Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Review of Noodler's Nib Creaper Flex Fountain Pen

First Impressions (7)
This is the October 2011 version of the Noodler’s Flex pen (as opposed to the June version, which had a different feed, though I cannot speak to the nature of the difference). I intentionally bought the Pumpkin Poltergeist color, as it was on sale, and I had wanted to try a flex pen for quite some time. The resin initially looks a bit brittle.

Appearance (7)
The chrome clip and cap band give this pen a slightly classy feel. Despite the piston not being hidden by a blind cap, it connects smoothly and flush with the rest of the pen. The ink windows are seamlessly integrated. The color of the pen is a swirl of black and gray in a mass of orange.

Design/Size/Weight (8)
As it is made of a resin, this pen is very light, yet it does not have the cheap feel to it that some plastic pens do. This pen feels as though it could take a beating. The grip is slender, yet comfortable for my large hands.

Nib (8)
This was my first experience with a flex nib, and this nib provided a pleasant experience. The design of the pen allows for adjustment of how wet or dry this nib is, and its fine to medium range provides a great variation of line width and smooth writing. It is not the smoothest nib that I have ever used, but it is quite good.

Filling System (9)
The piston filling system on this pen is easy. There is no blind cap to remove, no need to remove the body, and little to do, other than twist the end of the pen. It fills well and is very easy to clean.

Cost and Value (9)
For a daily-use flex pen, this offering from Noodler’s is a great deal, even at its retail price. At 14 USD, it is cost effective for someone, who is just interested in trying a flex nib for the first time.

Conclusion (8)
This flex pen is perfect. I felt no need to get a fancy flex pen in order to try a flex nib, and this pen provides the appearance and feel of well-designed quality.

This Noodler's Nib Creaper Flex fountain pen and other colors can be purchased from The Goulet Pen Company, here. This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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