I bought this pen because it was ridiculously cheap at around £12.00 Of course I’d heard about Noodler’s flex pens for years and it was a nice chance to see if it lives up to the hype.
Short answer is it doesn’t. Yes, you can flex the nib to obtain a pretty serious level of line variation but you have to press hard to do that. I mean, you could flex a shovel if you pressed hard enough! Also, it railroads a lot under pressure. That might be cured by a bit of adjustment but I’m talking out of the box, here. Such flexibility as the pen does display comes from the long slit in the nib.
It instantly reminded me of a small piston-fill Wality that I bought long ago. The whole pen is reminiscent of that other and the ink window is pretty much the same, as is the piston blind cap. That’s not a complaint, by the way. My little Wality has been working well and reliably for seven or eight years and like the Nib Creaper it was very cheap. My guess, then, is that this is an Indian pen, too. It may well be as durable as the Wality. Time will tell.
Forget about the flexibility for a moment and just judge the pen as a pen. The nib is smooth and it lays down a nicely wet line. It holds a considerable amount of ink. Visually it’s no great shakes but it isn’t ugly either with its red and black pattern. The clip is nicely springy and should work well. The barrel and cap threads are cleanly and deeply cut. They won’t be wearing out in a hurry like some of the cheap pens of yore. It all works as it should. I would say that for value for money it’s unbeatable and it’s the kind of pen you could carry or leave lying around the desk without much concern.
The downside is that it’s quite small, even for my not-very-big hands. Then there is the fact that it’s marketed as a flex pen and in practical terms it’s a semi-flex at best. The railroading when flexing is distinctly annoying. That’s the kind of thing you should take care of at the design stage. With a multi-finned feed like this one it just shouldn’t be happening.
These gripes aside, it’s an almost unbelievably good deal. A piston-filler that writes well for £12.00? You can’t go wrong with that!