on saleNoodler's Blue Eel - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19203

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on saleNoodler's Blue Eel - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19203

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2ml Sample

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

Ink Samples
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

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.


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 51 reviews
Mary K.
Terrific Ink!

Blue Eel is a lovely true blue shade that is very nicely saturated. I like color and don't like watery inks, so I am very happy with it. It flows well on good paper and it works ok on copy quality papers, just some bleed through on the cheaper paper. I bought both this ink and Noodlers Blue samples to see which color I'd like better. They are quite the same color. I've since learned that Blue Eel is a lubricated ink which is supposed to good to use in piston pens. Brian Goulet has a video on the various properties of Noodlers inks. I have now watched it and learned a lot! For reference there is also a chart on the website delineating the properties.Both the Noodlers Blue Eel and The Noodlers Blue are excellent inks. Great color and problem-free writing in my pens.

Electric blue with nice shading

I nice vibrant blue that writes smooth and wet. It has a fair bit of shading, more than I had expected. It's about as wet as De Atramentis Aubergine in my other pen but unlike Aubergine, there's no feathering. Bleed-through is very low.

Lovely ink

I'd ordered a few ink samples and thought I'd try this one. It flows very nicely, almost on the verge of too freely... but it's best feature has to be the colour. Such a beautiful blue! I tend to prefer darker colours for my journals and planners but I'll be adding this one to the roster!

So Slippery

For all intents and purposes, this is a great blue ink. It's vibrant enough to be the center of attention but not retinal burning like Baystate Blue. I used this ink in a TWSBI Eco and it wrote smoother than most of the inks I've tried. My only gripe is it's not waterproof which is a must have property for me.

Adrianna S.
Excellent Saturation

This is a good all round blue. didn't notice any shading but loved this ink. Wrote very smooth in a cheep pen.

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.