Noodler's Burma Road Brown

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I bought this bottle from Brian Goulet owner of the Goulet Pen Company. It is a great shop for pen enthusiasts, Brian will make you a satisfied customer. I was looking for a dark color I could use every day but was something different then my Noodler's Black. In World War II this Burma Road was very important for the English troops. Noodler's received some dated vintage ink samples dated around World War II. From these samples they made this IMG_6889

The color is green/brown and very saturated dark. The shading on Rhodia and Moleskine papers are different but looks very nice on both of them. This is the color I was looking for. It is more green I think then brown.

I had no trouble with the flow of this ink in any pen I used. Drying time in the Moleskine is 3-5 seconds which is great I think. On Rhodia paper it takes a lot longer, at least more then 15 seconds with my Lamy (broad).

Written review
Can't read it? Here's the translation:
"Noodler's Burma Road Brown

This is my Lamy Alstar (broad) filled with Noodler's Burma Road Brown.

It is a great color for anyone who wants to write with a dark color that is not black. I think it is more green then brown.

In this Lamy broad nib the ink flows great. The drying time of this ink is remarkable short on this Moleskine paper.

This Noodler's is certainly not Moleskine proof, but is a great writing ink for every day with a short drying time.

Noodler's ink costs about $ 0,14/ml


The Bottle
The bottle contains about 3 oz. (All you Americans is that about 90ml?) Watch out opening the bottles of Noodler's for the first time. They are full to the edge. The bottle has good heights witch is great for large nibbed fountain pens.

None - Moleskinefriendly
To bad this ink is not Moleskine friendly. It leaks trough even my better Moleskines.

Noodler’s Ink has the lowest cost per volume in stores that carry it and it's 100% made in the USA from cap to glass to ink. The ink with the catfish on the label symbolizes a southern sport that attempts to equalize the struggle between man and animal in the quest for a sense of fair play — and thus a fair price.


Peninkcillin said...

Awesome pictures! I've got a sample of this ink but I haven't tried it yet. From your samples it definitely looks more khaki than brown. It looks different on Rhodia vs. Moleskine. I can't wait to try it for myself to see it it's worth getting a whole bottle.

Anonymous said...

These v-mail inks are rubbish I'm sad to say. I also have mid-way blue along with burma road brown and they're no good in moleskines. The ink also leaks in my Lamy 2000 where no other Noodler's ink has before. I put normal Noodler's back in it yesterday and the leaking stopped.

David Harrison said...

@Anonymous: whatever its other faults, an ink not working with Moleskine isn't always the fault of the ink. Moleskine has a poor reputation for paper consistency between batches -- a shame as their bindings are great. I've never figured out why this should be the case as other notebook makers don't seem to have this paper problem. For my remaining stock I'll stick to iron gall inks -- the only thing I can guarantee will work properly on any Moleskine batch. This isn't a personal attack on the maker -- search Fountain Pen Network and other sites and you'll see what I mean.

Back to the ink! I'm keen to try Burma Road Brown, though it sounds like a dryish nib might be advisable.

Anonymous said...

I've had no problem with Burma Road Brown in my Pelikan M215 medium nib in my Moleskine or on any other cheap paper like office printer paper except a little bleeding on post-it notes. Try the ink for yourself with your pens and judge for yourself if it'll work for you. I really like this color and the ink itself.

earlnavy said...

Currently, I use Noodler's another brown ink, Walnut, to keep my daily journal, and found it not only near-bulletproof but also quite Moleskine-friendly -- given that the paper of the Moleskines widely varies.

personalized pens said...

Noodler’s Ink is the best Ink for the pens. The price of this ink is very low and users can use this ink in long time.

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