Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher Ink Review

When it comes to ink specific reviews, usually not something I spend a lot of time on, but I'm working my way up to it I think.  I've been acquiring inks quite a bit recently (probably need to slow it down) so there may be more ink reviews than usual in the coming months.

I've always been more of a blue ink guy, so probably 80% of my inks are blue.  Upon placing a recent Pen Chalet order to buy some paper and a Neon Lamy Safari (it was only $20 and came with a 1.5mm stub which is why I bought it), I decided to toss in a couple of ink bottles one being Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher.  And with the CLICKYPOST promo code, an extra 10% off.

The BBK, as I will likely refer to it from now on because the name is a bit excessive, is a blue black ink which I've actually grown pretty fond of.

In this review I am using Clairefontaine Triomphe paper.

From a blue to black type ratio, BBK is definitely more on the blue side.  Some blue black inks come through as almost a dark grey, but this stays more to a nice darker blue.  A good shade that can stand out a little, but still maintain a low profile.

For kicks, some other "blue black" inks to compare:

From my experience, BBK is well lubricated and creates a smooth writing experience and a lot of excellent shading.  Granted, I've been using it primarily with a stub which helps in the shading area, but it is pretty dramatic.

On more fountain pen friendly papers, the dry time (I was also using a stub...) was pretty long needing over 30 seconds to finish.  If you use a broader nib, could be a problem, but I'd imagine with finer lines the dry time would reduce dramatically.

What I like about Noodler's ink is that it comes in a huge range of colors and is generally pretty cheap.  I don't think I've ever spent more than $13 on a bottle which makes trying out new ones easier.

I like BBK.