Noodler’s Heart of Darkness is one of those inks that almost everyone recommends. Heart of Darkness (or HoD) is praised for is deep, dark colour and bulletproof qualities. I have wanted to try this one for a while but couldn’t justify buying a second bottle of black ink, luckily a fellow fountain pen addict gave me a lovely sample at our monthly meetup. The ink performs very well, flows well, lays a nice line and dries in a very reasonable amount of time. Due to it’s dark colour there is some show through but I was VERY impressed by how little bleed there was. The only time this ink feathered was on moleskine paper. HoD did smear a bit when wet on Rhodia paper but on printer paper it held up perfectly under running water. This is an excellent ink that I will not hesitate to purchase after this sample runs out.
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A member of FPN wanted people to show him some pen sketches of Coffee mugs and this was my submission. This was drawn on a Rhodia No 38 using a TWSBI filled with Herbin Orange Indien, A Noodler Flex filled with Cactus Fruit and a Lamy Safari 1.5mm filled with Diamine Turquoise.
I was originally drawn to Noodler’s Nikita for 2 reasons, 1. The Noodler’s hype 2. The Free Eye Dropper Pen. Well it turns out the reason I like the most is that it is a great performing, great looking red ink.
I received the 4.5oz (or 133ml for the metrically minded) bottle in my first order from the Goulet Pen Company and the first impression is a medicinal one. The large eye dropper bottle makes quite the impression and the label is humourous. The bottle comes with a nice eye dropper top and feels solid.
The ink is a nice pure, darkish red. It writes nicely, flows well and lays a wet line. This is a great red and second only to Diamine Poppy Red in my opinion.