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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium



Video timeline:
  • Meaning behind the label (0:55)
  • Ink performance (5:25)
  • Comparison to Baystate Blue (8:53)
  • Bleach torture test (10:01)

Liberty: freedom from external or foreign rule; independence
Elysium: the abode of the blessed after death

Here's the newest ink from Noodler's, our Goulet-exclusive ink called Liberty's Elysium. This is a brand-new ink, not a reformulation or repackaging of any previous Noodler's ink. We have been working with Nathan Tardif for some time now on this ink, and what we wanted was a bulletproof vibrant blue, on par with Noodler's Blue (one of my personal favorite colors) that was inspired by Patrick Henry. Our Goulet shop is located in Ashland, Va., which is just minutes down the road from Scotchtown Plantation where Patrick Henry was born. In fact, I went to Liberty Middle School and Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Va., so early American history is quite prevalent in our area!

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium bottle label, inspired by Patrick Henry, Mary Dyer, and Nathan Hale.

The label is done in typical Noodler's fashion, steeped in history, deep meanings, and somewhat in-your-face images. There are three people featured on the bottle, Patrick Henry, Mary Dyer, and Nathan Hale. Each of them had a strong impact of the formation of early America, and they all devote their lives (or lost them) for the cause of liberty and freedom. I strongly encourage you to read up on each of them, they're quite fascinating!

We had Nathan put together the most vibrant bulletproof blue that he possibly could, and we're thrilled with how it turned out. So here it is:

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium, reviewed by Brian Goulet.

There are a couple of slight drawbacks to the ink, it takes a little while to dry on ink-resistant paper like the Rhodia that I tested. It's a pretty vibrant and saturated color, and its bulletproof properties make it so that it needs to soak into the paper and bond to the actual paper fibers, as the way that Noodler's inks are bulletproof is by cellulose reaction. Because of this, there may be some excess ink that sits on the top of the page that can smear a bit when wet, as you see in my drip test. However, there isn't another blue this shade that even comes close to this level of water resistance, so we're happy with this result. As the ink dries over several days, it'll become even more permanent.

There are only a couple of other bulletproof blues, and they're really much darker. Bad Belted Kingfisher and Bad Blue Heron are both bulletproof but are really more blue-black. Noodler's Blue and Blue Eel are close in color, but not waterproof at all (see my review here). Diamine Asa Blue and Private Reserve American Blue are also close in color, but again, not waterproof at all.



Now I knew we wouldn't be able to come out with a vibrant bulletproof blue and have it NOT get compared to Baystate Blue, so I went ahead and swabbed up the two side-by-side. Baystate Blue is more vibrant, and has more of a purple-tinge to it, but Liberty's Elysium is going to be more permanent and a little more conventional than the infamous BSB.

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium and Noodler's Baystate Blue, compared.

Liberty's Elysium is bulletproof, which means that it's fraud-resistant and will fight against aggressive chemicals like bleach that are used to wash ink off paper. I wanted to test this out for myself, so I soaked a q-tip with straight household bleach and rubbed it on the ink. The ink held fast, but the paper did not! As long as the ink is making contact with the fibers of the paper, then it's going to create a permanent bond that is so strong that the ink will hold fast to the paper right up until the end:

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium bleach torture test

Many Goulet fans out there suspected this would be a blue that would be dubbed as 'Goulet blue', matching our ink splatter in our logo, as well as the blue stretch-wrap that we use for packaging up products as we ship them out, and I think that's a pretty dead-on description :) This ink is distinctively Goulet, distinctively Noodler's, and one that I am hoping will help to fill a much-needed gap in the ink world. You can check out more info and pick up your bottle of Liberty's Elysium here.

I would love to hear what you think, please post in the comments!

Write on, 
Brian Goulet

38 comments:

  1. Looks actually a very interesting ink :) I wonder if it fades over the time, or depending on the paper. Some papers, especially acid-free papers, cause fading.

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  2. I am very excited by this ink.

