My love for all things orange is well documented on this blog… No surprise then that I should both like and use this very well-known and much-lauded ink from the Noodler’s stable. I was actually surprised to look and see that I hadn’t reviewed this before, an omission I herewith seek to rectify
Presentation: This ink comes in the standard Noodler’s carton and glass 3oz ink bottle. As usual the bottle is filled up to the brim and the unwary need to take care! The label is somewhat smaller and carries less of a message than other Noodler’s inks that I own with the picture detailing a native American (presumably an Apache) standing before a western desert sunset.
On Test: This wonderfully striking orange ink has to be seen to be believed. the much vaunted shading properties are all true. The ink displays a huge range of shade incorporating a spectrum of yellow through brown around the deep orange base. The ink dries fairly quickly, between 20 and 30 seconds on my stock Rhodia paper, it behaves well, and is fairly well lubricated.
The swatch sometimes deceives, being a fairly flat orange, that changes as soon as you write with this ink, lo and behold a complex and delightful range of shading appears. I use this ink in my Franklin-Christoph M40P ‘fire and ice’ which has a Mike Masuyama ground cursive italic nib. I converted this pen into an eyedropper some time ago and it has contained this ink ever since.
Summary: This is one of the most intriguing inks I have come across. It is one that I love to use and think is something of a must-have on my essential ink list, particularly as for me orange is the new black…