I'll start out by thanking Luxury Brands, the US distributor for Noodler's products, for supplying a bottle of this ink for review purposes. Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel is a "Lucky Charms Green" ink but you will have to consult with Azizah at Gourmet Pens to find out whether it is "Magically Delicious"; I don't go that deep into my testing regime.
Shading: Some shading can be had when wider nibs are used.
Bleed Through: Copy paper experiences some spot bleed through with all nib sizes. As always, Rhodia is fully usable on both sides and Field Notes does quite well too.
Show Through: The backside of Copy Paper is unusable, Rhodia is perfectly usable and and Field Notes is pretty good too.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Water Resistance: There is no water resistance on Rhodia but copy paper retains a lot of the dye while exhibiting some spread and bleeding.
Drying Time: Exceptionally slow, 40 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow and lubrication.
Colour Make Up
This ink trace is composed of a band of bright green backed by light blue.
When I first loaded up Gruene Cactus Eel, I thought that is was a close match for Private Reserve Spearmint, an ink that I always have loaded up in a Pilot 78G for marking up documents at work. After using it for a while I have come to realize that it is lighter in colour but still exhibits subtle shading in use.
Like the two other inks in the Eel series that were supplied by Luxury Brands, this ink takes an incredibly long time to dry on Tomoe River paper. Even 30 minutes isn't long enough to ensure that you won't have ink transfer when you fold your letter. When you switch to regular Copy paper, all of the drying concerns are removed but the back side is unusable. This ink is nicely lubricated so I enjoy the writing experience but I wish that it could be used on fountain pen friendly paper, not just the cheap stuff that you find in the office.
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Luxury Brands, the US distributor for Noodler's ink, provided this ink for review. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the bottle free of charge.