    I'm an attorney. Forget that. My calling is higher. I am a public defender. I defend liberties. My law school training came at the University of Richmond. I lived about 2 miles from the Goulet Pen Company's present location when I was in law school. They weren't there then, but I still feel a connection. I interned in the prosecutor's office in Hanover Courthouse. Like the Goulets, I feel a connection to Patrick Henry. I work next door to Patrick and Henry counties.

    I have ordered my bottle of ink. I will do my level best to review it the day I get it. My Bexley Corona is clean and ready for it. If I get it Friday and cannot review it, know it is because I am in Court defending our freedoms.

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  3. TheyknowtheyknowMay 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Wow! Looks fantastic, and...if you ever need a blogger to review it...hit me up! ;)

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  4. Does this ink feather much on cheaper paper? How does it compare to Noodler's Blue (which feathers a fair amount on cheaper paper) and Baystate Blue (which feathers a lot on cheaper paper and even some on Clairefontaine)?

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  5. Also, Noodler's Blue has a teal-ish tint to it. Does Liberty Elysium also have this? Or is it a truer blue than Noodler's Blue?

    Thanks! 

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  6. Very interesting! I might have to think about getting that one too. Although it's tough get yet another blue ink. 

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  7. Me too! :)  And I could compare it with PR Supershow Blue and American Blue (but not nearly to the extrems I went with my Pelikan Blue-Black comparison - that was just WAY too much work).

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  8. Love it.  Does it hold the same line width as when using the same pen with Noodler's Blue?  I notice, for example, that Noodler's Hunter Green gives me a slightly wider line than Noodler's Gruene Cactus.  It's not a wooly line or anything--nice and smooth, just wider.

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  9. It shouldn't fade significantly as long as you keep it out of sunlight when storing it for a long time. Of course I've only had the ink for a day so far, so I can't really test it thoroughly yet, but it should be better than any other blue this shade in terms of resisting fading. 

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  10. I haven't done any thorough side-by-side comparisons yet, but I can say that the ink is VERY close in color and performance to Noodler's Blue and PR American Blue (but more water resistant, of course). Here's my review of Noodler's Blue: http://www.gouletpens.com/Articles.asp?ID=354

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  11. Teal is one of those colors that a lot of people can't really agree what it actually is....some think it's more blue and some think it's more green...there isn't any green to Liberty's Elysium at all, and no purple either, it's a pretty true blue. 

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  12. I know what you mean, I personally don't have a lot of full bottles of ink in my personal collection (surprisingly!), but about 80% of them are blue! Diamine Majestic Blue, Sailor Sky High, Noodler's Blue, Omas Blue, Lamy Turquoise, Liberty's Elysium....but I can say that Liberty's Elysium will now by my 'go-to' blue, for the permanence if nothing else. 

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  13. Actually, this ink holds a line tighter than a lot of the other Eternal and bulletproof inks. Some of them like the Warden's inks, Hunter, Fox, can run a pretty wide line because they are prone to absorbing into the paper. Liberty's Elysium holds tight to the line much like Noodler's Blue does, which is something we're very pleased about. I have a review of Noodler's Blue here to compare: http://www.inknouveau.com/2011/08/noodlers-blue.html

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  14. Me three! This blogger would be happy to try some out for you.

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  15. Like the Goulets, I feel a strong attraction to this ink and its subject matter. I am an attorney. Scratch that. I am a public defender. I'm a defender of the liberties that people like Patrick Henry fought for. I lived about 2 miles from Goulet HQ (it wasn't there yet) when I was attending law school at the University of Richmond and actually interned for the prosecutor in Hanover at historic Hanover Courthouse. As a public defender, I work in the territory right next door to Patrick and Henry counties in Virginia. 

    I ordered immediately and actually attempted to leave a comment very much like this one by phone but it apparently didn't take. I may have the ink tomorrow. If not, it will be Friday. I will do my level best to review the ink immediately. The only thing that may hold me up is that if I get the order on Friday, I will have to do it after defending the liberty of about a dozen clients in court. They come first. 

