Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Flexible Nibbed Pens: Yay or Nay?


I for one, am a huge fan of any writing implement that can create a line of varying width. I have a sweet little Parker Debutante Vacumatic in need of a new sac that has a really nice flexible nib and I don’t know why I haven’t had it repaired yet…

Have you ever tried a flexible nibbed fountsin pen? Any favorites? I’ve always wanted to try a “wet noodle” myself. (A very flexible nib)

Eversharp Symphony and Noodler’s Ahab shown above, image courtesy of Ed Jelley. Vist his blog at www.edjelley.com and follow edjelley on Instagram.

Check out Brain Sizemore’s demo on this vintage Wahl “wet noodle” fountain pen. Many more on his You Tube channel as well. 

6 thoughts on “Flexible Nibbed Pens: Yay or Nay?

  1. Oui / Yay … four Noodler’s Ahabs with steel flex nibs and some variation, a Konrad with a bit more, and now a bespoke Edison Menlo clear demonstrator with a flex nib by Richard Binder.

    That one requires slowing down, and I’ve yet to completely master what that nib can do.

  2. Nay. I write with a super light touch using anything from O3B to a 1.5 stub to give line variation. Flexibles slow me down too much & give hand cramps.

    What I pay extra for are the “soft” nibs that out a little bounce (for lack of a better word) to the nib.

  3. At the other end of the market is the Omas “Extra Flessible” nib, available on the Milord and most of their vintage editions. Reassuringly expensive, but gorgeous!

  4. Definitely! My “favorite” is the Noodler’s Ahab but that’s only by virtue of owning one. It’s a decent cheap beginner’s flex pen but it doesn’t compare with vintage full flex pens. I dream of one of those!

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