Noodler's Park Red

Another Noodler's ink!

This is one that I saw around, and I knew that I had to have some. It's a bright red ink that is not at all like dried blood. Lots of the reds out there seem to be in that vein, and it's what was hot last year, but that's not always what I'm in to. In fact, when I want to grade a paper or write margin notes I often want a true red ink. My mother really likes Kaweco Red, but that's a pretty expensive ink, so I'm always looking for alternatives. Yeah. Sometimes I'm a little cheap.

This ink's wrapper has a political bent, as many of Nathan's do. This one is named for Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector who pushes for democratic reforms in that country. Check out Nathan's YouTube video for the whole story. It's a fun label in which a dictator shoots some kind of pom-pom gun (which fires fountain pens) at balloons.

Written Review


There's a little shading on this Rhodia paper, but you aren't likely to see it elsewhere. 

Copy Paper Test

I didn't see this ink feather or bleed so much when I was using it, but the results are what they are. It does some bleeding and whatnot on copy paper. Not a lot, but some. 

Ink Comparisons

Nikita is the ink that looks closest to this one, to me, but Park is much better. It doesn't bleed nearly as much as Nikita, and it dries in a reasonable amount of time.  Nikita looks cool, but it takes an AGE to dry.


Water Test and Review Video

This is a pretty excellent (though not flawless) red ink. Its propensity to bleed a little is its only real flaw. I think it's worth a look, anyway.

Find it at your favorite Noodler's vendor. I suggest AndersonPens where 3oz bottles are $12.50 (the standard for Noodler's) and samples are $1.25 for 3ml. I'm not an employee, and I don't get a kick-back, but they're a family business that I really like to support when I can.


Lamy Copper Orange

This is the first of a few reviews that were made possible by Appelboom Pens. They're located in the Netherlands, so if you're near Laren you should definitely check them out. They seem to have a great selection of pens, inks, and other such things.

Lamy's Copper Orange is an ink that has me on the fence. I love the color. It's a bright copper, and not a darkened copper like Ancient Copper is. It's like fresh copper, and that's a pretty rad color.

It also flows really well in this Lamy 1.1 stub that I was using it in. That stub tends to be a little on the dry side, but it worked really well with this ink. It felt smooth and consistent.

The issue that this ink has is that it does bleed and feather on copy paper. It's not the worst bleeding that I've seen, but it is present. The other side of this coin is that this probably won't be a problem for most of the people who would use this ink. It's a colorful ink, so it's more likely to be used for cards, notes, and journaling than it is for office work, and so we can use it on better papers. So, keep it on the good paper where it will play nice and look rad.

Written Review



That's an interesting blend of colors, isn't it? 

Copy Paper Test

 As I said above, this ink isn't awesome on copy paper. Keep it on the good stuff.

Ink Comparisons

I love ornange inks, but I didn't have any loaded up at the moment, so this motley crew of  hues will have to do. I hope you can glean the feel of this color from the comparisons here.

Review Video and Water Drop Test

The ink for this review as provided, free of charge, by Appelboom Pens. The review is 100% mine. No money has changed hands, and no guarantees were given. 


Noodler's General of the Armies

 The top one here is the before, and the bottom is the after.
They don't look much different on my screen now, but they did look different at the time. It was more green at the time. It wasn't anywhere near the same color as it was in Nathan's pictures. I think the issue is that I've only got a sample of this ink, and it has probably oxidized enough that it's not exactly what Nathan intended. So, if you get a sample then you might not actually get the same results as you would with a bottle. I can't say for sure, but that's my hypothesis.

So, that said, I dig this color. It's a dark blue (for me), but not quite a blue black. It really reminds me most of Air Corps Blue Black, but with less green. I think I'd like it much better if it were the bright blue that is shown in Nathan's pics. If you've got this ink, I'd love to see what yours looks like.

Anyway, on with the (possibly inaccurate) pictures. I can only show what I've got.

Written Review



Copy Paper Test


Video Review and Water Test

For me, the jury is still out on this ink. It seems like a good one (aside from the bleeding), but I can't be sure that my results are typical. I might get a bottle at the Raleigh show just to see what it does from a bottle. If I do, then I'll amend this review. So this one is a maybe.

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A side-trip to the pen store today.

Hi folks! 
I spent most of the day at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum learning about bees and pollinator gardening, but I got to stop by the Office Supplies & More shop in Chapel Hill on my way home and came away with a few goodies. Just a few. The Triangle Pen Show is coming up in a couple of weeks, and that's gonna be great. 

Those Acreoball pens are some of the only ballpoints that I can stand to use. They're really great, but hard to find in non-blue around here for some reason. 


Toucan Turquoise

The last Toucan ink!  This one is a pretty solid turquoise, and there's a lot to like here. It reminds me of lots of other turquoise inks, but that's not really a knock. Some of them are better than others. This one behaves pretty well on copy papers, but it does bleed through just a touch. It shades fairly well, but it's also a bit on the thin side.

Written Review


 Ink Comparisons

On a Maruman Word Card


Copy Paper Test

 There's just a little showing through on this paper. Only a couple of spots bleed through.

Water Drop Test and Video Review

I really like this hue. It's just right, in terms of color, but it could use some more saturation so perhaps put it in a wet nib and it would be better than it is in a fine nib.

You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. .

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Toucan Aqua

This is another of the Toucan inks that I'm a big fan of. This sweet blue/green color is very...aqua. It reminds me of tropical waters. I've only got one ink that looks like this one, and it's not exactly a match (pictures below), so I feel safe saying that this is unique in my collection of inks. I've been using it for a long time in this pen, and I don't really want to clean it out. It's that good.

Written Review


The closest color I have...

 Soft Mint is close, but it's not nearly as green as Aqua. I liked Soft Mint a lot, but I think Aqua tops it.


I love the look of this kind of chromatography. You can really see the drastic difference between the hues that make it up.

Copy Paper Tests

Ink Comparisons

Video Review and Water Drop Test

I really like this ink. It's very interesting, and it writes super well. Everyone needs a cool green/blue ink in their collection, and this one is a good one to add to your collection. Give it a try. I bet you like it.

You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. This is one that  you should just get a bag of.

If you like what you see here, then please head on over to Patreon to see how you can help support Inkdependence.

The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however