Tweaks CAN work...but they can mess up a good pen, too. Go gently...
I've been very enthusiastic about my Noodler's Ahab pen, while recognizing that not all Ahabs are created equal. Some work great, some apparently don't have their nibs set quite right. Since it is SO easy to tweak the Noodler's small Creaper pen to get the nib set just as you, personally, prefer it, and since I noticed my two Ahabs were slightly different and one worked better than the other, I decided to fix that.
Great fix, as you can see above.
Apparently, unlike the Creaper, there is only one way the Ahab nib will seat properly. (They tell me it goes on the side that is slightly out of round...which is hard to discern, and isn't mentioned in their flier.) Since I didn't set it that way, it wouldn't go in as far and I bent the nib when I tightened the cap...siiigh...
The flier gives directions on how to do that, including moving up the O-ring and using some silicone grease to seal the threads...
Want my directions? Just don't. Ahab holds a lot of ink, just as it comes. It's difficult to know why it didn't work for me, but it leaked around the nib section. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. I tried tweaking more, but...
Spoiled the journal page above with a sudden big drop of ink--and notice the ink pooled in the cap?
After which I decided to heck with it, moved the O-ring back where it was, reinstalled the pump, and it works FINE now. Sometimes it's better just to be happy with what you have! The Ahab already holds a LOT more ink than the Creaper.
NOTE: Some people have problems with the Ahab spitting or belching anyway. No idea why...happily, it is an inexpensive pen, and you may be able to get a refund if yours just does NOT work.
My Lamys are workhorses, very dependable, if a tad predictable. (Very uniform lines...and the EF nib really isn't as fine as I'd like.)
But you still need to take care of them, with an occasional cleaning--especially with some inks.
My husband's Lamy had brown ink in it...and it hadn't been used for months. The ink feed was very spotty and weak...so I decided to try again with it, and PATIENCE. I used warm water with a shot of vinegar in it, left it to soak overnight, and that solved the problem. Look at all the sediment in the bottom of the jar!
You can use a few drops of detergent, a spoonful or two of vinegar*, or even a little ammonia. Be sure to rinse the pen thoroughly before re-inking and you should be good to go!
*NOTE: Some of our commenters tell me there's a problem using vinegar, which may etch or corrode a good pen or nib, and say ammonia is the recommended fix.
It writes smooth as silk now, as do my other Lamy pens...but the one I broke off required buying a whole new nib section. That was $20 down the drain that could have been saved by exercising a bit more patience...and vinegar* or ammonia.
I've been experimenting with other inexpensive pens and will do a new post on those next week...but for now, let me say that the Lamys and the Noodler pens are going to be my personal go-to solution in most cases.
Till the next gotta-test-it pen comes along...