Noodler's Walnut: Ink Review

Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink bottle and ink samples on a Wearingeul swatch card and 2 white pieces paper

Noodler's Walnut is a great warm and welcoming brown ink. There aren't any special surprises but it's a great choice if you're looking for a nice brown color. Read the full review below to find out more!

Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink Writing Sample on Rhodia dotPad
Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink writing sample on Tomoe River blank paper
Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink Writing Sample on Leuchtturm1917 dot grid paper


Ink Review 

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • ~30 seconds – Dry time can vary depending on how wet the pen you're using is. Typically, around 30 seconds seems to be the average time to allow it to dry fully.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium – It's not something that should be used for legal documents but it can give a nice effect with the slight color smearing that occurs when water touches it.


  • Medium-High – The color can sometimes appear as a lighter, warmer brown, but it usually is more on the middle/darker brown scale where it's more saturated.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Moderate – It's not a tough ink but it is partially water-resistant and some intentional effort is needed to get your pen as clean as possible.


  • Medium – Colors can be seen from a lighter chocolate-brown to a darker, deeper brown.


  • Moderate – It won't gush out of the pen but flow shouldn't be an issue and it should be a bit more wet than dry.

If you're interested in similar colors, check out our Swab Shop where you can compare colors side by side.


Noodler's Walnut is a brown ink that does not boast any extra features to wow your senses. Yet, for those seeking a well flowing brown ink, it emerges as a popular choice. While it can showcase some subtle shading which offers nuanced variations in color, it doesn't go overboard with sheen or shimmering particles. Consider exploring this unassuming yet dependable brown ink if you appreciate the understated charm of browns or crave an ink that simply works without a hitch.

Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink bottle and 2 doodles on white pieces of paper with wood, pen, and leaves in background

Detailed photo of Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink doodle on Tomoe River Paper

Detail photo of Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink on Tomoe River

This color is available in 3oz Bottles as well as our 2ml samples.