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Noodler’s Ottoman Rose This is one the earliest inks I bought. One of those rare inks that can handle Jinhao 450 fude nibs with no problem and never dries out. Swab I do a lot of editing and I truly enjoy jotting notes and doodling with a fine nib. Ink has decent water resistance, i.e., most of your text will be legible with a minor spill. The only downside is dry time is high with wet pens and non-absorbent paper, Duh! This can easily be mitigated with finer nibs and absorbent paper, obviously. Suffice to say, if you’re lefty over writer who like wide nibs, wet pens and water-resistant paper and write from right to left, you’re in trouble! So, what make this ink special, besides it being very well behaved, wet, lubricated, and vibrant? The name. The name?! “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Indeed. I am not sure if Nathan Tardif had this originally in mind but here goes: The artwork is a scene from a harem. The name Ottoman Rose reminds me of a semi-double gallica (French) rose, La Belle Sultane. What does a French rose to do with the Ottoman Turks? Patience. The rose is named after Aimée Dubucq de Rivery, a distant cousin of Josephine Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte’s love and first wife. Aimée was sent to France to attend an academy for young girls. On her return her to Martinique her ship was attacked by pirates, and she was sold off to the harem of the Ottoman King (Sultan) of the time. She gave birth to the future Mahmoud II. The rose was named after her. Now most of the story is false and seems out of the Angelique series. But then again, stories are here to take us away. La Belle Sultane, has not been as cooperative as the ink, this year, its flowers, due to the early heat waves, were pink and not that rich deep burgundy colour as above. However a slight wash did the trick. Here are some text samples. Midori - Text start with fude... finishes with medium. Tomoe River 68 gr - note the colour changed compared with Midori Comparaison: · Pens used: Pilot Metropolitan fine, Jinhao 450 fude nib · Shading: Depends on paper · Ghosting: Depends on the paper · Bleed through: On copy paper with a wide, wet nib. · Flow Rate: Nice and wet · Lubrication: Nice · Nib Dry-out: Nope. · Start-up: No problem. · Saturation: Unabashedly pink · Shading Potential: Wet flex nib yes. · Sheen: No · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Didn’t notice. · Nib Creep / “Crud”: None · Staining (pen): Nope. Easy to clean… · Clogging: Not at all · Water resistance: Won’t survive a flood but it will fight off a glass of water gallantly. · Availability: Only in bottle. Enjoy!
Hello. Hope all are well. I have about 2 dz. plus+ inks, and honestly I realize with some exceptions; that few are really unique in color. At least to me. e.g.: J.Herbin 1670 rouge hematite ( my fav.), Larmes de Cassis & Vert Olive, Caran d' A Saffron, Iroshizuku, ku-jaku and a couple of others. Beyond these, I have all of the basics covered... Bottom line is, I'm in the market for a bottle or 2 of uncommon, unique colors. I've been looking at the Noodler's Ottoman Rose which looks really nice to me, but hard to tell on monitor at times. Red is my favorite, with green right behind. An maybe some shades in between that are similar. If anyone has any suggestions; hopefully based on personal experience, I would most appreciate your input...Thanks for time, LWL