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  1. Another Blue... Exclusive to PurePens.co.uk !!!!!! This one is BulletProof to boot.. http://purepens.co.uk/acatalog/Brexit.jpg
  2. rr888

    Dilute For Bleeding?

    Hi All, Fountain pen newbie here with some questions on ink. I am experiencing bleeding on inks that most people do not have bleeding problems with. Specifically, Diamine Majestic Blue, De Atramentis Magenta Violet and Rohrer & Klingner Cassia. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917. I have read different articles about dilution but several ink reviews for these inks do not mention any bleeding problems. I have added a photo of the reverse side of a Majestic Blue list and a ink sample page. When I first started using Noodler's Black, I had problems with "ink transfer" (not sure if there is a term for this). Dried ink on one page A would transfer to another page B (Page A and B are faces of a notebook A|B where | is the spine) when I wrote on the reverse side of page B. A little dilution got rid of this problem but the problem comes back when the ink starts to dry. Using ink seems pretty intuitive... Take ink from bottle, put in pen, write. Am I doing this wrong? Why am I having so many problems? Should I be diluting all of these inks? I know Rhodia paper handles ink better but I would like to find a solution that works with the Leuchtturm -- which should still be able to handle fountain pens! Thank you!!!
  3. One of my all time favorite colors is Red/Black (dark maroon) so when I saw this Rattler Red online I had to pick up a bottle. It's pretty close in color to Diamine Red Dragon but the rattler has more "black" in it than the red dragon. The printer paper I used for the form didn't allow for as fast of a dry time as some of the paper I use more regularly so I'll update a paper comparison later on. My only complaint about this ink is how it dries in the pen fairly quickly, so it's definitely an ink you would want to use in a daily pen. http://imgur.com/F0f6PEL
  4. PenChalet

    New Noodlers Neponset Colors

    We just got in 5 new Noodlers Neponset ebonite colors: https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/fountain_pens/noodlers_acrylic_neponset_fountain_pen.html Battle of the Wilderness ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chickamauga ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Manassas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seven Pines ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Shiloh
  5. dragos.mocanu

    The Fluorescence Of El Lawrence

    Hello, I've just received my first bottle of Noodler's El Lawrence and it's love at first sight (I've been waiting for a loooooong time for this ink to come to Europe, and I think I'll buy 2 more bottles just in case), but I'm kind of confused regarding the fluorescence capability...what does that even mean? I've tried shining a black light over the writing and I can't see anything special...should it behave like say, the Blue Ghost? Cheers!
  6. visvamitra

    Dragon's Napalm - Noodler's

    Noodler’s is one of the companies that don’t need any introductions. Nathan Tardiff is a legend and his work is well known by fountain pen and ink afficionados. Not everyone is crazy about Noodler’s inks but I enjoy most of the ones I’ve tried so far. Dragon Napalm is one of the inks with greatest names ever (first place goes im my ranking to J. Herbin’s Poussiere de Lune). When it comes to ink it’s quite peculiar. Retailers classify it as orange but if it’s orange it’s one of the strangest oranges I’ve ever seen. It leans strongly toward pink but it’s not pink. To my eyes it’s not orange either. It’s something strange and unspoken in between. Sure thing is it’s not the kind of color you would expect a Lawyer to use in his everyday work – it’s bold, saturated and vibrant. Also the sample I’ve received contains some kind of “metallic” chunks I’m not able to identify. They’re visible on Ink Splash. The ink behaves wellon good quality papers, on cheaper ones it can cause moderate geathering and show-through. Drying times are rather reasonable – 3 -10 seconds depending on the pen / nib / paper you use. There’s now such issues on good papers (Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm1917, even on Lyreco Budget 60 mgsm which is surprisingly nice paper). Ink Splash Software ID Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, Broad nib Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, Broad nib Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9
  7. Noodler's Air Corp has long been one of my daily use inks for work. I love everything about it, except that it is just slightly too green for my taste. Then I noticed that when flushing my pens, the flushed-out waste water with diluted ink in it looks bluer. Hence, I would like to try diluting it. My question is: To what extent can Noodler's Air Corp be diluted before its behavior (flow, wetness, lubricity, tendency to bleed or feather, etc.) changes noticeably? Can I go to a 1:1 ratio of water to ink and still get good performance from it? Can I go even more dilute than that? And a side question - I have heard reports that recent batches of Air Corp are noticeably bluer than batches from previous years. Is this true? The bottle I'm currently using is from an old ink-hoard I bought and stored since mid-2014. If the current year's production is bluer than the 2014 batch, maybe I'll like it even more
  8. DrDebG

