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Greetings fellow addicts and enablers,

I am chemist and am intrigued to experiment being creative with ink design as a hobby for a few years where I have a few ideas. I had in mind visiting the deep end of the pool with attempting new inks from the ground up.

 

The way I see it, the worst that can happen is I lose a little money, some time and gain experience, knowledge, enjoy myself and have a good time,

 

I would be interested in any books, research papers or guides you can recommend. I am doing a literature review and looking over various patents but I feel like I would like works focusing more on the whole than one specific detail presently.

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Something I highly recommend is the book Forty Centuries of Ink by David Nunes Carvalho. You can find a copy online through gutenberg.org.

Link to that is here.

This will contain many mentions of resources and books, and provides short summaries of what they contain along with other tidbits of general information, and while they are not linked (because it's a book) they are readily searchable on the internet.

 

Going more specific, I have also tracked down a copy of a research paper on iron gall ink written in 1878 by the Scottish chemist William Inglis Clark, and with you being a chemist you should find that pretty useful and/or interesting. This paper is an attempt to set down how different ratios of acid to iron sulfate can create differing degrees of permanence, as well as precipitate levels etc.

"Chemists helping chemists"

link to that is here.

 

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OH, and I've posted links to some that I found. I will try and hunt them down again.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).



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I think I found them on various studies about ink fading......... Still thinking.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).



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And I think this is where I got sucked in to topics I didn't understand but I thought were amazingly cool.

 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Antonio_Cantu

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).



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Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 366 Inks in 2016



Check out inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

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Oh yeah! This stuff is great! When you look into all the research that the government has gone into with regard to inks - particularly to print money with - it is staggering, and seriously cool!

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