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  1. Hey All, If this question should be in the Ink Recipe section, please let me know! My question is rather simple though: How do I make an ink slightly darker than it is? I figured that mixing it with some black ink would do the trick, but HOW MUCH BLACK should I add to change the color only a little? The ink that I want to make darker is a beautiful brown, Noodler's Kiowa Pecan that I recently received in a great trade. The black that I am thinking mixing with it is Noodler's Zhivago. They're both from Noodler's and have similar flow characteristics. I thought about taking a 1oz sample of the Kiowa Pecan and slowly adding some of the Zhivago, testing each time, until I get the shade I'm looking for, but I think it's really easy to over do it and go too dark! Any advice?
  2. white_lotus

    Noodler's Proctor's Ledge 2016 Le

    The third of the 2016 Commonwealth Pen Show Noodler's special, limited edition inks. This one is another waterproof ink, well nearly so, with just a little smearing. Similar to BB Espresso or Sailor Doyou in being a very dark brown, a rich earth color. In the images I couldn't get the brown, the contrast was too much and the camera just took it as black. But it's not black! It's deep brown. Trust me. The especially wonderful thing about this ink is DOES NOT wash red. It washes brown, like Parker Penman Mocha. Unfortunately, another unobtanium ink. There may be a few bottles left at GoldSpot, or perhaps not. If any are available, once gone, will be gone forever as the ink was made with a unique dye that Noodler's can't get. Since I received a generous sample I won't need a bottle. But I'd love to have an ink this color, regularly available, that washed brown like this, and was a cool brown. Things like this will get me attending the 2017 Commonwealth Pen Show. Pen: Edison Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7 Waterproof. Just a tiny amount of ink washes away, and none lifts. In the little halo areas where you see a light red, while drying that at first had an orange and a yellow. Very unique.
  3. This was something I worked on a few months ago when trying to decide which blue-black ink to convince my wife to let me get myself for Christmas. I’ll let the images speak for themselves, but there are definite advantages to both inks. In the end, I got a bottle of Air-Corp and put Prime of the Commons at the top of my wishlist for the next time someone asks me what I want for a present. I prefer the color of ACBB, but also the absolute waterproofness of PotC. The main reason PotC came out second was its tendency to feather on most paper. Another major factor is that PotC costs about double the price of ACBB once shipping from the UK is taken into consideration. Third, my wife’s adverse reaction to the color (“It’s just blue”) also helped move PotC to the backseat. I spent a lot of time comparing these inks and didn’t put all my thoughts or photos in this post, so if there’s anything you want to know about them that I haven’t included please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. J Pen Used: Pilot Plumix <--This is a dry writer, so both inks turned out lighter and with more shading than they would have in wetter pens. For all images, Prime of the Commons is on the left and Air-Corp Blue-Black is on the right. Cheap Legal Pad Rhodia 80gsm (Due to PotC’s tendency to feather and be hard to clean, I tried a 20% dilution [4 parts ink : 1 part water] and included it under the undiluted example.) Writing Sample (Legal Pad) Color Comparison (Rhodia) (From the top: lines 1, 3, 5 = PotC; lines 2, 4 = ACBB) Water Resistance 1. Drip test 5 minutes after writing 2. Soak test 30 minutes after writing 3. Soak test 24 hours after writing Of course a few weeks after doing all this I discovered Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black and was surprised to find myself preferring the traditional color over the funky tealish inks I had been so into previously. Pelikan BB has since duly fulfilled my quest for a perfect Blue-Black. Go figure.
  4. Cyclopentadiene

