Speedball 2-Ounce India Ink, Super Black

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Super black india inks are specially formulated for making clean images with speedball pens
Contains 100 percent black pigment
Superior lightfastness
Waterproof drawing inks
Available in 2-ounce

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Super black India inks are specially formulated for making clean images with Speedball pens. Ideal for drawing, cartooning, lettering, calligraphy, airbrushing, scratchboards. Waterproof drawing inks. Contains 100 percent black pigment. No dyes. Superior lightfastness. Available in 2-ounce. Conforms to ASTM D4236. Imported.


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  1. 5 out of 5

    Deep, Richly Pigmented Ink |

    I love, love, love this ink. After trying Higgins (which I found to be weakly-tinted) and the ink in cartridges (Sheaffer, Pilot) for use in caligraphy, I found this to be far superior to anything else. The ink is a deep, rich, intense black. It has great body--liquid enough for good flow, yet the texture is not watery. It doesn't bleed at all on any of the papers I've used (a caligraphy practice pad; cheap bond; nice, thick water color paper). It also dries relatively fast, i.e. almost immediately if I use a C-3 nib, or within 5 minutes--10 at most--if I use a brush or a C-6. When using the ink with watercolors, I usually I lay my watercolors on the pages first, then ink over it--that's just the process I prefer. I know some people complain it's not waterproof and that it smears when used with watercolors. That did happen a couple of times, when I tried watercoloring shortly after laying down the ink. If you let the ink "cure" overnight, for instance, I don't think you'll have this problem. I know that's impractical for many people who use ink with watercolor. For me and the way I usually use this product, however, (as either a caligraphy ink or as ink over dried watercolor) it really is the perfect ink.
  2. 5 out of 5

    writes longer than ordinary fountain pen ink |
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    Compared to 5 other kinds of regular fountain pen ink, this India ink writes much longer on my dip pens. It is thicker, adhering to the nib better. I can write an extra line with each dip compared to the other kinds of ink. Don't use in a regular fountain pen - it's not designed for that..
  3. 5 out of 5

    The best dip ink I've bought yet |
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    I love to write with dip ink pens and this ink is definitely the best black dip ink I've found. The bottle is strong and sturdy without being so thick as to have less ink than you need and it even has a slot on the inside to rub you nib against to remove excess ink. It writes beautifully and is definitely worth the cost. I am definitely a repeat customer.
  4. 5 out of 5

    THE BEST INK out there |
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    I started Calligraphy not a long time ago. My first choice of ink was Black Higgins Waterproof ink. I was disappointed because I needed a very dark image, but it faded out as it dried. Speedball SuperBlack India Ink was my second choice, because I desperately searched for a better ink and read the feedback here on Amazon - what a great find!!! Not only the India Ink stayed deep black, but it also had no bleeding what so ever (I use "Borden & Riley Bleedproof Paper for pens"), comparatively to Higgins. I use my ink for cardmaking, and wish I had heavier and less shiny paper than Borden & Riley is. Does anyone know a good heavy matte bleedproof paper?! Thank you!
  5. 5 out of 5

    I ink I can, I ink I can, I ink I can.... |
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    As a sort of arts and crafts kind of person, I'm always looking for good materials. I bought this originally because I have a fondness for fountain pens. I have several dozen, from the cartridge style to the dipping calligraphy style and use this ink exclusively. It dries relatively rapidly, though if you use a thick line, you'll want to use a blotter before putting anything on top of what you wrote. It flows relatively evenly and smoothly. And it's permanent once it's dried. But it's the versatility and overall quality of the ink that makes it a five star item in my book. I've used this on paper, parchment, wood, leather and many other porous surfaces and have never been disappointed by its quality or durability. It doesn't appear to fade at all. It will even stay in place when varnished over for a higher gloss (I've used tung oil and leather varnish over it). On cloth, be aware, this stuff will NOT wash out. (I wear a lot of black.) But each application returns the same reliable results. It goes on, dries fast, and seems to last forever. A little goes a very long way, too. It only sticks permanently to porous surfaces, though, so it'll come off anything it's spilled on that is non-porous using rubbing alcohol and some patience. I bought about three of these a few years ago and have just gotten my next three. For the price, versatility and convenience, not to mention quality, it just can't be beat.
  6. 5 out of 5

    Perfectly Black Ink |

    I bought my Speedball India Ink in Super Black to go with an old fashioned quill set I had purchased. I am very happy as the ink is jet black, dries quickly without running and is exactly what I was looking for. I'm very happy with my purchase, will definitely be purchasing again and definitely recommend this product. I have included pictures for reference, but please excuse the writing... It's my first quill writing/calligraphy experience ;)
  7. 3 out of 5

    It's Alright |

    I do quite a bit of drawing with dip pens. I got Speedball ink because my local art store really doesn't have much of a variety. This ink is rather cheap, and I wasn't exactly pleased with the way Higgens ink looked. The main thing about Speedball is that it dries dark. Unless you are painting it on, in which case you may need a few coats, but I find that to be true of most inks. It also dries very quickly, which is a definite plus in my book, as I'm left-handed. when I paint with it, it tend to develop a shine to it that I don't much care for, but that's just a really big problem. My main problem with it, however, is that it's not quite as waterproof as it claims. Even after waiting for it to dry, the ink still mixes with the watercolors.
  8. 5 out of 5

    Good ink |
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    Works great on all my nib pens. A rich black. Container has a decent quality lid. No offensive odor. Does not take a long time to dry.
  9. 5 out of 5

    Very good quality |
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    Just received it in the mail and used it a couple times, the ink is very dark, non-transparent, dries fast and is indeed waterproof, it doesn't fade when erased so its safe to use on top of pencil drawing, only thing to note is its not matte finish, so it dries a little shiny when you tilt the paper in lighting, also it dries a little too fast that it tend to coat the nib quite fast and you have to clean your nib more often, other than that nothing I can complain about, the ink is filled almost to the top so its definitely worth the money for, looks like its going to last a very long time.
  10. 1 out of 5

    Good ink, really bad container |

    I have no qualms about the ink quality. However, the cheap plastic container and ill-fitting cap mean that the container leaks if overturned. Additionally, because the cap uses a card liner, it traps ink behind it that inevitably finds its way there during the shipping process; removal of the cap results in dropped ink. So unless you want ink in splotches on your work, your work surface, and your clothes, you will be better served to buy a better packaged product such as the 100 g container of "Ye-Di" Sumi Ink. You will be much happier with the packaging and the ink quality is very good as well. An alternative would be to purchase this product, buy a better container, and then discard the disastrous packaging. I have purchased two Speedball products and their bad packaging is becoming something of a theme. I won't buy anything more from this manufacturer.