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  1. Hello all, As indicated i'm searching for a new BB ink. First, i have tested some inks that I have : Camel Royal Blue (very bright, royal blues are not for me)Diamine Majestic Blue (too wet, even if i didn't test in fine → seems not very adapted to my use)Diamine Twilight (never filled) (wet ?)Waterman BB (color changes to teal → horrible but overal not bad = great backup ink)Noodler's Q'eternity (BB from the Bernanke line) http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/01/1419972909-lol2.jpg The ink that i liked the most was Noodler's, I used it for about 1 month 1/2 at school (student) and my only complain about it is → feathering (as advertised for a fast-drying ink). I the color, or at least i can say that i used myself to it, i prefer it a lot more than the others (it can vary from the paper) http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/01/1419972904-lol.jpg I only know this review (from Signum1) : https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?/topic/233667-noodlers-ink-qternity-aka-qe3/ To my mind the flow appeared to be very good, (i don't know the other noodler's ink), the ink starts well and from my usage (a lot to note at school, relatively quickly) i think that i have a lot less pressure to put on the pen to keep writing right. I'm currently writing with a lamy safari, soon i'll use some Parkers 45, always in fine nibs (so not a lot of ink put down on paper, for wet inks it's surely better). I searched over here for reviews about BB, also on french forums and inks kept my attention : Sailor BB (seems to be very well behaved, i can find it on Paris for 13€, it's a neutral colour so no greenish into it → does it tends to feather on copy paper ?I ordered a sample of this one on ebay as i think it would be a great option for the price. (I can have Noodler's samples, some sailor, diamines and Herbin 1670) I tried Salix and.. it's too grey (too dry also i think, flow was not good in the safari or lubricity i don't know). I don't know for others as there are a lot of BB but i don't like to color (or other aspects) of : WM BB (= Quink BB)Sheaffer Skrip BB (too grey) I can't have all the noodler's ink as i'm in Europe but i can have samples, i ordered mine on purepens (no affiliation). L'artisan Pastellier seems to be good looking with EQ6 but it seems to be pretty expensive even in France.. (15€ min). What do you think about Diamine BB (r2) ? (maybe it will bleed or feather as other diamines?) I'm liscening for any recommendations, i know that this is a wide subject where a lot of you have already answered to others.. I'm looking forward to advices (I'm clearly on the sailor side.. for now)
  2. yogalarva

