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Click the categories below for our full selection of inks.
Black Ink  Color Ink  Sumi Ink  Walnut Ink  White Ink 
Acrylic Ink  Ink for Pointed Pen  Ink for Broad Edge  Waterproof Ink  Metallic & Iridescent Ink 
Fountain Pen Safe Ink  Sample Size Inks  Ink Additives/Cleaners  Ink Sets   


I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)
15 oz (450ml)
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L) -- Great for teachers or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three!



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I157. Bister Ink Powder
I157. Bister Ink Powder.

This powdered ink from Europe has very striking colors. The powders all look about the same, but the mixed ink proves to be warm earthy tones. A little bit goes a long way. Mix in a small, screw-top Dinky Dip: about 1-part powder to 4-parts water. If mixed dark, you can dilute in a palette to get brighter color, and with more water, pastel color.

1oz of powder packaged in a 2oz plastic jar.

Choose: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Mahogany, Natural, Red, Yellow.

Also available as a set (I157-S).



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I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
I37. McCaffery’s Penman’s Ink
1 oz. jar.

Formulated for the pointed pen, which is used for Spencerian, Copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic), etc.

The black ink is an oak gall ink which was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America’s golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, the black ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines.

(Colors and whites are not oak gall inks. They are made with natural pigments).

Choose from Ivory, White, Indigo Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Red-Violet, Black, Glossy Black.
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I37. McCaffery's Ink color chart

Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's



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I38. Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink
Dr Martin’s Bleed Proof White

A dense, opaque, smooth-writing white for your dip pen. Thin with water to the proper consistency. Tint with watercolor or gouache for pastel letters. Recommended by John Stevens and Peter Thornton. 1oz.

Diane Von Arx uses a similar product, Pro-white (I62).



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I27. Dr. Martin's Spectralite Ink 18 carat gold
Dr. Martin's Spectralite 18 carat Gold Liquid Acrylic Color

***Dr. Martin's discontinued the original Spectralite Acrylic, which included 8 metallic colors. Most of those metallic colors can be found in item I16 Dr. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Ink. The original Spectralite is being replaced by the new Private Collection which is packaged in glass dropper bottles.

Popular for pointed pen work. 1oz glass dropper bottle.
Acrylic. Lightfast, archival, and permanent fine artist pigment. Waterproof when dry. #54K 18 Carat Gold was one of the most popular golds in a poll taken by Cyberscribes. Recommended by Mike Kecseg & others for pointed pen work.

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#54K 18 Carat Gold

I really like Dr. Ph Martins Spectralite 54K Gold for pointed pen scripts. Jenny Muffler, Rockville, MD, 30 Oct 2013



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I59. Winsor Newton Calligraphy Ink (Blue Caps)
Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks (Blue Caps)

If you are looking for colored calligraphy inks for your fountain pens, try these non-clogging, pigmented inks both for dip and fountain pen use. They are suitable for dip, fountain pen, and brush. Unlike dye-based fountain pen inks, these are more opaque, more brilliant and more lightfast. Since they are pigmented, you can mix the colors. The first six colors are a double primary palette, for mixing clean colors. 30ml bottle.

Colors: Lemon Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Scarlet, Crimson, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Leaf Green, Green, Indian Red, Sepia, Black, Yellow Ochre, Blue-Black, Violet.

See item I60 for White, Silver, Gold, and Matte Black WN Calligraphy Ink



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I150. True Walnut Ink
I150. True Walnut Ink.

This rich, sepia-colored ink is made from the hulls of the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra), which is found throughout most of the eastern United States. A small amount of isopropyl alcohol is added to help prevent mold growth. But if mold forms, just scrape it off - the ink is still good. Not suitable for use by children. Wide-mouth, 1oz glass jar.




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I116. Old World Oak Gall Ink
An oak gall ink made with period recipes and materials including oak galls, iron salts, logwood dyes and acacia gum (Gum Arabic). Oak gall ink was used for many medieval manuscripts and is very popular today for Spencerian and Copperplate. For paper and vellum. Dries waterproof. 2 oz bottle.

This ink can be reconstituted using distilled water and letting it sit overnight. Then stir well and break up any solids.

Old World Ink Product Help: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Oldworld

"It is really nice and darker than regular iron gall ink." - Nan DeLuca.

"This ink is terrific! Smooth off the pen, it is jet black with hairlines as fine as any penman could want." - Bob Hurford



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I28. Ziller Ink
I28. Ziller Ink

"I LOVE the new Ziller inks, pink and grey. I am especially happy to have the grey ink as I am doing a lot in graphite now and needed a grey ink to "match" the artwork." --Bonnie Noehr

Pigmented, lightfast, waterproof (acrylic) for dip pens (pointed & broad edge) & brushes. Stir well before using. Dip nib or brush in ink, wipe off excess ink on jar edge or shake pen. Thin ink with distilled water. Intermixable to create other colors. Clean up pen with Ziller Pen Cleaner, which is specially formulated for pigmented, acrylic inks and has better success than other pen cleaners. Glass jars.1oz.

Choose: Aqua Blue Green, Azure Blue, Buffalo Brown, Cardinal Red, Charcoal, Cranberry, Daffodil Yellow, Flamingo Pink, French Lavender, Glossy Black, Grass Green, Ivory, Lagoon Blue, Mauve Mist, Meadow Green, Midnight Blue, Nasturtium Orange, North Wind White, Peach Blush, Periwinkle Blue, Prairie Fire Orange, Soot Black, Spring Green, Sunflower Yellow, Tranquil Taupe, Wild Rose Pink, Wild Violet, Winter Sky Gray, and Wisteria.

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