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Noodler's Proctor's Ledge Turning Purple In The Bottle



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When I tried a forum search this didn't seem to be documented already so I thought I should probably put this up.

 

I bought a bottle of the limited edition Noodler's Proctor's Ledge at the 2016 Commonwealth Pen Show. It's the one that's supposed to be all spooky under UV light. Well, it is (or was) a kind of ugly brown in my opinion, and it tarnished a gold nib (mostly came off with metal polish) and stained my glass dropper (no force on earth can remedy this) so I put it away. Certainly it was never left in the sun or exposed to heat or anything like that. Last night I happened to swatch it again and thought, "purple? Wasn't it dark brown??"

 

I re-swatched it on the exact same piece of paper I did originally to make sure that wasn't the problem. Yep, it's definitely turned purple. I actually like this color better, but I do suspect it means the very unusual chemicals used in this ink are breaking down.

 

First image: original light swab; second image: new light swab; third image: old and new heavy swabs side by side

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Well that is interesting.

 

I shall dig out my bottle tonight and see if I am having the same issue and did not know.

 

I actually like the brown, personally. Not a lot of call for me to use brown ink, but it is one of the browns I like when I do.

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white_lotus

I personally don't do swabs, so I can't comment on that, but I just filled a Gate City Belmont from my bottle of Proctor's Ledge and it looks brown. Many recommend vigorous shaking of Noodler's ink prior to filling once the bubbles go away, and I follow that advice.

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Oh no this is terrible. Does it still glow under UV light?

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Some people say that Noodler's inks need to be shaken up. It's not quite the same as having stuff go out of solution (like with glitter inks) but similar.

I don't have any of that year's LE inks so I can't say for sure what may have happened with your bottle of Proctor's Ledge, but someone suggested that to me with my bottle of 54th Massachusetts (my batch is way lighter and less teal than the sample I tried).

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Extremely vigorous shaking does make it a bit browner, but still a bit off I think. Maybe anyone who really cares about this ink should be shaking it on a regular basis.

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