on saleNoodler's Baystate Blue - 3oz Bottled Ink

Product Code N19048

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on saleNoodler's Baystate Blue - 3oz Bottled Ink

Product Code N19048

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3oz (90ml) glass bottle of Noodler's Baystate Blue fountain pen ink. Noodler's inks are handcrafted, so there may be slight color variations from batch to batch.

The Noodler's Baystate inks are slightly different formulas than conventional fountain pen inks. They are designed to be more vibrant than other inks and have a slightly basic pH-level, and as a result they are prone to staining and should not be mixed with other non-Baystate inks. If staining should occur, a solution of 10% household bleach and 90% distilled water should help. If you have any particularly rare or valuable pens, you may want to avoid using Baystate inks in them.
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 374 reviews
Lypsch, M.
No Fear!

Overall, Baystate Blue is a fantastic ink with SOME caveats. I heard the horror stories, too, but I'll try almost anything at least once. I selected my Charcoal Lamy Safari (NOT the Vista!), a well used converter, put my new 1.5mm stub nib on the pen, drew ink through the nib into the converter from a VERY full bottle of ink, wiped off excess ink from the grip section of the pen, and started to write. The nib and ink complemented each other very well on the cheap paper we use at the office. The color is one of the richest most vibrant blues I've ever used. It maintains its color after drying, and appears to be fairly light resistant, and nearly waterproof. I found the ink to be relatively wet, with a little longer drying time required to avoid smudging the ink when you write on the next line below.
After exhausting the ink in the converter, I gave the pen a good rinse, and everything rinsed, or wiped, clean including the sink. The only thing that retained the blue hue was the inside of the converter. I'm going to have to try a regular nib next, because that blue is too awesome to ignore! And don't wear your favorite white shirt while writing with this, or any other, fountain pen ink.

Holloway B.
Great Profuct.

I have been having great experience using the product, love the color and its performance on paper, work well together with my pen.

Chester K.
BSB Convert. I regret nothing.

I recently returned to fountain pens after a five-year hiatus and was looking for a vivid blue ink. Baystate Blue caught my eye, so I got myself a bottle (I had no prior knowledge about the infamy of BSB). A day later, I was discussing my purchase with a friend of mine and told her I had ordered a bottle of BSB, and all she said was, "Wow, daring."I immediately went and read up on forums about the ink and stumbled upon post after post discussing its pros and cons. Once I inked up my old fountain pen, my stained fingers and the stubborn droplets of blue residue on my porcelain sink made it clear why so many consider this a dangerous ink. That said, I am in love. The blue is vibrant and gorgeous, and no other blue I've tried comes close to it. I have resolved to be as careful as possible when refilling my pen (which I have now relegated to being a BSB pen forever).

Colin F.
Lives up to its reputation

I like to live dangerously, so I picked myself up a bottle of this stuff. It does not disappoint with respect to how vibrant the colour is. It pops off the page, even with writing with a legit extra fine nib. It also lives up to the hype with respect to how badly it stains everything it touches. I love how it looks on the page. I have a set tub in my utility room that I use to do the dirty jobs, and it is now brilliant blue having cleaned out my pen in it in order to make some nib adjustments. (I had dedicated an inexpensive pen to this ink and I'm glad I did.) It's a stunning, unruly ink and I regret nothing having purchased it.

Amanda J.
Love this

Best blue ink I have found!

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.