Glow in the dark office supplies? Really? Sure, why shouldnt your office supplies glow in the dark? Today’s review will take a look at Noodler’s Blue Ghost fountain pen ink. This is probably not something that you would find an every day use for, but it definitely fits into the category of cool office supplies so I had to try it out and share it here.
Noodler’s Blue Ghost fountain pen ink is a really cool item, that you may or may not have a good use for, but it is definitely cool to just have around if you are looking for a fun ink. You can pick it up from most places for about $13-$14, and it is even one of the bulletproof inks from Noodler’s that is tamper and fraud resistant, meaning that its pretty damn permanent.
Although I did the writing samples for this pen using my Lamy Safari, I couldnt resist also filling my Pelikan M205 demonstrator with the Blue Ghost just to see what it looked like filled up with glowing ink. The first picture you see above is the ink loaded in the pen, but under normal light. You will notice that the ink in the pen has a slightly yellow color to it under normal conditions.
Now with the lights off and the black light on, you can see the Pelikan demonstrator full of Noodler’s Blue Ghost glowing brightly. You can also see the parts of the pen that the ink leaks into. This might be another use for this ink, meaning if you have a pen that leaks but you cant tell where it is coming from, this might be a helpful way to find and seal a crack or seal in a pen.
I tried the Noodler’s Blue Ghost on multiple different papers and it seems to get the best results when used on non-white paper, especially a non bright AND non white paper. The Rhodia Web Notebook with 90g paper in the cream color got by far the best results. The photo above shows the writing sample in that Rhodia Webnotebook . The light that I used for getting these pictures is from Feit Electric, which is a compact fluorescent light, so its even environmentally friendly. There are many better and worse options for a fluorescent light, so do your research and find the one that is best for you, but also be aware that lights like this can be dangerous for your eyes, so exercise care when using them.
So by now you are probably back to asking yourself “ok, but seriously, why do I need glow in the dark office supplies?” Im glad you asked. Although Im sure that you can find plenty of uses for this, here are a few quick ideas from the bottle and from my own head:
- Private notes or letters
- Hidden editing marks on documents
- Personal watermarks
- Password lists
I’ve actually considered using this ink to make a list of passwords myself, but I just have not gotten around to it yet, but now that I have two pens filled with the Blue Ghost Ill probably go ahead and do it. The interesting thing about writing with this ink is that its hard to write unless you have the fluorescent light on as you are writing or else it is very hard to tell where you have left off and hard to keep writing in a straight line.
In addition to the writing samples, I thought Id also show the above photo which illustrates how the Noodler’s Blue Ghost looks when you use it to highlight in a text book. On top of all of the uses listed out above, this would probably also be a good ink for keeping kids entertained with the cool glow in the dark properties and the ability to write secret notes, but again, keep in mind the potential dangerous effects of the lighting if not used properly.
So yeah, at the end of the day I dont think anyone NEEDS glow in the dark office supplies, but this ink is certainly pretty cool, and there are a few practical applications for it, but I dont think Ill be using this enough to worry about burning through the whold 3 oz bottle any time soon.