I'm glad I gave you more time to edit this....Rusty wrote: ↑Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:32 pmgaining_age wrote: ↑Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:53 pmRusty wrote: ↑Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:35 pmNoodle T's? Jin who?JohnnyMcPiperson wrote: ↑Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:05 pmMy buddy modded a Jinhou with a noodle T's art nib and ground it down some and now he has a killer flex, never seen anything like it.
May have him make me one. I have neither the time nor the patience to do it myself.
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Here is the recipe...
T's Smoky Noodle Flex
You can buy economical flex nibs that fit the Jinhaos for very little. AFAIK they're standard sized nibs. But that shouldn't stop hacking.
There are artists that have blogs and they talk about fountain pens and nibs a lot. Typically they seem to like the Fude, Zoom, and Waverly nibs. Try Parka blogs.
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you found cheaper flex nibs in a modern fountain pen? I know the Noodler's offering and have a couple. They are fine but more medium and wet than I'd like.
What's all this now about FPR and flex?
Yes-- Ahab and Creaper. I don't hate ink-- I don't like ink seeping through the page (or the pages of my Bible if I'm marking the margins there).In the Ahab? That's a fine nib. Do you hate ink? I think Noodler's ebonite feed is pretty good on the Ahabs and the challenge is to deliver enough ink so that one can use flex and it not railroad immediately. Wet is good news for ink lovers and flex pens. Are you a lefty? Wet is not a blessing for smearers. You might like the custom XXXF nibs that are custom ground but that costs. The very idea of XXXF makes my skin crawl. I'm happy at the other end of the spectrum. Wet is good, fast drying is also good, and wide is beautiful. More ink.
The Ahab can get wet and be a pretty decent medium to flex to wide.
I have an X or maybe XXF Waterman's ideal #2 that I like-- that's the one that I would come back with a modern body-- it has no body currently. i do have a waterman's 52 1/2 which is not quite compatible-- it's the thin dude.
The really perfect or most desired nibs are always scarce.... and finding "just the right one" seems like a true quest. I wouldn't want a 1k pen with a crappy nib.You don't really think that nibs are scarce, do you? Pen nuts have been writing articles about swapping nibs for quite a while. It shouldn't surprise us that there are other nibs available. How well they perform is always another question. That companies name has come up in many pen forums and reviews. I just passed it along. I have not tried their products... yet. I'm trying to suck somebody of real means & mechanical skill into doing a lot of work so that I can benefit at low risk too. I doubt that you're a fit. You buy cheap pens (which encourages hacking so that's ok), you're not an experimental physicist, and I suspect you have two left hands so you're another raving theoretician. Get in line. But who knows? I can probably schedule you for an interview.
I appreciate you passing along the FPR page-- I may need to try them out with expectations set about the same level as I have with the Noodler's flexible nib.
I would take slight offense that you'd say I'm not an experimental physicist but good applied physicists have to be nimble with theory as well. I do not have two left hands.
I'm still figuring out what I'd like. I agree that vintage nibs have the sweet spot- yet they have variety as well so that's a crap shoot a bit as well. It's exciting to find the good pens with the amazing nibs. If you find some exciting news about awesome modern nibs, do please share. Or even if there becomes a pursuit of fixing old vintage nibs to modern pens. I'm keeping my eyes open. 14k nibs rock.The folks doing this, as far as I can tell, are not replacing Noodler flex nibs, rather they're replacing stiff steel nibs on things like TWSBIs and others. But try it and then explain it here. I think inexpensive flex nibs that rival the vintage nibs of the 30's, say, would be BIG news. Haven't seen that.
For example.... http://www.clumsypenman.com/twsbi-vac-m ... xible-nib/
You can also replace the Noodler's Ahab nib with a stiff nice writing #6 nib if you so choose.