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Noodler's Konrad Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen - Irish Brigade


 
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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: 14 Write a review.

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Good pen, great price April 6, 2014
Reviewer: Jacob from Waco, TX  
First off, the service from the folks at Goulet is a thing of beauty. I had an issue with my pen concerning a malfunctioning piston. Katy corresponded with me, talking me through some fixes and ultimately resolving the issue quickly.

The good: I love the color selection of this line, and I'm happy with my Irish Brigade choice. I like being able to manipulate the nib and feed to get the right balance of ink flow and flex; it gives me a greater ownership of the pen, making its use that much more satisfying. The price is is excellent.

The bad: The scent of the pen is weird. I reckon it's the acrylic cap and blind cap and, while I like the scent of a potent ink, this is a little much. The nib is a bit scratchy and the flex isn't where I want it to be yet. The build quality is what you'd expect from a $20 pen: serviceable but not pristine.

In all, this is a great buy if you're looking to get into flex or just the old school mindset of ebonite feeds. This is my go-to pen.

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Very Finnicky April 1, 2014
Reviewer: Bijan Amini from Phoenix, AZ United States  
I got the Irish Brigade and it has a beautiful body with great detail and vibrancy in the colors.  Quite comfortable in my medium sized hand while writing and flexing.  It is a stiff nib, but of course any steel nib is going to have that rigidity
The Bad: Out of the box nib/feed misaligned. Easily the most finicky and frustrating feed/nib I've ever used. After about 30 minutes of failed attempts at removing both from the pen for an initial cleanse, I finally got everything clean only to see my ink just DROPPING out of my pen at every ink up.
Tried heat setting the ebonite feed like in Brians video, but this pen just won't stop vomiting ink all over my scared Rhodia pad. I'm resigned to trying to heat set the feed again and again.  Hopefully I'll get one of these times it and I'll be able to finally use this thing.
*edit* a day later I heat set the feed correctly I'm guessing since it's now working very well with no blotting or ink falling out of the own.  Solid pen when it works!

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Smooth, Flex, Soft pen March 31, 2014
Reviewer: Wai Ming Chan from Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po Hong Kong  
I have bought two pens this time, one is Konrad Flex , the other is Ahab Flex.
Compare the two pens,
I will suggest people to buy Konrad, because it is very soft, smooth and flex, I write will Konrad pen happily.

For my other pen, Ahab Flex, Ahab Flex is much harder than Konrad, although Ahab have a bigger ink capacity than Konrad.

Lastly, there is special smell in there two pens (some people love the smell, some does not).

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Disappointed. March 20, 2014
Reviewer: D from NJ  
Pros: Well worth the price!; Good flex and ink flow.; Cheap.

Cons: Scratchy nib. Nib tends to dry quickly. The pen blots too much, too often.

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Pet peeve solved March 16, 2014
Reviewer: Brooks Martin from Bozeman, MT United States  
All Noodler flex nibs come too stiff to be fun. Pterodactylus' "Easy My Flex" mod (EMF) solves the problem beautifully:

http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/240492-noodlers-ahab-ease-my-flex-mod/

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