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Noodler’s Q’Ternity

Noodlers Q Eternity Blue

Noodler’s Q’Ternity (sometimes written as Q-Ternity) is quick-drying ink sold in a 3 oz. glass bottle.

It’s a blue ink, sometimes called a blue-black, with hints of green, though Noodler’s inks do tend to vary from one batch to the next. The Q’Ternity is part of the larger Bernanke family of quick-drying inks.

The ink’s rather confusing name is a reference to “QE” or the United States Federal Reserve’s “Quantitative Easing” program in which the Fed stimulated the US economy after the 2008 financial crisis. On the bottle Noodler’s specifically references “QE3” to the third round of Quantitative Easing, in which the Fed bought dozens of billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities from US banks — these were known as “toxic assets” at the time. This act was seen as printing money, and given the quantity of money, Noodler’s named its quick-drying ink after it. The “Bernanke series” is named after the then-chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben  Bernanke.

This is a fast-flowing, watery-ink that dries very quickly. The color isn’t as vibrant as some people might like, but it’s a great ink for left-handed people. It’s also useful if you have a fountain pen with a slow feed or a nib that is writing on the dry side. You can “ink tune” the pen by using think ink to adjust the writing flow instead of replacing the feed or trying to adjust the nib, both of which are difficult, risky, and usually irreversible.

Noodler’s Q’Ternity Information

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Manufacturer Noodlers
Ink Color Blue
Secondary ColorBlack
Bottle Size 90 ml
Waterproof No
Archival No
Quick-drying No
Tamper-proof No
Fluorescent No
Lubricated No
Cartridge No
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