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* Originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Gruene Cactus. Grade: 82.50%. Paper: Norcom Composition. Gruene Cactus (GC) or Incredible Hulk Green, as I've come to think of it, is a green that I think I may have to buy a bottle of. In my Noodler's Ahab, the ink gushes. When I first inked my Ahab I used an ink syringe to fill the piston; when I turned it upside down to let ink flow to the feed, a drop of ink almost fell off of the nib. I have found this ink to be great for calligraphy. The saturation of GC makes it a very smooth writer, and an incredible shader. When I used it in a flex pen, the ink went from a lime green color to a deep evergreen green. GC dries very quickly despite being such a saturated ink and it doesn't feather badly either (even on cheap paper) which surprised me. However it does bleed heavily when you use it in a flex pen. To try it out, I used it on 85g Clairefontaine paper (Quo Vadia Habana) and it bled heavily enough that you could read the words on the other side easily. Despite nail polish and hand sanitizer not making it budge, GC is not water resistant and tap water easily washed away the ink in the test despite the words being on the page for over a week. Despite its bleedthrough problems and low water resistance, I think GC has a lot of potential. If you're looking for an ink that shades, you should try Gruene Cactus.
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