The flex nib is pretty good for the price, but it can get kind of sharp on the paper if you're not careful. You can either fill it up with the piston or turn it into an eyedropper ... view morewhere it holds tons of ink.
I have to take off one star and address the decomposing elephant in the room - the smell! Some people say it smells like vomit, but that's not quite true. It smells like if somebody vomits in your car in the summer and you do your best to clean it out, but the next time you open the door on a hot day - that's the smell that hits you. I can smell it when I open my pen case and I can smell it on my hands afterwards. Why they intentionally sell a pen that smells like this, and it's all over the internet, is totally beyond me. view less
I did a lot of research before ordering this clear Ahab. The people who don't like it really don't like it, but the people who love it LOVE IT. I had to give it a shot.
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First thing to say: It doesn't smell at all. I expected it to be awful, but there's nothing to it. Maybe I got lucky.
Second thing to say: I love how tightly everything screws together, especially the cap. I have no fears about this leaking while capped.
Third, it didn't take too much setting up. I took it apart and flushed with dish soap and water. The nib is in there tight - I couldn't take it out, though I think I may have misaligned the feed a bit with my fiddling because my first ink test (Vanness FPD 2019 orange) kept drying out. I flushed it out and let it sit overnight to dry and then did my best to align the feed again. Inked it up with KWZ Standard Grapefruit, which is what you see in the photo, and it works wonderfully. I am still getting the hang of the flex nib, but it writes very nicely as a Fine/Medium without pressure. (I'll put the Vannness orange back in there when I finish this Grapefruit sample, and I'll bet it'll work perfectly now.)
Noodler's pens are very collectible. I will definitely consider buying more. view less
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Supplying analog writing instruments and accessories since 1938. Third generation family-owned store based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike was trained by his grandfather, dad, and uncle to continue the family business of all things pens, inks, and paper.