Need a Long Lasting Highlighter for Law School?

Long Lasting Refillable Highlighter

4.5 Ounces of Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig and an empty Platinum Preppy Highlighter make for the ultimate long lasting and permanent highlighter.

In the time that I’ve started this blog on office supplies, I’ve had one question that seems to keep coming up regarding a Long Lasting Refillable Highlighter that wont fade and will hold up to the demands of a highlighter happy law school or medical school student.  There are a ton of options out there for highlighters, but knowing the demands of law and medical school students, I think that a refillable highlighter is the best option, so Ill be exploring that in this review.

A Platinum Preppy and some silicone grease to get you started on your way to a highlighter that will get you through law school

Components of the Platinum Preppy along with some silicone grease that will get you started on your way to a highlighter that will get you through law school or med school.

Some of the complaints that I have heard from people regarding their regular highlighter is that they run out of ink too quickly, and that after a while the ink tends to fade.  Most law students and medical students that I have talked to have complained that this causes them to spend a fortune on finding a highlighter that will work for them, and that will last for as long as they need it to.  With the combination of items we have here (Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig and a Platinum Preppy Highlighter body) you have the makings of a long lasting and no-fade highlighter for about $20.  The additional benefit of making yourself a highlighter like this is that it is much more environmentally friendly because you are only using one pen body instead of constantly purchasing new disposable highlighters.

Noodler's Year of the Golden Pig Bulletproof and refillable highlighter ink.

Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig Bulletproof and refillable highlighter ink.

The standard Platinum Preppy highlighter comes with small ink cartridges that are convenient and easy to work with, however they dont offer the same length of life that you can get by just filling the entire body of the pen with highlighter ink.  They also sell packs of replacement tips for when the old tip starts to fray or get too dirty.  The ink of choice for this project is Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig.  The benefits of this ink are that it is bulletproof, which means it resists fading and removal due to light, water, and other chemical solvents, plus it comes in a giant 4.5oz bottle with an eyedropper cap for easy filling.

Comparison of a 4.5 oz bottle Noodler's Year of the Golden Pig to a standard 3 oz. bottle of Noodlers ink.

Comparison of a 4.5 oz bottle Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig to a standard 3 oz. bottle of Noodlers ink.

For those of you who are a little more visually oriented, I’ve included the above photo to show the difference between the 3 oz. (right) and 4.5 oz. (left) of Noodler’s ink.  The regular 3 oz. bottles of Noodler’s inks seem like they last forever when loading up my fountain pens with them, so the larger 4.5 oz. bottle for highlighters, Im sure will have that same feel.

Close up of the Platinum Preppy section with silicone grease applied to the threads.

Close up of the Platinum Preppy section with silicone grease applied to the threads.

Now that you have seen of all of the tools and supplies that you will use to make this ultimate long lasting highlighter, lets take a look at how to get started on this very easy project.  The photo you are looking at above is the grip section of the Platinum Preppy with a thin even coat of silicone grease applied to the threads.  The silicone grease will help to ensure that none of the highlighter ink leaks out through the threads of the section.  Now go grab the body of the Platinum Preppy to get ready for the next step.

Fill up your eye-dropper with some of the Noodler's Year of the Golden Pig highlighter ink.

Fill up your eye-dropper with some of the Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig highlighter ink.

With the body of your Platinum Preppy in hand, fill up your eye-dropper with the Noodler’s Year of the Golden Pig, and dispense of it directly into the body of the pen.  You may need to take a few more fills of the eye-dropper, but keep filling the pen body until the ink level reaches just below the threads where the section gets screwed in.

The Platinum Preppy body full of highlighter ink, and the excess silicone grease that you will need to wipe off.

The Platinum Preppy body full of highlighter ink, and the excess silicone grease that you will need to wipe off.

Once you reach the threads with the ink, simply twist the section of the pen back on tightly, and wipe away any of the silicone grease that squeezes out the sides.  Now you have a full highlighter with a clean tight seal, and you are almost ready to put it to use.

The Platinum Preppy felt tip as it absorbs the Noodler's Ink.

The Platinum Preppy felt tip as it absorbs the Noodler’s Ink.

The close up photo above shows the Platinum Preppy felt tip as it absorbs the ink from the body of the pen, you can see a few white spots on it still.  Once the ink hit the shaft of the tip that goes up into the body of the pen, it took only about 2 minutes before the entire tip had become completely yellow and full of ink.

Testing out the new highlighter.  The true intensity of the color does not show when scanned.

Testing out the new highlighter. The true intensity of the color does not show when scanned.

Finally its time to test out the pen and see how your new highlighter works.  Unfortunately, the scan wont show the true intensity of the ink, but this is a very bright and solid color and is perfect for highlighting.  Interestingly enough, even with the bright color of the ink, you dont get any bleedthrough to the other side of the page, and it also seems to have dried fairly quickly.

All of the items in this review were purchased from Writers Bloc (no discount or consideration was given to me for this review), and as I said, excluding the shipping charges, this new long lasting highlighter will cost you about $20.  Not only do you get a highlighter that has ink which will maintain its very bright qualities wherever you highlight with it, but you now also have a highlighter that will last you a very long time, and you wont have to worry about it running out on you since you can always just top it off with the eye-dropper.  Hopefully all of you law students and future doctors will find this write up helpful for your highlighting needs, feel free to share your future services with me free of charge to show your appreciation. 😉

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    New review, the last highlighter you will ever need buy.

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    DIYSara says:

    @OfficeSupplyGee any bleed through with the noodlers?

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    @DIYSara Nope, no bleed through on my test..thanks for the reminder, I forgot to mention it in the review, Ill update it later.

