Let me start by saying that the last time I've used a Fountain Pain was in the 90's, and being aware that the only fountain pen I've used was a Lamy with Pelikan Ink and I'm a left Handed, my experience way back in the days was not that great, I struggle using this particular pen. I was very young and in Art School leaving me with a terrible experience using a Lamy Pen, now a days I know they have improve their pens in many ways, but I'm still skeptical lol.
Anyway, being an Artist that likes sketching and watercoloring, I wanted to jump back into a Fountain Pen cause I been doing some Urban Sketching and Fountain Pens are very popular in this form of Art, so my hunt for a good pen and a waterproof ink began. So of course the Lamy pen is a star in the subject, but I refuse to go back to a Lamy cause I want to try something different, so I came across with Noodler's Ink. After allot of research about these Inks I've ended up with a Bottle of Heart of Darkness that came with a Charlie pen. So, I love it!
What I like about this particular Inks is the story behind them, not to mention how many people use these inks in the Art World and how good they perform. The fact that the Charlie pen has a very Interesting story just gave it away for me, I'm not a Political sketcher but History is something that I really like and the inks all of them have a story. So trying to pick the right bottle of ink from Noodler's for my work was kind of difficult cause there is so much variety that I was very confused on what Ink was right for me. Anyway, The Heart of Darkness was the chosen one to start with, is an awesome ink I like how the ink performs and how great it works with the Charlie Pen, for being a lefty when I've first start writing with this pen was flawless I was like WOW! So I've said: "Finally I can write with a fountain pen!"
I've tried the ink in several different kind of papers and of course it gave different results, but overall I was very happy on how both ink and pen are perfect for my work and my left hand. So now I use the pen every day no matter if I sketch, write a note or use it as a regular pen, is just perfect for me.
I know that there is a bottle of ink from Noodler's that dries faster and it was made for lefty's called The Bermanke, I will try it eventually. I also know that The Bullet Proof Black is better for Urban Sketching supposedly. What I've encounter with the Heart of Darkness is that it does smear with watercolor so being said that I need to try the Bullet Proof, but for sketching is just perfect and I've discover that using this ink with Neenah Premium Cardstock 65lb for my sketching is just beautiful and dries fast. How ever, if you have a suggestion for watercoloring don't hesitate to tell me, please...
Now, because loving how this ink worked for me I want to use it everyday and having another choice of color lead me to order another Noodler's ink that is on it's way. My choice this time is the Baystate Blue, yes I know, a very controversial ink but the one I've order will come with a free pen as well and as far as I know it will be just fine, unless I buy a $1,000 Fountain Pen which probably will handle well the ink if you know what you are doing and don't leave the ink sitting for ages, whatever lol.
Anyway this is my story, thanks to Noodler's I'm not scare of using a fountain pen again. Thank you Nathan!!!
FP's: Noodler's Charlie Pen, Noodler's King Philip Ahab, JinHao X450 Blue, JinHao X750 Gold, Jinhao 599 Transparent, Hero 366 Green, Hero 9626, Hero 329-A Jinhao Shark Black and Green,Jinhao 992 Coffee, Lamy Safari Black, Lanbitou /2 Transparent/ 1 Black /1 Red/1 Beige, Hero 9075 Black, Twsbi Go Saphire, Jinhao Porcelain Horses, Pilot Vanishing Point Black
INKS: Noodler's Heart of Darkness - Baystate Blue - Apache Sunset - Bullet Proof Black - Blue Nose Bear - Black Swan In Australian Roses - Widow Maker - 54th Massachusetts - Navajo Turquoise - Burning Rome - General of The Armies
OTHER INKS: Thortons - Green / Pelikan-Blue / J. Herbin 1670- Ocean Blue / Diamine Skulls and Roses