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Noodlers Upper Ganges Ink Review & Giveway

Noodlers Upper Ganges Ink is a beautiful blue color which Noodlers ink company named after the Ganges River located in India, which originates from the Himalayas. This beautiful light blue ink reflects the color of the Upper Ganges river water coming out of the world’s tallest mountain range is wonderful and has great characteristics. Noodlers Upper Ganges ink is bulletproof and eternal (meaning it is invulnerable to solvents, lasers and thus is an archival quality ink and forgery resistant as it is also UV resistant and bleach resistant) as well as being water resistant.

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Noodlers Upper Ganges Ink

Noodlers Upper Ganges Ink

Please note the following characteristics we noticed while reviewing Noodlers Upper Ganges ink:

Testing Factors

We reviewed Noodlers Upper Ganges ink while using a J. Herbin Spiral Glass Dip Pen on Rhodia Bloc Paper. The Dip pen has an equivalent fine tip.

Bottle Sizes

Noodlers Upper Ganges ink comes in Noodlers standard and basic square glass bottle, which contains 3 oz. of Noodlers ink. The non-descript bottle comes completely full of ink, to the point that you have to be careful when first opening not to spill the ink.


Noodlers ink, a USA made ink product, is a good value and retails typically for $12.50 per bottle. However, a few of Noodlers specialty colors, such as Noodlers Russian Series and Noodlers Upper Ganges ink cost more at $18.50 per 3 oz. bottle.

Dry Time

As with most Noodlers Bulletproof inks, the dry time is very quick. Using the J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia paper we experienced a 2-3 second dry time. Not as fast as some other Noodlers inks, but still lightning quick which would allow its use in most every situation.

Bleed Through

Unfortunately we did notice some slight bleeding while testing Noodlers Upper Ganges ink, but most of the bleeding on the Rhodia paper was shown using a cotton swab soaked with the ink. Normal use only produced a very slight bleeding when the tip was at its wettest.


We didn’t notice much feathering during normal use when testing Noodlers Upper Ganges ink, however under a magnifying glass we can see slight feathering of the ink on the Rhodia paper. Also we accidentally spilled a drop of ink on the review and it produced perceptible feathering.

Water Test

Running a soaking wet cotton swab over an ink sample of Noodlers Upper Ganges ink produced no color smearing, no additional feathering or bleeding. Noodlers ink company touts Upper Ganges ink as waterproof and our testing seemed to confirm this assessment.


We didn’t notice a lot of shading, but there was some depending on the nib used and pressure applied.

Conclusion about the Noodlers Upper Ganges Ink

Noodlers Upper Ganges ink is a beautiful blue color, not too light, and could be considered for every day use. Noodlers Upper Ganges ink has some great characteristics, such as being waterproof, forgery resistant, fade resistant and thus can be used as an archival ink.

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Jeff Skopin
5 years ago

Who doesn’t need a new turquoise ink, Kind of soft and inviting. I do.

Chaney Tse
5 years ago

A good, consistent turquoise ink … if you like turquoise 🙂 A darker blue would be better. The infamous BSB comes to mind.

Logan S
5 years ago

I’m always impressed by the variety of ink that Noodlers produces. I’ve never used a bulletproof ink from their offerings though.

Robert Dasek
5 years ago

I have been using this ink for several years now and I absolutely love it. It is a wetter ink and it performs very well on nice papers the likes of Rhodia, Clairefontaine, or Tomoe River. On TR paper it actually shades quite nicely. It is the perfect ink for lefties-no smearing. In terms of the color, I find it to be just a bit darker than I see on the sample above. I actually prefer this color over Edelstein Topaz, or Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, which to me are too light.

5 years ago

As a doctor I need inks with archieval qualities all the time and this ink looks promising relief from the usual black and blue-blacks.

Michael Elson
5 years ago

I really enjoy Noodler’s inks. My fav so far is American Aristocracy