Ink Review #188: Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black


Today's ink is Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Air-Corp is a dark teal-ish blue black.


After a few days of waiting for the ink to dry I ended up wiping some of the ink off so I could photograph it. 

Dry time: 50 seconds

Water resistance: High-a little bit of the blue washed away, but the black did not budge.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer. The ink does look a bit shiny when concentrated, but I wouldn't call it sheen.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a bit of feathering in every nib size, but other than that it performed well.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Blue Black, Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black, and Diamine Blue/Black. Click here to see the Noodler's inks together. These three swabs show some of the range of inks that are considered blue blacks. Robert Oster Blue Black is on the purple side, Air-Corp is on the teal side, and Diamine Blue/Black is on the blue side.


Longer writing:

I used a medium Montegrappa Copper Mule on Tomoe River paper. The ink does has a wet flow.

I did have some trouble with nib creep. Even five minutes after wiping the nib off there was ink again. This ink also has the potential to stain-it's hard to clean out even after a few days, so I think if you left it in a pen too long it would stain.

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Overall, I think the color is interesting, but I don't think this is an ink for me. The dry time is pretty long, and it is rather hard to clean.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.