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* Originally posted on my Instagram.

 

Ink Review: Noodler's Ink - Zhivago

Grade: 52.50%

Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb copy paper, 85g Clairefontaine.

 

Zhivago (Zg) is an interesting ink. At first glance Zg looks completely black, but if you look closely you'll see that Zg is actually a very dark green. You could even call it a green-black ink. This shade of dark green reminds me a lot of moss or water clouded with algae.

 

Zg is a very smooth writing ink that flows easily through every pen I've put it in. It's very wet, and ideal for doing flex writing, even with a long drying time. It's too bad that it doesn't shade heavily. In my Noodler's Ahab it performs very well; but it's not until you put large amounts of ink on the page that you see some nice color variations.

 

On cheap composition paper I have been very impressed with how little Zg feathers or bleeds. However, on 20lb copy paper, and even 85g Clairefontaine, it seems to feather and bleed heavily.

 

Zg is listed as only been partially bulletproof. I've used Zg in ink washes, and the green portion lifts off the page pretty easily. What's left is a black color that resists removal well.

 

Zg's a very subtle color, and I find myself liking it more each time I use it.

 

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Thank you for a great & most comprehensive review of one of my favourite alternatives to black ink. "Zhivago," Bung Box's "Ink of the Witch" & "Espresso" are equally good @ "keeping them guessing!"

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Thank you for a great & most comprehensive review of one of my favourite alternatives to black ink. "Zhivago," Bung Box's "Ink of the Witch" & "Espresso" are equally good @ "keeping them guessing!"

 

I like all these inks for that reason. You should check out BB Dandyism and BB Seiya Silent Night Blue-Black, too.

 

Thanks for the review.

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

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Thank you for a great & most comprehensive review of one of my favourite alternatives to black ink. "Zhivago," Bung Box's "Ink of the Witch" & "Espresso" are equally good @ "keeping them guessing!"

I like all these inks for that reason. You should check out BB Dandyism and BB Seiya Silent Night Blue-Black, too.

 

 

Thanks for the review.

Thank you. I truly appreciate it.

 

I agree. I love asking people, who know I enjoy fountain pens and trying new inks, to tell me what color they think subtle inks like this are.

Freedom lies in being bold - Robert Frost

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Thank you. I truly appreciate it.

 

I agree. I love asking people, who know I enjoy fountain pens and trying new inks, to tell me what color they think subtle inks like this are.

 

I am supposed to use black or blue ink at the hospital. I like to use these inks as a very subtle form of rebellion. Also, I can flip through the pages of a chart and pick out my entries in seconds.

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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It looks nice.

 

Thank you.

 

Thank you for the review. I'm going to give this on a try.

 

I hope you like it just as much as I have.

Freedom lies in being bold - Robert Frost

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I like this ink a lot, I probably use it more than just about any other ink I have. A word of future warning to anyone picking up a bottle, the darker pigments tend to settle out fairly quickly, so give this ink a shake before you use it. I can tell a noticeable difference in shading if I refill after just a couple of weeks without shaking.

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Interesting review, thanks. Concur with Frank C.

Thank you. I appreciate it.

 

Great review - it inspired me to get out my bottle that I haven't used in over a year. Thanks!

Thank you. I agree that I want to buy a full bottle. I need to use up what I have tho.

 

I like this ink a lot, I probably use it more than just about any other ink I have. A word of future warning to anyone picking up a bottle, the darker pigments tend to settle out fairly quickly, so give this ink a shake before you use it. I can tell a noticeable difference in shading if I refill after just a couple of weeks without shaking.

Thank you for the tip!

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Couple of thoughts after acquiring a bottle of Zhivago.

First, the color smear from this particular bottle is lacking in green- appears dark grey. I realise that batches vary but the color saturation is low. I added some J.Herbin Sauvage to my liking. Second- appreciate the chromatography- well done!

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Couple of thoughts after acquiring a bottle of Zhivago.

First, the color smear from this particular bottle is lacking in green- appears dark grey. I realise that batches vary but the color saturation is low. I added some J.Herbin Sauvage to my liking. Second- appreciate the chromatography- well done!

Thank you. I enjoy seeing the colors that come out when you do chromatography on theses saturated inks.

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