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  16. Does this ink stain much? Does it wash off fingers fairly easily with water like Noodler's Black?

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  17. The video indicates that clean up is moderate. As a bulletproof ink, it obviously stains permanently anything that is cellulose if it dries on it. 

    I'm mulling whether I want to donate my finger to science for a day or two to test the washing off.

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  18. Gee, it's virtually indestructible! I'll definitely pick up a sample and test it myself. I'm not too concerned about fraud but I can see the use of such a permanent ink for archival purposes. Besides, it's quite a lovely shade of blue. 

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  19. Get out of here! I grew up in Hanover and have been to the courthouse many times (all for non-law-breaking reasons, I swear!). There's so much history around here it's almost easy to take it for granted, especially when you think about Civil War stuff. I really look forward to seeing your review!

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  20. I have only tried it in my Custom 74 so far, and I did get a little ink on my fingers, and the ink was gone later that day just with regular hand washing after going to the bathroom, etc. 

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  21. Haha....well this is a permanent ink so it's not going to be the absolute easiest to clean off, but it's not going to be anything near like Baystate Blue or anything in terms of staining. 

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  22. It's pretty durable, yes! I'm with you, I don't do a whole lot of stuff that I feel needs to be fraud resistant, but I do like my stuff to stick around for a while, especially if I'm journaling stuff for my kids' sake. I'm really loving this ink in particular because I've used a lot of permanent inks and usually you have to sacrifice a bit of vibrancy to get it. I think the reason so many people are excited for this ink is it's going to really set the bar for a vibrant bulletproof ink. 

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  23. I need another blue ink like I need another hole in the head, but I might be getting a sample of this to decide. I like the idea of a bulletproof blue. the other blue that I have, Luxury Blue gets chalky after it dries, while I like the color I don't use it often at all.

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  24. It's worth trying a sample, it's a pretty cool ink. It doesn't get chalky or anything like a lot of the Noodler's Eternals do.

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  25. No, it's actually pretty good on cheap paper. It obviously depends on the paper, but now that I've had time to play with it a bit I've been very impressed. I think it's better than BSB for resisting feathering/bleedthrough.

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  26. http://theinkednib.com/post/23750876514/review-noodlers-libertys-elysium

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  27.  Got my bottle today, tried it, and I completely agree with you here.  Very nice!

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  28. AWESOME job putting this ink together !!!
    Beautiful Blue and so glad I went ahead and bought a bottle instead of a sample.
    Congrats & thank you.

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  29. Thanks! I'm happy with the results, and I'm enjoying hearing some feedback now that everyone is getting it in their pens :) 

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  30. Awesome! Obviously I'm a little biased with this ink, but I tried to do a very honest review, even pointing out the ink's limitations. When all is said and done though, it's still the most permanent vibrant blue around, and I'm pleased with that!

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  31.  Cyan-ish is probably a better term for most of the Noodler's blue inks. Even the blue-black inks often lean towards cyan for their blue portion, rather than what I think of as blue. (Blue to me is the color on the US flag.)

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  32. Looks a pretty close colour match to Everflo True Blue

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  33. It's possible, that's one of the few inks I don't have :P

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  34. (1) How is it "fraud resistant"?
    (2) An appealing color, especially against BSB, which is day-glo ugly.
    (3) Why would I want an ink that cannot wash out of clothes? I fill a pen...ink sometimes spills, drips, or splatters. That's why Sheaffer designed the Snorkel and Parker countered with the capillary-fill P61. It was a big reason wbhy people went loking for ballpoint pens.

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  35. Can you review Polar Blue?

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  36. You missed one of the best things! It doesn't budge on paper but if you spot treat it right away it comes out of cotton clothes! I also like this because it isn't as aggressive a stain as the baystate inks on my sink, pen barrels and counter.

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  37. my sample of this ink is in my blue Pilot Metro right now ... love it! I'm a court reporter and need to sign transcripts with permanent ink -- I think this is my blue :) Thanks for the review, Brian!

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