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Noodler's Dostoyevsky


So, I met John and Carol (of Luxury Brands USA) at the DC Pen Show, and they very graciously sent me a couple of inks to review. The first one is this Noodler's ink that I hadn't heard of previously. That might seem surprising unless you consider the sheer number of inks that Nathan at Noodler's creates. Is "gazillion" a real number? I kinda hope so. 

 Dostoyevsky is a light blue ink that is really close to being a turquoise, I think. It flows just fine, doesn't dry out in the nib, and the color is interesting. It's just a little too light for me, I think. If it were more saturated I might be all over it.

Written Review

If the written parts were more like the ink smear, I'd really like this one, I think. It looks more complicated there then it does from the nib.

You'll see that it looks different from the Lamy nib than it does from the Ondoro's nib. I think the Lamy had some other ink in there, and it contaminated that writing sample. The rest of the review was written with the Ondoro.

Ink Swatch

Why not show it again? This seems to be how it looks best.

Another writing sample:

The Bottle

Word Card

Copy Paper Test

 I can't decided whether it looks better on Rhodia or on copy paper. As I said in the written review, I'm really on the fence with this one.


Water Drop Test and Video Review

This ink actually seems a little hard to find. Jet Pens lists it as a part of the Russian series, and they list it as an Eternal ink. That might be incorrect, though, as the ink doesn't do well with exposure to water. Goulet doesn't seem to have it. Anderson Pens doesn't seem to have it. Weird. You may have to do a little work to find this one if you're looking for it.

**Anderson Pens has it in stock now.**

Disclaimer: This ink was sent to me as a "press sample" by Luxury Brands USA. They distribute Noodler's ink, but they don't sell it to the public (as far as I know). No
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Aerodad said...

I'm using a sample of Dostoyevsky from Goulet, who now carries it. Been on a quest for an interesting, well-behaved, waterproof blue for work and for writing an archival journal to give my son someday. I was hoping Noodler's Midway blue (V-Mail series) would work because the color is great (bright, saturated), but on some papers it's nowhere NEAR water resistant; it spreads so much to become illegible. Dostoyevsky is kinda bright but you're right, like so many bulletproof inks it lacks pop, and it is a bit light for work. To nudge the color, I mixed a sample of 20% Midway 80% Dostoyevsky, and so far that's behaving fairly well. The Midway still bleeds out in water drop tests, but there's not enough of it there to obscure the text. I'm considering a similar blend with Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue, which should be completely water resistant; UGB is good but a little boring and to me spreads even worse than Dostoyevsky.

Beth said...

Thanks, this is a really helpful review for me. I've been looking for a teal to use in refilling my Mont Blanc cartridge, and was leaning to Noodler's Dostoyevsky when I stumbled on your video and blog. One of the properties that had appealed was the supposed bulletproof quality. Their website even says it's "forgery resistant, impervious to lasers, alcohols and solvents; waterproof". Doesn't much sound like it from your test. I think I'll keep looking around. Sigh, of course now that I found your blog, it's going to be a challenge to not feed the pen and ink obsession...:)

Anonymous said...

Noodler's Dostoyevsky is the perfect ink for use in a Sailor 1911 Fresca Blue pen. Broader, wetter nibs put down a darker line and the ink is bulletproof.