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Noodler's Turquoise Eel


Turquoise, like teal, is a color that is difficult to define. I'm never sure what to expect from a color like called "turquoise" or "teal." I usually think of turquoise as being much more green than the turquoise inks usually are. This ink is no different. It's really a blue. It's not, perhaps, quite as blue as it looks in these pictures. There is a little green in there, but it's not like the mineral's color.

This bright blue has some nice shading even in the fine nib of the Hero 616. The flow has the smooth character that I was expecting from the Eel series, but didn't get from Blue Eel. It dries really slowly on Rhodia paper, but it dries fairly quickly on other papers, though it does have a tendency to feather on cheap copy papers.

That said, I don't think this ink belongs in my rotation. It's a little too bright to use all the time, and something about it doesn't catch my eye as much as other blues or greens. I can't tell you why that is, but it's my impression. Your mileage may vary.

As you can see, it's more water resistant than Blue Eel, but it doesn't hold up well. 

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