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Noodler's The Violet Vote (2016)


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Noodler's has released a limited edition 2016 edition of their ink "The Violet Vote" which was originally a Pendamonium exclusive that was discontinued when one or more ingredients became unavailable. I never had the original ink, so I cannot compare this ink to it. So it will be evaluated on it's own merits.


To me the color seems very unique. The ink is eternal, so it is totally waterproof, and proof against many other methods of erasure/alteration. I have a number of Noodler's inks and have never had problems with them. I must say, it is the exception rather than the rule. This ink howeverdid have some issues with the Hammermill inkjet paper. This is a fairly heavy paper, 28 lb text weight, so it's not thin at all. I rarely have any problems with "show through", and even less with "bleed through". For some reason this ink had problems in both areas. I was able to write a review of another ink on the back side without problem, and probably could have written using The Violet Vote, but I rarely have these problems even with Noodler's inks, so I feel I should mention this. You may need to choose your nib and paper more carefully with this ink.


The ink also has a strong chemical aroma, even when writing. So those with chemical sensitivities may wish to consider an alternative ink.


The ink dried in a reasonable time on the MvL, and on the Hij almost immediately, within three seconds. That's very fast in my estimation.


The ink is more expensive than the usual Noodler's line as I suspect there may have been a custom order of dye involved, which anyone in manufacturing knows ends up costing quite a bit more.


As of this writing (3/6/2016), Anderson Pens and Goulet Pens are out-of-stock of this ink. GoldSpot lists the ink as available. I suspect within a few more weeks this ink will be unobtanium.


The papers used were MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River.










Since we have an ink that's all about voting, we have a list of the Democratic Presidential candidates since 1968. There is another review (F-C Tenebris Purpuratum) that has the corresponding Republican candidates over that time frame.


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I don't have that ink, but based on what I see I think that's correct. Perhaps someone who has both inks could verify that.

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Dromgoole's gifted me a violet ink they used for a David Oscarson event, and it looks a lot like this one. I have not tested it for waterfastness, but maybe I will now to see if what I have is The Violet Vote.

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I have the original Pendemonium version, but no pics (or camera good enough to capture any). That said, I am pretty sure my formulation is bluer than what's pictured here.

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I agree with swanjun. On my monitor at least, the 2016 Violet Vote does look much less blue than the original version (which I've used daily for years). Still looks like a nice color and a good ink though. Thanks for the review!


I also own La Reine Mauve, and I would say Pendemonium Violet Vote was more blue than La Reine Mauve. I haven't used La Reine Mauve in awhile, but I'll see if I can locate my bottle and try to post some comparison pictures to Pendemonium Violet Vote. I missed out on snagging Violet Vote 2016, so I won't be able to compare to it unless someone wants to send me a sample. I would be curious to see it compared to Pendemonium Violet Vote if anyone happens to have both.

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This looks a lot to me like PR's Plum. One of my favorite colors.




Using right now:

Kaweco Dia2 "F" nib running Kaweco Blue

Eversharp Skyline "F" nib running Omas Sepia

Leonardo Officina Italiana "EF" nib running Noodler's Cayenne

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