Pen: Noodler’s Acrylic Konrad / John Mung
Type: Piston filler
Weight: 19g Inked
Nib: Fine steel flex
Ink: Diamine Amaranth
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Noodler’s pens, you either love them or hate them, I for one love them :-). They are wonderful affordable pens that are 100% serviceable, and the beautiful thing about it is that Nathan goes out of his way to make sure that the replacement parts one needs to service the pen are easily found at your local hardware store. These pens are great starter pens for someone who doesn’t only want to get into the hobby, but also wants to learn about pen parts and pen maintenance. If you’re looking for a pen that will write straight out of the box, then Noodler’s might not be for you. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had Noodler pens that worked right away, but most of the time I’ve had to play around a bit with the nib and feed to get them just right, and once I did they wrote wonderfully.
Now about this pen. The John Mung Konrad is a beautiful pen, the finish on this pen is simply gorgeous and I’d say superior to other pens in the same price range. The feed is ebonite, which is not something you will find on most pens. Ebonite feeds tend to be used on premium pens and even then you might end up with simple plastic feeds. The beauty of the ebonite feed is that you can heat set your nibs to fit the pen just right. The nib that the Konrad comes with is the signature Noodler’s flex nib, it’s a nice flexy steel nib that writes a fairly smooth fine line. This nib can easily be replaced by any standard size 6 nib. I’ve used Knox, Bock and JoWo nibs in this conrad all to great success. Now about the flex, don’t expect a vintage flex out of this nib, and you will have to be patient as the feed will not keep up with all the flexing without any modifications. If you feel like you need to flex it to the maximum of it’s potential, you will have to widen the ink channel on the feed. I can highly recommend Noodler’s Ink Pens, but be warned, these are pens made for ppl who like to tinker and are adventurous. I have 4 Noodler pens and they are all fantastic instruments (once you get them writing that is :-)
What else was I going to say…. oh yeah, the acrylic Konrad pens are longer then the original model. Nathan also fixed the issue of the Nib touching the inside of the cap, and they seem to be more airtight, the ink doesn’t dry out as fast and therefore has reduced start up issues.
All in all, I really like this pen, and the finish and the story behind it. Nathan is one hell of a story teller and I appreciate the tale behind his creations.
PS: sorry for the worse than usual handwriting, I was sitting in the most uncomfortable position using a tree stump as a table…. :-)