Ink Review: Noodler's Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham


Noodler's Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham
Pen: Kaweco AL-Sport F
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm
Shading: low to moderate
Saturation: high
Flow: wet
Dry Time: 18 seconds

Just when I thought I'd heard about all of the Noodler's inks, I found out they had a Canadian line! I heard about Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham by listening to Brian Goulet's Q&A a few weeks ago.  He was asked what his favorite ink was that nobody has heard of, and his reply was Noodler's Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham.  As soon as he mentioned it, I knew I had to find some to try.  I went over to Wonder Pens' website and noticed they didn't do shipping to the US (to their credit, they attempted to reach out to me afterwards but I already had some by that point), so an awesome reader of the blog Brad T. ordered some for me and sent it over - thanks so much Brad!

Plains of Abraham is a very unique and interesting ink.  It's a deep blue with a hint of purple tones; definitely very unique.  Despite its high saturation, it has some decent shading which is awesome.  One thing Brian noted was that it is super thick and it flows like tar - he's absolutely right.  It's definitely got a thicker consistency than a lot of inks I've used.  It's not syrup-y or anything like that, but it definitely flows thick.  I've had it in my Kaweco for a couple of weeks and I've not had any issues with flow or clogging, so it doesn't appear to have an effect on ease of use.  The ink was actually formulated and released a few years back and had been discontinued; but it has since made its return and for good reason.  In addition to it being a great color, it has the Noodler's signature bulletproof and eternal qualities for those folks who want their writing to stick around for a while.

The name for this ink is inspired by the Seven Years War and the battle of The Plains of Abraham where the British and French battled for control of the land, which ultimately prompted the "British North America" affecting what Canada is today.  In addition to his usual politically driven name and label, he added the saying "American Canadian Ink for Canada" to the label.

The chromatography of this ink was a bit stubborn.  Not sure if it was the bulletproof properties or the thicker consistency, but the ink just would NOT move any further up onto my sheet than it did.  It did still give a pretty good idea of the colors in this ink - the burgundy/maroon color definitely gives this ink it's purple hue, and it's got some black undertones as well as the royal blue.

The ink is in a league of its own, but the closest comparisons I had were Diamine Registrar's and Bad Belted Kingfisher.  The color sits somewhere between those two.

I really love the blueish-purple tone of this ink.  It's definitely very different than all the other standard blue-black inks that are out there.  I'm kind of disappointed that this ink isn't available in the US, but no matter - we have sources like Wonder Pens who seem to be willing to quote US shipping (which is awesome of them!) and wonderful pen friends like Brad who graciously helped me get a sample.  Yet another reason why the pen community is amazing!  Also, check out Wonder Pens' blog - they have some awesome stuff over there that I've really enjoyed reading lately.

If you're interested in a bottle, reach out to your Canadian friends or hit up Wonder Pens and see what they can quote you for shipping.  You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for reading!