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  1. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink: X-Feather

    Ink Review: Noodler's Ink - X-Feather. Grade: 67.50%. Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb, 85g Clairefontaine. Noodler's X-Feather (XF), aka Anti-Feather, at first glance may not be the flashiest ink out there. Some may overlook it as "just another black ink". However, XF's unique properties make it a very interesting ink for a variety of applications. At its core, XF is the same as Noodler's Black. XF is an Eternal/Bulletproof ink that is known for its permanence and being a 'go to' EDC ink. The biggest difference between XF and Black is XF's resistance to feathering. Is XF completely feather resistant? No, but it does a pretty good job on cheap paper making it a good choice for office use when you don't get to choose the paper that you use. When you write with XF you'll notice that it's a very smooth. XF just doesn't look like other inks. It's somehow thicker, more viscous. XF is not quite as thick as oil, but you'll be able to tell right away that it's different than other inks. XF is one of the blackest inks I've ever used. While some black inks come off as a dark brown or gray, XF remains a true starless black. The quick drying time and resistance to bleedthrough is also very impressive considering how saturated XF is. XF's resistance to rail-roading make it ideal for calligraphy. It's also great for drawing when you need deep blacks and lines that won't blow out. Overall, XF threatens to push Heart of Darkness out of the running for my favorite black ink. Just plan for some extra cleaning time when using XF.
  2. visvamitra

    Kung-Te Cheng - Noodler's

    I like this ink. I got the sample and used it in two pens: Pilot 78G with broad nib and Kinhao x750 with fine/medium nib. I haven't observed any problems with the flow, staining or ink disbehaviour. I wouldn't however used with my "better" *read - expensive) fountain pens. Just in case. Anyway I find the idea of recreating old ink formulas thrilling. INK SPLASH http://imageshack.com/a/img661/7599/gOl8JR.jpg DROPS OF INK ON KITCHEN TOWEL http://imageshack.com/a/img745/1554/GFnGUr.jpg SOFTWARE IDENTIFICATION / COLOR RANGE http://imageshack.com/a/img537/3748/h0vbc8.jpg COLOR RANGE http://imageshack.com/a/img537/7519/xuqQ7b.jpg Review written with Jinhao 599 http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5770/ySDrHc.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img909/2865/msJuwi.jpg RHODIA http://imageshack.com/a/img538/5619/I4xCRa.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img913/8060/Ca2VSu.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img904/1372/HkzccG.jpg
  3. 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
  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. cjr

