A brand overview for the V-mail series of inks can be found here. Noodler's V-Mail Burma Road Brown, like Mandalay Maroon, is a well lubricated ink that displays partial waterproofness properties. What this ink is not, is brown. I would describe it as a mash-up of Diamine Salamander and Safari. I like it.
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Shading: When used in wider nibs, this ink does a good job of showing off some nice shading.
Bleed Through: Copy paper and Field Notes experience some spot bleeding 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 and Field Notes to be unusable.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: The green component is completely water soluble but the grey is permanent. The writing would be perfectly clear but not the original colour.
Drying Time: Slightly longer than average, 20-25 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 band of earth-toned green backed up with a grey and a hint of brown mixed in.
Similar Inks (Images courtesy of Goulet Pens)
My swatch does not match the colour of the Goulet Pens swatch. While none of the above colours are a perfect match, if you were to mix them all together, you would end up with a colour near Burma Road Brown.
I have a soft spot for earth toned inks and this ink's colour, as well as its lubricity, make it enjoyable to use. This ink, loaded in a 1.1 mm italic and paired with a pad of cream Tomoe River paper would be wonderful.
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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.