Noodler's Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink Review and Giveaway

Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink Review & Giveaway

Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue ink was first introduced at the 2020 Baltimore Pen Show as a special edition, and more recently released as a regular edition ink. Baltimore Canyon Blue is one of over 75 colors carried by Noodler’s Ink.

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Featured Ink: Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon

Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue fountain pen ink is a very bright, vibrant color blue that goes down in a medium to high saturation. The ink color is very pleasing (not too dark, yet not a turquoise color) and it shows up well on paper. After reviewing this Noodler’s ink we think it would work out well as an everyday blue ink color choice.

*** If you’re sticking around for the full ink review…enjoy! If you don’t have the time (or the patience for that today) then you can jump to the end and just enter to win the bottle of the Noodler’s ink used for this week’s review. We’ll allow it.

It’s Time: This Week’s Ink Review

This week we put one of Noodler’s popular inks, Baltimore Canyon Blue, through our standard review tests. Read on to see what we found out!

Noodler's Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink Review
Read the full Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue ink review.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

For this week’s review we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper.

What Ink Bottle Does Noodler’s Use?

Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue ink comes in the new standard Noodler’s 3 oz. glass bottle. The Noodler’s ink bottle is simple, functional but plain, and as such, it helps keep the costs down for Noodler’s inks, which continues to be one of best “value” ink buys out there. Noodler’s always fills their ink bottles to the absolute brim, so you don’t lost out on even one drop of possible ink. Be cautious when you’re opening your Noodler’s ink for the first time, and remember that by filling the ink bottle to the very brim of the bottle, Noodler’s is making sure you get the most ink for your money.

How Much Does Noodler’s Ink Cost?

Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue fountain pen ink comes at a higher price than their standard inks, but considering the full 3 oz. size of the ink, the price is still reasonable. Check for the latest discounted price at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We conducted a 1-dip test with Baltimore Canyon Blue fountain pen ink using a J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen, and Rhodia dot pad paper. (For the 1-Dip Test, we dip the pen in ink once for each of three writing samples, “S,” “X,” and scribble lines to see how well the pen performs. Baltimore Canyon Blue easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with ink to spare.

How Fast Does this Noodler’s Ink Dry?

Baltimore Canyon Blue fountain pen ink showed a dry time of about 6-7 seconds with medium to high saturation.

Does Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use although we did see some slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test (at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering While Using Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia paper, and we noticed almost no additional feathering during the water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. This week’s ink is not meant to be waterproof, but it did hold up to water quite well. We saw no real line distortion or fading, but we did see some light color smearing for a blue ink. The lines remained very legible with almost no distortion at all and almost zero additional feathering. This week’s review ink held up very well to the traditional water test.

Does this Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

With this Noodler’s ink you’ll see some shading and possibly a little sheening, but it will depend on the nib being used and your penmanship.

Final Conclusion on Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue Ink:

The most obvious benefit of working with Noodler’s Baltimore Canyon Blue ink is the color; this Noodler’s ink is a bright, vibrant blue great for everyday use (with a reasonable dry time of 6-7 seconds). Noodler’s Ink company is a well-regarded, prolific ink company and they have many inks that are very popular for both great color and interesting characteristics. Additionally, Noodler’s inks come at a great price. The packaging is simple and concise (part of the reason these inks are one of the more affordable options). Happy writing from the USA!

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Geoffrey Dunn
3 years ago

Absolutely love this colour! Perfect for everyday writing and easy on the eye. I think we all know and trust Noodlers quality and I’d love to add this ink to my small collection. Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

Conor Cook
3 years ago

That is quite the blue! Faded, somewhat, but without any loss of visibility or clarity. I haven’t used a Noodler’s ink, but this might be a first choice if I were to need another ink!

Jovan Trujillo
3 years ago

Looks magical

3 years ago

I have tried a few Noodler’s colors, but not any of their blues. I really like this shade!

3 years ago

Beautiful color! I love blue inks! My favorite at the moment is Monteverde Capri Blue.

Stephanie S
3 years ago

This blue is really speaking to me right now! My current favorite blue is Diamine Prussian Blue but I’m ready for something more vibrant. (Plus it would look great in my new pen!)

Scott D
3 years ago

Noodler’s does blue like no one else.

Stu Elman
3 years ago

I’ve only tried a few Noodler’s Inks. They really do top out the bottles.. Their inks really have their own smell.

Ged Alangui
3 years ago

The water test tells me it could be ideal as an ink and wash artist’s ink. Or for calligraphy. I hope I win this! Thanks for the chance!

3 years ago

Love the saturation, and the glass bottle is a bonus.

3 years ago

Very nice navy(ish) blue!

John Stein
3 years ago

I’d like to see this blue compared with Baystate Blue!

3 years ago

Interesting matte finish. Would like to see it up close and personal!

3 years ago

More blue, more noodlers, love it !

3 years ago

This looks like a solid every day blue. Haven’t tried any Noodler’s inks yet, this seems like a good color to start with!

3 years ago

Great colour!

Heather Burke
3 years ago

It is beuatiful.

Noah LaRoy
3 years ago

Love the way that this blue ink looks!

3 years ago

Haven’t tried any of Noodler’s inks yet but I have heard so much about them!

3 years ago

Beautiful ink!