Noodler’s Cayenne Ink


Now this is something spicy absolutely anyone can love: Noodler’s Cayenne Ink. Lily from Jet Pens sent a bottle for an inky review and I must say the online swatches do not do it justice. This is a very rich, orangey red that is just a tad darker than its namesake and as red as the deepest tones in Apache Sunset. That is the only ink in my collection that comes close to the color of Cayenne though Cayenne is an orange-red and Apache Sunset a red-orange.

Noodler's Cayenne Ink

Noodler's Cayenne Ink

Unlike some Noodler’s inks, Cayenne is clear with no cloudiness or undissolved particles. With a wide nib the flow is good and drying time moderate on Rhodia with intermittent shading though not in a class with Apache Sunset. It exhibited no bleed-through and only a modest amount of show-through which is attributable to thin paper rather than any fault with the ink. Lubrication is average and coverage very good which rounds out the properties

Now here’s the sweet part. Cayenne is surprisingly good on slightly absorbent paper with great performance on Office Depot 24# Inkjet. If you want a unique ink for grading papers, this might just be the one. I saw no feathering on inexpensive notebook paper except under magnification and the drying time was very good even with a Lamy Vista 1.1 mm italic. A fine nib should have no problem on such low grade paper.

If you like your red ink warm and spicy, Noodler’s Cayenne could  be just the one to put a little heat in your rotation. It certainly kicked things up a notch in my daily journal making doodles and squiggles appear all over formerly nice, neat pages.

Ha! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Noodler's Cayenne Ink

Noodler's Cayenne Ink


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Margana, withoutink. withoutink said: RT @inkophile: Inkophile Review: Noodler's Cayenne Ink at http://wp.me/pfSKv-Dq […]


  2. Thanks for the lovely review!


  3. Someone just sent me my first bottle of Noodler’s ink this week, and it’s mostly due to the fact that I can’t stop talking about ink, due to your site (and Jetpens)! Thank you for corrupting me! I’m in love! (It’s Kung Te-Cheng.)


    • Lucky you!


  4. Always on the lookout for very lubricating (read: viscous/oily) inks. Inks that make the pen skate across the paper. I am enjoying Noodler’s Eel Blue these days.

    With your vast experience, what are some inks that also fit in this slippery category?



    • Michael, Noodler’s Eel Blue is the most lubricating ink I’ve used. Some of the Iroshizuku inks are pretty good but the Eel series is outstanding in that regard. Lubricating inks would be a good topic for Fountain Pen Network if you participate. There might be a few threads that already address this subject but if not, toss it to the membership. No doubt you’ll get a lot of suggestions from that crew.


  5. Thanks. Yep, I’m on FPN, too.


    • Then you know what to expect: lots and lots of opinions. Maybe someone will trade a sample or two with you. That’s the best way to see what will make your pens skate.


  6. […] to Jet Pens as well. I have no affiliation with either Kaweco or Jet Pens though I did write one review two years ago of a product sent by the latter. My experience with the company is mainly as a […]


  7. […] swearing off for a while. My rotation no longer looks like a  rainbow but that’s fine. Maybe Noodler’s Cayenne will sneak in with the first autumn chill. Since it can look either red or orange, only one pen […]


  8. […] Noodler’s Cayenne – Orange red. […]


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