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    Default Noodler's Esenin

    I’ve been enjoying this eye searing ink for quite a well. In general, most of the Russian Series ink are some of the best “bulletproof” inks I’ve tried, and Esenin is in that category.


    Sergei Esenin or Yesenin was a Russian Poet.

    In his young life he married four times. His 2nd wife Zinaida Reich, a famed Russian actress, was killed in 1939 by Soviet Secret service. His 3rd wife was famed American dancer Isadora Duncan. And his fourth wife a granddaughter of Leo Tolstoy.


    It is said that his last poem, was written with his blood, as he couldn’t find ink in the hotel room, he was staying. Hence this reddish eye searing colour.
    The next day, he was found dead in his hotel room, having committed suicide at age 30. Some say, he was killed by the soviet secret police and his suicide was staged.

    Poem (from wikipedia's translation) on Tomeo River 68gr. The pen is Kawrite Ultraflex. The smudge on the word die is intentional.
    Essenin.jpg

    The best way to describe his poetry is a quote from Wikipedia:
    The Empress told me my poems were beautiful, but sad. I replied, the same could be said about Russia as a whole,"

    The ink with a fine nib has an orange red hue, but with the flex it shares more character. Ink is bulletproof and fluorescent. When I first inked, it, I was sketching foxes.....
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    Here is another written text: from the Song of Songs.... this time on thin Tomoe River:

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    and here is the chroma:
    Ess CHROMA.jpg

    In all this is a delightful red ink, for those who are for looking for an unabashed eye searing red




    • Pens used: Kaweco Fine/ Kanwrite Flex
    • Shading: Quite a bit
    • Ghosting: Not really.
    • Bleed through: Depends on paper nib/ combination.
    • Flow Rate: Wet
    • Lubrication: Great
    • Nib Dry-out: No
    • Start-up: No
    • Saturation: Eye searing…
    • Shading Potential: With flex and depending on paper
    • Sheen: None
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed…
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Yes.
    • Staining (pen): Easy to clean…
    • Clogging: Nope
    • Water resistance: Excellant
    • Availability: 90 ml bottles
    Last edited by Yazeh; December 12th, 2021 at 09:09 AM.

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    Super review - thank you Yazeh!

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Super review - thank you Yazeh!
    Thank you, you're so kind

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    Thank you, Yazeh, for showing us this ink. I may just have to dabble some more with Noodler's inks.

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    I did a wateriest. While the ink holds on, I was a tad surprised how much of it washed away.
    Text was written on Rhodia. 9 hours of patience. 30 seconds under hot running water. Paper is Clairefontaine.
    So the ink isn't 100% waterproof.
    Other inks are Polar Green/ Baystate Blue...

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    Essenin - Watertest 1.jpeg
    Esenin - Watertest.- Back.jpeg


    However, I did a sketch on a FRINGE, notebook a somewhat more absorbent paper, and when I trying to smudge the rose with a wet Q tip, while I did manage to get a tiny bit of ink of the cotton, nothing happened.
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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    Quote Originally Posted by DrPenfection View Post
    Thank you, Yazeh, for showing us this ink. I may just have to dabble some more with Noodler's inks.
    Thanks Dr. P. I can fully recommend Chekhov. If you like that colour..

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    even with a degree in Russian I'm unfamiliar with Esenin. great review and thanks for all the writing samples!

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    Default Re: Noodler's Esenin

    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    even with a degree in Russian I'm unfamiliar with Esenin. great review and thanks for all the writing samples!
    Glad you liked it. I hope it inspires you, to look up some his poetry and let me know what you think.
    His poems are very evocative, moody, melancholic, yet strangely uplifting in their imagery, form what I gleaned from translations:

    Here is another one I found, which I post partially:

    No more searching footsteps in the groves,
    No more strolling in the leaves…
    With your flaxen hair like a sheaf of oats
    You have disappeared from my dreams.

    Skin in crimson berry juices splashes;
    You were sweet, and beautiful, and kind!
    Like the dusk, last sunrays in your lashes,
    And like snow, radiant and bright

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