Monday Matchup #41: Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Truk Lagoon with Super5 Atlantic

Mermaids have long surfaced in writings ranging from Greek mythology — where sirens tempt and taunt weary sailors with deadly ditties — to Jimmy Buffet lyrics, where they splash around in fish bowl margaritas.

Mermaids always served as fresh fodder for tired seafarers’ tall tails, but did you know that mermaid sightings are still reported today? Yes, today, in 2015. We’re not talking about spotting “The Little Mermaid” in a roadside Redbox or Animal Planet’s fake mermaid documentaries; sightings in Israel and Zimbabwe have been called in over the past decade. Sure, it sounds fishy, but one sighting we’re not skeptical about is the drawing Jenni from our Media team created with a Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Truk Lagoon and Super5 Atlantic ink (in part, inspired by this image).

What better pen to bring these mystical, misunderstood creatures to life on paper than the Noodler’s Ahab – Flex Truk Lagoon? This popular fountain pen featuring a steel flexible #6  nib draws attention for its eye-catching curiosities. For starters, you can take apart, tweak and adjust, and reassemble the Ahab so that it writes to your liking. Also, The Super5 Atlantic makes a splash with a full range of waterproof blues and grays.

Unlike the literary Ahab, this one can help you find your Moby Dick or your long sought-after mermaid, if you are so inspired.

The Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Truk Lagoon is available on GouletPens.com for $20. Super5 Atlantic ink is available in a 50ml bottle for $27.95, as well as an 2ml ink sample for $2.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T14:19:48+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Monday Matchup|18 Comments
  • Recoil Rob

    I have Preppy's with eyedroppers and I see the value of that much ink if it's an EDC. However some of my Preppy's are used only occasionally in the field and I most of my other pens are not used daily. I like the idea that a smaller volume of ink, such as a cartridge or converter hold, forces me to attend to the pen more often which includes a cleaning.

  • Tom Johnson

    Hi Madigan! I've gotten careful about filling or re-filling cartridges with an ink syringe, so the mess is slight. I wouldn't call it messy, but well worth being able to use whatever ink I want to. Also, I hate dumping empty cartridges into the trash, and love saving money! I re-fill them over a paper towel. Then I have to rinse the ink syringe. For Pilot cartridges, I can fill with a pipette, and just rinse it out. Would love to have a blunt needle that slips over a pipette tip! One note, I'm not using any of the international short cartridges now, but I would probably fill them with bottled ink too.

  • Tom Johnson

    I'm still enjoying the Alba, love to write with it. Feels great in my hand. I love my Mini too, your son will really enjoy it I know. Being able to disassemble the mechanism and keep it serviced appeals to my engineering mind too!

  • kjb651

    While I prefer converters, cartridges do have their place. I have several cartridge-only pens (e.g., Kaweco Al Sport and Waterman's Le Lady, among others), and I like the pens enough to deal with the limitations that cartridges pose. I refill cartridges with the inks I like, and this work-around works for me.

  • Ooooh I hate that exact pen! Maybe I should order a sample of Atlantic to go with it! The shading looks gorgeous, but that drawing is even prettier ~

  • CharlieAmra

    Love the drawing and the shading. What book did you use for the drawing?

  • Madigan

    Hi Amaryllis! Yeah, Jenni did a great job this week. I'm a huge fan of all the Super5 inks, so I definitely suggest giving them a try. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    Wonderful work Jenni! You are making that flex nib sing. Love the artwork. Another eye catching, stimulating MondayMatchup. Thanks.

  • Madigan

    Hey CharlieAmra! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Jenni used a Quo Vadis Habana. You can find it here: http://www.gouletpens.com/Q549-1/p/Q549-1

  • Otter

    That is a great drawing, and nice writing as well, Jenni! I recently met up with someone who told me that his Super5 ink was his favorite, so it's making me look at them more closely. Especially with that color….what a perfect match-up for that pen!

  • K2

    Question about re-assembling fountain pen after cleaning. I was soaking a Waterman fountain pen I have not used in decades in Goulet Pen Flush. When I removed it from the flush the nib, feed, and nib housing were in 3 pieces. I'm not sure how to reassemble it properly after I complete the cleaning. Anyone point me to resources for how to do this?

  • SJ.Ram

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  • Otter

    QOTW: I think cartridges have their place. They're convenient when traveling and for emergencies. Also for newbies who want to see if they're enamored of the hobby before investing more. That said, I use converters and only use cartridges when I can refill them. Goulet's syringe set makes it neat and easy, and then I can enjoy all the ink colors I want!

  • Tom Johnson

    K2, you should go to Fountain Pen Network. http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/
    Create an account (free). Log on your account and search for the model Waterman pen you have. FPN has a forum just for Waterman pens. You'll find thousands of posts for Waterman pens of all types. There will be postings on identifying, repairing, reviewing, all kinds. If you find a post for your pen you could leave a post asking how to re-assemble it. I bet the nib and feed just pull out of the housing and grip and push back together. Otherwise I don't see how they would have just come out. However, don't force anything to get it back. Some pen parts have to be oriented just right and forcing could break or ruin the pen. Good luck. FPN is a wonderful resource for all things pen oriented.

  • K2

    Fantastic! What a great resource, Tom! Thank you. I was worried that this might be a pen where I needed to orient the feed just right because it did not readily fit back together. Thanks a million for the tip to use the fountainpennetwork!!!

  • We do one-per bottle here usually, but doing more than one nib in a baggie isn't going to hurt anything. They're in there securely and aren't going to rattle around.

  • Michele Harvey

    Brian mentions ink cartridges here and what do we think of them. Well, I don't use cartridge ink, so can't comment but I will say I LOVE cartridge converter pens. Here's why: I've been playing with fountain pens for 3 or 4 years now, trying all kinds of pens and all kinds of inks. I have ventured into more pricier pens with more elaborate filling systems. I will say, while I love better pens and the feel in the hand that comes with them, I'm not a big fan of anything but c & c filling systems. Cartridge/converter fill pens allow you to use whatever ink you please without worry and are simply the best solution if you like to change your ink (and ink color) frequently, with no worries about sending a pen back to the factory or greasing up a piston system yourself. So while I understand this opinion may not be widespread, I have come to it with my own experience. Thanks for all the samples to try and all that you do!