I've been building a collection of Noodler's Ink, and I'm up to six bottles so far - five colors and a huge bottle of Heart of Darkness.
For the most recent round of purchases, I first bought some samples from Goulet Pens, and I also received a sample of Ottoman Azure in an ink sample exchange with another FPN member.
I was rather surprised by the variability in color between batches of Noodler's Ink.
I got a Black Swan in Australian Roses sample vial from Goulet that looked a dark rose ink:
The bottle of BSiAR I actually received was noticeably darker and more purplish:
The sample of Ottoman Azure I received looked like a pure medium blue, that leans toward turquoise:
The bottle of Ottoman Azure I received is a dark teal, which looks nothing like the sample, or the ink reviews I've seen on FPN:
(Rhodia paper and the same Aurora pen were used for all samples. The pen was dipped).
As I learned in another FPN thread (http://www.fountainp...-really-change/
), the issues with BSiAR are known and Nathan Tardiff of Noodler's claims it to be a feature. The variability is part of the anti-forgery features he designs into the ink. And Noodler's website does list BSiAR as being forgery-resistant.
That leaves Ottoman Azure. The two samples I have are so far apart they should have different names and be sold as separate colors. According to Noodler's website, Ottoman Azure has no special properties. It almost looks like I got a bottle of Squeteague with the wrong label attached.
Now, I'm not unhappy with the colors I actually received. I do like both these new shades. But they are nothing at all like what I was led to expect based on the ink samples I received.
Is this extreme variability the norm with Noodlers? I can expect and accept some variability from batch to batch with hand-mixed inks, but two completely different hues isn't acceptable to me. I'm not sure I'll be buying much of their ink going forward if I don't have confidence in what color I get.
Edited by ErrantSmudge, 04 January 2017 - 20:43.