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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Black
$20.00
Product Code N14007
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 - Black

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
3.8649
Condition
New
Brand
Noodler's
Type
Fountain Pens
Body Color
Black
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 - Black is rated 3.8649 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Fair" I have had a ton of issues with this pen. Using the flex nib it is completely dry. Swapping that out for the GP nib results in a ton of leaking. After cleaning it out multiple times, attempting to heat set the feed, and multiple other "Fixes" I decided to let it be. I expected to have to tinker with it a bit, and it might be wonderful once I get it to work, but I have yet to get to that point. Offering a product that needs to be worked and played with to get the best experience is fine, but It would be nice if I could at least get a line out of it out of the box.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would not recommend this pen to my friends. This is the 2nd Konrad I've owned and my 2nd disappointment. I also have bought the clear one a few months past. Back then I thought I just got a lemon. I was hoping this black one would write better but unfortunately not. Between the two pens, I've tried over 12 different inks, cleaned and adjusted the feed countless times and I cannot get either pen to stop skipping under my normal writing conditions. When I write, the pen would skip on the downstroke about every other line. Your results may vary depending on your writing style, but for me I am not willing to spend any more time on these pens. Its unfortunate, but in the end I would rather spend my time writing than fiddling with pens. Although I'm down on this particular pen. Noodler's makes other pens that I highly recommend. I have 8 Nib Creaper Flex pens and they all write great with minimal adjustment. I would recommend you try those out instead!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from flexible/versatile great pen Love this pen. After a Lamy Safari w/F&M nibs, only my 2nd fountain pen. Low expectations given price and some reviews, but wanted to play with the flex. No trouble cleaning and setting up. Goes through ink very fast. Same pen can write very fine, or very wet/bold depending on pressure as well as the flex. Very comfortable to write with naturally, with a soft feel. With full ink, no railroad trouble. My preferred pen for any lengthy or fancy writing. It is not fool proof. This fool has dumped ink a few times by being dumb with opening it up (pulling feed out or unscrewing the body). No regrets giving it a try and much more pen than the price indicates.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good pen, but nothing truly special Here's the thing about this pen: It's the jack of all trades, and the master of none. You can do some interesting calligraphy, but it's a pit too stiff and has some railroading. Also, you really need to fiddle wiht the pen to get it to work exactly how you want it to, and this changes depending on which ink you are using (I've tried it with some Noodler's ink and some Pilot Iroshizuku). That being said, it's a very nice pen for the price, and it's certainly useful for learning more about pen maintenance, ink flow, etc.. The point here is that it has good qualities, but it's not good enough to really give a 5-star rating to.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does need work This is my second Konrad, my first being the demonstrator and both required extensive cleaning of the ebonite feed with a electric toothbrush.The Konrad also took a lot more time to adjust the nib and feed compared to the Ahab(which I also own the demonstrator and black versions), but I was able to set my Konrads to be very wet. I would go to the goulet video to see how to adjust and clean the pens, which helped me a lot. The 2 Konrads I own have now become my daily writing and sketching pens.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from You need to adjust things to make this pen work My previous purchases of the Noodlers pens now have Waterman #2 flex nibs on them. The steel nib of this pen is a lot stiffer than the springy flexible nibs that Waterman made about 100 years ago. The trouble started when I got the pen out of the box. The nib was askew on the feed and the feed was visibly separated from the undersurface of the nib. This required removal of nib and feed. When resetting the feed, make sure the piston is all the way down in the pen, otherwise it will knock your feed out the first time you try to fill the pen. Take the piston out and clean the silicone grease off the front end of the piston. Why? Because it can go down and plug up the ink hole in the middle of the feed. The nib also needs to sit less than 2 cm from the section end, or else it will hit the inner cap. Heat set the feed to the nib (low heat gun). After all this the pen still won't write with Aurora ink It does write with Shaeffers and Noodler's Eel. Occasional skipping.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good pen, after fiddling with it My Konrad is one of my most reliable daily carry pens. The road to this reliability was rocky. It took me several hours of tweaking the nib, feed and the relationship of nib to feed to achieve consistent starts and continued flow when flexing. Noodler's QC is very poor. I would not recommend any Noodler's pen to any beginner. Buy Noodler's pens and inks only if you are OK with lots of maintenance and are willing to buy more than one in order to get one that works.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I am sorry to say: a disappointment There is an easy explanaition for miy disappointment: The top of the nib broke after a few strokes. This surprised me tremendously, since I did not abuse it in any way, I used it just like my other pens. It also disapointed me, because uo to that point the pen behaved very well. I replaced the nib with the nib of an Ahab that was laying around, where I felt that the feed was not optimal. Now I have a pen that works so so. Okay for writing slowly, but not very much for sketching an drawing which was my primary aim.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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