Noodler’s Bad Heron Blue

So, I love fountain pens. It’s a new hobby of mine to collect and tryout various kinds along with different nibs and inks. While its a bit expensive and probably more than a little esoteric, I find that having a nice writing implement with a unique color is very much my style.The pens I tend to buy are understated and if you didn’t really pay attention, you might mistake them for a standard ballpoint or marker.

There are lots of different inks to choose from, too. I had picked up some ink in the form of Lamy’s black (as my first pen was a Lamy I thought that it might make sense to try their ink). I then sampled a bunch from Pilot, Diamine to Waterman’s. All very good inks, if a little expensive for a full bottle.

Noodler’s is probably better known for their “54th Mass” line of ashy blue. They’re also known for everything being made here in America, a kind of small miracle given the severe lack of interest in anything but ball-point pens here.

All-in-all it was a good purchase. The site I keep linking to is Goulet Pens, a family-run pen supply company up in Ashland, VA. I really like his prices for supplies and they pack things almost to a comically overdone extent to ensure nothing breaks en-route. I try to give them as much business as possible. While I like saving money as much as the next guy, there is something to be said about customer service in this age.Plus they drop a free Tootsie Roll Pop in the box with your stuff. Win!.

By Nathan DeGruchy

IT Support extraordinaire. FOSS lover and proud Husband and Father.