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Noodler's Akhmatova

Named after the great the Russian poetess, Anna Akhmatova. Famous and beloved before the Revolution hounded after, until death of Stalin. 
On a trip to Paris, she befriended an unknown and impoverished Modigliani, who drew her several times.


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She was famous for her signature shawl, even in the height of poverty, she managed to stay regal...

The ink harbours a deep melancholy, recalling that of coniferous forests in the deep of winter under a grey day. It reflects well Akhmatova's soul. 

For the sake of this review, I have cropped pages, to give a hint of the dynamic of this ink and not my musings.... smile.png 
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Comparison:

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This is one of the best, if not the best eternal ink I have ever tried. The ink is so will lubricated that beckons you not to force the nib but let the pen glide. I could buy this ink for the tactility of it, only. Ink is eternal/ bullet proof/ fluorescent. 
The shading is best experienced on white and bright paper. Dry time is super fast. Cleaning nothing was left. 

Water test:

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On Hilory one of the most absorbent papers I know:
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On Peter Pauper Paper (Thick absorbent paper)


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On Hammermill Multipurpose Paper 20 lb


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On Midori

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The ink is so smooth that I wrote a whole page with a reverse Lamy broad.... (midori)
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Tomoe River classic
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Tomoe River 68 gr (thicker)

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A couple of sketches...

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• Pen used: Noodler’s Ahab / Lamy Safari Broad/ Jinhao Medium
• Ghosting: None
• Bleed through: None. 
• Flow Rate: Wet
• Lubrication: Out of the world.
• Nib Dry-out: Needs a well-sealed pen.
• Start-up: None
• Saturation: Murky and dark.
• Shading Yes.
• Sheen: No 
• Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None. 
• Nib Creep / “Crud”: None
• Staining (pen): It doesn’t stain. Very easy to clean.
• Clogging: Nope
• Water resistance: Waterproof/ Eternal/Fluorescent.
• Availability: Only in bottle 90 ml bottles.

 

 

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Very nice, @yazeh!  Great backstory. :)  (The "Akh" of her name would sound exactly the same as the same letters in Makhabesh's name, by the way.)

 

From your description, this may well be Noodler's best ink. :)  The color probably isn't quite right for me, but it sounds worth trying anyway.

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12 minutes ago, LizEF said:

Very nice, @yazeh!  Great backstory. :)  (The "Akh" of her name would sound exactly the same as the same letters in Makhabesh's name, by the way.)

Thanks :blush:. Indeed. Akhmatova is her pen name. Actually after the name of a distant ancestor, supposedly one of the last Tatars that submitted to the Tsar (some say it's a myth).I don't know if Makhabesh roamed in Central Asia. I have to ask him, the next time, he passes by ;)

Anyway, Akmatova's father, didn't want Anna use the family name in such disreputable occupation as publishing poetry, so she took that name. ;)

 

12 minutes ago, LizEF said:

 

From your description, this may well be Noodler's best ink. :)  The color probably isn't quite right for me, but it sounds worth trying anyway.

I haven't used all the bulletproof line, far from that. But this is in a different class than the Polar series, which I love. It didn't stain, it was easy to clean. And compared to my favourite General of the Armies, this one gives a bounce to the nib and removes all feedback. It makes writing effortless.... 

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33 minutes ago, yazeh said:

Akhmatova is her pen name. Actually after the name of a distant ancestor, supposedly one of the last Tatars that submitted to the Tsar (some say it's a myth).I don't know if Makhabesh roamed in Central Asia. I have to ask him, the next time, he passes by ;)

Anyway, Akmatova's father, didn't want Anna use the family name in such disreputable occupation as publishing poetry, so she took that name.

:)  Even better story.  So funny the things people think / thought disreputable.  No doubt some of Makhabesh's family give him grief over hanging out with a wizard! ;)

 

34 minutes ago, yazeh said:

It makes writing effortless.... 

That's what an ink should do, IMO. :)

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3 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

Lovely review - very much appreciated - thank you @yazeh :)

:blush:

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Thanks for such a lovable review. Especially -- as already noted by others -- your including a bit of history. First thing which came to mind was Zhivago, but then again you already nailed that one down, too...

😊

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I don't normally like murky greens.  But this one might very well change my mind.  

Interesting story about the person the ink was named for.  I had never heard of her (clearly her father thought that writing and publishing poetry was too "Bohemian" -- I'm so glad that my parents just rolled their eyes and made jokes about making a living forging Old Masters but let me get a degree in Fine Art).

Thanks for the review.  And, well, not....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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brokenclay

Very nice looking ink, thank you for the review. 
 

Here's an Akhmatova poem :

 

 

 

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PithyProlix

Such a nice review - it inspires me to want to try this ink.  I wasn't aware of Akhmatova, neither the ink nor the poet, and now I am interested.

