Noodler's Ink is a small American company run by Nathan Tardif in Southern Massachusetts, USA. The Noodler's Ink Co. is best known for their massive range of colours, the unique and largely hand drawn bottle label artwork and unique properties of their inks. Nathan Tardif is best known for his political views and historical knowledge, which often spills over into the names and labels of his inks.
The name Noodler's comes from a technique of catching catfish by hand. Noodling involves wading into the water and feeling around for small crevasses and catching the catfish who have backed themselves inside by holding onto the outside edges of their open mouth. Nathan says it is the ultimate battle between man and beast and your bank balance and social standing have no bearing on your ability. The catfish can be seen on all the ink bottles packaging.
The glass bottles are simple and affordable and the cardboard boxes are recycled.
Lexington Grey is a traditional grey ink. Bulletproof, Eternal, Forgery Resistant and Waterproof in 3oz bottle.
Named after the Battle of Lexington, one of the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War, Noodler's Lexington Grey Ink is chemically coded to react with cellulose paper to become waterproof but washes off plastic with tap water. This unique feature makes it, along with a handful of other Noodler's Inks, versatile above many competitor inks.
Please note the below information:
Noodlers 'Bulletrpoof' ink designed for use in fountain pens for writing and not for watercolour washes.
The top layer of the ink will be removed if you try to smudge it with a wet finger or a wet brush - we have a blog above which has a test of 7 Black inks and has a video showing any surface run off from this and 6 other inks.
The ink which is in direct contact with the paper will be permanent (due to a chemical reaction between the ink and paper) but any excess ink will be removed with water (call it 'ink-on-ink', rather than 'ink-on-paper' if you will)
This is why the ink is removable from hands, plastic, fabric, etc whereas traditonal permanent ink will not be and why Noodler's will not stain or damage your pen like old fashioned iron Gall Inks may.
N.B - The bottles are VERY full, so you get great value for money, so please be CAREFUL when opening the bottle.