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Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia (4.5oz) with Free Pens


 

4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free converted eyedropper Platinum Preppy fountain pen and eyedropper brush pen.

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4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free converted eyedropper Platinum Preppy fountain pen and eyedropper brush pen.

The Noodler's Ink Company is located just south of the former home of Manjiro Nakahama in Fairhaven, Massachusetts - a town that once was a part of "Old Dartmouth". Dartmouth is the home of Noodler's Ink, and the founder of the company is a member of the Society of Friends - with extensive hereditary ties to the Yankee Whaling Industry that Manjiro knew so well.

The ink is modeled upon whaler's logbook ink of the 1840s. It is a durable deep sepia brown - yet is highly unusual in one respect: it is a security ink that can be tested as genuine with an application of common bleach once dry upon the paper. It will turn brown sepia to red - and if the bleach is strong enough the color changes further still from red to royal purple. These colors were designed for their symbolic value: sepia brown from 1840s whalemen's ink, red for the color of the Japanese national flag, and purple in honor of Emperor Meiji - for his reasoning affected by Manjiro Nakahama.

From the founder of Noodler's Ink concerning the ink design:

What are the sources for determining a whalemen's sepia? There has been mention that sepia is an iron gal based ink. This is completely incorrect. Sepia by definition is based upon a natural, non-synthetic ink in particular cuttlefish and squid ink. Cuttlefish ink makes a classic sepia - dating back to ancient Mediterranean cultures. Whalemen's sepia is different. The Old Dartmouth Historical Society runs the New Bedford Whaling museum - which contains innumerable historical documents written by 19th century whalers. You can see them in person today, but one cannot do much more than that (no chemical analysis for instance).

My source is more personal - that source being my great uncle Reginald Hegarty - who served upon whaleships and whose father was a whale ship captain. Hereditary ties to whaling are extensive, but Great Uncle Reginald is the best source I could hope to have for such an endeavor as the replication of whalemen's logbook ink. A Google search shows who my great uncle was and why his writings and other passed-on information are good sources in the quest to replicate whaler's logbook ink.

Whaling voyages went to the far ends of the earth, and ink from the port of New Bedford would inevitably run out. Quakers, being frugal with any and all capital risked in a whaling endeavor, found a source of ink that abounded any ship in hunt for the whale (particularly the sperm whale) the whale's food: the giant squid. Bits of squid were common - including ink sacs in tact and are able to be refined, filtered through gauze or burlap. Thus, a few preservatives, one had whalemen's logbook ink at little to no added cost to the budget of the voyage.

Demonstration and history behind Whaleman's Sepia by Nathan Tardif of Noodler's Ink

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Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 80 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Complex, dark, ink October 27, 2014
Reviewer: Robert from United States  
This ink is definitely something else.  Don't expect it to behave in pens or look particularly gorgeous.  It has great permanency, a slight sheen, and decent flow when it hasn't dried on the nib of your pen.

If you're collecting oddities (which I was) I'd recommend it, but for something more usable I'd label as buyer beware.

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Not impressed October 22, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Boston  
I had high hopes for this ink based on the amazing backstory.

I will say that in a properly tuned Konrad, it flows very well. The color is somewhat boring, more of a greyish brown than classic sepia. There is essentially no shading, but it covers well, and is very waterproof.

Please note, one should be careful with this ink in any  cellulose or plant resin pen, including the Konrad and Ahab. It reacts with the material and stains it a very bright, neon yellow. (Using the provided pens or just any Preppy is probably the right answer.)

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Becomming a favorite September 6, 2014
Reviewer: Shawn Jeffries from Southern CA USA  
I've been using this ink from the day it arrived, 2 weeks or so. I set it up in the pen provided as an eye dropper. I have not yet experiences any issues with clogging or poor flow. While it is a dry ink and has been repeatedly reviewed a such I have not been disappointed with it's performance.

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ink purchase August 26, 2014
Reviewer: Elizabeth Corson from Oceanside, CA United States  
Loved how quickly that I received my order!  
My only complaint is that one of my free pens...the one with the ball point inside the barrel was stuck and I can't get it out.
I emailed and asked how I could get it out...still to this date I haven't received an answer. I am disappointed because I would really like to see how the ball point works.

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Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia (4.5oz May 23, 2014
Reviewer: Eric Munson from Whitefish, MT United States  
I wasn't sure if I would like this ink, but I really do.  The only problem with it is that I have misplaced it and only recently found it again.  Because of the shading properties of this ink, I like using it with a cream color paper.  It gives it an older feeling to me.  The ink has a basic brown tone, but shades to yellows or reds.

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