Glenn's Pens


Noodler's ink is developed by a US pen collector Nathan Tardiff, in Massachusetts, USA. The company produces standard, lubricating, eternal and invisible inks. It has been a bit hard to keep up with Noodlers. The colours have changed and their website no longer has a handy colour chart so you can quickly view the range of colours availalbe. They doe have a page - Ink Colors and their Properties that gives an overview.

From the information issued by Noodler's, the lubricating inks have a cleaning and lubricating agent. There are labeled the American Eel series.

The Eternal are permanent inks. The invisible inks are can only be seen under a black light.

The Eternal, or permanent inks have dyes that react with the cellulose of paper and then dry permanent. Just what you need to address those envelopes. But take care, flush out your pen as if the ink mixes with other ink it looses it qualities of the reactive dye.

One of the aspects that I like about Noodler's ink is the standard bottle is large - a tall bottle 90 ml. Some of the inks come in a smaller 50 ml bottle. The eternal inks come in a shorter 35 ml bottle. The shape of the tall bottles help with filling large nib pens, but there is some skill in not putting the pen too deep into the ink and getting in the threads etc. Once in the threads, it seems no matter how you wipe the pen, there are always small traces of ink that you will see on your fingers.

Over the years the line and colours keep expanding. There are now a number of major groupings of their ink:

Freeze Resistant Inks

There are inks such as Polar Blue or Polar Black. The inks are said to resist forming a solid mass of ice.


These are inks that resist the effects of time - moisture, humidity, UV light, acids, water exposure, and many common detergents such as dish soaps and household ammonia, as well as alcohols and acetone. The company says that ball point pens have no resistance to acetone so ball point ink can be rinsed off a cheque in 8 seconds.


These are inks that will resist all the known tools of a forger, UV light, UV light wands, bleaches, alcohols, solvents, petrochemicals, oven cleaners, carpet cleaners, carpet stain lifters, and of course... they are also waterproof once permitted to dry upon cellulose paper. The bulletproof inks require more attention for the pen user. The inks have content that cause the bonding with the paper. But that means there is a greater issue with clogging. The composition of the ink differs from their other lines so that the ink has enough flow as well as the content to assist in the bonding. From my perspective, I use the bulletproof inks in some of my pens, but I am more disciplined to flush the pen out on a regular basis.


I tried the Baystate Blue because of its incredibly intense colour. But once some ink go on my hand, and I could not get it off for for a long period of time I became concerned. A spill on my desk and the stain that lasts and lasts did it for me. The Baystate colours are also reported to have a alkaline levels that are hard on pen, especially celluloid.












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