Noodler's Neponset Acrylic Flex Fountain Pen - Marbled Marianas is rated
Rated 3 out of 5
I was really excited to finally get my hands on this pen, but I'm very disappointed with it. Yes, it's really beautiful and an incredibly reasonable price for a music nib, but it just didn't work for me. I found that it didn't work well for writing music and isn't good enough of a flex pen to justify the price jump from the other Noodler's flex pens. It didn't write as wet as expected and was very scratchy (even compared to my other, cheaper Noodler's flex pens), though there is very little railroading. Personally, I think it doesn't live up to the hype and is not worth the price, but it isn't a bad pen for someone looking for a pretty flex pen.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect right out of the box! I have been writing with my Marbeled Marianas for 2 days now and there has not been the slightest problem. It is perfect and beautiful. It is currently filled with Noodlers Dostoyevsky ink, which is a great color match with this pen. The shading, flow and response to changes in pressure are wonderful. The photographs at Goulet do not do it justice; please Google the image to get a more accurate view. I highly recommend this pen.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5
This pen never wrote. I was so excited when I received it and saw the beautiful blue material. After rinsing it with water and inking it up it did not perform. I tried numerous things to make it write and nothing worked. This was upsetting so I put it in a box and didn't bother with it anymore. Now, nine months later it surfaced again and the same disappointing feelings surfaced. This is by far the most disappointing purchase from Goulet Pens.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5
Tinkering pays off!!!!!
I bought this pen because it was beautiful, had the Music flex nib, and was . . . beautiful. I let it lie for months, then decided it needed a Monday Match-up. I cleaned it with water, then filled it with Noodler's Dostoyevsky ink. The ink color was very pale; and I felt like the feed was so dry that I was frustrated with it but decided to give it the whole fill. I removed that nib and feed about 20 times, trying to find the sweet spot to let a little flow go. I kept comparing the flow to a photo of the ink in a review--it was much darker. Finally, I used up the barrel of ink and cleaned it thoroughly, using Goulet flush on the ebonite feed just in case. I loaded it with De Atramentis Myrrh and it's a miracle pen. The flow is beautiful and I actually can't stop writing with it. I can get it to flex if I'm printing, but not so much if I'm doing cursive. But the flow for just writing and the ability to add ink with a little pressure makes it a fun pen for me. If the Music flex isn't important to you, it writes smoothly like the fine-ish Konrads and Ahab I have, but maybe more toward medium. I never knew I'd LIKE a thicker line as much as I do with this nib. I have a Free Tinker that I also can hardly put down. Thank goodness it's Internat'l Corres Writing Month! I have small hands and still love the shape of this pen; it's not heavy for its size. My point for all this is to encourage people not to give up on a Noodler's pen if it isn't a Metropolitan out of the box. Changing ink was all I had to do to realize the beauty and utility of this Music nib.
Date published: 2016-02-15