Hello there, ink lovers! Madigan here, reviewing the intriguing Noodler’s Air-Corp Blue-Black. This ink was created by Noodler’s to commemorate a really fascinating piece of history, the Flying Tigers. Before the US officially entered World War II, a squadron of American volunteers joined the Chinese Air Force to fight in the Sino-Japanese war. Their colors were somewhat close to this ink- an almost black green-blue.
Jenni used it in her recent Monday Matchup and I was intrigued when I saw what she did with it. I’m a big fan of deep blue ink, even ones named blue-black, and this is definitely a unique color. Water-resistant and wet flowing, this is a good ink if you are looking for an interesting and permanent ink. Read on to to discover more!
- 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 is dry, you will see some smearing. Wait awhile before applying water!
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- High-This ink is water resistant! Like a lot of water resistant Noodler’s inks, it needs to be allowed time to dry before that water resistance kicks in. Allow for some dry time and you should have a pretty permanent ink.
- High– The dark and unique hue of this ink is highly saturated. There is virtually no difference between the first ink swab and the last!
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium– While this one is not an ink I’d suggest leaving to dry in your pen and then attempting to clean, it wasn’t too terribly hard to clean out.
- Medium-There was certainly some shading to be had with this one, especially on the Tomoé River paper.
- Wet– This is a free flowing ink! That may be the reason it takes so long to dry, in fact. It could be a good option in a flex pen, with such a heavy flow. If you are a lefty, you might want to stay away, however.
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!
Inks Similar in Color:
This is a truly fascinating ink. The ability to see so many colors in one ink (blue, black, or green) is incredibly striking. This is going to be an ink that changes drastically with the paper and nib size. It might look lighter or darker, more blue, more green, or more black! Depending on how serious your work place is, I could see this being a good ink to use at the office.
Do you like ink that seem to change color? Which is your favorite?