A brand overview for the V-mail series of inks can be found here. Noodler's V-Mail Mandalay Maroon is a well lubricated burgundy ink that displays partial waterproofness properties. I like burgundies a lot and this one is particularly good.
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Shading: Subtle shading when used in wider nibs.
Bleed Through: Copy paper and Field Notes experience some spot bleed through with all nib sizes. As always, Rhodia is a champ.
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through and most users would consider the backside of Copy paper to be unusable. Field notes has a lot of show through too and also some minor feathering.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Water Resistance: There is some bleeding when water is applied but the bulk of the pink component seems to be permanent.
Drying Time: Slow to dry, 35+ seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow and excellent lubrication.
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update soon.
Colour Make Up
As can be seen above, this ink is composed of a vibrant chartreuse green band followed by rose pink which makes up the bulk of the colour.
While the last two samples are too purple to be a good match, the first three are quite close.
Of the similar inks shown above, this ink's performance is closest to Montblanc Burgundy Red. Both are good inks. The Montblanc ink is more costly but it shades better and likely cleans out of a pen easier than the Noodler's ink. I have found that the Noodler's ink is more lubricated which is a sensation that I particularly enjoy when writing. I have been using Mandalay Maroon in my Edison Hudson for about a month now and it is a great combination, no hard starts, it just writes when touched to the paper. I'm really glad that I have a bottle of this one on hand because it will see a lot of use.
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Luxury Brands, the US distributor for Noodler's ink, provided the inks in the V-mail series for review. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the bottle free of charge.