    Epic Ink Test

    This is the second round of ink testing that I am doing - the first is already three months in and you can find those posts on my blog. I figured that for this one I would start from the beginning on here and post updates as I go along. Eek! I am so excited about this. After taking nearly a month to fill up a new page full of inks (partly because I went on vacation for a week), it’s finally ready: As with my first epic ink test, I will have four tests running in parallel: a control which will be kept in a plastic sleeve in a notebook, an ambient light test which will hang on my fridge, a water test, and a sunlight test which will hang in my bedroom window. The ambient and sunlight tests are already in place, so let’s meet our contenders for this round, shall we? Just in case you cannot easily read my handwriting, here are the inks that will be tested: Pilot Varsity disposable pen in black Diamine Salamander Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Private Reserve Shoreline Gold Paradise Pen Turquoise Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Fisher Space Pen, black ink Yoobi gel pen Organics Studio Gregor Mendel Diamine Poppy Red Standard Sharpie marker Noodler’s Sequoia Green Organics Studio Edgar Allen Poe Noodler’s El Lawrence Pilot G2 in purple Sharpie pen in purple *The test indicator was written in a black sharpie pen* This is sad because it also shows you just how far behind I am on posting reviews. I will eventually post reviews for all of these inks except probably the Sharpies… Anyway, I am very interested in seeing how these inks perform because a lot of them are not marketed as being “bulletproof” or “archival” or “eternal” - they are just regular inks. The paper used is Staples bright white 24 lb inkjet paper and the pens were mostly a mix of M and B nibs. Right away I can share the results of the water test: To do this test I submerged the paper in a bowl of cool tap water and let it soak for a few minutes. I then pulled it out, gently blotted off the excess water with a paper towel, and allowed it to air dry on a metal rack. I would say the following inks “passed” my water test, in that they would be easily still readable by someone who did not do the original writing: Pilot VarsityDiamine Salamander (this is weird, because as I noted in my review I saw some water resistance there but then retested on different paper and it was not there, but this is the same paper I used in the review so…?)Noodler’s BSiAR and El LawrenceIroshizuku Ku-Jaku (I saw similar performance on the water test which will accompany my review)Fisher Space Pen and Yoobi gel penOS Gregor Mendel and Edgar Allen PoeBoth Sharpies The rest of the inks I would say are not terribly water resistant. Obviously this is my opinion and you might feel differently, but a lot of them washed out just a bit too much for me to write anything that needs to be permanent. So, that’s where I will leave this for now. In a month I’ll update on how the other two tests are coming along and in the mean time I’ll start working on the page for round 3! :-)
  3. Hello everyone! I'm new to the FP network (about 5 minutes ago) and am still learning the ropes of both the network and the fountain pen itself. I am a student in high school and just started using fountain pens this semester and am loving it. I own two Noodler's Ahabs and am looking to get something that will work better with cheap paper, as I cannot shell out money for Rodia, Clairefontaine and the like due to the fact that I take about 2-3 pages of notes a school day.I have been drawn to the TWSBI mini because of the modern design and because it seems to work well with cheap paper. Is this a good choice? If not what else? At the same time, I am looking for cheap paper that will bring out the best in my inks without feathering and such. Is Staplers Bagasse any good? And finally, if I do get the TWSBI mini, would Noodler's "Bad Blue Heron" be safe to use in it?
  4. Hi everyone, Bad Blue Heron is in my opinion an excellent ink. Well behaved, great color and bulletproof. Except the strong odor, which is downright terrible, this is easily one of my top inks. The image is color corrected with ColorChecker Passport. Enjoy! - Daniel
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  6. This may seem like an odd request, but I've been thinking about this for a while now. So, the first time I bought a Noodler's Konrad, I was stunned at how perfectly it fitted my hand...Although the Lamy 2000 is my favorite pen (due to various reasons), the Konrad is still the better shaped pen for me. That being said, do you know pens with the same size/shape as the Noodler's Konrad? (not the Ebonite or Acrylic...those are longer) Cheers
  7. I'm considering getting a Noodler's Konrad as well as a 1.1 stub black Monteverde #6 nib. Have you tried to put a Montverde nib on a Noodler's Konrad? Does it work very well? Does it sit far down into the section like the Goulet nib? thanks.
  8. Hey, I take a lot of notes at school, and usually carry cheap, lined paper sheets in my binder. My inks tend to have a lot of bleedthrough and feather on the cheap paper, and i was wondering if there is a company that sells lined paper sheets made for fountain pens. I know i could just use a notebook, but it makes it frustrating not being able to have individual sheets to work on. If anyone knows of any paper that would suit my needs, please leave a responce. Thanks Mutton
  9. I recently spent a few hours working on my good ole' ebonite Noodlers Konrad. I hadn't used this pen for quite a while and wanted to spice things up a bit. The changes I made (and highly recommend) are as follows: 1) the "easy my flex" mod, were you grind a portion off the sides of the nib as seen in the picture. 2) I doubled the depth/width of the feed channel, which managed to eliminate almost all railroading except on very aggressive downstrokes. and 3) I reground the tip to an XXXF needlepoint. I don't know how to measure the actual degree of fineness I achieved with this grind, but ill tell you it is so sharp that I may just use it to sew some new underpants. I don't by any means consider myself an experienced nib-alter-er-er, but it wasn't too difficult to shave the sides and smooth the tip with 8000, 12000 and 16000 grit polishing sandpaper. Anyways, here are some pictures of my work (and first attempt calligraphy); please comment if you have any questions, suggestions or have tried the same thing during your nib-related adventures. Enjoy.
  10. A few weeks ago I was watching Nathan Tardiff's video concerning BSiar. I posted a question in the comments (I'm muskndusk on youtube) asking about the colour changes. Recently I received his response. He said: To which I responded: He has also changed the video description to include this information. If anyone wants to check this, the link is: (Click on the 'watch on youtube' button to read the comments.) I'm not criticising either Nathan or Noodler's, I'm just confused. There does seem to be an appreciable difference in the ink, many people on this forum have commented upon it, so what is really going on? If I order an ink, will I receive the colour I expect? I'm confused.
  11. PrestoTenebroso

