My Frankenpen: Using a Dip Nib in a Noodler’s Ahab Flex Pen

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PLEASE READ ON FOR TIPS AND ANSWERS (nibs and Ink and Paper)

** NIB OPTIONS **
The Nib I am using is E.W. Leo Rose Nib. Supposedly most G-Nibs and Rose Nibs do work. I have tried John Mitchell’s Rose, Zebra G, Nikko G and Tachikawa G in my Ahab and even though I could fit all of them on there, most of the other nibs left quite a big gap between feed and nib which resulted in lots of railroading. You could fix that if you heat set the feed. Since the feed is made of ebonite it gets pliable when heated and so you should be able to fix any gaps. The E.W. Leo nib did not require heat setting, which is why I would recommend it, if you can find one. I got mine at a flea market, so I don’t really have any source I could recommend.

** INK **
This only works with a very wet flowing ink. I have tried it with Pelikan 4001 ink and have not gotten the pen to write, even if it had just been writing perfectly with Apache Sunset. Noodler’s Ink works great for that, but this will require you to use good bleed-proof paper.

** PAPER **
Since Noodler’s Ink had a tendency to bleed sometimes, and wet flowing inks in General have this tendency you should use high quality paper. If you get premium laserjet printer paper, Clairfontaine or Rhodia you should definitely be on the safe side.