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Monday, September 26, 2011

Noodler's Ahab Flex Pens



Nathan's at it again, creating another ground-breaking pen. He's made changes based on the feedback and insane demand for the Noodler's Flex Nib Pens, and has developed one of the most interesting and ingeniously simple pens around today.

Noodler's Ahab Lapis Inferno and Clear Demonstrator Flex Pens

You may already be familiar with the Noodler's Flex Pens, which are considerably smaller than these new Ahab pens:

(top) Noodler's Nib Creaper Piston Flex Pen, (bottom) Noodler's Ahab Flex Pen

(top) Noodler's Ahab Flex nib, (bottom) Noodler's Nib Creaper Flex nib
The Ahab pen is a completely different nib, feed, body, and filling mechanism than the original flex pen. It is still technically a 'piston filler', but it uses a push-type plunger instead of a screw-type.

Noodler's Ahab Plunger 
Another great thing about this pen is that it's easy to take apart for cleaning and adjustment. The whole thing breaks down easily, no tools required.

Noodler's Ahab completely disassembled

Now even though this pen is a plunger-fill, I was able to do a preliminary test filling it as an eyedropper by removing the whole plunger mechanism and filling the body (using silicone grease on the threads). I only did the test with water so far, but it held well and I was able to get close to 6ml of ink in this mammoth pen!

I know I didn't cover the adjustment or writing test with these pens here, I will cover that in a future video/blog. If you want to see the man who created the pens, check out Nathan's video here.

Availability

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on these pens for prototype/demonstration purposes, but they aren't ready for distribution quite yet. I'm told to expect these to be available sometime around mid-October 2011, though that date could always (and most likely will) be pushed further back. One thing is for sure, they will not last long when they do arrive.

If you're interested in getting an email notice when we get them in stock, sign up for our email notification list by putting your email on the 'email me when back in-stock' list. Go here for Clear Demonstrator, here for Lapis Inferno. Because of overwhelming demand for these pens, we can't pre-order or guarantee anything. Once we get them in, we'll post a day or two ahead of time before we list them for sale at a specific time, and we'll email everyone on our email notification list as soon as we put them in stock.

Noodler's is ramping up production of these pens and the Nib Creaper Flex pens, and soon enough there will begin to be a steady flow of these pens streaming in. They will likely go quickly at first, but eventually, pen production will be able to meet the level of demand (unlike what we've seen in the last 10 months for the previous generation of flex pens).

So what do you think about the Ahab?

24 comments:

  1. Maybe it's just me but I think the clip on the Ahab resembles a whale. It would be a fitting design! 

    As for the pen itself, my eyes popped out of my head at the idea of filling the entire body with ink. That would be awesome. Overall, it does seem a very user-friendly pen and I'm looking forward to trying it. 

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  2. Much better looking than the previous one. I like plunger filling mechanism! :)

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  3. Very cool.  The plunger design is brilliant, and the nib looks like a whole lot of fun.  That's also the best conceived clip design since the Pelikan bill.  I'm normally not a fan of beefy bands, but this one is just right.  And any producer who concerns himself with "the nobler goal" (watch Nathan's video) deserves our business and support.

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  4. This is so awesome! One of most appealing things about the regular Noodler's piston filler is that it will take any number two nib (I believe that is the correct size). Is it still the case that the nib can be replaced on this pen? If so, what size?

    You rock! Thanks for this video!

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  5. Wow I'm speechless!

    First, awesome video Brian, it really showed everything I needed to see about these pens. I also like the music, it's very cheerful and uplifting.

    I really like these pens. I gotta have a demonstrator! I like the size and thickness. I love the weird clip (and yes, it does resemble a whale). I love the filling mechanism. I love how easy it is to take apart. I love the huge nib.

    The only thing that's unknown at this point is the price. Any idea how it will be priced? Hopefully it's close to the price of the original flex pens.

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  6. On Brian's and Rachel's site they're listed for $20.00, though showing "Out of Stock" (until the shipment arrives, I assume).  

