- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Slow- This is not a quick drying ink! It took over 30 second for it to dry. This is something to keep in mind if you are planning on using it for its water-resistant property. Until it's dry, you will see some smearing. Wait awhile before applying water!
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- High-Despite the long dry time, when left alone, this ink does become very permanent. The creator of Noodler's bills this as one of his "bullet-proof" inks, meaning it is virtually impossible to erase or remove.
- High-No difference at all in the swabs! The first line is just as dark as the last.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Difficult- I found that because of its dark hue and other properties, I had to give the pen a little more attention when cleaning it. A few more rinses, a toothbrush, and you should be good!
- Low- No shading here at all.
- Dry- Woo! This is a dry one. I think that it must have something to do with the anti-feathering properties. It made the usually smooth Lamy nib have some feedback. It wasn't a feeling I was used to!
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 3oz utilitarian bottle with 2ml ink samples available
- The bottle has a large round opening, making it easy to fill your fountain pen
- The label is really interesting!
This is an incredibly interesting ink with remarkable properties. In terms of its anti-feathering properties, it held up against even the dubious paper quality of the Moleskine notebook. It is still water based, I can't guarantee that it won't ever feather, but I think it is your best bet if you are in a situation where you can't control the paper quality. It's an ink that could be good for any situation- work, school, journaling, art, you name it! However, I, personally, am not a huge fan because of the long dry time and dryness.
You can find Noodler's X-Feather at GouletPens.com in a 4.5oz bottle for $19, a 3oz bottle for $12.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.
Do you have a go-to black ink? Leave a comment below and let me know!