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Sunday Reads: Coffee, Ebonite, And Vinyls


Pressing records again? New ebonite pens? Bedding made from coffee grounds? What’ll they think of next!

Waterman’s 54 with Pink Nib


Two Pens For The Price Of One


For a limited time, Noodler’s is offering two pens for the price of one. It’s a great deal that includes my favorite Noodler’s fountain pen, the Konrad #10 Dixie. The second pen is the Charlie along with a glass eyedropper to fill it.

Carol of Luxury Brands USA sent a #10 Dixie Rebellion Red with a Charlie pen tucked in the Dixie’s box to introduce me to the special. Carol didn’t know the #10 Dixie Methuselah is my most oft used Noodler’s pen so a second Dixie is a real treat.

My opinion of the ebonite #10 Dixie hasn’t changed since I reviewed it in 2014 though the pen has enjoyed more frequent use than I originally anticipated. It continues to be wedded to General of the Armies ink thanks to excellent flow and a degree of lubrication that is perfect for the nib. No reason to stray from such a satisfying pairing.

The resin Charlie was ably reviewed by catbert a year ago and that will suffice for now since I don’t want to delay letting you know about this deal. If you’ve never tried an eyedropper filler, the free Charlie would be a great opportunity to do so. It holds more ink than other filling systems though it has been known to burp a drop of ink from time to time. The Charlie’s clear barrel with no obstructing filler mechanism shows an ink’s color to best advantage. Noodler’s Apache Sunset or Turquoise would be very eye-catching, but so would a lot of other inks. No two Charlie caps are the same according to the insert making each one unique.

The pen models are completely different and so are the nibs. The #10 Dixie has a #6 flex nib while the Charlie has the smaller #5 with a bit of spring to it. The tines don’t open as they would for a flex nib. However, with a little tinkering, that nib can be swapped with a flex nib from a Noodler’s Creaper.

While the Charlie pen has the typical Noodler’s aroma, if less so than some models, the #10 does not. Exposure to air helps with the resin odor, but I’ve read that storing the pen for a few days in a plastic bag filled with baking soda can be quite effective as well. As with all new pens, a light cleaning to remove any residual oil or debris from the manufacturing process is recommended.

Check with your favorite Noodler’s retailer for the two pen plus eyedropper deal. It retails for $40, but it’s a limited offer so grab one while you can.


Noodler’s Konrad Dixie #10 Methuselah Ebonite Fountain Pen


When it comes to bang-for-the-buck fountain pens, Noodler’s has a lot to offer. My new Konrad Ebonite Dixie #10 is no exception.

It is a piston filler made of ebonite and biodegradable plastics. The pen is medium sized, but does not need posting for comfortable balance. That’s a big plus for me since it keeps the weight down and the number of hours I can use it up.

The stainless steel fine-medium nib writes smoothly and with good flow. It has a little give but isn’t flexible or even soft though it is a very comfortable writer. I did rinse it well with lukewarm water prior to its first fill to remove any remnants from the manufacturing process. Note that the pen needed not one bit of tweaking to perform perfectly. That might not hold true for every Noodler’s pen, but none of the half dozen I own has worked any less well.

With little effort the nib can be swapped for another Noodler’s like one from the Art Nib Pack. Some modern nibs will fit and even a variety of vintage nibs. There are extensive instructions included both for nib swapping and long term maintenance.

Unlike some pens the inkvue window is large enough to see easily when it is time for a refill. For a quirky twist, my pen is filled with Noodler’s General of the Armies, the green ink that turns blue. The window shows one color while the nib puts down another. It’s good to have a bit of fun while writing.

Some users have objected to the odor of Noodler’s pens. It isn’t present with all models and the pen I received has no scent. Yea!

The style of the Dixie #10 Methuselah reminds me of a wood paneled library so it’s a bit retro and a good contrast to my mostly black arsenal. This is one Noodler’s pen that is going to get a lot of use.

Thank you, Carol and Luxury Brands USA, for sending the Noodler’s pen, nibs and ink. The sturdy pen and all-purpose ink have become my travel companions as well as fixtures on my desk. They haven’t bumped aside the Platinums, but it is the pen that goes with me everywhere while the Plats live the soft life at home. Variety is so sweet or is it spicy? Not that it matters since either way is fine with me.

More: Review of Noodler’s General of the Armies.


From Coffee Rings to Fountain Pens – August Links


Keeping my list of links diverse was easy this time. The solar breakthrough is brilliant though, just absolutely brilliant. Everything else pales in comparison.


