Noodler’s Lexinton Gray

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.
Thanks to fantastic Lgsoltek and Amberlea thread I’ll have a pretext to re-review 52 inks this year. I’ll write for a week with an ink before adding some thoughts.

My choice for week three was Noodler’s Lexington Grey.

Lexington Gray is, undoubtedly, an interesting ink – how many bulletproof greys do you know? It does show some feathering and bleedthrough on some papers, but – on the other hand – the drying time is almost instant. If you tend to use good quality paper you won’t be bothered at all.

The ink is legible on most papers even when used in dry and scratchy nib. It has nice muted tone and is easy on the eyes. If you’re bored of using blue and black but hesitant to start with vibrant res and purples, grey may be an interesting alternative.

The ink is 100 % water resistant. You can soak it for days and the color won’t change at all.

The question you have to ask yourself before getting this one is whether you can forgive feathering in case you use mostly absorbent copy paper. I think that Lexington Grey is well engineered and well priced ink.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Rhodia, Hero 9300, medium nib

No-name notebook, Hero 9300, medium nib


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