Noodler’s Art Contest Winners, Konrad Flex, Rome is Burning

Timeline for the video:

0:00-3:00 – Famous quotes from the US Founding Fathers
3:01-17:25 – Artwork of the contest winners (amazing!)
17:26-22:02 – “Rome is Burning” introduction, new Noodler’s ink
22:03-29:58 – Konrad Flex Pen introduction

Nathan Tardif of Noodler’s ink introduced an art contest last year, where contestants could submit artwork depicting a catfish in some majestic manner using only Noodler’s pens and ink. This video compiles all of the winners of the contest, who get some pretty sweet prizes. I am simply amazed at all of the entries! They are something to really appreciate. Congratulations to all of the winners, you all have done some incredible work!

I’m seen threads on the Fountain Pen Network where the contest winners received their prizes, which included any combination of things such as the new Rome is Burning ink and Konrad Flex pens, even a pen that’s been in development for a while with no definite eta, the Neponset.

In typical Nathan style, we didn’t find out about the new ink, Rome is Burning, until the introduction of this video. That said, we’ll look to acquire it and offer it on just as quickly as we can. The ink looks really interesting, a golden brown/copper color that when wet, turns a vibrant purple. I imagine you ink washers out there will find some really interesting things to do with this ink!

Nathan’s not holding much back on this ink, touting right on the bottle that “aqua shading ink of flames burning Rome’s purple…excess liquidity will reveal the Patrician color”. He has several famous quotes by, as well as pictures of, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, and the Roman Emperor Nero.

Undoubtedly, this is a jab at the US Government’s willingness to print money as fast as it can, echoing a similar message from the Bernanke ink released last year. Nathan’s known for expressing his beliefs on the Federal Reserve and US monetary poilicy on his ink bottles. If this kind of thing turns you off, then you will HATE this bottle!

The Konrad Flex Pen is also introduced in this video. I have a couple of sample pens and I will be making my own video in the next week or two, as these pens are closer to being available. I can say from handling them and using them, that they are an evolution of the piston-fill and Ahab flex pens, taking a lot of their best attributes from both and putting them into more of a mid-size body that I think will be more appealing than the typically small piston-fill flex, or typically large Ahab flex. I’m excited for these to arrive.

Noodler’s Konrad Flex pens, in Red Mesa Tortoise , Roaring 20’s Brown Tortoise, and Blue Tortoise Fleur De Lis 

Noodler’s Konrad Flex, with #6 size nib, clear ink window, and tortoise (semi) translucent body.

Noodler’s Konrad is piston-fill, with a blind cap so that posting the cap won’t untwist the piston accidentally.

Noodler’s Konrad disassembles entirely, with no tools required at all. 

One thing is certain, Nathan certainly is passionate about what he does, and his video is every bit as long and entertaining as all of his previous ones! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Write On!
~Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T13:08:12+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Pen News|18 Comments
  • John Di Nezza

    Wished they were also available with gold plated trim and nib.

  • Was Nathan at his finest…with flames!  You got to see all the various artwork submissions and Nathan explaining the new pen.  I can see why this particular ink was paired up with an art contest since it changes color in water, but not sure how practical (or good looking) it would be for regular use.  I'd like to see it with an actual sample writing after you guys get it in stock.

  • foo

    i think that's bleach, not just water; his whaleman's sepia had a similar trick.

  • carole

    The fire this time!  I continue to admire Nathan's  creative expression of his views on world politics and bankster frolics.   And since we're all Noodling while Rome Burns, I'd like to ask:  when will that Neponset be available?  I love huge pens and that one looks ginormous!    

  • Writetomeoften

    Whenever I saw ink stains on people's hands, it makes me smile 🙂
    By the way, red mesa tortoise is so chic, loved it!

  • Great video – I really enjoyed seeing all of the entries. Such a display of talent! A tribute to the artistic utility of Noodlers pens & inks.

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a prize for my entry! I've been using the Red Mesa Konrad filled with the Rome Burning ink. Did not know about the special properties until I saw the video but kudos to Nathan for creating yet another unique blend – can't wait to try drawing with it! (I also received one of the Neponset pens – haven't tried it out yet but it is quite handsome.)

  • I agree with you, I don't know that the washing feature is something of benefit outside an art setting. However, Nathan is all about pushing the envelope, and I don't think he cares as much about how 'well' an ink will sell. He likes to make inks that challenge him and push the boundaries of conventional fountain pen ink, and he's taken a further step here! We'll definitely look to get our hands on some of this ink and do a video on it.

  • Yeah, you're probably never going to see that. Nathan is all about utility, and if plating in gold will add to the cost, we likely won't do it. 

  • I don't think it's bleach, I've gotten some emails from contest winners who got this ink and they just used water to get this effect! This isn't the first ink to wash with water into a different color, basically what happens is that one color is waterproof (the purple in this case) and another is not (the brown/red/yellow component). When the one color washes off, it leaves the other waterproof one exposed. 

  • The Neponset has been talked about for well over a year now, still no eta. Likely, the pens he gave out were part of a quality control batch that he received, and he's still making tweaks to the pen design. I'm afraid we're going to be waiting a while for these, same goes for the music pens. 

  • A long time ago I stopped trying to get the ink off my hands, and I now wear it proudly as a badge of honor 😉 As much ink as Nathan handles, I'm sure his hands are never clean!

  • Thanks for submitting your artwork, and congratulations! Do enjoy that ink and the Neponset, you're one of the few people in the world right now that have either of those. I have never even seen them! I'm jealous 😉 

  • Turtlegeuse

    Tyrian purple with burnt brown overtones ink demo'd in a pen named after Konrad Adenauer set to The Planets by Gustav Holst. I'm not sure why I get it, but I get it ! Bravo !

  • haha…Nathan is a man who thinks of many levels!

  • David

    Brian, we need to be able to buy spare nibs and (especially) feeds for the likes of the Noodler's Ahab, and likely the Conrad too. We have to hack the feeds to get these pens to work, and sometimes it doesn't go well. I hate having to throw the pen in the garbage when the feed is bad. Why can't we just buy spare feeds? Such a waste.

  • This is definitely something we're trying to petition with Nathan. We do have a few replacements so if you get past the point of no return, we can help you out (if you got the pen from us). I'm working on trying to convince Nathan to provide spare feeds or nibs for sale, but I can't promise it'll happen. 

  • foo

    cool! yeah, the washed Roman purple does resemble the waterproof Iraqi Indigo (and how's that for political symbolism…!).

  • Yeah, that's actually called Violet Vote now, it was a little too controversial a name! I don't know if the purples are the same.