Noodler’s Bernanke Blue Ink Review

Noodler's Bernanke Blue
The next in this batch of ink reviews, and second in the trio of fast-drying Noodler’s inks, is for Bernanke Blue.

Two ink reviews in one day – is this the start of a sprint? No, but much of what I said in my last review of Bernanke Black apply here, so for the backstory and video I refer you back to that review. The only outward difference here is that the label says “Bernanke Blue” instead of “Bernanke Black” otherwise the labels appear the same.

This ink also came from a UK supplier for £10.00, so I would class this as a low cost ink.

The test pen on this occasion was a Pilot Prera Green Demonstrator with a medium nib.

Water resistance was almost non-existent, and water drops completely obliterated and text. Cleaning was easy.

As with Bernanke Black, I was unable to get near-instant drying on good quality paper – although the drying time was noticeably faster at around 20 seconds on Rhodia.

Rhodia Dot Pad No 16

Noodler's Bernanke Blue Ink Review - Rhodia Dot Pad
Generally okay – but it feathers on Rhodia.

Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm

Noodler's Bernanke Blue Ink Review - Ryman Memo
Some spread and feathering.

Yellow Post-It

Noodler's Bernanke Blue Ink Review - Post It
Possibly the most extreme feathering I’ve seen so far.

Field Notes – Pitch Black

Noodler's Bernanke Blue Ink Review - Field Notes
It spread so much it was like writing with a felt tip.

Mnemosyne Word Card

Noodler's Bernanke Blue
Feathering is visible on the top edge.

An updated image of the Word Card is here:
Noodler's Bernanke Blue - Word Card


This is a shame. The blue is bright, vibrant and saturated – reminiscent of Baystate Blue, although leaning less towards violet. I really like it. However, the combination of feathering and spread makes it a non-starter for me, at least in fountain pens. I may try it in a rollerball pen when I next have one free for curiosity’s sake.

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