Noodlers Neponset

Sorry about the delay between reviews folks. Things have been pretty crazy busy with work lately and I haven’t been able to devote as much time to this blog as I would normally like. Hopefully that will change in the upcoming weeks. I’ve got this review plus another in the can and some bespoke pens being made as I write this. No shortage of pens to review. 

Ah the Neponset. What a great pen and one that was destined to be mine since I heard it was coming. Oversized pen with a flexible music nib–who could resist? I remember Nathan (guy behind Noodler’s Ink) mentioning this pen was in the works years ago on a Goulet Pens video blog. Well, it’s here now.

It was first released as a set of four different ebonites and as tempting as it was I held off due to the fact that I already had an ebonite Konrad (review pending) and was hoping they would release some fancy acrylics. Well, they did and I got the Himalayan Ruby red one. I actually went to Wonderpens and asked to see every Ruby Neponset they had so I could pick the prettiest one. Definitely an advantage of brick and mortar shopping. I rushed home and inked it right away with Noodler’s Midway Blue (also purchased at Wonderpens) and was pleased right away.  

 

The three tined nib with no pressure actually produced a pretty fine line with little line variation. I was expecting something of a stub-like line but not this pen. It wrote smoothly right out of the box with no fiddling or adjustment. Others have had pens that needed tons of work to make them write but mine worked great from day one. 

Then there’s the flex. Wow! Crazy amounts of line variation here with minimal amounts of railroading and tons of wet flow. It seems the pen is wet when flexed but a touch dry when writing normally if that makes any sense. I imagine this could be adjusted and I have a feeling I know what will fix this.  

 

The nib is inserted very deep into the section and so much do you cant see the word “ink” in “Noodler’s Ink” on the nib. Others have reported this as well and consensus is the nib performs a lot better when pulled out a bit more from the section. I emptied my pen and cleaned it and decided to try but my nib and feed would not budge. I reckon the ebonite feed is causing this. I imagine I could do it with some rubber grippy material but I didn’t want to risk damaging the times before filming the video review so I left it as is.  

 

The material and overall construction of this pen is fantastic and definitely is adequate for the pen’s higher than normal price point. The shape makes me think of the Montblanc 149 and the acrylic is stunning with very deep chatoyance. Because it is acrylic it doesn’t have that Noodler’s pen smell that so many find unbearable but you should know the integrated syringe pump type filling system is made of vegetal resin and so the pen stinks a bit when you unthread the barrel from the section. You’l recognize the filling system as the one debuted on the Ahab. It works very well and if you want you can remove it and eye dropper fill the massive barrel. That would take the vegetal out of the picture and give you a massive ink reservoir for super flexy fun. 🙂

Chrome trim is nice and modest and the pen is quite comfortably light for its size. I have no problems using this for long writing sessions but someone with smaller hands might be better off with a Konrad.  

 

That about does it. Thanks for reading!

This pen is available at a great price at Pen Chalet.

4 Comments

  1. Lexter Victorio

    That’s a fantastic pen, alright. It’s not yet locally available here in the Philippines but a member of the local Fountain Pen Network ordered one last year.

    I had the great pleasure of trying it out this early January. I would have to agree with you regarding that flex! As a lefty, I often love to challenge myself with flexy pens. I currently have a Moore L-94 and a Geha Schullfuller to play with… and now, I want a Neponset!

    Thank you so much for your review. I look forward to more of your work, especially when it comes to flexy fountain pens.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thank you very much for your comment and kind words. Definitely treat yourself to one of these when you can. As for flexy pens I’m not generally a fan so they don’t turn up in my collection. I did a review of the Pilot Elabo with soft broad falcon nib recently. Looooove that nib. I’ve got a few vintage flex pens that I might review for fun but not so sure when I’ll get any newer flex pens. Perhaps I could review my ebonite Konrad.

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  2. Peninkcillin

    Great review and I hope to pick one of these up one day. I own an Ahab but I’m not ecstatic about its flex ability. What I’d like to know is whether the Neponset’s nib is more flexible than the Ahab. Would you happen to know that?

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment. I can definitely say the Neponset offers greater line variation than the Ahab or Konrad. It still feels pretty stiff but it opens wide. Adding an overfeed as per the included instructions would help reduce railroading.

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