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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Noodler's Waterase Ink

Nathan at Noodler's likes to experiment, if you hadn't figured that out already. One of his creations is something he calls 'waterase' ink, it's a wet erase ink meant to be used in highlighters or marker pens on dry erase boards. He introduced it at the Boston pen show last year. Here's a video he made on it:





As soon as I found his video a couple of months ago, I talked to my distributor about getting this ink. Nathan basically made one batch as an experiment. I did have a few people asking me about it, so I picked up what was left of his test batch recently and I have it available in blue or black if anyone wants any. It's $19 for 4.5 ounces and comes with a free Preppy highlighter. Just email Rachel if you're interested.

I don't think any more of this ink will be made unless there is a demand for it, as Nathan pretty clearly states in the video. What's your impression?

14 comments:

  1. I just ordered a bottle of each color from Rachel, and I'll let you know how it does as soon as they get here. I use whiteboards quite a bit in my science classes, and I'll know very quickly if this is a real winner or a flop. My only concern is the need for a damp cloth to erase. If I can get through an entire class with just one cloth and it comes off quickly, I'll probably be sold. Will also be nice to have a marker that is easy to put in my pocket that won't 'walk' any time someone else needs to use my room... ;)

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  2. The part about the pen show he is right, it is like trying to sell fast food at a gourmet foods fair. This plus the fact that it can't be erased by a dry paper towel. He needs to make one with solvent that can over come this fact.

    I hope he modifies the formula, his color look great and the fact you can see how much ink you have left is help full.

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  3. This is freaking amazing! As an IT guy, the white board is probably the number one most indispensable tool in my arsenal. I can't tell you how many times I have been trying to teach/explain something on a white board and the darn marker dried out mid-discussion. Plus, I have to keep tons of markers on hand because so many of them dry out in storage. What a waste of money!

    I think the fact that it is a wet erase marker is an absolutely awesome selling point. I support a group of software developers and they all have huge white boards in their offices. Google is covered in white boards. This should definitely be pitched at the IT crowd as well as educators.

    And while some people may be turned off at having to use a small amount of water to clean the board, I can say from years of experience that all white boards need cleaning with water and a mild solvent very regularly. It's really not that big of a deal if people could just be a little open minded.

    I would like to see a red and green, maybe orange or purple too (the bold colors), if the ink ever gets popular enough to warrant such a thing.

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  4. I agree that this ink is an awesome idea. As a medical student, with a vast amount of information to process, I have dedicated an entire wall in my study room as a "whiteboard" of sorts using various panes of Lexan. It's so great to know that this ink is formulated specifically for this type of material. Normal dry-erase markers aren't as effective on this cheaper material, but buying a standard whiteboard the size of a wall would have been impossible for my budget.

    I don't mind using water to erase the board and I think many won't either. My professors at my old college are already used to spraying with alcohol every time they want to erase a board that needs re-laminating or replacing, which is most of the time.

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  5. The biggest problem I see with this ink is that wet erase pens are already out there and quite cheap. I believe they go for just over a dollar per pen. Using this ink to compete in the dry erase market is not going to work because people using those markers obviously want something that will erase without water. Those who want markers that need water to erase can go to any office store and get them. Unless this ink and pen combo is significantly better in some way, I don't understand the draw.

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  6. Well, all the waterase I had is gone, and from what I understand I got the last of what was available. Perhaps there's another retailer out there that had bought some on speculation but I don't know anyone specific that has it. I'm unsure at this point if Nathan will ever make any more. We'll need a fairly strong case to convince him to do it, so if you did buy any I would LOVE to hear what you think of it in use. If it's really good stuff and enough people would want it, then I can approach Nathan about it. Sound fair?

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  7. I got this ink in last night and started using it today. It's awesome! It writes super smooth and cleans off of my cheap Government Issue white board easily (I was a little worried it wouldn't come off because Nathan said it only works on 65% of white boards; no problem with the cheap ones I have!). I keep a sponge and a spray bottle on hand to clean the board and it works great. I really hope he makes more of this ink because it's very economical and works great! I'd really love to have more colors.

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  8. Now that it is not available, people want it. Me included, though I didn't know about it until too late. Seems like a lot of topics coming up all of a sudden on dry erase and whiteboard markers on forums. I hope there will be more folks to review the ink and get the word out, so maybe we can help push another shipment the Goulets' way.

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  9. Brian, I did a post on this stuff. Thanks again for being the conduit!

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  10. Now that it is not available, people want it. Me included, though I didn't know about it until too late. Seems like a lot of topics coming up all of a sudden on dry erase and whiteboard markers on forums. I hope there will be more folks to review the ink and get the word out, so maybe we can help push another shipment the Goulets' way.

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  11. I just ordered a bottle of each color from Rachel, and I'll let you know how it does as soon as they get here. I use whiteboards quite a bit in my science classes, and I'll know very quickly if this is a real winner or a flop. My only concern is the need for a damp cloth to erase. If I can get through an entire class with just one cloth and it comes off quickly, I'll probably be sold. Will also be nice to have a marker that is easy to put in my pocket that won't 'walk' any time someone else needs to use my room... ;)

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  12. Someone over at white-boards.org figured out how to make a nice whiteboard for around $35 using a material called melamine from their big box building supply store.

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  13. Very cool...melamine works well, I've also heard of people using laminated showerboard, similar kind of stuff.

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  14. Love the idea, I must get some. Does it smear if rubbed without water?

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