I was pretty excited about my purchase of the ink mixing kit that I got for my fountain pen inks, and I thought that doing a review of one of my first mixed inks would be a great office supply review to do. When I did the review of the ink mixing kit, I made 12 different ink concoctions because there were 12 vials that it came with, and the one I was most excited about was this one that was made using mostly Noodler’s Blue Black, one of my favorite colors.
I assumed that mixing my favorite color to try and make a slightly lighter version would be a fun experiment, so I set out and mixed up the following recipe with my new ink mixing kit:
-1 part Noodler’s Blue Black
-1/2 part Noodler’s Lexington Gray
-1/4 part Noodler’s Whiteness of the Whale
After mixing the ink, I looked at my creation in the vial and thought that it looked pretty nice in there, but really didnt have anything to compare it to because I had never seen a sample of the Noodler’s Blue Black in a tube like that which allowed so much light through it. After a few days of sitting in the vial (partially to make sure there was no strange chemical reaction that turned the ink into goo or melted the vial) I decided to load my Lamy Safari and give it a test writing. I think the following scan probably speaks for itself:
So as you can see there is hardly any difference between the Noodler’s Blue Black and my attempt at making a slightly lighter version of it. I probably should have known better, or thought about this a little more but the result is pretty disappointing. At least I have 11 other vials of ink that I mixed up to see if one of those came out a little better, but I figured for the sake of letting others learn from my mistakes, Id still post this review anyway.