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  7. Sorry, my bad. That's what happens when you're with the head in the clouds :) I totally missed those links.
    $20 is a good price for these. I approve!

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  8. i have 4 noodler's pens: the first piston filler in red, the flex pen in red and green, the clear nib creaper and the rollerball. The 3 fountain pens were really bad, with the nibs drying out overnight even when stored nib down, and the flex nib was really really scratchy on mine. The rollerball was smooth, but the ink delivery system was bad and it will stop writing after 15 mins of continuous writing. Now, I no longer have any as I've threw them all away.

    However, I'm willing to give the Ahab a 2nd chance since it has a whole new feed and nib, plus the pen is thicker ( the old pen body was too thin). Hopefully, they will perform like the outstanding pens that they are supposed to be.

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  9. I doubt the 'whale clip' is a coincidence!

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  10. I know, it's an incredibly simple design!

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  11. Yeah, Nathan did a good job designing this one. The overall fit and finish is nicer than previously designed Noodler's pens.

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  12. This is a good question...it's definitely not a #2 nib like the other Noodler's pens, I'll have to ask Nathan to see what nib size would fit the Ahab. It's noticeably larger than any previous Noodler's pen.

    And you're welcome for the vid!

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  13. Haha, yes it's $20. I thought I mentioned that in the video...maybe I forgot. I've tended to leave prices out of my videos lately because what I'm finding is that after a year or so prices can change (not typically for Noodler's products, but for lots of other things I've reviewed in the past). For archiving and reference purposes, I'm just leaving prices out of my videos.

    And yes, our site shows them as 'Out of Stock', because we don't have them yet. We're expecting them sometime in October, but we don't know when or how many yet!

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  14. I'm really sorry for your previously bad experiences with the Noodler's pens. Overall the feedback on the pens have been good, but I have heard of each of these issues like you mentioned with your pens. The nibs drying out have been an issue for some, and it's something I've brought up to Nathan. The scratchiness of the flex nib can be fixed with some minor adjustments (or I would be happy to exchange it) and the rollerball pen can have the feed removed so that the ink is delivered straight to the tip (or worst case, the tip can be replaced). I'm sorry your pens were bad enough that you threw them away, though.

    Your best bet might be to hold off on the Ahab pen until the first batch gets out into everyone's hands and you get some feedback from others about them. These will (eventually) be available in a regular supply unlike previous versions of the flex pens.

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  15. I'm still drooling over these pens. I guess its fate I didn't get the other flex pens.

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  16. I have a Noodlers Ahab and unfortunately haven't enjoyed it. I got tired of adjusting the nib to get the right flow, and in one moment of frustration tapped the paper a little too hard to get the ink flowing again and bent the nib !

    It would go from leaking to not flowing ink. 3 days after getting mine it was in the bin....

    I also have a Noodlers rollerball and it's very leaky even after following the instructions. After 4 days I had to replace the nib as it got very scratchy. It writes well but I can't afford to get ink over my suits so it's been out in the bottom drawer.

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  17. I too am having real problems with leakage.  There has to be a way to correct this.  I have bought 2 (one for me, one for my wife)  they both leak!

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  18. I'm sorry to hear this! There are certainly some of these pens with finicky issues, and if it's anything that bad it should warrant a replacement (though if it's thrown out now that's too late). I totally understand if you were just frustrated with it and didn't want to mess with it anymore though. One thing I will say is these Ahabs are either great or not great at all, it seems you got the latter.

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  19. Leakage where, from the nib or the body? What ink are you using? Have you tried adjusting the nib/feed at all? If you want to shoot me an email I'm happy to help with some information specific to your circumstance.

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  20. I like my Noodler Ahab pen, somewhat, but I would really like a broader "line."  How can I change that nib to at least a medium or perhaps a broad?  I likely would not be able to actually "do the work" myself, so if I could get the parts, who could change the nib out for me?

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  21. Well, the nib itself just pulls right out of the pen, using just your fingers. Any #6 size nib should fit it.

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