Noodler's Neponset Acrylic Flex Fountain Pen - Appalachian Pearl is rated
Rated 4 out of 5
Pearlized pen body is stunning.
Got this pen and ran a brass shim between the tines of the nib. It was smooth and wrote fine before I did this but now I'd say it's a good bit smoother. I wrote this review because I didn't feel this pen deserved 1 stars. I haven't messed with the feed or heat set it and its a great pen. It even looks better than the pictures - don't do it justice. Appalachian Pearl - Anthracite Coal was the inspiration for the name. It's a little 'expensive' for a Noodler's pen - but there are no BIG pens like this that fit my hand like this anywhere near this price. It has a great capacity, is well made, and the nib is a lot of fun to write with. It's like a big metal paint brush. Compared to other mass market lathe acrylic pens this is a winner.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5
Looks great, but writes poorly
I was very excited to purchase this pen, however once I received the pen, it did not perform well enough to warrant the price for this item. I have an Ahab from Noodler's that I love, it writes great, good ink flow, and it flexes pretty well for a $20 pen, and if very consistent with no problems. I purchased the Neponset for several reasons, I wanted the better looking finish, check, the pen looks amazing, no fault for them on this one. I wanted the music nib, ehh, when the pen writes, it writes just ok, it starts out with a decently wet medium to broad line, however, my feed cannot keep up with the flow. After writing for about 2-3 sentences, sometimes even less, the feed will start to run dry, and stop writing all together. On another note, the music nib, I am aware that this is not a vintage flex nib, and I am not expecting it to act accordingly. However, whenever you apply a bit of pressure and try to get some flex from the nib, the tine on the right will begin to railroad immediately. I have gone slowly, adjusted my writing angle, etc. but with no positive changes. I am familiar with Noodler's pens and I am aware that they sometimes need to be tinkered with to perform optimally; I have adjusted the feed, I have cleaned the pen, I heat set the nib and feed, I have looked inspected the feed, used many different inks, with different characteristics. With everything that I have tried, nothing resolves the issues. For the money, I would hope to have some of these issues would have been minimized. As the pen is now, I am very disappointed, I have sent the pen out to a nib/pen specialist to try and resolve these issues. Once the pen is returned to me, I may do a follow up or amendment to this review if the pen works as it should. While the pen is not super expensive, these are issues that one should not have with a $75 pen. Unfortunately it seems that this is a recurrent problem for this line, from what I've read it seems like half the pens work great, and half the pens have chronic problems like I am experiencing.
Date published: 2016-08-04