Noodler’s Black Swan Feedback

Monday: Ink Stuff

This is the hot new ink! Nathan’s video on it sparked a lot of excitement about it, though the real test is going to be the 500+ pens that start flowing with it this week as the shipments begin to drop. I personally inked it up in two pens, and I do really like the color and the shading effect. Here’s a snapshot of it in case you missed it the other day (though I’m not crazy 100% confident in my adjustment of the color, it at least gives you an idea):

I’ve read one other review where the user wasn’t thrilled with the ink, but the pen they used was a Pilot 78g, so I question it a little bit. It’s pretty evident to me from actually using the ink that this is going to be one that sparks a lot of conversation. The ink acts very differently in different pens, and really has a wide range of colors depending on its usage. Nathan apparently designed the ink for flex nibs and very wet writers, I personally used my Pelikan m800 italic 1.5mm in the pic above.

Since there are so many Ink Nouveau readers out there who are getting this ink in soon, I’m going to ask for your feedback once you have a chance to thoroughly test out this ink. I’ll work up my own review of the ink over T-day weekend, and I’d love it if we could start a conversation (in the comments) about the ink on next Monday’s post when I put up my review.

So what are your expectations for Black Swan?

2017-10-11T14:38:44+00:00 November 22nd, 2010|Ink Reviews|16 Comments
  • It looks like an interesting ink. The one review I've seen complained about it having only "moderate" shading, but what do you expect on copy paper?!? I'd say any shading at all is doing pretty good on copy paper.

  • Like I mentioned, this ink is going to be wildly varying based on paper and pen combination. I think you're going to see a lot of extreme opinions about this ink in both directions, but I think the ones who love it the most will be the 'experimental' types who will want to test it a bunch of different ways. The ones who will hate it will be the ones writing only on cheap copy paper with a fine nib 😛 Almost nothing will shade beautifully with that combination!

  • My expectations are pretty high, especially since I'm using the same class of paper you have so helpfully demonstrated for us. Seeing your photos was actually the final push that got me to order a double broad nib for one of my Pelikans.

    (…Of course, it turns out the nib is backordered and won't ship for 2 to 4 weeks. Haha! Guess I'll just have to wait to get the "full" experience.)

  • Oh man, must have. MUST have.

    Are you going to carry the new Noodler's flex-nib fountain pens? Please say yes. This ink seems to be made for them!

  • Missive, actually in Nathan's video he uses his flex nib pen to demo this ink! You're absolutely right, this ink was designed with that flex nib pen in mind. We're going to carry them, you better believe it!! It's going to be a couple of weeks we're told, and we're going to get as many of them as we can get our inky little hands on! 😉

  • Oh yay. I was confused as to whether the Nib Creaper was the flex-nib pen, but I gather that although the Nib Creaper has a bit of flex, his newer flex pens are going to be much flexier.

    Oooh la la…

  • The Nib Creaper pens are NOT 'the' flex pens. They have a hint of flex to them, but they are not the ones that are going to be released in a few weeks. They flex pens will be identical to the currently available 'Piston-Fill' Noodler's FP's, available I'm told in all colors, just with flex nibs 😉

  • Thanks for the clarification, Brian – but I want a Nib Creaper anyway so I just ordered one. 🙂

  • Great ink! Mine just arrived and I've only begun to play with it, but already I'm very happy! I'm using it in the nib creaper, since its the most flexible nib I own, and the shading ranges from an almost black burgundy to a delicate pinky purple. Very Dramatic! It will probably never be an everyday ink, but it will certainly get used on many letters and journals.

  • Got my order of Black Swan today. A truly great ink!! Definitely needs a broad nib to be appreciated. Better shading than the Diamine Syrah and no feathering or creep on cheap copy paper. I'm using a Lamy Vista with a 1.5 mm nib and it REALLY makes the ink come to life. If you like Syrah you'll love Black Swan.

    Goulet Pens…what a great company!! Makes you feel like family. Thanks for the GREAT commitment to customer service!!!

  • I LOVE this ink thus far. Have it in a 1.5 Pelikan Script and the shading is so dramatic. It's a joy to write with and to read afterward. Now I need to acquire, learn how to control, and go to town with a flex nib to fully appreciate this ink.

  • Margo

    Oh, that does it! I'm putting it in my cart!

  • I adore it. I ordered a sample on Monday, and I don't know if it arrived yesterday or today because I was out of town from Thursday through today.

    I played with it immediately, in both a glass dip pen and then loaded it in an Esterbrook SJ with a 9788 (flexible medium) nib.

    I adore it. It's like the dark burgundy I've been seeking. It's what I always wanted Noodler's Red-Black to be, but never was. I have not tested any water resistance yet, and it doesn't purport to have those characteristics so I don't expect much, but it certainly delivers!

    As I said, the color is gorgeous. I find the shading exceptional. It was good in the dip pen, but in the Estie 9788 (which some people call "semi-flex," but it provides nice variation for me) it really shines. We should bear in mind that a darker ink may shade less than a lighter anyone, because of the dark base color – but this really does beautifully in the flex nib. Spectacular. I am in love with it.

    I will DEFINITELY be buying a full bottle as soon as you have them back in stock, Brian!

  • Margo

    Oh, that does it! I'm putting it in my cart!

  • Got my order of Black Swan today. A truly great ink!! Definitely needs a broad nib to be appreciated. Better shading than the Diamine Syrah and no feathering or creep on cheap copy paper. I'm using a Lamy Vista with a 1.5 mm nib and it REALLY makes the ink come to life. If you like Syrah you'll love Black Swan.

    Goulet Pens…what a great company!! Makes you feel like family. Thanks for the GREAT commitment to customer service!!!

  • Missive, actually in Nathan's video he uses his flex nib pen to demo this ink! You're absolutely right, this ink was designed with that flex nib pen in mind. We're going to carry them, you better believe it!! It's going to be a couple of weeks we're told, and we're going to get as many of them as we can get our inky little hands on! 😉