    Jinhao 159 - Long Term Review

    Hi all, I've had quite a lot of time free at the moment and so have finally got around to making my first review - of the Jinhao 159 pen. It's a pen that has been reviewed before, but as I've been using the pen for over a year now thought it good to share some of my experiences. And so... Introduction: After failing to find a Montblanc 149 at a price I could afford I decided to try to look for alternatives, allowing me to try out the apporximate feel of the giant without leaving such a hole in my wallet. Many brilliant reviews pointed me the way of the Jinhao 159 and so after finding a reputable looking seller on that online auction site I purchased one from china for £7 (a rather handy sum as it's below the value on which import goods are taxed entering the UK). Around two weeks later the pen arrived in red corrugated cardboard box. Not a brilliant nor beautiful box box but considering the price rag, very welcome. Opening the box by lifting the lid reveals the pen... (the box has disappeared into the ether so unfortunately can't photo it!) Appearance and design (6/10): The Jinhao 159 is a large black cigar sharped pen with chrome accents. The pen is styled after the already mentioned Montblanc 149. The clip is steel and is chrome plated. It caries the somewhat gaudy Jinhao Chariot motif in a shield. The cap band is a single ring of what feels to be plastic. Jinhao on one side... 159 on the other... The nib is large and attractive and displays the same chariot design as the of the clip albeit in a more tasteful fashion. The size, shape and overall appearance of the nib fits well with the design of the pen. The black finish leans more towards gloss and is well presented. I've had the pen for over a year now and despite trips out and about without a pen case I can tell of no scratches or rub wear degrading the finish. At the end of the pen there's a faux blind cap ring highlighted by a chrome ring. Construction and quality (7/10): The pen has an excellent feel in the hand. The pen is fairly heavy although I don't have any scales with me for reference. Uncapped it is a tad lighter than that of my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage. This weight largely comes from the inner brass construction of the barrel which gives it a nice heft. The fit and finish of the pen is acceptable for the price point. The barrels brass components could practically be used as a club, they seem so sturdy, but the plastic fittings at the cartridge/converter mechanism feel a little flimsy. As previously mentioned I have had the pen for over a year and haven't found any wear to the finish of the pen, wether it be at the chrome or black lacquer. Weight/Dimensions (9/10): The pens measurements are below. For comparison I've also stated those of its expensive basis the 149, gathered from Richard Binders site (a most useful and otherwise brilliant site). MB149: Length Posted; 170mm Length Capped; 149mm Length Uncapped; 133mm Barrel Diameter; 15.2 mm Jinhao 159: Catagories as above; 164mm, 148mm, 128mm, 150mm I've tried writing posted only a few times with this pen, due to its large size I find posting makes it a little clumsy, but the cap posts securely without seeming to mar the finish. As a note the cap is rather heavy and as such moves the balance rather far back when writing. Nib and Performance (7/10): One of the things that initially attracted me to the pen apart from the size was that it was advertised as available (only as far as I'm aware) with a broad nib. The nib I received performs to my mind as a wet, smooth Medium nib. This of course is a welcome change from the vast majority of chinese budget pens bieng available with fine/extra fine nibs. I was surprised on receiving the pen how well it wrote and am still surprised how well it writes today. Line width is constant with minor variation possible if pushed hard. The nib is labelled 18K GP. I believe I heard on a video review that it has been tested and found incorrect. Regardless the steel nib performs reasonably well and has plenty of tipping material if you're partial to tinkering. The nib performs well on a variety of different papers from regular copier/inkjet stuff to Rhodia and G.Lalo. Good nib for a cheap pen. I'm lead to believe these nibs are friction fit and as such should be easy to clean out, I however just just usually soak the section etc. Filling system and Maintenance (5/10): Filling is by the boring c/c filler mechanism. I got a converter included with mine on purchase. Frankly the converter is actually quite good. Also fits waterman pens as well. The converter is branded Jinhao - again with the ubiquitous chariot logo. I don't have a measuring cylinder with me at the moment but I believe the capacity to be around 0.8ml. Cost and Value (10/10): As mentioned earlier I paid £7 for the pen shipped last year off of eBay. It's damn good value for a 149 mimmic. In fact it's the best value pen I own. I've other cheap chinese pens by Jinhao and Hero but they tend to have significant issues that I won't go into for this review. Conclusion (44/:60) 7.3 When purchasing I expected a well sized pen with an OK nib. In fact it is an excellent tool that I now incorporate into the rotation of pens I take out and about. The nibs are attractive, nice and wet. The pen is well balanced and fairly well built and costs shipped less that a round of drinks (considerable less actually...). My only concern with recommending the pen is that Quality control has been highlighted as an issue. I've heard reports of bad nibs, rubbish feeds and cracking inner caps. Maybe I got lucky but my advice would be to give one a go. If it doesn't cut it as a pen you can use it as a truncheon!
  5. ToasterPastry

    Noodler's Proctor's Ledge Ink Review

    Noodler's Proctor's Ledge Ink Review Limited edition ink produced for the 2016 Commonwealth Pen Show, Boston I prefer boring inks. But I also think a dark suit should be punctuated with a splashy tie, which doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Inks, though, should be boring, business boring. There shouldn’t be a lot of color, sparkle or sheen. It shouldn’t draw attention to itself or make the reader lose focus. I once purchased an ink the color of bilious regurgitation, which probably reflects the prose more than I realized. My favorite business ink is Private Reserve 2004 DC Supershow Blue. It makes a statement without trying to look like it’s making a statement. I’m looking for an ink like that; splashy in a dark suit and bright tie sort of way. I don’t like obtuse. I want simple. I’m not planning to journal in my bathtub. I just want an ink that flows well from the pen, doesn’t feather or bleed through the paper. http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/ToasterPastryphoto/ProctorsLedgeInkBottle.jpg I purchased this ink from Goldspot Pens via eBay. The ink was originally produced by Nathan Tardif as a limited edition ink for the Commonwealth Pen Show in Boston on September 25, 2016. There was a limited supply available of this ink, along with North Star Liberator (a sky blue), and Suffragette Carmine (a deep pink). Apparently there are no further quantities of the other inks available, and a limited supply of Proctor’s Ledge. The ink is available directly from Goldspot Pens. Proctor’s Ledge Ink is a memorial tribute to the 19 people hanged at the site Aug. 19, 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials. It was a dark time in colonial American history when people turned on each other, representing one of the most notable cases of mass hysteria. Researchers earlier this year confirmed the site of the hanging, most likely from a large tree on this rocky hill. The site is located in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s a wooded patch surrounded by houses and a Walgreens drug store. The ink is bottled in the traditional Noodler’s 3-ounce glass bottle, with ink filled right to the brim, a Noodler’s hallmark. The label features a large tree with four figures, probably women, being hanged by the neck. In the foreground is a cauldron with 19 skulls, representing the 19 people hanged on that day. How does it write? I loaded the ink into two pens. John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnet 14’ was written with a 1930’s Gold Bond fountain pen (pictured). This is probably a Wahl Oxford rebranded for retail at Montgomery Ward. It looks just like an Oxford, thus I can assume Wahl Eversharp, and not National Pen made it. It once belonged to Verna L. Young, because the pen told me so. (Verna, I have your pen.) The nib is a slight left oblique medium stub. Although I’m certain Verna wrote lovely letters weekly to her nephew Lyle in Davenport, Iowa, it’s not one of my daily users. I also loaded the ink into a Platinum Preppy, which has been my daily user for the past two years. I decided to give it a much-needed vacation from continued daily use with Private Reserve’s DC Supershow Blue. I used this pen to write the other sample waterproof test. Most of my pens I place into and out of rotation, but the Preppy with PR’s ink has been in nearly continuous use. Once you find a pen and ink combination, it’s best not to upset the balance. http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/ToasterPastryphoto/ProctorsLedgeInkSample.jpg http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/ToasterPastryphoto/GoldBondPen.jpg Flow Compared to DC Supershow Blue in the same Platinum Preppy the Proctor’s Ledge was significantly drier, almost scratchy, but not chalky like some others of the Noodler’s line. On one occasion I had trouble starting the pen. With Verna’s Gold Bond, the flow was much better, but not ideal. Color This was perhaps the most disappointing. The color is somewhere between a very dark purple, and brown, resembling a very deep aubergine. On some paper and lighting it appears brown, on others it appears purple. Let’s call it mud, because when all is said and done, it looks fairly black. To be fair, I’ve mixed some of my own inks, and this would be a color I’d probably reject and dump the results down the sink. There is some red dye component within the ink. This has a slightly different flow