Noodler’s Purple Heart: Ink Review

Hello fountain pen friends! Margaret here. You may know by now that I love purple ink. Sarah used Noodler’s Purple Heart, a Goulet-exclusive ink, in this week’s Monday Matchup, so I was happy to have the chance to review it. It did not disappoint! In my opinion, it’s the perfect color to use this Fall, offering just the right amount of shading. 
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time)

  •  Medium -The ink dried after about 25 seconds. I found it totally easy to work with.

Drip Test (Water Resistance)

  • Medium – Definitely not water resistant, but for how I would use this ink, letter writing and note taking, it would be just fine.


  • Medium – The swabs look fairly dark, but the ink appears a bit lighter when written with a nib. The paper you use will really affect how saturated the ink appears. I really enjoyed writing with it on the Rhodia notepad.

Ease of Cleaning

  • Easy – This was easy to wash off the Lamy nib, which is really important to me.


  • Medium – You will see some good shading when using this ink!


  •  Medium – This ink is part of the Noodler’s Eel series, so it is lubricated. The ink flowed really well, but wasn’t gushing on the page. That’s a win-win in my book.

Packaging and Aesthetic

Inks similar in color


Like I said earlier, I’m a sucker for purple inks! If you’re looking for a bright and vibrant purple, this may not be the right one. It appeared more burgundy in color which I think makes it perfect to write with during the Fall.  I really enjoyed the shading that this ink offered as well and I see myself using it often over the next few months. Another cool thing to note is that this ink is only available at Goulet Pens! 

You can find a 3oz bottle of Noodler’s Purple Heart at for $12.50 or a 2ml sample for $1.25. 

Have you given Noodler’s Purple Heart a try? Tell me your thoughts…

Write on, 

2017-10-11T14:37:58+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Ink Reviews|6 Comments
  • It looks gorgeous, but it seems like it would be too pale for my personal taste. I like my inks to be darker, unfortunately, otherwise this looks really pretty!

    • There are darker purples out there that you might like better. Another one of my favorites is De Atramentis Magenta Violet. Really pops off the page!

      • I’ll try it out if I have the occasion to, when I’ll have some pen money! 🙂

  • This is one of my favorite inks! In my Lamy Safari fine that I use for work I get a really deep color which is still professional to use, but still gives me something different from blues and blacks.

  • Margret, I'm a sucker for purples too. I'm looking for a shady purple in the vein of North Africa Violet. Brian & Rachel suggested Magenta Violet but with my paper (repurposed printer mistakes) it didn't shade at all. I'd like Scabosia but want it closer to NAV. Thanks for your hard work! Team Goulet rules!