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Saturday, January 8, 2011

January Ink Drop Colors: 'Steadfast Resolutions'


It's this time of year when we're all so hopeful of the changes that are on the horizon for the coming year. We feel inspired to make changes in our own life, so we make 'resolutions'. The only problem is that we often stick by them only for a few weeks (at best). This collection of permanent inks make it so your resolution will be there even if you break it ;)

This month's colors:
  • Noodler's Black
  • Noodler's Heart of Darkness
  • Noodler's Lexington Gray
  • Noodler's X-Feather
  • Private Reserve Invincible Black
All of these are either very popular inks or inks that we get a lot of questions about, so we thought it would be great to get them in everyone's pens.

Let's get a conversation going in the comments about this month's drop, I feel like there's a lot we can talk about....

Have you inked any of them up yet? What rigorous tests have you put them through?

22 comments:

  1. I put Heart of Darkness in my Noodler's Flex, and it behaves pretty darn well! Probably the best ink I have had in it, as far as holding up the the spreading of the tines. Nice picks guys!

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  2. I have been using Noodler's Black for about a year for writing checks, filling out professional forms, etc.. I have never had a problem with it. I have tested it in sunlight, with water drops, and water soak tests. I have soaked the paper so long that the paper has fallen apart, but the ink held strong. I know that I tested it with either ammonia or bleach and it held up. However, I can't recall which I tried or if it was both.

    I inked up HOD yesterday in my Reform 1745. Either the pen writes much wetter than I recall or the HOD really flows extremely well. I bet it would work real well in the Noodler's flex like Shaylen said.

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  3. I think I'm gonna try the LexGrey in my Noodler's Flex today. Frankly I'm a little scared of these inks, more specifically what they could do to my pens...so I feel a little limited as to what I can put them in. (We once had the infamous BSB problem here, so that's probably why.) I'm very curious about the Gray though.

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  4. What is the beautiful blue pen in the picture?

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  5. Lori, that's my Sheaffer 300. It's my daily carry-around pen. I've considered selling them since I really do love mine, but right now I don't offer them.

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  6. Sheila,

    I've been using lex for a while and its a great colour! One of my favourite lab workbook colours. Have not had staining issues, but like the semi-BPs, there might be a residue that is left over that requires a physical wipe to get off (tissue, or a Q-tip works) or a vigorous shake with water/detergent. Although I'm not sure how it affects other inks, but I've not had any problems.

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  7. Warradon, thanks for the info; that's good to hear, because I threw a little of the LexGray into a Noodler's flex and I am really liking the color!

    I swear, one of these days I'm just going to have to set up a payroll deduction straight to the Goulets...!

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  8. Etoyoc Rebmos, I hope you didn't try both, as they produce the noxious chlorine gas when mixed!

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  9. Please tell us more about the X-feather ink. I have some journal books that are less than fountain pen friendly -- therefore I don't use them. Perhaps this ink and a fine nib pen would make those journals useful to me again?

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  10. Very disappointing. I don't like black ink at all (or black anything com to that) and they are all black!!!

    I only hope you don't do one that is all blue or I'll be asking for a refund :)
    Tony

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  11. Sorry you didn't like it Tony! Don't worry, next month will be a change from this month, for sure! ;) We hadn't done ANY black ink before this month, so it was time. Now that it's out of the way we'll likely stay away from blacks for a while, there's just too many fun colors out there...

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  12. I also am concerned about inking up my pens with any permananent ink... what exactly is the rule about that?
    I used all the inks with my dip pen and Noodlers Bulletproof was by far the crispest looking. I would never have thought there was such a difference between "blacks". I appreciate trying them all but would rather see color variation in my ink drops.
    Rhea

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  13. Rhea, you definitely want to keep it off your clothes and off your carpet. These inks react with cellulose, like in wood pulp and cotton fibers. That's when they gain their permanence. They operate in your pens like any other ink, you just may find you need to clean them more thoroughly when changing colors, and it's a good idea to do a 'light' cleaning of your pen every other fill or every 3 fills when using these inks. As a general rule, you want to keep this ink from going anywhere you don't want it to end up. I might not carry these inks in a pen loose in your Coach purse, or in an eyedropper pen in your Armani jacket pocket when flying on a plane. Maybe take some extra precaution to make sure you don't have any spills.

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  14. I really haven't found any serious problems with any of these inks (and I've been using HOD, lexington, and Noodler's black for a year). I actually have a platinum preppy with HOD in it that has been inked since may with the same load, never cleaned, and has been stored tip up for at least 3 months without being used. I just tried it and it started right up. I've had much worse experiences with non permanents as far as clean up goes. I don't recall which color, but something from one of the ink drops from a "safe" brand (and very non permanent) took forever to clean out.

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  15. Justin, thanks for the input here. It's true that other non-permanent inks can be harder to clean out. It's going to vary from individual ink to individual ink. I hate making generalizations when it comes to inks :P

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  16. Just use common sense by trying to avoid accidents like spills and spatters like you do with any brand. Clean out thoroughly when changing between brands of ink.

