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    Cool Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    This is truly one of the classiest inks, Ive ever used. Noodler's has a knack for this type of shades. Such a pleasure to write with, lovely, elegant, well behaved.
    I dont why this colour was used to commemorate the fabled Mata Hari. I doubt this vintage cocktail named after her, will turn into this shade of burgundy.



    A bit about Mata Hari:
    She was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in Netherlands 7 August 1876 . Her father at one point was very rich but lost all his money. He was also a mythomaniac. Mata Hari, married a brutish soldier and went to the Dutch West Indies. Her husband was violent and womanizer. She divorced her husband after the death of her son, and though she gained custody of her daughter, she had to abandon her to him as she had no money. In Europe she became, an exotic dancer, a courtesan, creating a persona and constantly changing her biography, a trait inherited from her father. Her nickname was given by a friend, which means eye of the day, in Malay.


    Photo curtsey of Wikipedia

    She had many lovers, a penchant for men in uniform. At the onslaught of WWI, she was recruited by both the Germans and French as a spy. While shes the inspiration of many a Bond girl, she was inept in the art of spying, unlike the famed Josephine Baker. In 1917, she was used as a scapegoat by the French government and executed by firing squad in October, 15, 1917, after 6 months of deliberation. She was 41,

    Several films have made about her, notably one with Greta Garbo and a French one with Jeanne Moreau.
    You can read more about her, here:
    https://www.friesmuseum.nl/en/collec...cons/mata-hari

    Or see this documentary:


    Now the ink. Lets start with the Chroma:
    chroma 1.jpg
    This is delicious burgundy, very well behaved and joy to write with. While its advertised as fluorescent ink, I didnt see any reaction to UV light.
    Writing samples:
    (All quotes are by Mata Hari)
    Dry time varies depending the pen paper. I was a bit lazy, using the Kanwrite, which is very wet, and was slightly primed. Note the different dry times.
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    Midori.jpeg

    Note how the ink in a primed feed, turns black.
    Rhodia.jpg
    The following poem is from the Song of Songs, translated by Chana & Ariel Bloch, with a fude nib.
    fude.jpeg
    Photo
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    Hammermill 20lb copy paper. Back
    Ghosting is minimal
    Hammermill Back.jpg


    Watertest:
    It seems this time I put the right side under-running water.
    The excess ink will remove, as you can see, but your document remain legible.
    Watertest.jpeg
    Comparaison:
    Comparaison.jpg

    And finally a little sketch, of a cat in uniform in homage to Mata Hari.
    Sketc.jpg


    Pens used: Pilot Kakuna(Ef/Stub) Lamy Safari (Ef/F/M/B), Kanwrite Ultraflex, Jinhao 450 fude nib
    What I liked: Well lubricated, classy, fast dry times, lovely in all pens.
    What I did not like: Nothing much. Maybe I can grumble and say, it's water-resistant but not 100% waterproof.
    What some might not like: Possible of staining transparent sections, the name
    Shading: Yes, especially with wider nibs.
    Ghosting: Faint
    Bleed through: None
    Flow Rate: Nice.
    Lubrication: Excellent
    Nib Dry-out: None.
    Start-up: None
    Saturation: Dark
    Shading Potential: Depending nibs.
    Sheen: None.
    Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None
    Nib Creep / Crud: Nope.
    Staining (pen): Possible
    Clogging: No.
    Cleaning: Normally, this shade of colour is difficult to clean, so having ink cleaning solution is always handy. Pilot Kakuna was very easy, as I could disassemble it, and Q-tip the heck out of it. Lamy needed an overnight soak and a bit more coaxing with the solution. With all permanent inks, the more the ink remains in the pen, the more time consuming it is to clean.
    Water resistance: It's not waterproof, like the Polar series. A bit of excess ink will be removed.
    Availability: 90 ml bottles / 3 Oz bottles

    Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier
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    Default Re: Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    Thanks for the thorough review, Yazeh! And for the dignified kitty sketch. Not sure about the ink color, but the shading is lovely, and it's nice to know it's well-behaved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Thanks for the thorough review, Yazeh! And for the dignified kitty sketch. Not sure about the ink color, but the shading is lovely, and it's nice to know it's well-behaved.
    You're most welcome. I'm not sure if this Herr, Monsieur Kitty from Mata Hari's time period would be as dignified as our modern kitties. That over anthropomorphizing for you

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    Default Re: Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    Wow, a good color and some historical info. I like the chroma and the kitteh sketch.

    The historical info has me curious. Thanks once again, Yazeh! 🆗
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    Default Re: Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    Great review - thank you Yazeh!

    I'm completely smitten with the monocle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Great review - thank you Yazeh!
    Most welcome!

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    I'm completely smitten with the monocle...
    Me too

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    Default Re: Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    I do love that color. It reminds me of Black Swan in Australian Roses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim View Post
    I do love that color. It reminds me of Black Swan in Australian Roses.
    Yes it's somewhere between the Australian/ English roses

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim View Post
    I do love that color. It reminds me of Black Swan in Australian Roses.
    I was going to say the exact same thing. Nice, deep review, Yazeh. All the background extras on MH are very much appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Wow, a good color and some historical info. I like the chroma and the kitteh sketch.
    Thank you so much!
    The historical info has me curious. Thanks once again, Yazeh! 🆗[/QUOTE]

    Yeo, one learns a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim View Post
    I do love that color. It reminds me of Black Swan in Australian Roses.
    I was going to say the exact same thing. Nice, deep review, Yazeh. All the background extras on MH are very much appreciated!
    Thank you. You're too kind

    I couldn't find my Australian Roses swatch. But here is a side by side with English Roses...


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    Default Re: Noodlers Mata Haris Cordial

    Thank you for - as always - your thorough review and historical background.

    Also curious about the reason for name, I studied a picture of the bottle but found no hints.

    But I did find some pictures of the cocktail, including this one on Hennessy's site.

    Can we infer anything from the drawing of a Mermaid - another somewhat mystical and mythical being?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlkWhiteFilmPix View Post
    Thank you for - as always - your thorough review and historical background.
    Most welcome!
    Quote Originally Posted by BlkWhiteFilmPix View Post
    Also curious about the reason for name, I studied a picture of the bottle but found no hints.
    There's no hint about the colour. But the image refers to Mata Hari's nude dancing. Though, I believe, there was some controversy about the historicity of the said image, anatomically speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by BlkWhiteFilmPix View Post
    But I did find some pictures of the cocktail, including this one on Hennessy's site.
    Great find That seems like the right colour.
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    Can we infer anything from the drawing of a Mermaid - another somewhat mystical and mythical being?
    I honestly don't know. Possibly it might allude to all those stories Mata Hari invented about her origins from South East Asia. It's a trait in many people in performing arts, though not exclusively. Some people enjoy reinventing their biography to make it more interesting and less "boring".

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