    Such Lonely Ink!

    Do you ever visit those inks that you have hidden away in some drawer for a long time? Has your opinion changed? I have traveled back to my home after been gone for many months, and have been reunited with my ink collection here. I had forgotten, however, my ink sample collection here. I decided to fill my fountain pens with the ink samples that I had left here and compare my thoughts recorded in my "ink journal" from the first time I sampled the ink with my thoughts today. For the sake of brevity, I will omit pens and papers used, since they are the same for both samples. I also rate my inks on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. For my first batch, I compared five J. Herbin inks: J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche: First Sample: April 2013: Wonderful ink with fantastic flow in all pens used. Moderate drying time. Little water resistance. Great shading and has a lovely red sheen to it. Love the color! Rating: 7 Today's Sample: Wonderful flow in this medium point on both papers. The color is very nice and is definitely one of my favorites. I love the shading and sheen, especially on Tomoe River paper. I am ordering a bottle today! Rating: 8 J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen: First Sample: February 2015: Vibrant but pretty pink. Flows nicely. Moderate dry time, no water resistance. Doesn't shade much. Rating: 7 Today's Sample: Nice flow in this medium point on both papers. The purply-pink is almost eye searing, and would be great for markups and writing cards. I have other inks near this shade so I don't need a bottle of this now, but will consider for the future. Rating: 7 J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir: First Sample: February 2015: Nice blue with a purple tone - definately my kind of blue. Moderate dry time, no water resistance. Rating: 8 Today's Sample: How have I overlooked this ink? I love it! The color is brilliant, yet elegant. While I have other blues in this shade, I am ordering a bottle of this today! Rating: 9 J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne: First Sample: August 2014: Nice red with blue undertone. It dries fairly fast, with no smearing. I like the way it shades. It flows well through this nib. Rating: 7 Today's Sample: Nice red with lovely shading. No sheen, however. While I like the red, I have others that I prefer but I may reconsider when I buy my next red. Ratiing: 7 J. Herbin Terre de Feu: First Sample: June 2015: Fascinating color - fire earth. Love the rusty brown hue. Has some shading, but no sheen. I do like the way this flows through my pen. I'm not a huge brown fan, but I like this. Rating: 8 Today's Sample: Wow! I had forgotten all about this ink. This is an unusual color with a warm feel to it. I like the way it writes best, though. Most browns are a bit dry, but this seems to flow easily through my nib. I don't need a brown in this shade right now, but this one will top the list for my next brown. Rating: 8 More to come!
  9. Looks like the t2mr guys have posted one more review, this time of a very popular pen called Noodlers Ahab. I just received it in my inbox. Didn't know Noodlers Ahab is made in India. Its called Kanwrite Heritage Flex Pen, it seems. I did check the seller's shop on ebay and he has this pen in a range of colors. Btw, here is the review: I don't understand one thing. These guys call themselves 'the two minute reviews', but this review is of 9 minutes . Nonetheless, i love their style of review .
  10. PenerysTargaryen

    My First Lamy!

