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Noodler's Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen - Clear Demonstrator


 
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The Ahab flex pen was introduced in late 2011 and is currently Noodler's largest and most popular fountain pen. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a slide piston mechanism. If you'd like, you can even remove the piston mechanism and use the pen as an eyedropper for a massive 6ml ink capacity. The Ahab is made of a celluloid derivative and is technically biodegradable and formed from a "renewable resource".

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The Ahab flex pen was introduced in late 2011 and is currently Noodler's largest and most popular fountain pen. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a slide piston mechanism. If you'd like, you can even remove the piston mechanism and use the pen as an eyedropper for a massive 6ml ink capacity. The Ahab 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.

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 Ahab Flex
Ink Nouveau: Filling the Ahab Flex Pen
Ink Nouveau: Ahab Flex Writing Test
Noodler's Ink: Heat-Setting Demonstration

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Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 258 Write a review.

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So nice I bought a few... October 21, 2014
Reviewer: Robert from PA, United States  
This will be a bit of spam for GP.  I now own a few Noodler's pens for artistic reasons.  I have cut into the feeds, worked the nibs, and refined them into tools that I wanted for making lines of all types.  Love this pen and the Noodler's flex nib.  If anyone is apprehensive to tinker don't worry you might not have to, and if you do... maybe a nice person could help you through it *points to GP's video tutorials on maintenance*

As for the Ahab and less about the nib-  This is great ink capacity, very easy to take apart and clean, but unfortunately I was unable to walk away unscathed.  I used a bit of ink that had Hematite in it (Private Reserve - Shoreline Gold), and a noodler's ink (Whaleman's sepia) in the demonstrator and the pen turned fluorescent green.  The thing glows a ridiculous green color.  Oh well, at $20 you can not lose.

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Underrated misunderstood pen October 17, 2014
Reviewer: HC from Nassau, Bahamas  
Noodler's Ahab and Konrad line are excellent pens. A little "user prep" will make your new pen awesome. I've purchased many of these pens and learned the hard way. Follow these steps below for Noodler pen nirvana.

First flush your new pen. Use a dilute solution of dish soap, ammonia and water. Flush 5-6 times. Remove feed and nib, scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse. Ensure the nib slit is okay; slit should exist the whole nib length. Slit can be widened by pulling apart with thumb and forefingers. Ensure tines are aligned. After handling, re-rinse nib in ammonia solution, rinse.

Heat set the nib to the feed per Brian's video instrux or see the Noodler's website.

Reassemble by lining up nib slit with feed feeder channel leaving 5-8 ribs showing and 5-6 mm space from tip of nib to tip of feed. These specs make a nice wet flow. YMMV. You can also replace the nib with Goulet or Monteverde stubs, making the Ahab and Konrad two seriously versatile pens.

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It works. Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Clear October 11, 2014
Reviewer: Bob W from San Diego, CA United States  
Needed a bit of tuning but hey, that's to be expected for a pen at this price point. Goulet did a great job of packing it & getting it to me promptly.
Thanks !

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Stinky but super fun October 9, 2014
Reviewer: Matthew Senne from Gahanna, OH United States  
I've never used a flex pen before, and has been an economical introduction. I fiddled with the nib and feed, got a great understanding of how to ink flows through the pen, and have been practicing with a flex nib. If you want to do those things for a low price, get this clear demonstrator.

I (and others, I have seen in reviews, at least for Konrad) have had issues with setting the nib FAR too high.  It fits snugly, looks good, fine. Then you put the cap back on and WHAM, bent the tines of the nib. Get some pliers, bend them back into shape, and all is well. FYI: get this pen, but be wary and save yourself a headache when putting on the cap.

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A lovely, effortless writing experience October 3, 2014
Reviewer: Elle from Connecticut  
I've just recently gotten back into writing with a fountain pen, and ordered two very different pens from Goulet Pen Company, the Ahab and the Platinum Desk Set.  I started with the Platinum, super easy with the cartridge, a lovely writing instrument for my journal.  But I put off trying the Ahab after reading various stories, some happy and some not so happy.  Finally, I screwed up my courage, flushed the pen in a water with just a tad bit of blue dish soap, let it dry, then loaded it up with the sample of Diamine Ochre.  Perfection!  It writes beautifully.  Didn't fiddle with the nib at all.  The Diamine Ochre is very nice, also.

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