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A Rural Pen Handmade Ink

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews


This ink was handmade by alchemist Thos. Little of A Rural Pen. The ink goes on as a pale, smoky, cool grey, and quickly oxidizes into a darker colour; the shade varies depending on the paper used.

I was so enamored with the ink, and when I learned that I couldn’t purchase a bottle directly, I decided to order some for all of us! The ink is made using a historic formula of extracting and dissolving the iron from guns with Sumac, instead of Galls.

This ink is for dip pens only – it cannot be used in fountain pens.

Note: The ink is hand bottled, labeled, and waxed. Some bottles may have a little leakage through the wax. When you use the ink, it will also get on the label so please accept this possibility, as we do not consider it a defect.

These ink bottles are not eligible for discount codes or returns.

- Corked gun ink bottle
- Sumac Tannins bonded with iron

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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3 reviews
  • BI
    Brett I.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    A lovely ink!

    The ink itself is a beautiful grey-purple color and shades nicely. Cutting the wax off the first time and popping out the cork each time I use it is also a very satisfying bonus. Id you have a dip pen or were looking for an excuse to buy one- this is for you!

  • KB
    Kathryn B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Interesting product

    Not as dark as a commercial inks, it has a nice slate gray softness to it while still being distinctive. Dries quickly. Able to apply watercolor over it with no problem.

  • KN
    Karen N.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Quite lovely

    Someone sent me the link, knowing I'm not a fan of novelty inks. Other than the knowledge that the iron is reclaimed from guns, I went to use it on multiple surfaces before reading anything else. On deer parchment, mottled in shades of tan,, it oxidizes to a dark, smoky, cool, Payne's Grey/lavender color with the faintest glint of metallic reflection. Lighter than I expected. Quite lovely. I won't say I'm hooked until I finish a full drawing with it, but I'm certainly willing to be impressed by it. Try it yourself.

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