE which is the same thing found in some plastic containers depending on where you are from I think in the US generally use thats PET

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So I've recently heard that normal noodler pens (made from vegetal resin) have the tendency to disintegrate with expose to ink or water. I personally love all noodler products, and own a bunch and would be pretty concerned if this was tue. That being said is there any validity to these claims?

 

Casein (made from milk solids) is the material that doesn't play well with water. Ebonite (hard rubber) can discolor. Vegetal Resin (which Omas also uses) should be fine.

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I've had a transparent blue Ahab for 2.5 years and have left it soaking for a few hours during regular cleanings. No noticeable changes from what I recall of it being brand new.

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