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  1. I unexpectedly got some pens parts in the mail today (several days early. Thanks Goulet!) and proceeded to form my newest creation: a Stylomine 303 with working accordian sac, a Nemosine 0.8 mm reentry nib, and a Noodler's Ahab feed. It works! Now all I need to do is find a breather tube that fits so that its ink capacity can be maximum!
  2. For those of you just tuning in, two of the first three inks I bought were Noodler's (the third was Iroshizuku Shin-Kai). One of them was the infamous Bay State Blue. While I liked the colour, it had several problems: Nib creep, staining, leaking from nibs, bleeding through Leuchtturm1917 paper, and feathering on cheap paper to the point that anything written with it was illegible. Last night, I decided I'd had enough of this beautiful but very high-maintenance, ill-behaved diva and decide to purge it from my petrol blue Lamy Al-Star. This is how I did it: First, I attempted to purge the pen the normal way using the converter. This caused horrible staining everywhere the ink touched - sink, countertop, hands, etc. It was awful, it looked like I tried to dump paint down the sink. After a fair bit of cursing, I put a small amount of undiluted common household bleach on a paper towel and wiped the stains up from the surfaces. They came off immediately - yes, it is true, bleach will get rid of BSB stains on hard, nonporous surfaces like kitchen sinks and countertops. For any other ink, the pen would have been ready to re-ink now, but BSB was not giving up so easily. Undaunted, I then turned to the Goulet purging method using an ear bulb syringe (link below). That metod worked beautifully to get the ink out of the grip, feed, and nib. Any other ink would have been completely gone gone and the pen would have been ready to re-ink, but not BSB. Note that I had to decapitate a Lamy blue cartridge to use as an ear bulb adapter as Brian described in the video. When I saw the Lamy Blue ink issuing from the cartridge into the sink, I was expecting another horrible mess, but this ink simply washed down the sink with water as if it had never been there. "Hmm", I mused, "this is what well-behaved ink is supposed to do!" That cruel teacher? She is called "experience". She gives the test first and the lesson later. Now I was rock solid in my resolve to get rid of BSB, but everything the ink touched was still that electric purplish blue. Time to bring out the big guns. In a Pyrex glass kitchen measure, I mixed 1L of lukewarm tap water with 100mL of the bleach and mixed well. Then I completely disassembled the pen's grip section and dropped each component - grip, feed, nib, and converter - into the bleach solution and left it sitting overnight. The next morning, the BSB was gone as if it had never, ever touched my pen. Success! No apparent damage to the feed or grip section, but I found a nib-shaped bit of rusty-looking discolouration on the bottom of the glass where the nib had been sitting. There is no obvious damage to the nib, however, no flaking chrome or anything of the sort. The only other thing I noticed was that the converter is now a bit hard to turn and squeaks a lot. I figure the next inking will restore the converter's smoothness, but if not, Lamy converters are cheap unlike Pilot ones, which cost as much as the bloody pen! The pen is now inked up with a Lamy Blue cartridge pending my next Iroshizuku ink purchase (I'm thinking Kon-Peki, but I'll take suggestions here) as I am currently going through an out-of-cash experience. After sitting nib down for an hour or so, the nib is still quite dry so it's a bit hard starting, but once it starts, it doesn't feather, has a beautiful shading to it, and doesn't bleed through the pages of my Leuchtturm1917 Master. This is, of course, one of the many key advantages of converters - you can completely saturate the nib with the converter when you fill the pen. The shadowing is equivalent to the Iroshizuku Shin-Kai in my other Lamy, an Lx. The last thing? I threw the bottle of BSB down my trash chute. I smiled when I heard the satisfying sound of glass smashing when it hit the bottom. It's been real. Again, while I liked the colour, the ink was so poorly behaved that it just wasn't worth the effort. The Iroshizuku, OTOH, has never given me a lick of trouble. It looks very professional, but it's a tad boring and dries slowly. Any throughts/shrieks of horror would be appreciated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipwFvY0PUqs
  3. jhylkema

    Greetings From Seattle!