 

This one looks more intriguing than Zhivago, which, to me, was a bit ho-hum. I see what you are talking about with the melancholy but it is also combined with a detached elegance and, now that I have read a little more about Akhmatova, as well as a little of her poetry, it seems apt. 

"Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts." - W. H. Auden

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16 hours ago, lapis said:

Thanks for such a lovable review. Especially -- as already noted by others -- your including a bit of history. First thing which came to mind was Zhivago, but then again you already nailed that one down, too...

😊

Thanks so much lapis 🙏

16 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

I don't normally like murky greens.  But this one might very well change my mind.  

Interesting story about the person the ink was named for.  I had never heard of her (clearly her father thought that writing and publishing poetry was too "Bohemian" -- I'm so glad that my parents just rolled their eyes and made jokes about making a living forging Old Masters but let me get a degree in Fine Art).

Thanks for the review.  And, well, not....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

That's so lucky! Akhmatova enjoyed quiet a Bohemian life, until the revolution...some what like the 60s in the West. But afterwards she lived with one of her husbands, his ex first wife and family, in a couple of rooms in a palace. And after she divorced the same husband, she still lived on there.. as she had no place to go.... :)

 

 

15 hours ago, brokenclay said:

Very nice looking ink, thank you for the review. 
 

Here's an Akhmatova poem :

 

Exquisite 🙏  I noticed she mentions pines, here and in some other poems. I wonder if they played a role in the choice of colour...

15 hours ago, brokenclay said:
11 hours ago, PithyProlix said:

Such a nice review - it inspires me to want to try this ink.  I wasn't aware of Akhmatova, neither the ink nor the poet, and now I am interested.

 

This one looks more intriguing than Zhivago, which, to me, was a bit ho-hum. I see what you are talking about with the melancholy but it is also combined with a detached elegance and, now that I have read a little more about Akhmatova, as well as a little of her poetry, it seems apt. 

I always suspected a poet there, and now I have confirmation 🙏  

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Neat. Is this an ink in the Russian series? I don't remember seeing it earlier.

 

Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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namrehsnoom

Love the review and the backstory. But it’s the ink that steals the show… “Wow” was the term that came to mind! Reminds me of J. Herbin Vert Empire - which can also have that faded green-grey look. But this one looks even better. It goes straight to the top of “I must have this ink” list 😉 

Thanks so much for showing some of these lovely Noodler’s inks. Nathan has so many colours that it’s sometimes difficult to keep track. I never heard of this one before. So double thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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On 7/16/2021 at 10:24 AM, Sailor Kenshin said:

Huge fan of murky greens AND interesting chromas.  Thanks for the review!

:blush:

 

On 7/16/2021 at 10:51 AM, Muncle said:

Neat. Is this an ink in the Russian series? I don't remember seeing it earlier.

 

Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Yes it belongs to the Russian series.

2 hours ago, namrehsnoom said:

Love the review and the backstory. But it’s the ink that steals the show… “Wow” was the term that came to mind! Reminds me of J. Herbin Vert Empire - which can also have that faded green-grey look. But this one looks even better. It goes straight to the top of “I must have this ink” list 😉 

Thanks so much for showing some of these lovely Noodler’s inks. Nathan has so many colours that it’s sometimes difficult to keep track. I never heard of this one before. So double thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Most welcome. I thought you would like that. I'm sure your inkexperimant would be fabulous :)

 

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amberleadavis

Great review!  Has anyone compared it to the Rhino ink?

 

 

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On 7/20/2021 at 4:00 PM, amberleadavis said:

Great review!  Has anyone compared it to the Rhino ink?

 

 

They are similar in:

Easy to clean/ same price range (they are pricier than typical Noodler's inks)

Difference: 

Akhmatova is bulletproof, Rhino is water resistant. 

Akhmatova is grey green/ Rhino hovers between grey teal and green. 

Akhmatova has fabulous lubrication. It takes the writing experience to another level, Rhino is a decent wet ink. 

And then there is the name ;)

 

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On 7/20/2021 at 6:22 PM, yazeh said:

They are similar in:

Easy to clean/ same price range (they are pricier than typical Noodler's inks)

Difference: 

Akhmatova is bulletproof, Rhino isn't is water resistant. 

Akhmatova is grey green/ Rhino hovers between grey teal and green. 

Akhmatova has fabulous lubrication. It takes the writing experience to another level, Rhino is a decent wet ink. 

And then there is the name ;)

 

 

:). Thank you.

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31 minutes ago, amberleadavis said:

 

:). Thank you.

Most welcome

Just one clarification. Rhino is water resistant but not waterproof. I cannot correct my original response...

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On 7/30/2021 at 1:38 PM, yazeh said:

Most welcome

Just one clarification. Rhino is water resistant but not waterproof. I cannot correct my original response...

 

I edited the post and my reply.

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