Noodler’s Borealis Black Ink – Handwritten Review


Noodler’s Borealis Black

Fountain Pen Ink

Handwritten Review

Pen: Lamy 2000, Medium Nib
Noodler’s Borealis Black
 Rhodia dotPad, No. 16, top spiral bound

Notes: So after trying easily 20+ black inks, I finally got around to properly reviewing one. When I got into fountain pens, my first task was to find the perfect black ink. I never did formal reviews, but there are pages upon pages UPON PAGES of Rhodia completely filled with doodles, notes, opinions, etc. on different black inks. This particular sample came with my Goulet Pens ink drop, and I figured why not give it a try. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Borealis Black. It tends to feather, even on Rhodia. The flow and smoothness were nice but I also had some problems with dry time (as you can see below). What really stood out was the deeply saturated black and the smoothness of the ink. It was a pleasure to write with, but I couldn’t see myself with a bottle when there are black inks out there I much prefer. Enjoy the review. I think I’ll be doing more reviews of black inks, depending on how this one goes.


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I figured I would show it next to my current go-to black, the Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black (wow, mouthful). The Borealis Black looks like a black hole in the page, while the Sailor dries on top of the page with a nice matte finish.
Noodler's Borealis Black Handwritten Review 5
Well. Not much to say here. This ink is BLACK.

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Something about black inks that just aren’t as fun to review, yet it’s my favorite color to write with and I always have at least two pens inked up in black.

10 thoughts on “Noodler’s Borealis Black Ink – Handwritten Review

  1. Wow – you found something that feathers on Rhodia! Yet to come across that myself – except the unfortunately contamination incident with some pen flush. Looks like I’ll be sticking with Aurora Black for a while then 🙂

    1. It’s rare, but some manage to feather on Rhodia, this is the third or fourth ink I’ve tried that does. I really liked the Aurora Black, I only had a sample though. This ink is alright, but didn’t blow me away. One thing worth noting is it’s smoothness. It’s really, really smooth.

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