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    Default Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Over a realtively short period of time, I've purchased a number of Noodler's pens. Almost all are Ahabs with one Neponset in ebonite as are the Boston Safety Pens but more about them some other time. However, rapidly becoming clear favourites are the ebonite Konrad pens, named by Nathan 'Dixie #10'. I just love these pens (and I confess, the wonderful aroma of ebonite!) and this is just a brief review/comment. Many of you will be familiar with the Konrad et al, and the nib is the same as the Ahab. Further details are all over this site too.

    Noodler's Dixie #10-a.jpg

    Currently available in one colour 'Red Rebellion' (I got mine from Pure Pens in the UK) each one is an individual. This is down to the manufacturing process and colouring of the ebonite. I believe there was another colour - similar to the Chestnut BSP - but Ross hasn't had any and even Goulet are not showing any stock.

    They are simple piston-fillers with a blind cap covering the filler knob. The picture above shows this removed on the right-hand pen and this particular one is a (poor!) example of one of the other sorts of finish in the ebonite that can be expected. Basically, the pens are either mainly black or mainly red, both with really attractive marbling in black.

    I've not removed the nib and feed on any of mine, simply because there has been no need. They all write perfectly for me, straight out of the boxes. Almost certainly, the user can adjust the nibe with the same simplicity as on Ahab pens. Incidentally, the one acrylic Konrad I've got behaves in exactly the same way - the colours are just somewhat brighter!

    Lastly, the piston mechanism can be removed - carefully but intentionally - by removing the blind cap and then gently unscrewing the unit by gripping it just above the top of the barrel. This would be the way to apply a little more silicone to the piston etc IF required.

    All in all, I'm really pleased with these pens. The ones pictured are filled with Noodler's Air Corps Blue Black (writing example) and Noodler's Walnut in the other. Borealis Black in another is an absolute dream to write with - so smooth - an loads of different papers. Well worth the expense and I reckon they are great value for money.

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Curious to know how well a bock titanium nib would perform in one of these

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    Curious to know how well a bock titanium nib would perform in one of these
    Now there's a thought! Perhaps someone will send me one!
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    We can make a deal.

    Send me the pen and I will see how the titanium performs in the Dixie. If itís not a good match I will send the pen back but if it is a good match Iíll write you a thank you note with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    We can make a deal.

    Send me the pen and I will see how the titanium performs in the Dixie. If itís not a good match I will send the pen back but if it is a good match Iíll write you a thank you note with it.
    I do admire a person with a sense of humour...
    ...should you ever find one, do let me know!
    LOL!!!!
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Have you noticed any piston restriction due to barrel shrinkage as rumored by some reviews?

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    Have you noticed any piston restriction due to barrel shrinkage as rumored by some reviews?
    Not in the relatively short time I've had mine.
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Alright already quit twisting my arm. I ordered one

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    Alright already quit twisting my arm. I ordered one
    Excellent!
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    Have you noticed any piston restriction due to barrel shrinkage as rumored by some reviews?
    No issues if you use Noodler's Eel inks, but no shrinkage on mine and I have at least 6 Konrads. Any number 6 nib will work, you can even get a #5 to work- but not much feed showing. I buy separate Sheaffer, Waterman 14k nibs that are comparable to a #6 and they all write effortlessly.

    .............and yes the Ebonites are my favorites as well
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    What waterman nib size is most compatible in your experience?

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold2013 View Post
    What waterman nib size is most compatible in your experience?
    anything over 32mm
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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Well it writes like a dream with the titanium nib. I will see if I can get adjusted to the thinner than expected section/body width. I got an ahab with 308 cartridges play around with too but it didnít take to the titanium nib so well. I missed noodlers pens
    Last edited by Bold2013; January 22nd, 2019 at 07:55 AM.

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    Default Re: Noodler's Dixie #10 - A Hidden Gem!

    Thanks captain.

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