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Noodlers: Tchaikovsky

tchaikovsky noodlers ink review purple russian

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#1 ptrB


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 19:33



I noticed a review of this Tchaikovsky ink by Noodler's was request. It's part of the Russian musician series. I couldn't find out why they associate Tchaikovsky with purple, Diamine has a blue Tchaikovsky ink, but having an ink named after you is a great tribute in almost any color.


Being a purple ink this ink is useful only for personal use of course and should be kept far from the work-space. The most striking think about this ink is the HUGE difference between a dip pen (1mm OB nib) and a regular medium nib on a Parker Sonnet. The color changes from a lowly saturated, bland purple into a well-shaded deep purple.


The ink itself is a typical Noodler's ink. It does what it has to do, no-frills. The color is neither ugly nor beautiful, the bottle is chock-full (careful), the ink dries quickly enough and it behaves decently in almost every pen and on every paper. Plus, it's not very expensive. Show through is minimal, shading is low, water resistance is high.


The dip pen was a surprise, and so was comparing it to other inks. Based on the bottle I thought it was quite similar to Herbin's Poussiere de Lune. The q-tip swab shows it's not. It's more blueish and paler. Lavender Purple is very different, that wasn't a surprise and so is larme de cassis.


I will probably use this ink more often... but it will be with a dip pen with a broad (oblique) nib!


Written on Original Crown Mill Vellum paper

Edited by ptrB, 05 December 2019 - 19:34.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 20:19

Nice review of an interesting ink. "Purples" are almost "everywhere" these days, ranging from reddish to bluish but this one's greyishness is a bit unique. I sure go along with your mentioning that dip pens and regular nibs can leave a huge difference in depth as in richness/saturation on paper. One reason why I, too, like using both sources for an ink comparison. 

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 21:32

Interesting color.  Looks like a softer version of Noodler's North African Violet in the dip pen, while the other writing sample reminds me of one of the Robert Oster purples (one of the "Purple [music]" named  inks).

I've never tried any of the Russian series inks, but I could see myself trying this one, although the dry time doesn't seem so great.

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:23

Definitely reminiscent of one of the Robert Ostlers. Probably Purple Rock. If you're looking for a nice, understated grey/purple that's suitable for the office, I'm currently loving the RO - Summer Storm which has a fabulously brumous shade to it. 

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