December 24, 2012
The ink is good, but I think I like Noodler's Bulletproof black better if you
like a darker black. The sailor nano black is more like a dark dark charcoal
instead of a deep rich high contrast black like Noodler's. I usually write with
a headlamp on, and I can tell subtle differences due to my headlamp. If you
don't have a headlamp on, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
I would give the bottle design 5 stars, and the ink 4 stars. The bottle design
is great because it has a mini reservoir inside the bottle just slightly deeper
than the nib and feed making it easy to still draw ink into your pen even when
the ink level is lower than your nib depth. With the cap on, you turn the
bottle upside down, then flip it over. The mini reservoir captures ink and
allows a consistent depth. Without the mini res, you would need a syringe or
something to get the ink into your pen. I'm new to the fountain pen world. I
had the Noodler's Bulletproof black first. I bought this Sailor Ink because of
the great reviews and the price is almost 3x times Noodler's. So, I bought it
out of curiosity to see if it really lives up to the hype. Great reviews and
excellent packaging. Plus I had not used anything but Noodler's brand. Doing a
side by side camparison, the Noodler's is definitely 'blacker' than the sailor.
I am sold on the Noodler's bulletproof and waterproof inks. Beyond a color
test, I did not do any other comparisons. If you have the money and you like to
play around with different inks then buy it, otherwise, if your money is tight,
go with Noodler's BB.
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