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!
- Blue Coral (blue), Blue Coral revisited
- Blue Racer
- Eastern Brown (brown)
- Emerald Boa (green)
- Everglades Ratsnake (orange)
- Ground Rattler
- Red-belly Black (black)
- Red Spitting Cobra
You can read about Blue Rcaer snake here:
Blue Racer ink can be described as something in between blue and blue / black. I don’t think it’s true blue black – it’s too light.
The ink behaves well but not spectacular – in regular nib (Delta Stantuffo) it feels dry and lacks lubrication. If you enjoy the feel of writing with Sailor inks or Noodler’s Eel inks this one will disappoint you.
I haven’t experienced any feathering or bleedthrough even on cheaper papers. That’s a plus. Blue Racer shows zero water-resistance. It tends to offer some shading.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
Lyreco, Waterman Kultur, medium nib
Copy paper, Waterman Kultur, medium nib
Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9