Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses: Ink Review

Hey there ink lovers! Margaret here, reviewing Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses. It’s no secret that I love purple inks. Black Swan in Australian Roses is one of the more popular purple/burgundy inks that we carry at If you’d like to know more about the name and the color, check out this this video from Nathan at Noodler’s ink. I used this ink in my Monday Matchup earlier this week, and I absolutely love it. Read on to find out why!

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Around 30 seconds: This is a pretty average time for fountain pen ink to dry. I wasn’t bothered by it and I didn’t have any issues with it smudging while waiting for it to dry. 

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  •  Medium: This ink is labeled as water resistant, and is about 16% bulletproof. The combination of dyes in this color makes it very unique fountain pen ink! When applying water to the ink, the purple moves ever so slightly while the black component stays put. If you’re looking to make ink washes, I wouldn’t recommend this one.


  • High: The ink is the same color in all three of the swabs. As you can see, the color of ink is going to be look darker when written with a broad or flex nib.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium: The ink came off the nib while cleaning with ease. You may need to work a little bit harder to get the ink out of the converter.


  • High: This beautiful ink offers tons of shading! In face, we’ve included it in our top 7 shading fountain pen inks. I love the dark burgundy color that you see on the down stroke of the letters. I didn’t try this ink in a flex nib, but I can only imagine how gorgeous it would look!


  • Medium/Wet: This wasn’t a gusher, but it has great flow. It was easy and enjoyable to use! 

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 3 oz bottle
  • Wide opening making it easy to fill your fountain pen.
  • The bottle is really full! Be careful not to overflow the ink with the first few fills. 

Inks Similar In Color: 

I loved using this ink! It’s so unique because of the black and purple dye, that there’s really nothing else like it. You can find Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or as a 2ml sample for $1.25.

Do you use purple ink on a regular basis?

Write on, 

2017-10-11T14:37:55+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Ink Reviews|10 Comments
  • This is currently in one of my pens, Noodler’s Cactus Fruit Eel being in two others and Waterman Tender Purple being another purple I have a bottle of. I used not to like purple all that much, but on the page I really like how different it is from ‘regular’ colors found in most pens.

  • Kathy

    Margaret, another great review. BSAR is my favorite purple ink. Just a perfect ink. If I could have only one ink (heaven forbid!!!), it would be either BSAR or Diamine Marine. I use both for both business and pleasure….except for doing business with the State of Tennessee. I sent a check for a tax payment, and used BSAR to write it. The State returned it to me, with a note to resend a check in black or blue ink!

    • John Batinovich

      Marine is a great color. I just started using this Black Swan in a new M800 and so far, so good. I’m not a huge fan of most Noodler’s inks, but I like this one. Another purple I like is Diamine Syrah.

      • Kathy

        I love Syrah, too. Like you, I’m not a fan of most Noodler’s inks, by BSAR is unique.

        • John Batinovich

          Kathy, have you tried any of the other Noodler’s “shading inks” Brian listed in the video? The Apache Sunset looks pretty good, but I’m wary of their entire line given some of the horror stories I’ve heard. I’ve been on a brown kick lately and their Golden Brown looks nice as well.

          • Kathy

            John, I’ve tried several Noodler’s inks. I’ve stayed away from the Baystate inks because of the difficulty in cleaning them. I do have a couple of samples, and might try them one of these days, but only in a cheap pen.

            For the shading inks, I’ve tried Apache Sunset, which is a decent ink but I just don’t like orange inks (my problem, not the ink’s), the DeAtramenis Mint Turquoise (love this ink!!!), and the Noodler’s Turquoise (so-so). I haven’t had any problems with Noodler’s; there are just inks I love much more. I agree the Golden Brown looks nice.

            If you stick with the basic Noodler’s inks, you won’t have any problem. Under the Resource tab on the GPC site, Brian (actually Rachel, I think) has listed all of the Noodler’s inks with their properties. Happy ink exploring!!!

  • Tom Johnson

    BSAR is one of my all-time favorite inks, wonderful properties, wonderful color. Dark in wet pens with wider nibs, yet still great with F and EF nibs. It is in my EF Vanishing Point now. Thanks for a great review Margaret. As usual, awesome photography.

  • Waski the Squirrel

    This in looks amazing on Tomoe River paper with my Lamy 2000 (B). The almost black shading makes it unique.

  • Ache

    Would this be difficult to clean out of clear TWSBI 580?

    • Katrina Matt

      Soak with pen flush or diluted water/dish soap for a good 20 minutes and it’s no problem.