Ink Review #126: Noodler's Apache Sunset

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Today's ink is Noodler's Apache Sunset, look at that shading!! I've had some requests lately to review more Noodler's inks, and I'm happy to take ink requests. If there's an ink you would like to see reviewed, leave me a comment and let me know! Recently John at Lemur Ink reached out to me about partnering up for some reviews, and he was very kind to send me a bottle of Noodler's Apache Sunset and another ink, which I will talk about tomorrow. If you aren't familiar with Lemur Ink, go check it out. You can find their website here

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Noodler's inks come in glass 3 oz bottles. Quick warning: the bottles come full to the brim, so it's almost impossible to open the bottle for the first time without spilling some-I spilled some and stained the label, oops.

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The color...

Apache Sunset is a bright medium orange with lighter shading. Seasonally, I would use this in the summer, because it's a very bright orange, or the fall, because it's a shading orange.

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I had a hard time getting large swabs of this ink to dry. 

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The ink ranges from a dark yellow to dark orange. 

Dry time: 35 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-I had some problems with bleeding on Tomoe River paper, mainly in the flex nib.

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen

On 32 pound copy paper, the ink behaved really well. no show through, some decent shading, and no feathering. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Ng Special 16, Noodler's Apache Sunset, and Papier Plume Sazerac. Click here to see the Noodler's ink swabs together. I think Ng Special 16 is the closest to Apache Sunset. Sazerac is a less vibrant than the other two. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot 912 FA for the flex writing, then switched to a Franklin Christoph 65 Antique Glass, M. 

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The ink is on the wetter side, and kept up with the flex nib really well. I really liked this ink in the flex nib.

Overall, I love the color, shading, and flow. The dry time is just a bit long, and it has a hard time fully drying in large swabs. I think Apache Sunset is one of the more popular Noodler's inks, and for good reason. Of the Noodler's inks I have tried so far, this one is my favorite.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Lemur Ink for honest review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.