Noodler's Southwest Sunset: Ink Review


Noodler's Southwest Sunset is known for its shading properties. What else does this dramatic orange ink do? Let's dive in and read more about Noodler's Southwest Sunset 

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow – This ink took some time to dry, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. Just be careful to note that it could smear, so give it some time.


Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low -If you want a waterproof ink, we wouldn't recommend this one. Since it's already so light in color, water really made the ink disappear. However, we had great success using this ink with a brush pen and some water, so we can recommend it for sketching or drawing because the different shades you're able to get are beautiful.


  • Medium/High– There's a slight change in color between swabs 1 and 3.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy- No trouble cleaning this ink. You could leave it inked up in a pen for a while, and have little to no trouble.


  • High -One of the best qualities of this ink is the incredible range of color! The shading is so gorgeous, and you can see the yellow to orange to red color in almost every letter you write.


  • Medium – This ink is super easy to write with because the flow really keeps up. It worked great with all of the different LAMY nibs we tried it out with. 

Packaging and Aesthetics:

Inks similar in color:

Herbin Orange IndienMonteverde Topaz swab

This ink is known for its shading, and it's easy to see why. It may not be super practical for work, but it would be great for letter writing, sketching, painting or note taking. Try it with different nibs and paper to see the different levels of shading that it offers.

You can find a 3oz bottle of Noodler's Southwest Sunset, or a 2ml ink sample.