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 GouletPens.com 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