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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Midas Pearl
Product Code N14014
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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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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Midas 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!

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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Midas Pearl is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Pen; if you don't mind heat setting So there's a secret trick with heat-setting a Noodler's Pen: if you get some hot water and load it up through the feed and wait 15 minutes, you're done. Having said that getting it to the point that you feel comfortable with it staying set that way can be a challenge. I've had my Midas Pearl for about six months now, I wish I had gotten the Roaring 20's Tortoise when it was available but I can always dream. In general I've had Konrads for a little over a year and they're great. Lately I've had standard Shaeffer Skrip loaded into my Pearl and you can't beat the classic result from that combo.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from having trouble I was really excited at first when i got the ink to flow smooth. Only downfall is that my tip had bent. I had attempted to carefully fix it but now the flow is horrible. I am looking for a replacement tip but until then its losing out to the sailor candy fountain pen in terms of favorite. probably won't be buying another one either...
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good starting point, but needs tuning. The pen is a fair deal for what it is, but it does feel perhaps cheaply made. The nib was so scratchy when I first got it that it tore up fibers of paper. After placing a Goulet 1.1 in it - flawless. Would buy, but be aware it will need some TLC.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A golden pearl The Konrad is a great pen. not quite as large as an Ahab, but more hand filling than the creaper. this particular design has a great finish and texture. The flex nib is wonderful if you remember to watch your hand pressure.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to Noodler's Being new to Noodler's, and with limited recent experience with FPs -- most recently around 2005 when a gorgeous Cross "grew legs" and vanished (I bought my first pen, a student Scheaffer in about 1973, but have only used them intermittently since the early 80s) -- I still decided I wanted a "tinkerer's pen," since I'm a tinkerer at heart. I must have had great luck with my first Noodler's pen. After cleaning the pen with a couple rinses of home-made pen flush, followed by a few rinses of clean water, I let the pen dry briefly, then filled it with Noodler's 54th Massachusetts. It wrote from the very start. It has railroaded only once, literally, that first day when I flexed the nib repeatedly to test the wide lines. I hadn't disassembled the pen to clean it, but after a day of writing, I decided to add just a bit more flex to the nib (it really wasn't as flexy as I'd seen in multiple videos), so I just pushed in the feed a little bit. It now flexes perfectly for my taste & still delivers a fine line while writing normally. I never have hard starts, there's audible feedback when I write, but it doesn't feel scratchy at all against the paper, and it performs well on cheap Staple's inkjet paper, cheap composition books, very cheap magnetic memo pads, and in a nice Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook. The Konrad is a fairly wet writer, which I like -- especially now that I've pushed the feed back a bit -- and even when writing normally and fast, there is still a smidge of line variation that makes it interesting to write with. I haven't encountered the pen drying out at all, even when writing very fast, almost illegibly fast, with my "normal" cursive. My one single quibble: the cap can sometimes be hard to post tightly enough. I have to have it oriented just right & really push it down, which makes me worry about cracking something. As for the distinctive aroma I've read of, there was barely any on my Konrad when fresh from the box, and now after two weeks, I have to hold it right under my nose for a good whiff. My Ahab (which, with a twinge of regret, I just purchased from another seller because both colors I wanted were out of stock here) was much more aromatic, but I imagine that in time it will fade. I didn't find the smell all that noxious, actually. One thing that may bother some, but doesn't bother me, is there is some slight nib creep, at least with 54th Mass ink. I've already gotten comments & questions about it, genuine interest, so even in this digital age, people still can appreciate fountain pens, even if they don't use them themselves. I'm enjoying the act of physically writing again, which is great for helping me to "unplug" and do some unmediated writing. Thanks to Goulet Pens for their outstanding service, selection, and pricing! I especially love Brian's informative videos.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Call me crazy, but I like the smell... I have a lot of Noodler's pens now. The first one I got smelled like butt for sure and I quickly tried to soak it in soapy water in the hopes it would go away. The initial stink is the killer straight out of the box and then it goes away after a couple weeks. But now I like the smell. It's like a "Funky Blueberry" to me. It's a homey smell that makes me smile. I associate it with all the fun of being a fountain pen user. I like to hold it right under my nose like a cigar and take a bit whiff while I'm thinking about what to write next. It's the same reason why some people love lamb--it smells nasty but to them it's like being home on the farm! Besides the smell of course, this pen has a built-in piston! What a deal. I followed sbrebrown's advice and installed a Brause Rose nib in this one--needed some pliars to shape that nib, but it works awesome!!! Now I have Uber Flex!!!
Date published: 2014-10-20
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