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  1. Armand.D

    Scabiosa Or Not ?

    Hello all, I am currently hesitating between wide posibilities about a great ink/pen combo for crappy paper. In fact I am planning to work everyday with this set : FPR Triveni Jr / Sailor Jentle BlueLamy Safari F / PR Fiesta red (to underline)Pilot parallel / ...? (for big titles) (at home) + This for crappy paper, and I woud like also for less big titles, so like this I will be able to have a pen for two different purposes (better for me and my wallet, mostly more convenient if the ink will be with the Parallel). The inks : I am here to ask you if Scabiosa would be a great competitor, but what annoy me is that it will be very dry (I've tried Salix for comparison) among with a narrow-nibbed pen... My crappy paper → Cheap feathering-prone school copy paper, and it is more to make little notes on texts with highlighting. Otherwise I wondered about blacks before, and I have currently Perle noire but not tested in narrow-nibs (I thinked to a 78G but with con-50 I think that for the price there are better options).I can also order some samples of X-feather or Noodler's black for example. I don't know if there are more to consider, maybe more polyvalent about the flow or drying time, I am open to other colour than black/ "classic" colours, I want it to be distinguable and readable easily. Scabiosa interested me because before I was thinking about Herbin PDL, I would love to use it everyday ! You will surely recommend me basic inks like watermans, pilot.. (no judgments) I guess. About pens : I am talking about narrow-nibs (F,EF) because this is what I am used to (western F), and because I think that for this purpose it is more adapted. I have thinked about the Nemosine Singularity, not very expensive but I don't need/want to spend really much more, this might be good because of the nib choices : Does 0.6/0.8 Italic on this would work well (flow) with Scabiosa ? (also Knox K35 possible) If yes, super good, otherwise does my Safari with a 1.1 would be too wide for this purpose, I have not tested the nib yet ? If Scabiosa is that dry maybe with a western M nib the line will be not too big and the flow good ? Or do you have other pens to recommend ? Finally : Maybe I am confused, but there are a lot of options and I hope that you will be able to help me in this choice. Hoping this thread is readable, Thank you !
  2. Pretty great blue ink, Ive been using it for over a year.
  3. I fell in love with Noodlers Blue esp. with my Metropolitan, but also like the looks of Noodlers Liberty Elysium. Can anyone tell me the color difference between the two? Is it as concentrated and thick as Baystate Blue? Or is it a lighter color like Noodlers Original Blue? Thanks
  4. rhymingisfun

    Low Maintenance Inks

    I've bought a lot of Noodler's inks since I've gotten into fountain pens, and since then I've found they are not to my liking with how much cleaning I have to do each time I change colors. Even thought I absolutely love Bad Blue Heron and Walnut, they tend to stain my converters and a simple flush is never enough to clean out my pens. I have Rohrer and Klingner Salix and Scabiosa, but haven't become enamored with those, even though they flush out so well. I thought Diamine might be nice but then Sargasso Sea took some effort to clean out of my pen. Hematite Rouge did the same, but I'll use it because of how beautiful it is. But I want inks that are easier to clean up. I like vibrant inks, but i don't want the hassle! Can I have my cake and eat it too? What are some good saturated inks that aren't difficult?
  5. I finally received my FPR Guru Flex today in the mail and it is a very interesting pen. Interesting in the sense that I can't make up my mind about it. Here are my thoughts from the first time using it. http://i.imgur.com/kWKuieKl.jpg Aesthetics: 5/10 I don't think this is an ugly pen, however, it isn't pretty. I like demonstrators, especially when they are well done. This, unfortunately, isn't the most refined of demonstrators. The points where the plastic is joined looks very sloppy and the threads suffer from the same problem. The pocket clip works well, but looks very very cheap. This pen comes in at about 5 inches, pretty similar in length to the Noodler's Ahab, but much thinner. I would have preferred if it were a bit thicker, both for aesthetics and ergonomics. http://i.imgur.com/FBUAUAgl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/k8HZHTvl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ePawEAll.jpg Ergonomics: 7/10 Despite being a bit thin for my taste, it is actually very comfortable to use. The grip section appears smooth, but it is not slippery. The cap threads aren't sharp and don't interfere with writing. Filling System: 7/10 Piston filler. The piston knob is a little stubborn at first but it works smoothly and it fills up with ease. Hold a good amount of ink, I haven't measured this but it is pretty close to the Ahab. Nib and feed: 7/10 Here is where the pen gets interesting. I took out of the box and I was underwhelmed. I handled it, and it felt cheap. I filled it and the piston mechanism left something to be desired. And then I wrote with it. This nib is smooth. Very smooth. The feed keeps up with fast writing and this thing flexes with ease. No railroading whatsoever, and I can get it to flex just as much as my Ahab. Granted, I have no tinkered with my Ahab much at all, but as far as out of the box performance goes, I have to say the Guru impressed. http://i.imgur.com/9hJ8wlZl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/TeTki0ol.jpg Value: 7/10 This pen costs $12 from fountainpenrevolution.com. With shipping it is $15 and you get a free Serwex pen with it (at least I did, not sure if this is still the case). http://i.imgur.com/qJxSGGgl.jpg Overall: 33/50 I won't compare this to a Hero type pen because the Chinese companies don't offer a flex version. In terms of value I would compare it to the Noodler's Nib Creaper and Ahab. The Nib Creaper costs $14 without shipping and the Ahab costs about $20. If you can get a Nib Creaper for ~$15, I think that would be the best option. The Ahab is more ergonomic and better built, but more expensive. Overall I would say that I like the Guru. It is an interesting pen with a very nice flex nib. The shipping is a little long (I waited 11 days iirc) but it is a pen that not many people have and which writes very well for the price.
  6. fitz123

