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Product Code N19071

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3oz Bottle

3oz (90ml) glass bottle of Noodler's 54th Massachusetts fountain pen ink. 54th Massachusetts is a bulletproof, legal blue-black. Noodler's inks are handcrafted, so there may be slight color variations from batch to batch.

Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
23.6mm (0.93in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

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.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 462 reviews
David N.
Perfect for fine nibs

This is my favorite ink for japanese fine and extra fine nibs. This ink is still saturated and leaves a very rich line even in a Vanishing Point EF. The downside to this is of course the the ink never dries in larger nibs.

Brendan B.P.
Beautiful color

Awesome color, dries beautifully.

Like others said, very wet ink.

I wanted so much to like this ink, but so far it isn't working in any pen I have. I started with a TWSBI 580 AL Fine. This resulted a thick like for a fine nib. Next up was a LAMY Safari Extra Fine. Better but no dice. I have some other EF nibs headed this way and will try it in those. Too bad because I do like the color of this ink.

However wet you think this ink will be, it is wetter than that!

As others have noted, this is an extremely wet ink. I was honestly shocked by how much ink it was causing my Lamy Safari to put down with a fine nib. Changing to an extra fine nib seemed to tame it somewhat, but I shudder to think what a medium would do. In the fine nib, bleed-through on Tomoe River paper was noticeable, and pretty unwelcome. Again, this was mostly mitigated with an extra-fine. (see photos)I bought this ink for the color, and that aspect hasn't disappointed! When applied in quantity, it starts to resemble a blue-black, but with less application, a faded, dusty blue. This was my first bottle of Noodler's ink, and I didn't enjoy the aspects of their packaging which people commonly complain about (i.e. filling the bottle to the brim, so you're guaranteed to spill some on first open). I did come prepared with an ink miser and pipette, to draw off ink for the first fill, however. I started this review off at 3 stars, but ultimately I think 4 is fair for where I'm at with the ink right now.


Very wet ink, but great color. Used the ink with TWSBI Eco F but wish I had EF.

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

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.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 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.