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Noodlers Tchaikovsky Ink Review

Noodlers Tchaikovsky Ink is one of Noodlers “Russian” series ink colors and is named after the famed Russian Composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Russian series, including Tchaikovsky, has all the wonderful Noodlers characteristics that many look for, bulletproof, eternal, forgery resistant and waterproof. Noodlers Tchaikovsky is also fluorescent and will glow under UV light. Noodlers Tchaikovsky is a light purple color that is very pleasing, as is Tchaikovsky’s music, and can be used for permanent writing purposes such as journal writing due to its archival fade resistant qualities. Being bulletproof, Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink is bleach resistant, UV resistant, impervious to lasers, alcohol and other solvents and is thus forgery proof. Other Russian series inks include: Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Rachmaninoff and a few other ink colors.

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Noodlers Tchaikovsky Ink

Noodlers Tchaikovsky Ink

We found the following traits while reviewing Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink, which you may find useful:

Testing Factors

We used a J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia Bloc N. 18 paper. The glass dip pen has a tip equivalent to a fine nib.

Bottle Sizes

Noodlers inks come in a standard square 3.0 oz glass bottle. The simple bottle, which is functional but plain, keeps the cost down for Noodlers ink and remains a great value. Noodlers always fills their ink bottles to the absolute brim, making sure you do not loose out on any drops of ink. Beware, you may spill a drop or two if you are not careful when you first open it.


Noodlers ink remains a great value for the wonderful qualities Noodlers ink provides, the tremendous amount of colors and characteristics. Most Noodlers 3.0 oz. ink bottles retail for $12.50, however some of the specialty colors such as the Russian Series inks, including Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink, retail for $18.50 per 3.0 oz. bottle.

Dry Time

Using the J. Herbin glass dip pen, the dry time using Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink was a lightning fast 1-2 seconds. A larger nib may produce a longer dry time, but not much.

Bleed Through

During normal use with the glass dip pen, we did not experience any bleeding. However, with the cotton swab there was some slight bleeding when the cotton swab was at its wettest point.


There may be a ever slight feathering noticeable under a magnifying glass when using the glass dip pen on Rhodia paper with Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink. To the naked eye, no feathering was apparent, even under the water test.

Water Test

We ran a soaking wet cotton swab over a Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink sample and the ink held up wonderfully well. There was no perceptible color smearing, or feathering. Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink is a waterproof ink.


Using the glass dip pen on Rhodia paper, Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink was pretty consistent, without a lot of shading characteristics.

Conclusion about the Noodlers Tchaikovsky ink

Pen Chalet loves Noodlers ink. We sell a huge amount of their inks due to their good value, wonderful colors and characteristics. The Noodlers Russian Series inks, including Tchaikovsky ink has wonderful properties, such as being waterproof, and a super quick dry time. The color is a nice muted purple color that is pleasing to the eye and would be wonderful for journal, letter or other note type writing. Наслаждаться (enjoy in Russian)!

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Chaney Tse
6 years ago

A rather curious purple. I’ve had my eye on Noodler’s Rachmaninoff rather than Tchaikovsky in the past, though I think other inks in the Noodler’s line are more appealing.

6 years ago

purple is my favorite color. really haven’t found my favorite ink in the coloe tho. still looking.

6 years ago

you can never have too much purple.

Dan Goldman
6 years ago

I love the Noodlers colors, but I especially like their creative label art!

6 years ago

Love this color!

Jackie Parkins
6 years ago

Ilove Noodler’s Inks. So far, Shah’s Rose is my favorite, but this purple is beautiful.

6 years ago

I really love this Russian series! I have the Dostoyevski one and it is one of my favorite inks. 🙂

Alan Daniel
6 years ago

Everybody comments on my Noodler’s 54th Mass.

Vik-Thor Rose
6 years ago

I tend to like my purple inks just a tad darker, but this is still nice. (the color in the bottle looks lots lighter than the writing sample!)
I’m lucky, my supervisor allows me to hand address envelopes at my job, rather than requiring me to print them. Our corporate color is purple, so this would work wonderfully!

Michael Elson
6 years ago

Noodler’s has so many colors, it’s hard to choose, but I’m leaning towards American Aristocracy.