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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Noodler's Flex Pen Cleaning and Disassembly



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There are a lot of Noodler's Flex Pens floating around out there, and I thought a video on how to completely disassemble and clean them would be helpful to a lot of you out there. This is a great pen for experimentation because it comes apart completely with just the use of a Q-tip!

I spend some time towards the end of the video on adjusting the nib and feed to suit your writing style and the ink you use, but I plan on covering that more thoroughly in another video. The main point I want to get across in this video is that you shouldn't be afraid to take this pen apart and learn it inside out. The more familiar you are with your pen, the better you'll be able to adjust it for yourself and the more enjoyment you'll get out of it! The silicone grease I use in the video can be found here, but lots of other kinds will work too (just don't use silicone CAULK, that's not going to end well for you).

Let me know if you have any questions about anything in the video. I plan to do multiple Noodler's Flex Pen videos as it seems the more I play with them, the more video opportunities I see. If you have any questions or comments, just post them here in the blog comments.

14 comments:

  1. I just finished off the sample of Nikita that came with my Goulet Pen order when I got my Flex Nib. Perfect timing Brian!

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  2. Thanks for the informative demonstration of dis-assembly and nib & feed adjustment!

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  3. This was really helpful. Thanks!

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  4. OMG you fixed my pen in 2 seconds! My flez was too dry with the black swan ink and I had planned to just change to an everflo. Instead I just adjusted the feed!

    It took 2 seconds and I didn't even empty the pen. I'm sooo happy right now I can even tell you. I'm taking apart all of my noodlers pens tonight.

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  5. @Juliet, that's great to hear!!! This is exactly how I felt when I first discovered it. Total elation! I'm working on a video right now showing how adjusting the nib/feed affects the way the pen writes, it should be done in a day or two ;)

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  6. My main prblem with the Noodler's flex is - though it works fine while I'm writing with it - each time I open the cap again the next day I find the nib dried out. I.e., it never starts immediately. I always have to tap the nib several times or squeeze ink out using the piston to get it flowing again. Does anyone have a similar problem? Will making this a wetter pen using Brian's nib adjustment method make it less likely to dry out? This has been the reason the pen has been only used as a desk pen so far.

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  7. Eunai, the nib adjustment help some. Try storing the pen on it's side one night and use it in the AM. If it is still bad maybe try covering the breather hole in the cap.

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  8. Thanks Truppi. I'll try your suggestions. I would never have noticed that tiny "breather" hole on the side of the cap if it hadn't been for you, thanks.

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  9. Are there any downsides to covering the breather hole? I assume it's there for a reason.

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  10. Oh, and I assume that is the original Noodlers Purple? They have so many shades of it I lose count, heh.

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  11. Thanks Truppi. I'll try your suggestions. I would never have noticed that tiny "breather" hole on the side of the cap if it hadn't been for you, thanks.

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  12. OMG you fixed my pen in 2 seconds! My flez was too dry with the black swan ink and I had planned to just change to an everflo. Instead I just adjusted the feed!

    It took 2 seconds and I didn't even empty the pen. I'm sooo happy right now I can even tell you. I'm taking apart all of my noodlers pens tonight.

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  13. Are there any downsides to covering the breather hole? I assume it's there for a reason.

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  14. Don't know if you'll ever see this Brian, since this video is over 2 yrs. old (how time flies), but today I was wanting my Noodler flex demo to have an easier piston action. So I thought, "Where am I going to find how to do that? I know I've seen Brian Goulet do it in a video, but how to find that video?". Simple. Your website is organized so perfectly that I went to Fountain Pen 101, found the section and then the exact video, and Voila! And then, complete mechanical geek that I am, I was able to follow your directions and get the piston out of my pen! Wow!

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