Noodler’s Ink Ahab Pen

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This is a brief response to a post at Bleistift – so far this seems to be the best result I can get out of my Ahab pen. Apart from the smell, which I don’t mind that much, it had some skipping problems in the beginning. I was tempted to adjust the feed, as Palimpsest has done, but I wasn’t sure I could align the nib and feed perfectly by myself again. So I just hope the ink flow will improve with time. I chose the Ahab over the Creaper since the nib was slightly bigger, but the reviews say the Creaper is actually more flexible. So there are regrets.

Two things that struck me about the Ahab was that they included a free (non-flexible) nib along with the pen, and that they recommended creating an “overfeed” with plastic tape(?!) to increase ink flow. The insert was pretty entertaining, I bet they stick with that college-dorm feel on purpose…

Paper: Tomoe River paper
Ink: de Atramentis Indigo Blue

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2 thoughts on “Noodler’s Ink Ahab Pen

  1. That does look good! Thanks for showing us.
    The non-flex nib must be new, in the past you didn’t get one.
    I recently got my hands on a very cheap Pilot Falcon in EF (only a bit more than a third of the normal UK price, so cheap because it was from America). The Falcon in EF can go a little bit finer than the Ahab, and it gets from wide back to fine easier, but it can’t go anywhere as wide as the Ahab – but at least it doesn’t railroad if it goes wide. My Ahab usually does.

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    1. The Falcon is a better-made pen for sure, but it’s supposed to be pretty particular in its own way too, right? I actually think it may be too much to ask a nib to flex more than the Ahab, because pressing down would necessarily stress the grip section (plastic would crack easily), and the nib would pull apart from the feed. Nibs made of gold would withstand the pressure and rebound better of course, but it seems that the repeated fatigue does take its toll and that many develop cracks around where the nib is buried in the grip – so they have a definite lifespan reflecting their aggressive use. Viewed in this light, the Falcon seems to be a good compromise in many ways, and I hope you enjoy it!

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