Noodler’s Ahab Tinted Demonstrator Pens

Noodler’s has released their next round of Ahab colors, the tinted demonstrators. These are now available, and while I had them in my hands, I thought I’d shoot a quick vid just to give you my impression.

The blue and purple ones are a little darker and more opaque than I initially thought they would be, but it’s not a dealbreaker because you can still see the ink inside the pen, which is kind of the point of the demonstrator! These pens, aside from their color, are the exact same as the previously released Ahabs. Same material, same o-ring, same size, same price ($20).

There are huge quantities of these available right now, but don’t fret. More are expected in a couple of weeks (and I think the next batch will have the improved double-wall o-rings on them).

What do you think?

2017-10-11T03:10:40+00:00 December 9th, 2011|Pen Reviews|15 Comments
  • Anonymous

    Huge quantities available?

  • I love these colors – especially the purple! Even though it looks a bit opaque, I like it a lot and may decide to get one.

    But my question is…
    Noodler's announced some limited edition colors on their blog the other day – with pink/white/black swirls. But no mention of where and when they'd be available. Are you going to be carrying these? And if so – when?

  • Very nice. Now all that's left is a black opaque model. Oh and a white one as well. BTW, does Nathan really live those swirly colors or is it more difficult to make single opaque colors like the mandarin yellow Ahab?

  • I have no info on those yet, other than they're in the works and they're 'a few weeks away'. We'll do everything we can to get them, but I don't have any clue about numbers or dates yet.

  • A black one should be on the way in the next batch, I believe. At least that's what I was told, but things change a lot with Noodler's sometimes! 😛 I'm not entirely sure about the white one, or about the process that's used to make the pens. 

  • Maltharius Marchande

    I just received my Ahab Noodler's Flex Nib, Emerald. Not only was the package nearly indestructible with all of the bubble wrap (thank you for that, btw) but the pen writes wonderfully.

    Thanks so much and I am sure that I'll be ordering again in the near future.

  • Great! We try to pack as if the products are being sent to a war zone 🙂 Noodler's is about to come out with their tinted demonstrators in the regular flex pens, too. 

  • Maltharius Marchande


    I have one of the Ahab Tinted Demonstrator pens (a recent purchase) with Noodler's green ink and am having some problems with ink flow. I'm not sure if there's a trick with these pens but if I've left the pen alone for a few hours and then start to write with it again it will skip and go dry as though it has no ink – even though the reservoir is full. If I dip the nib back into the ink and then start writing it's fine – but it almost seems like it needs 'primed' before you start to write. Is this just a breaking in period or am I doing something wrong?

    Any hints / suggestions?


  • Cleaning the pen out with water/dish soap/ammonia helps a lot, it's pretty much mandatory for a lot of the Ahabs. There are a number of really good posts on FPN from people troubleshooting their Ahabs:

    Here's another good one, too:

    Shoot me an email about it if you have any more questions.

  • Maltharius Marchande

    Something that I just noticed was that when I retract the piston to fill the ink well, sometimes the ink just flows back down into the bottle – as though there was not enough suction to hold it in place. On average this is happening about 3/5th's of the time. Is this why most people use the double-o ring replacement?

  • It's not uncommon for this to happen when first starting to fill the pen, but once you pump the piston probably 3 or 4 times, it should fill the pen pretty easily. Are you able to fill your pen all the way? It's possible that your o-ring isn't sealed all the way and that's what's causing the problem, but usually the problem with the original o-rings is that they're too tight and sealing too well, not the opposite! You will want to make sure that the entire nib is submersed in the ink, all the way until the ink starts to cover the grip section of the pen, and that you're doing full pumps up and down with the piston. 

  • Maltharius Marchande

    Brian – what email should I use to shoot you an email? or would you prefer the comments here?

  • Deb Osorio

    LOVE my new clear Ahab Flex.  Much better than the Noodlers Creep Flex, which left me rather disappointed.

  • sure, just email me at We're quickly going to run out of space with these nested comments!

  • I'm glad it's working out better for you!