I think everyone should have some good basic blacks in their stash, so let's take another look at black ink today. Noodler's Black is advertised as a classic, affordable black, great for students. I purchased my bottle quite a while ago, from Goulet Pens. Whenever I hear people talking about good black inks for students, they always mention this one, so let's take a look.
The bottle is a white plastic bottle. At the time I purchased mine, it was only available in this bottle, but now it is offered in a glass bottle (I hate this bottle, I prefer the glass version). The label fell off a long time ago, due to insufficient glue. I just remember that my one unmarked bottle is Noodler's Black. The bottle is 3 oz (90ml).
This ink is actually a pretty light black, which surprised me. I was expecting a more saturated black. Since Noodler's black is made by hand, there is slight color variation in each batch, so it's possible that I just got one of the lighter batches.
The swabs and drops did take a very long time to dry. After two days they still weren't completely dry.
Dry time: 50 seconds
Water resistance: High. This ink is advertised as bulletproof as well.
Show through: low to medium
I used a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. There is a little bit of shading, but no flow issues.
Overall, this is a well-behaved ink, but it does take a long time to dry. I did find the color a bit lacking, I prefer dark blacks, and this one is almost a grey. Between the light color and the long dry time, I think there are other blacks that I would use before this one.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.