Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mini Comparison: Noodler's Lexington Gray and Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama (Whaleman's Sepia)

As per request, here is a small comparison of Noodler's Lexington Gray and Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama. Note: In my Plumix the Whaleman's Sepia seems dry, but it could just be the pen being fairly dry itself. I'll post an update when I try it in another pen. I should also note that the scan of Lexington Gray shows up darker than it really is. It's actually quite light, like the color of an H or 2H pencil.

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To purchase Lexington Gray: Noodler's Bulletproof Lexington Gray Fountain Pen Ink

-Derek (ThirdeYe)


  1. Woohoo! I have samples of both of these though it will take me a while until I test them.

    Whaleman's Sepia doesn't look anything like sepia. It's gray as gray can be.

    As for Lexington Gray, I kind of dig it, especially if it is waterproof. I can imagine countless scenarios where it could be used for drawing.

  2. I think you'd be pleasantly surprised with Whaleman's Sepia if you tried it. My scans don't really do the color justice, it really is a neat shade of brown very reminiscent of faded ink on old documents with that tinge of brown.

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to put up the comparison. Neither one of these colors does a lot for me, but I can imagine both being used for writing with an antiquated look or for drawing, as Peninkcillin pointed out.

    I think the grey would also be useful for die-hard pencil fans that are trying to get into fountain pens. It would at least give them a familiar color before being sucked into an ink addiction.

  4. Thanks for your post. I just loaded the Whaleman in a Noodler's Flex and it lubed up the pen considerably and lays a rather dark line.

    I have the Lexington Grey in a Safari, and love its delicacy but clear grey-ness.