Wed. Review- Noodler’s Black Konrad Flex Pen

Noodler’s has a new Konrad Flex Pen, in solid black. It’s a classy alternative to the other swirly and demonstrator versions of this pen. But if you have been following Noodler’s pens for a while, then you remember that Noodler’s actually made a black Konrad already, in a rollerball and brush pen version. The Konrad flex has some subtle changes from these older pens though, and that’s what inspired me to do this post.

Noodler’s Konrad Flex Pen, in solid Black 
Noodler’s Konrad Flex Pen, in solid black

So what’s the big deal about a black Noodler’s Konrad pen? We’ve seen them before, sort of. There are some differences, somewhat notable ones. The first change you can see before opening the pen. Just look at the back finial of the pen, and you’ll see that the silver trim ring from the original is now gone.

Noodler’s Black Konrads, old (bottom) and new (top).

I kind of liked the trim ring, but I understand why it’s gone. This is a consequence of a change to the piston mechanism as a whole, going to a blind cap design, which helps protect you from accidentally squirting ink on yourself when the pen is posted! There is also a change to the piston seal, for the better, going from a hard plastic to a double-o-ring. Here is the old piston mechanism below the new one:
Noodler’s Konrad piston mechanisms, old (bottom) and top (new). 
And last but not least, my favorite change, a clear ink window! It was a little bit of a letdown to have such a nice black pen with a kind of yellowy-gross ink window, but I’m happy to say they’re clear now : )
Noodler’s black Konrad, yellow ink window and no blind cap on bottom (old), clear ink window and blind cap on top (new).

All of the changes you see here were made on all of the Noodler’s Konrad Flex pens, there’s nothing specific to this black on that’s different from any of the other Konrad Flexes. I just wanted to point out the changes between the old and new black Konrads, since I thought they might create a little confusion.

Of course, I can read your mind so I know you’re going to ask me about the Konrad rollerball and brush pens, where they went and when they’ll be back….well, they’re being redesigned and are no longer available, until…well, until they are again. I’d love to be more specific but Nathan Tardif has a lot of balls in the air, and this is one of them. All I know is that at some point in the future, we will see Konrad rollerball and brush pens again…..probably.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:19:02+00:00 August 29th, 2012|Pen Reviews|8 Comments
  • I love the nib and piston in my Konrad. However, the piston unit threads and the barrel don't like each other. The threads don't catch and the piston falls right out. Any problems with others or is mine unique?

  • christine witt

    Sold! I love me a clear ink window.

  • You don't know how happy I was when I opened up this pen and saw that clear window 🙂

  • Da

    Is it a new nib Brian, or the one from the Ahab?
    Dave P

  • David in Jakarta

    A piston filler with a blind cap. Yesssss…. Like many if not most people, I write posted. This takes piston fillers like the TWSBI 520/540 and Bexley Corona that post to the knob off my radar screen. Why anyone would release a piston filler that posts to the knob in the first place still perplexes me. I hope they update all the Konrads like this over time.

    And yes, I too would like to know if I can use an Ahab nib and feed in the new Konrad black? I have one already hacked that may (or may not) work in the new pen.

    Thanks for the update Brian, David

  • It's the same nib used in the Ahabs and the other Konrad flex pens.

  • All of the Konrad flex pens have the blind cap, and I'd be surprised to see anything different in future Konrads. You can use the Ahab nib/feed in the NEW Konrad, it's the exact same nib and feed that the Konrad comes with.

  • Lisa Lazar

    I'm having the exact same trouble. Did you manage to find a solution?