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Noodler's Ink - Bad Blue Heron

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#1 AgentVenom

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 19:22

Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Bad Blue Heron.
Grade: 70.00%.
Paper: Norcom Composition.

Bad Blue Heron (BBH) has been an ink that I've wanted to review for a long time because of its unique properties. BBH is one of Noodler's "Warden" series of inks. It's water resistant, pH neutral, bulletproof/eternal, and UV resistant. At its core, it was designed to be an anti-forgery ink. If you are into fountain pens then you know that the ink is water based, and therefore can be more susceptible to forgery because some inks will wash away without much effort. A lot of Noodler's inks are eternal, but so far BBH takes the cake for me.

You can see from the tests in the picture that I threw water, hand sanitizer and nail polish remover at BBH, and they all failed to remove it. The water did wash the ink around a little, and the nail polish remover did create this halo effect around the the drops, but I don't see any fading to the words themselves in the tests that I have done.

To me, BBH is a medium to light blue-gray color. Sometimes I would call it a periwinkle, and at others, a Prussian blue. It's a moderately smooth writing ink that dries very quickly. If you leave BBH uncapped for more than a few seconds the flow may stop and you'll have to get it going again. I have also found that a lot of quick drying inks will feather on cheap paper, but I have been very impressed with BBH.

You can see in the flex writing (Zebra G nib) that it barely moved at all. The same can be said for its performance in bleedthrough. Unless you pour it on the page it won't soak through the paper. I wouldn't hold out hopes for any shading. Although you can get some in large amounts of ink on the page, most of the time it will have a matte appearance. Which I honestly really like. So much so that I'm seriously considering using BBH to replace Baystate Blue as my EDC work ink.

Overall, it's a great office ink. It's a nice work appropriate blue color that you can trust to be there for at least 20 to life.

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#2 AgentVenom

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 19:32

I wanted to throw this in as well. They are screenshots from a color identifier app i found.

I like how it gives you a color number so you can find the specific shade later.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 19:46

I/10 for cleaning? What is your issue with cleaning BBH? I have Bad Belted Kingfisher, one of the warden series, and I don't find that it would rate so low. Same with shading...3/10, when you are getting shading from the ink? Pretty sure a higher quality paper, such as Rhodia, would display it better.


Edited by doggonecarl, 02 June 2015 - 19:47.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:58

I/10 for cleaning? What is your issue with cleaning BBH? I have Bad Belted Kingfisher, one of the warden series, and I don't find that it would rate so low. Same with shading...3/10, when you are getting shading from the ink? Pretty sure a higher quality paper, such as Rhodia, would display it better.


I love this ink. I don't have any agenda against it. I am evaluating it based on how it has performed for me.

This ink was designed to resist removal. So I rated cleaning not just on the pen parts themselves, but also cleanup in general. Everything from my hands to how well it would clean if spilled on fabric. To me, its resistance is a good thing, but it may not be to everyone.

I agree that it would perform better on higher quality paper. But one of the goals of my review is to show what the ink will do on an everyday cheap paper. Something that I use everyday at work.

My other main goal is to show how well rounded the ink is. The score is the result, but not my opinion of how much I like/dislike the ink.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 02:14

It's an elegant, understated (muted) blue; there's something French about it. Thanks for your review.

 

I understand Carl's point; a low rating for cleaning may easily be misunderstood without the ink's permanence taken into consideration.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 03:08

It's an elegant, understated (muted) blue; there's something French about it. Thanks for your review.
 
I understand Carl's point; a low rating for cleaning may easily be misunderstood without the ink's permanence taken into consideration.


Thank you. I appreciate it.

I don't disagree. To me, cleaning just encompasses more than maintenance of my pens. I use my inks for drawing and from time to time I get ink all over my hands and sometimes my clothes. Cleaning my hands for my office job is important and it's been no fun trying to get Baystate Blue out of one of my favorite shirts hasn't been very fun.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 04:52

I don't disagree. To me, cleaning just encompasses more than maintenance of my pens. I use my inks for drawing and from time to time I get ink all over my hands and sometimes my clothes. Cleaning my hands for my office job is important and it's been no fun trying to get Baystate Blue out of one of my favorite shirts hasn't been very fun.

