This is a special formulation of traditional iron gall ink. The inclusion of logwood gives this ink an immediate, lush purple-back. Once on paper, the ink will oxidize to give a permanent, waterproof, black - as dark and profound as a starless night. Iron gall inks give clear hairlines and bold blacks when used for pointed pen or Spencerian calligraphy. Poorly formulated iron gall inks can be corrosive (over hundreds of years) but the inclusion of logwood permits a significant reduction in the amount of ferrous contained in this ink.
This is a special vintage edition ink formulated by Maiwa's inkmaker Tim McLaughlin. The edition is part of the 2018 Ink Takes Shape project — a collaboration with British Columbia potter Robert Bush. Each inkpot is a hand thrown, porcelain vessel, commissioned especially for this ink. Each pot is slightly different. The pots are stoppered with a cork and sealed with wax. Each pot is numbered - there are only 40 pots in this edition.
The collaboration is part of the "Ink Takes Shape" project. Each year will see the production of a limited edition ink housed in an artisan made vessel. Full information can be found in the about Ink Takes Shape page.
For dip pen or brush. Iron gall inks are not suitable for use in fountain pens. Shake gently before use. Clean pen nibs or brushes immediately after use.