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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 The Old Dartmouth Historical Society runs the New Bedford Whaling museum - which contains innumerable historical documents written by 19th century whalers.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: 76 Write a review.

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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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Hard to Flow April 27, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from United States  
The other people were correct, this stuff is slow to flow and dries quickly, so it was not working so well with my fine tip.  Perhaps a broader tip and slower writing would be better.  But I like the tamper evident ability of this ink, so I keep an extra pen filled with this for signing my name.

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A Romanticized Tar sold as Ink March 18, 2014
Reviewer: Kirk Olmstead from Akron, OH United States  
I bought a sample of this first. It was a bit tacky with its use in the Noodlers brush pen, but I chalked it up to the wrong pen for the ink or ink for the brush. I was caught up in its beauty and romantic origins so I bought a bottle.I have been trying to use it in my Noodlers Flex Creeper pen but due to thickness of the ink, the fine tuning required for the Creeper or a combination of sorts I am getting no satisfaction from the ink or the pen. I hope that they each will find their ability to function properly .If you are on the fence about buying a bottle try a sample first. Perhaps I just happened to get a bum bottle...or if you think about it, can a recipe for ink based on necessity  not availability of proper resources really be the best choice of ink?

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I want to love it. March 5, 2014
Reviewer: Ryan Gilbert from BELLEFONTAINE, OH United States  
I love the way this ink writes when it's writing.  I love the color--it's almost a perfect match for the Lamy Safari in Charcoal, so that is the pen it lives in for me.

However, when not writing, even briefly, the pen is prone to hard starts very often.  More often, in fact, than any other ink I have used.  A quick swipe with a cloth solves the issue, but it is a constant issue.  The ink is very well behaved in dip pens, however.

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The Worst. December 21, 2013
Reviewer: Carlos Danger  
Do not by this ink.  It would not write.  It is dry.  It is more expensive than other Noodler's inks.  This is the worst ink I ever bought.  I mixed it with some other inks and somehow made it work, because I hate throwing things out that I spent money on.  Don't make the same mistake I did.  Buy another color.  Any other color.  I can't think of how to make it any plainer.  Do. Not. Buy. This Ink.

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