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-citchen 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 fragrants magnificent. Like in fary-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 ink makers pots and vials, will convey the same feeling of magic and treasure imparted when using this special elixir of colour. 

Made in Basel, Switzerland, from the natural ingredients through to the recipe and carefully and masterfully finished packaging using cork, painted labels, strings and wax seals, this ink could not be further from 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 brush, this traditionally made ink is not suitable for use in a fountain pen. Also known as Oak Gall, they are 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. 

Here available in a more substantial  50ml, Choosing Keeping also carries a larger range of carefully mixed Abraxas inks in 30ml bottles, some of which are fountain pen friendly. 

Shades available: Blue tones, earth tones, red tones, purple tones, metallics, golds.