Baystate Blue

Noodler’s Baystate Blue ink has a reputation. I didn’t know of said reputation before I bought a sample of it, but I started hearing the horror stories before I got around to using it. I also heard about how great it is and how all that awesomeness more than offsets the bad shit. I had put off trying it until tonight. I just inked an old Parker Vector I’d forgotten that I had with it to use as a work pen when I start learning my new department tomorrow. I call bullshit on most of what I’ve read.

At least I did until I realized that I got the sample vials mixed up and I actually inked it with some of my remaining Noodler’s Kung te-Cheng. Well, fuck!

I went back and inked my Pilot Metropolitan with it, making sure to use the intended ink this time. I still call bullshit. Yes, it’s a vibrant, highly pigmented ink. Yes, it’s wet. It’s less vibrant than either Midway Blue or American Eel Turquoise. Mostly, though, it’s just a nice blue.

Now for the bad. It doesn’t bleed through cheap paper. It might if it’s really cheap paper and you’re using a broad nib. I wouldn’t know. I use fine and narrow stub nibs. I intentionally put a drop on my finger. It was no more difficult to wash and make fade to near nothingness than any other ink I’ve gotten on my skin. And there have been many inks spilled on my hands over the years. So I have to say that the cries of, “You’ll never get it off anything you spill it on” are exaggerated. Now I didn’t pour any on my furniture or countertop to test those surfaces, but I seriously doubt that it is significantly worse than most waterproof inks.

Or maybe I got a benign sample.


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5 Responses to Baystate Blue

  1. hollychism says:

    How’s it compare, color and shade-wise, to Bernanke Blue? I have a bottle of Bernanke Blue and like it for really good paper (dries stupidly fast, which is why it’s my go-to bedside journal ink), and sort of like it.

    (By the way–if you like your Preppy, you really need to hit Goulet and order a Prefounte. Same nib, section, grip, plastic body and cap with the inner cap seal, but doesn’t look like a disposable.)

    • alaskan454 says:

      I’ll ink something with Bernake and get you a comparison this weekend. I haven’t used it in so long, I can’t remember.

      I’ll definitely look into a Prefounte. I’m still ticked at Goulet for posting BLM on their website a while back. I’ll eventually forgive them. Maybe.

      • hollychism says:

        I understand why they did. People have forgotten that once you pay the Danegeld, you’re never rid of the Dane. Small business owners speaking up for the BLM movement in riot-areas did not save their businesses.

        When the BLM movement started, it was needed; however, at this point, it has been killed, skinned, and Marxism is dancing and screaming in the skin-suit to seem relevant.

      • alaskan454 says:

        I understand, too. They meant well. I’m just less tolerant of their ignorance regarding the reality of the situation. And I disagree that BLM was ever needed. I’m not saying that we can’t improve as a society in that area, but pre-Obama race really wasn’t a factor to more than a handful of people outside of prison and gang territory.

    • alaskan454 says:

      Post updated with Baystate vs. Bernake pic.

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