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Zslane
Feb 22, 2018
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Like many here, I don't have a grail pen either, but I do have a dear wish: I'd love some company to come out with a modern wet noodle nib series. I find it hard to believe that in this day and age we haven't developed an affordable alloy that can be fabricated very thin (for lots of flex) and which doesn't incur any permanent, long-term deformation from writing pressure and tine spreading.
For "normal" writing use, I am content to use something as simple and straightforward as a Lamy Safari. But for calligraphic work, I want a pen with a nib offering lots of flex, and the only way to get that today is to invest in an expensive vintage pen from back when lots of flex was in fashion. I have a Noodler's Ahab, and it has some flex to it, but it takes too much pressure to get a mere BB line width, and I want to be able to apply about half that much pressure and get a 1.2mm line (at least).
Feb 22, 2018
BriannaS
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Aug 9, 2018
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Out of curiosity, because I too love a good flex and despair at the amount of pressure I have to apply on the Noodler's, which vintage pens are you finding the best for what you are looking for? They're expensive, and I am a beginning hobbyist at best, so I don't really want to invest without a solid idea of what might work for me! Thank you!
Aug 9, 2018
JohnRCooper
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Zslane
Aug 9, 2018
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Well everyone's go-to vintage flex pen is a Watermans of one sort or another, such as the 52. However, I find that they get too expensive, especially the ones that are in good enough condition that you can rely on them.
So instead I am using a pair of Conklin Duraflex pens for my flex pen needs. They have been performing wonderfully for me. You can't get the "Duraflex" anymore, but you can a Duragraph with the Omniflex nib, which is basically the same thing.
Aug 9, 2018
Rach31
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Aug 23, 2018
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Check out the Pilot 912 with an FA nib. The 912 has a #10 nib (14kt) that is softer than the FA on the 742, which is a #15 nib. Or take a Dremmel to your Noodlers nib. (I modified the nib on a Creaper and it allows for easier flexing.)
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