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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

23 New Noodler's Ahab Flex Colors!



As if there weren't already enough options for Noodler's Ahab flex pens, Nathan has gone full bore with 23 new colors. Many of the colors are ones unlike anything we've seen…new tortoises, and a lot of resins with pearlescence. They're pretty darn cool, and I didn't know what chance I'd have to put all 23 together in a single video, so I seized the opportunity here. Some of the colors are a bit similar to others, so I compared as many similar pens as I could to what's already offered. It's a lot to cover, so sit back and enjoy :)



Write On,
Brian Goulet

12 comments:

  1. Nathan has gone *what* out? My... couch! Get me to my fainting couch! Good news for all of these colors, though. I wondered if any of the Konrad Tortoises would migrate.

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  2. I changed my text to 'full bore' instead, but before rumors go wild, the original words I typed were 'balls out', also a saying used as 'balls to the wall'. The original phrase is actually hinted to in the expression "with a full head of steam". In the earliest days of steam engines, Watt style engines and their successors used a centrifugal governor to control speed. The faster the engine was to run the higher the weighted balls on the governor would rise until at full speed they were at their highest and farthest reach from the center: high or full speed was known as running "balls out". My darling wife informs me I made a terrible choice of words there and that the saying would be inferred in a different 'graphic' manner, so I changed it :P

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  3. Now that, I did not know. What a great expression for those of us of the Steampunk persuasion!

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  4. Thank for clarifying that expression. I had no idea it had a 'clean' meaning.

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  5. Noooo... White Pearl is NOT a white pen. Any pen named Ahab should have a pure white pen as in Ahab's Nemesis, the White Whale.

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  6. Thought the choice of "balls out" was appropriate. Sorry that audience considerations forced you to change it. One of the reasons I give lectures in a formal tone is that it allows me to circumvent the ridiculous minced oaths expected in "casual" style.

    I have often wondered about the Ahab and Konrad, and this is perhaps beating a dead horse, but does Nathan think that a plethora (the traditional, negative meaning of the word) of colors on a pen that needs tweaking and adjusting is the best way to attract people to fountain pens? Or is this mostly a project for those already addicted, where the chromatic cornucopia is more of a way to convince the tweakers and enthusiasts to get multiple Ahabs without too much monotony in their collections?

    I can't tell from the video alone, but the pearlescent effect seems similar to that of the barrel of the Sailor Lecoule. It's not bad but feels and looks a bit cheap. I understand Nathan is all about keeping costs down, but I thought some of the design features of the Ahab and especially the Konrad were brilliant and deserving of some high-quality materials and tolerances in pens that don't need much or any fiddling around. It's too bad there's not a high-end range, because I'm reluctant to get into Noodler's pens as they are now.

    Thanks for going to the trouble of showing the colors.

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  7. I really like some of the new ones, but I'm very very happy with my new one in Vulcan's Coral, which I think is still my favourite. Iroquois looked quite similar to it?

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  8. Amazing! Nathan never fails to impress me. Thanks for showing us all the colours on video. I do have one question, though, about the Cardinal Darkness. The one you showed in the video is mostly red with some black swirls. I was under the impression that there was a newer version of that (mostly black with some red)... can you confirm this?

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  9. I didn't realize the expression was so commonly misinterpreted! It's alright, I guess I'll refrain from using it now.

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  10. Nathan has his own reasons behind doing things. I think a lot of what drives him is because he has a deep understanding and appreciation for vintage pens. I think it's more important to him that he offers a pen that can be adjusted than one that is completely set and is not able to be tweaked or modified by the user. I know that's one of the areas where his pens get the most flak, but also the most praise.


    I know Nathan is experimenting with nicer materials, the ebonite Konrads should be coming out soon. He's messed around with other celluloids and other materials too, so you may see those come out in the future (though it'll probably be a while).

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  11. It's kind of similar, yeah. Vulcan's Coral had a white streak in it and didn't have any pearlescence, but it's pretty close.

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  12. It started out as red with black swirls, then it changed to black with red swirls. About a month or so ago, it changed back. Everything we have is red with black swirls now.

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