Liberty’s Elysium – Cheap Paper Review
Paper isn’t cheap. In university, students can chew through hundreds of sheets in a semester, easily. What is a student to do? So here is Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium on the cheapest paper I could find, Hilroy loose leaf college rule paper. I am using a Japanese EF to write this review. You can already notice some slight feathering, but the level is very reasonable.
For comparison’s sake, here is the same ink in a medium Lamy Safari. Feathering is much more noticeable compared to the EF nib. So would I recommend Liberty’s Elysium for those of us on a budget? Yes! Even at a nib this thick, the feathering doesn’t detract from the hand writing. It is still clear enough to read. I probably could get away with a stub nib with this ink, but no more than a 1.1mm.
In regards to bleedthrough, you can see a bit with the medium nib. There is some mild ghosting with the EF nib. With cheap paper, you probably won’t be able to get away with using both sides of the paper with most inks. Short of a very wet stub, the bleedthrough should never soak the next page.
I’m testing out a new camera set up, I think this better reflects the ink’s actual colours.
Noodler’s Apache Sunset
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Pen: TWSBI Diamond 540 w/ FPR Fine Stub Nib
1 sec: Lots
2 sec: Lots
5 sec: Lots
10 sec: Mild
15 sec: Minimal
30 sec: None
Cheap Paper Notes
Considering how wet this ink is, it is very surprising that there is barely any feathering and no ghosting. The amazing shading is less pronounced on cheap paper.
Apache Sunset is considered a must own for all flex pen and stub nib owners because of its amazing shading properties. It goes from golden yellow to a dark orange. I also noticed this ink seems to get darker in the pen barrel over time. It looks fantastic in a demonstrator!
Unfortunately my camera does a poor job capturing how black Noodler’s Heart of Darkness really is. It is the darkest black ink I have encountered so far.
Noodler’s Heart of Darkness
Paper: 90g Clairefontaine
Pen RPG Dilli with Custom Ground XF Nib
1 seconds: Lots of smearing
2 seconds: A little less
3 seconds: Mostly at the end of the stroke
5 seconds: Quite a bit at the end of the stroke
10 seconds: Just a bit at the end of the stroke
15 seconds: Barely anything at the end of the stroke
Cheap Paper Notes
A little feathering with broad and flex nibs. Minor Bleedthrough with flex nibs, but very clear ghosting.
A nice wet black that is very black. Only comes in 4.5oz eye dropper bottles that are a bit of a pain to deal with. The bottle does come with a free eyedropper converted Platinum Preppy and a rollerball tip that can be swapped in. A very economical starter kit for a fountain pen newbie as the rollerball is great if they decide the fountain pen isn’t for them!