    I purchased my first Lamy today! Being the purple lover that I am I went with the Dark Lilac the color is absolutely gorgeous. It feels so comfortable in my hand, I love the grip. However, I'm not too sure if I'm keen on the nib (medium)...or maybe it's the ink (Noodler's Bat Black Texas). It feels like it "skips", for lack of better terms (I'm a newbie). Or maybe it's scratchy. Take a look at my pics and tell me what you think (excuse my handwriting, por favor!)
  11. Ink Stained Wretch

    Has The Price Of Noodler's Inks Been Raised?

    I get a frequent E-mail from Jet Pens touting their sales. In the latest one they make a big thing about having Noodler's inks in stock. So I looked. The price of every Noodler's ink on their site is $15 per bottle, and these are the French square bottles, the "3 oz." ones. Is the price of Noodler's ink being raised by 20% everywhere, or is Jet Pens the only one charging this new price for it? Will we see other vendors selling Noodler's inks for more soon? I know that Nathan went to the (mostly) unpopular plastic bottles for a while in order to avoid a price rise on the inks, so it would seem strange for him to suddenly raise the price by 20% after that experience.
  12. Noodler's Nib Creaper, Jade: A day in the life. . . For me, writing on the move is a must. My journals need a hard cover, my pens have to put up with a lot of jostling, motion, and the occasional hard stop when I put my bag down too roughly, and given the hit and miss reputation Noodler's pens seem to have around here I thought the perfect way for me to review a Noodler's pen, as a fountain pen novice, was to take it out and about, and see how it behaves compared to my other three pens. So I filled it last night with Black Parker Quink (because you can't get more basic than that), wrote a test piece in my paper blanks journal (which are worth every penny of their hefty pricetag, let me tell you. I will review them soon) and you can the results for yourself. You can see from the sheen on the last line just how wet it is, that took a good two minutes to dry out. Just to compare I took my Lamy joy and scribbled a short note below this one and. . . Given how smooth the paper blanks paper is I figured that it would have an effect on drying times, but the Lamy ink was safe to touch after about 8-12 seconds. Obviously a flex nib is going to write wetter than anything else, but the disparity in drying times was huge, especially since my Berea Navigator has used the same ink on all sorts of paper and gotten sub 12-second drying times. So anyway. I let the pen sit overnight, level on my desk, because I wanted to check for seeping and when I returned to it a scant eight hours later this is what I discovered. You can *just* see the ink seeping around the sides of the feed and clinging to the wings of the nib. Seeing as how I was on my way out, I topped up the reservoir and this time, instead of leaving the reservoir full I squeezed two drops back out, wound the piston up and cleaned off whatever I could see from the underside of the feed. I was reasonably confident by this point that I wasn't going to have any problems, but I slipped the pen back in the little cellophane pouch it was wrapped in inside the box and stuffed that in the pen loop on my journal cover. still a tighter fit than a ballpoint or an artline 200, but better than a Lamy (I can only fit the clip through the loop. Just). My journal cover also likes to travel in style inside my "leather" messenger bag, which I've had for so long it's bound to fall apart any day now. I've lefth bot my Safari and my Navigator laying around in here for weeks with no issues, so I want to see what a Noodler's pen will put up with, and after a trip to the station, a train ride, a hurried walk through the city and a bus ride we see. . . Not much difference. There was also no ink in the cap, but I couldn't get a decent photo of that. If a nib creaper can handle me running around, dodging and weaving through crowds, and even dropping my carry bag twice, then I don't think that it's gonna leak. Writing on the rougher paper though definitely has its drawbacks. You can see in the closeup that the ink would chase long fibres across the surface of the paper and the show-through was almost legible on the other side. All in all I'm quite happy with this pen, but it definitely needs good quality paper and I don't know how I feel about paying 30 bucks a hit for everyday journaling. I would happily keep this for letter writing and signing things, and I would love one of these with a standard nib, but the flex and the wetness are things I would still have to learn how to use. One impression I got through using the Nib Creaper on good paper was the tactile memory of journaling on a moving train with an Artline 200 felt tip. A wonderful experience that recalls days where I would have to fight the urge to just stay curled up in my seat and just keep writing away for hours. Summary: ______________________________________________________________________ Appearance & Design (7/10) - Love the colour! The colour range in Noodler's pens is fantastic, and I love the marbled colour contrasts. I have never "ooed" and "aahd" so much over a writing implement before. I love the smaller form factor Noodler's are working with and I will definitely get another one. Construction & Quality (7/10) - You feel the price, but you get a lot for it. Cheap doesn't have to mean bad, and Noodler's have certainly proved that point. While it is certainly more colourful than your standard array of ballpoints on the shelf at officeworks it still leaves me with this kind of impression. Yet, in spite of this it has already proven that it can handle my day-to-day routine without spilling stains everywhere. Weight & Dimensions (9/10) - Long, slender, and lightweight Capped: 131mm Uncapped: 118mm Posted: 140mm Weight: circa 20 grams Nib & Performance (7/10) - Wet and smooth, but a little scratchy on cheaper paper Getting the tines to flex takes less pressure than you would think, I was having some trouble with starting on some down strokes, and experimenting with different holding positions and angles didn't seem to help any. Also: on my cheaper journal paper there was definite bleed and show through due to the wetness of the write, and the nib felt a little scratchy. That said, it was only a matter of a few millimetres each time the feed wasn't dry simply starting at times seems to require a little flex now and then. Filling System & Maintenance (10/10) - Classic reliable piston filler moving the piston the first time was a little stiff but ever since the piston mechanism has been easy to use. Taking the time to leave a little room in the reservoir seems to have headed off any potential worries with ink bleeding out the feed. Even as someone who has a preference for converters I have zero complaints. Cost & Value (9/10) - Cheap and exceptionally cheerful! At 16.10 USD (plus postage) from Goulet pens, if you're looking to experiment with a flex nib you can't go wrong. Conclusion (49/60) - I am going to take this pen on more adventures. Next weekend I am going to take my Paper Blanks journal, and go for a long ride before settling down under a tree somewhere with my Nib Creaper.
  13. Hello Good People, Inspired by some comments following my recent purchase of what are probably the last bottles of Coral Sea and Catalpa for sale in Australia, I did a quick and dirty comparison of those inks, along with Violet Vote, both the original formula and the 'last batch' formulation, which arrived today courtesy of Anderson Pens (usual disclaimer applies). I included a few other inks to hand for comparison purposes, so that it is easier to judge the colours, given the variations in the way different computer screens display colours. So here's the comparison sheet: The paper is Rhodia 80 gsm. The colours are fairly close to the original on my laptop screen, so it should give a fairly good indication. Note that the swabs for the two Violet Votes are the wrong way round (had a brain spasm at the time!). The Coral Seas and Catalpas look identical, but you should be able to see that the newer VV is much redder than the original, and to me it's not quite as nice a colour. Here's a quick shot of the two bottles side by side (original on the left): Quite different. What was even more surprising, was when I accidentally shone UV light on the bottle: Sorry about the poor focus, and for some reason the bottles ended up the other way around (original on the right), but the effect is obvious, and you can see the glow from the label of the original bottle. So I did another quick and dirty comparison sheet, with some of the Noodler's UV reactive inks that I had to hand. Photographing that under UV, given that I only had a small UV torch (flashlight), was a little challenging, but I hope the results speak for themselves. First the sheet in normal light: Please excuse the odd blots, my Ahab did a burp. The paper is a sheet of Moleskine from a cahier, which has no UV-reactive chemicals added, so it highlights the effect. Here's the same sheet in UV only: You can clearly see that the new-formula VV is fluorescing in UV light, and the original formula looks almost black as it's not reacting, but there's enough visible light to show it on the page with a hint of violet. The Catalpa and Coral Sea didn't show up as well in the photo as they do by eye, nor did the Fox Red. Here are the bottles under UV, with Coral Sea on the left: Well, that was fun. I hope it's been of some interest to you. Cheers, Effrafax.
  14. Just received my sample of Whaleman's Sepia from Goulet. This is an ink that, according to older posts, should be dry, thick, and prone to clogging. The consistency of my sample seems to be no thicker than the regular Noodler's inks. Inked it up in a Preppy fine, and the flow is comparable to regular Noodler's ink in that pen as well. It writes light brown with a tiny reddish hue, lighter than most of the reviews I've seen (sorry I don't have my scanner with me). This begs the question whether this has been reformulated/diluted to correct the reported drying/clogging behavior of previous batches. I left the cap off that Preppy for a whopping 10min in the dry California climate, and it started writing again after only 4-5 dry strokes. In comparison, I previously inked the same pen with 54th Massachusetts and left the cap off for 5min, and it refused to write until I wicked the feed with tissue paper. If this sounds nothing like the experience you've had with Whaleman's Sepia before, and you love the color, I think it won't hurt to get a sample of the new lot. I was prepared to hate its behavior and now I'm kissing the paper it had glided on
  15. Hello, All! My daughter will be 8 next month and she wants an Edison pen in Hawaiian (Unicorn Barf). She does use fountain pens and while I understand wanting a pen, I can't seem to justify a $150+ pen purchase for an 8-year old. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good, less expensive alternative? I looked at the Noodler's Konrad pens, but none of the colors were right. Thanks if advance for your help!
  16. NobodysPerfect

    Kung Te Cheng Issues

    So, I bought a bottle of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng about a year ago because I just loved the color. I had heard it had some behavior issues, like drying or hard starts, but I figured, with proper pen maintenance, I could live with that. However, the issue that keeps coming up is not something I've read about before. Basically, whenever I have Kung Te Cheng in a pen, the entire contents of the converter end up emptying into the pen cap. This has happened in a Pilot Metro (F), Lamy Safari (M), Noodler's Charlie, and now Conklin Duragraph (1.1 stub). I'm very careful with my pens, and if I do need to transport them somewhere, I put them in a F-C pen case, with the pens lying on their sides, not nib down. This is the only ink that has ever caused this issue in any pen. Also, just to be clear, it's not the same as nib creep, since it's literally the entire contents of the converter that leak out and fill up the cap. Has anyone else has this issue with their Kung Te-Cheng? I've read that diluting the ink helps with some other behavior issues, so would it also help with this leaking issue? How much should I dilute it? (Also, just to be clear, I'm not picking on Noodler's. I use and love many of their other inks, but just have issues with this particular one) Thank you.
  17. Hi All I heard so much about Noodlers Apache Sunset's amazing shading properties from egg yellow to sunset red etc... But I just cant seem to get any decent shading out of this ink. I have tried a F, M, B, Flex and 6.0mm calligraphy nibs, and while the larger nibs provide some shading it's nothing special, similar to any standard ink. I have not gotten nearly the amount of shading or colour variation as most people seem to achieve on FPN with this ink. I really wanted to experience the shading and colour variation. This is really confusing me because I have not seen one review of this ink where the shading and colour variation is not praised. I have tried different grades of paper, all the way from tracing paper to 200gsm artist paper - with the same result. I'm thinking that maybe I got a bad bottle/batch? Has anyone else experienced something similar? If so, can anyone suggest a way for me to improve the colour variation and shading? I have attached a picture of what kind of shading I managed to get - maybe i'm this is how it is supposed to look? Any ideas/thoughts?
  18. As most of us know, sometime in the middle of 2014 there was a major color change in Black Swan in Australian Roses (henceforth referred to as BSiAR). At that time, I had a bottle of the original color, which I view as version 1, obviously with the understanding that there can be slight variations between Noodler’s batches such that two bottles might not be exact matches anyway. I found the more purple color to be quite stunning, and that is what I will call version 2. I traded my bottle of version 1 for what was hoped to be a bottle of version 2 (I sent out my bottle and the other person had one sent directly to me from Amazon), except that by this time Nathan Tardif seems to have tried to get back to the original color and thus we get version 3, which is the ink that I will be reviewing today. Purely for the sake of comparison, I dug out a sample that I happened to have from my original bottle and can show you a swab of version 1 and 3 together: As you can see, it appears that version 3 is not quite as dark as the original, but it seems to recapture the pink-ness better. I still would probably love to have a bottle of version 2 over this one, but I also suspect that anyone who had a bottle of it either loved it and won’t part with it or has already traded it away. I like this ink. It’s a really fun color and mostly well-behaved except on awful paper, though I would wish for a bit more shading from this iteration. I found that the darker color of version 1 gave me the perfect amount of shading, but of course that’s completely subjective. Another nice thing about this ink is that it has a fair amount of water resistance for this color. For me that allows it to be in my family of “daily user” inks, though I don’t often use it because it’s not quite a bland as I prefer to everyday use. Overall, I think that this is a solid ink and you won’t go wrong picking up a bottle. Especially since Noodler’s go for ~ $13/3 oz here in the States, if you like the color it’s a low risk purchase. View a full page scan of the review here. This ink was received as part of a trade. I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree with me if you like.
  19. white_lotus

