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Noodler's Majestic Orange (partially handwritten)


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#1 kookychick

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:56

Here's a review of Noodler's Majestic Orange (thanks to penguinmaster for the review template! smile.gif):



This ink is from Noodler's Singapore Series. It's billed as bulletproof, though I haven't tested its waterproofness or UV-fastness, etc.

The handwritten sample was written on HP 32# Premium Laserjet paper with a Sensa Meridian gold-plated nib, custom ground to an XF 0.3mm round point.

Drying time: pretty good for a Noodler's bulletproof ink. As you can see, there wasn't much smudging after 10 seconds.

Flow: good flow--doesn't gush, but is definitely not on the stingy side. It starts up immediately even after leaving it unused in the pen for a week or more. It also performs well while writing, and doesn't dry up in the nib while you pause.

Feathering/Bleedthrough: I tried this ink on many different papers (Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Pentalic, Alvin Saray, Apica, Derwent, hand*book, Pen+Ink, Exacompta). There was no feathering on most of these papers--the Rhodia, Apica, Pentalic had a very, very tiny bit of feathering (like a tiny stray bump every few words or so), but most people probably wouldn't notice it. I'm a bit obsessive about feathering. embarrassed_smile.gif There wasn't any bleedthough that I could detect (if by bleedthrough you mean dotting the next page). There was a little bit of show-through on the reverse side of the page in thinner paper such as Apica (though less than some other Noodler's bulletproofs like Upper Ganges Blue).

Shading: very little on any paper I tried. I only use XF Sensa Meridians, so I have no experience with other pens/nibs.

I'm not sure I'd use this ink to write a novel--it'd be a bit hard to read that much text in this color. I use it for journal entries and margin notes. It's a nice, strong orange without being too reddish (it looks redder on my monitor than it does in real life). In fact, now that I look at my Rhodia pad, it's not that dissimilar from the orange cover of the stapled graph paper pad. How's that for a frame of reference! smile.gif

(Edited to fix the image so it actually shows up this time!)

Edited by kookychick, 28 July 2008 - 12:00.


Inks currently in pens: Noodler's La Reine Mauve, Rachmaninov, Prime of the Commons Blue-Black, Naval Orange, MN Whaleman's Sepia, Verdun Green, Majestic Orange; J. Herbin Violette Pensée, Rose Cyclamen, Orange Indien

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#2 Goodwhiskers

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 19:04

Nice color and performance! Thanks for this review!

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:34

I need this ink cloud9.gif
Thanks, KC!
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:19

you know, my majestic orange does not look as concentrated as yours looks on my screen. Its quite light in shade! Is there something wrong with ALL my pens??

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:47

QUOTE (luigiwu @ Jul 29 2008, 11:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you know, my majestic orange does not look as concentrated as yours looks on my screen. Its quite light in shade! Is there something wrong with ALL my pens??


Just went and got the original paper copy of the review, and it looks pretty close on my monitor. I only use one type of pen, but it's a reasonably strong orange on the following paper for me (besides the HP 32# Laserjet):
• MiquelRius
• Alvin Saray graph paper
• Derwent
• hand*book
• Pen+Ink
• Exacompta Nostalgie/Basic
• white onion skin paper
• random cheap copy paper

It's lighter on the following papers (I wouldn't call it "quite light," but I guess that's subjective!):
• Apica
• Pentalic (but this is an ivory paper)
• Clairefontaine
• Markings by CR Gibson (but this paper is off-white)
• Exacompta Journey
• Rhodia (just a little lighter than the orange cover)

What type of pen are you using? I've only used it in an XF Sensa Meridian with a gold-plated nib. I shook the bottle very well before taking samples, so that can't be the problem. sad.gif

Also--forgot to mention this in my review earlier:
Nib Creep: minimal for a Noodler's ink. I can see it slightly peeking out of the central nib slit, and a less than 1/16" blob down towards the tip. No ink has escaped into the section or cap, and I carry my pens around with me to school daily.

Thanks for the kind comments, satrap and Goodwhiskers! smile.gif

Inks currently in pens: Noodler's La Reine Mauve, Rachmaninov, Prime of the Commons Blue-Black, Naval Orange, MN Whaleman's Sepia, Verdun Green, Majestic Orange; J. Herbin Violette Pensée, Rose Cyclamen, Orange Indien

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#6 Goodwhiskers

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 21:39

This looks like Noodler's best-looking, best-behaved, waterproof orange ink so far. If it's still not dark enough for one's purposes, a tiny proportion of Noodler's standard Black or a small proportion of the Pendemonium-exclusive Noodler's Eternal Brown should do the trick.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:43

Thanks for the lovely review and the sample vial of Majestic Orange. I absolutely love it! The flow in my Sheaffer Prelude Calligraphy was just perfect and silky smooth. I should add that getting it out of my pen took a few days soaking. Totally worth it though.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 22:16

Great review! I've settled on Majestic Orange as my notation color at work - less antagonistic than red, but unmistakably calls your attention. It behaves perfectly in my Hero 100 and on the standard office issue poor quality notepad and copy paper.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 00:57

QUOTE (StephY @ Aug 27 2008, 06:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great review! I've settled on Majestic Orange as my notation color at work - less antagonistic than red, but unmistakably calls your attention. It behaves perfectly in my Hero 100 and on the standard office issue poor quality notepad and copy paper.


Either it's the scan or my monitor that's out of whack, but in real life, Majestic Orange does call one's attention, unmistakably! I have this ink in my medium-nib Libelle Vortex (yeah, in Orange Swirl rolleyes.gif ). The combination is virtually in-your-face! Perhaps a finer nib may add some subtlety to the ink.






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