Noodler's Heart of Darkness is a popular water-resistant black fountain pen ink known for its very dark color and performance on absorbent paper; particularly its ability to resist bleed through and feathering. If you don't have a say in the quality of the paper you use, this ink is one of the best inks out there for daily use . Read on for our impressions!
- LAMY AL-star with medium steel nib
- Rhodia No. 16 dot pad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River 52 gsm white paper
- Leuchtturm1917 80g notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- ~30+ seconds – Heart of Darkness is fairly wet and while it smears a tiny bit at the 30 second mark it may take a second or two longer to fully dry.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- High – Once allowed to set Heart of Darkness did not budge when water was introduced, perfect for important documents!
- High – This is a deep dark black ink and there is no variation from Swab 1 to 3.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium – While the ink cleans out readily enough it can leave a slightly grey residue behind that may take a bit longer to fully flush.
- Low – We did not find that this ink had any variation in it so if you want a deep consistent ink this is it.
- Wet – As with most water resistant inks Heart of Darkness is pretty wet writing and has good flow in just about any pen you use it in.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- One of the few inks offered in 4.5oz glass bottles with an eyedropper this offers a lot of ink for the price point. It is difficult to fill from because the opening is smaller, so it's not a bad idea to use an ink well.
If you're interested in similar colors, check out our Swab Shop where you can compare colors side by side.
When looking for a black ink finding the perfect mix of depth of color and paper compatibility Heart of Darkness is hard to beat. If you don't have control over the type of paper you use, this would be a great option to check out.
This color is available in a 4.5oz bottle as well as our ink samples.