Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts – Ink Review

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review

Noodlers 54th Massachusetts 10Noodler’s Ink – 54th Massachusetts
Blue Black

Handwritten Review

Pen: Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib
Ink: Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts
PaperRhodia dotPad, No. 16 – Top Spiral Bound

Notes: This has been loaded in my Lamy 2000 for quite some time. It’s really smooth and I love the color, especially on cream colored paper. It’s pretty similar to Noodler’s Ellis Island Blue Black, but this ink leans more towards blue than the Ellis Island does. As with many Noodler’s inks, there is some nib creep, so if that bothers you, you have been warned. I personally don’t mind it, as it’s purely aesthetic. Overall, I really like this ink, but I don’t know if it’s different enough from the standard Noodler’s Blue Black (which I already have a bottle of) to justify purchasing a whole bottle. The ink has some very minor shading characteristics that really come out on Tomoe River paper. After three passes, there’s no bleed or feather on Rhodia and the ink only gets incrementally darker with each pass. So what you write or sketch the first time is pretty much what you’re going to end up with. I’d definitely recommend checking out a sample of it, it’s a great example of blue black that’s a pleasure to write with.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures!

Pros:

  • Very smooth
  • Great shade for a Blue Black

Cons:

  • It’s not yet in my collection…

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
Flow in the Lamy 2000 medium nib is generous.
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
No feathering on Rhodia and overall good performance.
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
First pass of the ink is pretty much what you’re going to get.
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
Lots of dots.
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
No shading, but shading isn’t always necessary. I really like this ink though.
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review
The comparison inks aren’t really directly related, but hopefully they give you a better idea of what to expect from 54th Massachusetts.

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Ink Review

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7 thoughts on “Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts – Ink Review

  1. I LOVE this color. Probably my favorite blue-black and I love the historical theme that goes with it. It is pretty close to plain ole’ Noodler’s Blue-Black though. There is a little more grey in 54th and the big difference is that 54th is fully “bulletproof.”

    1. I picked up on the grayish-green undertones, and it really made this ink special for me. While the standard Blue Black is…blue and black, I like that this has that slight variation. Bulletproof-ness is always nice too, Thanks for reading!

  2. Do you know if Diamine have an ink similar to this. I quite like colour this but Noodler’s isn’t great value in the UK.
    Cheers.

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