This pen is the largest pen by Noodler's and is called the Neponset, which was one of the first dirigible airships from The New England Airship Corp., a Massachusetts company that Nathan's grandfather was the CEO of.
Body Material: Acrylic
Length (capped): 6.05"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.31"
Length (posted): 7.13"
Barrel Diameter: 0.55"
Section Diameter: 0.43" - 0.48"
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 24 g
Fill type: Plunge-filler (like in an Ahab)/Eyedropper
Price: No idea yet!
Where to buy: Nowhere yet... LE SIGH.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
two-tined music nib found on the Sailor). It has been named the Vishnu Victory nib in honor of the 2.5 million WWII allied soldiers of India, as well as in reference to the source of the rubber used in both the ebonite pen and the original Neponset blimp (from Charles Goodyear's company) It's a little bit scratchy, but then it is a steel nib. On the right paper, such as Rhodia/Clairefontaine, I found it much more pleasant to use than on cheaper paper. Of course, the smoothness of the paper influenced that and made it more enjoyable to write with.
The threads are sharp, but I grip my pens quite low so they don't affect me (they also smell funny). Posted, the pen is just huge and not feasible for me to write with. It's not overly heavy, but it's too long. Unposted, it's quite comfortable for me, and again, the weight is fine. It's not very heavy in general.
The nib is pretty big. Have a look at the Neponset's nib as compared to the Ahab and Creaper nibs!
I'm sure you're all curious about how the Neponset's nib compares to other music nibs! Well, fortunately I have a few I can compare with. From top to bottom, there is the Neponset music nib, a Waterman 94 vintage music nib, Platinum 3776 music nib, and a Sailor 1911 Standard music nib. Only the Waterman is a vintage nib. The Platinum, Sailor, and Neponset are all modern nibs.
This pen is gorgeous in terms of its aesthetics. Although it is a large pen, it doesn't appear to be oversized because it's very nicely designed and it feels very light and comfortable. When I uncapped it, I was awestruck by the sight of a modern three-tined music nib (Sailor has two-tined music nib but it's not the same as a "real" music nib). Overall: there is no doubt I will purchase this as soon as it becomes available, despite my experiences with the Noodler's Nib Creaper and the Ahab (neither of which ever worked). I'll buy this in a heartbeat. It's a gorgeous pen and, obviously, a unique nib. MUST HAVE.