I happened upon this ink when I was looking for an ink to improve the flow of my Pilot Custom 823. I have to tell you I was pleasantly surprised by this ink. Not only is the flow magnificent, but the lubrication is out of this world! It is SMOOOOOOOOOOOTH. It's quite easily the smoothest ink I've ever used. This smoothness is the result of additional lubricants that are added to Noodler's American Eel Inks. You can find Nathan Tardiff's (founder and maker of Noodler's Ink) write up for the American Eel Series (just scroll down past the Legal Lapis stuff). I don't have any pens with stiff seals, so I can't comment on whether or not Nathan's claims are true, but I can confirm that slick/smooth feeling.
Here's the details:
- No feathering or bleed through.
- The flow and lubrication are magnificent.
- The drying time is average to slow at about 10 seconds.
- There is some shading. If you are a printer you'll notice this more.
- There is absolutely no waterproof-ness to this ink.
I really just wanted an eel ink, and since I use blue inks the most I figured blue would make the most sense, but let me tell you, I was more than pleasantly surprised with this color. It has some turquoise undertones to it that make it more than just your standard blue. I really really like it! So, I not only have an eel ink to improve flow and lubrication, but I've also added a very appealing blue to my ink collection. I love it when things like this happen.
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