    Nib Creep On Lamy Al Star

    HI, I'm thinking of buying a Lamy Black Al star with a black nib and using it for school. Nib creep really irritates me, but my favorite ink- noodlers black is very prone to this. Anyone who has then pen and ink, can you tell me if the nib creep- if there is any- is noticeable on the black nib? Thanks
  7. I've always been a huge fan of Noodler's and Nathan, but they've always been undeniably drab in their color offerings for me. But I want more of these deep, luscious tortoise materials.
  8. Hello, Everybody! Does anyone have a current list of Noodler's inks with their properties? There is one posted on the Noodler's website in .PDF, but it is lacking some of the more recent inks. I have replicated it by hand into an excel document to make it easily filterable and searchable. Just wondering if anyone has the properties for the inks not already represented on that list. Thanks. -_Eric
  9. marcelo

    Kudos To Noodler's!

    Last January I bought a Lamy Palladium, medium nib, that was love at the first sight - finishing, balance, look and feel, superb design, everything was there, expect for the fact that it writes really wet. I'm not a left-handed, but write in a way that my hand drags over the previously written line. You know what happens. After a bit of research I found Noodler's Bernanke Blue, a quick drying ink that would solve the problem. As I have never used a "special" ink, I was kind of skeptic, what made the outcome even more satisfying - no smearing WHATSOEVER. It literally takes ONE second to dry! I want to congratulate Noodler's for the terrific product and Goulet Pens for the amazing service! http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b519/biggi675/HUGS%20AND%20KISSES/kiss-and-thank-you-smiley-emoticon_zpsnif5jqsy.gif Marcelo
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  11. As Noodlers just announced on Facebook, they hope to send out the new H.O.D bottles with Charlie pens by the end of May to the dealers. I am signed up on Gouletpens.com to receive notification when it comes in, just wondering who else is reallllly excited to try out this limited number pens (140 were made).
  12. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Nightshade

    * Originally posted on my Instagram page. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Nightshade. Grade: 62.50%. Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Clairefontaine 85g, 20lb Staples brand). Nightshade (NS) is a dark mauve, or burgundy, colored ink that reminds me a lot of Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses. On cheaper paper it sometimes has a brown quality to it that reminds me of rust, especially when just writing normally. When used in a flex pen, the shading is very subtle, which can be appealing depending on the desired application, but on very absorptive paper, the color becomes matte and the shading is almost non-existent. NS is a very wet ink, that drys very quickly despite its saturated nature. Which I think makes this ink ideal for practicing calligraphy in a flex pen. The trade off, as you probably guessed, is that NS feathers and bleeds heavily, even on 85g Clairefontaine paper. When I did flex writing with NS on cheap office paper, some of the letters got a gray halo around them. It reminded of the separation you see in chromatography. NS is not a permanent ink. You can see from my tests that water lifts the words right off the page. I've used NS in an ink wash and I really enjoyed the effects I got with NS. I was surprised that it held up so well to hand sanitizer and nail polish remover. Just don't expect it to be bulletproof like its Australian cousin. If you're looking for a wet ink that isn't your every day purple, then you should check out Noodler's Nightshade.
  13. Hello everybody! I would like to ask for your opinion and request the help in particular of owners of Noodler's Ellis Island Blue Black in this, my first post. Recently I purchased a bottle of NEIBB from Fountain Pen Hospital based on Ed Jelley's great review. I was looking for a very dark blue to match that of some thank-you cards I am looking to write; however, the color of the ink is too different from what I was expecting. My first thought was my bottle was mislabeled. I got in touch with FPH and have been emailing back and forth with Adrienne, who has been very helpful. Apparently there was no mistake with the bottling or labeling, and according to the resident ink expert this is the right color. Also, I am not the first to contact them about the color of NEIBB, but this is just a "cool" black more than a blue black. I am including a picture of a small sheet of Rhodia paper comparing swabs of Noodler's Old Manhattan black, Cross Black, and NEIBB; as well as a scan of some writing I did on bright white EPSON paper (96 gsm) after diluting the ink trying to find the elusive blue in this blue black ink. I'm aware of the fact that colors may appear different depending on the display being used, as well as the nature and amount of lighting used to take a picture or scan a document. However, I can't help but think that there just isn't any blue in my bottle of NEIBB. Is it possible the formula has changed since last year? Thank you very much!
  14. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Gruene Catus

    * Originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Gruene Cactus. Grade: 82.50%. Paper: Norcom Composition. Gruene Cactus (GC) or Incredible Hulk Green, as I've come to think of it, is a green that I think I may have to buy a bottle of. In my Noodler's Ahab, the ink gushes. When I first inked my Ahab I used an ink syringe to fill the piston; when I turned it upside down to let ink flow to the feed, a drop of ink almost fell off of the nib. I have found this ink to be great for calligraphy. The saturation of GC makes it a very smooth writer, and an incredible shader. When I used it in a flex pen, the ink went from a lime green color to a deep evergreen green. GC dries very quickly despite being such a saturated ink and it doesn't feather badly either (even on cheap paper) which surprised me. However it does bleed heavily when you use it in a flex pen. To try it out, I used it on 85g Clairefontaine paper (Quo Vadia Habana) and it bled heavily enough that you could read the words on the other side easily. Despite nail polish and hand sanitizer not making it budge, GC is not water resistant and tap water easily washed away the ink in the test despite the words being on the page for over a week. Despite its bleedthrough problems and low water resistance, I think GC has a lot of potential. If you're looking for an ink that shades, you should try Gruene Cactus.
  15. themadstork

    Noodlers General Of The Armies

    First off I apologize for my egregious juvenile handwriting and the fact that a small bit of the scan is cut off. However I Didn't see any other reviews of this ink yet so I figured why not give my opinion. Also thank you to Mezzie for the PIF I received some months ago for 3 months of ink drop, the two inks I compare General of the armies to were received in those ink drops. I got this bottle of General of the Armies back in march. I filled it once before the fill I used to review the ink. On the first fill the ink was substantially darker and seemingly a bit more blue, the dyes may have settled in between fills causing this but I'm not sure. Overall though, I liked both colors and I think this is a great addition to Noodler's stable of bulletproof inks. Hopefully you can read my bad cursive and chicken scratch
  16. missuslovett

    Noodler's Apache Sunset - Where?

    Hi, just a quick hopeful. I'm very fond of inks that shade and I've heard great things about Noodler's Apache Sunset and set out to try it for myself. I'm in the UK and understand that Noodler's don't export any longer but I'm struggling to find an online store that has stock of it. It's resolutely 'out' where ever I turn. Any help would be really appreciated.
  17. Bklyn

    Mixing Noodlers Ink

    Hi all: Just discovered an ink called Deepwater Obsession Black - Red and fell in love with it. The thought of mixing Red and Black never occurred to me. Reading reviews here have lead me to believe that this ink feathers quite a bit. (Why does an ink feather like that?) Being a big fan of Noodlers, (Baystate Blue and Concord Grape) I thought that I might buy a black and a red and mix them. Wondering of anyone has experience missing inks, especially Noodlers Ink. Do you make a 50/50 mix? Will it work? Will the black overpower the red? Any thoughts here as I would love the help before I create the usual catastrophe for which I am famous not just here in the US but Internationally as well. My best to you all.
  18. visvamitra

