Noodler’s Creaper flex (modded by FlexyNibs!)

review

Howdy, Readers! I haven’t been blogging for 2 months now – what a mess! In today’s postΒ I’m going to introduce something pretty exciting: a very flexible nib on a modern pen! I hope this makes up for the lost time and lost pen-love on my blog!

Those familiar with fountain pens may know that flexible nibs are great for writing really nice cursive calligraphic styles, such as the Copperplate style. The tines of the nib are bendy, thus the term “flexible”, or “flex” in short. When you apply pressure onto the nib, the tines bend, spread apart, and a thick line of ink is laid onto the paper. We are able to find a number of such nibs in vintage pens, which are definitely the more popular choice, because – there isn’t really isn’t much of a choice. Modern flex pens tend to be expensive and there aren’t a lot of options to choose from.

One alternative to putΒ a flex nib on a modern pen, but once again, you’ll need to search for the right nib in order to fit the pen that you like so much! There are also options to get the nibs modified (or “modded” in short-speak), and the nibmeisters are usually located in faraway places (at least, respective to Singapore geographically…). But the good news is, we have a new budding nibmeister specializing in flex nib modification in Singapore!

Introducing… our very own local self-taught talent: Urner!

Urner is a really nice guy. Some time ago, he gave me this Noodler’s Creaper with a modded Noodler’s flex nib implanted in it for me to try out. But with all my business travels, packed weekends, and the like, I haven’t had the chance to try it out until today! Sorry, Urner!

The ink had dried out in the pen, but I tried to put some water into the barrel and write a little. I couldn’t get a proper ink flow and my words kept railroading. If you don’t know what railroading is: it is when you flex your pen and the ink that comes out forms two lines instead of one solid, fat line:

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Railroads are unsightly when you want to write flex stuff!

 

I noticed the nib was not flush with the feed, so I decided to dismantle the entire pen and give it a good scrubbing. Indeed, some ink gunk that dried up on the feed had managed to push the nib away from the feed a couple of micrometres, causing the bad ink flow. Lesson learnt – clean out your pens regularly!

By the way, if you wanted to know how to dismantle a Noodler’s Creaper, it’s really easy. Just gently pull out the nib and feed together and you get an open front of the pen. Regarding the piston side, just unscrew the piston all the way and it comes off in no time. No need to use much force – don’t risk breaking it!

After cleaning them up with soap water, I put them back together and filled the pen up with Sailor Jentle Yama-dori ink: a nice dark teal colour.

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The bottle looks dusty. πŸ™

 

Then, I made some flexy strokes onto my trusty Clairefontaine square-lined notebook – it wrote so much better this time!

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Railroads – be gone! Except for a few where I probably flexed too much

 

I have a long way to go before writing really beautiful cursive, but this pen is going to help me get there *highly charged positivity*. No kidding, there really isn’t anything more you can ask for from this nib. Even the line thickness spans from extra fine, to extra broad. That’s the great thing about a specially modded nib!

You can see in the picture below that the sides of the Noodler’s original nib have been shaved off to make the nib slimmer and more sexy-flexy:

Slimming program - successful!

Slimming program – successful!

 

The only thing is that the nib is a wee bit scratchy for a lefty. But then again, for lefties, non-scratchy nibs that are this ultra-fine are few and far between. I’m pretty satisfied with this modified nib, and if you want one too, you could check out Urner’s Etsy page:

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/flexynibs?ref=hdr

Here’s a picture of the Noodler’s Creaper flex pen in green and flexy style:

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9 Responses

  1. David 4 November 2014 / 8:52 AM

    Great post – and don’t be so down on your wiritng, it is very nice πŸ˜‰ I have a couple of suggestions: Stick with the Noodler’s Ahab and/or Konrad pens, they’re much nicer than the Nib Creepers. When you grind your nib, use the “Angel Wing” mod, it flexes just as well and leaves more of the nib in contact with the feed to aid flow. See this FPN post on how to grind the nibs on Noodler’s flex pens:

    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/240492-noodlers-ahab-ease-my-flex-mod/

    Have fun – David in Jakarta

    • Maybelline 4 November 2014 / 9:34 AM

      Hi David, thanks for dropping by… And giving these suggestions! I wonder what is the difference between those nibs to make you prefer the Ahab/Konrad ones? Also I’ll drop Flexynibs a note to share your suggestion with him too πŸ™‚

  2. nicthegeek 3 October 2014 / 2:44 PM

    Thanks for this review! Your writing is amazing! I can’t believe you’re a lefty. if your handwriting is ugly, I probably need to commit hari-kiri over mine πŸ˜› But your review plus Gourmet Pens recent review is making me long for a Noodlers’ flex pen. I just can’t bring myself to click “BUY” on my shopping cart in GouletPens πŸ˜€

    • Maybelline 3 October 2014 / 2:55 PM

      *waves pendulum over you* Click it, click it…
      πŸ˜€ Thanks for the compliment, and yes, I’m a lefty! Tough thing to be when it comes to using fountain pens, but I get by. Lol. Do share pictures if you do get one of those nice flex pens soon!
      Do you happen to be on the Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers FB group? Do check it out.

      • nicthegeek 5 October 2014 / 1:37 PM

        Will definitely be getting the pen soon and will share photos πŸ˜€ But not sure what I’ll do with it. I don’t draw or illustrate, and my handwriting still has a WAYS to go! Yes, I am on the FB group, been lurking there since early this year when I first got into fountain pens. I’ll be checking back often for your reviews too!

        • Maybelline 10 October 2014 / 12:21 AM

          Thanks for that! And I hope you can be more active on the Facebook group. πŸ˜‰

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