Abraxas Writing and Drawing Ink, 50ml Iron Gall Ink Bottle


"There comes a steam and bubble out of big stony sauce-pans in the ink-kitchen of Abraxas. In the workshop diffuses a fragrance of roses. The inkmaker produces his famous red love ink that flows fine out of the pen and fragrance magnificent. Like in fairy-tales of 500 and more years of age you think? But no; a daily reality in the manufacture of Abraxas."

We hope this self-penned colourful and quaint description alongside this dreamlike picture, where you can find the inkmaker's pots and vials, will convey the same feeling of magic and treasure imparted when using this special elixir of colour. Made in Basel, Switzerland, these inks are made from natural ingredients, and are carefully and masterfully packaged using cork, painted labels, string and wax seals. This ink could not be further from being mass-manufactured.

Eisengallustinte, or Iron Gall, was the standard formula for inks in Europe between the 5th and 19th centuries. Used with dip pens or brushes, this traditionally made ink is not suitable for use in a fountain pen. Also known as Oak Gall, it is created by mixing extracts from vegetable tannins and iron salts with vegetable glues, such as gum arabic. These inks are dark in tone but rich in depth and texture, known for being “indelible” - they will deepen in colour over time, oxidising with exposure to air and sunlight. As such, they are permanent and lightfast, making this ink the preferred option for archivists. 

Ingredients: Iron gall
Quantity: 50ml
Permanent: Yes
Fountain pen friendly: 

Also available in a larger range of colours in 30ml bottles, some of which are fountain pen friendly. Shades available: Blue tones, earth tones, red tones, purple tones, metallics, golds.