    Hello fellow FP geeks! I am a returnee to the fountain pen world. A couple of months ago, I picked up a Pilot Varsity and loved it. Then I ended up ordering three Lamys from Amazon - a Lx, an Al-Star, and a Vista. I also ordered a bottle of Shin-Kai ink and bought two different Noodler's inks (one of which being the infamous Bay State Blue) from a local shop that sold it. I got back into the FP world because I am studying for a tech cert and wanted to do handwritten notes. I am a believer in the science that handwritten notetaking vastly improves understanding and retention of the subject you are studying. I am also getting into bullet journalling - my BuJo is a Leuchtturm1917 Master. It's huge and I'm a bit disappointed with how much the BSB shows through the pages, but it's only enough to be mildly annoying. BSB really bleeds through my cert notebook, a Moleskine. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have stuck with the Iroshizuku ink and Rhodia or Leuchtturm1917 notebooks (more on the ink in another post.) My next pen(s) will likely be (a) Lamy Studio. Well, that's my short intro. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I returned from the 2018 Baltimore Pen Show with a new pen and some new inks. The new pen was a Franklin Christoph Model 02 with a steel fine cursive italic nib by Mike Masuyama. Franklin Christoph always sets up your pen at the show and lets you pick an ink to load in it for the first time. I chose the FC Blue 72 (of the Pantone color number) because their web site listed it as water resistant and they sell cartridges in bottles of 40 for a very good price. I figured I would try it out to see if I could find an ink cartridge with a water resistant ink I could use for daily work at the office. While at the show, Luxury Brands, who represents Noodler's Ink, had a table demoing the show ink from Noodler's called Luck of the Draw. I gave it a try and sort of liked the understated gray-green color. With the teaser that it was one of Noodler's water resistant inks, I bought a bottle from a vendor. Took it home and loaded it into a Pilot Metropolitan with a medium nib. Meanwhile, I have a Pilot VP fine with a Pilot Blue-Black cartridge on my desk, which I like to have readily available for quick notes. I know the performance of the Pilot Blue-Black from extensive testing and have confidence that anything I write with it will be permanent -- even in a flood. I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison between the three very dissimilar inks. The results of the test are scanned at 1200 dpi into a jpeg and posted below. The left scan is the original writing on Rhodia Dot Pad 80 gsm paper. This is a high quality paper I would expect the best inks to perform well on. Of course, all three inks look perfect in the original scan. Pilot Blue-Black is always a well-behaved, easy starter. It dries quickly and has a nice professional color. Never dries on the nib. I find the FC Blue 72 to be a superb ink for office use. I can leave it uncapped for minutes at a time between notes and it never dries. Starts right up. It is even fairly well lubricated and glides onto the paper. I like the color too. Luck of the Draw reminds me of a graphite pencil with B softness. It's a somewhat retro color that really draws my attention. Understated, yet easy to read. This also makes a good office ink. Well, it's obvious how they held up after the six hour soak in water. The Pilot B-B came through as expected. No surprise there. The Noodler's LOTD is definitely permanent with only a slight amount of dye washing away. The FC Blue 72 was disappointing in that it completely faded away. No trace to be found after six hours in water. It's too bad because I really liked its performance in my pen and on both Rhodia and my office Black 'n Red notebooks. If you don't care about permanence, give Blue 72 a try. It's a very good value for a very well-behaved ink, and the color is beautiful, too.
  5. Rosendust2121

    Ink Suggestions?

    Hey all, so I've been using Pilot Iroshizuku (Yama-Budo & Beauty Berry are my top favorites) but I'm wanting ink suggestions, like for brands like Noodler's(they don't have to be this brand, you can mention any brands, of course)! (Things to note: I'm a lefty and I didn't like the feathering of BB.) Any help is welcomed, Rosendust
  6. When I tried a forum search this didn't seem to be documented already so I thought I should probably put this up. I bought a bottle of the limited edition Noodler's Proctor's Ledge at the 2016 Commonwealth Pen Show. It's the one that's supposed to be all spooky under UV light. Well, it is (or was) a kind of ugly brown in my opinion, and it tarnished a gold nib (mostly came off with metal polish) and stained my glass dropper (no force on earth can remedy this) so I put it away. Certainly it was never left in the sun or exposed to heat or anything like that. Last night I happened to swatch it again and thought, "purple? Wasn't it dark brown??" I re-swatched it on the exact same piece of paper I did originally to make sure that wasn't the problem. Yep, it's definitely turned purple. I actually like this color better, but I do suspect it means the very unusual chemicals used in this ink are breaking down. First image: original light swab; second image: new light swab; third image: old and new heavy swabs side by side
  7. strelnikoff

