Here's an email I shared with a customer just the other day. Enjoy, and hopefully you can gain some insight into Noodler's Ink Pens that aren't quite performing as expected:
Noodler's Ink pens are 'finicky' I do know that, but we have not had comments regarding leaking on the pens we have sold as yet. However, I DID have a Noodler's Pen (and Ahab) that leaked in the same manner as you are describing. Let's see if we can solve your problem.
The nib and feed must 100% be tight and snug. From my memory I don't think the Nib Creaper needs to be at any particular rotation but I'll check that when I am back. I did cure my Ahab problem by a couple of means (not to say that this will cure your problem - but we can try).
1) I dismantled and cleaned the pen completely (dismantling the nib and feed, not the piston mechanism) with a lint-free cloth.
2) Once cleaned, I flushed the pen with some luke warm water with a single drop of washing up liquid.
3) Wash the nib and feed with warm water and a drop of washing up liquid. Make sure the feed is clear of any blockage (so the v-gap is clear of dirt, etc, from manufacturing).
4) Rinse completely with luke warm water with no washing up liquid - you may need a couple of goes to clean the liquid off completely.
5) Dry the pen off and put it back together again with the feed v-gap lined up perfectly with the nib. Make sure the fit is tight and snug. You may need to play the feed and nib a little and don't let too much of the nib be extended from the feed (can be difficult to close the pen properly otherwise).
6) Clean the lid in the same way - lids are tricky and may take a bit of soaking and a little extra cleaning and poking with a tissue to clean completely.
7) Refill and try. It is possible that there was some manufacturing debris causing the issue.
Monitor it for a day or two to see how it goes and let me know - if it doesn't work we'll figure out next steps.
Best regards, Graeme.
We seemed to have fixed Bob's problem, however. We lover Noodler's Ink pens but they might need a little tweakingand cleaning sometimes - in fact we recommend if you don't like tweaking your pens, don't buy a Noodler's.
It's always a good idea to regularly clean and flush your pen no matter what make you write with. Keep your pen happy and your pen will keep you happy!