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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



Noodler’s Apache Sunset

Apache Sunset
Black Swan in English Roses

Midnight Blue
Navajoe Turquoise
54th Massachusetts

Blue Ghost


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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.


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.



For other reviews, please go to:

Ed Jelley
Fountain Pen Network: Signum1
Inky Ramblings