“Bulletproof” refers to any Noodler’s Ink that resists all the known tools of a forger, UV light, UV light wands, bleaches, alcohols, solvents, petrochemicals, oven cleaners, carpet cleaners, carpet stain lifters, and of course…they are also waterproof once permitted to dry upon cellulose paper. Some inks are more bulletproof than others – generally in descending order (most bulletproof with the most testing – to less bulletproof): blacks, blues, yellows, invisible (“blue ghost” and “White Whale”), greens, browns, purples, reds….all are equally bulletproof with one exception: the resistance to strong industrial bleaches to the point where the paper structure itself decomposes. Reds are prone to more fading when exposed to strong bleaches (sometimes fading to a yellow) than the other colors.
There you have it - The definition of bullet-proof straight from the maker. I am personally after the water resistance, and the forgery-proof qualities of this ink are a very nice extra. This is my important-document signing and check signing ink. It is unbeatable in these areas.
It is also acclaimed to be the darkest of blacks, though some would differ on that. I'm not certain either as this is my first black ink.
As usual, here's the text version of the review for those who are looking for an easier-read than staring at my handwriting. :P
Ink Review: Noodlers black - bullet-proof.
Pen and nib: Pilot Vanishing point - B nib.
Color: Black. Simple, dark, understated black.
Dry time: 10 seconds, pretty good actually.
Smear when dry: Just a little... This ink seems to leave behind a slight oil-like residue, much like a ballpoint. It's barely noticeable though.
Lubrication: Good. This is a very thick and lubricating ink overall.
Shading: None. I've actually decided that there is slight shading. You'll probably never notice it during writing, but with a dry BB stub, you would experience light shading.
Feathering: Non on my good papers or on cheap paper!
Bleedthrough: None. Once again - good behavior.
Notes: This is a fabulous black ink! It's permanent, well-behaved, and is a very dark black. It's not grey like some other black inks. Since it is permanent, I do take care to wash out my pen well when I'm done with a fill of it. Overall though, I'd say that Noodlers black is "the" black ink!
As you can see, very dark ink color. But, in the swab, there is slight grey tones showing through...
Here's my basic waterproof test. I ran it under normal tap-water for about 30 seconds. The ink did NOTHING! No ink ran off, nothing smudges, no bleeding, absolutely nothing. Rock solid performance from Noodlers Black!
This ink has become my go to ink - the perfect companion for my new Matte Black Vanishing Point fountain pen! I use it for checks, and other important writing. It's also the cheapest ink you can buy, if you get it in the larger eyedropper bottles. I find it perfect for jotting down quick notes, and doing "business-type" work. If you've been looking for the perfect, well-behaved, all-around ink, I would say "go buy some Noodler's Black"!
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777 - Tyler Dahl