Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink review

Noodler’s Bulletproof Black seemed like the logical choice of inks to review after the X-Feather.

This ink is special due to its archival quality (bullet proofness), which means its resistant to water and fading over time. This may not be something you may look for in an every-day ink, but it sure is a nice bonus.


Noodler's Bulletproof black color

This is a decent black ink. The color may be a tad lighter than the soul-eating black we all crave in inks, but it does the job.


Compared to Noodler’s X Feather, this is a quick drying ink. It takes about 15 to 20 seconds to dry (depending on the paper). It does not form a film on the paper the way X-Feather does.

Noodler's Bulletproof black smudge Noodler's Bulletproof black smudge

Bleed-through and feathering

There is virtually no bleed-through with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink. Granted, I tested it using a pen with a fine nib - results may vary with broader nibs. Noodler's Bulletproof Black feathering

Other properties

This ink does not lubricate as well, as other inks do - at least with a fine nib.

But it’s also water proof. Seconds after drying, the ink does not smudge when wet.

Noodler's Bulletproof Black wet smudge


Noodler's Bulletproof Black

Noodler’s Bulletproof Black is a very nice everyday ink. It’s a no-nonsense black ink with low feathering, relatively quick dry time and archival qualities (i.e. water resistance).