They sell latex gloves that every dentist etc uses with no loss of dexterity.

Why are you wearing your favorite shirt to draw and clean out a pen. Try wearing the appropriate clothing for the task at hand. You already know that you are not the neatest person. Live with it and adjust to it.

Following these two simple rules will relieve you of many of your problems



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 10:12

Thank you. I appreciate it.

I don't disagree. To me, cleaning just encompasses more than maintenance of my pens. I use my inks for drawing and from time to time I get ink all over my hands and sometimes my clothes. Cleaning my hands for my office job is important and it's been no fun trying to get Baystate Blue out of one of my favorite shirts hasn't been very fun.

 

I hope you took your scolding well. Now get upstairs, and no dinner.

 

I should have added that I also understand your point and why you included it. We don't always have time to change into our scrubs and set up an operating room to flush a pen.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:07

They sell latex gloves that every dentist etc uses with no loss of dexterity.
Why are you wearing your favorite shirt to draw and clean out a pen. Try wearing the appropriate clothing for the task at hand. You already know that you are not the neatest person. Live with it and adjust to it.
Following these two simple rules will relieve you of many of your problems


Thank you. I could do all those things. I am thankful that all of my problems and issues are so easily solved.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:13

I hope you took your scolding well. Now get upstairs, and no dinner.
 
I should have added that I also understand your point and why you included it. We don't always have time to change into our scrubs and set up an operating room to flush a pen.


Haha. I'm not sure I would call it a scolding.

I probably should have said "cleaning 10/10", but just be aware, latex gloves, scrubs, and a hazmat suit are not included with the purchase of this ink. You'll have to buy those separately or wear old clothes and live with it".

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 16:14

I probably should have said "cleaning 10/10", but just be aware, latex gloves, scrubs, and a hazmat suit are not included with the purchase of this ink. You'll have to buy those separately or wear old clothes and live with it".

 

Or perhaps "Permanence 10/10" with a comment that the very quality that makes it so resistant to water makes cleaning from hands and clothes difficult.



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 16:18

 

Or perhaps "Permanence 10/10" with a comment that the very quality that makes it so resistant to water makes cleaning from hands and clothes difficult.

 

And do provide a link to a place where I can purchase my Tyvek wardrobe, would you?

 

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Edited by Manalto, 03 June 2015 - 16:22.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 01:32

Or perhaps "Permanence 10/10" with a comment that the very quality that makes it so resistant to water makes cleaning from hands and clothes difficult.


Replacing cleaning with permanence is a good idea.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 01:33

And do provide a link to a place where I can purchase my Tyvek wardrobe, would you?
 
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http://www.amazon.co...D/dp/B0032JOF70

Edited by AgentVenom, 04 June 2015 - 01:35.

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 02:50

Here is a chromatography test of Bad Blue Heron.

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 04:17

Thanks for posting this review. This is one of the "liveliest" ink review topics I've ever seen. 


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 14:50

I love the color of this ink. I love it's permanence. I think it shades very well, and it has good flow. However, in most pens I've found it to be a hard starter, and that is why I don't use it much anymore. If would be an almost perfect everyday ink if it wasn't for that one hurdle.

 

p.s. When I got to this page, the "sponsored content" advertising was all for medical scrubs! Too funny.



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 16:56

LOL, there are a bunch of adds for medical scrubs at the bottom of the page.

 

Great review.


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 01:00

Thanks for posting this review. This is one of the "liveliest" ink review topics I've ever seen.

 

Haha. Really? I don't know if that's good or bad.

 

p.s. When I got to this page, the "sponsored content" advertising was all for medical scrubs! Too funny.

  

LOL, there are a bunch of adds for medical scrubs at the bottom of the page.
 
Great review.


I guess its because I put that link to a hazmat suit in. The site is catering to my sarcasm.

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 03:41

Thank you. I could do all those things. I am thankful that all of my problems and issues are so easily solved.

Think nothing of it. Glad I could be of help







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