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Noodler's Konrad Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen - Black


 
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The Konrad flex pen was introduced in early 2012 - it is smaller than the Ahab, but larger than the Nib Creaper. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a twist piston mechanism with a blind cap. The Konrad is made of a celluloid derivative.

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The Konrad flex pen was introduced in early 2012 - it is smaller than the Ahab, but larger than the Nib Creaper. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a twist piston mechanism with a blind cap. The Konrad is made of a celluloid derivative and is technically biodegradable and formed from a "renewable resource".

The Noodler's flex pens were designed for the hands-on tinkerer - they are made to be taken apart and adjusted. The nib and feed pull right out and can be adjusted for optimal performance. Don't be afraid to get a little ink on your fingers while you learn how to use this pen. We recommend watching our video (below) to see how heat-setting the nib/feed can help improve flow issues.

As a simple rule of thumb for writing with a flex pen, just apply slight pressure on your downstrokes, which will spread the tines and increase the line width, achieving that optimal line variation. Make sure to go slowly so that the ink can keep up with your writing. As with any flex pen, it just takes practice!

Due to the residual machining oils used when cutting the feeds for these pens, we highly encourage you to give the pen a good flush before use. We recommend any of the following options: distilled water, water with a touch of dish soap, a pre-packaged pen flush, or a solution of 10% clear ammonia to water. This should resolve most ink flow issues!
Ink Nouveau: Noodler's Black Konrad Flex Pen
Ink Nouveau: Noodler's Konrad Flex
Heat-Setting a Noodler's Ebonite Feed


Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 39 Write a review.

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Budget specialty pen. September 5, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
So far (a few hours test drive) a well functioning pen. No troubles with leaking, burping, dripping, dry writing, hard starts or any other functional issue. I stripped it down and washed all parts in soapy water, reassembled, filled with Noodler's Black, and it works just fine.  Like others have said, it smells. Unlike others, I would actually characterize it as a foul smell, but it's not particularly strong, and supposedly dissipates with time. It's a cheap looking and feeling pen, with fit and finish on par with extremely cheap Chinese pens, and a less than stellar nib for un-flexed writing. I should also note that the ink window is yellow rather than clear as in the photo.

For all that, it's a flex pen, and probably the cheapest you'll find if you want to play around with one, and if you get a good one, it should work well.

In short: it won't replace any of my daily writers, but I didn't buy it to do so, and it works perfectly fine for what I did; playing with a flex nib.

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Good pen September 2, 2014
Reviewer: joe blalock from muncie, IN United States  
this is my first "flex" pen and I'm still getting familiar with it.  
Overall, it is ok. Had a bit of trouble with my cap end coming off near the clip.

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The Konrad flex pen has a major flaw -- the CAP! August 25, 2014
Reviewer: Michael Bass from Oakland, CA United States  
The Noodler Konrad flex pen is marketed as a pen for the hands-on tinkerer and has an adjustable nib and feed.
Therefore, it is critical that the pen's cap be large enough to accommodate nib and feed adjustments. Unfortunately, the cap is so undersized, that even with Noodler's instructions on how to set the nib length to avoid the inner cap end, the user is left with a very limited margin for error, and an adjustment even slightly off can easily result in serious damage to the pen's nib.      
 
Although there are users who have had no problem with the Konrad, there have been enough complaints and negative reviews (on pen blogs, YouTube, The Goulet Pens website) about the cap causing nibs to be bent (mine included) to warrant having both Noodler and Goulet Pens post an explicit product warning on their websites and on the printed information accompanying the pen.

Or better yet, perhaps Noodler could design a larger cap for the pen!

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Great pen if you have reasonable expectations... August 22, 2014
Reviewer: Travis Myers from Beaumont, TX United States  
My expectations of this pen were that it would be made of low quality materials, be poorly manufactured, and take some work to write well.  Given my expectations, this is a fantastic pen and a great deal for the money.

As others have said, the pen has an odd but not necessarily foul smell to it.  It seems to be wearing off after a few weeks.  The Konrad feels cheap in the hand especially when one considers that the Metropolitan is in the same price range.  As expected, the manufacturing isn't great. Pieces to fit together smoothly and the piston is quite temperamental.  However, I still really love this pen!

I know this is not everyone's experience, but mine wrote very well after a good cleaning.  I haven't had to adjust the nib and feed at all.  Ultimately I purchased this pen to experiment with a flex nib and it fulfills that purpose perfectly.  It isn't fancy and has some rough edges, but with the right expectations, it is truly a wonderful pen.

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Fantastic for the price. August 14, 2014
Reviewer: Jose Manuel LACLETA from Madrid, Madrid Spain  
I love my Noodler's Ahabs. Already got 3 of them, one whith a Goulet nib, in EF. Now I am wondering, quite unexpectedly, wether I do prefer this Konrad to the Ahab. I love the looks of the pen, the design, the fact that it is easy to take apart and clean or maintain, the nib, which I find great for the price and which writes very nicely if used in a normal way, and is ok for learning about flex. I am thoroughly enjoying writing with my new Konrad (using Kon-Peki with it, so far). I have not encountered the problems some people point out (like leaks, or the piston mechanism coming out as you unpost the pen, or any other issues). I agree with the fact that this pens allow you and even require you to adjust the feed and nib to your needs or taste or in order to avoid leaks (if the feed were wrongly set), but that is, at least to me, a funny learning process. I am grateful to Nathan Tardiff for creating such products and to the Goulets for promoting them.

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