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Well, Noodler's perhaps doesn't need an introduction, as everyone knows that Mr. Nathan Tardiff creates this inky lineup at his secret inky factory. A very extensive line of inks it is. Some are basic, some are more interesting. This one falls into the more basic range. That is not a negative, as not everyone wants a super shady, sheeny ink with glitter. Sometimes you just want an ink that works without fuss and I think this ink fits that criteria.

 

This ink falls on the drier end of the wetness scale, but it is but no means "dry". I used a Lamy AL-Star (M-Steel) which is decently wet, but with this ink I got a bit finer line than I might have expected. I also tried the ink on some cheap Cambridge notebook paper which usually has serious problems with show through and bleed through, and while there was a good amount of show through, the bleed through was limited. It has reasonably short dry times on the papers used, and no problems with skips, start-up, etc., and the converter experienced no staining. There was a little bit of ink collecting on the top surface of the nib, but nothing major, and it wiped off easily.

 

The ink is water resistant, so another plus.

 

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

 

As is typical, the images all seem to show the ink as darker than in reality. It's a middle brown, and it never shows as black or even dark brown. It's much lighter than Sailor Kobe #3, perhaps a little lighter than Iroshizuku Tsukushi. It is definitely a cool brown.

 

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Actually not as red as many others in spite of the red in the formulation. So some of what you see may be the poor camera and image manipulation non-skillz of the end-user :blush:

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Thank you for this review. I may have ignored this as a possible Brown in my quest for the "Perfect Brown" when I could have been happy with this ink for a while!

I just tried Sheaffer's Skrip Brown & am enjoying it so perhaps (thanks to this review) I should have this as well. It has been a pleasure to discover the many existing inks during the recent Sailor "changes."

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Thank you, White Lotus. I have meant to try all the Noodler's "regular" inks - like Green, Red, Brown - because I have found that Purple, Blue and Black are some GREAT inks. I didn't expect this to water resistant.

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Glad you enjoyed the review. Trying all the regular Noodler's inks is quite a challenge. Brown has become almost my favorite ink, even though I really like blue inks. And green has developed quite a following in my heart as well. Black and purple are lovable, that goes without saying.

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