Noodler’s Polar Green
This is my 2nd Polar ink. I have the Polar Brown already and I’ve just filled a pen with Polar Blue. The inks are not at all similar. Polar Blue is the wettest. I’ve read that the Polar series could be mixed to create a variety of colours, which is fun.
Green is not my favorite color, especially dark green. However, when I saw swabs of this ink, I knew I would get it. I got a sample just in case and the moment I filled a pen I knew it was my type of ink.
Who is this ink for: For those who like bulletproof inks and can accommodate the ink’s idiosyncrasies and appreciate woolly lines (I do), and live in North America. I honestly don’t think it’s worth the shipping cost for overseas. I’m sure there are other alternatives available.
Note the woolly line effect happens with a wet, flexed Kanwrite.
When wet, the ink is Emerald Green, then dries to dark green, think boreal forest to sage, depending paper.
This ink is paper/pen specific. Personally, I really like it with a Kanwrite ultra flex on Midori. I find the combination gives a vintage look. It’s a sage color on Tomoe River but one would need a blotter/copy paper underneath the page as the ink would bleed through several pages.
It’s a bulletproof ink, with all it entails. The flow is not as wet 54 Massachusetts or Polar Blue…., I would say viscous, it reminds me of Kung Te-Cheng in this regard.
People often say that it feathers badly. I’ve been writing pages with it, with different nibs and to be honest, I like the effect. See for yourself....I would not use it on copy paper...
• Pens used: Kanwrite ultra flex – Jinhao 450 – Pilot Metro Fine – Nameless Kaweco type EF fountain pen…
Note for testing the ink I filled the Pilot Metropolitan with the ink and left it for a couple of weeks to check if it would dry up. It didn’t. Longer periods might need some coaxing. Note the Pilot Fine nib seems finer than the Chinese
• Shading: A bit only with flex nib on TR
• Ghosting: Depending nib/ flow combination
• Dry time: 2 seconds on Rhodia....Longest on TR
• Bleed through: As above.
• Flow Rate: Decent. It was least agreeable with a Chinese Kaweco style with an Ef nib….though after a second filling it wrote noticeably better. I won’t recommend it for dry writers…but flow is not wet, nor dry, I would say in between. I would say, when you start writing it might be a shy, but then it flows.
• Lubrication: Average.
• Nib Dry-out: It can happen….
• Start-up: Almost immediate. I noticed some skipping with EF nib.
• Saturation: saturated
• Shading Potential: Vaguely on TR
• Sheen: Nope…t
• Show-Through: With flex nib and fine wet nibs.
• Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: On Midori with flex…gives a vintage look…I like it.
• Nib Creep / “Crud”: Yes on all nibs… you’ll have a green patina on all your nibs.
• Staining (pen): Don’t know yet
• Staining (hands): Easy to wash.
• Clogging: Nope
• Water resistance: Bullet proof.
• Availability: Only in bottle.
Note on some scans I've written the type of paper with a greenish ink. It's General of the Armies.... I didn't add a swab as would time, it would revert to blue
On Amazon copy paper
Tomoe River 68 gr
Full page Rhodia
Please feel free adding your scans, impression.... The more the merrier.....