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Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce

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Bulletproof is a Noodlers term for waterproof, bleach proof, lightfast, and archival qualities. Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof Genuine Noodler's Quality Fountain Pen Ink for Vintage or New Pens. Ink bottles are plastic momentarily.

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Brand Name Noodler's
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1.7 x 1.7 inches
Item model number 19001
Color Black
Number of Items 1
Size 3oz
Point Type 3oz
Ink Color Black
Manufacturer Part Number 19001

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ASIN B000MVZ2E6
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4.5 out of 5 stars 716 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,344 in Office Products (See top 100)
#1 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Drawing > Drawing Media > Inks
Shipping Weight 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available January 24, 2007

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By S. Blackwelder on February 2, 2007
I write with Noodler's Black (the brand's "standard" black ink) almost every day because I can't always choose the paper to write on. Noodler's Black can be used for two-sided writing on bad paper, even newsprint, which is rare among all the fountain pen inks in the world.

I also write with Noodler's Black because it's waterproof, forgery-proof, good-looking, and pleasantly smooth during writing. I confidently write checks with Noodler's Black, and it is safe for signing valuable or important documents too (when black is an acceptable color; ask your lawyer).

Please keep in mind that the Noodler's company carefully says which of the brand's colors are waterproof and which are not. In my experience Noodler's Black is by far the best Noodler's color for writing on both sides of bad paper.

One behavior you might notice, if your pen's nib is an exposed metal surface (not covered with colored enamel), is that Noodler's (standard) Black spreads itself over exposed metal surfaces. This "nib creep" is harmless behavior because the ink doesn't run down onto the grip area. Wiping the ink off the nib is only temporary; more ink will soon spread to replace what you wiped off. Again, this is harmless behavior and a very small price to pay for the security of your marks, signatures and important handwritten texts.
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[For the record, I used this ink with the Cross Century II Medalist medium-nib fountain pen.]

Like others have said, this ink has some impressive qualities.

As soon as I opened the bottle (the bottle is glass, and attractive - like the bottles of old), I noticed that it was full to the very brim. While subjective looks have nothing to do with the quantity of ink one actually gets, it's helpful in getting the nib in deep enough not to pull up air, but not so deep that it's overly dirtied.

This ink wipes off of solid surfaces easily - it's much easier to clean off than the Higgins Fountain Pen India I used before. It also doesn't seem to cause "nib goo" on the underside of the nib - which was a regular occurrence with the aforementioned Higgins, particularly when drawing (I draw as well as write).

I decided to see exactly how waterproof this stuff is. While it wasn't a scientific test by any stretch of the imagination, I licked my finger, and rubbed over a completely blackened portion of a sketch I did - and none ended up on my fingertip. The drawing showed no effect, either.

The pen writes more smoothly than before, as well as starting more quickly after pauses with the cap removed.

All-in-all, I think I'm sold on this stuff from now on. =:o)
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Noodler's black is an excellent product that has worked perfectly for me in a wide variety of pens. It's not the blackest black on the market (Noodler's Borealis Black is the blackest of the 25+ black inks I've tried), but standard Noodler's black is black enough, and it's amazingly tenacious once it's dried on paper.

I've put samples under a faucet for fifteen minutes with hot water pouring over them, soaked them in concentrated bleach solutions overnight, hit them with every conceivable cleaner from carpet cleaner to dry cleaning fluid, and the writing's still there. Noodler's black bonds with paper using cellulose-reactive dyes, and that bond is extremely strong.

When using a wet pen, sometimes extra ink is laid down on the paper. The ink that bonds with the cellulose is permanent, but any extra ink that's laying on top is not. Water will rinse away the excess ink, but the writing will be as strong and as solid as when it was first written.

I've found Noodler's black very easy to rinse out of my pens and off of my skin. Because the ink has to bond with cellulose to become permanent, it rinses very easily compared to other inks labeled as "permanent". It will bond with the cellulose in cotton fabric, so be careful not to spill it on cotton clothes. Pour it on synthetic fabrics, though, and it comes right out. I had a small spill on my carpet, and I cleaned it up with paper towels and water, without leaving any stain behind. Additionally, Noodler's black is pH neutral, so it won't eat through some metals the way acidic inks can.

I've been using Noodler's black for years, and it's performed flawlessly as I've worked my way through multiple bottles.
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I bought Noodlers Waterproof black to do ink drawings with a watercolor wash. I have been having a horrible time with the ink bleeding even after drying for a couple of days. The darker or wider the line, the more it would bleed. This has ruined more than one drawing by turning the wash a muddy gray.
Yesterday I wrote the US supplier at http://noodlersink.com/contact/ , who answered promptly: "The black is waterproof, meaning it will not wash from the page it water runs over it. It will bleed on certain papers if you use a brush. The best ink from Noodler's for that is the Lexington Grey. If you want a black you can try the Platinum Carbon Black." Carol A. Gillett
I have attached a quick and dirty test, using two samples of the Noodlers 'catfish' 'waterproof' black (I have 2 different bottles) and a Pitt brush pen. This was done on a scrap of 'mixed media' paper. First, I used a dip pen and the Noodlers to do some scribbles. Then I did some similar scribbles with the Pitt brushpen. I did clear water washes at later intervals of 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour, and 1 day. I think some of the differences in amount of ink in the wash is due to the amount on ink in the original scribble.
Conclusions: I have been trying to use it on several different watercolor papers, both hot and cold press, as well as some "mixed media" papers. From my experience, this is NOT the ink that you want for doing ink drawings with a brush on these sorts of papers. It just ends up a dingy mess.
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