I arrived at Noodler's Liberty's Elysium thanks to Goulet Pens' Ink Property chart. I wanted a blue-blue that was water resistant. While this ink definitely has some ups and downs, I got exactly what I wanted.
And here we go. I think I've found a hint of my rhythm for ink reviews. In both writing samples, I've used two significantly different pens. The Pilot Metropolitan with Plumix nib provides an italic line but tends to write dryly. The Pilot Flacon's SEF nib always provides a wet line, even on the thinnest strokes. Two different deliveries - hopefully this will allow you to better relate this ink to the pen you would, potentially, want to use with it.
In the Falcon samples you can see that Liberty's Elysium provides a dark blue line when concentrated. It comes out reminding me of DC Supershow Blue, a very concentrated and deep blue. In contrast, LibE is much lighter in the dry italic nib of the Plumix; here it's closer to Waterman's Florida Blue. Luckily, I find both shades of this blue to be quite pleasing.
And speaking of shades, I've found this ink to shade very nicely. It's really enjoyable in the soft Falcon nib, but even the dry Plumix nib will show off LibE's talents.
It performed well in my water tests. It lightens under prolonged submersion, but I didn't find any actual line-loss. I should probably do before & after photos next time. Note to self.
Dry smearing is a problem I notice with a lot of inks, especially on coated paper like Rhodia. I was relieved to find LibE perform flawlessly on that front - no line change under heavy buffing.
While Liberty's Elysium is a fairly saturated ink, I haven't found it to present problems like the super-saturated DC SuperShow Blue has. LIbE has not shown any indication of discoloring or staining barrels/sacks/windows. My anecdotal evidence definitely points towards high dye saturation being more of a risk than water-resistant properties.
So it's good in the barrel and it's good on the page, but how is it in the nib? Unfortunately, I can't give a straight answer here.
I wouldn't call LibE dry, because it flows onto the page without creating any extra feedback for the nib (unlike several of my dry Private Reserve inks). It's definitely not a gushing, lubricated ink, either. It typically flows across the page in a forthright manner, then dries quickly on the paper. Maybe too quickly. LibE poses a distinct risk of drying in the nib if you leave your pen open for any amount of time. The already-dry Plumix nib had to be immediately recapped to avoid service interruptions. The Falcon only exhibited issues when sitting idle and open for greater than a minute.
But my Vanishing Point? Liberty's Elysium HATES my Vanishing Point. I've tested my VP's trap door and it's definitely water-tight, but it must not be air-tight. I cannot use LibE in my VP, which is a real shame. (I actually bought LibE specifically to pair with it as my EDC. Whomp whomp.)
Anyway, it doesn't take but a few quick lines to coax the ink back to life and onto the page. While the dry-out is a risk, it's not constant and it's not severe. But I do think it's worth mentioning, as some pens and scenarios might not be a good match for this otherwise-awesome ink.
I like blues, but I'm not sure how passionate I am about them. And yet this ink has so much going for it, it just keeps falling into my rotation.
Honestly, short of having a blue-phobia, I can't not recommend this ink. There's just no reason not to get it. A true-blue ink with water resistance, at a good price, from cool people. Done.
Permanence test: This square was under running water for 10 seconds, then I allowed droplets to sit on the page for another 10, then I lightly blotted them away.
Shade Tree Challenge: