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#21 Phormio

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 22:53

Hi there,

I just purchased some of this ink and whilst I am impressed with it's qualities I am finding that if I leave my pen, a Stipula Vedo Medium, capped for say a day or two then the pen is a little difficult to start when I pick it up with this ink.

Now I haven't tried it in any other pen, so it may just be a pen/ink combination BUT I've not encountered this problem before with this pen with other inks.

I know this is an 'old' thread but considering the issue with this ink I thought it correct to post here.

Otherwise I do like the look of this ink though I would suggest it's a green/black as opposed to a blue/black but considering what some old doucments look like I think it a highly appropriate colour that well matches it's name.

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#22 Phormio

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:57

Further to my previous post I found this ink also stained the converter in my Stipula.

Still like it though....
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 22:09

Is there any source for this ink in the U.S.?
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#24 jniforat

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 22:41

awesome review and great post! and good job raising a successful son and being a caring father to gift him with a wonderful fountain pen and awesome ink.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 23:12

I've had this in several c/c pens including a Sonnet, a P45 and a Conway Stewart and found no staining at all, although if you're bothered by nib creep this will bother you a lot. It flushes out perfectly well.I find it quite a wet ink, and get a bit of bleedthrough with my broadest, wettest nibs; even so that's less of a problem than with Polar Blue, my only other Noodler's Bulletproof.
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Posted 14 November 2009 - 02:13

Is there any source for this ink in the U.S.?



You may try Greenman on ebay. He has a lot of Noodlers other folk don't have
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 15:34

Is there any source for this ink in the U.S.?



You may try Greenman on ebay. He has a lot of Noodlers other folk don't have

Greenman508 does not carry this ink. It's an exclusive for the UK, so I think your best source is Martin at The Writing Desk.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 16:01

annie: you're correct, he does not have Prime; does have, though, many of the UK and Russian inks. Should've checked his site before I posted. My BAD
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 16:26

annie: you're correct, he does not have Prime; does have, though, many of the UK and Russian inks. Should've checked his site before I posted. My BAD

But it's great that George (Greenman508) DOES carry many of the formerly exclusive-to-a-particular-store Noodler's inks. I don't think he can order inks that are exclusive to particular countries, such as Prime and Stockholm.

#30 saintsimon

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 01:40

I just flushed PotC out of my Pro Gear (F), like I did with Legal Lapis before. They both dry to shades of a dull petrol colour, a grey-green with little if any blue. In the vicinity of most other inks they look underwhelming. I can't become friends with both, so back to Noodler's Navy again, which is sufficiently water resistant and is still a nice blue shade when dry.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 21:42

saintsimon:

Can you see any difference between PotC and Legal Lapis? I just flushed LL and filled with PotC and, in the artificial light of my office, I am struggling to see any variation... (Using a broad, so a bunch of ink is put down...)

Just curious.
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#32 saintsimon

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:50

saintsimon:

Can you see any difference between PotC and Legal Lapis? I just flushed LL and filled with PotC and, in the artificial light of my office, I am struggling to see any variation... (Using a broad, so a bunch of ink is put down...)

Just curious.

I just checked in both daylight and bulb light. Having opened both bottles, both inks look the same, the colour inside the caps look the same. Using an italic dip nib, both colours cannot be distinguished under both lighting conditions. It is most likely the same ink sold under different labels. Using a wet, wide italic nib, this ink stands its own, but using a regular fine nib in the vicinity of true blue inks, it looses any appeal for me. It is just dull and grey-green.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:27

Has anyone asked Noodlers if the really are the same?
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 14:46

Has anyone asked Noodlers if the really are the same?

They aren't; LL is completely impervious to bleach, and PotC changes color (intentionally).

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 15:46

Well, I will accept they are chemically different (since I can't verify), but they look very similar, although, the flow seems a bit wetter on the PotC...

I must admit I am bit disappointed in not having access to Nathan to ask these questions... His "private label"/different market/"exclusives" strategy is one I applaud, however, it is extremely frustrating to not have a resource that could respond to questions. I just paid to have a bottle of PotC shipped from over the pond... If I had been able to confirm it is (in essence) the same as LL, I would have spent the money on a different color and be a much more satisfied customer.

That said, the advent of Noodler's has certainly catalyzed the industry to take a bit more risk and broaden the available base of colors.... And, for this, I am grateful.
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 18:07

I'm a latecomer to this one, but thanks for the review. I had been eyeing up POTC at nichepens and had also wondered if it was the same as Lagal Lapis.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 16:51

Congratulations on your son becoming a lawyer! The ink seems good, but the choice of pen as the gift as simply excellent let me tell you.
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 15:17

I've just had delivery of a bottle and it's wonderful! Perfect colour for my tastes - a blue-black with just a hint of green. Similar to Diamine Blue-Black. I've yet to try any water tests! It's wetter than some ink I have and is really good in my Pelikan M215 with a Fine nib - Lamy Blue-Black and Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black are particularly dry in this pen. No surprise there, then.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 14:37

I've just had delivery of a bottle and it's wonderful! Perfect colour for my tastes - a blue-black with just a hint of green. Similar to Diamine Blue-Black. I've yet to try any water tests! It's wetter than some ink I have and is really good in my Pelikan M215 with a Fine nib - Lamy Blue-Black and Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black are particularly dry in this pen. No surprise there, then.


Where were you able to find it? The Writing Desk—suggested earlier in this thread—doesn't carry Noodler's anymore, alas.

Also, did anyone ever conclusively say the shade is identical to Legal Lapis? I just ordered LL from Pendemonium as a Christmas present to myself!

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 14:52

I've just had delivery of a bottle and it's wonderful! Perfect colour for my tastes - a blue-black with just a hint of green. Similar to Diamine Blue-Black. I've yet to try any water tests! It's wetter than some ink I have and is really good in my Pelikan M215 with a Fine nib - Lamy Blue-Black and Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black are particularly dry in this pen. No surprise there, then.


Where were you able to find it? The Writing Desk—suggested earlier in this thread—doesn't carry Noodler's anymore, alas.

Also, did anyone ever conclusively say the shade is identical to Legal Lapis? I just ordered LL from Pendemonium as a Christmas present to myself!


I actually bought it from Niche/Pelikan Pens but I've noticed that they are now showing 'out of stock'. I'm glad I bought some when I did. I don't know about the LL similarity though. I'll put a scan of P o t C on here before Christmas if possible.

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