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    Default EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    Extra Fine Nib Ink Review: Noodler's Black

    This is review #236 in my series. Here's the YouTube video:


    Post-recording notes: It behaved so well in the sample vial - not clinging to the walls, not staining the inside of the cap - that I decided to risk putting it in a converter and the Prera (rather than the Penmanship and a cartridge), but this may have been a mistake. It clung to the inside of the plastic pipette (a softer, probably rougher, plastic), holding on for dear life. Guess we'll see what happens at the end of the review period... BIG mistake...

    Cleaning involved swabs, pipe cleaner, toothbrush, water, and pen flush. It's possible part of the section none of that can reach is still stained. The back of the nib had to be wiped clean (yes, I fully disassembled the pen).

    It's a little warm. Similar in color to De Atramentis Archive Ink, but darker. Every other black ink I had was either cooler, or too dark to tell (De Atramentis Document Ink, Platinum Carbon Black, Noodler's Heart of Darkness, and Pilot Mixable Colour Black).

    Here's a link to a video I made of the ink moving around on the microscope slide.

    Errata: There's an apostrophe missing. I leave it to you to figure out where.

    Zoomed in photo


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    Scan of Completed Review


    Absorbent Paper Close-up (top is puzzle paper like thick newsprint, bottom is old 20lb copy paper)


    Line width (The "h" in Rhodia. Magnification is 100x. The grid is 100x100Ám. The scale is 360Ám, with twelve divisions of 30Ám each. The line width for this ink is roughly 355Ám. With 236 inks measured, the average line width is 296Ám.)


    Microscope image (400x. Just after slide was made. Near the edge of the slide. Appearance of deposited silt is similar to what I've seen in pigmented inks.)


    Microscope image (100x. The other end of the slide where some ink had collected. (I slid the cover slip a little to help get the ink more evenly spread - this is the side with less ink.)


    Microscope image (400x. A spot in the middle with more silt-like appearance.)


    Microscope image (400x. With scale to show particle size.)


    Water Test Results


    Previous Review: Diamine Jalur Gemilang.

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    Default Re: EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    Great review Liz!
    It's funny how some Noodler's bulletproof inks are so fast drying and some take the eternity route. This seems a perfect ink for situations when you have only access to cheap paper
    The microscopic images remind me of lunar landscape, very cool and the the tiny video reminds me of the ancient video games, was it Atari?

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    Default Re: EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    Thank you for the review. From looking at the slides I'm relieved I don't put this in any of my pens.
    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

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    Default Re: EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Great review Liz!
    Thanks, Yazeh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    It's funny how some Noodler's bulletproof inks are so fast drying and some take the eternity route. This seems a perfect ink for situations when you have only access to cheap paper
    Yeah, dry times are bizarre. I'm really glad dry times in actual use don't bother me - I just use blotting paper for bookmarks. And yes, this ink really is excellent for poor paper!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    The microscopic images remind me of lunar landscape, very cool and the the tiny video reminds me of the ancient video games, was it Atari?
    Yeah, I can see that - and yes, it was Atari.

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    Default Re: EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    I had a sample and just couldn't get along with it. Whether is was the dry time, hard cleaning, or maybe just plain everything, who can say? (Maybe it was the bleak moonscape of its micro, which I somewhow magically thought-transferred from the future.)

    Room for improvement? Moi? 🥸

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    Default Re: EFNIR: Noodler's Black

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I had a sample and just couldn't get along with it. Whether is was the dry time, hard cleaning, or maybe just plain everything, who can say? (Maybe it was the bleak moonscape of its micro, which I somewhow magically thought-transferred from the future.)
    Well, the good news is, it's a black ink and there are lots and lots of colors out there, so, um, not much lost here...

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    Room for improvement? Moi? 🥸
    Absurd!

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    Busy morningů I forgot it was LizEFDay. Thanks again for your continuing serial and reviews!
    You're very welcome!

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