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    DIYSara says:

    @OfficeSupplyGee if u have time could u do a sample of highlighting different inks like signo’s? :) u rock hun!

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    @DIYSara Absolutely, I can probably do that tonight or tomorrow. Ill let you know when its up.

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    DIYSara says:

    @OfficeSupplyGee thanks much hun <3 u r one of the best enablers! 😉

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    Katy says:

    I’m glad I can inspire you! : )

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    Kim says:

    I have a real big thing about highlighters behaving exactly how I want them too, so I was happy to see this post. :)

    The big thing for me is how wide the chisel tip is and if that chisel tip is flexible. The PERFECT highlighter tip and perfect ink for me has consistently been the Bic Z4 Brite Liner (see here). It has to be the kind you can see the ink through the body of the pen, because I also bought non-Z4 brite liners and they sucked.

    The Z4 tip is just a little bit flexible, so it’s just the littlest bit like a brush. It spreads the ink so that it completely covers 12 point font. I know it seems WAY PICKY but I like it when the line is wide enough to cover the letters from top to bottom.

    I guess if there’s anywhere on the internet that someone is going to care about a detail like that, it’s here. :)

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    @Katy – Yes, much like you inspired me to read selected verse from your constitutional law book, which I think I enjoyed way too much…I’m just glad that you didnt inspire me to go to law school though, I think Im too lazy for that. :)

    @Kim – I admire your high standards and your apparently pretty thorough product testing. Thanks for sharing those points and the link to the Z4, I always like getting other peoples perspectives on these things. Also, I am not sure why I never had a link to your blog in my links, so I just added you now.

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    Kathleen Ward says:

    Okay, let me indicate my ignorance. Where does one buy silicone grease?

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    ccorrada says:

    this is very cool, can’t wait to do it myself.

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    @ Kathleen Ward – No ignorance there, a few months ago I would not have known where to find it myself. I bought mine at the Writers Bloc site here: for $3 and I’ve also been told that you can pick it up at Lowes or HomeDepot in the plumbing section.

    @corrada – It was fun doing this, hope you do get a chance to try it out for yourself.

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    Kim says:

    Phew! I managed to make my highlighter post, so you can see what I mean!

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    Daniel M. Laenker says:

    Wow! Found this entry thru Prosaic Paradise.

    This will undoubtedly sound more forward than I mean it to, but I don’t know how to ask more politely: can you use any grease-like silicon-based lubricant for this trick? I mean, there are some that can be found at pretty much any drugstore, and while I’d be willing to wait for the grease to arrive, I don’t want to necessarily do anything redundant.

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    @Kim – thanks for coming back to share that, great review you have on your site and I love seeing the length to which people go to identify their favorite pen and why.

    @Daniel M. Laenker – I did a little looking around and didnt find anything to say you can/cant use other silicon lubricants, but I think I know what you mean. :) I think this one in particular is mentioned because it is known to be a good sealant, and it wont degrade the material that the pen is made of.

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    Zach says:

    I’m glad you did the review! I just ordered mine. =)

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    Titus Oates says:

    One thought on law school – RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

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    Zach says:

    Here’s a picture comparison between Sharpie Accent Liquid vs. Noodler’s YOTGP. The Sharpie is brighter and more flourescent, while the YOTGP is a slight more yellow. Both are solid in consistency and YOTGP also puts down about twice as much ink. “pancreatoblastoma” is done in sharpie. The rest is YOTGP. I wanna try the adaptor cartridge that may put down less ink. the bottle will last me all year.

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    @Zach – Thanks for doing that comparison and posting the review, very helpful to see them side by side like that.

    @Titus Oates – I think law school was probably just harder back in your day because they didnt even have highlighters. 😉

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    jojo says:

    Wow, this is exactly what I’ve been searching for! (I’m in medical school).
    Have you tried using the Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighter
    Chisel Asst 8 color pack set or the Zebra Zazzle Brights?
    Thus far, I have liked the Zebra Zazzle Brights the best — only the lighter colors in the pack as the darker colors are more difficult to see through — but I really appreciate the fact that they are smooth, bright, don’t smear, and DON’T BLEED! I have not tried the Staedtler’s, but I have read good reviews thus far. I am wondering if you know how they compare to one another and finally, how do they compare to the refillable highliter that you speak of here?
    I like using different colors to color code and break up text that I have to memorize — are there other colors that you might recommend for the refillable highliter idea?
    Just wondering. Thanks for the article!!!!

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    @jojo – I have used the Staedtler Textsurfers, that link is to my review of them. They are great for using on ink jet printing too. I have not tried the Zebra Zazzle though.

    The Noodler’s highlighting ink does come in different colors, JetPens has it here.

    I cant really compare to the Zebra since I have not used them, but I can tell you that are two colors in the set that I reviewed that are a little on the darker side like you mentioned. The Staedtlers are also much better on the inkjet print.

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    LawPaul says:

    What a cool idea. I’m sticking to my Rotring fountain pen with a B nib for my underlining/highlighting needs but I’ll pass this along to my fellow lawstudents who might be looking for another option.

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    Greg says:

    Hi; I like the Sharpie retractable highlighter; any good ideas how to refill them? I think I may just try buying the ink and putting a few drops on the upended tip every so often until it saturates. Suggestions? Thanks!

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    Mark says:

    Just got all the materials and created my new ‘super-highlighter’. Initial use has fantastic results! Thanks for the write-up.

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    Headstrong Hound says:

    I’ve run through three highlighters in the last 24 hours. In a desperate attempt to end the madness I did a quick google search of highlighter reviews and I cannot wait to try this. I’m a veterinary student and I’ve spent considerable time and effort searching for new highlighters / new brands that can meet the demands of our crazy curriculum. Thank you so much for being specific, and for posting photos with your review!!!


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