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Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron – Handwritten Ink Review

Noodler's Bad Blue Heron Handwritten Review - 1

Pen: Lamy Al-Star, Broad Nib
Ink: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No.16

Notes:  Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron was one of the first inks I tried out when I got my first Safari. The ink introduced me to what a fountain pen ink could really be. The ink exhibits great shading properties, it’s practically bulletproof, and is a unique shade of blue. It’s borderline blue-black, but with the shading, there are lighter highlights that stand out, making this ink a pleasure to look at. Bad Blue Heron not only looks great, but it is an absolute pleasure to write with. This is probably the best flowing and the best lubricated ink I own. It’s a dream to write with in my Binderized Pilot Vanishing Point Medium Nib, and can be seen in that review. It is usually in at least one of my daily carry pens as well. The only “downside” to this ink is that with most of the pens I have tried it in, there is a considerable amount of nib creep. This bothers some people, but I don’t mind it. Other than that, there isn’t really anything else I can say that’s bad about this ink. If there was one ink I would recommend, it would be this one. The shade of blue is perfect for everyday writing, but the shading properties make it less boring than a normal blue. Definitely add this stuff to your next sample haul.

Enjoy the reivew, I really love this ink.

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Noodler's Bad Blue Heron Handwritten Review
The Lamy broad nib + Noodler’s BBH = heaven. It lays down a nice, wet line with great shading.
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron Handwritten Review
make it shade.
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron Handwritten Review
This ink can practically be layered. It’s fun to draw with, it gets darker the more you use.

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Noodler’s Cayenne – Handwritten Ink Review

Pen: Lamy Safari, Medium Nib
Ink: Noodler’s Cayenne
Paper: Rhodia dotPad

Notes: I wasn’t the biggest fan of orange inks, but this one really stands out. The only other orange ink I have extensive experience with is Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake. Both of these inks are great shaders, but the Noodler’s is a little bit darker, therefore being a bit easier on the eyes. I think I could take notes with this stuff without getting a headache, which is a good thing. The ink is super smooth and well lubricated with the Lamy Medium Nib. The Lamy Medium tends to be my favorite for testing out inks because it’s wide enough to shade yet it still suits my handwriting style. This ink may be bottle-worthy, especially because it’s substantially cheaper than the Iroshizuku line. I also prefer it slightly more than the Iroshizuku because of the darker shade. I’ve also started doing a bit of fancier lettering on the bottom of the second page of my reviews so there’s more of the ink on the page, I think I’m going to keep doing that like I did here and on my Diamine Ochre review.

Happy reading, enjoy the review.


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