Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia (4.5oz Bottled Ink) with Free Pen

Product Code N19898
Special Goulet-exclusive Noodler's ink! 4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free Noodler's Charlie eyedropper fountain pen.

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Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia (4.5oz Bottled Ink) with Free Pen

Special Goulet-exclusive Noodler's ink! 4.5oz bottle of Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia fountain pen ink. This bottle has a built-in eyedropper. Comes with a free Noodler's Charlie eyedropper fountain pen.

The Noodler's Ink Company is located just south of the former home of Manjiro Nakahama in Fairhaven, Massachusetts - a town that once was a part of "Old Dartmouth". Dartmouth is the home of Noodler's Ink, and the founder of the company is a member of the Society of Friends - with extensive hereditary ties to the Yankee Whaling Industry that Manjiro knew so well.

The ink is modeled upon whaler's logbook ink of the 1840s. It is a durable deep sepia brown - yet is highly unusual in one respect: it is a security ink that can be tested as genuine with an application of common bleach once dry upon the paper. It will turn brown sepia to red - and if the bleach is strong enough the color changes further still from red to royal purple. These colors were designed for their symbolic value: sepia brown from 1840s whalemen's ink, red for the color of the Japanese national flag, and purple in honor of Emperor Meiji - for his reasoning affected by Manjiro Nakahama.

From the founder of Noodler's Ink concerning the ink design:

What are the sources for determining a whalemen's sepia? There has been mention that sepia is an iron gal based ink. This is completely incorrect. Sepia by definition is based upon a natural, non-synthetic ink in particular cuttlefish and squid ink. Cuttlefish ink makes a classic sepia - dating back to ancient Mediterranean cultures. Whalemen's sepia is different. The Old Dartmouth Historical Society runs the New Bedford Whaling museum - which contains innumerable historical documents written by 19th century whalers. You can see them in person today, but one cannot do much more than that (no chemical analysis for instance).

My source is more personal - that source being my great uncle Reginald Hegarty - who served upon whaleships and whose father was a whale ship captain. Hereditary ties to whaling are extensive, but Great Uncle Reginald is the best source I could hope to have for such an endeavor as the replication of whalemen's logbook ink. A Google search shows who my great uncle was and why his writings and other passed-on information are good sources in the quest to replicate whaler's logbook ink.

Whaling voyages went to the far ends of the earth, and ink from the port of New Bedford would inevitably run out. Quakers, being frugal with any and all capital risked in a whaling endeavor, found a source of ink that abounded any ship in hunt for the whale (particularly the sperm whale) the whale's food: the giant squid. Bits of squid were common - including ink sacs in tact and are able to be refined, filtered through gauze or burlap. Thus, a few preservatives, one had whalemen's logbook ink at little to no added cost to the budget of the voyage.

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Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia (4.5oz Bottled Ink) with Free Pen is rated 4.0353 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Taupe More than sepia, this is a rich taupe color that has given me some nice shading effects even when writing on a fine nib. It also dries fast, in aproximately a second after it enters contact with celloulose. I really do recommend you use a nib with tines that are spread apart correctly so that light shines through. In my opinion, this ink will shine more on a medium to broad nib than a fine. This is mostly because on fine nibs I've experienced some minor clogging. Unlike other Noodler's, the ink quickly dries out if exposed to cold air. The package comes with two (three) pens. An eyedropper, a brush pen and the eyedropper can be converted into a rollerball.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's special I've read a lot about this ink before getting it - somehow I had the feeling it would give me trouble, but this ink is actually better than the net gives it credit for. The color is a bit of a mystery to me - it's not as brown as examples will show, it gets a bit on the grey side when dry, although still being brown/sepia-ish. Lets just say its a bit of an adventure but still subtle enough to use in the office. In both pens I've tried: the preppy and a Noodle's Charlie (test run in the cheap pens) it works satisfactory, a bit on the dry side but not so bad that it skips. Just a cool ink with some fascinating history and properties!
Date published: 2015-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A-whaling we will go... The backstory behind this ink is phenomenal?once I heard that it was an imitation of actual cuttlefish ink used by whalemen once their land-made ink ran out, I had to try this one! The free brush pen does a beautiful job with bringing out the shading in this ink; it looks almost watery as it lays down, then darkens as it dries. I filled a Preppy eyedropper with it next (not the one it came with) and noticed that the lines were pretty faint at first. The more I wrote, the darker they got, and they also darkened while drying. This reminds me of Noodler's Nightshade; there's a lot of red and purple in this ink, though it's much lighter than the Nightshade. I'm wondering exactly what kind of writing will work best with this color, but it's sure fun to play with!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Squid ink I was looking for an ink that looked like squid ink (sepia) and this is as close as it gets. I had resisted buying the ink because of the reviews, quantity, and cost. The size of the bottle represents a five year supply for me, but it had remained on my wish list for too long and I splurged. And yes this does not flow like 'Baystate Blue' or 'Rome is Burning', but it does flow and after a few adjustment to open the tines of my 'Nib Creaper' it starts everytime. I have also used this ink with a dip pen with and a Brouse nib. For superior dip pen use, I decanted a few dropper fulls in a very small container and left it open for a few days to dry out a bit.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ink, slightly finicky... I love this ink. The color is gorgeous, with beautiful shading. With my EF Lamy Studio, I get a deep brown line, but with a 1mm calligraphy nib on a dip pen, there is a slight red hue on the edges. Fun to play with. As at least one other reviewer has noted, it can be difficult to start, and for me, it doesn't play well with the included fountain pen. I haven't yet tried it with the rollerball attachment, or the brush. Also, I've noticed some feathering, even with a fine nib (Lamy Safari), regardless of the paper. I have used this with regular loose leaf as well as Clairefontaine and Kokuyu, and it has feathered on all of them. Not horribly though, but enough to knock a star off.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time bending manjiro nakahama whaleman's sepia The OnLy thing I don't like about manjiro nakahama whalemans sepia is the way my iphone wants to help me spell it: mannitol naked whallensky sepoy. ÿArgh. But, this truly unusual ink can not be be blamed for the quirks of the "smart"phone. This color, or more correctly put, THESE colors, produced by one bottle of ink, are astonishing ! Lines drawn in varying weights with MNWS appear to be totally different inks. And adding water, or writing on damp paper makes for hours of entertainment. I've already experienced temporal distortion on several occasions while playing with this ink. Add a blacklight and suddenly you are operating in a parallel universe. Makes me nostalgic for the raves of the past. ÿI suppose it should be noted that mannitol naked whallensky sepoy (:-)) can also be a handsome, somber color, elegant and modest.ÿ
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful ink This ink is great. I like everything about it. the classic nature of its color, the history it represents, the special way it can be used to authenticate it as the ink you use. Further, this ink writes like a dream. I had an issue at first with the pen it came with but once I got that under control it worked like a charm. It does tend to dry fast though and I often found myself having to reprime the pen tip after even the shortest of breaks. all in all a great unique ink
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I had issues I put this ink in flex pen right out of the box (Nathan says in the video that this is the perfect pen for the ink). But it was blotchy, didn't flow, not good. Then I found out I was supposed to clean it before using because of the manufacturing process. I had bought two pens at the same time, so after I got around to cleaning the pen so I could try again, I put the other nib in (because the fins seemed like they were not as deep). Now all seems to be working a lot better, but doesn't flow evenly, feathers when I try to flex, and doesn't start right off the bat. I do love the color though, and the bulletproof/eternal/whatever qualities so I am going to keep experimenting.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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