A brand overview for the V-mail series of inks can be found here. Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet is an exceptionally water resistant purple ink that leans more blue than magenta. I have been using this as a highlighter ink in a Pilot Parallel. For that purpose it was a little too saturated so I diluted it 1:1 and it has been great.
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Shading: You may get some shading with wet nibs on the wider end of the size range but you certainly wouldn't choose this ink for its shading properties.
Bleed Through: This ink did great on the bleed through test. No paper type experienced bleed through.
Show Through: The back side of all paper types is perfectly usable.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: This ink is fantastically water resistant, almost as good as the Super5 iNK and De Atramentis Document inks that were reviewed on the blog.
Drying Time: Longer than average, 30-35 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: This is a dry ink and it feels laboured to move the nib across the page.
Cleaning: Purples require more work, be prepared to use pen flush on your converter.
Colour Make Up
This ink didn't want to give it up. The ink trace looks like violet, surprise, surprise.
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When I first created a swab for this ink over a month ago, I got really excited by the colour. In use, the colour isn't quite as vibrant, but that isn't the issue; I loaded this into an EF nib and it was exceptionally dry. The writing experience improves as the chosen nib size is increased but it is never fantastic. I have been spoiled by R&K Solferino and I am just going to have to break down an buy a bottle some day. I have tried multiple purples now and none of them have convinced me to change my mind.
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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.