Noodler’s is one of the companies that don’t need any introductions. Nathan Tardiff is a legend and his work is well known by fountain pen and ink afficionados. Not everyone is crazy about Noodler’s inks but I enjoy most of the ones I’ve tried so far.
Manhattan Blue used to be produced exclusively for Arthur Brown shop. When it went out of business, Fountain Pen Hospital managed to carry the ink. Now it’s called Blue Manhattan but I believe it’s the same ink.
The ink look rather nice and is decently behaved. Lubrication could be better, flow could be better but still the ink is enjoyable even in drier pens. It may cause some feathering on bad quality paper. It’s not really water resistant, however after accidentally soaking it with water, you’ll be able to read the text. As for use in vintage pens – I don’t know. I haven’t tried it in a pen with a sac.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Lamy Al-Star, B
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
Fantastic Paper, Lamy Al-Star, B