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  1. gamingoodz

    The Odd Ink Sniffer...

    So I am just sitting here working on some math for college pondering over the fact that I just turned 30 and wondering where the last few years of my life went.. As I'm writing with Noodler's Black ink I catch of whiff of the inks aroma and Its a familiar pleasant smell lol.. I don't know what it is but I just really like the smell of Noodler's black ink. It's like when I'm writing with it I can't help lifting my pen to my nose to smell it.. Really weird..I know. But now I'm wondering if anyone has any inks that they just really like the smell of? Or am I just a complete weirdo..(Don't answer that lol)
  2. We just got a new shipment of Noodlers Neponset fountain pens in several color choices. These pens won't last long. https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/fountain_pens/noodlers_acrylic_neponset_fountain_pen.html Available Sizes & Colors Noodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Appalachian PearlNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Coral SeaNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Ghostly LapisNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - John MungNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Olde SalemNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Rattlesnake AdrenalinNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Victory GardenNoodlers Neponset Fountain Pens - Yellow Fer de Lance
  3. Here's what I spent my day doing, as a result of being salty about my Ackerman pump pen not arriving and getting no responses to my multiple queries to customer service. And really, it was so stupid-easy, I should have just done this to begin with. Annnnnd here's a general run-down on how I did it: Close-up of the tape overfeed on the nib: Hopefully other tinkerers and those who desire, specifically (like me), to use G nibs in their pens, will find this helpful and interesting. I know I'm enjoying it! The only problem I've come across is that you CANNOT give the pen a little downward shake to prime the nib. It will spew a big ol' droplet or two. The way I would describe how to get the nib tip primed, should it run dry, is to do little "woodpecker taps" on a piece of scrap paper. Or if you're really careful (*cough*adventurous*cough*), light taps where you're going to start your line. This should be familiar to others who have put dip nibs in fountain pens before.
  4. visvamitra

    Polar Blue - Noodler's

    Noodler's is one of the companies that don't need introductions. Nathan's Tardiff work is unimaginable. The guy must be a vampire who doesn't sleep and feeds on developing ideas: new inks, new pens. Polar Blue is first Polar ink from Noodler's which I have tested. The ink dries quickly and it doesn't smear or smudge no matter how hard you rub it. Sadly it tends to bleedthrough on most of papers. It has a low saturation. I would describe the color as dull and chalky. Ink splash Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software Id Tomoe River, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Lyreco, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Clairefontaine, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B
  5. dragos.mocanu

    Noodler's Konrad Inner Cap?

    Cheers, I just saw this video of Nathan's, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R4FNBTKCQg, and it got me wondering, are the newer Konrads fitted with an inner cap? After minute 3:45 he clearly states that the shot 'forced the inner cap well over the section' Cheers
  6. sciencehistorian

    Hello From Australia

    Hi All, I've been a FPN lurker for a few years now. I decided to start posting because I have finally found The Pen - the Pelikan M 805 in black blue. I was very fortunate to be able to buy two Pelikans together - a stunningly beautiful M 400 in white and tortoise shell, and the M 805. The 805's nib is a touch smoother than the M 400's, though both pens are the most amazing I have ever used. I have a thing about blue pens, so I try to collect them more than the others, but the tortoise shell Pelikan is so beautiful - it's possible to see the ink sloshing around inside while the thin gold and brass stripes shine in the light. Recently I switched from F nibs to M nibs (European line thickness) and I'm very happy that I did. I'd like to share some photos with you. (Apologies about the handwriting - sometimes it's back-slanted and sometimes it's forward slanted because I'm a lefty.)
  7. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2015-Inklings/2015-Ink_0089.jpg
  8. amberleadavis

    Co-Razy-Views - Reds

    http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_682.jpg
  9. visvamitra

    Gruene Cactus Eel Ink - Noodler's

    Noodler's is one of the companies that don't need introductions. Nathan's Tardiff work is unimaginable. The guy must be a vampire who doesn't sleep and feeds on developing ideas: new inks, new pens. Gruene Cactus Eel is a highly saturated, dark and fresh shade of green. It's well behaved and using it is pleasant. Ink splash Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software Id Tomoe River, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B
  10. I've had my Neponset for a while now and the thing that's always bugged me is that the middle tine sits slightly above the outside tines when you aren't flexing the nib. This is the only music nib that I have ever used, so im not sure if this is normal. Any advice or insight into the following would be greatly appreciated.... I have experienced times when one of the outside tines will get caught underneath the middle tine. It's usually only happens when I'm writing/drawing on a really scratchy piece of paper. I've always assumed it was because the outside tine was getting caught on the paper and would pop underneath the middle because the tines bend towards each other. I was thinking about it tonight and it seems like when I flex the nib I feel, and I swear I hear (creaking), the tines rubbing against one another. So it seems like they would easily get twisted like I've described when flexing. I own two Ahab's so I don't feel like I put any inappropriate pressure on the Vishnu nib while flexing; I really don't think I've sprung the nib. In fact I thought this was how they are supposed to look( at least the Noodler's music Nibs). I'm on my second because the first wouldn't write at all because of a feed and section issue, and the nibs are identical. So it at least appears as though this is an intentional design. So, just a few questions: 1) is this normal for a Neponset? 2) is this common to music nibs? 3) will it permanently damage the nib if the outside tine pops under the middle tine? 4) is there a way to fix this?
  11. PenChalet

    Noodlers Neponset Fountain Pens

    We just received a shipment of Noodlers Neponset fountain pens. If you order now we will send on a priority 2-3 shipment so it is not too late to get for Christmas. Hurry though these will not last long: Appalachian Pearl ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coral Sea ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Mung ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lake Baikal ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rattlesnake Adrenalin
  12. visvamitra

    Rome Is Burning - Noodler's

    Noodler's is one of the companies that don't need introductions. Nathan's Tardiff work is unimaginable. The guy must be a vampire who doesn't sleep and feeds on developing ideas: new inks, new pens. Rome is Burning has cool name. I enjoy it a lot. There's of course quite a biy of history / philosophy behind it as it was created by Nathan Tardiff who describes this ink as follows: "Rome Burning” has a bulletproof patrician core color of Caesar’s purple with the colors of the inferno that wash away from it with excess liquidity. As it dries there are shades of brass that can actually shine on some paper grades and can halo the darker core when using the right nib/feed combination. On very absorbent cellulose paper the patrician core can be seen in the center as the fire surrounds it – as if an eclipse of the sun. The image on the webpage and the attached film demonstration should make the ink’s design and inspiration manifest to all…and if more is desired please see the YouTube video on link below" Sounds great. The guy knows his way with words And now time to make a confession. Lately my enthusiasm toward inks reviewing weakens. Rarely I find / discover new inks that would delight me. Rome is Burning isn't good ink. It has it issues. It causes feathering on absorbent papers but I absolutely love it. The color is amazing, especially when the ink is wet and you see it on the paper. With time the colors becomes more muted yet still I find it great. Ink splash Software Id Tomoe River, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Oxford, Kaweco Sport Classic, B Water resistance (after 30 minutes of soaking) Yes, it turns purple after soaking
  13. chingdamosaic

    Pilot Iroshizuku Konpeki 紺碧

    Pilot Iroshizuku Konpeki[紺碧] in Nooler's "Creaper" flex nib http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/02_20151030223804ef8.jpg On beige grid paper: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/08_201510302238244a7.jpg close-ups: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/09_20151030223826aa5.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/10_201510302238265e1.jpg On AQUABEE 6075(sketch paper made in Canada):[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/11_2015103022410580a.jpg[/size] With dip pen(Blue pumpkin):[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/12_2015103022411070b.jpg[/size] Close-ups/sheen:[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/13_20151030224109daa.jpg[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/14_20151030224110417.jpg[/size]
  14. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - 54Th Massachusetts

    * originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, 54th Massachusetts. Grade: 62.50%. Paper: Norcom Composition. My mother, when she first got into fountain pens, bought 54th Mass. because she thought it was going to be her 'go to' work horse ink. I don't she she wrote with it for even a day before she decided she hated it. She was expecting a blue black ink, but instead got what I call a blue gray. I think that the deep blue gray color makes it unique, but I can understand her sentiment. As I've used 54th Mass., I've both loved and hated this ink. I think the ink was aptly named; the color certainly brings to mind the uniforms the Union wore during the American Civil War. Not a pristine and clean museum piece, but rather a worn in and heavily used soldiers uniform. I can't help but think of the uniforms the Union army wore in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly when I see this ink in person. 54th Mass. is a Bulletproof/Eternal Noodler's ink. You may not be able to tell, but I decided to put this ink to the test. On the words WATER and HAND SANITIZER, I put drops of, you guessed it, water and hand sanitizer onto the ink. From what I can see, 54th Mass. didn't move an inch. However, I can also tell you that it will take some effort to clean this ink. I got some one hands last night and I'm still slightly gray almost 24 hours, and several hand washes, later. 54th makes up for its clean up issues in my mind by being a very fast drying and smooth writing ink. Just be aware that this also means that the pen will dry out quickly if you leave the cap off of your pen for too long. 54th Mass. may not be a very well rounded ink, but I think its Eternal properties, unique color, and resistance to bleeding through cheap paper make it a great office or EDC ink.
  15. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Widowmaker

    *originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Widowmaker. Grade: 78.75%. Paper: Norcom Composition. Noodler's Widowmaker (WM) is an ink that I think that Dracula would be proud to use. Or worse, an 11th grade English teacher. It's a deep red ink that I don't think can just be considered a standard red. I would call it either a scarlet or carmine. I think it's safe to say that WM does remind me of fresh blood, especially when it's wet. Dracula jokes aside, I've had ink on my finger at work and have been asked if I'd cut my finger. WM is a smooth writing ink that flows well. Like a lot of smooth and wet inks, it can take a little time to dry, but I wouldn't consider it to be terrible. Especially an ink this saturated. WM is not labeled as an Eternal/Bulletproof ink, but I've been very happy with its performance so far. You can see that it will definitely smear if you use a highlighter on it (the words I used it on were over a week old), and water almost washed the letters away. But nail polish remover and hand sanitizer didn't push it out of place. It may be hard to see, but I love how this ink shades. It's subtle, but it adds a lot to flex writing. I've also been very impressed with how little WM feathers and bleeds. I thought for sure that it would, but other than some echo on this cheap paper, it's performed very well. The biggest question is what to use WM for. I've mostly been using it in calligraphy, which I've thoroughly loved. I'm not a teacher, but for some reason it makes me wish I could write some A's and F's on someone's math test. It's not an ink that you can sign office documents with, but this would be a great draft review ink. And with the levels of permanence I've seen, it would make some great ink washes. Based on its amazing color, permanence, and writing smoothness I would highly recommend this ink. I just need to find more uses for it.
  16. Hello! I looked through a lot of posts about ink recommendation on fountainpennetwork.com but most of the threads were posted and answered several years ago (early 2000s) so I wanted to see some new updated responses about few inks that I assume would be good with my Lamy Safari fountain pen. (I read all the ink reviews on the giant Index - Ink Review collection post and also watched tons of youtube videos, visited various fountain pen websites, etc.) Information about my pen: Lamy Safari (2015) with Fine nibList of characteristics I would like in the ink: Blue-black ink, more of a "black with a touch of blue" kind of ink. Or very dark blue color inks are good too.Does not bleed through cheap paper. (As a student I would like to use my fountain pen to take notes. I use Mead FiveStar notebooks and I read on few posts that this notebook's paper quality is not so terrible.)Doesn't have to be absolutely bulletproof or waterproof. Partially is fine. As long as the ink does not completely disappear or becomes completely illegible when coming in contact with water.Good for almost every day usage (note taking, writing journals, essays, letters, etc.)Affordable on a student budget (Preferably under or around $15)List of Inks that I think would be good: Noodler's 54th Massachusetts (Beautiful and the ideal blue-black color I am looking for. But how does this behave on a cheap paper? Does it bleed through? Is it good with Lamy Safari pens?)Noodler's Blue-Black (Another great color and overall very positive reviews. Will it behave well on a cheap paper and with my Lamy Safari pen?) Noodler's Bulletproof Black (Heard lots of good things about this ink. I am a bit concerned though because I read reviews and posts that said nib creeping were issues. However I also read great comments that said this ink is a perfect workhorse type of ink and works well on cheap papers. It's really too bad this is a black ink. I would love to write in blue-black ink. Will this be a good fit for my Lamy Safari w. Fine nib?)Noodler's X-Feather (This one is a good ink from what I've seen and read. However it does not dry as quickly. I tend to write very quickly and I'm afraid I will smudge my notes constantly. Feathering, to me at least, is not much of a big problem compared to bleeding through papers and clogging the pen)Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black (Saw this one appear frequently on other ink recommendation posts. However I also read some water resistant issues with this ink.Waterman Blue/ Waterman Black/ Waterman Blue-Black (Waterman inks were also very frequently recommended. So same questions: Does it behave well on cheap papers and with Lamy Safari pens?) Personal note: I found Noodler's Air Corp Blue Black too green and Noodler's Navy too blue for my taste. Noodler's Eel ink series are too lubricated for me. Thank you for your help!
  17. white_lotus

