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IMG_4443  Some of the Noodler’s flavours you’ve been waiting for.  We’ve been accumulating requests for the last few weeks, holding off to make sure we got everyone’s vote in, and our order has arrived. You can see our Noodler’s Inks here.

Here are our new colours, some that have been requested, some we just thought we’d try out.

#41 Brown
Standard Brown
V-mail Burma Road Brown
Rome Burning

Violet
Red-Black
Habannero

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Noodler’s Apache Sunset

Apache Sunset
Antietam
Black Swan in English Roses

Midnight Blue
Blue-Black
Squetegue
Sequoia
Navajoe Turquoise
54th Massachusetts

Blue Ghost

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Noodler’s Black in 4.5 oz

 

And we also have Black in the 4.5 oz bottles!

Of course, if you are interested in any colours, please let us know and we’ll get it on our next order. There are just so many colours, so we can only hope we’re getting a good mix of your favourites and ones you haven’t tried yet!

Leave a comment or send us an email info@wonderpens.ca!

Noodler’s Army Green Ink Review

Someone e-mailed and asked if we had the new or the old Noodler’s Army Green – and actually suggested we could do a review on it, since there seem to be two different versions of the same ink. It’s about to rain where we are here in Toronto – and the dark, gloomy clouds make the trees in our neighbourhood look a little like this green, so it’s the perfect time for a review.

Noodler’s Army Green underwent some changes in formula a couple of years back, and after some rather unfavourable feedback from Army Green users, Noodler’s ended up changing their formula back to what they started out with.

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Noodler’s Army Green is a rich, olive, almost-khaki-green-but-still-a-green colour.

Reading up on some of the original reviews on the first colour, people found it a little too drab, or not vibrant or green enough, not actually a true “army” green colour. After Noodler’s Nathan Tardif changed it to a brighter green, I think some people changed their minds and decided that the olive green actually had something appealing about it, not being a more typical, bright green, or maybe people had just gotten used to the olive. Noodler’s, after hearing that feedback again, changed it back to the original formula. I guess if you look at the Canadian soldiers’ camouflage has a several different green shades on it, so you can pick the one you like!

While I haven’t checked every bottle, from the ones I have checked, it seems like we have all new stock. We got our first batch of Army Green in April 2013, and I think most of the old formula stock had made its way through retailers. If you’d like me to double check yours, just leave a note on the order form.

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Noodler’s Army Green available in a 3oz bottle.

Noodler’s Army Green is a rich, warm green – a bit like a dark olive green. You can compare it with the Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, which is a bit more of a golden-yellow-brown-green.

The writing sample was done with a Kaweco Sport Fine Nib and on Rhodia 80gsm paper.

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Smooth and crisp letters – great flow.

This is an all-purpose green ink: it’s got that seriousness that makes it okay for the office, it’s got shading and character for any sketcher or artist, and it’s just right for your notes or journaling. I think the shading adds quite a bit of character to this subtle, classy olive green.

Of course it has no feathering or bleeding at all on the Rhodia, but this ink performs quite well even on cheaper quality paper. It’s a bit of a wet ink, and it flows very well. With the Kaweco Nib, which is generally a wet writer, it flows beautifully. Army Green has fairly good dry time – again depending on nib and paper, but there are no real drawbacks to this ink.

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Visible shading, but definitely more visible in a wider nib.

You can read more about this ink:

Inky Journal
Fountain Pen Network: Penguinmaster
Fountain Pen Network: Umenohana (Great Semi-Flex Handwriting Sample!)

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A bottle of Noodler’s ink is pretty full, so open carefully!

Noodler’s Tiananmen Ink Review

Noodler’s Tiananmen Ink Review

Noodler’s Inks are often based on historical or political events: one most well-known example is Tiananmen.

Tiananmen Square is a massive square in Beijing, China – a sure tourist attraction with Chinese nationals as well as those from other countries. Its political history as well as the beautiful structures around it make it a place you cannot miss if you’re traveling to Beijing.

ImageTiananmen Square was built in 1651, but has been destroyed, damaged, rebuilt and restored many times along the way – from invading armies and countries to ambitious emperors. The structures around it, Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace), are some of the most recognized images of Beijing.

