Noodler's Lexington Gray Fountain Pen Ink Bottle, 87ml
Noodler's inks are known for their affordability, wide range of colours, and good performance on more absorbent papers that do not normally fountain pen friendly. They are also known for their distinctive label art, featuring unique drawings that often reflect their creator's strongly held political and economic ideals. Dedicated to keeping prices as low as possible, Noodler's uses simple bottles and packaging, with boxes made of recycled paper. All Noodler's inks are 100% made in the USA.
- Glass Noodler's ink bottles are filled to the brim with ink. If you receive this ink in a glass bottle, be careful when opening it to avoid spilling.
- Because Noodler's inks are hand made in small batches, the colours can vary slightly from one bottle to another.
Lexington Bulletproof Gray is, undoubtedly, an interesting ink - how many bulletproof greys do you know? It does show some feathering and bleed-through on some papers, but - on the other hand - the drying time is almost instant. If you tend to use good quality paper you won't be bothered at all.
The ink is legible on most papers even when used in a dry and scratchy nib. It has a nice muted tone and is easy on the eyes. If you're bored of using blue and black but hesitant to start with vibrant reds and purples, grey may be an interesting alternative.
The ink is 100 % water-resistant. You can soak it for days and the colour won't change at all.
The USS Lexington is the oldest surviving aircraft carrier in the world. Commissioned in 1943, it saw extensive service as part of the Pacific fleet during WWII, where it developed a reputation for being impossible to sink - so much so that the Japanese navy began referring to it as a “ghost” ship. This reputation, coupled with its blue camouflage scheme, earned the ship the moniker “The Blue Ghost.”
Since then, the Lexington has had a long career, acting first as an attack carrier, then as an anti-submarine carrier, and finally as a training carrier. It was finally decommissioned in 1991 and now lives as a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas, where it was designated a National Historic Landmark. If you’re going to pick a ship to name a waterproof, battleship grey ink after, the Lexington is a pretty great choice.
“Battleship grey" was named for the particular shade of grey paint used to rustproof steel battleships - a practice that began in the Royal Navy. The paint gets its colour from micaceous iron oxide, a sparkly iron ore comprised of millions of tiny rustproof flakes. Curiously, the same iron oxide was first mined to produce “pounce" - the sandy power used during the 18th and 19th centuries to help quickly dry writing ink. Fortunately, you won’t need any pounce to deal with Lexington Gray, as it’s a very well-behaved ink.
It exhibits a surprising amount of shading for ink with such a high degree of saturation. It’s not a high-shading ink, but there’s enough variation to make things interesting, even in a fine-nib pen. It’s easy to read on a variety of paper colours and types, from white to cream to yellow post-it notes.
It is smooth-writing ink, though the flow is slightly on the dry side.