I really do appreciate it when I learn that a product has a story which influenced its development. It could be described as a gimmick perhaps, but I do enjoy history so when an ink has those worlds combined, I buy them.
The first one I bought was Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama aka Whaleman's Sepia. This ink is exactly what I envision as a true sepia color, nice and rich. This ink is a reformulation of the squid based inks used by Asian Whale fishers from long ago. There is much more to the story here and I welcome you to watch the video Nathan Tardif made that goes into great detail about the history and influence here. Apparently this ink is hard to make and so very small batches are made. It took a while before I found a bottle.
The second was Noodler's Dark Matter. This ink is another reformulation of the ink used by the members of scientists involved in the Manhattan Project. The ink is nice and actually is a little dry but when it dries it has a vintage look to it. It is a bit hard to explain, but I do enjoy it.
The third one I purchased was Noodler's 54th Massachusetts which is an ink influenced by the volunteer infantry unit during the American Civil War. What makes this special is that the 54th Regiment Massachusetts was the first official African-American units in the Civil War fighting for the Union. This ink is a wonderful greyish blue and one of my favorite inks.
Noodler's Heart of Darkness was next. This black ink is my most favorite black ink and as I always say, this ink is the blackest black that has ever blacked. This ink is based off of a novella written by Joseph Conrad about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, which lies in the heart of Africa.
Another one I purchased was Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham by Noodler's Ink. This ink is exclusive to Canada and represents the famous battle of the same name that took place in Canada and was instrumental in the Seven Years' War. It is a gorgeous blue, just stunning.
I cannot forget Noodler's Antietam which is based off of the Battle of Sharpton during the Civil War. This battle holds the unfortunate title of bloodiest single day in American Military history. This ink actually kind of looks like bloodied mud. It is very interesting.
There are several others that I know of but have yet to purchase and keeping with the theme, yes they are all by Noodler's Ink. Park Red is about a North Korean defector, Bernanke Black and Bernake Blue are influenced by Ben Bernanke who was elected to head the Federal Reserve. Berning Red is a new ink influenced by Bernie Sanders and the "Socialist" nametag. Year of the Golden Pig, Rome Burning, Tiananmen, the list keeps going.
Noodler's Ink makes very unique inks and I love the history used in the creation of these inks. I am a sucker for history and a gimmick.
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