Thank you everyone for being here reading my new ink review about Noodler’s Blue Ghost.
This ink is indeed a particular one on many aspects. I suspect that the original intent by Noodler’s was to create an ink invisible to normal light, which shines and stands out the paper only under UV light, without being the already seen highlighter colours. The result in my opinion is a partial success, because it’s visibility under UV light is strictly dependant to the paper you’re writing on.
On 80 gsm cheap copy paper, and on Favini’s Schizza & Strappa paper, due to the particularly white finish, under UV light it’s likely to shine as much as the ink, making a real mess in trying to discern normal size words from the background.
On the other side, on differently coloured paper, this ink is an absolute beauty. I’ve tried it on tracing paper and it was a great success, the glows really comes out in a light blue ghostly colour, which I enjoy a lot (I’ll keep that in mind for Halloween!). I suppose that, for the particular composition of the ink, this could be a great choice for writing on black cardboard, to create particular drawings or similar, I should give it a try).
Coming back to the most usual features, this is quite a wet ink, takes ages to dry but flows without problems through my Lamy Safari and keeps up writing from the finer nib to the broadest.
It’s really hard to see in my photos, but against all odds, this ink actually has a little shading, giving much more luminous points where the pen stops or slows down while writing.
Another thing that has to be said, this ink behaves very well in terms of waterproofness. If soaked in the water the lines remains as brighter as before without fading.
In the end, is this ink worth a try?
This question is difficult to answer. It depends.
If, like me, you like to spend some time on drawing, toying around with pens, if you have about any other colour of the visible spectrum, well, this ink can really be something different to experiment because it’s a lot of fun, especially on demonstrator pens.
Is this ink something I really needed? Not really. It’s not an ink I’m going to bring at work, and it’s not going to be in my everyday carry so often.
Probably, if you’re the kind of people who likes to buy work safe inks, but you still want to experiment a little of “UV friendly Inks” you can just get a Pilot Parallel fill it up with Pelikan Duo ink (Yellow or Green) and in this manner you’ll have a rechargeable highlighter which works fantastic even under the UV bulb.
Hope you enjoyed, sorry for the bad photos (this ink is not scanner-friendly), and for any further questions on this ink, I’m ready to give you any answer you may need.
FABRIANO COPY PAPER
FAVINI SCHIZZA & STRAPPA PAPER
WATER RESISTANCE ON TRACING PAPER
DROP OF INK ON KITCHEN TOWEL