A brand overview for the V-mail series of inks can be found here. Noodler's V-mail Rabaul Red is the final review in this series, it is a poppy red with water resistant properties. Long time readers of the blog will know that I have reviewed a lot of red inks in the past and that I prefer darker, more blue toned reds. That being said, I can see how this one will meet most peoples needs. I think holding this ink review back until Canada Day was appropriate.
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Shading: There is some shading in wider nibs but this is not very pronounced.
Bleed Through: Bleeding is prevalent on Copy paper and Field Notes and Field Notes shows some minor feathering too.
Show Through: The back side of Rhodia is great, Field Notes and Copy paper are a write off.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: This ink is partially water resistant, a trait that is not very common in red inks.
Drying Time: The ink was fully dry after 35 seconds when using an EF nib on Rhodia, but mostly dry after only 20. This is the first time I have seen a drying plateau in an ink review. Weird.
Flow: This ink flows well with good lubrication.
Cleaning: To be determined. Will update in the near future.
Colour Make Up
Bright yellow leads the ink trace followed by a cotton candy pink which makes up the bulk of the colour. The pink component can be seen to be permanent as is evidenced where the sample was placed on the wicking media.
The ink swab at Goulet Pens looks nothing like the swab in this review. It may be that Noodler's has re-formulated this ink over time. The current colour is much more attractive than what is shown on the Goulet site.
As I said above, I prefer darker reds, my favourite being Diamine Red Dragon, but this one does an OK job. My reds are mostly used for document mark-up and for that purpose, a bright red such as this works fine and the water resistance is a nice bonus. It's not an ink that I would go out of my way to acquire but it does its job just fine.
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.