    Noodler's (Swedish) Stockholm Indigo

    Well, I feel a little bad about posting a review of an ink that is most likely unobtanium. A sample was sent to me early last year, and I've only now gotten to actually trying the ink. It was apparently a Noodler's custom ink for perhaps a Swedish Pen Club. I don't remember the exact circumstances surrounding this ink. I don't know if it was a one-off, or something that is restocked. Perhaps there is someone in Sweden or Stockholm who could clarify matters. A vintage style blue kind of like a royal blue. This ink for some reason seemed dry to me, which usually isn't the case with Noodler's. The ink dries almost instantly, and is totally waterproof. I forgot to do a chromatography before I emptied the pen. The pic for the Mohawk via Linen is very accurate to my eyes comparing on screen and on paper. Here the ink looks brighter and darker, almost like PPS, which this ink definitely is not.
  20. NickiStew

    And The Real Magic Begins

    Having committed myself to this project in June, I have tested circa 100 different fountain pens inks, and it’s six months down the line that the investigation is now really starting to pay off. Please click the link to view all images related to this post: https://quinkandbleach.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/and-the-real-magic-begins/ All fountain ink brands contain chemicals within their fluids to: increase paper penetration, minimise spreading and increase drying time. Other than that, each individual product can vary considerably and as shown in previous blogs, the the variations between products are wide ranging. Diamine produce an in-depth range of fountain pen inks made from dyes that when subjected to my water and bleach tests react in a visual way that is both dramatic and intriguing. Very often, the different dyes that make up the ink colour range reveal themselves in the gorgeous water wash blends and the bleach reacts with them in intensity from white or yellow gold to a stunning neon. Noodlers, on the other hand’ are known for creating ‘bulletproof inks’ to minimise fading and to prevent document tampering and forgery. These inks are agent (including bleach) resistant and often demonstrate a degree of resistance to water, which is equally exciting as the inks break down leaving a sediment effect, rather like a watercolour paint, often on top of a feint translucent base colour. What I have done here is lay down a background of Diamine Sunset onto a heavy Bockingford watercolour paper, which washes out a gorgeous range of dark and mid tone reddy browns with pinky reds and yellows. Then, using a Daedalus pen with a Zebra G flex nib I have rendered the illustration and type with the agent resistant Noodlers Lexington Gray. Once dried thoroughly I applied mid strength bleach washes over the illustration which only reacted with the background underneath. The final effect is visually pleasing in many ways as not only has the outcome been achieved using only two inks, adhering to my ethos of ‘less is more’, BUT because of the limited colour palette, the complex final image looks fresh and not overworked. The mottled gold areas where the bleach hasn’t obliterated the background colour add those magical serendipity effects unique to fountain pen inks. The subject matter may not be to everyone’s taste, but the technique is what counts, as I believe it to be unique to fountain pen inks. It’s simple, time efficient and visually dramatic! I am becoming increasingly convinced that fountain pen ink art could and maybe should become a proper genre of its’ own?
  21. a.zy.lee

