Well. My first review. Gee, seems so long ago that I signed up to this place of pens and other delights.
Let me make the following information clear.
1.) I like wet inks. By wet, I mean OOH THE PAGE IS DISSOLVING IN THE INK kinda wet.
2.) I abhor feathering.
3.) I love value.
4.) I like deep colours. Yes, I want my black to be black, not purplish grey *looks at Quink*.
And, God darnit, Noodler's Heart Of Darkness has me blown away on all counts.
Let's pretend that I am professional, for one slight millisecond, and try to categorise here.
It is cheap. Supercalifragilisticexpialidociousially cheap. €13.10 or $19.99 nab you a great big 4.5oz bottle, complete with a Platinum Preppy (for free!). For the same amount of ink in cartridge form, you can expect to pay well over €100, at the very least. This ink is some of the best priced ink per volume on the market, and so far, filling my sizable Noodler's piston filler 3 times from it has only drained the neck and 5mm of the bottle.
By jove, this is a deep ink. Even with a Noodler's Piston Filled #2 nib, it is dark. Darker than the lines on the page, for once! Quink looks like doggy drool in comparison.
This ink is WET. WET with a capital W, E, and T. With a fine nib, it writes so smoothly that it's almost as if your hand is floating over the page. With my despicably dry Parker Frontier M nib, it feels absolutely luxurious. I never expected this level of comfort from this particular nib, as it feels like sandpaper with Quink!
It is safe to say that with normal use, and on average paper, drying time is ~ 5 seconds, with a #2 nib, after which it refuses to smear.
Not affected at all by water after the drying time.
Final Word of Supposed Wisdom
If you like wet inks, go and get it right now. If you like drier inks, you should still grab a bottle and put it on your shelf.
If you use finer nibs, you should get this ink immediately, as it makes writing with a fine nib feel as gratifying as writing with a broad or medium nib.
If you use medium, broad, bb or whatever, this ink will permanenently rid you of railroading, stopping to throw your pen against the wall, and hefty price tags.
You owe it to yourself.
Edited by Luke Scicluna, 30 August 2011 - 14:06.