on saleNoodler's Purple Heart - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N20000

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on saleNoodler's Purple Heart - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N20000

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out of stock

2ml Sample

2ml sample of Noodler's Purple Heart fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial.

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Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


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Water Resistant

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Customer Reviews

Based on 46 reviews
Fox W.
Pretty color and decent flow but not for left handers.

It looks great and writes well. I just wish it didn't smudge so easily. I'm a lefty and unfortunately I have to pass on this ink because it smudges very badly.

Great ink

Sample size was ample, color is excellent, will help with the decision .... is this the color I want? I didn't check for water resistance.

Pretty purple!

Goes great in my Lamy! Love the color.

Alex. H.
Calm and heroic

Purple Heart bears none of the origins of the military award from which it is derived. By which I mean that the red of the badge first used by some Civil War soldiers to recognize their regimental valor and bravery, does not lend its hues to this ink. Instead it is a sedate purple, less red than the Purple Heart awarded wounded troops in these days and times. Thus, this ink is consitent with the often understated circumstances which troops endure that result in their being wounded in the line of duty. Sedate? Yes. But definitely the purple which marks something as classy and noble.

P. H.D.
A Purple with a Matching Heart

Unfortunately, I was unable to write with this as much as I would have liked. The pen it was inhabiting decided to rebel and practically exploded inside my desk. The pen it was being tested with was the Noodler Ahab. Before this instance, there were no troubles with the pen. The few lines I was able to write (before having to desk the pen for a few days or so) were not pleasant. The purple was much darker than expected. It was tested on Rhodia paper. Granted the trio (pen, ink, paper) needs to be correct for a pleasurable experience, but the Rhodia paper could not handle this ink. The ink feathered horribly and had considerable echo. The pen was totally clean and dry before loading so I am unsure of what may caused this. I didn't test it on any other papers because if it echoed and feathered on Rhodia, the ones in my home would be even worse. I'd like to give it a second try, and I probably will, because I always enjoy purple inks. Giving 4 because of benefit of the doubt.

FAQ about Ink Samples

How do I fill my fountain pen from an ink sample vial? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the fountain pen's filling mechanism.

Check out our blog post on How to Fill a Fountain Pen from an Ink Sample Vial.

How much writing can I do with 2ml of ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It really depends on how big or small you write, and the nib size you’re using. We find that usually you can get 2 good fills for a typical converter with our Ink samples, or one good fill with a piston-filling pen. How much writing depends on you more than anything else, so we recommend experimenting with different nib sizes to find what works best for you. 

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

What's your return policy for ink samples? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.