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Ink Review: Noodler's Ink - Apache Sunset

Grade: 60.00%

Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Staples 20lb, 85g Clairefontaine, 90g Rhodia, Post-it Note.

 

Apache Sunset(APS) is an ink that most people that are into fountain pens have heard of. Even those that won't give Noodler's Ink the time of day acknowledge that APS is one of the best shading inks available. APS isn't prone to feathering or bleeding in a fine nib, but when used in a pen with a wet nib, it will easily. Which is a little easier to run into than you might think.

 

This is an ink that is famous for a its shading, so it makes sense that you would want to use it in a wet pen. I put APS into my Noodler's Ahab that I adjusted to be wet and entire letters would bleed into one another. APS at first seemed dry to write with, but after giving it some thought I believe APS only seemed that way because I normally use highly saturated inks.

 

Compared to Noodler's Bad Blue Heron or Black, this ink may seem very thin. It makes sense. A highly saturated ink with a lot of pigment, like Bad Blue Heron or Black, will not provide much shading. APS isn't a permanent ink and is easily cleaned with water. APS has an average dry time. Not too long; not too short. Right about in the middle based on its other properties.

 

APS is not what I would call a work friendly ink. It's not a traditional blue or black ink so you can't really use it on official forms. APS can also be hard to read from a distance. I find that I have to read the page closer than normal when I'm trying to read notes written in APS.

 

But I don't see that as APS's primary role. APS is ideal for artistic purposes and for experimenting with flex writing. And in that role, it excels. In the end, APS is not really well suited to being "well rounded ", but it is still a lot of fun.

 

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Very nice review!

 

While I absolutely love Apache Sunset for the color and shading, I absolutely abhor the formulation, and particularly how it smears so badly with very smooth papers such as Clairfontaine and even Tomoe River.

 

So, yes, I have a real love/hate relationship with this ink!

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Very nice review!

While I absolutely love Apache Sunset for the color and shading, I absolutely abhor the formulation, and particularly how it smears so badly with very smooth papers such as Clairfontaine and even Tomoe River.

So, yes, I have a real love/hate relationship with this ink!

Thank you very much. I agree; I feel the same way about some of my favorite inks (Bad Blue Heron).

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Fantastic review!

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes,

 

This ink is great :)

 

Thank you for review.

Fantastic review!

Thank you both. I appreciate it.

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