Ink Review #589: Noodler's Qin Shi Huang


Let’s finish up this round of pink inks with Noodler’s Qin Shi Huang, First Emperor of China Red. You can find this ink at Pen Chalet.


The color:

This ink is supposed to be a terra-cotta red, but I found it to be more of a bright pink.



In large swabs there is just a little bit of shading, but no sheen.

Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some ink washed away, but it might still be readable.

Feathering: Medium-the ink feathered in every nib size on Rhodia and Leuchtturm, but was fine on Tomoe River paper.

Show through: High

Bleeding: High-the ink bled through in most nib sizes on all papers.

Other properties: no shading, no sheen, and no shimmer. There’s just a little bit of shading, but that’s mainly in large swabs, not in writing.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Krishna Mandara is the closest to Qin Shi Huang, but Diamine Scarlet is also close. Click here to see the pink inks together, and click here to see the Noodler’s inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Al-star Vibrant Pink with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average but slightly sticky flow. The writing did bleed through to the other side of the page.

Overall, I’m not a big fan of this ink. The flow seems a bit sticky, and there’s way too much feathering and bleeding.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.