characteristic. If you use a vivid black light, or a vivid imagination, you may be able to see these pink highlights. Another trick is to smear the ink onto the paper with a knife blade, or drop the ink onto a wet paper towel. Unfortunately, I don’t write with a knife blade, nor do I write onto a wet paper towel. Also, I don’t own a black light, nor do I enjoy spending much time around one. Drying time The dry time is almost instantaneous. This ink is very well suited for left-handed writers. Waterproof This ink is very waterproof. Once dried, there is almost no ink loss from the paper. http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn130/ToasterPastryphoto/ProctorsLedgeInkSample2.jpg Feathering and Bleeding I’m impressed: almost no feathering or bleeding with this ink. I tried it on various paper grades at home and work, and found this ink to be true to the page. Conclusion The dry time and resistance to water may be desirable features for some, especially in an ink that resists feathering and bleeding. However, I was a bit turned off by the muddy color and especially disappointed with the dry feel of the ink with writing. This ink is probably better for pens with medium or broad nibs.
  6. Hello everyone, So I have tried inking my Lamy Al-Star (EF) with Noodler's Bad Blue Heron ink, and I have been running into what I can only describe as some flow problems. What I am experiencing is ink drying or perhaps congealing at the tip of the nib, and it makes it so that the pen needs to be stroked a few times before the ink starts to flow again. And even after I start writing the ink seems hard to get out and flowing easily. I am new to fountain pens and I would like some advice on whether or not I need to get a larger nib or do something about the ink to remedy this issue. Thanks a lot, MPenn P.S. And if anyone has had experience with how Bad Blue Heron flows and works in a Pilot Metropolitan (F) I would love to hear about it as well!
  7. I am certain that this has been discussed here, but I am new here, so I will appreciate if someone can tell me or even guide to an earlier discussion - Is Noodler's ink available in India (except through import)? If not, what is the typical landed price for a 3 oz bottle? Thanks Sanjay
  8. I LOVE Noodler's Baystate Blue. In my humble opinion, it is the best color of blue for fountain pens. My only complaints about it are: It is not fully bulletproof.It might not be eternal meaning it might not archival nor fade resistant.It bleeds through most of my papers I use including my checks.Rectifying the above are very important to me. I would not be ashamed to try a different brand of ink, but I do really like Noodler's products so I guess I am a Noodler's fanboy I am thinking about ordering a bottle of Noodler's Bad Blue Heron which appears to have what Baystate Blue is missing above other than it is not quite the same color. Noodler's Upper Ganges also might be an alternative, but it does not appear to be as bright as Bad Blue Heron. Noodler's Luxury Blue looks just like Upper Ganges to me, but will glow under UV light which I find kind of cool, but it is not important to me. Noodler's Periwinkle does what Luxury Blue does and kind of looks brighter, but the stock image on the Noodler's Ink website makes it hard to tell. Noodler's Polar Blue looks like Bad Blue Heron with the added possible benefits of being freeze-resistant and lubing piston-fill pens. So my question is what comes close to Baystate Blue that is bulletproof. eternal, and doesn't bleed through most papers? I did a search and found this thread about this subject, but it lists alternatives which are not really pertinent to my question above and things have changed in 6 years: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/185947-baystate-blue-alternative/ THANKS!
  9. Hey, I'm new to FP's so go easy if i get any lingo wrong. I cant decide between Noodler's Liberty Elysium, or Noodler's Baystate Blue. I will be using the ink in a Lamy Al-Star with a fine nib, and i will primarily be using it for school. I will usually be using cheaper/thinner paper so i need to know which ink has the best bleed through, and dry-time. I've heard the Baystate Blue stains pens alot but I'm not sure if i should worry about that since it will be one of the only ink's i use in the pen. I guess i could order some samples from Goulet, but i want to know some fellow fountain pen enthusiast's opinions first. Thanks Mutton
  10. visvamitra

