Noodler’s Rachmaninoff: Ink Review

Ink review of Noodler's Rachmaninoff

Hello fountain pen friends! Madigan here, reviewing the very pink and very unique Noodler’s Rachmaninoff. Zippy used this in her most recent Monday Matchup and I couldn’t wait to get it in my pen to review. Not only is this ink a gloriously bright pink, it has a number of other qualities that make it stand out, including being named for one of my favorite composers! Read on to find out more about this truly singular ink.

Ink Review of Noodler's Rachmaninoff
Ink Review of Noodler's Rachmaninoff
Ink Review of Noodler's Rachmaninoff
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Fast– I haven’t reviewed any of the fast drying ink, so this is the fastest drying ink I’ve used. It did not budge after 20 seconds when writing with a medium nib! I’m seriously impressed. This could be a good pink ink for lefties. 

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • High– Wow. Seriously wow. This ink did not budge even a little when water was applied in the drip test. Even taking a swab with water along the end didn’t move anything. If you are looking for a seriously permanent pink ink, this is it!


  • High-From the first swab to the last, there was absolutely no change in the color of this ink. It stayed the same bright Pepto pink!

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium– It’s a bright color and permanent so it does take a little more work than your average ink, but it still cleaned up pretty quickly. To be safe, keep up with regular cleaning and don’t leave this ink in a pen over a long period of time.


  • Low– Absolutely no shading at all. Thin or thick lines, this is going to be a steady bright color.


  • Medium– In the Lamy, it didn’t cause any problems. It kept up with the pen nicely. This ink is thicker than others you might be used to, so you may experience better flow with different nibs and pens that you try.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 3oz glass or plastic bottle with 2ml ink samples also available. 
  • Very utilitarian bottle and box. The plastic is especially unassuming
  • The label is pretty cool. It depicts Red Square in Moscow with a couple of catfish swimming around it.

I love this ink! It has characteristics that I’ve never seen in a pink ink before. Give the color, I don’t see it being appropriate in all situations, but if you have some notes that you need to give particular attention to or are a teacher grading papers, I can see this being the perfect ink. The dry time makes it a great option for lefties.

Hot air balloon sketch with Noodler's Rachmaninoff ink

Have you tried a pink ink before? What did you think?

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:54+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Ink Reviews|13 Comments
  • yawningreyhound

    Any chance of any of the other Russian Series coming in?

  • Giovanni’s Roomba

    I don’t know how useful a bright-pink ink would be, and I sure can’t say I NEED one, but after looking at these writing samples I REALLY WANT this.

    The only hot-pink ink I’ve ever used was the Platinum Mix-Free Cyclamen Pink as part of the Super Sampler (which I encourage everyone to try because it is so much fun to play with, worth every penny): I did a swab and then promptly mixed it into various shades of purple (fifty-fifty with Smoke Black it makes an amazing blackberry-jam colour). I’ve tried a few reds which were actually pink (a couple of the Herbins, Rouge Opรฉra and Rouge Bourgogne, and also Lamy Red) and I sure didn’t like those: a red ink should be red.

    • Hi Giovanni! I think you should give this ink a try. It sounds like you enjoyed the Platinum Cyclamen Pink, and I think you could put this to good use, too. It is such a surprising ink with such unique properties! I’ve done more than a few ink reviews at this point, but Rachmaninoff certainly stands out. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I totally understand what you are saying with some of the red J. Herbins. It is one of the funny things about ink- the color in the bottle isn’t always what you get when writing with it. The nib size and paper can be a huge factor. Do you have a favorite red ink?

      • Giovanni’s Roomba

        My absolute favourite true red is Zhulong by Scribal Workshop: I got a sample in the October 2012 Ink Drop and soon ordered a full bottle. Now it’s discontinued, unfortunately, but I have enough to last me a long time. A good second-best red is Sheaffer Skrip Red, and third place would go to Diamine Red Dragon.

  • Tom Johnson

    I knew as soon as I saw Zippy’s art work that I’d have to try this ink out. I don’t foresee much need for an amazing pink ink like this, but it is so unique I have to have some. Already in my wish list now. Thanks for a great review, Madigan. Gotta get my sunglasses now.

    • Haha! It was such a fun ink to try out. I think you’ll love it! It will certainly give you a unique writing experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • yawningreyhound

    And if you watch Nathan’s video of this ink, you can see how inkredible it looks under black light!

    • Tom Johnson

      Now I really have to get some of this ink! I love UV fluorescence. Thanks for posting Nathan’s video.

    • Thanks so much for sharing!! This is awesome. I feel like I should add it into the blog now… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have you tried this ink? What did you think?

  • How does this compare with Noodlers Hellfire.(looking for color comparison) I have a sample of that one and its very water resistant. I couldnt get it to budge on rodia.

  • How does this compare with Noodlers Hellfire.(looking for color comparison) I have a sample of that one and its very water resistant. I couldnt get it to budge on rodia.

  • I am using Diamine Flamingo and I love it. But that Hot Pink looks as my next choice ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey there! Flamingo is a fun ink, too. If you like pink ink you should definitely give this one a try. ๐Ÿ™‚