    All of the inks in this drop (exclude PR Invincible Black as this is my first try of it) wash out cleanly and with minimal extra effort from sacs and converters. I ALWAYS flush with a lot of water when changing colors or brands of inks regardless of the pen or ink manufacturer. To me it is just part of being an FP user and I find pen cleaning a relaxing and enjoyable part of my hobby.

    Obviously if you let an ink sit in a pen for a long time it ain't gonna be wonderful, unless you are using an ink tank with a nib (I affectionately refer to my Preppys and Noodler's Ebonite eyedroppers). If you load these inks in a pen - use 'em! Practicing good pen hygiene isn't that hard, is it?

    YMMV. I love these inks and have no troubles.

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  17. I have to say that I loved the selection this month, though I was initially very closed minded about the prospect of five black inks.

    I don't really like black (it's boring), plus I already have a black that I really love a lot (J. Herbin Pearle Noir). But what I discovered in trying these inks was not as much a color difference as a difference in performance and feel.

    I would say that Noodler's Black is the "thickest" or most viscous. Nathan says this ink is "adapted to the largest number of paper grades" and it performed very well on quality and cheap paper. I didn't care for it simply because the ink felt reluctant to come out of the pen as opposed to that lovely flowing feeling characteristic of fountain pens. One plus to the more viscous ink is that my writing was very crisp and clear on a variety of papers.

    Private Reserve Invinceble Black has a very smooth flow with sublte gray shading.

    Noodler's Heart of Darkness was the least vicous and most prone to feather. It is absolutely BLACK and jumps off the nib.

    Noodler's Lexington Gray was my first gray ink, and I was intrigued. I've never given a second thought to gray ink before (it's so "meh"), but I liked it. Flows great, no feathering, and has subtle shading. This was eye opening to me, which is why I love the Ink Drop! Grey ink is cool too!

    My favorite this month (which I do plan to buy shortly) was Noodler's X-Feather. I felt it was very smooth with good flow, but not so much as to feather (hence the name). It's between Noodler's Black and Noodler's Heart of Darkness on the viscosity scale. It hits the sweet spot. Supposedly it has an extended dry time, but I didn't think it was any longer than normal. I will admit that Private Reserve Invincible Black was a very close second, though.

    Not every Ink Drop is perfect for every person, but this one was exactly what I was looking for!

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  18. I forgot to mention also that all these inks flushed out of my pens very easily; much easier than some non-permanent inks I have used.

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  19. I have to say that I loved the selection this month, though I was initially very closed minded about the prospect of five black inks.

    I don't really like black (it's boring), plus I already have a black that I really love a lot (J. Herbin Pearle Noir). But what I discovered in trying these inks was not as much a color difference as a difference in performance and feel.

    I would say that Noodler's Black is the "thickest" or most viscous. Nathan says this ink is "adapted to the largest number of paper grades" and it performed very well on quality and cheap paper. I didn't care for it simply because the ink felt reluctant to come out of the pen as opposed to that lovely flowing feeling characteristic of fountain pens. One plus to the more viscous ink is that my writing was very crisp and clear on a variety of papers.

    Private Reserve Invinceble Black has a very smooth flow with sublte gray shading.

    Noodler's Heart of Darkness was the least vicous and most prone to feather. It is absolutely BLACK and jumps off the nib.

    Noodler's Lexington Gray was my first gray ink, and I was intrigued. I've never given a second thought to gray ink before (it's so "meh"), but I liked it. Flows great, no feathering, and has subtle shading. This was eye opening to me, which is why I love the Ink Drop! Grey ink is cool too!

    My favorite this month (which I do plan to buy shortly) was Noodler's X-Feather. I felt it was very smooth with good flow, but not so much as to feather (hence the name). It's between Noodler's Black and Noodler's Heart of Darkness on the viscosity scale. It hits the sweet spot. Supposedly it has an extended dry time, but I didn't think it was any longer than normal. I will admit that Private Reserve Invincible Black was a very close second, though.

    Not every Ink Drop is perfect for every person, but this one was exactly what I was looking for!

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  20. Just use common sense by trying to avoid accidents like spills and spatters like you do with any brand. Clean out thoroughly when changing between brands of ink.

    All of the inks in this drop (exclude PR Invincible Black as this is my first try of it) wash out cleanly and with minimal extra effort from sacs and converters. I ALWAYS flush with a lot of water when changing colors or brands of inks regardless of the pen or ink manufacturer. To me it is just part of being an FP user and I find pen cleaning a relaxing and enjoyable part of my hobby.

    Obviously if you let an ink sit in a pen for a long time it ain't gonna be wonderful, unless you are using an ink tank with a nib (I affectionately refer to my Preppys and Noodler's Ebonite eyedroppers). If you load these inks in a pen - use 'em! Practicing good pen hygiene isn't that hard, is it?

    YMMV. I love these inks and have no troubles.

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  21. I also am concerned about inking up my pens with any permananent ink... what exactly is the rule about that?
    I used all the inks with my dip pen and Noodlers Bulletproof was by far the crispest looking. I would never have thought there was such a difference between "blacks". I appreciate trying them all but would rather see color variation in my ink drops.
    Rhea

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  22. I put Heart of Darkness in my Noodler's Flex, and it behaves pretty darn well! Probably the best ink I have had in it, as far as holding up the the spreading of the tines. Nice picks guys!

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