on saleNoodler's Polar Brown - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19209

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on saleNoodler's Polar Brown - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19209

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out of stock


2ml sample of Noodler's Polar Brown 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 6 reviews
Won't be using it for writing

Let's start with the positives: it's definitely waterproof. After letting the ink dry and waiting for 10 minutes to test it, it holds up really well when brushed with water and doing a water droplet test for 30 seconds. You won't be getting any ink lifted up when the brush runs though it. It also dries pretty fast, ranging between 5-10 seconds depending on your nib. I tested it with an iroshizuku dip pen (medium) and still dried in 5 seconds.On the negative side, attempting to write with this ink has been less ideal. I paired it with a Pilot Kakuno (F) and it it feathers on a Muji planner and a midori MD paper. It holds up alright on a hobonichi if it weren't for the spread. I find this to be an issue with a lot of the Noodler's inks. I write small and use fine and extra fine nibs a lot so it's important for me to keep those strokes thin. Unfortunately this turns my kakuno fine nib into a medium and sometimes broad depending on the paper. I think I'll be using what's left of the sample for linework in my watercolors but I don't think I'll be using it for writing.

David G.
Noodler's Polar Brown Ink

I usually use colored inks for art work, and black inks for writing and drawing. Polar Brown was very good.

nice color

Like the color with different pens

Terry S.
Polar didn't work for me.

I've been searching for the perfect brown drawing ink. Polar brown feathered so badly on Strathmore 400 paper with my flex pen that I didn't bother testing it further. It was also thinner/lighter in color than I expected. So far Noodler Brown and Brown #41 are my top picks.

A W.

This ink can feather and bleed quite badly sometimes. Fine nibs end up leaving medium lines on most paper. However, this is still a very nice solid brown. The shading is decent, and it kind of reminds me of very rich chocolate milk.

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.