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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Poseidon Pearl
$20.00
Product Code N14012
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 - Poseidon Pearl

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
3.4444
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
Weight
0.200 lbs
Length
1.000 in
Width
1.000 in
Height
1.000 in
Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Poseidon Pearl is rated 3.4444 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy these pens! I had gifted two Konrads to a friend, and she had had problems with both leaking. I found this one, after taking a full charge of ink, started to leak after writing a page... huge drops of ink onto the paper. I dried it, and put it in a plastic bag in my briefcase. By the next day, all the ink had leaked into the pen cap. Flushed the pen, cleaned it and refilled it ... and sure enough, after writing for a bit, it started to leak again, and, after being put in a plastic bag in my briefcase, once again all the ink leaked out into the pen cap. I bought five Konrads in total, and so three have developed the problem of leaking after writing a few lines. I will check the other two, but I don't hold out much hope. The Goulet's... and Noodlers.. should stop offering this pen.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from User response to previous review I don't know if you already tried this and apologize if you have. I recently purchased a total of 6 Noodler's pens (Konrads and Ahabs) and have found that you definitely need to adjust the nib/feed in the section. This video by Brian will demonstrate much better than I could here. Adjusting is at about 4:00 in the video. http://www.inknouveau.com/2011/06/filling-and-adjusting-noodlers-flex-pen.html I now take every pen apart and wash the feed/nib with soapy water then insert and adjust before use. I was surprised at the amount of tiny tooling fragments that were in the bottom of my small bowl that I used for the scrubbing. Also, different inks will most likely require slightly different adjustment. I hope this helps. PS. For review purposes, I absolutely love the Noodler's pens and Inks that I now own. For the price, they are incredible. They have brought me a new love for writing with fountain pens - Seriously. Goulet Pen Co. is an awesome company and great to work with!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another awesome Konrad I own a couple of these Konrads, and I thoroughly enjoy each one. The finish of this pen is stunning, and the clear window is helpful when it is time to refill the pen. I don't care much for the Noodler's flex nibs, so I make it a rule to order a different nib whenever I order one of these, or one of the Noodler's Ahabs. I have used both Goulet nibs and Monteverdes (#6s) with the Konrad and Ahab, and overall I enjoy the pen a great deal with these additions. For the price, I suspect that I will over time add other colors/finishes of these Konrads to my collection.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Swapped nib for a Non-Flex Nib Nice pen, a bit wet for my taste even after replacing the Flex nib for a Noodler's Non-Flex Fine/Medium Nib. I've watched the noodler's videos and think I've set things right, but it still writes a little wetter than I would like. I bought a couple of these pens to mess around with and get a little better educated. I'll continue to play around with this --- I certainly not ready to write-them-off.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not impressed with the pen The piston was stuck inside its rear barrel. Gouletpens was helpful, and after offering me advice on getting the piston unstuck gave me a full refund. I understand that Noodler's built the pen for a $20 price point, but it should at least work.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for the faint of heart Bottom Line Up Front: This is a great pen *if* you are willing to spend the time to get to know it, get your fingers covered in ink while getting to know it, and do some research. As shipped, I was nearly ready to return it. It wrote weird, and I kept getting giant globs of ink running around of their own free will. Not Cool. Thankfully, Brian has taken the time to produce many wonderful videos on how to adjust the nib and feed (helped with weird writing, didn't help with the globular ink flow) and on heat setting the nib/feed. That video on heat setting is what saved this pen's life. Since doing that I have not had any issues. It works great with the Goulet italic nibs, and the included flex nib is really allowing me to look creatively at my writing style. My only frustrations left are that the grip area is a bit wider than I like (but then, most pens have this problem) and that there is nothing keeping my grip from sliding down and gripping the nib (I pretty much have a constant state of inky fingers when using this pen). However, those are minor, especially as awesome as this pen is for the price. Bottom Line: great pen, but you have to work with it to get there. Can be a good everyday writer if you have a light touch and like a M/B line. Probably not a good first fountain pen due to the fiddle factor.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed When this pen arrived I filled it with ink and started to write. First, no in came out. Cleaned it with ammonia mix. Refilled. Only way to get ink out is to turn the end of the pen as though discharging ink. Then it bleeds ink, I have to wipe it and then it finally writes. Dries up after each use and I have to repeat the bleeding process. Not convenient and not fun. I don't think a decent fountain pen can be made for $20.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Poseidon Pear One of the best pens I use. I own collector fountain pens up to the range of 700 dollars. But the Noodlers Konrad Flex pens keep the same quality as most top pens. Of course minor hick-ups can be expected at times, but I've ordered 5 in total and had no major problems.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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