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Noodler's Ink - Blue Black

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#1 AgentVenom

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 19:07

*Originally posted on my Instagram on 5/17/2015.

Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Blue Black.
Grade: 75.00%.
Paper: Norcom Composition.

I got this ink for my mother for Mothers Day. She wanted a dark blue ink to use at work, and she was gracious enough to let me have a vial or two so I could try it out. I know that Blue Black(BB) is a dark blue ink, but I could swear that sometimes I'm looking at a very dark aqua marine. If I had to compare this color to anything, I'd say it reminds me most of that deep blue color that some whales have.

Overall, I think it's a very beautiful ink that has a lot of unique color qualities but still retains that "business appropriate" blue color that a lot of people are looking for. Although I will admit that Baystate Blue is my go to ink while at work, this ink isn't too far behind. It's a nice dark blue color that goes on evenly and writes very smoothly. It drys fairly quickly, but I've not had any problems with BB feathering on me in my Kaweco Skyline Sport.

What has impressed me most about its performance is that it is very resistant to bleeding through the paper. Which is great considering this is an "office" ink, and as we all know, office paper doesn't usually get along very well with fountain pen ink. So you shouldn't have any trouble writing on both sides of the page. BB is also partially bulletproof. Which when you're talking about a Noodler's ink, means that the black components of the ink will be bulletproof, but the actual color will fade with water or any efforts to remove the ink.

Noodler's Blue Black is a great blue ink you can use anywhere and in any office scenario. If you need a blue ink that has bulletproof qualities but don't want to deal with Baystate Blue's cleanup issues, then this ink would be a great choice for you.

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 20:26

thanks for the review. can you clarify what the 25% negative represents?

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#3 AgentVenom

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 21:33

thanks for the review. can you clarify what the 25% negative represents?


Of course. I'm assuming you want a full breakdown (details below). If not, my short answer is it's my opinion, based on observations over time of this ink, compared to my experiences with other inks. It's completely subjective of course.

The longer answer is this: I arrived at the score by saying I'm gonna grade the ink on 8 separate items(feathering, flow, color, cleaning, drying time, performance, shading, and bleedthrough). I chose these because they are the 8 things that go through my mind when I'm deciding if I like an ink or not. Each item I judge the ink on can earn it 10 points. With 80 points being the highest possible points the ink can score. So just think of bleedthrough. I gave it a 10 out of 10. But that's just my opinion. Someone could use the same scale and give it a 7 out of 10.

So, if you add the points I gave each item out of 10 based on my observations, you will get 60 points. Then I just take that and divide it by the total possible points and convert it to a percentage (60/80=.75, 75%).

I try to do my reviews (pen, ink, or otherwise) from the perspective of the question: Is [insert] a well rounded product? Which is why I put the scores in a simple radar graph. I'm not necessarily looking to assign it a letter grade (i.e. 75% = D).

I actually have some inks that I absolutely love that have scored poorly based on my criteria of it having to be well rounded. Baystate Blue is a good example. I love the color, but it is tough to clean.

I hope that answered the question. If not, please let me know.

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 12:43

Thanks for the review. I agree with the "dark aquamarine". I really like blue-blacks; there are many others that are closer to "blue" and "black". 


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 00:28

Thanks for the review. I agree with the "dark aquamarine". I really like blue-blacks; there are many others that are closer to "blue" and "black".


Thank you. I agree. I think I may make Bad Blue Heron my next choice.

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 00:48

Thank you. I agree. I think I may make Bad Blue Heron my next choice.

 

I look forward to seeing your review. Thanks again. 


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:17

Thank you, I too look forward to the comparison.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:04

I look forward to seeing your review. Thanks again.

  

Thank you, I too look forward to the comparison.


I believe I got a sample vial in the mail yesterday from Goulet. I plan on inking my Kaweco Sport with it this week.

I'll probably have to think of some torture tests for this warden ink.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 17:23

I don't see this as being aquamarine at all. Actually, I think of this as more a black-blue ink. It is very, very dark. If I want aquamarine-black, I reach for Legal Lapis.

 

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:29

I don't see this as being aquamarine at all. Actually, I think of this as more a black-blue ink. It is very, very dark. If I want aquamarine-black, I reach for Legal Lapis.
 
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I agree. Legal Lapis is a beautiful aqua marine. But to my eyes when I look at mhphoto's reviews side by side the very tips of Blue-Black look like they are starting to head towards aqua marine.

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 14:31

A scoring system is something I've been considering. Yours, with a bit of tweaking to suit my particular 'needs' will fit the bill. Thank you.


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