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Ink Review: Noodler's Ink - Bad Green Gator Grade: 66.25% Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb, 85g Clairefontaine, 90g Rhodia, Post-it Note, Moleskine sketchbook. Bad Green Gator (BGG) is now the 3rd Noodler's 'warden' series ink that I have tried. I have found myself wondering why green would be chosen as one of the forgery resistant colors chosen by Nathan Tardiff. It may have something to do with the chemical composition that goes into whatever he uses to make theses inks forgery resistant; I really don't know. Nathan just may like the color, and he's not the only one. A friend of mine said BGG looks like moss, and after giving it some thought, I agreed. However, unlike my friend, I love this shade of green. I may be biased though. Green is one of my favorite colors, and moss-green is one of my favorite shades. BBG is a fast drying ink that will feather and bleed and you will get a fair amount of ghosting from the other side of the page. I see that as the trade off of using a fast drying ink. BGG is very saturated and has a good flow without feeling wet, but the color can seem muted. Which I think can be attributed to how much this ink is absorbed into the paper. BBG, like all the inks I've tried in the warden series, is a very permanent ink. It barely budged at all in my permanency tests (it did move in the chromatography test oddly enough). BGG is the easiest warden ink I've cleaned so far. BBG is very uniform in color and won't give you much shading even on good paper like Rhodia. Overall, BGG is a nice ink with a lot of special attributes. I love the color but I realize it's a shade that some people will hate. Competitive Options: Noodler's Zhivago. Just because it's so dark most people will think it's black and you will have no problem using it in a business setting.
I'm trying to make up my mind on this ink. On the one hand, it's a nice green color, a little different from other greens that I have. It's waterproof, bulletproof ink, so it's not going anywhere. And it dries really fast. On the other hand, there's the feathering. It soaks into the paper so fast it spreads and feathers and bleeds through to the other side. Now I'm pretty much always using a fine nib in my pens. If you are a flex/stub/double broad type pen user, this is probably not your ink. It managed to stay where I put it with my fine nib, but there was some spreading of the ink as it went down on the paper. Just means it writes a broader line than you intend. An extra fine nib or maybe some higher end clairfontaine or rhodia paper would probably tame this bad gator a little. Hmmm...
http://i.imgur.com/PBkXXAk.jpg Haven't logged on here for so long I forgot my username here was "GlennPen" not "PenGlenn". Interchangeable I suppose? EDIT: Also, I realized I should've put "Subjective" not "Objective". It's morning man. Anyway, a transcription for the "Objective Writing Experience" "You know on the Goulet site it says this ink is not 'Fast Drying', but I feel comfortable dragging my hand all over the paper. Feathering is non-existing unless you stick the nib to the wet paper (hence 'Oops'). Flow is wet but not so much, very smooth writing experience." I like this ink, and it's my first Green ink too. http://i.imgur.com/WED60Lf.jpg Behold, the sequel! I tested the ink again (except for it's water-resistance properties) on copier paper to address the ink's supposed feathering problem, well, I don't see it guys! Maybe yellow Legal pad paper or Wal-Mart leaf paper. Subjective Writing Experience transcript: "Perhaps not as smooth experience as on a fountain pen friendly paper like Rhodia but nonetheless the ink is behaving the same way; wet, quick-to-dry, and mostly likely the paper will be destroyed by water before the ink is." Also, I wiped the nib over with a napkin to see if there is nib creep for my Lamy Safari 1.1 nib; there is none.