A brand overview for the V-mail series of inks can be found here. Noodler's V-Mail Midway Blue is a vibrant cerulean blue ink with hints of turquoise. Like many of the other inks in this series, lubrication is quite good and the overall writing experience is quite pleasant.
A note about the colours in this review; the samples that were scanned appear to be slightly brighter and slightly more turquoise than what is on screen.
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Shading: You may get some shading with wet nibs on the wider end of the size range but this is by accident rather than by design.
Bleed Through: All nib widths experienced spot bleeding on Copy paper and minor spot bleeding on Field Notes.
Show Through: The back side of Rhodia is great, Field Notes is passable and Copy paper is likely to be distracting for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Water Resistance: They say that this ink is partially water resistant but I find that the lines feather too much to be very usable after a spill.
Drying Time: A little longer than average, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: This ink flows well and the higher than average lubrication is a nice bonus.
Cleaning: To be determined. Will update in the near future.
Colour Make Up
This ink is composed of cerulean dye and nothing else.
My sample is much more turquoise than the Goulet Pens swab so I don't know what to compare it to. Maybe this is one of those Noodler's colours that have changed over time.
This ink writes beautifully and it is very bright for a blue. You may be able to get away with it in a work setting but I think it is better used in journalling and correspondence.
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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.