    Parker 45 Demonstration (Video)

    Here's a video I made a while ago demonstrating a Parker 45. It's the midnight blue model with a medium nib. I have it inked with Noodler's Navy which matches it almost perfectly. The bit-rate in the video is kinda low due to editing with Windows Movie Maker. Enjoy! I have more videos like this on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pAl06Dx2E1WqWof7JnnvA
  22. Noodler's amazes me. The color options, the shading, the water resistance (some-but-not-all inks). I have nothing but respect for Mr. Tardif. This thread is one of wonderment, amazement, and homage. One thing that irritates me, however, is that he does not offer a true bulletproof CYMK set (with the obvious exception of Black.) This means that the inks I want to make for myself won't be bulletproof. And bulletproofness is a sticking point for me, or at least water resistance. (I don't write anything worth forging anyway, so for the time being let's throw out bleach/acetone/ammonia/..... resistance.) So for the chemists in the room: how can one make a water-resistant, dye-based ink? The dye retailers I've called don't think it can be done. (They mostly retail to cloth dyers, so their lack of expertise in inks isn't surprising, but cellulose reactivity is cellulose reactivity; all cellulose-reactive dyes I've come across require activation with a base like soda ash or NaOH, and then are unstable in a bottle. ) The closest I've come to an explanation of Tardif's dyes on this forum is this: Unfortunately I saved the quote but not the link in my notes. I believe Chemyst stepped in and countered that yes, they are reactive dyes. We know that water resistant CYMK inks are possible, because De Atramantis makes them too. (Unfortunately they're very expensive here in the US.) So. Who wants to take a stab? What makes Bulletproof Black so bulletproof? How can one make a water resistant ink from a dye base? I'll offer some clues, or at least properties of Noodler's that I've noticed: --He offers (at least partially) water resistant blacks, and purples, and browns. (Though usually the water resistant component is black...) --He DOESN'T offer truly water resistant yellows or oranges. (Operation Overlord*) --He USED TO offer essentially CYMK inks from I think Swishers (Goldfinch for yellow, which he was "permanently sold out of" at one point, Hellbender Red, Brittania's Blue Waves -- see the Noodler's CYMK thread). He no longer does so. Is this lack of interest, or a change in availability, or....? --Noodler's likes to form bubbles in my bottles, indicating he uses A LOT of surfactant. This is also evidenced by the degree to which it nib creeps. So far I've: --Done patent searches related to inks (I still haven't found a single patent related to fountain pen inks; the ONE I was able to find seemed to talk about a "ball point fountain pen ink" which was odd.) There are lots of patents related to inkjets and ball points, but none specifically related to FPs. Most of the inkjet patents are pigment-related, but not all. --Done MSDS searches for major ink makers. I've learned some about what other stuff goes in ink, but the only actual dye I've found was a direct dye used in Pilot's rollerball inks. --Called Pro Chemical and Dye, DharmaTrading, and Keystone; the first 2 have no idea what I'm talking about (and think it's impossible); the last hasn't called me back yet. --Done general dye research, especially at . A list of threads worth reading if this topic encuriouses you too: Fabric Dye as a Basis for Ink: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/269610-fabric-dye-as-a-basis-for-ink/ Make Your Own Ink https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/2183-make-your-own-ink/ The Open Source Ink Project: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/227894-open-source-ink-project/ Physics Articles Related to FPs: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/288121-fountain-pen-ink-behaviour-fountain-pen-physics-journal-articlesreferences/ Mixing Glycerine In Ink: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/257406-mixing-glycerine-in-ink/ Surfactants in Ink for Improved Flow: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/229403-surfactants-in-ink-for-improved-flow/ So.... thoughts?
  23. white_lotus

