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Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium is a deep, rich blue ink that was made by Noodler’s in conjunction with The Goulet Pen Company. It is also exclusively sold at Goulet Pens. As with many Noodler’s inks, there is a bit of history behind the label and the name of the ink. I highly recommend watching Brian Goulet’s video to get a better idea of their thought process in the creation of this ink. This ink is relatively well behaved and I noticed a few interesting things. Although the ink goes down on the paper wet, the dry times are quite fast. In finer nibbed pens, the dry times seem almost instantaneous, and even when the ink pools the dry times are still quite reasonable. I haven’t had any issues with feathering, but I have noticed some very minor bleeding on Rhodia paper with wetter pens. However, I don’t think it would be an issue for most daily writing. After allowing the ink to sit in one of my pens for an extended period of time, I found that the ink can be very difficult to clean out of a pen once it has dried out. I highly recommend cleaning the pen out quickly if you empty it out. Although I personally prefer to use fine nibs, I think the real beauty of this ink isn’t fully realized unless you are writing with a broader line.

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium Label

The label depicts renowned figures in American history.

This ink is also semi-bulletproof and, although the color fades a bit, remains easily legible when exposed to water. There is a moderate amount of shading, and the ink can get to a very dark blue, but not quite black. There is no sheen that I have noticed, and I think this is due to how readily it is absorbed into the paper. Overall, I do like this ink. I think it could be a great choice of blue if you’re looking for some semi-permanent properties in a nice, rich, blue package.

Special thanks to The Goulet Pen Company for sending me this bottle of Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium! Although this ink was provided at no cost, this review contains my 100% honest and unfettered opinion.

 

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  • Rachel Goulet

    July 5, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply

    Thanks so much for the great review, Adam! I love your macro photography shots of the writing samples. Liberty’s Elysium is definitely a favorite color here. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

    • Joseph

      July 5, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply

      I really enjoy these reviews as well, especially this one! On a side note, the post by Rachel is dated July 5th. I’m going to go ahead and assume that comment wasn’t posted from the future

      • Rachel Goulet

        July 5, 2014 at 2:53 am | Reply

        I’m pretty sure Adam’s in Asia at the moment (given the post on the Seoul pen show recently), so it really is tomorrow there! 😉

  • Rob

    July 5, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply

    A great color but it produces some nib creep and pretty frequent / annoying start up issues in any pen I load it in.

    • Sonia Simone

      July 16, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply

      I’m happiest with LE when I’m using it in a daily writer. If I use it every day it’s very nicely behaved; if I let it sit, I can get some hard starting issues.

      This is a gorgeous ink, so using it every day isn’t a big hardship IMO …

  • Peninkcillin

    July 5, 2014 at 8:32 am | Reply

    This actually looks like one of the better blue inks out there. I added it to my wishlist.

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