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Walkers Copperplate Ink

Finally! I got my hands on some Walkers Copperplate Ink. I have heard of this ink so much and its magical properties, but never bought it because shipping from overseas is expensive. Anyway, my good pal John sent a bottle and I was so excited to try it.

The packaging is very simple, just a white design on a white label. Walkers ink is developed by, of course, Brian Walker of the UK, a Master Penman himself. I believe these are made in small batches so they are not always available.

On the back of the label it says “Walker’s Copperplate Ink is a highly researched iron gall ink made to conservation standards. Made from a nineteenth century recipe, it is blended still further to achieve a smooth and satisfying ink for the master penman.”

Welp, if it’s good enough for Brian, it’s good enough for me!

The ink looks kind of purplish in the bottle, but that’s not surprising. Iron gall ink is a funny thing. It writes on light-ish, but will dry as a deep dark black.


I had a lot of fun writing with it. I am not sure if it’s new and therefore fun, but man I just couldn’t stop writing. I have tried many iron gall inks and there’s always something about them.. McCaffrey’s is kinda alkaliney and tends to mold, Old World is too acidic and crusty, fountain pen iron gall isn’t really iron gall, but this one is just perfect.. almost too perfect. But for now, I am writing with it like a demon! I mean look at the hairlines this guy can give me!

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