Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue ink

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If you have read my other reviews, you maybe know I'm in a quest to find the perfect blue ink, or at least my perfect blue ink. Noodler's Liberty's Elysium was a close one, but its non full waterproofness was a bad point for it. Noodler’s 54th Massachussetts, also from Noodler's, was very nice, but a bit dark for me. So my quest continued...

And today I review an ink as water resistant as the 54th Massachussetts, and almost as bright as Liberty's Elysium : Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue. I said almost, because as you can see here, Liberty's Elysium is still brighter.

Ink Review : Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue

Upper Ganges Blue is indeed waterproof, it has passed the water test without any problem, neither the water drops of the splash test nor more than one minute underwater of the immersion test have altered this beautiful ink. As comparison, you can see how badly Liberty's Elysium supported water. Upper Ganges Blue really deserves the bulletproof label.

Besides that it's a very beautiful ink, rather wet as I like, with a generous flow and only a bit of feathering on this Rhodia paper. Dry time is not bad, you must wait at least 10 s before rubbing your hand on paper if you want to be sure that it won't smear. Once dry, ink is inalterable.

I really love this ink, for now it's my favourite blue, my almost-perfect blue ink. If only it could be as bright as Liberty's Elysium, it would be the truly perfect one.

As usual, I've also posted this review on the Fountain Pen Network.

Complement to Noodler’s 54<sup>th</sup> Massachussetts ink review

A quick complements to Noodler’s 54th Massachussetts ink review.

I did the review with a Noodler's Konrad, and as I write with a fairy light hand, it didn't flex at all, so the result was almost like writing with a F nib. As inkstainedruth pointed at Fountain Pen Network, my review didn't show the greenish overcast that other reviews shown, and the F nib didn't show any shading. And as the paper used was cheap copy paper, it wasn't the ideal one to observe colors.

Here you have a sample on better paper (Rhodia Dot Pad) with a juicier nib (Platinum 3776 with Music nib), so you can see the shading. Drying time is almost the same. I think I see a light greenish overcast, but I4m not sure, I'm not good at finding color hints on samples. So I let you judge...

Ink Review : Noodler's 54th Massachussets, complement

Noodler's Lexington Gray ink

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Last week I received a pen that I had waited for a long time, a Noodler's Konrad Ebonite, and in the same parcel an ink I had wanted to test for a long time : Noodler's Lexington Gray.

I wanted to test both of them, so I loaded the Konrad with the Lexington and I began to write. The ebonite Konrad was wonderful, but I will review it another day, because today is the Lexington Gray that is reviewed.

It's a nice ink, really nice. The color reminds me of graphite pencil's color, it almost looks like pencil on paper. t's easy on eyes, less aggressive that a black, less bright than a blue and more original than a blue-black. An ink I think I will use a lot for daily note taking.

Inks Review : Noodler's Lexington Gray

I was rather surprised by the ultra fast dry time, and by the good behaviour of this ink on almost any paper, specially on cheap paper. It's a great ink : bulletproof, fast drying, well behaved in any paper and a nice color, what else could you want?

As usual, I've also posted the review on Fountain Pen Network.

Noodler’s 54<sup>th</sup> Massachussetts ink

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As much as I loved the Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink, I wasn't 100% happy with its non-fully waterproofness, so last December I decided to continue my quest to find the perfect blue ink.

After watching a video about Noodler’s 54th Massachussets at Goulet Pens, I passed an order of a bottle of 54th M. and another of Noodler's Polar Blue. I will review the Polar Blue another day, today I wanted to speak about this wonderful and beautiful blue-black ink.

The only thing I don't fully love is color, a bit to dark for me. It's very (very!) saturated, with little shading, I guess I'm going to dilute it a bit next time to reduce saturation and see if it does some shading and a bluer color. It doesn't feathers, even on bad paper, and that's a big positive point for me (and Polar Blue and its Black sister, aren't great on that area). It's waterproofness is really stunning, as usual in Noodler's bulletproof inks (besides Liberty's Elysium). It flows good on my Noodler's Konrad, I had read it was somewhat dry or hard-starting, I haven't found it so.

Inks Review : Noodler's 54th Massachussets

In brief, I really like this ink, I only wish it was a bit bluer. Maybe I should try Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue next time...

As usual, I’ve also posted this review in the Fountain Pen Network.

Diamine Orange ink

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After having found a great red ink with Diamine Dragon Red, I wanted to find a bright orange ink. I looked many ink swabs, and the orange I liked the best was Diamine Orange, so I ordered a bottle.

And I must say I chose well, as I love this ink! A very saturated, bright orange, neither yellowish nor reddish. I feared it could be a bit fade, pale, difficult to read, but it isn't at all, it's a bright color that grabs your attention, and a nice alternative to reds or greens as complementary color for writing.

Ink review - Diamine Orange

According to color theory, Diamine Orange is the almost perfect complementary color for Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium (LE) blue ink. I like using LE blue for daily writing, so it suits me well to use Diamine Orange near it, for titles, marking, highlighting and contrasting.

The ink is not waterproof, as expected, but it resist way better than I would have thought. The bottom right corner had been submerged in water for one minute, and you can still (almost) read the text.

Diamine Red Dragon Ink

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I discovered this color in a postcard from a fellow FPNer. I was looking for a new red, as I was tired of Monaco Red (also from Diamine), and Diamine Dragon Red looked way more vibrant on paper than in online swab pics.

I ordered a bottle from Cult Pens (no affiliation, only a happy customer), and when I received the bottle I loaded my spare Lamy Vista with it, and I began to write.

I was charmed, it's truly a beautiful color, with generous flow, rather saturated but with some nice shading. A great ink for me!

Ink review - Diamine Red Dragon

It's a very generous ink, with good flow, but that generates show-through and some feathering and bleed-through on cheap paper. On standard office paper feathering is minimal, as bleed-through, but show-through makes of Diamine Red Dragon a one side only ink on this paper.

The ink isn't waterproof at all, as you can see in bottom right corner. The corner itself was submerged in water for 30 seconds, and the grid motif was splashed with water drops.

I have to test it with a dryer nib, maybe my Arimail 44, and with an italic or stub nib. I will post an update as I will do it.

As usual, I've also posted this review in the Fountain Pen Network.