    Noodler's House Divided

    Just got back from the DC Pen Show. Several retailers had the latest Nooder's ink, House Divided. From his description, I was expecting a reddish blue ink that when washed leaves behind a permanent red line. I was able to sample the bottle at Luxury Brand's table. The ink is not what I was expecting. It is actually a dusty rose/burgundy color with barely a hint of blue in it. I came home and immediately loaded it into a Pilot Prera medium pen and did some testing. I also did a spill test during which I wrote on a piece of 28# paper, let it dry, and then poured tap water over it. After it dried, I scanned the image and it is included below. Observations: This is a very permanent ink! It is somewhere between Noodler's Empire Red and DeAtramentis Document Red, maybe with a hint of Kung Te cheng. The spill test and the water drop test barely washed anything away. Placing a couple drops on the Review Sheet and allowing them to dry without blotting caused a hint of blue coloring to flee to the water's edge, but barely a noticeable change. If you are looking for a permanent dusty rose ink, this is a good one to look at. Flow is excellent, no bleed through, and barely any show through. No feathering, but a bit of spread on the 28# copy paper. I tested it on Rhodia, and it behaved very well. Dry time is less than 1 second, even on the Rhodia! I bought my bottle from Federalist Pens at the show. At least one other retailer had the ink at the Show. I would guess it will be available on-line from the vendors who carry Noodler's.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. Hey, I really hate to open another topic on Baystate Blue. But I really don't know how to find ALL the BSB threads that are available, and check whether this has already been comented on (For what is worth, I have searched as best I could via Google, here and elsewhere, but I couldn't find an appropriate thread about this). So then, I thought I might ask everybody a question: Does YOUR (sample of) Baystate Blue turn purple on plain, white, copy paper (80-90 gsm), and predominantly on such paper? I don't mean a hint or a tinge of purple - rather bright, saturated, vibrant ... purple. To put a bit more context into it, I must say I just received my 3 oz. bottle of THE ink (ordered on Amazon, shipped by the manufacturer) a few days ago. I made sure to clean the pen extra well (flushed until water ran clear, THEN flushed with minor concentration dish-soap solution and left it in for 24hrs., THEN flushed until water ran clear of bubbles, and left another 24 hrs. with clean water in it, AND finally flushed dry, and left another 24hrs. to ... well, dry out, with nib resting on absorbent tissue paper - so, I guess the pen was .. clean), then loaded it with THE stuff. In case anybody is wondering, the pen is a black HERO 616 mini version with an M nib - I had well researched this ink beforehand (but apparently, still not well enough), so I knew well enough to choose a cheap pen. So far (3 days after) the pen behaves perfectly (with no melted plastic/feeder, or flow modification; it actually behaves better than with Diamine Blue Velvet in it; I do expect the rubber sac of the aerometric filler to be stained, but I couldn't care less; we'll see about the rest). And then I tried it on for size. First, on a glossy paper notebook - white (don't know what paper the supplier used, because the notebook is internal stationery at the HR firm I work at). And it came out ... purple. I felt my throat going dry. Secondly, on plain/cheap A4, 75gsm, ECF (Elementary Chlorine Free), Unpunched, Ecolabel copy paper - obviously, white (generic brand, nothing to do with printer manufacturers). And it came out ... purple. I was gutted. Not far from crying (not really, but still...), considering how many inconvenient properties and risks I am ready to put up with, just for this color. As in this BLUE color, not purple color! Then I needed to scribble something really quick, and the first paper that came to hand was the back of a store receipt (so thin, thermal paper, I would say, and also white), and the closest instrument at hand was the BSB pen. And what do you know - it came out as the perfect, pure, intense and bright cobalt blue I had thought I was buying. Exactly that! Amazed at my discovery, I started scribbling "Test Color" on every paper I had at hand - which means that now I have quite a few books and book covers scribbled on their last page in BSB. And the color stayed blue (albeit with some hints of purple in some cases, but which are BARELY discernible). Also, I checked ALL my results the following day, in plain daylight (on a beautiful sunny day, around noon). And they were unchanged: my (sample of) ink is purple on some papers, and the proper blue on others. And some papers are white, others are cream, and others plain yellow. Thus, it seems that my BSB reacts with the paper and changes hue, for I can think of no other explanations. Now, I know what many will say: Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Tomoe River, etc. And that's all fine - to each his own, but I am not really a fountain pen afficionado, nor do I plan on becoming one (I have only 3 inks, and ... let's see, erm... 7 fountain pens, and I really want to stay at this level). I really place practicality above tastes, and I consider it dandy enough to be using a fountain pen (in spite of the extinct-species/wolly-mammoth looks I get from some...), that I most certainly won't carry Tomoe River pads with me to the meeting room. Nothing wrong with those that will, as I was saying above. My point, however, to anybody reading this, is that performance on plain copy paper is THE deal breaker for ME, as I won't change paper except entirely accidentally. So it doesn't really help me to know how the ink performs on those FP dedicated papers (actually, I already do considering how much research I put into this color), and/or that I should change stationery. And the color is the deal-breaker part of the performance - as I was saying previously, I will put up with many things, but not with a different hue/color, because that makes it a different ink, actually. I have also read about reports that Noodler's inks have some relatively looser Q.C.s (i.e.quality controls), in that performance can vary from one batch to the another, within the same product line (for instance, different batches of BSB might behave differently). So then, I am well aware this could be a batch-related rather than a product-related problem. Being thus aware if that as well, I dare (after a mammoth post) phrase my question anew: Does YOUR (sample of) Baystate Blue turn purple on plain, white, copy paper (80-90 gsm), and predominantly on such paper? N.B.: for those who don't know/don't remember, would you be so kind as to test it a bit on some copy paper, if possible? I know it doesn't really do much for you, but I would really appreciate it, and it would mean A LOT to me to know whether I could still like this ink (that otherwise, I have to confess it, I would love in spite of all its other shortcomings... eh, true love i guess they call it, lol)
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Blue Ghost