    Noodler's (Fph) Henry Hudson Blue

    Living a few hours from NYC I am very fortunate to be able to personally shop at Fountain Pen Hospital. Sadly a city of 8 million can only support one fountain pen store. Well, perhaps my pocketbook is happier that way. They do have some custom Noodler's inks, one of which is this one: Henry Hudson Blue, an eternal security ink. I'm not sure what that means, but this ink is totally waterproof. It may also be "proof" to a lot of other things as well. It's also a very nice color, not totally saturated, but slightly greyed blue, but not in a bad way. It's just not as bright on the page as say Aurora Blue, J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. It's a very professional looking ink. I like it quite a bit. The papers used were MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. There is another review on the forum that's very good and shows this ink as well. If you're interested in getting this ink you might want to check it out. The ink in my bottle doesn't seem to lean as far towards the red as that review. https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/288711-noodlers-henry-hudson-bluea-handwritten-review/?p=3329914 Not sure how well I've captured the color. Seems a little more saturated in the images. There is a very slight wash of red from the ink when placed under a running faucet. But the main body of the ink is totally permanent.
  18. white_lotus

    Noodler's Liberty's Elysium

    Noodler's Liberty's Elysium is a custom ink for Goulet Pens. I picked up a bottle a couple a couple years ago as this ink is commonly recommended on various forums. And then never got around to trying it. Now is that time. Some folks say NLE is a good substitute for vintage Parker Penman Sapphire but the bottle I have does not conform to that notion. But still it's a very good ink. In looking back over my review seems like I had a little trouble with it drying out while uncapped, so it might have been a little fussy for me in that pen. At the time I was comparing it to PPS, and that probably wasn't fair to NLE. I'd say the color is a bit greener than shown in these images which is too close to middle blue. There is decent shading on the Tomoe River. Fairly water resistant.
  19. butangmucat

    Converted An Ahab

    I always wanted an Ahab that has the excellent rubber feed, but a nib that is not that springy. Finally got it, using a Meisternibs 18k nib. The nib seems to be unsuitable for an Acrylic Konrad or normal Konrad.
  20. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Apache Sunset

