Body Material: Plastic
Trim: Chrome coloured
Length (capped): 13.0 cm
Length (uncapped nib-end): 12.6 cm
Length (posted): 13.4 cm
Barrel Diameter: 12.0 mm
Section Diameter: 10.5 mm
Nib type: #6
Nib material: Steel
Barrel design: Round
Fill type: Piston
Where to buy: JetPens
For starter's, one should always flush a new Noodler's fountain pen before use, so I did that. Afterwards, I inked up with Noodler's Apache Sunset. I knew the pen would write for a few lines at least because it had just been inked, but after my previous experiences, I was expecting it would run dry and just never write again.THIS DID NOT HAPPEN!
For the love of St. Nibbius, it actually writes!!! I didn't even have to tweak the nib (although I will to make it a touch wetter). There is some feedback and is fairly fine but flexes well - not a soft flex - it does require decent pressure to flex. Consistent ink flow, and with slow and steady pressure, ink flow keeps up with the nib's flexing capabilities. For me, it was well worth the $20 risk. This pen lays down a good, solid line, even without any tweaking, and the wetness is quite decent without pressure. The nib snaps back quickly to its original position after flexing.
The piston operates very smoothly and easily. No issues there.
This pen is light and comfortable to use. It has good balance and isn't particularly slippery at the grip section or sharp at the threads during use. It is well weighted both posted and unposted, though I prefer to use it unposted. It posts well, which I appreciate and I'm sure a lot of other users will appreciate. I gave the pen a good test run and wrote extensively with it - no issues with ink flow keeping up and no issues with hand fatigue. I was most pleased.
- Piston-filling pen (for only $20!)
- Good ink capacity.
- Easy maintenance - easy to take apart and put back together, even as a new user.
- Many colours available.
- Ebonite feed. Can be heat set to fit various nibs.
- Lovely line variation!
- Some units may require tweaking to achieve optimal performance. May be difficult for new users. (But there are many, many tutorials and guides online on how to do this!)
- Nib needs to be broken in with use before becoming a softer flex.
- Pen must be flushed before use to remove machining oils. If you don't do this, chances are your pen won't write properly.
- They do have that strange smell. Smell will fade or a few washings should help it wear off.
I was hesitant to try the Noodler's Konrad flex fountain pen and I am most happy that I finally took the plunge on it. The pen is not as translucent as I had expected, but it's a very nice swirly colour that is growing on me daily, and more importantly, it actually works. It offers decent line variation and the ink flow can actually keep up! Not bad for $20, not bad at all. If you can spare $20, I would recommend you pick one (or if you have $40, pick up another in a different colour), and try it out. Give one to a friend. JetPens offers a variety of colours, if Hawaiian Tortoise doesn't strike your fancy. These are good pens to try out flexible nibs and flex handwriting - affordable and easy to get!