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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m loved this colour since the moment I watched the video on Goulet Pens site. It’s the kind of blue I was looking for, a beautiful, vibrant, saturated true blue. I ordered a bottle the first day, and I’m really happy with the product.
Yes, I’m aware of the polemics about its waterproofness and bulletproofness. I wouldn’t call this ink waterproof, personally, because some soaking can make the text difficult to read, but it’s an ink that remains on paper even after extended immersion in water, so I can understand the logic behind the waterproof denomination it has been given. Anyways, if I want truly waterproofness, I have my Noodler’s Polar Black or my Pharmacist’s Iron Gall Ink. My Noodler”s LE is simply a very beautiful ink for me, at a very reasonable price.
The waterproofness was interesting. Lots of dye begins to flow as soon as a drop of water touches it, making if difficult to read. But no matter of much water, there is always enough ink on the paper to be able to read the text. In fact, it can be read better after an extended immersion (like the doodling and text in bottom right of the page) than after only some drops of water (like some words at the middle-right of the page, that were splashed with water during the immersion test.
Anyways, I can only say that I love this ink
As usual, I’ve posted a copy of this review on Fountain Pen Network.
Reading this thread on FPN about Noodler’s Black ink, I wanted to make a similar test with my current favorite ink (with Pharmacist’s Iron Gall Blue-Black), Noodler’s Polar Black.
So I decided to try a similar water resistance test. Similar but not the same, because for example I have no newspaper near me today
I’ve used 4 kinds of paper : Rhodia Dot Pad, unnamed office copy paper, PostIt note and a page of glossy magazine paper.
Here you have the samples after writing :
Here the four samples after being submerged in water for 10 minutes :
And here after some torture…
The ink is wonderful in all samples besides the glossy paper. Why doesn’t it perform great on it? If I understand right, it’s because it bulletproofness comes from bonding with cellulose in paper, and in glossy paper there is a layer impermeable between the ink and the cellulose, bonding is way limited.
I really love this ink, my ink of choice (with Pharmacist’s Iron Gall Ink) for everyday use!
I’ve posted this review on the same thread in FPN.