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Esenin, Noodler's

The ink looks quite toxic in the bottle, but I do like red inks and a Moldovan friend likes the Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, so when I stumbled across this bottle, I had two reasons to buy it. For the occasion and for fun, I experimented with Russian handwriting. 

It's a typical Noodler's ink. The color is neither ugly nor beautiful, the bottle is chock-full (careful), the ink dries quickly and it behaves decently in almost every pen and on every paper. Plus, it's not very expensive. Looking further at the characteristics I was amazed with its behavior on Crown Mill Vellum paper... even after a few seconds the ink didn't smear anymore. Incredibly fast!  There was hardly any feathering, but be careful with a dip pen or broad nib, the ink didn't do very well with that. Show through is significant, even on heavy 90g paper. Shading is low. You don't have to be afraid that an occasional spill of water will ruin your writing. I left water on the grid for 20 seconds before taking it off with a paper towel. The paper suffered far more than the ink. 

So what about this color... it's too bright for office use, too light to use for long personal notes, letters or stories. It's red but certainly leans towards orange. It's a lot less red than Rouge Hematite (Herbin), more close to Fuyu Gaki (Iroshizuku) then. I might use this ink for greeting cards, or short personal notes. But then again, a choice between Noodler's and Iroshizuku is not a choice.

In short, a functional, not very beautiful ink. I won't use it often.

Written on Original Crown Mill Vellum paper

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