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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.
RustyDarkMatter posted a topic in Inky Thoughts[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.