on saleNoodler's Zhivago - 3oz Bottled Ink

Product Code N19027

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on saleNoodler's Zhivago - 3oz Bottled Ink

Product Code N19027

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3oz Bottle

3oz (90ml) glass bottle of Noodler's Zhivago fountain pen ink. Noodler's inks are handcrafted, so there may be slight color variations from batch to batch.

Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
23.6mm (0.93in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

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 88 reviews
Yurii M.
Good color, if pen is right.

I was appealed by green shade it can give, but... It will be visible only under right conditions. In my VAC 700R Iris it's just plain black ink with my Midori and Leuchtturm notebooks. And after I accidently smeared it first time, I kinda understood why. Seems like green component is absorbing kind of faster than black one. So if you're writing with wet enough nib, green tint is basically getting buried under black, it's very apparent after smearing/washing. This theory is supported also when you write italic, on apexes of letters, where your nib turns, green gets little more visible, coz coat of ink is thinner. Also this applies to side strokes. And on cheaper paper, it bleeds green on other side. So in my short experience with this ink, I guess you need dry nib to take advantage of green shade. In my Metropolitan it kinda looks better, but I suspect finer nib is not reason, coz It doesn't do justice for shading potential of this ink. So it really need nib broad enough, but dry. Or counterintuitive, I suspect it has potential with stub nib on drier side, if this possible. As for now I decided to use this ink for sketching, till I manage to find suitable pen for it. P.S. Also on good side, almost no feathering on office paper, I kinda was surprised.

Nearly Black

A well-behaved dark ink and a very slight green tint. It flows well, does not bleed through, and is just plain appealing to read. Out of any ink I have, I most enjoy reviewing notes made with this ink. I've been using this for 1 1/2 years now and expect to finish the bottle.

Noodlers Zhivago ink

I like this ink a lot. It lays down a nice dark black, but goes right to a lovely shadowy green when diluted. A good rich subtle color that behaves well even on papers with texture, though its dark lines look best on a smooth, bright paper.

Karis B.
Love Noodlers!

I love this ink. It seems to take a bit extra time to dry...but the color is great, and it doesn't seem to mess with my pen. It was easy to clean up (out of the pen). I will be purchasing this one again!

Nathanael D.
a green thought in a green shade

To start with, I've got a number of other other greens on my shelf: Diamine Classic Green (a classic olive green, the ink of choice in my Pelikan M400), Birmingham Pens Zuchinni (well-named deep green), and lighter, grayer greens--Noodler's Akhmatova and Birmingham Pens Lichen. Zhivago is different in that it's a really dark green that can seem black depending on the paper and the lighting, and sometimes it seems to become a bit more green as it dries. I've been using it in my Kaweco Student (M) and it behaves very well, rendering crisp lines with no issues regarding flow. I haven't tried it in a pen with a F nib yet, but I'm pretty sure it will work well there, too. I'm glad I finally bought a bottle of Zhivago; it's a great value, and more importantly, I'm really enjoying writing with it.

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

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.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 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.