    Forever Drying Inks - Question

    Hello fellow ink users, I have a question about one issue I've been wondering about for a while now. I have noticed that some inks - if pen is not used for some time - when applied to paper, tend to stay wet for 5-10 minutes if not more. In my mind - this is almost forever. This happens mostly with my vintage pens, and by "not used for some time" it can be anywhere between 3-5 days up to 10 or more days. Pens are stored properly. I've noticed this with modern pens as well. Most of the issues I have with Noodler's, J. Herbin... and Diamine too. When I use inks from big brand names (Pelikan, Pilot, Sailor, Montblanc, Caran d'Ache, Faber Castell etc) I don't see this problem. Since I'm using either Rhodia or Tomoe River (Nanami) paper - for all my writing - and same pens, same conditions - I wonder what is the deal with this? Should I consider using aforementioned "boutique" inks for shorter period? What would be the reason for this? I was thinking that maybe some settling occurs (not very likely) or carrier fluid evaporates thus pigment is left as a more viscous ink. It is annoying issue, I love Noodler's Habanero, Cayene and so on... Thank you!
  8. Of the three pens I have at moment. A montblanc 144, Jinhao 159 and a Noodlers Ahab since I'm just starting out basically was cycling through the pens to see which one style, nib etc I prefer Like I find the Montblanc sort of too small (thin ) for me and the 159 just a bit too large. I had all filled with ink and when I went to use the Ahab today I found the ink had dried up. I was sort of surprised at that. I managed to wash pen out and will re ink it when I get home. I'm thinking it may be a good idea to store pens until ready to use possible filled with distilled water to prevent and ink still in side feed etc from drying out Appreciate any thoughts on this or is it really unnecessary. Thanks
  9. I have to downsize my office area so I have some ink that needs to go to a good home. This PIF is for the US only, I will pay the postage. I would prefer it go to someone who is new to pens, but the first person to send a PM with their address can have the lot. I have following to give away: A full bottle of Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron, a box of 12 Pilot Black cartridges, a box of 7 Mont Blanc Permanent Blue cartridges. a sample of Noodler's Luxury Blue, a sample of Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue, a sample of Noodler's Liberty's Elysium, a sample of Noodler's Blue Black and a sample of Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher.
  10. Hi everyone, I am interested on making the point on Noodler's Black once and for all (if that is even possible) because I have read and heard lots of contradictory things about that ink which has made me hesitant to buy it and use it in my more expensive pens and I am sure I am not alone in that boat. I have no bias against that ink, I know that some people here with lots of fountain pen experience and knowledge swear by it, and it indeed seems to have a lot of excellent properties that most people want, but I have also read other knowledgeable pen people such as Richard Binder in his article on inks be critical of it and say it could damage pens or at least dirty them a lot to the point of being very difficult to clean properly. All these contradictory stories and opinions have left me a bit lost as to weather or not Noodler's Black is an ink I want to use. So what is the definitive answer on Noodler's Black, if there's even one? PS: Maybe this has already been discussed thoroughly in an other thread I have missed, if so let me know, but all the threads I have read so far have just left me as divided as before on the issue.
  11. Quick fun. Just got my falcon with Office Depot 30% online deal. Took a few weeks but finally here. I need to adjust and widen Baoer feed but not too bad on test run. I have to adjust to the Falcon but its growing on me quickly. I was impressed with the noodlers nib. Just what I expected from semi-flex. Now I have to tinker with that flow. I expect the falcon will loosen up a bit after regular writing. Noodlers had no problem using moderate pressure.
  12. Hello, fellow fountain pen enthusiasts! It so happened, that I found myself in possession of old REFORM Calligraph pen with B-nib. And I asked myself, why not to try to switch its nib to something more flexible? So, obviously, I looked in the direction of Noodler’s. The problem is, I can’t find out, whether any of two (#2 and #6) Noodler’s flex nibs is suitable for REFORM pen. Thus if anybody has any experience in changing nibs in these German pens, please share your knowledge with me. Thank you.
  13. Hi guys, I have a fairly new Safari with fine nib and Noodler's Hear of Darkness ink that keeps drying out or clogging up and skipping. Not sure if the fault is in the pen, ink or combination of two. Any advise would be appreciated. p.s. I have other various other pens filled with noodlers ink and they seem fine.
  14. [video=youtube;MvlZJ0iUGuQ] Intro: I like to use Fountain pens at work, and there isn’t always good paper to use, and I really do not like the look of feathering especially if I write something and need to give it to a college. So I was very interested to see if Noodler’s X-feather could be the answer to my woes. I ordered a sample from the Goulet Pen company and set to testing. Testing parameters: I used my Lamy 2000 with a fine nib because I think it was a good simulation with putting just enough ink on the page to test how the ink performs on the page(s). I also needed a “control” so I used the ink that I have been using for a few years now; Lamy Black. I then used three different papers to see how both inks performed on each. The results: There was virtually no difference between the inks both in darkness and in feathering performance. As it would seem Noodler’s X-Feather has no unique properties that prevent it from feathering. I will say that it is a nice performing ink, and the better water-resistant characteristics is the Lamy Black does not have. So in conclusion, if you are looking for an ink to stop feathering then we still need to wait for something, however if you want to have a good performing black ink then both Lamy Black and Noodler’s X-Feather are good choices.
  15. Hi all, I picked up a bottle of Noodlers Bernanke Blue at the London pen show recently and I'm afraid, have really not got along with it. So I am left with a nearly completely full bottle of ink that is likely to sit in my drawer for years. Does anyone have any advice regarding what to do with this Ink? I feel like just throwing it away is a crime! Would anyone be wanting to do an ink swap or simply wants to take this off my hands for free? (surely someone must like this ink?) This is my first post on the forum, so let me know if I've done something horrifically wrong, and I will do my best to correct it! Thanks, Fletch
  16. CharlieAndrews

