Ground Rattler – Bookbinder’s Snake Ink

Bookbinders is an Australian online store that creators claim to be  “on a relentless quest in search of products that will fire the imagination of the 21st century writer”. There mauy be something to their words – the company presents their products in attractive and inspiring way. Some time ago Bookbinders started yo offer Snake Ink to their customers. The ink is sold in 30 ml bottles inspired in design “by the wily snake oil salesmen of the early 1900’s, and in colour by the beautiful and dangerous snakes of the world”.


Snake Ink is available in 5 different colours. The samples of all of them were send to me by webgeckos – thank you Penny!

  1. Blue Coral (blue), Blue Coral revisited
  2. Eastern Brown (brown)
  3. Emerald Boa (green)
  4. Everglades Ratsnake (orange)
  5. Red-belly Black (black)

Ground Rattler has striking appearance:


Ground Rattler ink can be described as averagely saturated ink. It regular nib (Waterman Kultur) it feels dry and writing with it can’t be described as pleasurable. The pen tends to dry out after a day of break and you need to spend a while before it’ll begin to write. On the other hand when I left the pen uncapped for a minute everything was fine. The saturation is average at best. If however, like me, you use mainly crazy wet broad nibs the effect will be somewhat more interesting but still not exciting.

The ink shouldn’t cause bleedthrough and I haven’t experienced feathering. It’s not water resistant.

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID

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Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B

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Ground Rattler_t_2

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Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B

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Ground Rattler_l_2

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Lyreco, Waterman Kultur, medium nib



Copy paper, Waterman Kultur, medium nib



Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9

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Water resistance





One thought on “Ground Rattler – Bookbinder’s Snake Ink

  1. I think grey inks are the most difficult to be interesting. Too dark, and it looks like black: too light, and it looks like a pencil.

    This one doesn’t really do anything for me. The only grey that I find interesting is Kiri-same, and even with that one I have to be in the right mood. Now grey undertones in another colour is a different story, I like that very much.


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