    *Originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Blue Ghost. Grade: 68.75%. Blue Ghost(BG) is probably the most interesting ink that I own. It was given to me as a gift because, as a practical person, I couldn't find a reason to buy this ink unless I was playing 'Cold War spy' with my friends. I wish I had gotten it sooner. Yes, it's sort of a novelty, but what a novelty! In the bottle, the ink is a pale yellow that reminds me of raw egg yolk. After it dries, it's completely invisible. The only way I can see it on the page is if I scratch the paper by pressing down too hard while writing. It's a smooth writing ink but I wouldn't describe it as an overly wet ink with a drying time between 5-7 seconds on composition paper. This ink is a bulletproof ink and is very hard to clean or get off your hands. The first time I used it was in a dip pen and I successfully stained my thumb and middle finger for 3 days. Thankfully no one could see it. BG doesn't shade. BG doesn't bleed. And it doesn't like to show up on cheap composition paper. I'd recommend a nice cream colored paper if you're using BG. The picture I took is on a little Moleskine grid notebook. And lastly, BG doesn't like to have its picture taken. I only have an iPhone 5 and I couldn't get it to say "cheese". The best picture i got was from taking a video on my phone then snapping a screenshot. Granted, I have a cheap LED black light flashlight; your results may vary. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with BG yet. I know I can write a secret message to someone (which I look forward to). I've also heard (from Brian Goulet's videos) that there are stories of wives writing their husbands in the military in BG so all the private romantic musings *stay* private. And I've heard you can add BG to other inks and they can take on its luminescent properties. I haven't tried that yet, but I really really want to. If you want to try an ink that is fascinating and fun to play/experiment with, you should check this ink out.
  12. 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.
  13. I think it was earlier this year that FPN received new batches of their custom inks from Noodler's. I ordered the colors that I thought I'd like and Van Gogh Starry Night Blue was one of them. It did not disappoint. As usual I've tested it with Mohawk via Linen and Hammermill 28 lb inkjet papers, as well as Tomoe River. Quite shady on Tomoe River. I didn't see any sheen, but it could be my pen, ink, paper combo isn't conducive to that. In the waterfastness test, there was very little bleeding. It's not bulletproof, but it has very good resistance. Seems like we got an extremely large ink droplet.
  14. Dear all, Boring backstory... I've got a Parker 51 that works wonderfully. It's an heirloom pen and as it writes so wonderfully I no longer take it out and about. As such I'm in the market for a new 51 copy, a pen that I won't be fussed about loosing, breaking, nib down dropping, loaning... you get the picture Question: Can you wonderful folks list any 51 copies, and your experiences with them for me? If so I'd really appreciate it! I've heard the Hero 100 is a good imitation, one comment on fpn even suggested that the Hero 100 is a "slight improvement" on the 51. Could this be so! And if so how? Many thanks for your help, Badger
  15. 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.
  16. antichresis

    Twsbi Eco And Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng

    Hi! I received my first TWSBI—an Eco—and I was wondering how resistant it is to staining from "strong" inks. In particular, I am looking at filling it with Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng, which is a great ink but also something that people have described as "apocalypse-proof". I have lent it successfully to people when their ballpoints (ew) would not on the signature space on credit cards so it is that kind of special and stubborn. I don't have high hopes for its compatibility but if it has been tried and tested it would a welcome surprise. nb. I get the whole battle scars argument but I prefer my pens to be on the side of "pristine"
  17. The two minute guys have posted a review video of yet another Indian flex pen, once again made by Kanwrite, which is called the Kanwrite Standard Flex Fountain Pen. First things first, here is the review: Now, like last time, i don't know if this pen is sold by Noodlers (under its brand name) in USA or not. But it looks like a great flex pen.. I have done some research on the pen - it was manufactured by Kanwrite in 2009 and is the companies most compact fountain pen. And its very cheap for a flex pen, and the guy claims it is as good as Noodlers Ahab. Even if it is not, i think it is going to be a great introduction to the world of flex pens. Does anyone own this pen? Is it good? Please share your experience here. I am getting it from the seller and hoping to get a discount on the price and great review by the guy, btw. Kudos to him
  18. radellaf

    Qin Shi Huang Red Or Pink?

    Trying to decide if I should contact the seller about this. My Qin Shi Huang is more like the light purple Herbin Larmes de Cassis than it is a terra cotta, intense pink, or red (as it seems advertised). There's about 3mm of stuff that settles out within a day that is more of a brick red, sorta cloggy, and not at all UV fluorescent. I know this is a quirky ink and don't want to complain if I didn't get a bad bottle. I got it out of interest, not for utility, so if this is typical then I'll keep it. Writing and swabbing: http://i.imgur.com/qlOx2Cal.jpg in UV LED light: http://i.imgur.com/EaiQjQ5l.jpg bottom of bottle: http://i.imgur.com/vK5uVp2m.jpg
  19. 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?
  20. 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.

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