    Noodler's Blue Ghost

    Hello y'all! I've been getting more and more into inks, and I've run across several that intrigue me, and several that I don't think I'll ever touch. One ink that piques my interest immensely is Noodler's Blue Ghost. Has anyone tried Noodler's Blue Ghost? What have been your experiences with it? -Charlie
  17. citricacidcycle

    Noodler's Black Pen Safety

    After weeks of searching for a bottle of Noodler's Black Ink, my local brick and mortar finally received a shipment and reserved a 3oz bottle for me. I was told that the while the ink performs very very well on cheap paper and has amazing water resistance, I was advised by the worker that I shouldn't use this ink in demonstrator pens like the TWSBI Diamond 580/Vac 700 or any clear pen at that, because "the ink will stain the inside of the pen." Is that statement true? If that's the case (or not the case), will this Noodler's Black be safe to use in converters such as the LAMY converter or Platinum converter?
  18. I'll just paste my 'about me' from my profile. I'll not get on the soap box again, thanks to you all already -BIn the second half of my life, I'm using my time while retired/disabled after 23+ years as an Officer of Marines; CWO4 (Marine Gunner) and former Master Sergeant (prior to my Officer lobotomy) I stay busy when not swamped with stuff or just feeling down right horrible as a book reviewer, editor, and still continue analytical work for various people/businesses and occasionally still do consulting work for the Marine Corps and DoD ....... Advocating for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but in addition to it all fight pain,tremor, and atrophy caused by neuropathy so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". My 1965 Galaxie 500 LTD and Harley are gone as a result of the desires and memory issues so that and losing the opportunity of a second careeer sucks big time. I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 118 year old house, my shop, ranting, retirement, and sometimes more... I spend most of the day in my library/study and may sometimes blog aside from my other stuff. My blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 3+ years old, it is bare boned. My wonderfaul wife and partner of 21 years and I have 3 daughters (23, 20, & 10) and my service/seizure dog 'Reagan' (a Transylvania Hound).I have always insisted upon myself, my Marines, and my girls that their handwriting and deliverables that leave their desks are an example and often a first impression of their own character of professionalism and disciple. If it's your notes or your journal, that's one thinks; but if it is going to be seen by someone else it must be your best. I don't have extremely expensive pens, but what I have are of good quality and they are used extensively with my very rarely using a ball point pen or marker. Of course math/hand-analysis and editing markup is still often done with pencil, but everything aside is ink 'properly. I had to learn to read and write all over again after my brain injury, but I continue my journal that is now beginning it's 27th year and in addition I still write my wife of 21 years a love letter each day. I look forward to learning from each of you and pray I will be of assistance to many as well. I have much experience with different mediums aside from fountain pens to include, dip, technical pens, pastels, pencil, and alcohol pens with a solid background in what works and what doesn't with all brands, mediums, and surfaces while making sure the combination matches the intended purpose.Semper Fidelis, CWO4 Shannon Beaman USMC'Smooth is Fast, Fast is Smooth' Edited for errors only, content not altered. -B
  19. Hello, I've always been careful with my 61, putting some tame blue or black into it while my other pens enjoy my 'fancier' inks. It's kind of a shame since my 61's nib is really smooth and wet, and I'd love to put a high-sheen Noodler's ink or the rest of my Emerald of Chivor in there, but I was always leery of the capillary filler's sensitivity, especially with pigment or gold particulates. Has anyone had the bravery to put a nastier ink in their capillary 61's, and what has been the success rate of such an endeavor? Regards!
  20. Uncial

    New Noodler's Pen

    I saw a video....a long video as is Nathan's want....about a new ink but in it there was mention of a new safety pen from Noodler's and there were also quite a few nice looking ebonite dip pens on display. The video was so long and rambling I must confess I didn't sit through it all so may have missed vital details. I headed off to Noodler's own website but there was no info about it there and nothing on any other pen store sites. Anyone have any more info?

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