- 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)
- 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
- Available in a 3oz bottle. There’s a temporary change with Noodler’s bottles, so stock is mixed with plastic and glass bottles.
- Label includes images and description of the Badge of Military Merit established by George Washington, now known as the Purple Heart award.
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!
Have you given Noodler’s Purple Heart a try? Tell me your thoughts…