Fountain Pen Geekery!

I’m a fountain pen geek, so I did some tinkering on my Noodler’s Ahab flex pen. The “flex” is super stiff, not like a proper dip nib used for calligraphy. It also had a typical fountain pen “ball end” on the tip, to make writing smoother. I really like dip pens, but wanted something more in-between for daily use. So I proved I’m not a complete idiot with power tools by grinding out little curves in the steel nib body. These curves make the nib flex much, much easier — before, I had to apply an awkward amount of pressure to get any line variation. I sharpened up the nib tip a bit, because I don’t mind “scratchy” pens if they give me a thinner line. Then I widened the ebonite ink channel to promote better ink flow. I’m really happy with the results! It might not look like a big difference but it feels wonderful to use.

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Inner Space

She shut her eyes to see
a universe within, stunned
at her own second coming
home.
Here, she was the artful creator;
here, she reigned
by her own decrees:
she imagined joy, and thus was joyous
as a newborn god, enthralled
by making herself
happen.