Noodler’s BERNing Red Ink






I tried this ink on three different papers: Kokuyo Campus paper, Apica Paper, and a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. All three took the ink very well, however, some did better than others. I think it’s mostly because I am using a flexy nib and the ink comes out very fast and very wet.


This is the Leuchtturm paper. I think this paper did the best in terms of feathering and ghosting. Even the ink blot on the right didn’t bleed. Berning Red is a “lefty’s ink”, so it dries quickly.


The Apica paper (pictured above) did the worst. Lots and lots of feathering, which is surprising since Apica paper is generally a fountain pen friendly paper. I do not recommend this paper for this ink if you are using a medium nib or wider. At all. Unless you are using an ultra fine point pen, this paper is going to drink all your ink.


The last paper used was the Kokuyo Campus paper. This paper is smooth and glossy and handles wet inks really well. You can see some slight feathering on the beginning of the word “Kokuyo”, but as I continued writing the ink started to behave itself. It’s a really wet ink– even though it does dry fast.

Noodler’s is one of my favorite brands and I would highly recommend this ink! It’s a beautiful shade of red that doesn’t scream “wrong answer!”. It’s muted and bold at the same time I don’t see it becoming aggravating to read. If you’re a fan of reds or if you’re looking for a beautiful fall color, Berning Red would be the ink to use.

Here are some decent shots of the ink with my Conklin Glider pen:




Uni-ball Signo Ultra Micro 207

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I received a comment the other day about the Uni-Ball Signo RT1 0.38mm and they asked if I was able to find them someplace other than I hadn’t thought about it, but realized that aside from JetPens, they weren’t available in the US at big box retailers. HOWEVER. I was able to find the US equivalent: the Uni-Ball Signo Micro 207 0.38mm. It’s the exact same pen, only not as aesthetically pleasing. The ink is the same and so is the tip.

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I picked up a pack of four at Office Depot for a cool five dollars. If you are looking for the same performance and don’t really care about the look of the pen (I don’t really like it) it’s a great EDC addition. The JetPens version is a bit sturdier. The plastic isn’t as flimsy as the US release. The US version is clunky, made of thin plastic, and I don’t like the way the grip feels in my hand after a long session of note taking. But, like I said, if you are looking for the exact same performance, this is the pen.

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I use these pens for marking and note taking in my bible. I need a super fine tip that can mark small but is still legible and one that won’t bleed through the onion skin pages. The ink dries quickly, so even lefties will appreciate it. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the JetPens RT1 or you just want it TODAY and not in a few, I suggest swinging by your local big box and picking up a pack (or two).

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!