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The Fluorescence Of El Lawrence

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#1 Murky

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:12

Hello,

 

I've just received my first bottle of Noodler's El Lawrence and it's love at first sight (I've been waiting for a loooooong time for this ink to come to Europe, and I think I'll buy 2 more bottles just in case), but I'm kind of confused regarding the fluorescence capability...what does that even mean? I've tried shining a black light over the writing and I can't see anything special...should it behave like say, the Blue Ghost?

 

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 16:29

I dunno.  I've never actually tried to see the fluorescence on it.  But I agree that El Lawrence is a great ink.  It's a really weird color but something kept drawing my eye to it when I saw a review a couple of years ago.  Plus I like that it's really pretty permanent and waterproof -- it's one of the inks that I feel comfortable about using in my checkbook.

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 20:32

This is one I would love to try!


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 08:31

This is one I would love to try!

 

You should definitely do that :)


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 14:38

El Lawrence is one of my favorite inks.  I had a sample, really liked it, and found it was out of stock everywhere.  When it came back months later, I bought two bottles.

 

The best description for the color is 'like writing with used motor oil' - an odd color that you'll either like or hate.



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 16:02

El Lawrence is one of my favorite inks.  I had a sample, really liked it, and found it was out of stock everywhere.  When it came back months later, I bought two bottles.

 

The best description for the color is 'like writing with used motor oil' - an odd color that you'll either like or hate.

Very true.  When I first saw a review of it a couple of years ago, I was thinking the color was really awful -- but *something* about the ink made me keep looking at the scans/photos of the writing.  It was almost like a car accident: you can't *not* look at it.  And when I tried it, it was "Wow -- this is really different... but in a *good* way...."  I particularly like the fact that I can use it for any sort of business application (signing documents, writing checks) because it's (a) dark enough to be business-appropriate and (B) permanent/waterproof.  But because it isn't black, it's also a bit fun and more than a little subversive.....

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 18:36

I had a sample before and I REALLY love the color. However, GouletPens is the sole distributor of the ink in America and it is out of stock on their website for months now!! I have started to worry that it will be discontinued…



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 04:51

here's a UK source

http://www.purepens....in-Pen-Ink.html

no problem for them to ship, oh five bottles into the US.

or so i've heard.



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 21:03

here's a UK source

http://www.purepens....in-Pen-Ink.html

no problem for them to ship, oh five bottles into the US.

or so i've heard.

 

Thank you for the information. I just placed my order. The price is not bad even include shipping. Awesome!  :D



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Posted 09 October 2015 - 20:39

here's a UK source

http://www.purepens....in-Pen-Ink.html

no problem for them to ship, oh five bottles into the US.

or so i've heard.

 

Thanks for this. I've been looking for this ink for a long time.



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Posted 10 October 2015 - 04:35

About the stock levels - This is what happened last time!   I had a sample, loved it, and it was out of stock everywhere.  Even overseas.

 

Months past, it came back in stock at GouletPens - and sold out in a day.   I missed it.   A month or so later, they received another shipment, and I bought two bottles.   The ink remained in stock many months, and I'd totally missed that it was back out of stock again.

 

Anyway, there's hope.  El Lawrence has gone out of stock before and it did come back eventually.  I seem to remember some of the base materials being hard to come by, or harder to work with - something that prevented it from being regularly produced.



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Posted 06 August 2016 - 05:11

As for the flourescence it glows bright green under a blacklight for me.

This is true on both Staples bagasse and Tomoe River.

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 17:56

I was not aware that Noodler's El Lawrence ink had florescent properties so had to see for myself.  It does, but certainly not as noticeable on paper as Noodler's Blue Ghost ink; but you can notice it on the nib and through the section of the Lamy Al-Star on the right.  That is Blue Ghost in a Platinum Preppy on the left.  Maybe I need to try a different paper.

 

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 18:25

My wife has just finished (for the moment) creating an ink sample book...

Tomoe River paper and a page per ink, including a large patch and notes on three characteristics... shading, sheen and UV flourescence. It is impressive how many of our inks flouresce at least a little.

She did wonder about buying an ink journal through massdrop until I pointed out that for $16 it only has room for 38 inks. The journal I made has room for almost 4 times as much, and is already over half full. I will admit that the blue ghost page looks funny. A circle in the middle of the page and a small UV in the bottom right corner.

Edited by zwack, 07 August 2016 - 18:28.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:39

zwack asked me to photograph and post "regular light" and "black light" photos of Blue Ghost and El Lawrence (aka "Sump Oil"), so here you go. 

 

In normal fluorescent lighting, the page in my book of ink swatches for Blue Ghost looks like this:

 

fpn_1470619870__blueghost1a.jpg

 

Under black light, though, it looks like this:

 

fpn_1470619892__blueghost2a.jpg

 

And the "Sump Oil Green", as I call El Lawrence, under fluorescent lighting, looks like this:

 

fpn_1470619912__sumpoil1a.jpg

 

Under black light it looks like this.  Although the photo was taken during day time, and the ink's fluorescence isn't as marked as it is with Blue Ghost and others, you can still see that it turns an attractive bright green:

 

fpn_1470619930__sumpoil2a.jpg

 

I hope that the photos are helpful.


Edited by IrishEyes, 08 August 2016 - 01:40.

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 18:09

Also, I have found that not all papers will display the fluorescence.  


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