“Noodler’s Ink” has the lowest cost per volume in stores that carry it and it’s 100% made in the USA from cap to glass to ink. The ink with the catfish on the label symbolizes a southern sport that attempts to equalize the struggle between man and animal in the quest for a sense of fair play — and thus a fair price.
When people who have purchased a tip dip or Sheaffer Admiral find themselves facing costly ink bottles — and then ask me how on earth such a pen can be more economical to use than a Bic, there is a problem. Ink should not be so high priced that affordable luxury pens lose the battle for economic viability over the long term. A gold nibbed, $25 pen has, until recently, always been a better deal over several years than purchasing ball pens — it also maintains a resale value (often appreciating over the purchase price if well cared for) and avoids permanent deposits in landfills as is experienced with disposable ball pens.