    Noodler's Bluerase

    On Lexan (polycarbonate): It looks fabulous with the Platinum Preppy marker pen that it came with. It was an excellent color and it flows terrifically well with the marker pen and on the surface. It dries in seconds. I use it on my wall to write horizontally, and I have yet to have any issues with the marker drying out or skipping or fading out like normal, solvent-based markers do so frequently. On glass: It doesn't dry as quickly as it does on Lexan, but it doesn't run at all. Excellent usability on a glass window or a glass table. (What I use it for.) On Ziploc® bags: It dries, but wipes off. On paper: This is what the bulk of the review is for. Nathan Tardiff's video on this ink was very thorough, and his findings were reproducible by me. Though the ink is advertised on the bottle as a usable fountain pen ink, I'd say the very properties that allow it work so well as a marker ink (especially when writing horizontally) make it a prohibitively wet flowing fountain pen ink. It doesn't feather badly, but you can tell from its constant slight deviations from color uniformity that it benefits from being applied to a non-porous surface. Summary: This isn't really a fountain pen ink, but if you can find the right pen, it might be workable if you want to get double utility from it. As you might be able to see from my tries with the Waterman 12, the Serwex and the Hero 266 (that last fine pen that the other inks were written with), it looks smoothest and best in the Waterman the occasional times when it wasn't overflowing and burping. The Waterman 12 is a great pen, and I have never had burping issues with it as an eyedropper before, and it was burping when it was practically full. The Hero 266 is usually a very powerful pen that writes an even, smooth, fine line, but even the Hero couldn't control the wetness of this. I'm including the comparison with other blue inks so you can see it's relative potential. As you can see, Bluerase is taking it nice and easy while Baystate blue is content shouting louder than everybody else and tearing itself off the page. I also thought that this blue's coolness would pair nicely with Noodler's Baystate Cape Cod Cranberry. What do you think? I suppose if I were an artist, I could probably exploit this.
  12. Tom Traubert

    Baystate Blue Questions

    Hello all. I'm soon to be the lucky recipient of a bottle of Baystate Blue. It's hard to get this sort of stuff in the UK, so I'm pretty excited. Anyway, I get the impression that it's a somewhat interesting beast. I have several pens (some, not on this board, might suggest too many) and was wondering which one you lovely people would recommend for this ink. Steel nibs: Pilot MR - only takes standard international cartridges at the moment, but I can pick up a converter pretty easily Jinhao X750 - this seems like a good choice because it's a cheap pen (£3.99) and leaves a big, fat, wet line Parker IM Premium Lamy Safari w/ 1.1 stub - my only concern here is that it's the 2013 neon yellow acid trip version and the bright blue might clash horrifically Gold nibs: Cross Apogee - my first proper FP and one that works well with any ink Parker UK Duofold Junior - great flow, but a bugger to clean Pelikan Souverän M600 - somehow I doubt it'll be going in this pen... Or, do I bite the bullet and buy a new pen to dedicate to it? I'm thinking a Lamy Vista might be an interesting pen for the ink. All opinions gratefully received.
  13. Hello fellow pen people Just wondered how many suitable basic dyes are out there to make ink with. It seems that there are so many inks out there, though i would think there are a set number of suitable "ink" dyes out there. That would mean that one could calculate how many possible combinations are possible, including combinations that might not be aesthetically pleasing. Are new dyes being created at all?
  14. It looks like the Noodler's Neponset is coming in just a week or two and will cost around $75.00. Anyone else quite excited about this? I personally can't wait to see the colors and styles it'll be coming out in. I know some of us here have been waiting years for these to come out. If I hear anything else about them I'll post it here.
  15. purlbeforeswine

    Flex Nibs - More Flexible Over Time?

    Do flexible pen nibs become more flexible over time? For instance, leather shoes tend to be stiff at first but will become more supple and stretch a bit with wear. Does this go for flex nibs (ie: the more you use the pen, the more flexible the nib becomes).
  16. Hey everyone The ink has landed. Army Green Baystate Blue 54th Massachusetts Baystate Concord grape Liberty's Elysium Nightshade Black swan in English roses Kung Te-cheng El Lawrence Air Corp Blue Black Prices are £15 each El Lawrence is £22 and Kung Te-Cheng is £30 I'll be putting up the inks on an online marketplace on Monday, so let me know ASAP if interested..! I can bundle any if these inks with 100 sheet Tomoe River paper and combine shipping if needed!
  17. I'm planning to get a decent amount of noodlers fairly soon in the UK so let me know your views..!
  18. Febeleh

    Home Made Urushi?

