A number of people have asked me what ink I put in the Lamy Safari fountain pen I use in the Spring video. It’s a lovely substance called “Noodler’s Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink” which is incidentally classified as “Bulletproof” because, once dry, it “resists all the known tools of a forger, UV light, UV light wands, bleaches, alcohols, solvents, petrochemicals, oven cleaners, carpet cleaners, carpet stain lifters …” In short, don’t spill it on your nice new shirt.

I bought my initial bottle on Amazon for about $12 but I see it’s now up to $16.18. As that first bottle has lasted me for nearly two years and is still going strong, I consider it a bulletproof investment.


  1. ChrisF

    Do you have to do anything special to keep the Lamy from clogging? My experience with “bulletproof” inks is that they dry in the pen parts and are almost impossible to clean out.

    • Annika

      Mine too!!

    • Ana Tirolese

      Thanks for asking this Chris. I was wondering the same thing. Danny?

    • dannygregory

      Ive been using this ink for two years straight from the bottle without a clog.

  2. Mike

    Does anyone know why Amazon will not ship Noodler’s ink to Canada?

  3. Eileen Korponay

    I have had the same experience with Lamy pens and black ink that was especially made for the Lamy.

    • Marita

      I also use “Noodler’s Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink” with my Lamy Safari and it works well :-)


      • Larry Marshall

        Noodler’s Black is available from Goulet Pens for $12.50. They ship worldwide (I’m in Canada; they’re in Virginia). I don’t find Noodler’s Black to be all that waterproof when applying watercolors over it. For that reason, I use Noodler’s Lexington Gray which is a very dark gray but somewhat more waterproof. Same price from Goulet Pens.

        I’ve never heard of this ‘clogging’ problem with Noodler’s bulletproof inks. Any chance you’re not talking about Platinum Carbon Black, which is a pigmented, truly waterproof ink? You do have to watch it more carefully, but I’ve used that in my Lamy Safaris as well.

        Cheers — Larry Marshall

  4. gypsysnail

    Hi Danny (Mr Clippy), it looks like a brilliant ink! I would love to buy it but Amazon says it wont ship to my address in Australia :(. Not sure what to do, where else can I buy this from that will ship to Australia?

    • Ana Tirolese

      You should probably do a Google search for it and see what comes up. That is what I would do.

      • gypsysnail

        yeah I did this and this yielded no results! So I commented on here as a last resort for help, wondering if anyone here knows any american shops that will ship to australia

        • Liz

          It is available in australia – I go through a lot of it –
          is one place (sadly the cheapest site to get it has closed down)

        • Carol Lee Beckx

          I have just bought some black Noodlers from The Pen Shoppe Brisbane Arcade and I think they have branches elsewhere. Not cheap though I paid about Au$ 24 :(
          They a wide range of colors too

        • gypsysnail

          Hey thanks everyone for all the recommendations, so much appreciated! Will be looking at some of the links you gave me

    • Mike

      See m y comments above. Must be something to do with anti-terrorism laws or something like that. Liquids cannot be shipped across borders, I guess.

    • Cheryl

      I found this reference to an Australian supplier –

  5. ejmordasky

    I’d like to know which Lemay Safari fountain pen you like to use—there are so many of them…and which type of ink filling are you using? and does the pen come with usable ink or do I have to order the ink you suggest at the time of my order? Do I need to order a converter? I sure like the looks of the clear see thru one….but that not may be the wrong one…. Id’ like to invest in the right one that’s been tried and true…as I have not the time left to experiment nor the money to spend on the wrong thing…thank you for your help….Winna

  6. Cheryl

    A supplier for inks and fountain pens that I especially like is The Goulet Pen Company. I live in NC and they are close to me plus they have great customer service. They also have lots of videos on pen care and feeding and lots of customer feedback on the product pages. Very helpful when trying to make a decision about what inks work well with which pens.

  7. Moira aguilar

    Do you have a fine or medium point nib on your pen?

    • dannygregory

      I have a Lamy Safari Charcoal Extra Fine Point Fountain Pen – L17EF

  8. Nina Graci

    Koh-i-Noor makes FOUNT INDIA drawing ink for fountain pens (easy to get at art supply stores) $5 Canadian.

    If there’s a fountain pen collector out there, I wanted to share this quirky and wonderful site It’s run by an American (I think) who scours the country for (new + vintage) Indian fountain pens that start at $5 and has bulk discounts. I loved his clear pens. He guarantees the pens and delivery all the things that stopped me from ordering.

    Thanks for all the ink suggestions.

    • Nina Graci

      BTW the Fount India ink doesn’t clog my LAMY. And the company I mentioned is in India. Sorry if I wasn’t clear, previously.

      • Nina Graci has Noodler’s ink for $12/bottle

        • Josh Carney

          I’ve used almost every Noodler’s ink I have in a Lamy Safari and I’ve never had a single clog. I’ve also never heard of Noodler’s inks clogging a Lamy Safari under normal use. In fact, my wife is currently using a white Lamy Safari with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black. It’s a great pairing.

          If you’re having trouble finding it, as Nina mentioned, we do carry it. We were charging $12.00 for a short time but another retailer complained and their distributor required us to bring our price back up to the market rate of $12.50. They have very strict guidelines around minimum pricing apparently. We are still allowed to offer quantity discounts and we still have our free shipping over $50.00 in the U.S.

          I didn’t mean for this to be a plug, just trying to help out. These really are great pens and great inks.

        • dannygregory

          Thanks, Josh. What’s the URL to connect directly to your Noodler’s page?

        • Josh Carney

          Danny, here you go:

          We’re still growing, but we’re putting everything back into the company so we can increase our inventory as much as possible for our customers.


  9. barbaragruen

    Reblogged this on sein und wandeln and commented:
    wasserfeste tinte von danny gregory. mal schauen, wie die in die schweiz kommt.

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