At last the ink that inspired me to start this, I just wish I had more time hence the infrequent posts.
A colleague gave me a sample of this ink about 3 years ago - said it was lovely but not suitable for work as a 'very unprofessional' colour. I am not sure what was meant by that as I can find no definition for a professional ink colour, I don't believe we have to stick to blues and blacks though I am cautious or circumspect with my use of the ink.
I am not sure how one would define Apache sunset because depending on where you look it is either a yellow or an orange ink. I love it but have to work to get the shading it is known for - another Noodlers best served by a flex nib which I don't like using. I note in previous reviews of this ink others have also said they have to work hard to get the shading.
I can not find much about this inks properties, Noodlers provide little but I do know it is not bulletproof in any way shape or form. It is a dye based ink with very low water resistance. It is also somewhat slow drying and the swatches coming up and even my writing took quite some time to dry - I tend to use a blotter with this ink.
I tried and tried to get some shading going - I even used a Noodler's pen for this, an ahab which is designed to be fiddled with. In fiddling with it I mean it is designed for whoever owns it to alter nib and feed to make it flex more and to be a drier or wetter pen. I have not done anything with mine as I am terrified of destroying it and they are comparatively expensive in Australasia compared to the USA. Twenty-three dollars in the USA, I paid $US60 in Australia.
Everything I read states Aaron Kennedy the founder of Noodlers puts his political stamp on the names and labels of his inks - as a non- American excuse my ignorance if there is political meaning behind Apache Sunset. I do like to find out something about unique names and all I could come up with was the plant.
I first googled Apache and Apache nation as I thought it might have something to do with that, the sunset over the Apache nation, maybe. For me this was quite interesting as I know next to nothing about American Indian history and quite enjoyed the reading. I discovered the Apache are not one tribe but a groups of culturally related tribes from the southwest USA. There is not one nation but many Apache nations that are politically autonomous and speak several different languages and have different cultures. Historically, the Apache homelands have consisted of high mountains, sheltered and watered valleys and deep canyons including areas in what is now Eastern Arizona, Northern Mexico, New Mexico, West Texas, and Southern Colorado. These areas are collectively known as Apacheria.
I googled Apache sunset and discovered Agastache rupestris otherwise known as the thread leaf giant hyssop or Apache sunset licorice hummingbird mint hyssop but let us just call it Apache sunset.
A clump forming perennial, known for its minty-liquorice smell and its attraction to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. It is typically found in the area known as the Apacheria and it is noted for its sunset like flowers.
I have posted before about the availability and cost of Noodlers ink in Australasia so won't repeat but will leave you with the following.