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Noodler's Konrad Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen - Galapagos Tortoise


 
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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 Konrad Flex
Heat-Setting a Noodler's Ebonite Feed


Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 17 Write a review.

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Tune it, love it. April 18, 2014
Reviewer: Percy Bjorklund from Sweden  
Maybe the Konrad is slightly trickier to tune to perfection than the Ahab. I found it so.
Anyway, with perseverance I did it.

The pen seemed to work great after a wash and initial set of nib. But after some time, a week or so, it wanted to stop working. It was as if the ink was only delivered to the nib in pulses. I suspected funny air and ink behavior in the wide chamber with it's silicon greasy walls. So I washed the pen again and filled it with very easy flowing ink. No luck. So I heat-seated the feed. Better. Observed that the feed was a little bit too deeply set. Adjusted. Perfect. And, - it has remained perfect.

You need to have the mental attitude and finger crafts to tinker. Buit don't doubt that the pen can be set to perfection..
There is something very endearing about Noodler's pens. Love my Konrad now. I have ordered two more.

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Konrad flex pen April 15, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
I actually got this for my daughter. She collects very expensive pens.  She absolutely love this pen.  She is one of those people who likes to take her pens apart and keeps them clean. She says it's a great pen for the personal cards she makes.

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This is a $20 pen? Wow! March 26, 2014
Reviewer: Alan Levin from Redondo Beach, CA United States  
I started with an Ahab and there are many things to like about the Ahab, but I much prefer the look and especially the feel of the Konrad in hand. The nib is wonderfully smooth and writes a beautiful fine line. The pen holds a decent volume, though it writes fairly wet and with flexing it goes through ink quickly. Flexing the nib requires a fair amount of pressure, so I have found no need for the non-flex nib I ordered.

It is a tinkerers pen, so I wouldn't recommend it as a first fountain pen, but I am a tinkerer, and with minor nib adjustments I am very happy with the way that this pen writes. Last but not least, the pen looks nicer in person than the pictures.

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Office Worker Pen February 25, 2014
Reviewer: Curtis P from Iowa, United States  
Have this pen in my shirt pocket as I type this at work (shhh).  Compared to the Nib Creaper, I like this one better due to the blind cap on the end of the piston twist.  I almost always write with pens posted, and have accidentally twisted the Nib Creaper the wrong way and pushed ink out since there's not a blind cap on that one.

The first fill of this pen with Noodler's ink had some "ink vomit" (writing along fine then burps out a big glob of ink).  So far, the 2nd fill hasn't done that yet, so maybe just breaking in period.  Pen has the usual Noodler's smell, but that's gone away after the first few weeks.

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Lovely pen January 5, 2014
Reviewer: Jim McCormick from Bainbridge Island, WA , WA United States  
Love the pen, despite the fact that the fill piston seems too tight in one place.  (Still works, though, and the flex nib is nice to use.)  Color and quality of pen are excellent.  Bravo!

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