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Noodler's (Fph) Old Dutch Colony Sepia

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#1 white_lotus


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 00:42

Noodler's makes a few custom inks for Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City. One of them is Old Dutch Colony Sepia. Apparently meant to imitate the ink used back in the day of the 17th century Old Dutch Colony of New Netherlands. It's not a bad imitation of some sepias. It is very similar to the Hakase Real Sepia, though a bit redder. My guess it is vastly less expensive, and no animals were harmed in the making of the Old Dutch Colony sepia. I've been using it on Moleskine notebook as my work log book, and it seems to be pretty OK there. And on better papers, it behaves very well.


This time round, I found a Clairfontaine notebook, and so have included writing samples on that paper as well. The ink blot didn't really photograph well. To my eye, it is a bright greenish yellow halo around the brown center. But the photos all show yellow. I'm guessing my eye is generating some simultaneous contrast there.


The regular pictures here are showing the ink a bit darker than it really is. The ink is quite similar to Sailor Ishida Bungu Hakodate Curry, but redder/more neutral than that ink. They are almost identical in value.











Interestingly, when blotting water droplets, a rose color was left behind. When washing the ink, the yellow was what washed away, leaving some the brown.






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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:21

What a thorough and comprehensive review. Shading surpassed only by Yeats' poem!

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:20

Thanks for the review.

Love the shading on this.  Looks as if I'm going shopping in NYC over Christmas....

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:56

Great review. Ink— not so much.


I really, really don't like the wash, which goes distinctly yellow. Yuck. It looks pretty OK on the Tomoe River, though.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 13:12

Nice color and shading--looks like it would be perfect in my Nakaya Shiro-tamenuri Decapod.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 17:23

Thank you, White Lotus and JM, I think it would be good combo.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 20:18

Thank you for the review and all your poetic finds! This reminds me somewhat of Iroshizuku Yama-Guri which I love. However, this look a tad yellow? I am going to FPH in the next couple of weeks, the excitement cannot be put into words. I may have to increase my baggage allowance...!

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 21:57

I really like this one. Thanks for the review. 

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 23:47

Nice color and shading--looks like it would be perfect in my Nakaya Shiro-tamenuri Decapod.



AND "Pray tell"  WHAT ink wouldn't look great in this pen? (On a dark Fall day I would surely "use up" some of my Sheaffer's KING'S GOLD! ) 

Edited by Barkingpig, 06 November 2015 - 23:48.

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 00:43

Yes Bhavna, I think the pictures are showing the ink darker than it really is. It's similar to Sailor's Ishida Bungu Hakodate Curry, Hakase's Real Sepia, J. Herbin Lie de Thé, but it is less yellow than that last ink.

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 18:39

Hi nice work...

Beautiful brown And a nice name....

Especially as my mom was born in a Dutch Colony Dutch east Indies

Trimakasi thanks

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:54

the color tone of this sepia ink seems much more saturated than what i expect from a 'sepia' ink color tone should be.  i was expecting a much more muted light brown.  but otherwise, a nice brown ink.


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