I love doing ink reviews. I really love them. Inks are awesome, they can be used to draw out emotions and reference your current mood or attitude. When I commence my various ink reviews, I normally load a pen or two, use various test papers (anything I can write on), fill at least one page in my Habana Notebook, lastly I write a review – on my ink review form. Once that’s done, I post it on various social media outlets, and sometimes reference them in the videos I shoot. [Read more…]
Noodler’s Baystate Blue [full size photo] – Awhile back I purchased a bottle of Noodler’s Baystate Blue, a beautiful colonial style deep and bright blue ink. The color is extremely intense to say the least. There are many rumors and warnings that surround this ink. One important fact to know: This ink has a different pH than most inks on the market. It is a more alkaline and should not be mixed with any other ink. This also means that pens MUST be cleaned extremely well when using this. Reports that Baystate Blue has solidified when mixed in a pen that was not cleaned well enough. I personally found this to be true with a Platinum Preppy, it happened when I initially bought the ink. There have been rumors of Baystate Blue eating the feeds of various pens. I thankfully, have not experienced that, so as I cannot verify it as a fact. My point here is, please use caution when using this ink. I recommend testing it out in less expensive / disposable pen. Just in case…
I cautiously loaded my Waterman Phileas with the Baystate Blue. This ink is really shocking, extremely saturated and very bright. I found the ink to be a bit dry, in fact I seem to have issues with dryouts. Specifically, on the downstrokes (you should be able to see this in ink review). I found the dryness to cause a some skipping as well. The ink does show and bleedthrough, no real issue with feathering. As far as the dryness is concerned I know some people that dilute BSB in a 1:1 ratio with water. I may try this on my next fill. Hopefully, that increases the flow and lubrication.
Some other things to note… This ink is waterproof once it is dry. It stains like mad. I mean really stains, it takes a long time for this stuff to come off. Noodler’s ships their ink bottles completely full, so be very carefully when opening. When I opened mine a few small droplets ended up on the counter. Even after a scrub with bleach, they were still there.
In my opinion this is probably my all-time-favorite blue ink I have tested thus far. I just wish it wasn’t such a pain to deal with. If it was an ink that I didn’t have to worry about… this would definitely be my everyday ink. For now, my Waterman Phileas is my permanent Baystate Blue pen.
This ink, as well as many other inks and pens can be purchased from – my friends at Pear Tree Pens.
I recently purchased two ink samplers from Pear Tree Pens. If you haven’t checked out their site, I recommend you do so. What is pretty cool about this retailer is that they sell an ink sampler. For $4.99 you get to choose four inks to try. They bottle up approximately 1cc of each of the four inks you specify and vacuum seal the package. This is a great way to try a few inks without buying full bottles.
Seeing as how I am new to the Fountain Pen world, I decided to order two sample packs. They consisted of:
J Herbin Eclat De Saphir
J Herbin Rose Cyclamen
J Herbin Vert Pre
Noodler’s Baystate Blue
Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm
Yesterday, I decided to flush some of my pens and fill a couple with the sample colors. Resistance is futile. You will enjoy these inks.
First up, Diamine Turquoise. Very pretty color. I filled it in one of my inexpensive Hero’s #329.
Next up, Noodler’s Baystate Blue, I filled this in a Platinum Preppy. Baystate colors have a higher alkaline content and should not be mixed with other inks. They have also been said to damage certain fountain pens. Since this is the first time using it, I used a $3 Preppy – just in case. The color is extremely bright cobalt blue – very intense I can see why people would risk an FP with this stuff. It is magnificent.
J Herbin Rose Cyclamen, I love this color – very vivid and it flowed very well in my Pilot 78g. While not an everyday color, it makes me smile.
J Herbin Vert Pre – This is an awesome color, and I foresee it being in my ink rotation for a long time. I love this lime green. Its soft and bright all at the same time. My wife didn’t like it at first but its growing on her.
Aurora Blue. Not as brilliant as the Noodler’s Baystate Blue… But its close, also a much safer ink to play around with. Its a little dark in this photo but I used a vintage Esterbrook and it flows pretty wet. I would say this is a pretty nice well rounded blue.
Once I run these colors through, I will reink the pens with the remaining colors. I personally cannot wait to try the J Herbin Eclat De Saphir. Something tells me I am going to love it.
Here is a link to all the full sized images: flickr