    Ink Review: Noodler's Ink - Apache Sunset Grade: 60.00% Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb, 85g Clairefontaine, 90g Rhodia, Post-it Note. Apache Sunset(APS) is an ink that most people that are into fountain pens have heard of. Even those that won't give Noodler's Ink the time of day acknowledge that APS is one of the best shading inks available. APS isn't prone to feathering or bleeding in a fine nib, but when used in a pen with a wet nib, it will easily. Which is a little easier to run into than you might think. This is an ink that is famous for a its shading, so it makes sense that you would want to use it in a wet pen. I put APS into my Noodler's Ahab that I adjusted to be wet and entire letters would bleed into one another. APS at first seemed dry to write with, but after giving it some thought I believe APS only seemed that way because I normally use highly saturated inks. Compared to Noodler's Bad Blue Heron or Black, this ink may seem very thin. It makes sense. A highly saturated ink with a lot of pigment, like Bad Blue Heron or Black, will not provide much shading. APS isn't a permanent ink and is easily cleaned with water. APS has an average dry time. Not too long; not too short. Right about in the middle based on its other properties. APS is not what I would call a work friendly ink. It's not a traditional blue or black ink so you can't really use it on official forms. APS can also be hard to read from a distance. I find that I have to read the page closer than normal when I'm trying to read notes written in APS. But I don't see that as APS's primary role. APS is ideal for artistic purposes and for experimenting with flex writing. And in that role, it excels. In the end, APS is not really well suited to being "well rounded ", but it is still a lot of fun.
  21. Noodler's makes a few custom inks for Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City. One of them is Old Dutch Colony Sepia. Apparently meant to imitate the ink used back in the day of the 17th century Old Dutch Colony of New Netherlands. It's not a bad imitation of some sepias. It is very similar to the Hakase Real Sepia, though a bit redder. My guess it is vastly less expensive, and no animals were harmed in the making of the Old Dutch Colony sepia. I've been using it on Moleskine notebook as my work log book, and it seems to be pretty OK there. And on better papers, it behaves very well. This time round, I found a Clairfontaine notebook, and so have included writing samples on that paper as well. The ink blot didn't really photograph well. To my eye, it is a bright greenish yellow halo around the brown center. But the photos all show yellow. I'm guessing my eye is generating some simultaneous contrast there. The regular pictures here are showing the ink a bit darker than it really is. The ink is quite similar to Sailor Ishida Bungu Hakodate Curry, but redder/more neutral than that ink. They are almost identical in value. Interestingly, when blotting water droplets, a rose color was left behind. When washing the ink, the yellow was what washed away, leaving some the brown.
  22. Thank you to MHosea and others who have sent me inks. I'll be sending these sheets out shortly. http://sheismylawyer.com/album/Ink/slides/2015-10-08-17-15-48.jpg
  23. My obsession with fountain pens began with a 25 cent Wearever circa 1954, but really took hold in junior high school when I purchased one of the first Parker 45 convertibles in 1961, which I still have. In the intervening years I've owned a lot of Parkers: 45, 51, 61, 75 and lost, replaced and repaired those a couple of times. These were follwed by a couple of Scheaffer's, two Watermann's with 18K nibs (neither of which I like, and never use), a couple of Aurora's, Namiki, Cross, and Pelikans of various models and price points. My two favorites have been that Parker 45 and a Pelikan M200, until about two weeks ago. I saw something online about the Pilot Metropolitan. I hadn't bought a fountain pen in several years but why not I thought. It was under $20. And now I find myself utterly entranced again. I am in love with this pen! I've been glued to Youtube videos and pen sites ever since. I never realized that I could actually fiddle with my pens to adjust them to me. Who knew there are so many cheap pens that are so excellent and there are so many people online who also write exclusively with fountain pens. In the last 72 hours, I've purchased a Jinhao 450, Serwex 1362, and a Noodler's Ahab Flex based upon those videos and sites and the information I've learned. I've also bought extra nibs and ebonite feed, and a pilot converter for the Metropolitan, and spent less money for all of that than I did for one of those Watermann's I hate! I'm looking forward to receiving each and playing with all of them.
  24. A strange thing happened when I put Noodler's V-mail North African Violet in a pen which I knew to be a very wet writer, a Pelikan Silvexa with an OBB nib: the pen hardly wrote anymore. I had to push the ink forward from the converter which resulted in a light purple; after about one line, the colour turned into a very pale purple and after two lines, the pen didn't write anymore. First, I thought, the the feeder might be clogged, even though I had cleaned it before filling the pen with this ink. In the end, though, I understood that it was the ink's fault, not the pen's. So I tried to get the ink flowing by adding some distilled water to it, but that didn't help at all. Therefore I decided to use another ink and filled the pen with Waterman Tender Purple. Now it writes like a garden hose again, just like it did before when it was fillen with ink from J. Herbin, and lived happily ever after. Two of the North African Violet reviews mention flow problems, whereas the others speak of good, if not wet flow. So I wonder if I am the only one to have made this experience.
  25. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink- Bad Belted Kingfisher Grade: 81.25% Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb, 85g Clairefontaine, 90g Rhodia, Post-it Note. Bad Belted Kingfisher (BBK) is now the 2nd Noodler's "warden" series ink that I have tried. If you're not familiar with this series, you should know that it is an ink that was designed to be forgery resistant. It's designed to resist water, bleach, and even UV light. At first I wondered if BBK would be any different to Bad Blue Heron (BBH). Both are "warden" inks and both are blue, but I think that they are definitely different enough that trying both has been enjoyable. BBK has a wetter flow that makes it a smoother writing experience. BBH seems to be a slate blue color that comes across as chalky to me, but BBK comes across as a more true blue. Honestly I can't help but think that it reminds me of the denim on a new pair of jeans. BBK performed very well in the permanency tests I put it through, but I was happy to see that it did make some nice ink washes. So just don't expect it to not move from the page at all. It's resistant, not permanent. BBK dries quickly and cleans up well and without too much hassle. The drawback to it being a fast dryer is that it won't shade readily. It will shade on good paper with a wet pen, but on other paper it can look like a dark navy color and you may not see any shading at all. BBK isn't prone to bleed through and that can be very useful if you're using it in an office setting. And because it's a blue color it's a appropriate color that won't turn any heads and attract any unwanted attention. So which do I like more? BBH or BBK? That's hard to say. I like the color on BBH more, but I prefer the flow of BBK. After that, both are nearly the same, and you may just end up picking which shade of blue you like more. Overall, BBK is a great ink that has a lot of special properties, but is still easy enough to use without a lot of special maintenance. If you've never tried a "warden" series ink from Noodler's, I'd say this would be a good introductory ink for you to try.





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