Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Noodler's Bulletproof Black was the first fountain pen ink I bought for my first fountain pen - a Lamy Safari. It's been my "go-to" ink since the beginning. It's always in at least one of my pens.
I decided to do a test to see how my 4 different black inks looked on white paper. (A Canson Universal Sketch Pad) I was too lazy to flush & fill any of my pens 4 times, so I decided to use a Brause Calligraphy Pen with a Steno Nib (love it!) to try all 4 inks. Dip/Wipe much easier than Flush/Fill.
Of the 4, from lightest to darkest: (to my eyes)
Pelikan Brilliant Black
Sailor Jentle Black
Noodler's Bulletproof Black
J. Herbin Pearle Noire
Then I took a second sheet of paper and blasted under the faucet - hot water, dribbled some dish soap on it.... All of the inks hung in to some degree, though the Noodler's was clearly the leader. (Hence the "Bulletproof" branding) I like the blackness of the Herbin, so I'm glad to see that it came in a close second.
No idea why I bought the Pelikan, I guess I was hoping it would be darker than the Noodler's. No Dice. Bought the Sailor hoping it would be as smooth as their Blue-Black, but so far, I'm not really seeing that. Needs to be tried in another pen or two. Loving the Herbin... Perhaps it will come to replace the Noodler's.
1 oz of Pelikan Brilliant Black: $5.50
3oz of Noodler's Bulletproof Black: $12.50
50 ml of Sailor Jentle Black: $12.75 (1.69 oz)
30 ml of J. Herbin Perle Noire: $8.75 (1.01 oz)
Prices quoted are from Pear Tree Pens