Please note: I think this ink is likely no longer available. It was sold in Singapore, and I bought a sample of it from somebody on FPN probably two years ago. I got the wild idea to review it when I noticed it on my shelf.
Pen: Lamy 2000 broad (stubbish!)
Paper: Rhodia No 18 80gsm paper (page 1), Staples Sustainable Earth legal pad (page 2), Dollar Tree made in India writing tablet (page 3)
I obtained a sample of Noodler’s Honorable Blue from a FPN user whose identity I have since forgotten. She had purchased a bottle and sold samples in the classified section. My guess is that the ink is not available any more since it was exported and Nathan Tardif has not exported any ink in a while from what he has said.
This ink is gorgeous, and I think it is bulletproof. We’ll see. My Lamy is a wet writer, and this ink seems to be gushing out of it. When I filled the pen, the ink clung to the pen like the “Venom” symbiant to Peter Parker. Even now, the pen has a blue cast I hope I will be able to wash off. In the sample vial, the ink is obviously blue and opaque.
This Rhodia paper is taking the ink like a champ. Dry time seems decent, and there is neither feathering nor bleed through. I love the dark shading I see so far.
I used my TWSBI 530 with Liberty’s Elysium and my Pendleton Brown Broad Butter Line Stub with Angel Wings to compare to this ink. This color runs a shade greener than Liberty’s Elysium, or Liberty’s Elysium runs a shade purpler. Either way, the colors are quite simliar.
There is just a hint of showthrough on this Staples Sustainable Earth legal pad paper and a hint of feathering. The feel of this paper, ink and pen are the best yet. I think my writing even looks better on this paper. At this stage maybe 20 minutes into writing this review, the nib creep action has covered this semi-hooded nib completely. It looks sort of cool if you are into that sort of thing.
It would be a pity if the busy schedule of Nathan Tardif or perhaps material limitations means this ink is lost to the ether. One explanation I have seen Nathan use for foreign exclusive inks is that he sent them to foreign markets because he could not make enough for US consumption, so he sent them to a smaller market. I cannot say whether that logic applies to this ink.
On this Dollar Tree writing tablet, the gushing ink overwhelms the fibers and feathers a moderate amount. I have seen worse. There is also light to moderate show through. I am impressed by this tablet and of course with this ink. The latest ink I had in this pen was Noodler’s Goulet exclusive Purple Heart, and it felt a touch dryer than this ink. That bit of lubricity really makes writing feel much better. I think I could continue writing this pen and ink review forever!