    Rachmaninoff - 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. Rachmaninoff is part of Russian inks series. I've received the sample some time ago from Amberlea but I was afraid to try it - retina searing pink tried to scary me every time I reached for the sample. Recently though I've finished almost all my samples. Among the few left there was this crazy intense pink. I've decided that it was time and filled my Kaweco with it. In the beginning the ink wrote nicely, but after some time in the pen it caused clogging and Kaweco wouldn't start at all. I checked the nib and feed ant they were coated with a filmy layer of pink. This ink wasn't created for use with good pens - if you - for some unimaginable reason - enjoy the color and need permanent pink (permanent pink - why would anyone need that?) use it with Platinum preppy. Ink Splash Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
  11. visvamitra

    Carmine Suffragist 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. Carmine Suffragist was one of LE inks made for Commonwealth Pen Show in 2016. It can look acceptable on some papers if you enjoy pinks. Sadly this is a bad ink. It feathers on most papers, even on Oxford Optic paper, and for me it's a no go. Maybe you can use this ink for artwork? I just can't get it - all the recent Noodler's inks I tried feather like crazy. It's disturbing. PS: On Goulet's site there's information it's Goulet's exclusive ink. Maybe someone more knowledgeabole could tell if it was Commonwealth LE or Noodler's exclusive or both? Drops of ink on kitchen towel Color ID Color range Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Oxford Optic, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Maruman, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Water resistance
  12. This is one of my all time favorite blue, and I always have several pens filled with it. I think I definitely love it more now than when I wrote the review, which was over a year ago. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/CkHYfi.jpg I do have to note, of the three bottles I have, two of them are exactly the same, but the third has a major violet shift, which I feel is even out of Nathan's regular range of making every bottle unique. It's still an awesome ink, just more violet than the other two bottles.
  13. I was wondering if you could post your experiences of Noodler's Navy. I saw this ink some time ago and I always liked that shading to the turquoise green range so I thought I would really like this ink. I bought it very recently, sadly got one of the plastic bottles (there seem to be loads of these in circulation still) but was very disappointed with the ink. I like the colour, but it is so deeply saturated that there is no shading to it at all. I don't have it in a particularly wet writer, in fact I put it in a slightly dry pen for the sake of the shading. I know sometimes that inks have to be reformulated, but couldn't see any thread where this might be the case, so I was wondering if anyone else had bought it recently and whether it demonstrated shading or not. I'm tempted to dilute it slightly to see what happens and would like to hear also if anyone has done this and if it had any adverse effects on behaviour (as it is the behaviour is great).
  14. visvamitra

    Monkey Hanger - Noodler's Ink

    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. Monkey Hanger is flat looking blue ink that's bulletproof. You can soak it in water for days and the color won't change. That;s cool. What's rather uncool is terrible feathering on many papers. For me it's a deal breaker. The ink is exclusive for purepens in UK and the story behind the name is interesting. Drops of ink on kitchen towel Color ID Color range Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
  15. visvamitra

