on saleNoodler's Empire Red - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19079

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on saleNoodler's Empire Red - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19079

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2ml Sample

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

Ink Samples
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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 11 reviews
Doesn't match the Swab and I'm just not a fan...

My first impression with the Noodler's Empire Red Ink was that the color was not what I was hoping for. The swab on the website made it look like a more true red. But it's a very flat, boring, light red that definitely skews to the orange. The ink had varied results based on the pen used and the paper written on. Since I greatly appreciated the really thorough reviews others left on here, I want to do the same. PEN: Monteverde Innova EF Nib (drier writer of my two pens)- Copy Paper: It writes really light in both color and flow with this pen's nib. It writes dry and scratchy on copy paper. - Exceed Notebooks: Dries quickly, but it's way too light in color for me to be willing to work with it. PEN: Hong Dian Black Forest EF Nib (from Amazon) (wetter writer of my two pens)- Copy Paper: It puts down a lot more ink, quite wet. The color improved with the saturation, but it came with noticeable spread and feathering, plus bleed through and heavy ghosting. It flows smoothly, but it doesn't work well on copy paper. - Exceed Notebooks: This was the combination I liked the most. It wrote wetter than in the MV Innova, and I liked how it felt and looked a lot more. The ink showed up darker since it put down my ink, and improved the overall color, as well as adding some shading variations. I still not enough to push me to buy a bottle.OVERALL NOTES: - Color is too light and too orange. I'm just not a fan of it at all.- Dried very quickly with both pens on all paper.

Bryan D.
The Empire was washed out

Noodler's Empire Red is a nice red, but washed out. I assume that was why they tied it to the British Empire. A political historical statement. I prefer a solid color. The only washed out color I like is Noodler's 54th Massachusetts because it makes my journal look like an antique, and the blue-black ink is just pleasing to read.

Easy on the eyes.

I used this ink in a Edison Collier with a medium nib. The color was closer to the bottom of the goulet ink swab, kind of a muted chalky red, and I found it to be very easy on the eyes for long writing sessions. The more I used it the more it grew on me. It flows well, no feathering and very water resistant.

Michele L.
Noodler's Empire Red

Noodler's Empire Red is more a warm mid to light-pink. A nice color, but not the forceful red of a conquering power. It does stay put, with water and is otherwise well-behaved, therefore the 4 rating.

Very waterproof

The ink dries quickly (for a Noodler's) and it's very waterproof (as a water-colorist I appreciate that), but the color is more coral than red, when swabbed it looks like fresh blood. I'd rather something a little bit darker, so I'm glad I had the opportunity to test a sample.

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.