One Of Those New Noodler’s Pens


Yes, that’s right. Noodler’s Ink has crossed over and released two fountain pens. Nathan Tardiff, creator of the innovative American brand, was well-known for his skill at pen repair before he put his efforts into creating a line of ink. That breadth of knowledge has pushed expectations high so purchasing the relatively low-priced new offering was an easy choice.

Noodler's Ink Fountain Pen with Aerometric/Eyedropper Fill

Noodler's Ink Fountain Pen with Aerometric/Eyedropper Fill

The brown ebonite model with the aerometric (squeeze) filler caught my eye and I ordered one from Jet Pens as soon as it was available. If you like more color to your pen, the piston filler comes in brighter hues as well as basic black. As far as I can tell, the nibs on the two models are identical.

Unfortunately, my pen arrived askew in the packing materials. The box has only the documentation and an open ended plastic bag to protect the pen. The slip cap came off in shipment and the nib got banged around most unnecessarily. Had the bag been sealed or the cap better seated, this wouldn’t have happened. The cardboard box isn’t sturdy enough to resist crushing when shipped in a padded envelope. Though Jet Pens offered to exchange it, I decided to review the pen as-is rather than get a replacement.

The light-weight ebonite/hard rubber body makes this Noodler’s FP an easy choice for a carry pen. The balance is very good and the length of the barrel well-suited to writing unposted. While that means keeping track of the cap, the low weight makes long sessions a breeze.

The swirls of earthy color lend the pen an organic appearance and the simple metal appointments complete a low-key aesthetic. People may look but they won’t be gobsmacked. All to the good if you are sitting in a cafe writing that great novel. Take something flashier if you want to be interrupted or need a conversation starter.

Noodler's Ink Ebonite Fountain Pen Nib

Noodler's Ink Ebonite Fountain Pen Nib

My nib required a slight adjustment. That misalignment could have been caused by the shipping mishap so I wouldn’t downgrade the pen for that issue. Frankly, just using the pen for a day or two might have resolved the problem. That has worked with a number of pens in my experience. Other people have reported no alignment issues so you shouldn’t expect any.

Noodler's Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Noodler's Fountain Pen Writing Sample

(Yes, that is a brown ink but my scanner thinks it’s black. Hrumph!)

It seemed fitting to try a Noodler’s ink in a Noodler’s pen so I loaded up #41 Brown for a test drive. The nib is smooth and works beautifully with a very light touch especially since the flow is anything but dry. On a wetness scale of one to ten, I’d give it a seven. The nib size is rated as medium-fine and while it isn’t a nail neither is it a soft nib. Fail to use a light touch and the flow will turn the resulting line into a medium width. If you are heavy-handed, expect a medium line. If you have a light touch, that line will be more narrow but you will also have the option to put a tiny bit of muscle into it and get a wider line. That can be useful for making words stand out or underlining with more emphasis. I find this a fun extra rather than a drawback.

Noodler's Ink Aerometric Fountain Pen

Noodler's Ink Aerometric Fountain Pen

The aerometric filler is the most disappointing feature. I’ve used this style in the Parker ’51’ as well as Pilot converters with better success than the Noodler’s version. Despite repeated attempts to get it to fill more than a third, it just will not suck up more ink. This may just be my pen since I’ve read no other reviews that mention poor filling as an issue. If the aero filler doesn’t thrill you, the piston style fountain pen is the other option. Ebonite appeals more to me despite the challenge of filling it. Besides it has a clear sac that makes it easy to see how much ink remains so at least you know when to refill. That convenience somewhat offsets the lack of a full tank.

One handy bit is that as the ink started to run dry, my writing faded slowly rather than so quickly that I couldn’t finish a word. In fact I had about a half page of use remaining as the ink turned from dark to medium brown and finally quit. No sputters, no skips, no ink blobs, just a slow fade. At least with #41 Brown this was true and a nice improvement over some of my pens that make a big fuss over running out of ink.

For those who like variety, the aero model can be converted to an eyedropper filler and will accept at least some #2 vintage nibs. Check out Bleubug’s review for more information.

After three weeks of use, the Noodler’s Aero Fountain Pen is easy to recommend as long as the filler caveat doesn’t concern you. The fit and finish are in line with other low-end pens though it lacks the solid feel of the comparably priced Lamy Safari. However, the more traditionally styled Noodler’s FP may well be a better fit for those who like a fountain pen that actually looks like a fountain pen.

More at Pens’n’Paper: Noodler’s Piston-Fill Fountain Pen and Pocket Blonde: Noodler’s Aerometric Fountain Pen and Office Supply Geek and Bleubug. Full description at Swisher Pens.

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