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Just got back from the DC Pen Show. Several retailers had the latest Nooder's ink, House Divided. From his description, I was expecting a reddish blue ink that when washed leaves behind a permanent red line. I was able to sample the bottle at Luxury Brand's table. The ink is not what I was expecting. It is actually a dusty rose/burgundy color with barely a hint of blue in it. I came home and immediately loaded it into a Pilot Prera medium pen and did some testing. I also did a spill test during which I wrote on a piece of 28# paper, let it dry, and then poured tap water over it. After it dried, I scanned the image and it is included below.

 

Observations: This is a very permanent ink! It is somewhere between Noodler's Empire Red and DeAtramentis Document Red, maybe with a hint of Kung Te cheng. The spill test and the water drop test barely washed anything away. Placing a couple drops on the Review Sheet and allowing them to dry without blotting caused a hint of blue coloring to flee to the water's edge, but barely a noticeable change. If you are looking for a permanent dusty rose ink, this is a good one to look at. Flow is excellent, no bleed through, and barely any show through. No feathering, but a bit of spread on the 28# copy paper. I tested it on Rhodia, and it behaved very well. Dry time is less than 1 second, even on the Rhodia!

 

I bought my bottle from Federalist Pens at the show. At least one other retailer had the ink at the Show. I would guess it will be available on-line from the vendors who carry Noodler's.

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Favorite pen/ink pairings: Edison Brockton w/EF 14K gold nib and Noodler's 54th Massachusetts; Visconti Pinanfarina w/EF chromium conical nib and Noodler's El Lawrence; Sheaffer Legacy w/18k extra fine inlaid nib and Noodler's Black; Sheaffer PFM III fine w/14k inlaid nib and Noodler's Black; Lamy 2000 EF with Noodler's 54th Massachusetts; Franklin Christoph 65 Stablis w/steel Masuyama fine cursive italic and DeAtramentis Document Blue; Pilot Decimo w/18k fine nib and Pilot Blue Black; Franklin Christoph 45 w/steel Masuyama fine cursive italic and Noodler's Zhivago; Edison Brockton EF and Noodler's El Lawrence; TWSBI ECO EF with Noodler's Bad Green Gator.

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Thank you very much for your MOST timely review of this new ink. I am extremely thankful you would take the time to share a writing sample with us, so soon after purchase. It is thanks to you I can relax & I hope for Mr. Tardif's sake this ink is a "sell out," because of his talent & inventive nature, but not worry about having to have a bottle. Waterproof or not, the color just isn't appealing to me & I would have never known it, if you hadn't taken the time to share your ink.

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Agree with BP...a little bland for my taste. I much prefer well saturated dark red inks. Props to Nathan for another well behaved and waterproof ink.

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Thank you very much for your MOST timely review of this new ink. I am extremely thankful you would take the time to share a writing sample with us, so soon after purchase. It is thanks to you I can relax & I hope for Mr. Tardif's sake this ink is a "sell out," because of his talent & inventive nature, but not worry about having to have a bottle. Waterproof or not, the color just isn't appealing to me & I would have never known it, if you hadn't taken the time to share your ink.

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Rather bland/pastel in color, BUT, is that due to the pen?

I've seen inks differ significantly based on the ink flow from the pen.

This ink may want a WET pen.

So I will have to withhold judgement till I can see another test.

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I actually quite like the color I'm seeing here. Not quite sure if it would make it to daily rotation, but I certainly would have a use for it. Here's hoping that it's available after the show.

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OH MY - you have saved me. What a disappointment. Ucky. Thank you for the timely review.

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Many fans of the ink maker today, but not many fans of the ink in question.

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Well, "Puce" is an unusual color & this one seems to be a bit lighter in shade than many of the traditional Puces, one encounters. I really can't think of the nib, pen or paper which could make this ink attractive to me & I respect Mr. Tardif for his mastery. It was a pleasure to purchase his BERNING Red ink, but I have "Brown Pink" inks from 2 makers, that has me covered for this color family!

 

If the need for Puce calls, I am already prepared AND have a back-up!

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With inks like House Divided, Rome Burning, and Proctor's Ledge, I get the clear impression that Nathan Tardiff enjoys technical challenges as much as beautiful colors. Speaking of which, I've been using plain old Noodler's violet recently, a rich and lovely purple.

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Noodler's Purple is one of the best inks I have ever used.

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I love the Noodler's inks I have. (I have several) This ink does nothing for me at all. I have at least one of his inks on my wish list, maybe two. This House Divided won't be on the wish list, sadly.

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I have not yet cracked open my bottle yet to test it myself, but I sampled it a few times. It is muted (with some interesting properties, I understand). Like every other ink, I can find a use for it, I think. It may not be in an everyday pen, but it looks like one of those inks that, if you use it to write a letter, they'll never forget the color.

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Great review! I must say that I am not in the least tempted.

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Hmmm, that's much lighter than I imagined it would be.

Can I ask for a new picture? It's so blurry (out of focus?) it hurts my eyes. I can't tell if it the color is accurate.

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