I37 - McCaffery's Penman's Ink

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Favorite Ink

Feb 3, 2020  |  Posted By C. McCurley from Pleasanton, CA United States

I've been using this ink exclusively in my maps (and other reproduction 19th Century paperwork) for almost a decade. I absolutely love it.

Probably the

Jul 20, 2017  |  Posted By Michael Sacco from

Well, the above poster is entitled to their opinion but this is the closest thing IMHO to the ink of old. It will go on grey but in a hour or so the shades will be rich and the hairlines a very, very, thin pale grey. This is exactly what one wants for Ornamental Penmanship. Now it's quite possible you might want an ink with blacker shades and strong hairlines for copperplate or E.S. but that is not what this ink does well. I would put Blots a close second but even that ink cannot pull the faint hairlines of McCaffs!

Not impressed

Jul 5, 2017  |  Posted By Rachel from

I have many other calligraphers using McCaffrey's Ink, and so was excited to try it out. But when I did so, I found that it was much more watery than I'd expected. I never achieved the ink consistency that I liked... maybe I need to add some arabic gum to thicken it up a little, but overall, I wasn't impressed enough to buy more.