on saleNoodler's Zhivago - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19027

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on saleNoodler's Zhivago - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19027

In Stock

out of stock

2ml Sample

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

Ink Samples
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 64 reviews
Keith J.
Green? Black? Grack?

This color is primarily black with hints of green, depending on the light. I like it, yet wish the green notes were a bit more pronounced. It flows well, fairly wet, and dries quickly. Excellent ink, just know it's a very dark color.

Mark S.
Zhivago ink is what you need

If you are looking for green ink that still looks professional, won't bleed, and is water proof, then look no further than Zhivago. This ink will be my go to for all of my business work from now on. Easy choice of an excellent ink. Bought a full bottle shortly after my first tests.

Laurie K.
Zhivago ink sample

This is great ink! I'm definitely going to need more of this color. It reminds me of moss in a way, or a warm sweater I used to have and love. I also love that the items I ordered were so carefully wrapped and packaged so they would not leak or anything 'bad' would happen to them. Thank you for taking such good care of my order. <3

My old all around ink got replaced by Noodler's Zhivago.

Pelikan blue-black has been my main ink for over 50 years. She will stay with me, but my new main ink is Noodler's Zhivago. To this day no black ink has satisfied me. Not only can Zhivago do everything that is important to me, but it also looks incredibly good. Black with a delicate touch of olive green that looks good on any paper and never hurt my eyes.Works easily and is easy to clean. If I carry only one fountainpen it's filled with Zhivago.

Andrea J.
Not black black

I'm slowly finding I like Noodler's inks for either end of the spectrum: tame or insane. This is a subtle one that looks black on cream colored paper or in normal lighting, but outside or on bright white paper its a lovely even blue fir kind of green. I also spilled coffee on it and it did not run. I appreciate Goulet Pens offering sample sizes.

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.