    Old Dutch Colony Sepia - 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. Old Dutch Colony Sepia is pleasant brown made for Fountain Pen Hospital. Thank you Cyber6 for sending me a sample. Ink splash http://imageshack.com/a/img908/4182/owdfyo.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img910/143/0XHvkG.jpg Software Id http://imageshack.com/a/img540/1565/SmAh52.jpg Oxford Recycled 90 g, Kaweco Sport Classic, B http://imageshack.com/a/img910/930/Jh5VVa.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img901/7430/PTLLZY.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/5627/UNPUFH.jpg If you like brown inks and wonder how this one compares to others consider taking a look at my comparison of 84 sepias.
  19. I absolutely love Noodlers Blue, but it isnt waterproof Since I use it at school, any amount of water will wash it away. Since waterproofness is important for notes and test, etc., what inks are very close to noodlers blue but waterproof? I tried Baystate but I found it too saturated and vibrant for note taking. Any help would be awesome Thanks
  20. I was watching a review the other day on YouTube for a Pelikan 140, because of the give away... curious to see what it was. One review I watched had a flex nib and now I want to try one. review So, looking for a cheap starter pen to try out... I know I won't get anything as good as that Pelikan has, but, wanted to give something a try. The Noodler's Ahab looks like a good pen to start with... just wondered if something better in that same $20-$30CAD range. I was hoping there was a way to put in a different nib into something like a LAMY Safari, but I guess that's not the case (?).
  21. So, after penvangelizing my mother, she quickly went and bought herself a Noodler's Ahab. The very first day she took it to work, she dropped it on the floor and bent the nib. Heartbreaking, I know. But the way she bent it reminded me of a Chinese calligraphy fountain pen nib. It got me thinking: Is it possible to successfully mod an Ahab to make it write like a Chinese nib? I know it wouldn't write exactly like it, but would it be able to approximate the line variation? I'm very curious to see if anyone has ever tried to mod an Ahab in this way. On a side note, how hard would it be to fix the nib? She's not nearly as curious about the potential as I am.
  22. Swisher Pens Swishmix True Rouge is now discontinued ink made by Noodler's for Swisher's Pen. The ink is simply indestructible (nor light nor water nor ammonia will do it any harm). The flow is quite good and I must admit that I enjoyed using the sample that was kindly send to my by amazing Cyber6. C - you're awesome. http://imageshack.com/a/img537/2708/z8xLxT.jpg Ink Splash http://imageshack.com/a/img905/4640/9We6W9.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img673/2198/qPOyfU.jpg Software Id http://imageshack.com/a/img661/8945/Ys8rSE.jpg Oxford Recycled 90 g, Kaweco Sport Classic, B http://imageshack.com/a/img910/44/NRuNwE.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img537/2908/I9r8yP.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img540/6203/K58Rvn.jpg Comparison http://imageshack.com/a/img908/5631/JsdbV0.jpg
  23. Swisher Pens Devil Red is now discontinued ink made by Noodler's for Swisher's Pen. The ink is simply indestructible (nor light nor water nor ammonia will do it any harm). The flow is quite good and I must admit that I enjoyed using the sample that was kindly send to my by amazing Cyber6. C - you're awesome. Ink Splash http://imageshack.com/a/img913/5267/FGK0Zm.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img661/3424/3fvh7U.jpg Software Id http://imageshack.com/a/img633/6831/4a6ORe.jpg Oxford Recycled 90 g, Kaweco Sport Classic, B http://imageshack.com/a/img537/3618/Rhd7zy.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img538/79/0lIUgw.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/3136/jpQhXH.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img537/9317/gJ35DQ.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/193/L4jTGx.jpg
  24. 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. Brooklyb Brown was one of three exclusive colors made by Nathan Tardiff for Art Brown shop. Sadly it's no longer available as Arthur Brown in New York City had to shutter their doors in 2013. The color is stunning, I would describe it as rich brown with greenish accents. Great stuff. Thank you Cyber6 for sending me a sample. Ink splash http://imageshack.com/a/img673/2158/Auf2ro.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img908/3939/RLnleJ.jpg Software Id http://imageshack.com/a/img540/381/8KDrjw.jpg Oxford Recycled 90 g, Kaweco Sport Classic, B http://imageshack.com/a/img908/4996/PBCjqr.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img913/2158/EKh4AG.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img909/2175/aRRc7c.jpg If you like brown inks and wonder how this one compares to others consider taking a look at my comparison of 84 sepias.
  25. THRobinson

    Red Ink - Noodler's

    I have a few fountain pens, but, most are empty because tend to dry out before I use them. I don't write as often as I use to. I do have a pair of LAMY pens that I'm enjoying... a black one with Noodler's Black (Bulletproof) and a red LAMY with a sample of Noodler's Rattler Red Eel, which, I'm not liking as much. It's a nice ink, but not 'red' enough... dries too dark for me, not enough contrast between it and the black to stand out. I'd like to get an ink that's almost the same colour as the pen itself. I saw a few reviews for Diamine Wild Strawberry, which seems more towards what I'm after. Does Noodler's make a red ink similar to this colour?

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