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Noodler's inks are known for their affordability, wide range of colors, and good performance on more absorbent papers that are not normally fountain pen friendly. They are also known for their distinctive label art, featuring unique drawings that often reflect their creator's strongly held political and economic ideals. Dedicated to keeping prices as low as possible, Noodler's uses simple bottles and packaging, with boxes made of recycled paper. All Noodler's inks are 100% made in the USA.

The original Noodler's ink, Noodler's Black was developed in an attempt to create an ink so feather-resistant that it could be used for doing crosswords on a newspaper.

Special Properties:

  • Bulletproof: This ink is water resistant on cellulose-based papers and resists all known tools of forgers, including UV light, bleach, alcohol, and other solvents. This ink may still be vulnerable to smearing when exposed to water.
  • Eternal: Made to resist the effects of time, this ink is archival, fade resistant, and unaffected by humid or acidic conditions.


  • This ink may come in either a glass or plastic bottle and vary from the bottle pictured.
  • Glass Noodler's ink bottles are filled to the brim with ink. If you receive this ink in a glass bottle, be careful when opening it to avoid spilling.
  • See this chart for a list of Noodler's inks and their special properties.

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I'm changing my review...
October 20, 2010
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I'm changing my review from 3 (see below) to 5 after using this ink for some time; It is still the best ink for fountain pens if want to have anything close to waterproof. True, it gives a little if rub it with wet finger (rub, not dropping water onto ink) but anything stronger than this would likely ruin your fountain pen nib unless you wash it after each use. Therefore, it is waterproof or at least water resistant, very black especially if using thicker nibs you can see the blackness well.

The only thing I might change would be plastic instead of glass bottle as I'm always afraid of dropping and breaking it onto my carpet. Plastic would just bounce off. Also selling it in 50 mL, 100 mL would make more sense as I have no idea what does ounce mean.

Most people do not need waterproof ink but if want to make yourself feel better than this is a good ink to buy.
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This is my first fountain...
January 1, 2010
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This is my first fountain pen ink. Overall I'm happy with it. It's a nice deep dark black that's great for scanning into the computer. There are a couple things that i don't like however. There are not huge things just kind of little troublesome things. In my lamy safari, this ink does not write/draw well in my Moleskine large sketchbooks. I'm guessing it has to do with more of what the paper is made out of rather than the ink but I'm not completely sure. The other thing is that if you ink over graphite and later want to erase your lines, some of the ink will come off while erasing, in this case with a kneaded eraser on cardstock. It's not a huge amount, but its enough to take away some of the nice deep dark black that was originally there. But, since this ink wasn't made specifically for drawing(i think) I can understand why this happens. Like I said, overall it's a pretty nice ink. On a side note, does anyone know of a FP ink that is specifically made for drawing? I would love to know =D.
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dbajraktarevic is correct....
November 5, 2009
dbajraktarevic is correct. To my great disappointment, this ink is NOT waterproof. Great color and very black, but behaves just like my Mont Blanc black ink in a Moleskine Sketchbook. The feathering and bleeding when washed with water is exactly what Mont Blanc ink does. Bottle was filled to the very top, so be careful when you open it for the first time, as there is no seal. I expected great things based on the reviews I read and was shocked this ink bleeds when touched with water. Too bad.
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I've tested this ink...
June 3, 2009
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I've tested this ink on many different types of paper, from best paper in the world [my opinion] Caran D'ache watercolor blocks to manga papers and bristol paper from Strathmore and other companies, journals, cheap papers etc and I just do not know how the manufacturer calls this bulletproof or waterproof ink as it clearly it is not. In fact many of the cartiges that come with many fountain pens have a more waterproof and smudge proof ink. Go figure.

Don't get me wrong, your writing or art will not simply dissapear [if that is what they means--deceiving us] but this is the case with many other fountain pen inks especially from japan and Germany--but will definitely get shadowing and heavy smudging if you wet your finger and go acros your writing or art.

I will still use this ink, but just a warning to those seeking fountain pen ink that behaves like India ink [which is waterproof, archival etc] but so far no FP [unless you modify your FP and use at own risk] can be used with India ink. In fact many of the Japanese brush pens [and German such as PITT brush pen which uses real India ink] will give you a more waterproof drawing than this Noodler's ink. I'm refering to drawing as some people like me use FP for drawing.

The bottle comes in a nicely designed shape, with some fish on it and it is about 100 mL from what I can estimate. The manufacturer uses archaic measuring system for some reason of 3 oz. But, that has nothing to do with ink's quality just commenting on little details.
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Noodler's Ink is some...
February 26, 2009
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Noodler's Ink is some of the best available for fountain pens. I really love the intense black achieved by their bulletproof black in my Lamy Vista. The ink is super smooth and very easy to use with the refillable cartridge. I also use this ink for my dip pen drawings and it works just great for these applications as well. Highly recommended!
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