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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Hudson Bay Fathoms Blue
$20.00
Product Code N14001
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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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Hudson Bay Fathoms Blue

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!

Availability
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business Days
Rating
4.3333
Condition
New
Brand
Noodler's
Type
Fountain Pens
Body Color
Blue
Body Material
Resin
Cap Type
Screw-cap
Compatible inks & refills
Bottled inks
Filling Mechanism
Piston
Grip Material
Resin
Nib Color
Silver
Nib Material
Steel
Nib Size
Flex
Postable
Yes
Retractable
No
Trim
Silver
Diameter - Body
12mm
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
14mm
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
17mm
Diameter - Grip
10.27mm
Length - Body
126mm
Length - Cap
58mm
Length - Nib
22mm
Length - Overall (Closed)
129mm
Length - Overall (Posted)
145.5mm
Weight - Body
11g
Weight - Cap
4g
Weight - Overall
15g
Pen Model
Noodler's Konrad
Weight
0.200 lbs
Length
1.000 in
Width
1.000 in
Height
1.000 in
Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Hudson Bay Fathoms Blue is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of pen for the money but not for beginners This is my second Konrad. I like these pens a lot for their simplicity and because the grip section is a decent width for me. However, I rather view them as a "kit" than finished pens. I'm not too enamored with the flex nib, so mine sport Knox K35 nibs, one medium the other fine. Getting this to work properly required painstaking adjustment of the ebonite feed, heating it to reshape it. Now my pens perform extremely well, but obviously not everyone is up for this. Even the flex nib that comes with the pen might require a little adjustment to perform as it should. You can watch Nathan's video about how to adjust the ebonite feed if you need to.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great value for $ i needed a demonstrator for my Baystate Blue given the horror stories of staining, and I didnt want to risk the more expensive pilot demonstrators. Design and Quality: very good for a $20 pen. Sturdy construction. Ink fill: Holds a massive amount of ink (vs the Pilots). Nib: Stiff, has some flex but writes well in any case. I was pleasantly surprised about this. This exceeded my expectations the only reason why i didnt give it the full 5 stars was because of the SMELL!! its really bad. I whipped it out of my bag during a lecture and my friends sitting next to me turned up their noses. The smell is distinct and sickly offensive. If only I could get rid of it.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Pen I really enjoy the Noodler's Ink Konrad. I love the grip, weight and feel, as well as how this can be broken down to component parts easily and repaired cheaply. the flex nib is still a little hard for me to adjust to just the right flow though. It's working great with Noodler's "bulletproof" Black, but I'm having a hard time getting the flow proper with Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher. I was hoping to use the flex nib to get the best range of color from this ink, but I have not been able to get this flowing properly yet. to be fair, this could well be the ink, not the pen. But the color works fine with my TWSBI 540.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tweaked it I was so excited when I got this pen (and other stuff) that it took me half an hour to unpack the box but once I got my hands on it I just had to watch the HOW TO clean the pen for the first time video. It really helps. It wrote REALLY wet the first time. I emailed and was directed to a video about heat setting. I was hesitant at first because it involved manipulating the pen. After trying the heat set it writes MUCH drier now and doesn't throw ink everywhere. This is a good thing. I like putting more pressure on the nibs to control the line. I might heat set it again just to be sure. I love being able to take the whole pen apart for cleaning.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's an OK pen The nib is quite dry...but it could be the ink I'm using too. (Noodler's North African Violet) When I use pressure to spread the tines, it railroads on me and then I have to go over it a few times before the ink starts to flow again. 1 of the design flaws I saw was where the pocket clip tip screws on. I've had instances where ink leaked out from there. I'm always constantly cleaning it because ink gets collected there. When the tip is unscrewed, the cap is revealed to be a cylinder and not sealed at the end. I think I'm going to seal it up with some glue or something to prevent ink collecting and leaking there.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nathan Tardif is a legend! As some other reviewers have pointed out (on this website and elsewhere), Noodler's flex pens are not necessarily the best buy for a beginner, or for anyone who doesn't like to 'fiddle'. But if you're up for the challenge, writing with a flex nib is an extraordinary experience! That said, I bought this pen to use with an EF Goulet nib and to fill with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium. Swapping out the nib was a relatively simple exercise (more so than with the Ahab I'd used - no need to heat set this time around), and the result is a pen with smooth flow that draws a nice fine line - looks good and feels great! No hesitation recommending this pen (and the two Goulet nibs I've tried thus far).
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Konrad translucent blue Like some others I'm having a hard time getting the perfect nib setting as it seems too wet with three different inks tried. Love the feel and size of the pen a lot. The only complaint is to get the cap to fit without bending the nib tines the feed has to be all the way in, and the least flow seemed to be with the nib to feed distance farther than an Ahab, so the cap does not really screw on far. Right now it's the best I've been able to set using Sheaffer's turquoise, but still a little wetter. Of my two Ahabs, one was easier to set than the other, and seemed a tad smoother also. The smaller flex pen is also not bad and easier to adjust than the Konrad. Might interchange nibs one day to experiment.All four pens were washed with ammonia/soap solution before use.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good flex pen Charles my pen for about 2 weeks and have been enjoying it a lot. I ended up buying an inferior composition book for my journal and could only successfully use a Lamy Safari Extra Fine nib to write in it. After I bought the Konrad flex I tried that, works fine without bleed through with Parker bottled ink, have J. Her in also but haven't opened that one. Only issues I've had have been large droplets coming out of pen feed which I think might be operator error. Pen works fine for me without adjustment right out of the box, even after failure to flush pen before initial inking.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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