6. Pointed Pen Calligraphy 101: Iron Gall Ink Comparison

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Comparison between four popular iron gall inks for penmen: McCaffrey’s Penman’s Ink Old World Iron Gall Ink Walkers Copperplate Ink Blots Iron Gall Ink.



  1. Atas Fong November 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    let me be the first one to thank you for the video! I really appreciated. 

  2. Shane Garland November 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Hooray love your videos – and your nails are always beautifully done too! 🙂

  3. JacobMakings December 2, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Good video! My only suggestion is to try to focus more in the writing, since sometimes I can just see the thicker parts of your calligraphy.

  4. GenWivern2 December 4, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    This is a very useful video: if anyone else has done a direct comparison between all four it's escaped my attention.  The coloured McCaffrey's inks look very useful, too.  I know Blots and Walker's well, and whilst I do have a preference I'm not about to express it here.  However, a word about Blots: the darkening time varies between different papers, a lot.  It looks quite quick on the Conqueror Wove, and it's almost instantaneous on Rhodia, but with Elco for instance it will take a week or more to become properly black.  There was one vintage paper I tried on which Blots just sat there looking all pale and anaemic, and a month later it had only achieved a mid grey.  This isn't a criticism really because it's just a matter of chemistry, but since there's very little colour in the ink itself it can be difficult to see what you're doing if the reaction time is slow.  The same applies to Walker's, but because it contains logwood and indigo the visibility is better if the paper isn't playing nicely with the ink.

  5. Epikentrothei H December 16, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    your writing is way way way way way too beautiful! 

  6. Jeffrey Lim December 31, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply

    What about some recommendation for iron gall inks for fountain pens?

  7. magnolya8 February 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I just discovered you & really enjoy listening to your videos & learning from you :). Appreciate your sharing~

  8. magnolya8 February 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to get inks that do not have animal in the products?

  9. Ronnie Tucker March 16, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Your calligraphy 101 videos are awesome. Will you be making more?
    Oh go on. Pleeeeease? 😁

  10. 56janjan October 22, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Thanks for the video, you helped me to choose the ink. Your videos are great for us learners THANK YOU !!!

  11. Christine Shaw November 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Prior to each ink dip, are you dipping in water off to the right?

  12. _ MyM4 _ January 27, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    please help me, I have obtained this ink, and my hairlines are almost blue. do I need to treat it? Or do I have a bad batch?

  13. Acyutananda das August 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Just subscribed today These are the best tutorials ! I just want to be able to read mt own handwriting so I'm just on the gel pen level now. (Sharpie does make some gel pens) When I get better I'll get the SakuraPigms.
    When, or would you ever, need to use a blotter?

  14. margessw September 9, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    This red-violet is absolutely gorgeous !!!

  15. Maria Denize Calígrafiaantiga September 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Classes. Thank You very much for sharing.

  16. RobbieGTV January 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Speaking of inks do you ever use Sumi? If so I assume just for broad pen work if you do that. If so, do you have a favorite brand?

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