    North Star Liberator - 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. Northstar Liberator was one of three Noodler's Inks from limited materials made for New England pen show - Commonwealth. The ink is 100% bulletproof and behaves pretty well - I appreciate the fact it doesn't feather. The color can be vibrant while used in broad and wet pens but the result is rather boring for my taste. Maybe if you collect Noodler's ink or need light water resistant blue this one will suit your needs / tastes. For me it's an ink I'll never use again. Drops of ink on kitchen towel Color ID Color range Tomoe RIver, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Rhodia, Kweco Classic Sport, broad nib
  16. Another of the 2016 LE inks by Noodler's from the Commonwealth Pen Show. This is a totally waterproof ink. A nice soft, vintage blue. Fast-drying on more absorbent papers. Even on Rhodia, mostly dry in 5 seconds. Totally unobtanium. So I'm very happy that someone sent me a generous sample. Thank you inky friend! The flow is really good in this ink, and I like it. Pen: Edison Premiere (F-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7
  17. I really am going to have to find something special to get for this inky FPN friend who has supplied me with generous amounts of limited edition Noodler's inks. Thank you inky friend! This was the third ink of the 2015 Commonwealth Pen Show special inks. And it might be the best of the three. Normally I don't go for such magenta inks as this, but when I started writing I realized this was the most beautiful ink I'd ever seen. It is really such a pity that this was LE. Gone! Unobtanium forever! Especially since the dye used in this ink was discontinued, or no longer available. A shame really. Pen: Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe (M-14kt) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=90g Rhodia ivory This ink is extremely water resistant. It dries nearly instantaneously on somewhat absorbent papers, and quite fast on others. With wet pens you may get some show through. The Aurora I used here is not a very wet pen, and I didn't encounter problems. There is some light staining on the converter. I haven't emptied the pen yet, so I don't know if it will be difficult to clean, but it doesn't seem like much. So, that could be an issue for demonstrators, pens with clear barrels, and the like. Fairly rapid drying even on Rhodia. Quite water resistant.
  18. Thanks to a wonderful FPN inky friend I have a very generous sample of the limited edition Noodler's ink from the 2015 Commonwealth Pen Show. Sadly, not available at all, probably for any price. I didn't find any even on ebay, but there never was much of this available in the first place. This is a nice grass green ink, with some water resistance, very fast drying especially on absorbent papers. Drier pens might be better for this ink as experienced some show through using my M-nibbed, wet, Edison Premiere. It wasn't terrible, but for those writing on both sides of the paper, to minimize and problems keep your most wet pens for another ink. On Tomoe River there's red sheen wherever the ink pools. Pen: Edison Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory While somewhat water resistant, the problem is that the ink penetrates the paper to the verso. So you might have difficulty recovering writing due to that. A most unusual ink droplet.
  19. Why is Noodler's Baystate Blue advertised as being alkaline? The bottle says ph between 8-9, and various retailers advertise it as being slightly more dangerous to pens due to being basic. Yet, many sites including richardspens.com and a thread here quote the pH as acidic, in the 4-5 range, and when I pH tested my bottle in lab today with a ph probe I got a pH of 2.96, which is 1,088,484 times more acidic than the quoted pH. (pH is measured on a logarithmic scale with a pH value representing a Hydronium Ion Concentration of 10^-pH molar, so pH 5 is 10 times more acidic than ph 6, which is 10 times more acidic than pH 7, and so on). Could Nathan have meant to list 8-9 as the pOH? I can't really think of any other explanation. Edited to say: Even if he did mean pOH, that would only mean a pH range for the ink of 5-6. Measured values have been significantly more acidic than that, by a factor of up to a thousand.
  20. I've been building a collection of Noodler's Ink, and I'm up to six bottles so far - five colors and a huge bottle of Heart of Darkness. For the most recent round of purchases, I first bought some samples from Goulet Pens, and I also received a sample of Ottoman Azure in an ink sample exchange with another FPN member. I was rather surprised by the variability in color between batches of Noodler's Ink. I got a Black Swan in Australian Roses sample vial from Goulet that looked a dark rose ink: The bottle of BSiAR I actually received was noticeably darker and more purplish: The sample of Ottoman Azure I received looked like a pure medium blue, that leans toward turquoise: The bottle of Ottoman Azure I received is a dark teal, which looks nothing like the sample, or the ink reviews I've seen on FPN: (Rhodia paper and the same Aurora pen were used for all samples. The pen was dipped). As I learned in another FPN thread (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/279515-did-black-swan-in-australian-roses-ever-really-change/), the issues with BSiAR are known and Nathan Tardiff of Noodler's claims it to be a feature. The variability is part of the anti-forgery features he designs into the ink. And Noodler's website does list BSiAR as being forgery-resistant. That leaves Ottoman Azure. The two samples I have are so far apart they should have different names and be sold as separate colors. According to Noodler's website, Ottoman Azure has no special properties. It almost looks like I got a bottle of Squeteague with the wrong label attached. Now, I'm not unhappy with the colors I actually received. I do like both these new shades. But they are nothing at all like what I was led to expect based on the ink samples I received. Is this extreme variability the norm with Noodlers? I can expect and accept some variability from batch to batch with hand-mixed inks, but two completely different hues isn't acceptable to me. I'm not sure I'll be buying much of their ink going forward if I don't have confidence in what color I get.
  21. antichresis

    Replicant Inks

    The title is inspired by the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer and the question by The Grand Tour's passing exhibit of Enzo Ferrari's purple ink: Which current (modern?) inks intentionally replicate or simulate lost or discontinued inks? This is an attempt to have a comprehensive list (like the Sailor ink thread) as the ones I'm aware of are mostly Noodler's inks and were brought up in an old thread here. Noodler's Dark Matter - unknown ink from Los Alamos Sailor Bungbox Sapphire - Parker Penman Sapphire (there's a whole lot of literature of course on which inks replicate PPS, but this is the one that I remember was intentional and not circumstantial) Noodler's V-Mail series Noodler's Borealis Black - Aurora Black (which is still manufactured) Noodler's Boston Brahmin Black - replica Noodler's Ellis Island Blue-Black - early 1900s government-issue blue-black Noodler's Blue-Black - 1930s blue-black Noodler's Manhattan Blue - "the color of the deepest blue vintage 1931 NYC ink" Noodler's Antietam - "The Oldest Vintage Replica Ink" Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia - whale sepia Noodler's Galileo Manuscript Brown Noodler's Legal Lapis Noodler's Baystate Blue Diamine Poppy Red - Montblanc Corn Poppy Red (which is still manufactured) I might as well ask since we're on the topic of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant: being aware of government restrictions (and multi-government restrictions) as well as economical availability of ingredients being a large deterrent on companies using the same formula or recipe, does anyone have a guess as to which inks have retained their colour/shade the longest? For example, Quink Blue-Black is a far cry from the old Quink Permanent Blue-Black with Solv-X (sorry, I like typing the long name out), which inks aren't like that? edit: English
  22. visvamitra

