Noodler’s Cayenne Ink08/03/2010
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.
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…