Ink Review #210: Noodler's Antietam


Today is another reader request ink review, Noodler's Antietam. Antietam is from the standard Noodler's line, meaning that it doesn't have any bulletproof or archival properties. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Antietam is a bright red-brown. 


The large swab took a long time to dry. The ink drops never fully dried though. 


Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-mostly in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that the ink behaved well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Ancient Copper, Noodler's Antietam, and PenBBS 135. Click here to see the Noodler's inks together. Ancient Copper seems the closest to Antietam, but it is a little bit darker.

Diamine Burnt Sienna, Bookbinders Eastern Brown, and Birmingham Pen Walnut St. Brown. Click here to see the brown inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I did have some trouble with this ink drying. Even thirty minutes after I wrote this page, it was still wet in spots and was easily smeared.

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Overall, it does have some drying time issues on Tomoe River paper, which is my favorite paper. I prefer Diamine Ancient Copper over Antietam, it's a similar color but behaves better. Give Antietam a try, you might love it.

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