I am a non-conformist and I like what Noodler's is doing. Some of the inks are very unusual, with very interesting characteristics.
(now working with Blue Nose Bear, amazing...) He fills a niche and I hope this will stay.
I like them a lot. There is a lot of info on the net, but as always stay critical, and luckily there are some shops who offer samples, so try!
I think that's a very good point. He does fill a niche.
I have to have Noodler's Air Corps Blue Black in a pen. He somehow pulls off a Dark yet Vibrant color.
I feel I would be remiss without allotting a pen to be "tattooed" with Baystate Blue. I rather use a less expensive pen to have this in my rotation than to not and use expensive pens that I may not use it with.
These and Noodler's Heart of Darkness allow me to write in low dim relaxing light since they are so rich in color, and beautifully so.
Not only are these some of the most beautiful inks out there, but they are very affordable inks, too, and permanent.
If I was on a much tighter budget I could happily get by with a lovely and durable $3 Jinhao off ebay, a $15 Jowo nib, and a $13 Bottle of Noodler's that contains 3 ounces filled to the brim!... and I'd be able to have a writing experience that matches and even bests $100+ fountain pens with boutique ink that costs twice as much for half the amount and behaves just as well and I could do it for about $30! Heck, double that budget and I can get about 500 pages of Tomoe River Paper in a beautiful notebook and have a dream of a writing experience that will last me a very long time.
My Jinhao x750-Goulet nib with Air Corps Blue Black rests in a pen stand next to my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Sailor Jentle Shigure because I preferred the feel of that Jinhao over the Diplomat Aero (I returned) inked with Aurora Black.