Ink Review: Noodler’s Violet
This ink is another one of those, “hey they have it at this store, and I’ve never tried it. Let’s give it a whirl and see how it goes” kind of inks. In fact, the store from which I purchased the ink didn’t even have the ink in a box. I have no idea how long the ink was exposed to the light in the store, and how that affected the color. Noodler’s does use darker glass in their bottles, though, so I suspect that the impact to the color would be minimal.
Noodler’s Violet is a nice, saturated purple ink. This ink tends toward the blue end of the purple spectrum, versus an ink like De Atramentis Aubergine, which leans more toward the red end of the spectrum. I prefer the warmer, royal purple color of the Aubergine ink to this. This purple feels just a little bit colder, and can, for me, have that artificial Grape Jolly Rancher color. It looks like artificial grape flavoring tastes, if that makes any sense. It’s still a nice color, and still manages to get pretty decent shading in a wet enough pen.
While this ink does seem to flow fairly well, it still feels as though it runs just a touch on the dry side to me. There appears to be very little in the way of lubrication, which results in a rather uncomfortable experience in some of my drier pens. I like the nice, smooth feel of a lubricated ink on smooth paper. I generally prefer to avoid “feedback” from my pens, but in this ink, I still tend to find it. However, I do have a couple of firehose pens, and this ink seems to work pretty well in those pens.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I do love purple inks, and this one is nice. I tend to prefer the way it looks on ivory papers to white papers (I think the ivory tends to lend a little of the warmth I miss from this color.) It is not particularly water-resistant, running quite a bit. In the soak test, it pulls away all but the faintest of gray lines.