Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Tiger

Product Code N15039
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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 - Tiger

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 - Tiger is rated 4.1818 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good Pen I bought this pen knowing that tinkering was inevitable in order to make it work correctly. Yes, there are some people who get the pen and it's working perfectly out of the box, but that was not the case for me. After reading some posts on how to tinker the pen correctly I finally got it working better than it ever was making nice fine lines with no skipping. I don't really use the flex of the nib since I am left handed, but when I do it give a satisfying line variation. One thing that I quite did not like about this pen was the sort of scratchy nib, but that is what you would expect from a pen this cheap. Overall this pen was great! I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a taste on any Noodler's pens.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ahab Flex Not for Me The pen did not write well when it arrived so I began to tinker with it. I found I don't enjoy trying to adjust a pen while it's inked. I managed to bend the nib because I hadn't pushed the section back in far enough and cap caused the nib to bend while the pen was capped. I also didn't care for the pressure required to get the flex effect. None of this is really a complaint against the pen; that is its nature. At a low price, I felt like what I learned came at a low tuition. Anyone buying this pen just needs to be aware of that or they may be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yay! A flex pen! This is my first flex pen, and the first pen I've bought that's designed to be fiddled with; the included instructions (and some FPN tips) guided me through opening up the fins on the pen for increased flow. Still don't have it exactly the way I want it, but I've had good success with a few different inks and all papers except Crane that I've tried (Moleskine, Clairefontaine, printer paper, etc.) The pen itself looks and handles great, surprising light but still feels substantial.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorite Pens This is my second Ahab. As with all Noodler's pens I've owned, this one did require some minor adjustments to the feed. I prefer a thick, wet line from my fountain pens, so I ended up opening five more connections between the comb and channel, giving me a total of three openings per side. It now writes very smoothly and puts down quite a bit of ink. The color and pattern of this "Tiger" Ahab are very striking, but not obnoxious. The piston filling mechanism is a little tricky, but it gets easier to use with time. I've never gotten an Ahab completely full, but even 80% full is still more ink than most modern converters hold. If you don't mind a bit of tinkering, I would definitely recommend an Ahab. The quality and machining are excellent, especially considering the twenty dollar price tag.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TIGER PEN This one is now also fitted with an old SBI Nib and I am fine tuning it. At the moment I use HerbinBrown ink just to iron the bugs out but will use Apache Sunset when I think its near to go.Personally I find the noodlers are better for drawing - they are so bright so easy fklowing and even the non ellulose reactive ones seem less soluble than other makes especially if you wait a day or two. That said I also use Diamine inks particularly where i want to use water wash to create shadows. If I were writing I might like the Rohrer and Kligner range for its quiet subtle colours. I have a large Lexington Grey but so far have not tried it to draw with. As for the pen colours they are striking if a bit like hard candy bars -or what we just call seaside ROCK but I did not want a Demonstrator as the ink sloshing around as you draw can be distracting.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pen I have never had a flexible nib fountain pen before I bought the Tiger. After an intitial period getting used to the way the nib works and how much pressure you need to alter the line thickness, it is a great pen to write with. I really enjoy using it and doodling with it. The barrel pattern is fantastic as well. Highly recommend these pens, just make sure you have paper that does not bleed too much or at all.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the tinkerer The color is great! Do not use a knife to open the ebonite channels! I have snapped the first two ribs off each side and I believe this has led to ink slowly dripping into the cap (which doesn't bother me too much except it gets on the grip and then unnecessarily on my fingers). I wish I had spent a little more time cleaning the ebonite before hastily making my cuts. It does leave a fantastic bold line now!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ahab Tiger today I got my noodler's Ahab...I inked it up with apache sunset .. it was not writing more than two three words and if i try to flex,no flow of ink at all .... well I am not complaining bcoz I new that every one have the same problem with this pen .. I did heat treatment as well .. its little batter than before but when flex no ink flow !!! if there is any secret trick to increase the flow of Ink please share your experience ... Thanks
Date published: 2016-05-10
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