    Proctor's Ledge - Noodler's Le Ink

    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. Proctor's Ledge was one of Noodler's LE Inks from limited materials made for New England pen show - Commonwealth in 2015. Proctor's Ledge, and the illustrated bottle label, is a memorial to the 19 innocent victims of the Salem Witch Trials that were hanged at this particular site. The ink is really wet and dark. It's brown but in some pens and on some papers it can appear almost black. The ink is water resistant and fluoroscent. It behaves well. I wouldn't mind owning a bottle of this one. Sadly it was LE ink so I'm going to enjoy the rest of the sample. Drops of ink on kitchen towel Color ID Color range Tomoe RIver, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Kokuyo Campus Myo, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Water Resistance
  23. Just before entering this forum, happened that I won an Instagram contest held by Goldspot Pens. Part of the prize of the contest was a bottle of their exclusive Noodler's Revolution Blue. Since you open the bottle a bright luminous deep blue colour catches your eye, revealing one of the most sneaky and charming ink i've ever had the pleasure to use. Look at that blue!, doesn't it just say "USE ME!!!" with an enchanting siren voice? This ink is so blue that I would be glad to check with Geiger Counter for its radioactivity! Looks like paint! But from great blue comes great attention: THIS INK STAINS PENS - BE AWARE - HANDLE WITH CAUTION. If used correctly and with the right attentions, this ink can be really gorgeous. On cheap copy paper it's just fine, behaves so and so. Dries istantly and it's completely waterproof, on the other hand has some annoying feathering and shows some nasty bleedthrough (seems like we're writing with a marker instead of a fountain pen). On more ink resistant paper, this ink really stands out. On Schizza & Strappa paper there is no feathering and no bleedthrough and there's a good ammount of shading especially on broader nibs. It takes quite long to dry, but I don't care: I love this blue and I'm willing to pay attention in order to use it. On tracing paper this ink is one of the shiniest I've ever seen. With every nib grade, on inkpools or when the ink gets darker, a majestic red sheen comes out. With broader nibs there's a lot of gorgeous shading. Really, it's a pleasure to the eye. In the end, it's this ink worth it? As I've noticed on some Noodler's ink, they can be a hit and a miss at the same time. This ink is a hit because has a gorgeous saturated Blue without being too much dark. Shades gorgeously and has a gorgeous sheen on the right paper. It's NUCLEARPROOF and has a work appropriate colour which makes it definitely a good choice for daily use. It's a miss because if, like me, you love translucent or demonstrator pens, this ink is going to leave a blueish patina all over your clear plastic, making you a really sad boy. Just to clean my lamy nibs, I had to wash them with a kitchen degreaser, which is not really a thing I'd recommend on regular basis. The first time I've tried it in a Pilot parallel: the section is still a little bluish despite my attempts to clean it completely. I love safe inks because I love my pens. So, if you're a US customer, and you're ordering from Goldspot.com, I think that for 12.50 $ you can give it a try, paying all the necessary attention it's worth every cent. If, like me, you live outside US, probably I wouldn't buy it because if you're willing to give up on the waterproof side of this ink, you could find some good cheaper alternatives on the market (something like Diamine Presidential Blue if I have to say) COPY PAPER SCHIZZA & STRAPPA PAPER TRACING PAPER SHEEN ON TRACING PAPER CROMATOGRAPHY INKDROP
  24. white_lotus

    Noodler's Colorado Spruce 2016 Le

    At the 2016 Colorado Pen Show, Noodler's presented a show exclusive "Colorado Spruce". Anderson Pens acquired whatever stock remained and that is how I obtained a bottle. The ink sold out quickly and is now unobtanium. So this is for historical reference only. This is a rich dark green, fairly muted, but not like KWZ Foggy Green or Rotten Green. Distinctly green though fairly dark, so it's not like Sailor Miruai or BB Dandyism. Has perfectly decent flow and handling, some shading, and some show through on papers that don't have that as an issue. It wasn't a real problem, but bears mentioning as it could be paper dependent. I like the ink. The usual papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet. The images of the ink itself look reasonably accurate, but the paper colors, well those are certainly off. Not sure if this angled shot shows anything worthwhile. Quite shady on TR. Not very water resistant, but the washing with clean water seemed to leave more ink behind.

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