Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Crow

Product Code N15051
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The Ahab flex pen was introduced in late 2011 and is currently Noodler's most popular fountain pen. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a slide piston mechanism.
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Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Crow

The Ahab flex pen was introduced in late 2011 and is currently Noodler's most popular fountain pen. It features a steel flexible #6 nib and a slide piston mechanism. If you'd like, you can even remove the piston mechanism and use the pen as an eyedropper for a massive 6ml ink capacity. The Ahab is made of a celluloid derivative and is technically biodegradable and formed from a "renewable resource". The vegetal resin body of this pen may show particles or striations within the material. This is most noticeable in demonstrators and bright colors.

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 and heat set for optimal performance. Don't be afraid to get a little ink on your fingers while you learn how to use this pen.

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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Fountain Pens
Pen Model
Noodler's Ahab
Body Color
Body Material
Cap Type
Compatible inks & refills
Bottled inks
Filling Mechanism
Eyedropper, Piston
Grip Material
Nib Color
Nib Material
Nib Size
Diameter - Body
14mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
15mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
20mm (0.8in)
Diameter - Grip
9.9mm (0.4in)
Length - Body
128mm (5in)
Length - Cap
60mm (2.4in)
Length - Nib
20mm (0.8in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
139mm (5.5in)
Length - Overall (Posted)
170mm (6.7in)
Weight - Body
12g (0.4oz)
Weight - Cap
6g (0.2oz)
Weight - Overall
18g (0.6oz)
Max Ink Capacity - Eyedropper
Max Ink Capacity - Piston/Vac
Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Crow is rated 4.5862 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Pen for Price Since this isn't an expensive pen I wasn't expecting very much, so I was pleasantly surprised when I felt how smoothly it wrote. The nib is quite flexible. There is a bit of a problem with capacity, though. It doesn't hold as much ink as the description suggests when using the piston fill. I find myself having to refill it constantly. Constant cleaning is pretty important too; I think the seals on it are a maybe a little sub-par. I am very pleased with the color and shape of the pen. It's quite lovely. Love this company. Shipping and customer service is fast and professional. They pack their items with care to make sure nothing gets broken.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely, subtle color! There are plenty of reviews on the Ahab pen itself, but I haven't seen many comments on the Crow color. Just wanted to say how very nice it is! I wanted an Ahab that wasn't a plain, solid color, but I didn't like the in-your-face swirls on pens like the Ivory Darkness. The Crow color is a perfect compromise, with a subtle swirl that is just enough to lend depth and interest. It's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks to Brian Goulet for his painstakingly comprehensive video on the many Ahab colors! It really helped me figure out what I liked best, and when the pen arrived, it did not disappoint.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good pen After the recommended feed cleaning. I did my usual with Nathan's pens ? polished it up to improve the gloss and mitigate the vegetal compound aroma ? and filled it with Black Swan in English Roses. The nib was perfect: smooth, good flow, no adjustment needed. The flex is a bit more easily accomplished than with the Konrad but not extreme. Horizontal lines are thin and even, downstrokes more pronounced. I have been using it more for writing than drawing but it does both well. There is a lot of girth to this pen, close to older 'cigar' models and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the light weight prevents it from being clunky. A very decent pen for the money and buffed up and shiny, the delicate Crow swirl looks much more impressive than its $20 price tag might suggest.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a beginner's tool. I decided to have a go with a flex pen as part of my first fountain pen purchase. I had difficulties and damaged the nib. They were kind enough to send me a free replacement nib. Talk about excellent customer service! I am definitely making the Goulet Pen Company my one-stop-shop for all my writing needs!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well, yeah, I'm sure it's a good value but... gotta really WANT to fool with it if you want it to flex much. And talk about a "friction fit"! By the time I did get the nib and feed out (as per Brian's video) I had screwed up the tines. I'm just giving up on the whole thing until I can afford a custom full-flex nib. Very frustrating. Great idea though at an incredible price so if you want to play with it and see what you can do with a flex nib, don't hesitate. Just get it and try it out. Be prepared to test your patience a bit though. And, as always, great service from Goulet Pens.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Flex Pen For the starting pen enthusiast, this seems to be the best choice for trying out a flex nib. I have also tried some of Indian origin; my feeling was that the Noodler's Ahab achieves better flex far more easily. I did fully disassemble and clean the pen, feed, etc before use and have had no issues so far. Although I'm aware of several common modifications, so far, I haven't used any, since as a beginner, I'm enjoying the degree of flex and ease I get already. My only real complaints are that the friction fit nib and feed were quite difficult to remove and reseat... and that I keep finding myself resting my ring finger slightly on the feed and ending up rather inky when I use it. The latter, however, is clearly a fault largely of myself, not the pen. :)
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing pen, takes a little while to get used to I got this pen to try out what a flex nib was like. At first, I had no idea what I was getting into at all so, when I received it, I didn't really like it. It was scratchier than what I was used to and I couldn't make the flex work at all. Then I relearned how to write in cursive and started understanding how to make it flex properly and it made much more sense than at first. I learned to love the piston and even the smell of the pen xD I did smooth out the nib a bit, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have needed that to write well.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sorry -- not impressed I was dissatisfied by the mediocre quality of this product, particularly compared with pens such as the TWSBI ECOs that cost just a few dollars more but look, feel, and perform significantly better. Specifically, the piston fill mechanism looks and feels cheap, the "breather tube" became misaligned with the piston and crumpled, and the "friction fit" nib/feed retention is disappointingly imprecise. I thought it would be fun to try the Ahab for its flex nib -- and it does write okay -- but I ultimately decided to return it.
Date published: 2016-07-28
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