Noodler’s created 9 exclusive inks for Dromgoole’s in Texas, and yesterday we took a look at four of them. Let’s take a look at the last five of them today: Chisholm Trail, Banker’s Tan, USS Texas, Texas Navy and Texas Blue Bonnet. You can find these inks online at Dromgoole’s or at Vanness Pens (they have samples too).
Left to right, Chisholm Trail, Banker’s Tan, USS Texas, Texas Navy and Texas Blue Bonnet.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Banker’s Tan, Texas Navy and Texas Blue Bonnet dried in 3 seconds. USS Texas dried in 20 seconds and Chisholm Trail dried in 30 seconds.
Dry time: 3-30 seconds
Water resistance: Medium-Chisholm Trail and USS Texas both smeared some when exposed to water, Banker’s Tan, Texas Navy and Blue Bonnet feathered.
Feathering: High-feathering everywhere!
Show through: High
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as quite a bit of bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.
Chisholm Trail is similar to Birmingham Persian Copper. Banker’s Tan isn’t close to any inks I have, but Graf von Faber Castell Cognac Brown is the closest. USS Texas is close to Lamy Petrol. Texas Navy isn’t close to any inks I have, but Diamine Oxford Blue is the closest. Texas Blue Bonnet is close to Noodler’s Legal Blue. Click here to see the Noodler’s inks together.
Frankly, I don’t like any of these inks. Chisholm Trail is the best behaved out of the five. USS Texas leaked in every pen I put it in. Texas Blue Bonnet, Texas Navy and Banker’s Tan all dry super fast but feather like crazy as a result. Feathering everywhere! I’d rather use inks that take a bit longer to dry but don’t feather than use these. They spread out a lot as you write, so a fine nib feels like a broad. Banker’s Tan also had a lot of sediment in it that separated and stuck to the bottom of the bottle.
Disclaimer: Samples of these inks were provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.