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Noodler's 54th Massachusetts (Added Video)

Now this is an ink that I love. 54th Mass is a dark blue-black ink, and it's the best that I've found so far. I have seen it work perfectly well on even really cheap papers and it has been awesome in both of the pens that I've put it in.

You'll see in the written bit below that I have this ink in a Kaweco Sport with a Medium nib and a Sheaffer with some kind of medium nib. These pens are very different, but it strikes me that I really should have put it in something with a finer nib to see what it does there. Cest la vie. I don't have any of that sample left aside from what is in the pens. I'll get a bottle soon, and see how 54th Mass likes a fine nib. I did hear that it feels rough in a Lamy EF nib, but I haven't tried it myself. It might be true. It isn't the most lubricated ink out there.

If your pen is a wet one, then this ink is going to look much more like it does from my Sheaffer. It'll be nearly black. The other blue-black that I like is Air Corps, and it has a tendency to get a little caked up if the pen is really wet, and then it will smear even when it's dried. 54th Mass hasn't exhibited that sort of behavior. It will be darker, but it still behaves well.

If the pen is a little more dry, you'll see a more blue color like the one from my Kaweco. It's closer to blue than to black in that pen. Either one is good for me.

I also wrote a short note on the worst paper that I had around. It's one of those little pads of thin paper that you get at a conference or in a hotel room desk. It's not meant for fountain pens, but it will illustrate the way that the ink will act on the worst paper you can find.

This ink is also rumored to be extremely water-proof. I haven't had a chance to check that out. I'll make my normal vid and post it soon. Things have been a little backed-up recently since we've been trying to get this house closed. Things will get back back to normal once we've actually moved. I hope.

Is it waterproof? Yep. Really waterproof.

Conclusion: Check this ink out. It's pretty great.
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Lori said...

Nice Review Mike. This was one of two inks that I bought when I got back into fountain pens several months ago. The other was Noodler's Nightshade and I bought both purely on the basis of fabulous ink reviews like this one. And I really like both of them though, since the Raleigh pen show, Visconti Blue and Iroshizuku Shin-kai have been more in rotation for the dark blue and blue-black spot of my ink stable. However, neither hold a candle to 54th Mass when it comes to water. It's great that you followed up with that video. Nice touch.


Mike Matteson said...

Thanks, Lori. Those are a couple of inks that I haven't tried. Maybe we can swap some samples at the next Triangle Pen Club meeting.

Miriam O'Neal said...

I notice that you mention using 54th Mass in a Kaweco Sport fountain pen. I own this wonderful little pen too, but lately I have had trouble with ink flow. I've followed the directions for cleaning it, running lukewarm water through it until the water ran clear, then shook out residue and inserted a Kaweco cartridge. However, after shaking out the remaining residue I still can't get the ink to flow again. Any ideas?