The picture on the bottle of Noodler’s Tiananmen Ink is one of the most famous pictures of China, and its internal fight for democracy. The 1989 events in Tiananmen Square leading up to the photo center around student occupation in the square in political protest. As military tanks began to move towards the square, civilians were killed as they attempted to block the tanks. No one knows what has happened to the man in the white shirt, but he is now a recognized figure throughout Western media.

The ink itself is great.

The review was done on Rhodia 80gsm paper, with a clear Kaweco Sport and a B nib.

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The ink is kind of a brownish, burgundy red – kind of like dried blood. It’s a darker red, with hints of purple and pink and brown. This is a slower flowing ink, so if you have a pen that writes a little too wet, this might be a good ink to try.

It’s a dark enough ink that you can write with this regularly, although I’m not sure if you want to bring a red to work unless you’re a teacher. That being said, it’s a great ink for teachers! It’s not too flashy, not too bright – a dark, warm red ink. Also, nice for a teacher, and other writers, is that this is a fast-drying ink.

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Some of the reviews I read elsewhere showed much better shading than I could get. I wrote with my Kaweco Sport B nib, which was a very even but slower flow – not too crisp. If you want it to run a little wetter, you can try adding a few drops of water. You can see hints of the shading in the close-up, but not as much as other people have managed to get.

Red inks and some Noodler’s inks can be particularly prone to staining clear plastics. If you’ve got a demonstrator pen you love or was expensive or is vintage, you may want to find a safe ink to use in it. The Kaweco Sport has had Tiananmen in for about a week now, and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t look like any staining has happened, but I’ll be able to tell better once I clean it out.

If you do have a demonstrator with some staining, I would not recommend using rubbing alcohol or chemicals. There’s often a kind of coat to the clear plastic, and when you use rubbing alcohol it can actually leave your plastic looking cloudy or permanently scuffed up. Try using a bit of dish soap and water, or a drop or two of ammonia.

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For other reviews, please go to:

Ed Jelley
Fountain Pen Network: Signum1
Inky Ramblings

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Kaweco Sport Eyedropper Conversion – A How-To

One of the best features of the Kaweco Sport is that you can easily and quickly turn it into an eyedropper – enabling you to hold a ton of ink, and if you’re using the clear demonstrator, have a moving air bubble in a tube of ink to keep you entertained during long meetings.

Kaweco takes international short cartridges and has its own brand of cartridges, each holding around 0.5 mL. A eyedropper Kaweco can hold about 2 mL.

You will need:

Kaweco Sport Pen
100% Pure Silicone Grease
Syringe or Eyedropper
Bottle of Ink 

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The silicone grease is to prevent any leaks. You can buy silicone grease at some plumbing or hardware stores, other pen supply stores, and most (if not all?) diving/scuba stores. We went to Home Depot, and only found some “plumber’s grease” which appeared to be at least mostly silicone grease, but we weren’t sure if it was 100% pure – which is the safest to guard against any ink reactions. You can also purchase from us here. One jar or tube of silicone grease will last you quite a while.

The syringe, for getting ink from the bottle to the pen, you can get from a pharmacy. We offer blunt tip, reusable needles here.

In this post, we’re converting a Kaweco Sport Demonstrator Fountain Pen, but you can also do this with a Preppy, or find tips here for your Serwex 101, which is already an eyedropper. You should not turn your Kaweco Al-Sport into an eyedropper, since it’s made out of aluminum, which can react with the ink.

The ink we’re using is Noodler’s Tiananmen Square.

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The Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen comes with a cartridge in the pen barrel, which you won’t need.

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Dip your finger in to get some of the silicone grease.

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Spread evenly and thinly around the threads of the nib section.

The silicone grease should be applied to the threads of the nib section. You don’t need a huge amount, but make sure you cover the threads evenly so ink can’t leak out.

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Draw up ink from the bottle with the syringe. A Kaweco Eyedropper can hold about 2mL.

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You can fill up the pen barrel up to the inner threads (the lower ones) so ink doesn’t spill out when you insert the nib section.

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After you’ve filled up the barrel, you can twist in the nib section. Be careful to keep the pen barrel up so you don’t spill!

Wipe off any excess silicone grease that squeezed through the threads.

You are good to go! Turn it nib down so the ink can begin to make its way through the feed. Image

For the most part, while eyedroppers are more prone to leaks than, for example, cartridge/converter pens, you shouldn’t get a leak if you have sealed it properly and aren’t doing crazy things with it.

