on saleNoodler's Nightshade - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19026

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on saleNoodler's Nightshade - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19026

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2ml Sample

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

Ink Samples
Fast Drying

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Freeze Resistant

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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 17 reviews
Not the colour I thought, but it didn't write anyways

I got this sample because I loved the look of it. I've watched several videos and in every one it had an interesting red-ish purple-ish colour I adored. What I got may have been an incidental colour change due to some ingredient being changed or just a bad batch. It was grey with maybe the slightest hint of purple, I actually think it wasn't too bad. My biggest issue is this ink is the worst behaved ink I've ever used. It could barely write. I had to use more force than I'm comfortable with just to get it on the page.

A nice shader.

This is a nice flowing and well saturated ink that displays some fairly impressive shading. That said, it is a bit too brown for my tastes and sort of hard to distinguish from a dark brown like R&K Sepia. I wish a little more red or purple would show through, then this ink would really pop.

Douglas T.
Good Dark Purple

I love the color of this ink!, dark enough to use for normal (business) usage, and just different enough for my addled brain to notice the difference. Very well behaving (a tiny bit of feathering on some very absorbent paper) using a wet pen. The missing star is due to it not being bulletproof.

Rebecca L.
INK SAMPLE - Noodler's Nightshade

I had no idea what to expect with this ink in way of color. As it turns out, I really like it. It works as a nice black-ish color with some really neat reddish/brown highlights to my writing.

Darci M.

Subtle color with a hint of purple. Easy to pass off on paperwork, which is fun. It means I can use it as an everyday pen with no problems. Little to no bleed.

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.