I borrowed my daughter’s Noodler’s Ahab flex nib fountain pen to try out. This popular pen was first introduced about 5 years ago and features a steel flexible #6 nib. The ink reservoir is filled using a slide piston mechanism which works like a syringe. It is made of a celluloid derivative (an early form of plastic) which gave it an unpleasant smell when it was new but has since disappeared. Her model has a distinctive striated look (this one is called “Apache Tortoise”) that adds to the retro look as does the fairly fat body with a nicely shaped curved clip.
I can’t say my handwriting style makes the most of the flexible nib. You really have to press quite hard to get the thicker lines that the flexible nib promises. You may appreciate it more if you were using the pen for calligraphy or sketching. Other than that, it writes smoothly and is excellent value for the price.
If this pen was a person it would be a cool hipster dude with tortoise rim glasses and skinny jeans rolled with a cuff last overheard recommending beard oil to his friend. And with a name like Ahad he would have to have a navy peacoat.
Coming next week: Rhodia and Habana paper samples.