Brian FINALLY has a review up. :)
Aaargh! I'm banned from B&B at work! D:
I think it will be fun to tinker with. And I'm confident I'll be able to pass it on if I hate it.
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I couldn't resist and ordered the new Roaring 20's Brown - love the look of it.
If the nib is a dud and I want to get a Knox nib - which one do I need, K26 or K35?
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So the Ahab is like an old MG, you got to tinker with it. It is certainly not for everyone. But on the other hand you will never have as much fun in a Camry, but it will get you there. Nice thing about pens is that you don't have to have only one. So having one that takes playing with is ok in my book. I just would hate to see someone get it as there first pen!
So, trying to write with this, and what I find is that if I almost barely touch the paper, it seems to dump the ink out. It writes like a medium with no pressure, and I might as well spill the ink on the paper with any minor amount. This might be going onto BST or something, not sure how well I like this.
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I got mine today and I love it. It works great right out of the box. I'm not disappointed at all for the price, especially with Todd's bottle of Platinum Mix-Free thrown in!
Aaargh! I'm banned from B&B at work! D:
My Konrad worked perfectly out of the box. No flushing, no adjusting, it just worked. It's not a particularly wet writer, and it will railroad if I try to flex it farther than it needs to, but with some adjustment, I think it would write as wet and wide as my Ahab. I also bought it from Fountain Pen Hospital, who had the first batch of Ebonite Konrads that had heat set feeds done personally by Nathan. I'm not really sure if mine was heat set or not, but it writes beautifully.
From what I understand, the machining oils that caused most of the flow problems for Ahabs was only used for the breather tube hole, which the Konrad does not use.
Personally, I love the fact that I own a pen that: 1) Will last for years, maybe the rest of my life, 2) Is easily repaired for often less than $1, should any parts wear out, and 3) Greatly reduces my impact on the environment, though this comes with any fountain pen.
It is definitely the K35 for the Ahab and the Konrad. I think perhaps the xfountainpens people don't put that information on the site either for fear that they'll drive business to those pens instead of their pens or because they fear some liability. I don't know. It has been suggested to them and they haven't done it yet. I'd personally think they could do gangbuster business just becoming a Noodler's reseller and fitting the pens with their Knox nibs.
I don't think the only reason for machining oil was the breather tube hole, but I think that the breather tube hole required a LOT more machining oil in order to be drilled. I say this because the machining oil issue persists on virtually every fountain pen maker's pens from time to time save for those who test every single nib like Lamy, Pilot, or TWSBI (I think that list is accurate). Additionally, my understanding is that it was discovered that the first batch of Ahabs had feeds that were too smooth and the feeds for the Konrads and the newer Ahabs have been roughed up a bit for better flow characteristics. That may explain why people who have gone so far as to use a toothbrush on the Ahab feed have had good results.
That reminds me that apparently the Cardinal Darkness Ahab has been changed from black on red to red on black. Since there is currently a mix of old and new feed Ahabs at retailers, if you want to be 100% sure of getting an Ahab with the revised rougher feed, your best option is to buy a Cardinal Darkness Ahab from Goulet Pens because they have sold all of their earlier models and just got in a shipment of the red on black ones.
I find it fun to "play" with the Noodler pens. They are great to "test" ink sample, for making journal entries at home, and I don't worry about them.
For work, and signing Treaties, and important Contracts I still prefer my Pelikans, MB's, Visconti's, Montegrappas, etc.