    Does anybody know where the Japanese Urushi Lacquer (seen on pens that have maki-e patterns, or most notably a Nakaya) can be purchased? Or how about methods of making it? I was thinking about taking a Noodler's Nib Creeper and making it into a Nakaya type pen. The clip is easily removed, to get that clean clipless look, and the entire pen can be dissasembled so it should be easy to cover it in the lacquer without hindering mechanical action. Is this even a viable idea? I just really like the look of an Urushi pen, and wanted something that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg (until I proverbially grow some extra limbs). What about color? Will the underlying color show through? I was thinking about buying a red or a black Nib Creeper so the undercolor is nicely matched. Basically I want to go from this: http://www.gouletpens.com/v/vspfiles/photos/N17004-2T.jpg to this: http://rudiphoto.net/img/s3/v39/p967942023.jpg I know my results will vary vastly, but I think it's worth a try to see how it goes. Any input is very much appreciated.
  19. I know that Noodler's Midnight Blue and Noodler's Bulletproof Black have been already reviewed but this mix has become my favorite everyday ink so I thought I would share. I mixed it in various amounts until I got what I believe is a fantastic mixing ratio. I ended up with 5 parts Noodler's Midnight Blue to 1 part Noodler's Black. The mixture ends up bringing out a little more of the green tint in the ink which is what I always associated with true midnight blue. I also felt that the original Midnight blue was a little light. I believe this mix really makes it the midnight blue that I have always loved. It also adds a some of the bulletproof qualities of Noodler's Black. As seen in the attached Image the drop tests on the ink swabs really show a difference between the original and the 5:1 mix. Like most mixes with bullet proof inks it is mostly the black that remains permanent. I use this for my journal where I want the character of my favorite color but a safety net so that water and other chemicals wouldn't make what I have written illegible. I am quite pleased with the results. This is my first review I've done on this forum so any suggestions would be appreciated. Gregory
  20. zacablaster

    Baystate Blue

    Give your honest opinion on it. Love or hate?
  21. Hi, I read many reviews about Noodler's black saying that it is one of the darkness/blackest ink in the market. I don't know if my bottles have a problem, but I'm obtaining a very light black. I'm attaching a test comparing two bottles of Noodler's, Parker Quink and Montblanc. As you can see Parker is 10 times stronger that Noodler's. The text is written with a Pelikan M200 using the noodler's black bottle 1. Any idea what could be happening here? Kind regards, AM
  22. yogalarva

    Noodler's Apache Sunset

    This is one of those inks that is legendary in the FP world. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of someone who absolutely hates it, and I don’t know that I’ve heard that much about people who are relatively indifferent to it. I wish I could be one of those people, but sorrynotsorry, this is going to be another gushing review for this ink. Like I said above, at first I didn’t see what all the hoopla was about. Then I switched to the notebook I have started using for my ink reviews and the beautiful shading really started to show itself. In case you are super new to fountain pens or have been living under a rock for, like, ever, Apache Sunset is known for being an ink that has some serious shading. And I love shading, so this was a wonderful treat to write with. As I expected, this ink does not have a ton in the way of water resistance. Which usually irks me, but then again this ink is not something that I would be using for writing important messages. While it is definitely dark enough to stay readable, I would never use this as my all-purpose daily user. However it would be fun to have loaded up for marking up a document or just writing for the sake of writing. This ink worked well on all the papers I tested it on, but I found that it performed the best on the notebook paper making up the bulk of the review. Nice bright white to bring out the color, smooth for a good writing experience, and no troubles with bleeding or feathering. Overall, I would definitely recommend this ink. I will be getting a full bottle once my finances recover a bit from some recent ink buying binges. The nice thing is that, as a Noodler’s ink, you can get a lot of it for not too much money - roughly $13/100 mL here in the States. How can you say no to that? This ink was provided for review by a generous reader. I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions expressed above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like. The full page scan of the review, in case anyone was curious:
  23. Recently started using a bottle of Private reserve ebony blue, that I've had for around six years or so. I'm really enjoying it actually, and really love the sheen it has. Works really well on the natural ivory colour of Tomoe river white paper which I normally use. I'm looking into buying more PR inks soon, and just wondered which others have that very saturated appearance, and also produce a sheen. Many thanks Sach
  24. Hi folks, this is my first post on FPN. I would like to thank everyone who has posted reviews as it made my life so much easier in selecting new pens. Here is a letter I wrote using a Noodler's Konrad Pen with Noodler's Black. I changed the flex nib out for a Goulet 1.1mm stub. The letter is not technically a review, but more my reaction to an interview of Nathan Tardif by David Goulet. However it may give you an idea on how the pen writes. I used cheap printer paper and was pleasently surprised by the results. Anyway, if you appriciciate what Noodler's stand for and enjoy there products, please post your gratification on this post. I think Nathan Tardif is an inspirational person. I hope you enjoy my letter and Long live Noodler's. P.S Please excuse my handwriting, grammer and spelling. I have to write, but I am not good at it.
  25. If this is considered a double of my thread about modern flex pens, please delete the other thread. I've been researching modern flex pens as I've been having problems with an Indian one which I bought recently (it won't flow) and can't get an answer from the company. I've narrowed down the options to one of the Noodler's flex pens: Nib Creaper, Konrad, or Ahab. Does anyone have experience with these pens? Which one of the three would you recommend for its flexiness and good ink flow, as well as just the look and feel of the pen? I have read that the Goulet's have great customer service, so I think I can order from them with confidence. But which one? Please help. Thanks.

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