Some eyedroppers can tend to “blob” out ink from the nib when the barrel is almost empty, due to changes in the air pressure and the capillary action of the feed.

As well, when you have a lot of air in the barrel (2/3 air, 1/3 ink), and you warm up the barrel too much with your hands or in a shirt pocket, you might also start to get blobs. The increase in pressure due to the warming of the air can force droplets of ink out.  If you’re someone who grips the pen tightly or for long periods of time, warming up the air in the barrel, you may also want to considering making sure your pen is refilled with ink when it nears the halfway point.

Each time you unscrew and screw the section and barrel to refill the ink, you may squeeze out a bit of the silicone grease, so I would recommend refreshing the silicone grease every once in a while, especially if you’re cleaning out the pen to change ink colours.

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Noodler’s Lexington Gray Ink with a Dip Pen

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Noodler’s Lexington Gray with Dip Pen

We got a couple of dip pens for the store – when we find a place in Toronto’s crazy real estate market – so people can come in and just dip in to test out the inks, rather than inking up and having to clean a pen. We’re learning a lot about how to make dip pens work their best with fountain pen inks. Dip pens are perfect for calligraphy inks (like Rohrer & Klingner’s Traditional Ink), india inks, or pigmented inks: inks that don’t belong in your fountain pen, but they can also write well with fountain pen ink.

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With a little bit of love and some internet research, we tried a couple of things to prep our dip pens. One was holding the brand new nib under a flame to burn off some of the oil that’s on it to prevent rusting before use. We also tried just rinsing it off with some lukewarm soapy water. Be careful not to touch your nib with your fingertips or skin, as you’ll just be replacing the oil on the nib, which will repel your water-based ink.

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Noodler’s Lexington Gray Ink Bottle (90mL)

We thought we would test out our dip pens with Noodler’s Lexington Gray, as it’s an ink that can shade really well. I really like gray inks as an alternative to your standard black inks for your daily writing, as there’s something a little gentler or unusual about grays – and when you find a good one, they can be just as sharp, with maybe a little more shading. The writing can almost seem like a high-quality pencil, but with a little more depth. It’s also a great ink for work or the office, when those magentas and Rose Rages just won’t do.

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Writing Sample: Noodler’s Lexington Gray with Dip Pen

As you can see from our writing sample, we got a bit of feathering, even on normally ink-resistant Rhodia paper, but that’s mostly because we haven’t quite got the hang of using a dip pen yet. Some of the letters and curves ending up getting extra blobby and thick, and others were definitely dry. However, for those precious few moments when we were in the sweet spot, the nib wrote beautifully.

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Writing Sample: Noodler’s Lexington Gray Ink with FPR Dilli flex nib.

With the right pen, you can get beautiful shading! My writing sample with the dip pen was not great, so we thought we’d include one where you can actually get a sense of the shading. This was with a FPR Dilli flex nib.

Highlights:
Comes in a beautiful 90mL glass bottle.
Great shading!
“Bulletproof” ink: more resistant to water, chemicals, etc.
Fast drying.
Washes off plastic with tap water.
UV Light Proof (according to the bottle).
pH neutral.

Reviews on the Net:
Lost in Brittany pens
Office Supply Geeks

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Filling a Converter with Ink

Many fountain pens are cartridge/converter fountain pens, which means you can use either disposable cartridges (pop a cartridge in the back and throw out when empty, or refill cartridges with syringe) or you can a converter.

Here’s how you can fill a pen, a Jinhao 126, with Noodler’s Operation Overlord Orange, using a piston converter.

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If you’re prone to accidents, you may want to use a paper or cloth underneath just in case. We like to live life on the edge.

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Your converter may be a twist converter, but it follows the same concept as this, which you push up and down like a syringe.

Ensure your piston is all the way down.

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Submerge your nib into the bottle of ink – make sure the whole nib is in the liquid. Pull up on or twist the converter to draw up ink.

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You may find you have a sizeable air pocket because there was already air in the feed through which you drew up ink. You can push the ink and air back down, and draw up again a few times to get rid of the air.

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Use a cloth or paper towel to dry off nib and grip section.

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Put it all back together.

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And you are good to go!

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