Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Flex Nib Comparison: Noodler's Ahab, Pilot Falcon SEF, Noodler's Neponset, Stipula Splash, Omas Ogiva Alba 14k EF

Everyone's going nuts over flex pens lately, and manufacturers are starting to take notice. There have been several flex pens to be released in the last couple of years, so I wanted to compare some of the most popular ones to see what really makes them different from each other. Rather than make an hour-long video going over every detail, I focus strictly on how these five pens actually write, using Noodler's Black ink on a Rhodia dot pad:

(1:20) Noodler's Ahab
(3:09) Pilot Falcon soft extra-fine
(5:00) Noodlers Neponset
(8:00) Stipula Splash (V-flex)
(10:24) Omas Ogiva Alba 14k extra-fine extra-flessibile

If you're doing a double-take there, I definitely wrote "Noadler's Ahob". These pens can make your handwriting look cool, but they don't help you spell any better.

In the video, the Neponset railroaded a bit and the Splash fussed at me when I flexed it all the way out, and both of these instances are not incredibly uncommon, though they were a bit on the extreme-end of what I normally see. This vid was a one-shot take so you're getting to see the good, the bad, and the ugly :)

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Write On, 
Brian Goulet

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