on saleNoodler's 54th Massachusetts - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19071

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on saleNoodler's 54th Massachusetts - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19071

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2ml Sample

2ml sample of Noodler's 54th Massachusetts fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial.

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Fast Drying

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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 148 reviews
John M.
Love it!

Very smooth ink for me in my LAMY Safari, with a fine nib. I like it as a day to day ink.

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts

Good flow... very wet; some nib creep. Works well with western medium and Chinese EF nibs. Very water resistant, within a minute. Seemed to darken slightly over a few days, but not like standard blue-black. Would be good for addressing packages and letters. Don't know if easy to clean out of pens, don't get it on clothes.

Linda S.
Nice color but too wet - seeps onto nib

I purchased the 54th Massachusetts because it's my home state. :-) I do love the color, but the ink is too wet or too heavy. Not sure what to call it. I keep using it nonetheless. I use a TWSBI with a medium nib. This ink is the only one that seeps onto the nib. Doesn't drip, but there's always a tinge of ink on the nib even though I wipe it off, it comes right back. I like a clean nib. I do like the ink when writing on cheaper paper rather than the very smooth paper pads Goulet sells. Those very smooth and more expensive paper pads are super fine to use, but I find writing on very smooth paper doesn't bode well with my penmanship as it's too slick of a surface and the ink doesn't dry fast enough. Cheaper paper is fine for me. Just a bit of ghosting with this ink. My favorite paper pad is a steno pad I got on Amazon. The paper is thick. This ink is very nice writing on the steno paper. Not much ghosting. Smooth writing and my penmanship is better! :-) The inks I bought before, like the DeAtramentis, do not seep onto the nib. I probably won't buy the 54th again because of the seeping on the nib issue. But it dries very quickly on cheap paper and is waterproof as far as I can tell. Can someone please tell me why this 54th ink seeps onto the nib of my TWSBI?

First time using Noodler"s ink

54th Massachusetts is just what i've been looking for. Great color and it dries fast on those crappy receipts at pretty much everywhere

Cecilia M.
Worth a try

Love this ink. The color is great shade of blue/black. Worth the price. Will purchase again

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.