Body Material: Celluloid Derivative
Length (capped): 5.47"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.01"
Length (posted): 6.56"
Barrel Diameter: 0.54"
Section Diameter: 0.40" - 0.47"
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 20 g
Fill type: Plunge-filler/Eyedropper
Where to buy: Anderson Pens
Performance of these pens vary. First of all, because of residual machining oils in cutting the feeds, it is highly recommended these pens are thoroughly flushed with water and soap or pen flush or a water and ammonia solution. The feed can also be scrubbed with a toothbrush or ultra sonicated. If this doesn't get your pen writing, you can heat set the feed, since it is ebonite. If this doesn't work, you probably should just get another Ahab and give it another shot.
My first Ahab just didn't work. I flushed the pen with water and soap. Then a water and ammonia solution. Then I rinsed it with distilled water. Then I tried many different inks. No luck. Then I scrubbed the feed with a toothbrush and new solutions. No luck. Then I ultra sonicated the entire thing. Tried a variety of inks again. No luck. Then I cut the feed. Nothing. Then I got a new feed for it. Tried all these things again on it. Still no luck. Sent it to a friend to work on it - he tried to heat reset the feed. He got it to write at least a sentence or two but it couldn't flex. That's cool - it writes, but it can't flex. So I gave up and sadly resigned myself to not having an Ahab, ever.
In swooped Peter, who kindly sent me this lovely working thing! This one performed quite well. It was ready to go when it arrived, after Peter cleaned it, reset the feed, and sent it off to me. I inked it with Montblanc 90th Anniversary Permanent Grey. The nib wrote nicely, a little dry but it never skipped, it was consistent, and it could even flex if I wrote slowly. Ink flow kept up with flexing. To flex, I had to exert a fair amount of pressure but the nib is not yet broken in.
First of all: the smell had already worn off this particular pen. When I had bought my own Ahab new, it definitely had the dreaded smell. Personally, I like it. Yeah, I'm a freak, I know. I like the smell of solvents and other peculiar things. However, the smell will fade as it gets washed, touched, used, etc. (Or it'll be transferred to whatever is touching it...). If this is a deal breaker for you, buy one used so the smell is already gone.
The Ahab is a large pen but it's light weight and comfortable to use. I prefer to use it unposted, because if posted, it becomes very long and unwieldy. It can be posted and the cap will stay on snugly and securely, if you choose to do so. The section is smooth but doesn't get slippery.
Another pro I didn't list here is you can put on other #6 nibs, should you wish to have a non flexible nib, or a stub, for example.
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