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Noodler’s General Of The Armies Ink

10/18/2014

Noodler’s Ink has a new release with a split personality. General of the Armies is dark green when wet, but blue when dry. If your pen has an inkvue window or it is a demonstrator, this ink will confuse your senses. For an audience, it looks like a magic trick so make the most of it. Thank the ink wizard, Nathan Tardif, for the admiration you will receive.

As for other inky qualities, it is well-behaved on a variety of papers. No shading with the Noodler’s Dixie #10 Methuselah Ebonite on absorbent paper, but it did shade nicely on Rhodia.  No feathering, show-through or bleed-through on any paper except to a mild degree on Moleskine. The color is green-blue when dry and not highly saturated. Like many inks from Noodler’s, it does not budge when smeared with water. Frankly, what more could you ask from an ink?

Thank you, Carol, for the ink and pen. Luxury Brands U.S.A. has been a good and supportive friend to this blog. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Official! A New Noodler’s Ink!

10/13/2014

The new Noodler’s Ink is called General of the Armies and it has a unique twist on color. It changes over time!

First seen at the Dallas Pen Show 2014 and now available in wide release, this ink starts out green but changes to blue. I received a written sample that is green-blue along the lines of Waterman Blue Black and Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo or perhaps a faded version of Noodler’s Navy or The Big Blue Bear. This may only be a transitional color, but it certainly is pretty today.

Luxury Brands released this image today noting, “The color of the third swatch still has a touch of green as it is drying. Also don’t be surprised by the color in the bottle as you can see. Very green until it changes to cavalry blue.”

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Like most of Noodler’s Inks, there is a backstory. In this case it has to do with Army uniform colors, but that tale can wait for another day. Retailers just got word of the new ink so don’t expect to find it on the shelf just yet, though it might not hurt to encourage your favorite source to stock up. I mean they should want to enable you, right?

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Sunday Links And A Cupcake

10/12/2014

Books, doodles, pens and other good stuff…

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Naming Names And Giving Credit Where Due

10/12/2014

There are a lot of fine people in the pen community. That we know. Then there are those manufacturers, distributors and retailers who contribute to keeping blogs alive by offering their products for review and sometimes sending gifts just because they are nice people. For the record, I would like to acknowledge those who have sent items in the past few months.

If you are in need of supplies, please consider rewarding my enablers with a purchase or two. Thanks, fellow inkophiles, pen aficionados, and paper hoarders. At least it’s a clean addiction, but if you need an intervention, don’t call me. I’m having way too much fun indulging in it!

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Graf Von Faber Castell Ink Water Test

10/11/2014

Graf Von Faber Castell Ink performed fairly well on printer paper when saturated with water from a paintbrush. Even hung vertically to dry, there is minimal color run. Some of the inks faded though not the black or the grey. Considering I scrubbed a little with the brush, the performance isn’t bad at all.

Note that back-lighting from a monitor will make faded areas appear more pale than would light on paper. In natural light at my desk, only the brown looks truly faded. The red less so and falls within an acceptable range for many purposes. A spill on a journal page would leave easily read writing. The ink that faded passed through to the reverse side of the paper though almost imperceptibly for the grey. It’s a surprising effect that I might explore in future.

Review of Graf Von Faber Castell ink.

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Graf Von Faber Castell Ink

10/10/2014

Recently, Bert Oser of Bertram’s Inkwell sent samples of Graf Von Faber Castell ink. Unlike many lines, this one is almost thematic with its mellow colors.

The tubes containing the ink are too narrow for my pipettes and test pens so swatches made with swabs will have to do. The colors might be a tad too blue. However, any deviation is miniscule.

Garnet Red is somewhere between the discontinued Mont Blanc Bordeaux and Noodler’s Tiananmen. Hazelnut Brown is similar to Diamine Dark Brown and Moss Green resembles Diamine Woodland Green. Stone Grey is a match for the discontinued Sailor Grey and Cobalt Blue is close to Diamine WES Imperial Blue. Carbon Black looks like J. Herbin Perle Noire though slightly more saturated.

Eventually, Stone Grey and Garnet Red will become replacements for Sailor Grey and Mont Blanc Bordeaux in my collection. Nice to tick that off my To Do List.

What makes this ink line different is the harmonious selection. The lack of purple and orange leaves a hole in the range, but the six offered colors comprise a most useful palette. For many fountain pen fans, this group is all that would be needed to make a complete ink wardrobe.

According to Bertram’s, these are the key points about Graf Von Faber Castell inks:

  1. Permanent for documents
  2. Large size 75ml
  3. Not visible on the back of standard paper
  4. Non-correctable; not removable without traces
  5. UV-resistance: Color still readable after exposure to Ultraviolet light
  6. Fast drying on standard paper
  7. Resistant to certain chemicals and solvents
  8. Water resistant; writing lines still visible after exposure to water.
  9. 6 amazing colors
  10. 2 Light Fast colors Garnet Red and Hazelnut Brown

Retail is $30, but the bottle is attractive and substantial. No accidental tipping over for this design.

Consider Graf Von Faber Castell a premium ink with a commensurate price. For the permanence and resistance to chemicals and solvents as well as the color range, this looks like an excellent ink for business and academic use or anything else for that matter.

Thank you, Bert, for giving me the opportunity to play with these inks. Now I know where to go when I’m ready to purchase a bottle or maybe that will be two. I keep glancing at the grey swatch and thinking it would be just the thing for a certain rhodium trimmed demonstrator that is watching me from its box. Kismet?

My water test of Graf Von Faber Castell ink.

 

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Oopsie!

09/30/2014

Remember the J. Herbin Orange Indien giveaway that ended last week? Well, one of the winners failed to step up and claim his prize, so an alternate has been chosen via Random.org. Congratulations Gini Cooper! You have 48 hours to send your address to inkophile*at*gmail.com to claim your prize.

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