    Noodler's Brown

    Well, Noodler's perhaps doesn't need an introduction, as everyone knows that Mr. Nathan Tardiff creates this inky lineup at his secret inky factory. A very extensive line of inks it is. Some are basic, some are more interesting. This one falls into the more basic range. That is not a negative, as not everyone wants a super shady, sheeny ink with glitter. Sometimes you just want an ink that works without fuss and I think this ink fits that criteria. This ink falls on the drier end of the wetness scale, but it is but no means "dry". I used a Lamy AL-Star (M-Steel) which is decently wet, but with this ink I got a bit finer line than I might have expected. I also tried the ink on some cheap Cambridge notebook paper which usually has serious problems with show through and bleed through, and while there was a good amount of show through, the bleed through was limited. It has reasonably short dry times on the papers used, and no problems with skips, start-up, etc., and the converter experienced no staining. There was a little bit of ink collecting on the top surface of the nib, but nothing major, and it wiped off easily. The ink is water resistant, so another plus. Papers used were MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. As is typical, the images all seem to show the ink as darker than in reality. It's a middle brown, and it never shows as black or even dark brown. It's much lighter than Sailor Kobe #3, perhaps a little lighter than Iroshizuku Tsukushi. It is definitely a cool brown.
  24. Full review with pics here: http://thefrugalfountainpen.blogspot.com/2016/03/noodlers-10-dixie-rebellion-red-ripple.html I am a fan of Noodler's pens. They are affordable, well made, and a tinkerer's dream. They have their origins in India and I love Indian pens. They are easy to break down and clean and can be easily customized by just adding a new nib. I know that some people think they are finicky and temperamental, but I have found them to be very reliable once they are set up correctly. The object of this review is the #10 Dixie Rebellion Red Ripple Konrad. I would like to thank Luxury Brands (Noodler's distributor) for making this pen available for review. The #10 is a piston filler with a very simple mechanism. It is very easy to fill and it stores a fair amount of ink. This pen has an ebonite body with an acrylic ink window and is a very attractive medium-sized pen. The pen cap is solid-black, there is a silver colored band at the bottom of the cap and the body is figured reddish brown and black ebonite with a solid-black blind cap. The clip is also silver-colored and is quite stiff. The pen is about 5.5" long, the cap width is about 9/16" and the body is about 7/16" at its widest point. The grip section is about 3/8". It weighs only .6 oz. when filled with ink.As the pen is made of ebonite, it has a faint rubber smell. I found it warm and comfortable to hold and the cap posts securely and deeply. Out of the box, it was fitted with the #6 Noodler's fine medium-flex nib. In my writing tests, I found it to be a smooth writer with good ink flow. As with other Noodler's flex pens I have used, it requires quite a bit of pressure to get any line variation. If you write with normal pressure, you will get a uniform fine/medium line. I pulled the nib out slightly to make it flex a bit easier. However, if you want to flex a lot, you have to take it slow otherwise you will experience some railroading. The #10 Konrad has a lot of things I like in a pen: Nibs can be easily replaced with any #6 nib. Easy to disassemble for cleaning and maintenance. Piston filler mechanism. Holds plenty of ink. Machined ebonite feed. Great pen for the pen tinkerer. All in all, it is a wonderful value for an ebonite piston-filler.
  25. Luxury Brands Ink Miser Inkwell videos. The Intra-Bottle Inkwell is good for getting that last drop of Noodler's from bottle to pen. That is assuming you ever empty one of those 3 ounce bottles which is something I have yet to do. Besides the uses shown in the videos, soaking a pen just up to the nib would be a really good use for the Ink-Shot. I might just need a row of these to clean pens after paper tests.

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